Friday, December 19, 2014
  • Google Asks Court To Prohibit Miss. A.G. From Suing Over 'Illegal' Content

    Google on Friday asked a federal judge to prohibit Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood from following through on a threat to sue the company for enabling Web users to access "illegal" content. Google also is asking for an injunction prohibiting Hood from enforcing a subpoena demanding information related to outside companies -- including operators of sites that Google indexes in its search engine -- that allegedly play a role in copyright infringement. ...Read the whole story

  • Study Finds Dr. Oz's Advice Often Wrong

    He's often called "America's doctor," but it turns out he's about as trustworthy as the wizard of the same name. That's according to a new study of advice dispensed by Dr. Mehmet Oz. The study by Canadian doctors, published in the "British Medical Journal," analyzed 479 claims and pieces of advice presented over 40 randomly selected episodes of Dr. Oz's show. It found that over half of these were either unsupported or flatly contradicted by real medical science. ...Read the whole story

  • VOD Services Grow, But Programmers Don't Use Most Inventory Space

    Nearly $100 million in advertising revenue is estimated to be spent on premium prime-time video-on-demand offerings, according to VOD/on-demand technology company BlackArrow. VOD is available in 60% of all U.S. TV homes -- and 32 million cable TV homes. Some 70% of consumers are using it regularly. ...Read the whole story

  • Black Friday Telecom Web Traffic Down

    "In this industry, traffic was down compared to last year," Rachel Eisenberg, vice president of strategy and marketing at Millward Brown Digital, tells "Marketing Daily." "It has to do with how good the offers the carriers were willing to put out." ...Read the whole story

  • Instagram Wants To Eliminate Spam Fake Accounts

    Trying to preserve the integrity of its network in the eyes of users and brands, Instagram recently vowed to wipe out "spammy" fake accounts. "This means that some of you will see a change in your follower count," says Kevin Systrom, CEO of Instagram. This is affecting brands -- but in a positive way, per eMarketer. ...Read the whole story

  • Dentsu Aegis Acquires Canada's Spoke, Will Become Part Of Isobar

    Dentsu Aegis Network is expanding its Canadian footprint, announcing the acquisition of Toronto-based Spoke Agency. Founded in 2009, Spoke will become part of Isobar. Terms were not disclosed, but Spoke has a staff of more than 25 employees. ...Read the whole story

  • Google Accuses MPAA Of Reviving Internet Censorship Through State Attorney General

    Google has accused the Motion Picture Association of America of reviving a campaign to censor the Internet. On Friday, the company asked a federal court to dismiss Mississippi State Attorney General Hood's 79-page subpoena because it constitutes an "unjustified attack" violating U.S. laws governing Internet platforms and online intermediaries. ...Read the whole story

  • The Problem With Anonymous Social Networking

    Has the anonymous social networking trend run its course? That might be an overstatement, but as TechCrunch reports, turning the trend into a successful business model is proving harder than most imagined. A number of services -- most recently Secret -- are repositioning themselves as safer environments for users. But, that hasn’t done much for their appeal among users looking for juicy rumors and gossip. “And thus demonstrates the vicious cycle for anonymous apps,” TechCrunch writes. “Let people misbehave, and the app buzzes with activity. Sanitize the experience to protect people’s feelings … and the app fails.”   ...Read the whole story

  • Apple Responds To Fresh Accusations Of Labor Abuse
  • Good And Bad Bots Have Officially Overtaken The Web
Then & Now: Mobile & Email Marketing Predictions

I love reading those articles that compare 20thcentury science fiction to our modern world. This week, I stumbled across a list of author Isaac Asimov's 1964 predictions for 2014. While we're still not colonizing the moon, ...More