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BGC Gives eBay “Buy” Rating

BGC Partners, a firm with roots dating back to 1945, has new confidence in eBay.  Today, BGC upgraded its outlook on eBay’s stock from hold to buy, and raised its price target by 25 percent, as well.

The new price target is $35, up from $28.  That’s not a huge vote of confidence, considering that eBay’s stock is currently trading at $27.77, but at least shows BGC doesn’t think eBay is stagnant.

More People Adopting Mobile Shopping
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People are using mobile phones to access websites and apps more than ever before, with 33 percent using their phones to access a retailer website, and an additional 26% indicated they plan to access retailer websites or mobile apps by phone in the future, according to a new report from ForeSee Results.

Foursquare Users to Get Tips on Nearby Businesses

Foursquare and Examiner.com have teamed up to bring local Examiner content to Fousquare users via Fousquare’s website and mobile apps. This content will consist of tips or "insight and recommendations on nearby venues, restaurants, events, businesses and landmarks" from Examiner’s 68,000 contributors in 233 U.S. cities. 

Google Moves To Flesh Out Product Data

Smart consumers tend to want as much product information as possible, and many people delay purchases when a certain statistic isn’t available (who wants to buy a TV when there’s a chance its cord won’t reach the nearest outlet?).  So this weekend, Google revisited a deal that means shoppers will get more (and more accurate) details.

Google and Edgenet first announced an arrangement back in October.  Edgenet, a "product content collection service," was to supply Google with info provided by manufacturers in order to improve Google Product Search.

AOL Hires Fox News Editor To Run Homepage

AOL said today it has named Stephen Bromberg Executive Editor of AOL.com.

Prior to joining AOL, Bromberg was Executive Editor, Foxnews.com, where he oversaw the development and publication of all online content for the Foxnews.com website. In this role he directed the editorial team to ensure that quality stories  were posted quickly and accurately to the website. Bromberg joined Foxnews.com in 2000 as News Manager and was promoted to Senior News Editor in 2001 before assuming the role of Executive Editor in 2003.

6 Steps For A Better Small Business Facebook Page
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The rise and rise of Facebook continues unabated, and it has moved well beyond just being a social network, it’s also a vital marketing channel for businesses of all sizes.

While most businesses have taken the first step of setting up a standard Facebook page which includes a feed of comments, photos and helps them gather fans; few have taken their Facebook pages to the next level.

Super Bowl Pre-Game Will Reportedly Feature Groupon Ads
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If Groupon’s not already a household name, it may be soon. According to AdAge, the company is getting ready for some big time TV advertising, starting with spots during the Super Bowl pre-game show (the Super Bowl itself was already sold out). 

Dailymotion Introduces On-Demand Content Hubs

Online video site Dailymotion has launched on-demand, curated content hubs focused on timely events.

In real time, Dailymotion says its curation team can flag and respond to major news events or trends, such as a Twitter search trend, curate related content and launch a hub around the topic.

Yahoo, Disney May Strike Connected TV Deal

Yahoo Connected TV might soon get a serious bump in respectability in the eyes of sports fans and families with kids.  A potential deal with Disney could bring content from ESPN and Disney (along with ABC) to the platform, according to a new report.

Blogging – In Decline or Just Evolution?
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There’s been a bit of commentary and opinion in recent weeks that blogging (meaning, written content longer than just a paragraph or two) as we know it is dying or even already dead when compared to the rise of Facebook and Twitter (meaning, very short content like the 140-character posts of Twitter).

Blekko CEO On The “Useless Garbage” Of The Web
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Late last week, Blekko launched the Spam Clock – the search engine’s illustration of how quickly the web is being flooded with spam. More specifically, it counts up the number of spam pages added to the web since January 1. What is not so clear by looking at it, however, is just what Blekko is considering spam (though the page does remind us that spammers are out to: harm users, steal publisher traffic, and defraud advertisers. 

Verizon to Offer Unlimited Data Plans for iPhone?
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Verizon Wireless subscribers have been waiting a long time for the iPhone to come to the carrier, and soon they will be waiting no longer, as Verizon is expected to offer Apple’s game-changing device within the next several weeks.

The Uphill Battle of Building a Web Analytics Culture
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All those who have worked at companies which never used or do not use web analytics to make decisions about site changes, know how difficult it is to create a culture of web analytics. It is very hard. Building a culture of web analytics is a grueling uphill task.

After working with various client I have found that reasons for not using web analytics vary from company to company, some of the common ones are:

Why Social Media Practices Are Like Football
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Co-authored by Jay Baer and Amber Naslund

One of the continuous discussions and questions surfacing in the social media chatterbox is that of “who owns social media?” Is it marketing? Public relations (PR)? Customer service?

The answer is . . . yes. For the long-term, anyway.

Solving the Insolvable Problem of Information Overload
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Every now and then, a debate will pop up in the Blogosphere/Twitterverse about whether or not RSS is dead. One such debate has been raging this week, and has even got some high profile tech bloggers bickering in an embarrassingly public manner (name-calling and all). 

Do you think RSS is "dead"? Tell us why or why not

How Will Quora Handle Being Both Twitter and Wikipedia?

You’ve probably noticed that Quora has been getting a lot of press here in early 2011. As a result, the site is getting a lot of new users. As a result of that, there is growing concern that Quora will have a hard time maintaining the level of quality that led to it getting all the press in the first place. 

Fair Use Controversy: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
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So the whole "what is fair use?" debate is back, as Fortune describes the business practices of Righthaven and the Las Vegas Review Journal of going after publications for violating copyright. 

Tasks That Should Be On Your Local Search Shortlist
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Recently, I have been talking about local Internet marketing and the rapid developments in the area. Well, as we start 2011, there is a strange sound in the local Internet marketing space—silence. There is a temporary lull in the frantic pace of change and innovation in the Google local search results.

Trend Micro Releases Security App For Android

Earlier this week, a company called Trusteer determined that mobile users are three times more vulnerable to phishing attacks compared to people sitting in front of desktops.  Now, in a move that’ll perhaps help address that problem (and others), Trend Micro has released its first security app for the Android platform.

FDA Warns Of Scam For People Who Buy Drugs Online
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The Food and Drug Administration is warning people who have purchased drugs online about fraudsters posing as FDA agents or other law enforcement officials attempting to extort money.

Researchers Study Dialects, Slang On Twitter

Much as someone born and raised in Boston probably won’t sound the same as a person who grew up in California, people don’t always tweet alike.  And while that may appear obvious, Carnegie Mellon researchers studied the presence of slang and different dialects on Twitter and discovered some interesting facts.

Blekko Launches Spam Clock
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Blekko, the recently launched search engine that relies on the community to help maintain relevancy, has launched "The Spam Clock". This is essentially a counter that displays the number of spam pages created since the year started. 

Is Augmented Reality the Future of E-Commerce?
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eBay has launched a new version of its eBay Fashion iPhone app. This one lets users virtually try on sunglasses by using their phone’s front-facing camera to capture an image of themselves and fit the sunglasses to their faces. 

Reasons Why Delaying Your Product Launch Can Hurt You
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A common feeling for entrepreneurs when building a web application is the fear of failure in launching one that nobody will use. This fear usually causes the entrepreneur to delay launching to add more product features in order to make their product “better” or more impressive.

This feeling usually just persists though. How does one get over this fear? I think there are a few key points to consider: