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Google Straps On Jetpac to Take Search to New Heights

Google has acquired Jetpac, according to a statement that appeared Friday on the Jetpac website. Jetpac is the creator of a handful of apps, including City Guides, which analyzes Instagram photos and then automatically creates guides based on the collected data. That information translates into a lo...

Facebook Rolls in Mobile Ad Dough

Facebook chalked up $2.68 billion in ad revenue in Q2, up 67 percent year over year, and mobile ads accounted for about 62 percent of that haul, totaling $1.66 billion. Facebook cracked the $1 billion mark for mobile ads in Q1. "The ability of Facebook to move into the mobile ad space and to monetiz...

INSIGHTS

A Social Branding Moment

A little while ago I wrote about New Coke and the time in the 1980s when Coca-Cola tried to change its formula without much prompting from customers. As you may recall, especially if you were alive and drinking the stuff at the time, the customers didn't much like it. They were miffed about the new...

OPINION

Will Apple or Google Buy Sprint to Break Into the Wireless Network Biz?

Recently, I gave a speech at a company and one of the executives raised an interesting question: Will Apple or Google -- or both -- enter the wireless networking fray, just as both have become competitors in the smartphone side of the business? I believe the answer is yes. How is the question. When ...

TECHNOLOGY LAW CORNER

Microsoft Takes a Licking as SC Reinforces ‘Presumption of Validity’

In Microsoft v. i4i, The U.S. Supreme Court recently affirmed that the presumption of validity is high for an issued patent and that invalidating it requires an extremely strong case. In particular, the court affirmed that proving invalidity and unenforceability requires "clear and convincing eviden...

The Reinvention of VoIP

Voice over IP technology is getting a makeover, and service providers hope it will reinvent the industry. There's a shift away from VoIP toward hosted unified communications -- that is, integrated voice, instant messenger, email, workflow applications, CRM and procurement. Eight companies formed the...

Prioritization at Core of CIOs’ Survival Strategies

It can be a scary world out there. Phishers, hackers, crackers and the like are determined to wreak havoc on network security -- and a firm's Chief Information Officer is smack dab in the middle of it all. The CIO establishes and directs the strategic long-term goals, policies and procedures for an ...

Retailers Using RFID for Better Holiday Customer Service

American retailers are turning to radio frequency identification technology -- RFID tags -- to ensure that in-demand items are in stock this holiday season, hoping to bolster end-of-year revenues, experts say. Holiday revenue can account for 25 to 40 percent of a company's annual revenue, and retail...

BUSINESS BRIEF

Stocks Stage Modest Rally, Oil Prices Ease

Oil prices eased off record highs, giving investors enough breathing room to move Wall Street slightly higher on Thursday after another round of positive earnings reports. The Dow finished higher by 12.17 points, closing at 10,129.24. The Nasdaq was also up, gaining 22.80 points, or more than 1.2 pe...

MTI MicroFuel Reinvents the Battery

MTI MicroFuel Cells, a developer of miniaturized fuel cells for handheld electronics, today introduced a technology based on direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) technology. According to the company, the new technology, called Mobion, represents several scientific breakthroughs that the company believes...

TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL REPORT

RFID Emerges to Threaten the Bar Code

In the film "The Recruit," Colin Farrell portrays a CIA agent who escapes a double agent by removing a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag placed on him and surreptitiously placing it on the collar of a dog he stops to pet on the street. Alhough most of its uses are not as dramatic as those sh...

Fallen Dot-Com Star CMGI Drops Stadium Deal

Dot-com incubator CMGI said it has negotiated to end a 15-year, $114 million deal that called for its corporate name and logo to adorn the stadium where the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots play football. Razor and battery maker Gillette will take over the naming rights. While the move ca...

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