Friday, January 20, 2012
  • Apple Argues Consumers Not Harmed By Alleged Privacy Violations

    Apple is again urging a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by iPhone and iPad users who allege their privacy was violated when their devices' unique identifiers -- 40-character strings of letters and numbers -- were transmitted to app developers and their affiliates. ...Read the whole story

  • Embattled Motricity Shutters Asia Operations, Restructures

    Mobile data services firm Motricity said it would shut down its Asian operations as part of a restructuring that would concentrate its business on the North American market. The company will focus on what it sees as growing opportunity in the mobile advertising and enterprise space, while continuing to service the largest American carriers. ...Read the whole story

  • Apple iBooks 2 Hopes To Reboot Textbooks

    Apple appears to be digging into some of its own roots in the 1980s as a darling of the education market in the company's new push to "reinvent" textbooks. Citing the high cost of school system books and the low levels of engagement among students with them, Apple execs took to the stage in New York yesterday to roll out new iPad apps and authoring tools designed to make school reading lists more fun, affordable and easier to make. ...Read the whole story

  • Constant Contact Acquires Mobile Loyalty Firm CardStar

    Seeking to expand from its core email and CRM platforms, Waltham-based Constant Contact has acquired mobile loyalty platform CardStar, Inc. CardStar offers an app that aggregates loyalty card numbers for easier in-store use. The Boston company has more than two million active users of the service, which also integrated mobile couponing. ...Read the whole story

    Around The Net

    • Stop The Music -- Facebook Wooing Key YouTube Partner Vevo CNET

      With millions of viewers at stake, music-video service Vevo is reportedly considering cutting ties with YouTube in favor of a deal with Facebook. Sources tell CNet that the discussions are very preliminary, and noted that there's still another year remaining on Vevo's contract with YouTube. That said, meetings have apparently taken place between Vevo and Facebook at least twice, the most recently going down less than two weeks ago. “Facebook is interested in a similar arrangement to the one Vevo has now with Google's YouTube,” CNet reports. “Facebook would stream Vevo's music videos and the two companies would sell ads ... ...Read the whole story

    • Kindle Fire Churns Out ProfitsForbes

      Is Amazon’s Kindle Fire a cash cow? Based a proprietary survey of over 200 Kindle Fire owners, RBC Capital analyst Ross Sandler is suggesting as much. “One high level conclusion is that Kindle Fire unit economics are likely to be more favorable than consensus expectations, based primarily on frequency of digital goods purchases,” he writes in a research note out this week. “Our assumption is that AMZN could sell 3 to 4 million Kindle Fire units in Q4, and that those units are accretive to company-average operating margin within the first six months of ownership.” As Forbes points out, the ... ...Read the whole story

    • Zynga Reveals Multiple Mobile BuysReuters

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    • Researcher: Tablet Ads Outperform Print AdsTab Times

      Tablet ads are outperforming traditional print ads substantially in both reader recall and in "action scores," which measure when consumers "make a purchase, go to a link, or click to download an app," Tom Robinson, managing director of research firm Affinity, told Tab Times. Robinson attributed the difference to digital media's providing "opportunities to respond with the interactivity." Still, Robinson wondered if "this [is] a honeymoon effect or is this a trend over time. As tablets become mainstream, will those recall and action scores continue to skew higher?" ...Read the whole story