Consumers Need to Become More Price Aware

As Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru, notes: “Retailers and [consumer product manufacturers] continue to mask everyday price increases with smaller package sizes, fractional ounce content, and uneven dollar amounts that shoppers find hard to compute. While everyday prices rise — and they likely will again in 2013 due to the Midwest drought and other weather […]

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The State of Women-Owned Businesses Report

American Express OPEN recently published a report on the 1997-2012 trends involving women-owned businesses. These are some of the key findings: “The rate of growth in the number of women-owned enterprises over the past 15 years remains higher than the national average — currently the number of women-owned firms is growing at 1½ times the […]

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Google Search’s Policy for Copyrighted Material

Just yesterday, we blogged about Google’s having to pay a large fine because of its privacy practices. See that post here. So, it is more than a little interesting that today, Hollywood Reporter and others are writing about Google’s new emphasis on slowing down copyright violations (‘Google Search to Start Targeting Copyright Violators’). As Paul […]

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We REALLY Love Our Cell Phones

Smartphone use keeps growing and growing. We use our phones to text, surf the Web, shop, get directions, and — once in a while — to actually talk to people. Our phones go everywhere, including on vacation (where 98 percent of people bring their phones). Click on the eMarketer chart to learn more.  (The article […]

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Google Pays Big Fine Over Privacy

Large online firms continue to face legal penalties over the way they treat peoples’ right to privacy. Today, Google agreed to a settlement with the FTC. As reported by Claire Cain Miller for the New York Times: “The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday fined Google $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed privacy settings […]

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Are Too Many Ad Clicks on Facebook from Bots?

From a business perspective, companies want to know if the money they spend on Facebook advertising is getting results. Recently, there been reports that a lot of the ad clicks on Facebook are generated by bots and not real people. To say the least, this is a concern for advertisers. According to Dave Thier, writing […]

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Old Media? Not as Dead as Reported

Bloomberg’s Sheila Dharmarajan reports on the surge of ‘old’ media stocks as they outperform ‘new’ media stocks and why investors are turning back to the tried and true media giants. She speaks on Bloomberg Television’s ‘In The Loop.’ Click the image to view the video clip.    

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