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Daily Roundup for 2008-04-14

Is Yahoo Right to Resist Microsoft? Yahoo’s resistance to a takeover by Microsoft looks foolhardy to some investors and Wall Street analysts. But the push-back may prove effective in the end—at least by forcing the suitor to cough up a few more bucks a share. Executives from Yahoo (YHOO) on Apr. 7 reiterated the reasons for their opposition. The $31-a-share offer, made public Feb. 1, "substantially undervalues" Yahoo, and its stock component is even less attractive in light

Daily Roundup for 2008-04-07

Busting a Rogue Blogger Of the many blogs born last May, Patent Troll Tracker seemed as innocuous as any. Its focus: the obscure but controversial subject of "patent trolls," a derogatory term used to describe businesses that make money by purchasing patents and then suing big companies for infringement. The author was clearly no fan of the practice, but his or her identity was a mystery. The "about me" section of the blog noted that the writer was simply "a patent lawyer try

Daily Roundup for 2008-04-04

Google’s Gamble Can fewer clicks on its search ads lead to more revenue for Google? That is the question investors, analysts, and the company itself are trying to answer. The debate was launched after a Mar. 26 report from researcher comScore (SCOR) showed a decline in the number of clicks from the prior month on Google’s search-related ads. According to the research firm, clicks on ads declined 3% in February from the prior month and were up just 3% compared to last year. S

Daily Roundup for 2008-03-01

Google Muscles Further Into Business Software – Forbes.com Google is launching Web-based collaboration software that aims to make it easy for groups to share and edit materials such as documents, photos, video and spreadsheets on a single site. Easy enough, Google hopes, to make selling software applications to enterprises a bit harder for the likes of IBM and Microsoft. Use of Google for Data Triggers Fears It’s called "Google hacking" – a slick data-mining technique used by

Daily Roundup for 2008-02-06

It has been a big week of news related to Microsoft’s unsolicited bid for Yahoo!. Today, I thought I would try to provide you with a link to series of articles and analysis on this big Internet development. Little Reason To Shout Yahoo! – Allan Sloan Most of the talk about Microsoft’s hostile offer for Yahoo has focused on whether the deal could tip the scales in the battle for Internet dominance. Today, I’d like to steer the conversation to something a little more basic tha

Daily Roundup for 2007-12-25

Procrastinators head to stores this week: NRF survey – DMNews As the holiday shopping season is getting shorter, the biggest procrastinators are men, according to NRF’s 2007 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch. The survey found that 19.4% of men had yet to begin their holiday sho Buyers of illegal software can get rewards when they blow whistle Software pirates who peddle their goods on eBay, watch out. A software industry trade group is h

Google is an advertising cheapskate!

What is the most valuable brand in the world? Well after a bit of research, one thing becomes clear… Google is an advertising cheapskate! …and "that’s a good thing" as Martha Stewart likes to say. There are a whole bunch of factors that have combined to drive Google’s amazing success, but an aggressive advertising spend is not one of them. To put it into perspective for you, let me first share with you how much Google’s big competitors spent on marketing and sales last year.

eMarket for Lemons at Baruch College

I was recently invited by Dr. Karl Lang to be a guest lecturer at Baruch College on the subject of buySAFE and my experience starting an e-commerce business. I always love speaking to folks about buySAFE and its important value proposition (Making sure that buyers get what they pay for, and that merchants get paid what they deserve.), but I especially enjoy speaking with college students (in this case they were MBAs) about what I believe is happening with e-commerce today. A

buySAFE on The Today Show!

The past few days have been quite exciting here at buySAFE. Last week, buySAFE was featured on The Today Show. The "Designer Duds: Fake or Real?" segment, reported by Today’s consumer affairs reporter Janice Lieberman, discussed the growing e-commerce problem of counterfeit luxury goods. As expected, buySAFE was showcased as a terrific solution to the counterfeit goods problem. Counterfeit/fake/stolen goods are obviously becoming a major issue for e-commerce, but in my opi

 

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