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drag2share: Google’s AdID, an anonymous identifier for advertising, could replace the aging cookie

source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/18/google-adid-an-anonymous-identifier-advertising-cookie/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget&ncid=rss_semi

Google's AdID, an anonymous identifier for advertising, could replace the aging cookie

You know the drill: accept the cookie, delete the cookie, empty the cookie bin, and so on. Mostly, it’s an exercise used when attempting to get your mum’s PC to run a wee bit faster, but if you think about it, the cookie is one of the most archaic pieces of the world wide web that’s still in use today. Naturally, Google is swooping in in a bid to change the status quo, according to a new report from USA Today.

Essentially, the search giant is building an “anonymous identifier for advertising, or AdID, that would replace third-party cookies as the way advertisers track people’s internet browsing activity for marketing purposes.” Perhaps astoundingly, it sounds as if the project could benefit both consumers (by shielding true identities) and advertisers at the same time. Of course, pundits are concerned about the global leader in online advertising controlling the technology that tracks movements on the web, but to us, it sounds as if end users will get far more power over who sees what when compared to today’s cookies.

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Google+ Is Regaining Momentum, Proving Its Many Skeptics Wrong

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/bnPk-fbSEK4/google-is-regaining-momentum-2013-8

bii social desktop visitors comscoreWhy Google+ Isn’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon (L2 Think Tank)
Google+, which gained momentum after a successful launch in 2011 but then suffered from a slowdown in growth, is now surging in popularity, defying the predictions of many pundits who said it would fade away. L2 Think Tank Founder Scott Galloway says that’s because Google has effectively integrated Google+ with its most popular products, such as Search and Gmail, which places the social network in front of Google users throughout the day.

We noted in our recent analysis that Google+ has surpassed Twitter in monthly unique visitors on PCs.


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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 news No Comments

Here’s What We Know So Far About The Shutdown At The NASDAQ

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/confusion-over-the-nasdaq-2013-8

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Trading on the NASDAQ halted Thursday afternoon due to a technical issue with something called UTP SIP quote dissemination.

UTP, or “unlisted trading privileges” refers to the ability of other exchanges to trade stocks on the NASDAQ and SIP (“securities information processor”) is the system by which NASDAQ sends quotes of those securities to other exchanges.

Exchange officials are scrambling to a) figure out what happened and b) resume trading safely. At this point, everyone is just confused. From the Wall Street Journal:

“It’s really shocking. We’re stuck,” said Ramon Verastegui, head of global engineering and strategy at Société Générale. “If we want to trade Apple, we can’t.”

With no new updates, CNBC pundits were locked in a talking heads decabox.

The “market is too complicated” and “ridiculously complex” said former Nasdaq Vice-Chair David Weild to CNBC.

Both the NYSE and the BATS Exchange stopped trading in all NASDAQ-listed Tape C securities, per NASDAQ’s request. Tape C securities are listed on the NASDAQ or NASDAQ Small Cap exchange.

NASDAQ now says it will resume trading between 2:45 and 3:10 ET, but it had been largely radio silent since its 1 PM alert:

NASDAQ intends to re-open trading in all Tape C securities with a halt cross wi! th a 5-m inute quote only period starting at a time to be determined.  NASDAQ will not be cancelling open orders on the book.  Customers who wish to cancel their orders may do so and any customer who wishes to not participate in the re-opening should cancel their orders prior to the resumption of trading. Additionally, NASDAQ will clear all stale quotes from the UTP SIP prior to the commencement of trading.

A low volume day should mean the NASDAQ can get back on its feet, according to CNBC. But we’re still waiting.