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The Data-Driven Digital Revolution

Traditionally, online advertising was viewed primarily as a direct-response vehicle. However, the growing use of data to define and deliver audience targeting means it now can have an impact on all levels of the purchasing funnel -- from fostering awareness to reaching consumers at the ideal interse...

OPINION

The Disasters of 2011

If there was ever a year for train wrecks, 2011 was it. It is that time when we look back at the screwy decisions executives made last year, and be thankful that we aren't them. There were a number of career-limiting moves last year that warrant a top spot on my Bozo meter. HP and Cisco are contende...

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The We-Commerce Wave

It just makes sense that consumers tend to trust the opinions and recommendations of friends before they trust those of advertisers, promoters and retailers. Social shopping sites, which combine features of social networking with online sales, seek to capitalize on the sharing and trust that exist b...

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Hitting the Linux Gaming Jackpot

If you had the option to pick your own price for a computer game that only runs on your Linux rig, would you pay to play? Not if you are a typical Linux gamer. At least, that's the popular perception of fans of free and open source software. Linux is available freely. So why pay for a game -- or any...

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3 Ways to Ensure Complete CRM Failure

By now, most people understand the power and the value of adding a social component to your CRM strategy. Perhaps you're not yet ready to go to full social CRM, but you no doubt recognize that there is a lot of value in engaging with customers in the ways they want to engage. As social media become ...

OPINION

Tech Trends in 2012: What’s Hot, What’s Not?

My Pick of the Week is a brand new category of computers called "Ultrabooks." Think of Apple's thin MacBook Air -- but on Windows. These are a hit with Apple users, so there is no reason they shouldn't be just as popular with the Windows crowd, as long as they run well. I have not used them yet, but...

Google May Want an Android Tablet of Its Own

Google may be planning to enter the tablet market in the medium term -- and not just as a partner in an OEM relationship. Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, told an Italian newspaper that "in the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality." Certainly Google's Android h...

Google’s Zeitgeist: Don’t Dig Too Deep for Meaning

If Google's Zeitgeist 2011 -- the company's 11th annual list of the most popular and fastest-rising Internet searches -- truly reflects the spirit of the times, then we must be living in a world of whiffle heads. In a year when the U.S. pulled its troops out of Iraq, the Congress almost brought the...

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The Role of CRM in Logistics Companies’ IT Strategies, Part 3

The logistics industry is facing challenges in adopting a sustainable and profitable CRM strategy, and there is inertia when it comes to replacing or augmenting disparate CRM solutions adopted by different business units, like retail, as well as various channels, like phone, Web, email, etc. These ...

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The Sky-High Expectations Surrounding Mobile Networks

We hear about the post-PC era, but rarely does anyone talk about the post-LAN or even the post-WAN era. Yet the major IT trends of the day -- from mobile to cloud to app stores -- are changing the expectations we all have from our blended networks. How are the campus networks of yesterday going to s...

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Verizon and Google Enter Holiday Party Late and Sulky

The Galaxy Nexus has finally arrived in the United States after showing up in places like Europe and Hong Kong several weeks ago. This is a Samsung smartphone running the very latest and greatest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. And there are no factory-installed tweaks to the OS either -- it...

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2011 in the Rearview Mirror

Every year around this time, I write two columns -- one on the year that was and another on what I expect the new year to bring. There is no methodology for this process, and I believe this lack of method is important. I take a blank screen and fill it up with what has been on my mind for the last ...

FBI May Be Gathering String on Carrier IQ

Speculation regarding the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's ties with troubled cellphone software firm Carrier IQ was sparked recently by the bureau's rejection of a request made under the Freedom of Information Act. The request aimed to uncover what records and information the bureau has on Ca...

Google+ Tiptoes Into Facial Recognition Territory

Google+Photos is adding facial recognition technology that will let users be tagged automatically in photos. To pre-empt privacy concerns, Google has made the feature opt-in, said Matt Steiner, engineering lead on the Google+ Photos team. For it to work, the user must turn on the new "Find My Face" ...

Nexus Hits the Mainstream

Ever since the Galaxy Nexus, the Samsung-built Android phone that will usher in Ice Cream Sandwich, was announced in Hong Kong in October, the device has been making the headlines. On Thursday alone, there were stories about its launch in Canada, Verizon Wireless' excluding Google Wallet from the de...

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