• Facebook Spam Gets Worse
  • Mobile VoIP Providers Threaten Carriers
    As more and more phones adopt Wi-Fi technology, the specter of Voice over Internet Protocol looms heavily over the major cellular carriers. When inside a WiFi hotspot, users can turn to services like iCall to make virtually-free calls anywhere in the world. One consultant tells BusinessWeek he saves hundreds of dollars a year making international calls on his iPhone using VoIP services. How so? ICall and other VoIP competitors bypass cellular networks altogether, making the phone connection through the Web. "Once I can make calls using the WiFi network, I will, in all likelihood, reduce the monthly minutes I have …
  • Who Will Benefit From Facebook's "Engagement Ads"?
    Cnet concludes that Facebook's new "Engagement Ads" will work well for some brands but could be a disaster for others. For a clothier, showing an ad for a 15% discount and allowing the user to pass it onto their friends is a good thing. But the tactic "simply won't work for most advertisers," according to writer Caroline McCarthy, especially for little-known companies. "Engagement Ads" is a new social advertising tactic that lets users leave comments on participating ads, add brands to their list of fan pages and use brands to sell virtual gifts to friends. As Dave Gentzel, co-founder of …
  • Tech Weak As IPO Market Falls 75%
    The fourth quarter IPO season figures to be a pretty dismal one, Fortune reports, as only 43 companies have gone public so far this year, down 75% compared to the same time last year. To match last year's total of 273, we'd need 14 companies per week to go public between now and the end of 2008. The last time the IPO market was this dry came after the Internet bubble burst in 2001. Between '01 and '03, 70 to 80 companies went public; excluding last year's monster number, 200-plus IPOs per year have been the norm. In order to …
  • Stronger Dollar Weighs On Tech, Web Companies
    The U.S. dollar is strengthening, and that's a particularly bad sign for a few major Internet companies, Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Jeffrey Lindsay said in a research note on Monday. "Currency rates have had a significant positive impact on reported revenues for U.S. Internet companies over the last few quarters," Lindsay said, pointing out that a weak dollar was partly responsible. A strengthening U.S. dollar puts any company with significant international exposure at risk. As Lindsay's colleague Toni Sacconaghi pointed out in a research note earlier this month, a weaker dollar provided a "material boost" to U.S. tech giants like …
  • Report: U.S. To Become Leader In Mobile Web Usage
    The U.S. has long lagged behind European countries in mobile Web usage, but according new research, the U.S. is poised to take the top spot for mobile Web usage by the end of the month, signaling a sea change in mobile users' consumption habits. In July, Bango, which provides mobile Web access platforms for Web sites, reported that the UK was ranked first in mobile Web usage, accounting for almost 19.4% of total usage, followed by the U.S., 18.9%, India, 10.8%, South Africa, 8.8%, and Indonesia 4.1%. However, Adam Kerr, Bango's VP of North America, reveals that in recent weeks, …
  • NBC, Yahoo Receive Olympics Boost
  • Google Takes Google Suggest Live
  • Amazon Buys Social Network For Book Lovers
  • Microsoft, WPP Explore Avenue A Deal
    Microsoft has reopened talks with ad holding giant WPP Group about selling Avenue A/Razorfish, the digital ad shop Microsoft acquired as part of its $6 billion purchase of aQuantive in 2007. The software giant never really wanted to be in the agency business anyway, but the question now becomes whether Microsoft can get WPP to buy the company for a high enough price. According to Advertising Age, "what Microsoft paid for the agency and what any holding company would shell out are vastly different figures." Unnamed sources revealed that Microsoft might be willing to unload Avenue A in exchange for …
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