5 years ago

Twitter and Amex to let you pay with a hashtag

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  • Posted on Feb 12, 2013
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Twitter is getting into e-commerce. It’s now possible to buy goods online in two steps by tweeting a special hashtag. The new collaboration between Twitter and American Express will turn the social media service into a shopping cart. American Express members who sign up will be able to buy products by mentioning the appropriate hashtag in a Tweet. The @AmexSync account will tweet back with a confirmation hashtag. Once you tweet that confirmation hashtag, American Express will shoot you a confirmation e-mail and give you 15 minutes to confirm you want the product. Your card will be charged and the goods shipped to your billing address. The two companies announced the partnership on Monday and kicked it off with a Read More…

5 years ago

Why Facebook may want to track your location

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Facebook may be working on an app that will let your friends, or even complete strangers, know where you are at all times. If that sounds unpleasant, even creepy, you’re not alone. But it sounds an awful lot like a small but growing mobile sector in which users knowingly sacrifice some privacy in exchange for “social discovery.” And, as Facebook works to make money off its constantly growing list of mobile users, such a feature raises questions about how the company will use the personal info it would collect. On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that Facebook is developing a smartphone app that would track the location of users. The app would run in the background of smartphones even when not opened Read More…

5 years ago

Google sales soar, but mobile is a challenge

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  • Posted on Jan 23, 2013
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The search giant’s sales soared in the fourth quarter as clicks on ads exploded, boosted by mobile searches — but the amount that advertisers paid Google for those clicks continued to slip. Google also lost money on its Motorola business. ¬†Google said its revenue rose 39% to $11.3 billion in the fourth quarter, excluding advertising sales that it shares with partners. Net income rose to $2.89 billion, up 6.6% from a year ago. Shares of Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) rose by 5% in after hours trading. The number of paid clicks Google racked up surged 24%, but the cost per click fell 6% compared to last year — the fifth consecutive quarter in which average click costs fell. Through a Read More…

5 years ago

Facebook’s Graph Search Turns Up Privacy Issues

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Facebook’s introduction of Graph Search has been greeted with — wait for it — complaints about privacy. Graph Search is a feature Facebook introduced to allow users to enter parameter-based searches to find friends — and friends of friends — who share certain interests. A search for “friends who ski” or even more specifically “friends who ski in Arizona” will narrow the results within that field. Concerns arose when Facebook changed its privacy policy to make way for Graph Search. The new policy made it impossible for users to hide their entire timelines from search results, although individual posts can be hidden one at a time by choosing the most restrictive privacy setting for that item. Even CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Read More…

5 years ago

Kim Dotcom starts new file-sharing site

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Mega, a web-based service that lets people upload and store files of any kind, is a sequel to the Megaupload system that was shut down last January. Police raids on the offices and home of Kim Dotcom led to the closure of Megaupload. The Mega site went online on Sunday, followed by a lavish launch party held at Mr Dotcom’s New Zealand mansion. Mr Dotcom, who was born Kim Schmitz, has said the new site complies with the law and warned that attempts to take it down would be futile. “This is not some kind of finger to the US government or to Hollywood,” he said on Saturday. “Legally, there’s just nothing there that could be used to shut us Read More…