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Opt Out From Online Behavioral Advertising (Beta)

“Welcome to the consumer opt out page for the Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising. Our participating companies are committed to transparency and choice. Some of the ads you receive on Web pages are customized based on predictions about your interests generated from your visits over time and across different Web sites. This type of adContinue Reading

The FCC just launched its peering investigation with a call for data

Gigaom: “The Federal Communication Commission has finally acted on the allegations that certain ISPs are intentionally throttling traffic from providers such as Netflix as a way to charge content providers additional fees. Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a statement on Friday noting that the agency has asked for documentation about peering, and it currently has the terms of the agreementsContinue Reading

World Press Trends: Print and Digital Together Increasing Newspaper Audiences

“Print and digital combined are increasing audiences for newspapers globally, but digital revenues are not keeping pace, posing a risk for newspaper businesses and the societies they serve, the annual World Press Trends survey released Monday by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) revealed. “Unless we crack the revenue issue, and provideContinue Reading

Facebook to Profile User Browsing, May Violate FTC Consent Order

EPIC:  “Facebook has announced that it will collect detailed browser history on users for advertising purposes. Users who object were told to opt-out. The plan may violate a Federal Trade Commission order, prohibiting Facebook from changing its business practices without users’ express consent. The FTC order follows from complaints filed by EPIC and other consumer privacy organizations in 2009 and 2010.Continue Reading

Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies – NYT

DAVID E. SANGER and NICOLE PERLROTH – Google is encrypting more data as it moves between servers “Internet companies like Google and Facebook are working to keep governments and especially their spy agencies out of their servers after revelations from Edward J. Snowden that they had been invaded…As fast as it can, Google is sealingContinue Reading

Gallup – Few Consumers Trust Companies to Keep Online Info Safe

One in five have “a lot of trust” that companies safeguard personal data, by John Fleming and Elizabeth Kampf “Recent incidents such as Target’s security breach, the Heartbleed bug, and eBay’s systems hack have called attention to how much consumers trust the businesses they patronize to keep their personal information safe. That trust currently appears toContinue Reading

Google Video playback checklist

“Video playback checklist You may experience poor video quality — slow loading, buffering or choppy playback — due to a number of factors, such as issues with your Internet Service Provider (ISP), inconsistent Internet connection speed, browser or device issues, or problems with the video itself. While the Video Quality Report provides information on how your ISP typically performs,Continue Reading

U.S. Digital Video Benchmark

Adobe Digital Index Q1 2014 “Online video viewing and TV Everywhere authenticated video is being led by mobile devices, gaming consoles, and OTT devices as publishers and advertisers look for ways to engage the multi-device user. To meet the evolving needs of these demanding consumers, who are watching more video online than ever before, marketersContinue Reading

Leveraging Market Power Through Tying and Bundling: Does Google Behave Anti-Competitively?

Benjamin Edelman, HBS Working Paper Number: 14-112. May 2014. Via SSRN - http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2436940 “This paper presents a series of incidents in which Google used tying and bundling to expand its dominance in a number of online markets and into additional markets. The author assesses whether these incidents raise concerns under antitrust law, and concludes that they do.Continue Reading

Business Adapts to a New Style of Computer

Are companies ready for billions of everyday objects to join the Internet? MIT Technology Review - Antonio Regalado on May 20, 2014. “The Internet of things is especially important for companies that sell network equipment, like Cisco Systems. Cisco has been enthusiastically predicting that 50 billion “things” could be connected to communications networks within six years, up fromContinue Reading

Find out if your Internet service provider plays YouTube in HD

Via YouTube Official Blog – “Nothing ruins the experience of watching a YouTube video like Magic of Rahat more than seeing the dreaded buffering wheel, which is why we’re always working to make videos play smoothly in the best quality possible. And when you can’t see what you want, when you want, it’s important you know why. StartingContinue Reading

Google Workforce Report Omits Any Mention of Age

Follow up to precious posting - Google Posts About Lack of Diversity in their Workforce, more information on another group that is not represented in the company’s workforce due to their, age!   See Google’s So-Called Diversity Makes No Mention of Age  “Google shared their EEO-1 report (PDF link), a survey the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requires big employers toContinue Reading