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Monday, November 5th, 2012 news No Comments

Samsung Is The World’s Largest Smartphone Manufacturer By A Long Shot

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-smartphone-shipments-2012-11

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In the case of smartphone makers, a rising tide does not lift all boats equally.

According to estimates from Canaccord Genuity, Samsung has shot further ahead of the pack as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, shipping 56.3 million units in the third quarter. 

Apple is in an increasingly distant, but still formidable, second place.

Apple’s consolation is that it still takes a larger share of industry profits, despite shipping approximately half as many units as Samsung. 

The rest of the industry is grouped around five to nine million quarterly smartphone shipments.

One notable exception is Nokia, which only sold 2.9 million Windows-powered Lumia phones in the quarter. Lumia sales were ravaged after Microsoft announced that current Lumia owners would not get a full upgrade to Windows Phone 8. With Windows Phone 8 now launched, Nokia needs to see significant growth in sales if the one-time large! st manuf acturer of smartphones is to halt its tailspin.

Two other manufacturers to watch are Chinese up-and-comers Huawei and ZTE, which have catapulted from nowhere to 7.6 and 6.8 million smartphone shipments last quarter, respectively. The companies specialize in low-cost smartphones and could make a huge splash in the market with the heft of the Chinese government’s support. Those close ties, however, have drawn scrutiny from regulators in some markets.

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012 news No Comments

Analysts, PC industry cool on Windows 8

Source: http://phys.org/news/2012-10-analysts-pc-industry-cool-windows.html

While Microsoft is touting next week’s launch of Windows 8 as the savior of the computer industry, PC makers and analysts are increasingly skeptical that the new operating system will lure consumers away from tablets and smartphones.

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012 news No Comments

This Law Firm’s Probe Of Corruption In The Ad Business Identifies The Worst Offenders

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/this-law-firms-probe-of-corruption-in-the-ad-business-indentifies-the-worst-offenders-2012-8

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Earlier this summer, the ANA commissioned law firm Reed Smith to do ask advertisers about “media rebates” and incentives in the ad agency business.

Media rebates are one of the most controversial areas of advertising. They are, as Reed Smith defines it:

The industry practice of media companies providing rebates/incentives to agencies for referring or influencing client spending towards that media company, and then the agencies not reimbursing those funds to the client …

Rebates are a type of bribe: Media companies pay them to agencies to keep client dollars—in the form of ad buys—coming, even when those dollars may be more efficiently spent elsewhere.

In the U.S., ad executives can go to jail for attempting this. This year, two executives at Aegis’ Posterscope unit pleaded guilty to an accounting scam that, in part, revolved around a sketchy volume discount scheme. In Germany, Aegis president Aleksander Ruzicka also went to prison for exactly this kind of thing a few years ago.

The survey identified how widespread the practice is, and who clients believe are the worst offenders in the business.

Media rebates are common outside the U.S., but 28% of clients said they had encountered them domestically, too.




Television, magazi! nes and outdoor are the industry’s with the worst reputation for the practice. In the U.S.,




The vast majority of marketers believe agencies should not be allowed to keep rebates.



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Monday, September 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Google Will Kill Its TV Advertising Business (GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-will-kill-its-tv-advertising-business-2012-8

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Google has decided to pull the plug on Google TV Ads, its five-year attempt to convert the cable and broadcast TV industry into selling its available ad inventory on an online ad exchange.

The news comes on the same day that Google was rumored to be exploring the sale of the TV set-top box unit of its Motorola Mobility unit.

Conversely, Google is plowing ahead with its Google Fiber experiment, which brings superfast internet access—and possibly pay TV—to people in Kansas City.

The move comes eight months after it signed up Cox Media as a partner, bringing the network to 42 million households. The network included Dish Network, DirecTV, VerizonFiOS, and Viamedia.

Google TV is unaffected.

The death of Google TV ads is a huge victory for the broadcast and cable networks, who are fighting an epic war against the web, which threatens to turn traditional TV viewing int! o the ne wspaper business of the 21st Century.

NBC, for instance, snubbed Google back in 2010 after flirting with the idea of offering inventory via the search giant.

Google TV Ads was the third major attempt to start an online electronic exchange for TV ads, all of which have been rendered extinct by cable and network TV’s refusal to allow any programming inventory to be sold on them. (The other three were SpotRunner, Malibu Media and Walmart.)

Microsoft also beat a retreat after failing to dent the TV business.

The cablers and the nets aren’t stupid: They operate like a cartel, restricting supply of inventory even as demand—and audiences—fall.

Shishir Mehrotra, Google’s vp/product for YouTube and video, gave this explanation:

“… video is increasingly going digital and users are now watching across numerous devices.  So we’ve made the hard decision to close our TV Ads product over the next few months and move the team to other areas at Google.  We’ll be doubling down on video solutions for our clients (like YouTube, AdWords for Video, and ad serving tools for web video publishers).  We also see opportunities to help users access web content on their TV screens, through products like Goo! gle TV.”

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Thursday, August 30th, 2012 news No Comments

Google Will Kill Its TV Advertising Business (GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-will-kill-its-tv-advertising-business-2012-8

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Google has decided to pull the plug on Google TV Ads, its five-year attempt to convert the cable and broadcast TV industry into selling its available ad inventory on an online ad exchange.

The news comes on the same day that Google was rumored to be exploring the sale of the TV set-top box unit of its Motorola Mobility unit.

Conversely, Google is plowing ahead with its Google Fiber experiment, which brings superfast internet access—and possibly pay TV—to people in Kansas City.

The move comes eight months after it signed up Cox Media as a partner, bringing the network to 42 million households. The network included Dish Network, DirecTV, VerizonFiOS, and Viamedia.

Google TV is unaffected.

The death of Google TV ads is a huge victory for the broadcast and cable networks, who are fighting an epic war against the web, which threatens to turn traditional TV viewing int! o the ne wspaper business of the 21st Century.

NBC, for instance, snubbed Google back in 2010 after flirting with the idea of offering inventory via the search giant.

Google TV Ads was the third major attempt to start an online electronic exchange for TV ads, all of which have been rendered extinct by cable and network TV’s refusal to allow any programming inventory to be sold on them. (The other three were SpotRunner, Malibu Media and Walmart.)

Microsoft also beat a retreat after failing to dent the TV business.

The cablers and the nets aren’t stupid: They operate like a cartel, restricting supply of inventory even as demand—and audiences—fall.

Shishir Mehrotra, Google’s vp/product for YouTube and video, gave this explanation:

“… video is increasingly going digital and users are now watching across numerous devices.  So we’ve made the hard decision to close our TV Ads product over the next few months and move the team to other areas at Google.  We’ll be doubling down on video solutions for our clients (like YouTube, AdWords for Video, and ad serving tools for web video publishers).  We also see opportunities to help users access web content on their TV screens, through products like Goo! gle TV.”

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Thursday, August 30th, 2012 news No Comments

Twitter Has A Big Problem With Fake User Accounts

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-has-a-big-problem-with-fake-user-accounts-2012-8

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Everyone knows there’s a sordid industry around selling Twitter followers.

But on Friday, Jason Ding, a researcher from security vendor Barracuda Networks, quantified how bad the problem is for Twitter and how these guys fly under the radar. 

For 75 days, Ding investigated the fake Twitter account business. He and his team fired up three Twitter accounts and then bought 20,000 or 70,000 Twitter followers for each.

Here’s what they discovered:

  • 20 eBay sellers and 58 websites sell Twitter followers, mostly fake accounts.
  • On average, these accounts follow 1,799 other Twitter accounts.
  • It costs about $18 per 1,000 followers.
  • Those selling the fake accounts can earn as much as $800/day.
  • They sell retweets, too. They charge between $2.50 and $55 per 1,000 retweets.
  • Those who buy fake Twitter followers had on average 48,885 followers.

Twitter suspends accounts it knows to be fake. But it’s pretty easy to fool Twitter, Ding’s research shows.

We asked Twitter to comment on the fake account problem in general and this research in particularly and will update the story when we here back.

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Monday, August 6th, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5930178/infuriating-riaa-knew-that-sopa-and-pipa-were-useless-all-along

Infuriating RIAA Knew That SOPA and PIPA Were Useless All AlongTorrentFreak has posted a supposedly leaked presentation by the RIAA’s chief lawyer that says that it defended SOPA and PIPA even though it knew the censorship legislation wouldn’t be effective against music piracy. Is the RIAA for real or are they just covering their asses, and what does it mean for your freedom going forward?

Massive Internet protests forced the RIAA’s puppets in Washington to back down from SOPA and PIPA, delivering a major blow the the RIAA’s crusade against Internet freedom. The leaked presentation called “U.S. Copyright Alert System and Other Voluntary Initiatives” was given in April to industry bigwigs, and it finds RIAA Deputy General Counsel Victoria Sheckler backpeddling from the organization’s legislative attacks on piracy. Just look at this slide. How pathetic:

Infuriating RIAA Knew That SOPA and PIPA Were Useless All Along

In other words, the presentation all but admits what opponents of SOPA and PIPA knew all along; that the legislation would be useless. Now remember, this legislation jeopardized free speech on the Internet. If this is posturing, it’s an infuriating stance. It’s inconceivable that the RIAA would support legislation that so blatantly threatened your rights for nothing, but it’s the unfortunate truth

Since legislating censorship didn’t work, the RIAA has pivoted back to the Copyright Alert System, an anti-privacy initiative it’s been pursuing with ISPs. The new initiative was finally agreed upon last summer after years of debate. It was supposed to launch this month, but it’s been indefinitely delayed because all of the stakeholders—you aren’t one of them, by the way—can’t agree on how to implement it. Under the system, Internet users would be governed by a six strike system. The RIAA (or MPAA) would submit complaints of infringement to ISPs on behalf of copyright holders, after which the ISPs follow up with users using what’s called “graduated response.” In short, infringers are warned and warned again before anyone launches any significant legal action. The emphasis, the RIAA says, is on education. Bullshit.

You should be just as worried about this ISP monitoring as you were about SOPA and PIPA. Instead of bullying the government into restricting your freedom, the RIAA is bullying the ISPs into creating an Internet nanny state to intimidate you into compliance with whatever it wants. As the RIAA points out in the slide above, the only thing legislation would have have accomplished is increased policing by ISPs. With the Copyright Alert System it’s happening anyway. It’s unprecedented. And for what? There’s no evidence it’ll work. The RIAA says it will, but after this leak do you really want to take its word for it? [TorrentFreak via ITWorld via Slashdot]

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Monday, July 30th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Walmart Is Using Twitter To Find Out About New Products

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-is-using-twitter-to-find-out-about-new-products-2012-3

 

Walmart-sign-blue-outside-retailWalmart’s (WMT) new effort to again change the retail industry has encountered early success.

The retail giant is the first chain to use social media to create an American Idol-style competition for new products, and its “Get on the Shelf” Contest has attracted 274,000 votes in four days after kicking off on March 7.

No, there won’t be a panel with a condescending British judge criticizing product presentations.

Instead, Walmart promotes the work of companies and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and its territories by uploading their self-made product videos that feature everything from home appliances to apparel to beauty products on this contest website. Contest hopefuls need to fight their way into the top 10 by April 3 to qualify for the second round, which will last from April 11 to April 24.

From that point, one lucky winner will get his or her product promoted at selected Walmart stores across the country along with being featured on the homepage of Walmart.com. Two other first place winners will also win space on the store’s website.

Walmart sees the potential for social media to revolutionize the retail industry as principal Engineer Guhu Jayachandran at @WalmartLabs, the social media branch of Walmart, in Silicon Valley created the concept. Co-head of @WalmartLabs and Senior Vice President of Walmart Global e-Commerce Venky Harinarayan says they want to locate “undiscovered products that have not yet reached our shelves.” He also stated, “For a long time, the ability to get a product into a retail store was at the sole discretion of the store buyer. Today, we are removing these barriers by giving anyone a chance to launch their product at Walmart and reach millions of shoppers at Walmart nationwide.”

So far, there has been no response from its rivals like Target (TGT) and Sears ( SHLD), but they will most likely imitate the store if this contest continues to catch the public’s attention and turns into a hit. On average, the products receive 55,000 daily votes and the website receives 92,000 daily page visits.

So, tell all your friends and start cheering for your favorite contestants outside of Walmart stores.

This post originally appeared at Minyanville.

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 news No Comments

For Each Dollar Of iOS Revenue, Developers Get Only 24 Cents From Android

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/for-each-dollar-ios-revenue-developers-get-only-24-cents-from-android-2012-3


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Android’s market share may have surged over the past two years, but iOS is still the place where app developers get paid. According to a report from mobile analytics firm Flurry, developers only get $0.24 of Android revenue for every dollar of iOS revenue.

As we discuss in a recent note, end-user market share makes for sexy headlines, but the real “network effect” of smartphone platforms is with developers. Unsurprisingly, they are going to go where they can get paid—and users will eventually follow. In something of a foreboding trend for Android, Flurry also found that iOS accounted for 73 percent of new project starts in the last quarter of 2011, up from 63 percent at the beginning of the year.

Click here to read our note on the role of the “network effect” in the mobile platform wars→

Cross-Platform Revenue Comparison: iOS vs. Android

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