Monday, August 24, 2009
  • Twitter's Geo-Targeted Trojan Horse

    Advertising and marketing industry experts have begun scratching their heads, trying to figure out what's in it for them after Twitter reported it would let app developers pull geo-location information through an application programming interface (API). Some believe the move -- which enables users to share their location with every tweet -- could bring Twitter a little revenue, but a lot of controversy and security issues. ...Read the whole story

  • Facebook Page Owners Get Twitter-Sharing Tool

    Facebook has added a new feature that will let brands and other Facebook Page owners automatically syndicate updates to their Twitter feeds. Through the new application, users can have status updates, links, photos, notes and events linked directly to the microblogging service. ...Read the whole story

  • WolframAlpha Integration With Microsoft Likely, But Neither Signed Nor Exclusive

    It appears that Microsoft has reached a deal to serve up on Bing some of the scientific and mathematical computational content WolframAlpha generates, but neither company would confirm the news floating through the blogosphere. Declining to deny or confirm the buzz, John Ekizian, WolframAlpha spokesman, says, "We don't comment on deals that have not been signed." He further intimated that Wolfram would not be precluded from making licensing deals with other major search engines, such as Google. ...Read the whole story

  • Online Advertising, BT Under Scrutiny In UK

    A consumer protection agency in the UK said this week that it plans to conduct a new study of online advertising, including behavioral targeting. "The study will look at the application of consumer law to advertising and pricing, with a particular focus on the internet," the UK Office of Fair Trading said in an announcement. ...Read the whole story

  • Apple Responds To FCC Inquiry About Google Voice App

    AT&T said Friday that it had no responsibility for Apple's decision to block Google's voice app from the iPhone. "AT&T was not asked about the matter by Apple at any time, nor did it offer any view one way or the other," the telecom said in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission. ...Read the whole story