Google Invests $500 Million In Shopping Express To Win Larger Share Of Online Shopping Market

Google Shopping Express 1 In a push to win a bigger share of the online shopping market, Re/code reports Google is investing $500 million to expand its Shopping Express initiative, the search company's same-day delivery service for local products. According to the Re/code article: Investment so far has gone towards the marketing of the service in each new city and the buildup of a fleet of delivery vehicles, as well as towards paying for a network of couriers and workers to pack up the goods in stores and deliver packages to shoppers’ doorsteps. While the article did not list which new cities may get Google S [...]


Google Domains: A New $12 Domain Registration Service Google Is Testing

google-domains-600 Google is dipping its toes into the domain registrar business. The company today announced a beta service called Google Domains that looks very much like the beginnings of a full-fledged domain registrar business. The service is invite-only at the moment, and interested parties can request an invite via the link above. Just pretend to search for a domain name and you'll get prompted to ask for an invite. The Google Domains landing page has links like "Manage my domains" and "Transfer a domain name." A separate Features page shows what Google is planning for this service: $12 d [...]


How Trademark Worries Block “World Cup” Ads On Google

worldcup The World Cup is one of the most popular events in the world, far surpassing the popularity of the Super Bowl, with millions of fans tuning in throughout the month-long tournament. Soccer (football, to most) fans have already begun turning to Google for World Cup information, and search volume will continue to surge once play gets underway on June 12. Ironically, in what would seem to be a boon for the ad-driven search engine, the large percentage of "World Cup" results on Google.com will show no ads at all. Google's Keyword Tool in AdWords hints at the revenue potential for the sear [...]


Android Google Now Updates To Include Public Transportation Alert & Upcoming “Nearby” Feature

android AndroidPolice.com reported two new Google Now features last week, a public transportation alarm to alert users when they have reached their stop, and the soon to be released "Nearby" feature that lets users - and devices - know when they are in close proximity to each other. While the public transportation alarm appears to be live, AndroidPolice.com's report claims the Nearby feature is still in development, but will be launched soon. "We've received information indicating that Nearby will come with an upcoming Google Play services update," writes AndroidPolice.com's Liam Spradlin, "Whil [...]


Trust Vs. Bribes And The Consumer Privacy Paradox

personal-data-privacy-featured Survey after survey shows that consumers are wary of marketers and concerned about tracking and privacy. However, they also want more personalization, relevant ads and are happy to divulge personal information when they get something in return. Is this a contradiction, a paradox? It's really the difference between being confronted with the idea of "tracking" or targeting in the abstract vs. the often concrete rewards of those processes. A Forrester survey is the latest published piece of consumer research to capture and reflect this tension. Last year the firm surveyed more than 5,000 U [...]


Report: Google Chrome & Android Browsers Surpass IE, Become Most Popular Browsers In US

google-chrome-600 A new report from Adobe Digital Index reveals Google browsers have surpassed Microsoft IE in US market share, with Chrome and Android browsers winning 31.8 percent of the combined desktop and mobile browser market, compared to IE's 30.9 percent market share. Adobe claims this is a six-percent year-over-year increase for Google, while IE is down six-percent year-over-year. Apple's Safari ranked No. 3 with 25 percent of the combined desktop and mobile market share, yet it owns more than half of the mobile market share. "Device defaults matter," said ADI analyst Tyler White, "Today mobil [...]


Bing Marks 5th Birthday With Retrospective & Extra Reward Credits For Users

bing-5th-birthday-602-600x300 Today marks Bing's fifth birthday. To celebrate, Microsoft's search engine offered readers a recap of all that has happened at Bing during the last five years, from its start in semantic search to indexing social content from Facebook and Twitter, and making way for the mobile revolution. The site is also giving users extra Bing Reward credits for any searches performed between now and June 9, and automatically entering them into a contest where five winners will be selected to receive a variety of gifts, including: an Xbox One, Surface Pro 3, Nokia Lumia Icon, $500 toward apps or Xb [...]


Did Privacy Search Engine DuckDuckGo Pay To Be Included Apple’s Safari? That’s Private!

ddg logo 600 Tiny search engine DuckDuckGo scored a huge victory yesterday when Apple announced DuckDuckGo would be an option included in future versions of its Safari web browser, as a privacy feature. But did DuckDuckGo pay to make that happen, as others like Google do? That's private, and DDG can't say. "The terms are confidential. Needless to say though DuckDuckGo is thrilled to be included in Safari," DuckDuckGo's CEO and founder Gabriel Weinberg emailed, when we asked if there was any paid component to the arrangement, either a direct payment of some type or compensation in any way. Apple Ke [...]


Look Ma, No Steering Wheel In Google’s New Self-Driving Cars

Google self-driving car prototype It now seems inevitable that self-driving cars will become mainstream in the next 25 years. And Google is largely responsible. While other companies have comparable technology, Google has the visibility and cultural sway to push the notion effectively. Today, the company revealed that it had built and would be "releasing" its own car prototypes. They look like a Pixar Animation Studios spin on the Fiat 500: We’re now exploring what fully self-driving vehicles would look like by building some prototypes; they’ll be designed to operate safely and autonomously without requiring human inte [...]


Report: Chrome The World’s Top Browser, Safari Now Second

apple-safari-featured How things have changed. Chrome is the world's top browser, and Safari is number two. That's according to Shareaholic’s most recent browser share report. The company says the data are collected from a base of more than 250 million users and over 200,000 publishers. While Chrome is the undisputed browser leader (35 percent), Shareaholic says that mobile growth has helped propel Safari to the number two position. Safari's combined mobile and desktop share is now 26 percent, says Shareaholic. The company reports that Internet Explorer and Firefox have both lost ground. The two now co [...]


Yelpocaplyse Resolved: Yelp Returns After 3-Hour Lunch Break

yelp-down Yelp may be down for some of you right now. We’re experiencing networking issues, but working to get back up to speed ASAP.— Yelp (@Yelp) May 16, 2014 Just as thousands of people in the Eastern time zone started casting about for a place to eat lunch today, Yelp suffered an outage. The site appears to have gone down a bit after noon. As you can see in the embedded Tweet above, the site's Twitter account reported that it's experiencing networking issues. The downtime comes during the same week that Yelp announced it was offering a free reservation service. While you are wait [...]


Report: Driven By EU Sales, iPhone Regains Share In Q1

smartphones-600px According to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the iPhone has regained some market share with strong sales in Europe, Japan and Australia in the first quarter of 2014. This was echoed in better than expected iPhone sales growth in last week’s quarterly earnings from Apple. The company said that it sold 43.7 million iPhones in the quarter, easily beating analyst consensus estimates of 37 million. Apple's iPad sales were less than expected however. Smartphone market share Source: Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (April 2014) Despite the overall upbeat iPhone report, Kantar s [...]


Hacking, E-Theft Grow As 18 Percent Report Data Stolen

privacy-security-featured Major internet sites now seem to suffer routine data breaches. Over the past several months, we've learned that multiple major retailers had credit card numbers (by the millions) stolen as their databases were hacked from Eastern Europe. Last week, “Heartbleed” was discovered, prompting the recommendation to change all your passwords online. Welcome to the new normal -- or so it would seem. The Pew Research Center released January 2014 survey data this morning that found 18 percent of adults online have had personal information stolen ("Social Security Number, credit card, or ban [...]


Dove’s New “Beauty Patch” Ad Tells Women Low Self-Esteem Issues Are All In Their Head

Dove Beauty Patch April 2014 Hoping to catch the viral success of its original "Beauty Sketches" campaign, Dove has launched a new "Patches" ad built on the premise that women's self esteem issues are all in our head. In the new ad, "Psychologist and distinguished scholar at Columbia University" conducts a research project, inviting women to use the "revolutionary" RB-X patch, developed to "Enhance the way women perceive their own beauty." The research participants are asked to apply the patch and keep a video diary, logging how they feel about themselves from day to day. The ad includes clips of the participants sa [...]


Survey: Half Of Not-Online Seniors Say They’re Not Missing Out

Older Americans internet adoption Newly released telephone survey data from the Pew Research Center reflect that Americans over 65 use the internet in much the same way that younger people do, just not at the same penetration levels. However a large number of seniors who do not currently use the internet don't feel that they're missing out. The Pew survey, sponsored in part by the Gates Foundation, included more than 6,000 US adults and was conducted in Q3 of last year. According to the data, 59 percent of US seniors use the internet, compared with 86 percent of the overall population. However among more affluent ($75,00 [...]


Google Tries To Clear The Air By Dispelling 10 Google Glass Myths

google-glass-600 Google has a gargantuan task on its hands where Google Glass is concerned. Its head-mounted wearable computer is due for consumer launch later this year, but most Americans don't even recognize Glass, and many of those who do recognize it don't understand how it works. Tension has been growing in recent months. Some Explorers -- the initial group of people that have the device now -- have complained about being harassed while wearing Glass, and others are being turned away by their favorite businesses. Google's task boils down to two words: marketing and education. The company ha [...]


Google Search Can Now Take Photos, Videos, On Your Android Phone

okgoogle So you want to take a quick photo or video with your Android phone? It just got a bit easier, at least for those who like to tell their phone what to do. Google updated its Android Search app today, giving voice-activated access to cell phone camera and video features. Yes, it's an incremental change, but points to the possibility of further enhancements for marketers. Here's how it works: either tap the microphone or say, "OK Google," then "take a photo" or "take a video" and the camera app launches in the preferred mode. Note that in my experience, "shoot a photo" or "shoot a vi [...]


200,000+ Generic TLDs Have Been Officially Registered

icann-domains-featured As of last night, the 200,000 mark has been broken in Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). According to Domain Incite the number hit 201,184 registries to date. The top 10 most registered gTLDs are: While some bigger known companies like GoDaddy have entered the space, the current gTLD registration leader is Donuts who applied for 307 TLDs back in 2012. Of the top 10 gTLDs shown above, all belong to Donuts. This trend  won't stop anytime soon as Donuts will continue rolling out additional premium gTLDs throughout the summer. For more information and detailed stats head over to Doma [...]


Twitter & Vine To Hit The Big Screen This Summer

twitter-tv-video-featured Earlier this week, National CineMedia (NCM) announced a deal with Twitter to produce one-minute weekly shows highlighting trending movie and entertainment Tweets and Vine videos. Scheduled to start the middle of this year, the shows will be screened in NCM theaters across the county. NCM says moviegoers will be encouraged to take part in the social media conversations happening on its theater screens: Through hashtags, fans will be able to share their thoughts on movies and may even see their own Tweets and Vines up on the silver screen alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood. [...]


Pirate Sites Earn $227 Million In Ad Revenue Per Year With Some Funded By Major Brands [Report]

piracy-600 The Digital Citizens Alliance claims pirate sites earn $227 million in advertising revenue per year, with ads from major brands like Amazon, McDonalds, American Express and Ford showing up on 30 percent of the largest sites. Yesterday, TorrentFreak covered the Digital Citizens Alliance report Good Money Gone Bad: Digital Thieves and the Hijacking of the Online Ad Business which evaluated ad revenue for 596 websites that had received more than 25 takedown requests through Google during the third quarter of 2013. The report organized pirate sites into four categories - BitTorrent and oth [...]


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