By Julianne Tangney, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
07/31/2014

OKCupid, a popular dating site, was recently caught doing similar experiments on their users as Facebook. The profiles of consumers would be intentionally altered and the compatibility of matches would be manipulated. OKCupid claims they wanted to test out their service to see how well the matches are working.

By TMCnet Special Guest,
07/31/2014

Earlier this month, the city of San Francisco issued a cease-and-desist letter to parking spot auctioning startup Monkey Parking, alongside cohorts Sweetch and ParkModo. The apps allow users to notify other users when they plan on leaving their parking spot and auction it off to the highest bidder. Monkey Parking, however, disagrees with the city's take on the service, arguing that they are not selling off the spot itself, but rather information about the spot.

By Kayla Matthews, Contributing Writer
07/31/2014

Business to consumer video marketing has been a staple in marketing campaigns for years. Consumer brands have not been shy about using Youtube, Vine, Vimeo and other video platforms to reach customers with innovative and often creative brand storytelling. There are multitudes of commercial Vines out there that attest to this.

But what about B2B video marketing? Are companies doing it? Is it working? Where are they doing it?

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
07/31/2014

In the closing days of 2013, not long after Halloween died down, a report emerged that Facebook was looking to buy Snapchat for the then-staggering price of $3 billion. Snapchat reportedly turned down the offer, and a new report out today suggests that might have been a good idea, as the company is in talks with Alibaba about a new round of financing that would put the company's value at more than three times what Facebook offered.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
07/31/2014

We read a lot these days about the emergency of the “mobile enterprise” and the “virtual workplace.” Given the pace of industry adoption of mobility solutions, particularly mobile apps, and the virtualization of nearly “E”verything, the trends are undeniable. However, the questions that arise for both, and specifically for mobile, that inquiring minds want to know relate to the basics, i.e., who, what, where, why and when.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/31/2014

T-Mobile US added 1.5 million new customers in its Q2; the fifth consecutive quarter when T-Mobile US added more than one million net customers said John Legere, T-Mobile US CEO.

Overall, T-Mobile US has added 7.6 million net new customers over the past 15 months. During the second quarter, T-Mobile US added more postpaid accounts than the other three national mobile service providers combined.

By Joe Rizzo, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
07/31/2014

I think that it is safe to say that when we think of venture companies and the money that they invest, we normally think about smaller startup technology companies as being on the receiving end. Without an influx of venture capital, a lot of these technology companies would never make it past their first year in business and actually produce a product.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
07/30/2014

We all know from reading the drum beat of headlines that both the frequency and sophistication of data breaches unfortunately continue to increase. Confirmation of just how ugly things are comes in the latest highlights (maybe a better word would be “details”) contained in the release by security solutions provider SafeNet of not one but two surveys highlighting the level and nature of data breaches along with consumer attitudes about them.

By Joe Rizzo, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
07/30/2014

It seems that once again Microsoft is under examination in China. The Chinese government is investigating possible violations to its antitrust laws. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce, or SAIC as it is commonly referred to, is the authority in the People's Republic of China responsible for legislation concerning the administration of industry and commerce in China. It is the body responsible for enforcing business laws.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/30/2014

Sprint Corp. reported operating results for the first fiscal quarter of 2014, including net income of $23 million, the best performance in almost seven years when excluding non-cash transaction-related items from 2013, and consolidated operating income of $519 million, the highest in more than seven years, Sprint said.

That Sprint reporting a profit is news tells you how far Sprint has had to battle back from many years of challenges.

By Casey Houser, Contributing Writer
07/29/2014

Apple is not normally seen as a leader in audio production. Nevertheless, it has moved one step closer to completely owning Beats, the ubiquitous headphone manufacturer that has gained a high level of popularity in recent years.

This week, according to a report at Engadget, the European Union approved the $3 billion merger of Apple and Beats. The court was reportedly concerned with the possibility that Beats would provide Apple with a monopoly on the headphone market in Europe, but it ultimately found that the combination of both companies would not sufficiently drive out other market competitors.

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
07/29/2014

Given how gushing Tim Cook was about the Apple IBM Partnership, and how interesting a merger might be between the firms, but how difficult would it be to pull off? For this reason, I wrote how you might structure such a deal using methods that EMC has pioneered in a way that would get the benefits of a merger but not the likely disastrous consequences—it wouldn’t even be that hard. My old buddy John C. Dvorak (THErealDvorak) thought the whole concept was stupid and commented that it would be like merging Apple and McDonalds, which got me thinking what a merger of Apple and McDonalds would look like.

By Matt Paulson, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
07/28/2014

Delivering the Internet at sea through satellite transponders has a surprisingly broad range of uses. Cruise liners often include Internet access as part of room service for their floating hotels, while Internet-aided tracking systems pinpoint the locations and movements of cargo ships in oceans all around the world. As a result, the bandwidth demand from maritime customers is rapidly expanding, to the point that Northern Sky Research predicts that there will be more than 160 satellite transponders in place by the year 2023.

By Clayton Hamshar, Contributing Writer
07/28/2014

A new app called PlaceUs focuses on group location sharing as well as contextual awareness to bring mobile location functionality to a new level. The startup is led by Sam Liang, who used to be a Maps architect for Google. It is designed for use within a close circle of friends or loved ones, like a much more limited and privatized version of FourSquare.

By Tara Seals, TechZone360 Contributor
07/28/2014

The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology has successfully deployed mobile broadband communications systems using white spaces with 40Mbps throughput, establishing a 3.7km link between two locations within London.

Based on the experiences and the results obtained from the trials, NICT plans to improve the performance of the devices and the database. NICT also expects to contribute these experiences to the development of white space relevant regulations in other countries, as well as to transfer their white space technologies to the stakeholders.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/28/2014

Even if there is some amount of posturing by U.S. Internet service providers about gigabit access services, the push undeniably is gaining momentum.

Time Warner now says, without providing specifics, that gigabit networks will be built in its service territories in the Los Angeles market. AT&T, likewise, is considering gigabit deployments in 21 major metropolitan areas. All of that activity, one might well argue, is because of Google Fiber.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/28/2014

Regulatory attorneys are always required to advance the strongest-possible arguments in favor of their firm’s or client’s interests, when the Federal Communications Commission or any other regulatory body is considering new rules.

So it is not surprising that Time Warner Cable’s filing with the FCC regarding notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on the “Open Internet” opposes Title II regulation of access services, argues that fixed and mobile ISPs should be subject to the same rules, or argues network interconnection should not be included in the rules.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/28/2014

It often has been asserted -- not without reason -- that U.S. high speed access generally does not feature speeds as fast as those available in the world’s leading markets, such as South Korea. Rarely, if ever, has the United States actually ranked at the top of international metrics for Internet access speed or some other measures of telecommunications adoption.

Among the reasons, it has been argued, is that any particular service created in the United States must cover a continental-sized territory with a high percentage of remote, expensive locations to connect.

By Kayla Matthews, Contributing Writer
07/25/2014

Are you perplexed by the lack of viewership, comments or followers when it comes to your videos? While not every video is going to suddenly hit the Internet and become an overnight sensation, it is possible that the problem lies within some technical flaws related to the way that you’re presenting your videos. Below are five of the most common mistakes made by companies along with the solutions to fix them.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
07/25/2014

Some are already referring to the younger set of Brits as the “gadget generation,” and as is commonly the case, mom and dad are footing the bill. A new report from E.ON is showing just how far this development goes, and the available information shows that this particular bill is getting footed to a degree that some might not have envisioned before now, reaching a staggering combined annual total of 2.25 billion pounds sterling (about $3.82 billion U.S.).

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