Rumors of an impending Alibaba initial public offering continue to sweep the Internet, and private company intelligence firm PrivCo just added fuel to the fire by flinging open the doors on its proprietary research on the Chinese company.
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eBay hit exactly the number analysts expected today as it released its Q3 earnings report, with revenues of $3.9 billion, GAAP earnings of $689 million, and 21 percent growth in its “enabled commerce volume” to $51 billion.
But its guidance for the next quarter is at the low end of investor expectations.
Editor’s Pick If you’ve ever managed a site, launched a Facebook page, run a Twitter campaign, or tried to sell anything via Google AdWords, you know one of the key challenges of analytics:
So much data, so little knowledge.
Mobile advertising continues to be up and to the right as 33 percent of clicks on Google ads are now from smartphones or tablets, impressions are up 37.1 percent, clicks are up 16.2 percent, and advertiser spend is up 23.1 percent.
A study of more than 200 billion ads on Facebook says that mobile ads on iPhone generate 1,790 percent more return on investment than ads on Android. Even worse, advertising on Android actually costs more than it returns.
Performance marketing company Nanigans released a study today showcasing that Facebook advertising is alive and well, with retailers seeing a 375 percent explosion in click-through rates from Q3 2012 to Q3 2013 — and healthy 152 percent return on investment.
Twitter updated its S-1 prospectus today and told the world it will be listing on the New York Stock Exchange, not the NASDAQ. In addition, the company confirmed that it would list under the symbol TWTR.
It’s the age of social media and rich media, so big companies need better ways to easily connect to millions of customers in a way that seems human. Without, of course, actually incurring the expense of real-live humans.
Twitter gets all the glory, but movie and TV marketers should be aware that Facebook actually has a much larger share of the second-screen conversation than the soon-to-IPO social network of the now.
And, the buzz lasts much longer.
Updated 12:22 PST with new information on Apple’s TouchID
SpaceX is continuing to test its vertical takeoff and vertical landing rocket, Grasshopper, with small hops to test the rocket guidance and landing technology needed to return a rocket to Earth in exactly the way it slipped the surly bonds of our planet.
Venerable photo-sharing site Flickr, which massively revamped its interface earlier this year, has gone one step further. Now, the pictures are even bigger, and the details are off to the side.
Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce company that became the biggest online retailer on the planet last year, has invested most of a massive new $206 million funding round in ShopRunner, a rival to Amazon.com.
The newest search engine in the world is hidden in the shadows of the Internet, but it shines a light on those shadows that ordinary search engines like Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo can’t.
Twitter’s finally built an app just for your Android tablet, as opposed to the one for your your Android smartphone.
But it’ll only work on Samsung tablets, at least for now.
A new Twitter experiment called “Event Parrot” will send you breaking news from around the world, via direct message.
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch launched a couple of weeks ago as a fat, ugly, and expensive smartphone accessory that our own Devindra Hardawar called “relentlessly inessential.”
That’s not where Apple is going with iWatch.
You just bought that shiny new iPhone 5S for $700 or so, but before you could get that $40 case on, you drop it right on the hard pavement, and its almost-unbreakable Gorilla glass shatters like your quickly-dying dreams of technological bliss.
Twitter has accidentally revealed its IPO date in revisions to its S-1 filing, private company financial data analysts at PrivCo say.
Google Maps just got a whole lot more useful — and probably a whole lot more monetizable.
Death, taxes, and internet ad revenues going up are the new certainties of life, apparently. That’s good news for Facebook, Google — and the soon-to-IPO Twitter.
Guest Post Despite Google’s claim that it is merely looking out for the wellbeing of its users by hiding keyword data, Google doesn’t hide the data if you pay for it. That is, if marketers place paid ads in Google Adwords for their keywords, Google will pass along visitor keyword data.
Google launched new cloud-based development tools for iOS developers today, enabling them to connect to cloud services simply, easily, and cheaply. So cheaply, in fact, it’s free.
A week ago, Yahoo got into hot water for offering T-shirts to security researchers who discovered serious holes in its network. Yesterday, Microsoft awarded $100,000 to a vulnerability researcher with Context Information Security who found a new way to bypass Windows 8.1 security.
We should see the new iPad in less than two weeks.
Software testing service uTest, which analyzes more than 80 million reviews with its mobile app analytics tool Applause, is revealing some attention-grabbing numbers that might make app developers think twice about delaying iOS 7 updates.
The new features are a coup for Microsoft, which is getting an app for its mobile platform that isn’t a rebrand of another platform’s app but a fully integrated, fully native, and fully optimized app just for Windows Phone.
Apple has made huge strides in China despite a lackluster recent quarter in which the company dropped $800 million in middle kingdom revenue, year-over year. The company gave China its first Apple Event in Beijing, and was rewarded by selling out iPhone 5S and 5C pre-orders.
It’s a marketing campaign –that has had the entire Bay Area technorati talking — for BitTorrent’s new store-in-the-file product for artists … a file format called BitTorrent Bundles where the art is the cash register, and sharing is a form of currency, not a form of theft.
“Today’s announcement is just the beginning,” said Len Jordan, Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group. “Their platform enables an entire set of applications and measurements for driving new levels of analysis and optimization.”
About seven million social media managers, marketers, and ordinary average people share content from the web to their personal and corporate social media account with HootSuite’s tools.
As of today, App Annie’s analytics solution isn’t just about apps anymore. Now, publishers can get detailed statistics about their digital book sales from the app store analytics solution as well.
Four days ago, I tested my iPhone 5S sensors and found that the phone’s level and gyroscope sensors were reporting anomalous data, data that was very different from what my iPhone 5 was reporting — and different from what other, analog sensors, such as a simple mechanical bubble level, were telling me.
In the city, getting somewhere is only half the battle — and sometimes much less than that. Finding a parking spot can be an even bigger time-waster.
Adblock Plus, the adblocking service that blocks pop-ups, pop-unders, blinking, and other annoying ads, and recently suggested to Twitter that it apply for whitelisting, revealed today that it only accepts 9.5 percent of advertisers to its whitelisting program.
In spite of rumors to the contrary, we didn’t see a larger iPhone from Apple this fall when the company released the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
That will change in 2014, according to one analyst.
Your mobile phone carrier knows what you want before you do.
“We estimate preliminary September sales for our Apple Barometer rose by approximately 9-10 percent month-over-month,” Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White said in a research note this morning.
HootSuite is putting some of its recently raised cash to work. The enterprise social media management company turned in a massive $165 million funding round for international expansion, and it’s wasting no time using that money.
“The benefit of being part of LinkedIn is very clear. The benefit of being part of Facebook is very, very clear. The benefit of being on Twitter is … not so obvious.”