• Lead-Gen Platform From LazBro, Opt-Intelligence Aimed At IBM Silverpop Clients
    The barrage of emails in consumer in-boxes force many to press the delete button after reading the subject line. L.A.-based ad agency LazBro, and email-acquisition firm Opt-Intelligence have built a platform for IBM Silverpop clients that provides an opt-in feature targeting emails to consumers who interact with the brand, even for the first time.
  • Google Acquires Toro, A Facebook App Marketing Startup
    Toro, a company that helps developers promote their apps on Facebook, has been acquired by Google. The news was announced on the startup's Web site by the founders, who have begun to create a long list of acquired companies.
  • Google Provides A Delete Button For Domains
    Delete. Sometimes we just want to remove our digital footprint from the Web. Wish it was that easy? Google apparently has begun to give us an option to delete some information. This feature doesn't compare with the "right to be forgotten" ruling in Europe, but it seems like a start. Google shows us how to delete domains from the Google Apps for Work service.
  • Oscar Night Apple Throws Moviemaking To iPad
    Apple ran the advertisement "Make A Film With iPad" during the Oscars Sunday, highlighting fifteen students from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts shooting, editing, coloring and scoring short films with the iPad. The audio in the background tied in excerpts from Martin Scorsese's commencement speech to the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Class of 2014.
  • Oracle Plays Oracle To Predict Oscar Wins
    Complex analytics platforms continue to transform into predictive machines that can forecast the outcome of everything from Super Bowl champs to presidential elections. Now the folks on the Oracle Data Cloud team think they know the winners for Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Actor in the 2015 Academy Awards.
  • Dark Web Onion City Curiosity
    The Web is a pretty wild place, and the topic of the dark Web continues to draw attention. It may have begun last year with Memex, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) deep Web search engine project that law enforcement has been using for more than a year.
  • Yandex Pushes Russian Government Into Google Probe
    Yandex has filed an antitrust complaint with Russia's regulators to investigate the possible violations of antitrust laws against Google over search on Android. Russia's No. 1 search engine wants regulators to investigate Google's Android operating system and how the company bundles its search engine as the default on all Android devices. Android accounts for 86% of all smartphones sold in Russia today and with Google's search serves as the default on those devices.
  • Retailers, Brands Have A Growing Problem In Search, Shopping Ads
    Not all images in Google Shopping ads or online at retail Web sites look exactly like the physical product. Sometimes the descriptions are a bit off, omitting the complete truth about the material used to make the items. Python-print material vs. Python material makes a huge difference to consumers looking for the real deal, for instance. It happened once to me at Michael Kors during the time that Neiman Marcus ran its Web site. The missing word "print" didn't appear in the description, and there was no mention that merchants and manufacturers can't ship Python to California.
  • Zillow, Yelp: Mobile Search Contributing To Earnings
    Home buyers are going mobile, pushing up revenue for companies like Zillow. During the company's Q4 2014 earnings, the company reported that visits to Zillow via a mobile device rose 57% year-over-year. In December 2014, 420 million homes were viewed on Zillow via a mobile device, which equates to 157 homes per second. Nearly two-thirds of Zillow's visits come from a mobile device, and on weekends the percentage rises to more than 70%.
  • Love Is In The Air. It Tastes Like Kisses
    The "kiss" has become a topic for searches. People want to know how to kiss, how to kiss a girl, how to French kiss, how to kiss a guy, and how to get a girl to kiss you. Do you remember the Burberry Kisses campaign? Kisses were sent to 17,248 cities, traveling 318,381,288 total miles.
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