• Wall Street's Wieser: Content 'Passes Crown,' Picks 3 Platform Players - Google, Facebook, Yahoo

    Asserting that content has "passed the crown" from traditional media to online, Wall Street equity researcher Pivotal Research Group initiated coverage of three ad-supported jewels -- Google, Facebook and Yahoo -- with strong ratings. "The adage 'content is a king' was always somewhat subjective,'" writes Pivotal's Brian Wieser, a long-time Madison Avenue forecaster who authored the report, adding: "But on the Web, the argument content is king is difficult if not impossible to make in the long-run, in our opinion: what is important are infrastructure, platforms and tools controlled by Google, Facebook and others." ...Read the whole story

  • Krispy Kreme Hits Road To 'Glaze The Nation'

    Over the next year, brand ambassadors will make stops from coast to coast in a restored, branded, 1960-vintage Flxible Starliner bus - a vehicle deemed to have "just the right balance of nostalgia, retro and cool." ...Read the whole story

  • Pew: More People 'Unfriend,' Tighten Privacy Controls

    A new Pew study finds people are increasingly pruning their online social networks and restricting access to their profiles in the wake of heightened privacy concerns. Nearly two-thirds (63%) have deleted people from friend lists, up from 56% in 2009. A majority (58%) also limit access to their profiles so only friends can see them. ...Read the whole story

  • Industry Stands To Gain Via Social Media

    Nearly a quarter of social media users say they "always or almost always" refer to their networks before purchasing a CE device, while 38% say reviews or comments by someone they know influenced their purchase decision. ...Read the whole story

  • Key 18-34 Demo Major Mobile, Online Video Users

    It's no secret that 18- to-34-year-olds continue to redefine media consumption; new Nielsen research explains why. Along with NM Incite, Nielsen found this demo -- christened "Generation C" -- is taking their personal connections to new levels, devices, and experiences. ...Read the whole story

IT Losing Its Grip

The Gartner Predicts 2012 special report highlights how the control of technology and technology-driven decisions is shifting out of the hands of IT organizations. New forces that are not easily controlled by IT are pushing themselves to the forefront of IT spending. Specifically, the forces of cloud computing, social media and social networking, mobility and information management are all evolving at a rapid pace. Business unit stakeholders often recognize the value of new technology before IT departments can harness it. ...More