May 13, 2011 – 4:41 pm
|| Abdul Fattah Ismail
Welcome back to the Weekly Blueliner Newsminer. Let us begin.
1. Digital Partnerships Galore
I mentioned in the headline earlier this week about all the digital partnerships. Some of these include Groupon pairing with Live Nation next to Microsoft’s surprise purchase of Skype. Microsoft’s integration of Skype bears watching. Will the business software developer throw their new SEO investments into Skype or smoothly blend algorithms?
2. User Data Corruption
User data corruption has occurred in droves this week. Michaels, the arts and crafts supplier, reported a hacking of credit card data from their shops this morning. Facebook has a lawsuit concerning the unauthorized mining of user data for online advertising campaigns. Playdom settled a lawsuit of breaching children’s data with the FTC. We don’t need to further investigate Sony’s current woes with Playstation.
Over time, it will be interesting to see how the consumer responds to these egregious click frauds. In the Michaels case, some plan to eliminate their ATM card altogether. The thought sounds impractical, but restraint can be a positive.
3. Flash Sale Marketplace
I also discussed the flash sale marketplace, which includes Gilt Groupe, Rue La La, and now Amazon’s MYHABIT. Gilt submitted a valuation, and analysts are skeptical since the company has yet to turn a profit. To their credit, they continue to invest in more products. CEO Kevin Ryan is nonplussed at the skepticism. He believes that flash that the flash e-commerce model will only grow despite the rebounding of full-price luxury good sales. Time will tell if they can sustain.
4. Amazon Tablet?
This piece in TechCrunch is intriguing since it is all speculation. The eBook conference in London earlier this week was a convergence where publishers of all sizes talk content. Can it be scaled for advertising? Can content secure copyright infringement? Can authors eliminate agents? Another writer declares The New Yorker iPad mobile application as the end of glossy magazines.
Amazon could be the superhero running in with a mobile device that would not only streamline their growing video library. This secret device could eliminate the need to develop mobile applications for other platforms (*cough..Apple!). Supposedly the graphic design applications need time to develop. Interesting indeed.
5. Google Releases Music Service
Those of us privy to searching Google for leaked music tracks may find this service redundant. But it ensures stronger security encryption. The king of search algorithms is an invite-only stage in beta mode. For the technology averse, beta is the development state of a website or application. Google’s Android operating system allows for synching music across your devices. A cloud storage allows access offline, giving the user time to create and edit your playlists. Amazon also entered the growing music cloud marketplace, experiencing crashes already. It’ll be interesting to see if Google can avoid this inevitable issue of data transmission.Click on the headline for an instructional video.
That’s the Blue News for now. Enjoy the weekend.