Seasonal Smartphone Marketing Madness Begins in Earnest »

Seasonal Smartphone Marketing Madness Begins in Earnest

Samsung this week launched a marketing blitz for its Galaxy Note III phablet, which will be unveiled in Berlin Sept. 4, just before the IFA consumer electronics show, which will run Sept. 6-11. That timing has become a Samsung tradition, as have the orchestrated leaks about its forthcoming product. Samsung has been splurging to buy […]

The Great OpenStack-Amazon API Debate »

The Great OpenStack-Amazon API Debate

The discussion and debate over open source cloud software’s compatibility with cloud leader Amazon’s proprietary APIs was just beginning when the 451 Group released “The OpenStack Tipping Point” in April. With the advancement of the OpenStack software and community — along with lingering questions about the desired level of compatibility with Amazon’s cloud — the […]

Zozi: It’s All About the Experience »

Zozi: It’s All About the Experience

Zozi, which connects customers to activity-related adventures or trips — say sailing lessons or rock-climbing tours — rolled out a CRM system earlier this year that is an offshoot of an acquisition the startup made at the end of 2012. The name of the CRM system is “Zozi Advance,” and it is a build-out from […]

Do Your Homework Before Choosing an Unlimited Wireless Data Plan »

Do Your Homework Before Choosing an Unlimited Wireless Data Plan

Six years ago when Apple’s iPhone and smartphones running Google’s Android first hit the streets, it seemed that lots of carriers jumped into the unlimited space. They did this to let customers test drive the wireless data app world and get hooked — and customers loved it. Since then, both AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless […]

Google Takes Heat for Illegal Rx Drug Sales Online »

Google Takes Heat for Illegal Rx Drug Sales Online

Mississippi AG Jim Hood has called on his counterparts in other states to join him in confronting Google for not doing enough to prevent illegal online activities including the sale of prescription drugs by rogue pharmacies. Hood invited Google CEO Larry Page to discuss his concerns but did not receive a response, he said. Consequently, […]

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Big Data »

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Big Data

OK, the title’s a cheap riff on the T.S. Elliot book of poems that inspired Cats — but stay with me, this goes places. A big group of cats is called a “clowder.” What if we could access a clowder of big data? Big Data has been taking up a big part of my conscious […]

Apple’s E-Book Trial Shrouded in Fog, Not Smoke »

Apple’s E-Book Trial Shrouded in Fog, Not Smoke

The e-book price-fixing trial took another turn this week, with Apple claiming that what the Department of Justice called a “smoking gun” was simply a misunderstood email draft. Apple veteran Eddy Cue worked with the late Steve Jobs to engineer a price-fixing plan that would undermine Amazon’s dominant position in the e-book market, the DoJ […]

Sprint Takes Clearwire Fight to Court »

Sprint Takes Clearwire Fight to Court

Sprint has taken legal action to prevent Dish from closing a deal with Clearwire. This is the latest development in the tug of war between Sprint and Dish over the 50 percent of Clearwire’s spectrum that Sprint does not already own. Sprint announced last December that it had worked out a deal to purchase the […]

Dell’s Weak Q1 Earnings Throw Fuel on Buyout Fire »

Dell’s Weak Q1 Earnings Throw Fuel on Buyout Fire

Dell’s quarterly earnings fell short of Wall Street expectations this week, leading to more questions about whether or not shareholders will accept Michael Dell’s buyout offer and regroup as a private company. The PC maker reported a net income of $130 million, or 7 cents per share, during its most recent quarter. If not for […]

InsideView Provides New Insights Into Sales Leads »

InsideView Provides New Insights Into Sales Leads

InsideView earlier this month debuted a new marketing offering housed on its InsideView CRM Intelligence Platform. “One of our working premises is that even with the massive amount of spending companies do on CRM automation, the products still do not fully address the needs of understanding the customer and the new buying process,” said Marc […]

Google Wallet Takes on PayPal With Gmail Money Transfers »

Google Wallet Takes on PayPal With Gmail Money Transfers

In an effort to boost adoption of Google Wallet, Google this week added features to the service that allow users to send money as a Gmail attachment. The company is also trying to simplify the mobile payment process for consumers and businesses. As a way to market the new features, Google Wallet payments via Gmail […]

iOS Loses Market Share as Windows Phone Gains »

iOS Loses Market Share as Windows Phone Gains

Android continues to rule the global smartphone marketplace with the OS accounting for 75 percent of shipments worldwide in Q1, according to the latest IDC report. Apple’s once-dominant iOS had only 17.3 percent of the market. Windows Phone unexpectedly took third place from BlackBerry, which was relegated to fourth. Android’s dominance over iOS “is similar […]

Icahn Leads New Pitch to Win Dell Shareholders »

Icahn Leads New Pitch to Win Dell Shareholders

Two of Dell’s largest stockholders, Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management, have teamed up to propose an alternative to Michael Dell’s plans to take his computer company private. The new deal on the table, issued in a letter to board members, involves a leveraged recapitalization that will pay investors and keep them on as shareholders […]

B&N Investors Salivate Over Microsoft Nook Deal »

B&N Investors Salivate Over Microsoft Nook Deal

Barnes & Noble investors reacted with pure unadulterated joy to the possibility that Microsoft is considering entering the e-book market and will acquire the company’s Nook unit for a whopping $1 billion. Shares rose by a dizzying 24 percent on Thursday, when the rumor surfaced. By the close of Friday trading, shares were up another […]

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