Category: E-Commerce Times

T-Mobile’s Legere Sputters Over FTC’s Cramming Accusations

July 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, E-Commerce Times, Newsmakers, T. Barton Carter 0 comments

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T. Barton Carter, College of Communication

T-Mobile’s efforts to market itself as the un-carrier that puts customers first may be impacted by the United States Federal Trade Commission’s allegations that it has engaged in “cramming” — charging consumers for services offered by third-party companies without the consumers’ knowledge or authorization…

Expert quote:

“Turning over a new leaf still leaves T-Mobile liable for previous overcharges.”

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Emotional Backlash Unlikely to Unsettle Facebook

July 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, E-Commerce Times, John Carroll, Newsmakers 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

It’s unlikely that Facebook’s psych experiment that turned some 700,000 of its users into involuntary lab rats will hurt its brand or advertising revenue. However, Facebook’s research on the emotional impact of content in the News Feeds of its members has unleashed a torrent of criticism…

Expert quote:

“This isn’t collecting data and employing it for marketing purposes. This was more like a lab experiment. It goes beyond the standard digital vacuuming of people’s data. This was not a test to improve service. This was a test to heighten the attachment of Facebook users to the site.”

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California Embraces Bitcoin

July 1st, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, E-Commerce Times, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure that legalizes the use of bitcoins and other virtual currencies in the state. The law repealed previous legislation that specified only “lawful money of the United States” could be used in California…

Expert quote:

“Only sovereign nations, not individual state actions, determine legitimacy of currency. The legal actions taken by lawmakers in California were done to close a unique legal loophole relating to gift cards and other forms of money and are not a specific endorsement for bitcoin. Unlike the U.S dollar and all other sovereign-backed currencies, bitcoin is not legal tender, and no one is required to accept it when settling private or public debts.”

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SnappyTV Could Amp Up Twitter Amplify

June 19th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, E-Commerce Times, John Carroll, Newsmakers 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

Twitter on Thursday announced a new addition to its social-TV arsenal: SnappyTV. SnappyTV is an online service that allows content owners to clip, edit and share video from live broadcasts in near-real time…

Expert quote:

“Everyone wants to be involved in the real-time mix. SnappyTV can get Twitter more involved in that.”

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Salesforce Tries On Wearable Tech for Size

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, E-Commerce Times, N. Venkat Venkatraman, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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N. Venkat Venkatraman, School of Management

Salesforce.com is moving aggressively to carve out its own place in a hot emerging technology niche: wearable computing. With its new initiative, Salesforce Wear, it appears to be following its usual MO of co-opting technology in the consumer world and repositioning it for the enterprise…

Expert quote:

“The key trigger could be worker safety, but quickly one can make the business case for operational efficiency.”

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Apple Sinks Its Teeth Into Bitcoin

June 5th, 2014 in 2014, E-Commerce Times, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Apple this week updated its App Store Review Guidelines with a change that signals a loosening of its restrictive policies against bitcoin and other digital currencies…

Expert quote:

“The move by Apple does not validate bitcoin but simply recognizes that there are over 200 other virtual currencies that are vying to gain wider acceptance.”

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Yahoo Buys Blink Team, App to Go Dark

May 15th, 2014 in 2014, E-Commerce Times, Newsmakers, Samina Karim, School of Management 0 comments

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Samina Karim, School of Management

Yahoo has acquired Blink, a mobile app that destroys messages at a predetermined time set by the user. Yahoo intends to shut down both the iOS and Android versions of the app in the coming weeks. Blink made its debut just a year ago…

Expert quote:

“Though we’re hearing that the Blink app will be shut down in the near future, this doesn’t mean that its user base vanishes. I foresee Yahoo morphing Blink into something else. There are cheaper ways to get talent other than to acquire the Blink app — so I think there is definitely an interest in more than just the talent.”

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Google Clarifies Gmail Snooping in Updated ToS

April 16th, 2014 in 2014, E-Commerce Times, N. Venkat Venkatraman, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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N. Venkat Venkatraman, School of Management

Google this week updated its terms of service with new language that more clearly spells out how it scans and analyzes user content, such as emails, to match it with targeted ads…

Expert quote:

“We need better ways to educate and engage consumers about how and where their data is used and integrated with other publicly available data.”

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Headless Web Traffic Threatens Internet Economy

March 25th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, E-Commerce Times, John Carroll, Newsmakers 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

Online advertising is in serious jeopardy due to the proliferation of bogus content sites serving ads and the armies of botnets that deliver fake traffic to them. It’s challenging enough to get Web users interested enough to click on an ad, but now it seems a huge number of ads that supposedly are clicked on aren’t even being viewed by human beings…

Expert quote:

“It’s one more element that could alienate advertisers. You’ve got an ad environment where the vast majority of the audience ignores Internet advertising entirely. That’s discouraging,”

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The Devil Made Ex-Microsoft Exec Do Insider Trading

December 21st, 2013 in 2013, E-Commerce Times, Newsmakers, School of Law, Tamar Frankel 0 comments

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Tamar Frankel, School of Law

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington and the Securities and Exchange Commission have lodged criminal and civil enforcement actions against a former senior portfolio manager at Microsoft and his friend, alleging insider trading…

Expert quote:

“Habits, whether private or public, are not created in a minute. They take a long time to become ‘this is how we do things’ and gain the justification of ‘others are to blame, including the greedy investor.’”

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