22 May 2014

Do Not Call; Angela Ahrendt and Apple Retail; Google Stories

For Do Not Call violations, Sprint will pay FCC $7.5M in largest ever settlement | Ars Technica: "On Monday, Sprint agreed to pay the Federal Communications Commission $7.5 million to resolve violations of the Do Not Call registry—the largest settlement payout ever. The program first began in 2003 as a way to allow Americans to opt out of unsolicited sales calls...."
More info: https://www.fcc.gov/document/sprint-pay-record-75m-resolve-do-not-call-investigation

Do Not Call list tops 200 million, some scammers still ignore it | Ars Technica: "It's quite amazing that any of this came to pass, really. When the registry was being considered back in 2002, telemarketing opposition was fierce, and for obvious reasons. The industry was large, powerful, and willing to be unbelievably annoying. It also saw quite clearly that a tough Do Not Call rule would chop off its business at the knees...."

Angela Ahrendts’ plan for the future of Apple Retail: China emphasis, mobile payments, revamped experience | 9to5Mac: "...Ahrendts’ third critical focus for taking retail into the future is a planned revamp of the end-to-end Apple Store sales experience. From the point in which a customer finds the product he or she wants to purchase, to how they discuss the product with Apple Store employees, to how they pay for the product, Ahrendts would like to redesign the complete experience. Of course, Ahrendts’ job is not to bring Burberry to Apple Retail, but to improve Apple’s stores for the next decade—a period in which Apple will dive into wearable devices, new fashion-oriented products, and mobile services...."

Google+ Stories thinks it can top your vacation slideshow - CNET: "Google+ expands automation with the new Stories and Movies features, which create digital travelogues of your vacation...."

Official Google Blog: Google+ Stories and Movies: memories made easier"To get started with Stories and Movies, simply back up your photos and videos to Google+. And that’s it. Auto Awesome will get to work in the background, and you’ll get notified when a story or movie is ready. In fact: if your photo library is already online, you may already have stories waiting for you. So look for the new app in Google Play, view the full list of improvements on Google+, and enjoy your walks down memory lane."

Chrome Releases: Stable Channel Update for Chrome OS - Google Chrome Releases - Blogger
By Dharani
The Stable channel has been updated to 35.0.1916.116 (Platform version: 5712.61.0) for all Chrome OS devices except ASUS Chromebox and ...
Google Chrome Releases

Google Launches Panda 4.0 - SEW
By Jennifer Slegg
It's official. Panda 4.0 has officially hit the Google search results. Google and Matt Cutts have confirmed Panda 4.0 began rolling out yesterday, and it ...
Search Engine Watch - Latest

Google Beats Apple As BrandZ Most Valuable Global Brand
Google has usurped Apple—leader for three years in a row—on the 2014 ... Amazonranked as the world's most valuable retail brand for the second year ... Facebook grew 68 percent to a brand value of $35.7 billion, while both ... Yahoo re-entered the ranking last year and increased again this year (44 ...

Apple vs. Samsung: Imminent settlement prospects appear dim
San Jose Mercury News
Apple and Samsung have dashed hopes that last week's peace treaty between the iPhone giant and Google might be a prelude to an imminent global ...

Facebook expands 'I'm a Voter' feature to international users
Los Angeles Times
Facebook expanded its "I'm a Voter" feature to international users for the first time last month during India's general election. Facebook expanded its ...

Google eyeing up to $30 billion in foreign buyouts
Washington Post
SAN FRANCISCO — Google is amassing cash overseas to help finance a foreign shopping spree that could cost the Internet company up to $30 ...

Yahoo Close to Acquiring Video-Streaming Startup
Wall Street Journal
A Yahoo spokeswoman declined to comment. ... she aims to turn her video site, Screen, into a viable competitor to Google Inc.'s YouTube. ... This year, Yahoo has held talks to acquire online video services Fullscreen Inc. and ...

Exclusive: Facebook to expand video ads to seven countries outside US
Facebook began selling the ads in the United States in March to a small group ...Facebook said the performance of the initial group of video ads in the ...

Newly discovered praying mantis hunts like a tiger
The Verge
Researchers have discovered a new type of praying mantis previously unknown to science in Rwanda's remote Nyungwe national park. Dystacta tigrifrutex — also known as the tiger bush mantis — earned its name from the hunting practices of the female ...

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