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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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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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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April Fools! You’ve Been Spamvertised

We call it phishing; others say it is spamvertising. Whatever the name, it’s mean stuff! According to Webroot, Inc.: “Spamvertising is the combination of the words ‘spam’ and ‘advertising.’ It’s the super nasty stuff that arrives in your email inbox and, recently, even in your Facebook messages. All you have to do is click on […]

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