Google: No Facial Recognition Apps Will be Approved For Google Glass

Google Glass launched at the 2012 Google I/O event. [caption id="attachment_43408" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Google Glass launched at the 2012 Google I/O event.[/caption] Think Google Glass would be great if it could help you look at someone and automatically bring up information about them? Looks like you'll have to do it the hard way and recognize them yourself. Google's put up a statement saying it won't approve any facial recognition apps. Google posted on Google+ about this, saying: We've been listening closely to you, and many have expressed both interest and concern around the possibilities of facial recognition in Glass. [...]


Google’s “X Phone” Is Coming, So Are Nexus-Like Versions Of HTC One And Galaxy S4

Google Motorola Google's mobile phone division Motorola is desperate for a hit. At a price of $12.5 billion, the company was Google's largest acquisition ever. It has yet to generate any ROI for Mountain View. Motorola's patent portfolio, the reason most-often cited as the driver of the acquisition, has seen its value dramatically reduced by the Google-FTC antitrust settlement and consent decree. In essence, that bars Motorola from using its IP for anticompetitive purposes -- essentially as a sword rather than as a shield in patent litigation. Motorola has continued to see its global and US handset s [...]


Tumblr Expands Sponsored Posts To Desktops

Tumblr is bringing its sponsored posts to the Web. This does not signal a big change in strategy nor a sign of Yahoo's new power over the blogging site since acquiring it for $1.1 billion nearly two weeks ago. This is an extension of the native ad unit Tumblr rolled out on its mobile apps for iOS and Android at the end of April and said they would be bringing to the Web. Several outlets report that seven advertisers are participating in the initial flight: Ford, Viacom, Universal Pictures, Capital One, Purina, Denny’s and AT&T. As with the mobile ad units, users will see a max [...]


Marketing Day: May 31, 2013

Here's our daily recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the Web. From Marketing Land: How To Get A Million Repins On Pinterest: 5 Questions With Better Homes & Gardens Digital Editorial Manager Earlier this month, we learned Better Homes and Gardens ranked in the top five brands for Pinterest boards with the most repins, likes and comments. Generating more than a million repins, BHG’s Blogger Recipes We Love board won the top spot for Pinterest board with the most repins. The Blogger Faves from BHG.com board claimed [ [...]


How To Get A Million Repins On Pinterest: 5 Questions With Better Homes & Gardens

pinterest-plate-kitchen-featured Earlier this month, we learned Better Homes and Gardens ranked in the top five brands for Pinterest boards with the most repins, likes and comments. Generating more than a million repins, BHG's Blogger Recipes We Love board won the top spot for Pinterest board with the most repins. The Blogger Faves from BHG.com board claimed the No. 2 spot for most repins and No. 4 spot for most comments. The boards also ranked in the No. 2 and No. 3 positions for boards with the most likes. According to Better Homes and Gardens digital editorial manager Kaelin Zawilinski, BHG started growing their Pintere [...]


LinkedIn Adds Two-Factor Authentication; Following Twitter, Facebook, Google & Others

linkedin-featured LinkedIn announced they have added the two-factor authentication option for users to help protect their accounts on the popular business-focused social network. LinkedIn said they have added an "optional feature that adds another layer of security to your LinkedIn sign-in: two-step verification." How does it work? (1) Go to "Privacy & Settings" under your account (2) Select the Account tab and "Manage security settings” option (3) Click “Turn On Two-step verification” (4) Register and verify your mobile phone number Then, when you login, LinkedIn will send you an SMS mess [...]


Twitter Simplifies Profile Photo & Background Image Editing

twitter-egg-no Okay, brands, you're running out of excuses not to have a nice custom background and a solid photo/logo for your Twitter profile. Twitter has simplified the process of adding or changing profile photos and background images by bringing the editor right out on your Twitter profile, rather than making those changes possible only in account settings. This has actually been happening over time -- you could change images from the main profile page for a while, but now there are new options that include drag-and-drop uploads from your computer desktop taking a new photo via webcam and au [...]


What Images Get Pinned On Pinterest? Red Beats Blue, Portrait Over Landscape & Lose The Faces

pinterest-logo According to visual analytics and marketing platform Curalate, brand images on Pinterest are 23 percent more likely to receive a repin if the image does not contain a face. Using custom algorithms to evaluate more than 500,000 Pinterest images, Curalate researched how an image's visual characteristics influence social media activity. Examining 30 different visual characteristics, including color, texture, lightness and saturation, the study found that images with lots of color are preferred, while red, orange and brown images are twice as likely to be repinned over blue pictures. Images of [...]


Google Stands In For “The Emerald City” In The Internship Movie

Vaughn Wilson The Internship There's a scene near the climax of the film The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson (opening June 7), where they and their team of Google summer interns try to sell a local pizza restaurant on Google advertising (presumably AdWords). Many of the different Google tools and services are paraded out (i.e., search, Google Maps, Google Trends/Insights), while veteran sales guy Vaughn tells the restaurant owner that he, too, was once afraid of change. The scene could be cut out of the move and used as "sales collateral" in Google's effort to bring small businesses into the AdWord [...]


Hidden Data In Your Amazon Associate Reports

hidden-data-in-amazon-reports Like many other Internet marketers, one of the first things I do each day is check my Amazon Associates account to see how much I earned the day before. I also check to see how many and what products were ordered the day before, knowing that I will earn my commission on them once they are shipped. It's just a routine of mine and, as I said before, is likely common for others that promote Amazon products. However, about once a week or so, I really dig into the reports in my Associates Account. While most people are aware that they can see how much a tracking ID earned for any specific time f [...]


LinkedIn Updates Get Richer: Upload Images, Documents & Presentations In A Post

Image-Only Until today, LinkedIn users were able to post content to the social networking site in two formats: simple text based updates and links. New upgrades will allow users to add files in updates instead of forcing users to link off to other locations. This comes on the heels of the announcement that users could upload rich media in their profiles earlier this month. From quotes to company photos, users and companies will be able to provide visual posts while still keeping the textual content around the file. Previously, the images pulled in were sourced directly from links rather than from [...]


The Changing Definition of Inbound Marketing: Why SEOs & SEMs Should Care

inbound-marketing-600x575 There’s been a lot of talk over the past few days about inbound marketing – see this discussion at Inbound.org in response to Rand Fishkin’s post announcing the rebranding of SEOmoz as just “Moz.” In that post, Rand sets up a distinction between “inbound marketing” and “interruption marketing,” as shown here: [caption id="attachment_46214" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image courtesy of Moz, used with permission[/caption]   A lot of marketers are rolling their eyes and wondering why we need another term – inbound marketing – when SEO, PPC (or SEM), etc., [...]


Twitter Set To Launch FBX-Like Retargeting Ad Exchange [Report]

twitter-logo-tweet-200px In its latest effort to beef up advertising offerings, Twitter is aiming to get in on the rise of retargeting and programmatic, real-time ad buying. The company is  gearing up to launch a new ad retargeting exchange that would function much like the successful Facebook Exchange (FBX) and allow brands to retarget ads to site visitors when they are on Twitter. According to a report from AdAge, Twitter has been looking into the ad exchange idea since last year and meeting with FBX partners to learn about their approaches to retargeting on Facebook. No launch dates have been discussed, and Twi [...]


Marketing Day: May 30, 2013

Here's our daily recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the Web. From Marketing Land: Twitter Lists Get A Major Expansion: 1,000 Lists & 5,000 Accounts Each Twitter has announced a two-fold expansion of its seemingly ignored Lists feature, and the upgrades feature significant expansions of Lists’ previous limitations. Users can now make up to 1,000 lists, instead of 20. And each list can have as many as 5,000 accounts in it, an upgrade from the previous limit of 500. Lists [...] Google Glass Diary, Part 5: Why Brand [...]


Twitter Lists Get A Major Expansion: 1,000 Lists & 5,000 Accounts Each

twitter-new-logo-blue Twitter has announced a two-fold expansion of its seemingly ignored Lists feature, and the upgrades feature significant expansions of Lists' previous limitations. Users can now make up to 1,000 lists, instead of 20. And each list can have as many as 5,000 accounts in it, an upgrade from the previous limit of 500. Lists have had those previous (and overly restrictive) limits since the product was first rolling out in 2009. Expanding the numbers has been a common feature request, so today's news is sure to be well-received. Twitter Lists are a great way to monitor accounts whether you f [...]


Google Glass Diary, Part 5: Why Brands Must Give Users Control

google-glass-control-screen-featured Google Glass means checking tweets every freaking minute. I turned the Twitter app off very quickly. — Jeremiah Owyang (@jowyang) May 25, 2013   I've heard a few similar comments from other Glass owners like the tweet above from Altimeter Group analyst Jeremiah Owyang. And, as Glass spreads to more people, there'll surely be more similar reactions. Glass is a very personal experience. Information is literally reaching you within an inch of your eye and, if there's audio, within an inch of your ear. Brands have to be very careful about how they enter the user's personal space o [...]


Study: 76% Of Executives Believe CEOs Should Be Utilizing Social Media Channels

social-media-network-people According to a recent study conducted by public relations firm Weber Shandwick, 76 percent of executives believe it is a good idea for CEOs to participate on social media networks. Of the executives working for CEOs who use social media, 67 percent believe that it is a good use of their CEO's time. The study revealed that CEOs who are active on social media channels rate significantly higher when it comes to leadership attributes than CEOs who do not leverage social media. When asked which words described their CEO, 43 percent of executives with socially active CEOs labeled their company [...]


Janrain Announces Integration With “Login With Amazon,” Amazon’s New Social Login For Ecommerce

Today, Janrain announced it is among the first companies to support Amazon's new third-party login service, Login with Amazon. Janrain's ecommerce, consumer brand and other sites with registration processes will now be able to add Login to Amazon authorization to their sites. Janrain's user management platform already incorporates over 30 social login providers including Facebook, Twitter, Google and LinkedIn. What the company, and Amazon, believe sets Login with Amazon apart is the ecommerce context of Amazon's login service. Login with Amazon turns guest checkout visitors into recogniz [...]


Amazon Launches “Login With Amazon” Service For Third-Party Sites, Apps And Games

Login With Amazon logo Amazon is hoping to extend its reach and integration beyond its own properties with yesterday's launch of Login with Amazon. The new service lets Amazon's 200+ million users to sign into websites, games and apps with their Amazon logins. Third-party developers can implement Login with Amazon on their web and mobile properties in the same way they integrate social logins like Facebook, Twitter and Google. Unlike those social logins, however, Amazon has the unique appeal for ecommerce and transactional developers as it allows users to sign in and checkout using their Amazon accounts. Login [...]


(Google) Glass Half Full?

glass_glass If you pay attention to the tech world, you’ve likely noticed a proliferation of geeks donning a new device called Google Glass. This Glass is the latest in the category of what’s known as wearable computers, and it allows the owner to take photos, videos, request directions and surf the Web. The unique thing about the Glass is that they are completely hands free. A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking with one of the original Glass owners, tech blogger, Robert Scoble. Scoble is in the process of writing a book titled, Age of Context, with the thesis that not only is techn [...]


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