August 31, 2014

Apple Event Invitations Sent, iPad 2 Basically Confirmed

Apple event invitations have been sent out for March 2nd. News of the event leaked out yesterday, but now it's official, as reporters have started receiving their invitations. It will take place at 10am Pacific on March 2nd in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "Come see what 2011 will be the year of," the invitation teases, with a big picture of an iPad hiding behind a calendar page displaying a big number 2. The … [Read more...]

FTC Cracks Down On Mortgage Spammer

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said today it has asked a federal judge to shut down a company that allegedly sent people millions of spam text messages. The text messages allegedly advertised for a deceptive mortgage modification website called “” The FTC is asking the court to freeze the defendant’s assets. According to the FTC complaint, the defendant behind the operation, Phillip A. Flora, sent millions of … [Read more...]

PayPal Opens New Customer Service/Operations Center

Thanks to PayPal, the unemployment rate in Chandler, Arizona should dive rather soon.  PayPal announced today that it's opening a new customer service and operations center in the city, and the center is designed to accommodate as many as 2,000 employees. This move earned PayPal a warm reception from Chandler's mayor, Jay Tibshraeny.  He stated, "PayPal is a very welcome addition to Chandler and the region on many levels.  From job creation … [Read more...]

Can Groupon Own The Deals Space?

Can Groupon own the deals space the way Google owns search? It's hard to imagine the space being dominated by any one company. Forget for a second that it has Google and Facebook to contend with, and even LivingSocial (previously cited as its closest competitor). Deals sites are popping up everywhere - some focusing on local markets and different verticals - and while many may be dismissed as "Groupon clones", many are also finding that … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk about Keyword Density

Recently, I received an email question wanting to know about keyword density, asking questions like how do I deal with it, is it still a factor, and how important is it. As with most things in SEO, the answer is … it depends… Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to the Interwebz circa 2001 … Page rank was the big magilla in the ranking algorithm. It didn't matter how crappy your website was–with enough links from anywhere, you could … [Read more...]

Zacks Investment Research Downgrades Google

Investors who own shares of Google are sure to be thankful of that fact today; Google's stock rose 0.18 percent even while the Dow and Nasdaq sank 0.87 percent and 1.21 percent, respectively.  But not all the news is good, as Zacks Investment Research also downgraded Google to "neutral." That doesn't mean it's time to panic, of course.  Zacks is sticking with a price target of $662 (versus Google's current price of about $611,), and … [Read more...]

John Boehner to Answer Budget, Spending Questions on YouTube

Speaker of the House John Boehner will be doing a YouTube interview on Sunday, February 27 at midnight ET. YouTube is calling for questions from users. YouTube will use Google Moderator to determine which questions get asked. The ones with the most votes will be selected. "With many U.S. states facing budget crises, and the President's recent budget proposal being met with skepticism by Republicans, the financial health of the U.S. is … [Read more...]

iPad Dominates Tablet Shipments

In the third quarter of 2010 4.5 million media tablets shipped, according to a new report from ABI Research. Among those, 93 percent were Apple iPads. “Over time, Apple’s first-to-market iPad advantage will inevitably erode to some extent,” said Jeff Orr, Senior practice director, ABI Research. “ABI Research has been tracking media tablets since December 2009; future quarterly editions of this Market Data product will include … [Read more...]

Google Posts "Three Laws Of Display Advertising Physics"

If anyone's in a position to write (or rewrite) the rules of advertising, it's Google, the company that was founded in 1998 and now has a market cap of $197 billion.  Marketers may want to pay attention, then, as the search giant outlined three "laws of display advertising physics" this afternoon. There's actually a lengthy blog post on the Agency Ad Solutions Blog explaining the laws and presenting additional information if you feel like … [Read more...]

Foursquare Announcements Coming at SXSW

This week, we posted an article about some comments Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley made about competing with Facebook. He responded to this, and we exchanged a few tweets. Bottom line: expect multiple announcements from the company at SXSW. In a recent interview on CNBC, Crowley said, "They're [Facebook] a huge platform and a big competitor, but we look at the things we're doing, and they're really kind of fundamentally different than … [Read more...]