Schmidt Sounds Off On Apple, Android, PSY
Today’s Wall Street Journal features a detailed Q&A with Eric Schmidt, Google's former CEO and current executive chairman -- or, as WSJ calls him, the “search giant's peacemaker and
explainer-in-chief.” The focus? Apple; the looming threat of an antitrust suit; the troubled advertising market; the continued rise of Android; and, of course, Schmidt’s recent
collaboration with South Korean rapping sensation PSY.
Verizon Tests Ad Targeting
Verizon this week is rolling out “Verizon Selects” -- the carrier’s own ad-targeting program, SlashGear reports. “In exchange for sharing your data usage, such as
location, Web browsing, and mobile app usage data, you’ll get targeted advertisements delivered to you by either email, text messages, or other forms of mobile advertising,” it reports.
“Right off the bat, this definitely seems unsettling. “
Obama Signs Safe Web Act
President Obama this week signed a bill that reauthorizes the FTC's authority to crack down on foreign-based Internet fraud and online scams. The U.S. Safe Web Act, so-called, expands the FTC's
powers so it can share information about cross-border online fraud with foreign law enforcement, The Hill’s Hillicon Valley blog reports. Originally passed by Congress in 2006, the president's
signature reauthorizes the bill through 2020.