Guest Post Showrooming is when you visit a retail store to see a product and then use your mobile apps to check prices online and place an order. The practice is making Amazon a lot of money.
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Guest Post Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of Groupon’s IPO. And it’s been a bad year. Here’s what lies ahead in the deals landscape.
Guest Post Out-of-home ads, such as those on billboards, transit, and street benches, may get a lot of eyeballs, but they can’t account for our preferences. Mobile can.
Guest Post Wall Street and pundits have been in a tizzy lately over the rise of mobile and how it might decimate the ad-driven business models of Facebook and Google. They’re wrong.
Guest Post Bay Area residents discovered this weekend that the San Mateo Bridge, one of several that crosses San Francisco Bay, was closed. But if they listened to directions from Google, Apple, Microsoft,or Mapquest, they would have been advised to cross it anyway.
Guest Post You can have too much of a good thing. And in Apple’s case, it frequently puts too many places on the map.
Guest Post Cab hailing service Uber Taxi is shutting down its experiment in New York City. Here’s why.
Guest Post Television is a tough business, and few innovators make it big. But these eight companies have defied the odds.
Guest Post City Target is now open at the Metreon in San Francisco. A look around last night and the shelves were already running low on milk, bread, eggs, hummus, toilet paper, and tampons. (Hey, I’m comprehensive in my market research.)
Guest Post OpenTable is partnering with Palo Alto-based DudaMobile to automatically generate mobile-friendly web sites for restaurants on the OpenTable network. The software makes key information easily accessible on mobile screens with big, touch-friendly buttons.
Guest Post As Apple plays catch up to Google Maps, there is one quick fix it can make: Let users make minor corrections and publish them immediately.
Guest Post Ugh. That’s the word that best describes my view on Bravo’s show, “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley.”
Sometimes very small changes can make a big difference. That’s the case with the one change I’d love for Google to make to Google Calendar.
Guest Post Google’s Street View is back on iPhone, with the help of the Web, and here’s what we’re all using it for.
Guest Post I put iOS 6′s new turn-by-turn directions to the test over the weekend, often alongside Android’s turn-by-turn directions.
Guest Post My dentist is finally online. But her service provider, Demandforce, isn’t doing her any favors. Consider this excerpt from the email that I received.
Guest Post With all of the grumbling these days about Apple’s new maps in iOS, one would think Apple just made the biggest mistake in its history. Yes, Apple’s maps aren’t as good as Google’s. But Google’s maps weren’t as good as the maps they replaced when Google switched away from its data providers a few years ago.
Guest Post Square is one of too many companies that don’t put enough effort into their messaging.
Guest Post American Express is launching an integration with Apple’s Passbook today. Before you get too excited, no you won’t be able to pay with AmEx using Passbook, but you’ll still have access to some cool features.
Guest Post After more than a year on the Groupon beat, I’m retiring. But I have one final question for Andrew Mason.
Guest Post To understand Gogo’s economics challenge, you first have to know that there is limited bandwidth to each aircraft — a peak 3.1 Mbps of bandwidth to share among 100+ passengers. (For comparison, I regularly get 15Mbps-25Mbps on my home broadband, just for me.)
Guest Post I haven’t had a lot of kind words for NFC, the mobile payments mechanism that some have touted as the Next Big Thing in payments. I’ve knocked it for being a kludgy experience that doesn’t deliver any meaningful consumer value over swiping a credit card. But NFC has another big problem: Even when you think it might work, it doesn’t.
Guest Post Since the owner of Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce, Fla., bear hugged President Obama over the weekend, he’s seen his reviews spike. Today, he has more than 2,200 reviews. Last week, he had two.
Guest Post I was having coffee with local guru Greg Sterling this afternoon at Another Cafe in San Francisco, and as we were chatting, Greg pulled out his iPhone and refilled his parking meter.
Guest Post Restaurant reservations service OpenTable announced today that it has collected more than 15 million reviews since it started a little less than four years ago.
Guest Post I’ve noticed an uptick in recent months from small businesses claiming that Groupon is threatening to sue them.
Guest Post To me, debating whether Groupon is a good company is the equivalent of debating where Obama was born. The overwhelming evidence is that Groupon is a bad company. And that’s what I write.
Guest Post In Groupon’s earnings call yesterday, the daily deals site tried to put a positive spin on a lot of negative developments.
Guest Post Analysts missed the biggest red flag in Groupon’s recent earnings call: The company is taking its loan sharking business global.
Guest Post Turning around a ship as big as Yahoo is going to take a long time, but new CEO Marissa Mayer is already off to a good start.
Guest Post This week, San Francisco-based Virgin America is celebrating its fifth anniversary. That’s an anniversary that few startups hit and very few startup airlines hit.
Guest Post For die hard Starbucks junkies, it seems the best bet in the short term is to pay with your Starbucks card or the Starbucks mobile app.
Guest Post By now, you’ve probably heard that Starbucks is going to be investing $25 million in Square, the San Francisco-based mobile payments company. As part of the deal, Starbucks will switch its credit and debit card processing to Square in the United States. But once you get past the headline, what does this really mean?
Guest Post GoPago is making a big pivot, and Square is getting yet another competitor. GoPago this morning announced GoPago Live, a complete point-of-sale and payments system that it’s offering for free.
Guest Post PayPal is the granddaddy of the online payments space. It was the remora of eBay until the auction giant bought it in 2002. Last year, PayPal processed $119 billion in transactions and accounted for 38% of eBay’s revenue. In the past year, eBay’s stock (+52%) has well outperformed Google (+11%), Amazon (+16%), Facebook (-45%) and Groupon (-75%) as of Friday’s close. (Disclosure: I have options against Facebook and Groupon. Facebook’s and Groupon’s numbers are based on their respective IPOs.)
Guest Post eBay’s new product, eBay Now, allows consumers to have same-day delivery of products found at local retailers.
Guest Post Yesterday, American Express came out and said that it wasn’t associated with Google Wallet. Today, PayPal is slamming the service, saying, essentially, that Google Wallet is a lousy idea.
Guest Post Although you can now load an American Express card onto Google Wallet, AmEx wants to make sure consumers know that it’s not an American Express-approved product. (Disclosure: I have a very small position in $AXP.)
Guest Post Microsoft’s new Outlook.com mail service may finally drive some much-needed innovation in email. (Disclosure: I have Microsoft stock from my time as an employee there.)