Marissa Mayer may be what Yahoo truly needs in a CEO to turn the company around. Or she can be another CEO casualty waiting to happen.
With all of the hubbub about whether personal devices, smartphones and tablets, are good platforms for advertising -including the perception that they are not, which helped drop the Facebook IPO valuation in the days after it was issued, since more people are accessing the popular social media site from their mobiles - it is nice to actually have some data on the subject. That is precisely what the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and it Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence has provided with the recently released report "Mobile's Role in the Consumer's Media Day." It is an eye-opener.
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Mother Nature is like any typical woman; you can love her, hate her, or find her to be your own worst enemy, depending on how you treat her. This summer has served as more than enough proof of the pure power and wrath in which she can easily dish out - sometimes for no apparent reason at all. Throughout history, however, we have observed some extremely rare and odd cases of weather spanning across the globe - from the curious to the downright disturbing. As technology seems to be taking care of virtually every worry and care in the world, perhaps it can solve these weather-related mysteries, too!
If there is anything consistent about global demand for bandwidth, it's that demand doubles roughly every two years, driven by annual growth typically in the range of 50 percent a year.
International bandwidth demand grew 45 percent in 2011, and at a compounded rate of 57 percent annually between 2007 and 2011, according to TeleGeography.
There is a dark side to the digital life of individuals that emerges after a person dies. The law has not yet evolved to adequately address these issues, and even companies like Facebook do not have policies that satisfy the concerns of the friends and family members of the deceased. Because this is such a sensitive issue, some people are demanding a uniformed policy, but as it now stands, the digital rights of the deceased are still ambiguous.
Talk of a smaller Apple iPad this fall is the latest media frenzy, but the more interesting issue is if Apple, Google and Microsoft will be able to find the proper balance between smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Success means not only selling all three devices -- rather than just two -- to consumer and business users, but securing enough market share for long term profits.
Back in the day, natives of the Midwest had to physically sense the implications of certain wind currents to know when to shelter underground or evacuate from a town. Others had to live in an earshot of city sirens. But twisters and other signs of bad weather have met their match in something that couldn't have a more fitting place in even the most stubbornly primitive individual's wellbeing: technology.
It is Friday the 13th. It is a day for high anxiety for those suffering from Triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13. And, while social media has yet to have a phobia named after it (click here for great list of phobias), the time may not be too distant before it makes the list.
Microsoft has had an exciting couple of weeks, especially with its latest buzzworthy announcement of the Surface tablet. The company announced its Q4 earnings for fiscal year 2012 today, reporting news not as exciting, depending how you look at it. It posted just $192M in operating income before taxes and its first ever loss ($492M) due to the writedown the company took because of its failed aQuantive acquisition. It did, however, report a record fourth quarter revenue of $18.06 billion.
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