Category: E-Commerce Times

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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CFPB Suit Targets Predatory Online Lending Practices

December 19th, 2013 in 2013, E-Commerce Times, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Managsment

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau this week put online finance companies on notice that it will not overlook them merely because they operate in cyberspace…

Expert quote:

“More and more, we are seeing financial products migrate to the Internet, so it is very important that regulators like CFPB take this stand. The bureau was created as a result of financial crisis, and its role is very broadly written to protect consumers.”

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Bitcoin Buckles Under China’s Assault

December 18th, 2013 in 2013, Bitcoin, E-Commerce Times, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

China has delivered Bitcoin the second half of a one-two punch that could be the beginning of the end for the virtual currency…

Expert quote:

“China will be the death knell for Bitcoin as a decentralized universal e-currency.”

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Microsoft Honcho Tapped to Clean Up Healthcare Mess

December 18th, 2013 in 2013, E-Commerce Times, Kenneth Freeman, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Kenneth Freeman, School of Management

The Obama administration has reached into Microsoft’s ranks for the tech talent it needs to fix the Affordable Care Act cock-up…

Expert quote:

“He has the benefit of a burning platform. In driving change, if you have a burning platform, it’s a lot easier to make something happen then, rather than going to a situation where everything on the surface appears to be calm.”

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Dropbox Shoots for the Moon

November 19th, 2013 in 2013, E-Commerce Times, Newsmakers, School of Management, Vinit Nijhawan 0 comments

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Vinit Nijhawan, School of Management, Office of Technology Development

Dropbox is not only planning to raise US$250 million in the next few weeks but is also seeking a corporate valuation of $8 billion, according to a news report Tuesday in Bloomberg Businessweek…

Expert quote:

“Blockbuster apps are becoming the norm, and they garner huge financial interest. Clearly, Dropbox is the blockbuster app in the file-share space.”

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