Native advertising is one of the Biggest New Things in that realm, but now the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is pointing out that the genre needs to avoid being just another version of a very old game: Let’s deceive the customer.
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HealthCare.gov’s role is changing, as customers will soon have the chance to enroll in subsidized insurance through federally licensed commercial insurance exchanges — potentially shifting much of the activity to the private sector.
Angie’s List, where you can find out if your house painter knows their way around a ladder, is getting a high-profile competitor. From eBay, no less, where finding value has become an art.
Don’t be surprised if custom mobile greeting cards start becoming available through ProFlowers, Red Envelope or Gifts.com. Provide Commerce, which owns those flower and gift brands, has purchased mobile app maker Sincerely.
Sponsored Post Let’s say you just got a spiffy new smartphone, which means that the line between your personal life and your work life just got erased. But the universe often seeks balance, so making your work life easier could make the IT department’s more difficult.
City dwellers have a variety of solutions for dealing with city noises, including our least favorite – running the air conditioner on fan in winter. But the most elegant idea so far is a new device that attaches to a window and turns it into a counter-noise filter.
If Apple doesn’t already consume enough of your disposable dollars, the wizards of Cupertino are planning to take over your home.
The intelligent-glasses category may have another participant as the marketplace shapes up. Samsung, according to a newly revealed patent, is joining Google – and reportedly Apple, Microsoft and others – in wanting to put its logo where your eyes are.
The company behind CleverCards will continue to be known as Cleverbug – possibly because those who work there enjoy referring to themselves as Cleverbuggers.
As Texas Gov. Rick Perry might say: “Oops.”
Since a smartphone is such an attractor for thieves, what if you couldn’t sell a used one without proof of ownership? That’s the idea behind a new bill introduced Friday in the New York State Legislature.
Entrepreneur Chris Baggott’s key business appears to be creating acquisition targets for big players. He cofounded e-mail and interactive marketing house ExactTarget, which Salesforce picked up for a tasty $2.5 billion in June. And today, Oracle announced it is buying content marketing provider Compendium for an undisclosed sum.
Back when cable visionaries foretold the age of 500 channels, did anyone ever expect they’d have to buy them in big bundles at a time? Canada is now reaching for that unrealized Promised Land, where 500 channels means 500 choices.
Is Taser International hedging its bets, in case its non-lethal weapons run into legal or other obstacles?
How many ways can people expand the experience of buying a ticket and attending an event? The eBay-owned StubHub, which bills itself as the world’s largest ticket marketplace, aims to find out with its new StubHub Labs.
Mobile? Wearables? Small change. For several years, Cisco has been thinking bigger, when the Internet fully becomes the Internet of Everything … and it has released its most recent study on the subject, which says about $99 billion is being left on the table this year by retailers that aren’t as connected to their operations as they could be.
It may be down, but it’s not out. Next month, soon-to-be-mobile-deviceless Nokia will unveil half a dozen new mobile devices, if not more. This will probably include at least two of the hit Lumias and maybe some surprises.
This week, revenue performance firm C9 took the wraps off two new analytical applications that help in predicting and optimizing revenue – and announced it has obtained a new round of funding and a new CEO.
The combined search distribution entity will bear the Perion name, have a market cap of between $800 million and $900 million, and provide a public listing for Conduit through Perion.
Almost $2 billion in advance: That’s what Nokia is getting immediately, taking Microsoft up on an option for cash that can later be deducted from the purchase price of the phone maker’s devices and services division. Does this mean that Nokia’s desperation for cash was a key driver of the acquisition?
The purchase of videocaster Blip.tv by YouTube network Maker Studios – announced this morning – may signal another step in the evolution of Google’s online video giant. That’s because the Time Warner- and venture capital-backed Maker could offer YouTube real competition for some audiences.
Tag, you’re no longer it. Microsoft has announced that it will terminate its Tag service two years from today.