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Category Archives: E-Commerce

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

Report – Half of American Adults Data Hacked So far This Year

EPIC:  “A new report finds that 432 million online accounts in the US have been hacked this year, concerning about 110 million Americans. In the last year, 70 million Target customers, 33 million Adobe users, 4.6 million Snapchat users, and potentially all 148 million eBay users had their personal information exposed by database breaches. Earlier this month, the President’s science advisors foundContinue Reading

Google requires copy of a valid photo ID and a form for EU takedown action

Follow-up to EU Court of Justice – Google Must Remove Links Upon Request, via Ars Technica, Google’s “right to be forgotten” response is “disappointingly clever - You’ll need a copy of your photo ID and a list of every URL you want taken down.

Online Shopping and Mail Order Businesses Jump 27 Percent

“Electronic shopping is showing rapid growth compared to the rest of the retail trade sector, with the number of establishments growing 27.4 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to new U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today. Drawn from County Business Patterns: 2012, the new data provides the only detailed annual information on the number of establishments,Continue Reading

Google Posts About Lack of Diversity in their Workforce

Posted by Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President, People Operations: “…Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity, and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts. So, here are our numbers…there are lots of reasons why technology companiesContinue Reading

Community Fiber in Washington, D.C., Seattle, and San Francisco

Fiber by cities: Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle May 28, 2014 by susan crawford Developments and Lessons Learned - “This report provides detailed accounts of planning carried out in connection with community fiber networks in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA. It includes information about existing fiber assets that the cities identified, funding mechanisms that wereContinue Reading