PARIS -- The ultimate trade show of the next millennium may not be held in the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center but in a luxury box at the World Cup or the Olympics. 'PC Expo is loud and no fun, and nobody wants to be there anyway. But the U.S. Open ... '-- Reed Taussig, CEO of Callidus Software Inc. Hardware and software companies have tapped events such as this month's World Cup, held in various French locations, as springboards to relation- ships with corporate IT purchasers. The ultimate goal is winning major contracts for products or services. "Computer companies attempt every trick in the book to get time in front of you," said a CIO who attended the opening game of the World Cup courtesy of Hewlett-Packard Co., one of several technology sponsors of the soccer tournament. "But if the event is interesting, then it might work. It's all about building relationships, and that's what these events do." The value of face time with key customers isn't lost on HP. During … [Read more...] about High-tech looks to the sports world
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The NBA is officially back, and Web sports sites hope this means a slam dunk for them in regaining lost readership -- and revenues. "The traffic impact has been pretty significant, I would think," said Patrick Keane, an analyst at Jupiter Communications Inc. in New York. Though the numbers aren't out yet, the three-pronged impact of the NBA lockout on Web site revenues -- particularly from lost traffic and lost e-commerce opportunities, but also from lost fantasy league revenues -- could have been huge, Keane said. Significant may not be the word for it. CBS SportsLine officials checked a a random date -- December 31 -- for 1997 and 1998, and found that NBA traffic fell 300 percent for the 1998 date. Small wonder, then, that SportsLine officials were jubilant at the lock-out's end. "Already week over week we're seeing a 300 percent increase in NBA traffic," said Andrew S. Sturner, senior vice president of business development at SportsLine USA Inc. SportsLine, which is in a quiet … [Read more...] about Did NBA lockout slam sports sites?
The first early indicators for the holiday shopping season are in, and things are looking good for online retailers. Yahoo! Inc. said Monday that the volume of transactions processed through its shopping section on Nov. 26 rose 400 percent from last year, and that orders were up more than 110 percent from the previous month, although it did not give specific figures. America Online Inc. said online shopping spending nearly tripled compared with the $1.2 billion spent during the 1998 Thanksgiving week, as more than 4 million AOL members made purchases. And Amazon.com said that -- from Thursday midnight through Saturday -- its volume of orders was two-and-a-half times greater than the same time last year. According to the Nielsen/NetRatings E-Commerce Holiday Index, traffic increased in excess of 18 percent from the day before Thanksgiving through Nov. 26. Traffic to toy sites jumped 83 percent over those days, according to the index. Other hot categories included gifts, online … [Read more...] about U.S. e-tailers witnessing holiday bonanza
LONDON -- Like countless other mothers, Gabrielle Mander found some of the language used by her teenage daughter baffling. So she set about compiling a dictionary dedicated to one of the world's fastest-evolving lingoes: the oddly truncated words used to send short text messages by mobile phone. At first, Mander, a 49-year-old widow who works as an editor at Michael O'Mara Books, listed the most common expressions used by her daughter, Hannah, and her friends: RUOK (Are you OK?), CUL8R (See you later) and UTLKIN2ME (You talking to me?). Soon, however, Mander grew more adventurous, and so did the translations -- including such pickup lines as DdUHrtYaslfWenUFeLFrmHvn? (Did you hurt yourself when you fell from heaven?) and TonlyThngThtLOksGOdOnMeIsU (The only thing that looks good on me is you). The result: "Ltl bks" devoted to text-messaging shorthand have been high on Britain's best-seller lists for months. Meanwhile, advertisers are co-opting the lingo in their endless quest to … [Read more...] about UTLKIN2ME? Can U speak cell phone?
(Reuters) — Two years ago, Alan Gertner was head of Google’s Asia-Pacific sales team in Singapore, handling more than $100 million in business. Now, he begins his day in a small Toronto office, building a cannabis brand that sells fancy smoking accessories such as vaporizers and bongs that cost up to $335 CAD ($261.72 USD). Gertner is among a growing group of entrepreneurs and investors who are trading in high-paid corporate jobs in the technology and finance sectors to launch start-ups focused on the fast-growing marijuana industry. Two decades after the first legalization of medical marijuana by a U.S. state, pot-based businesses are professionalizing their operations by luring top talent from other industries and billions of dollars in investments from Wall Street firms. A new commodity index even offers data on the going rates for greenhouse and field-grown weed. Gertner still gets surprised reactions to his career change, as when his mother asked: “Can’t … [Read more...] about U.S. pot industry: High tech, high finance, and high times
If you participate in a NCAA Tournament pool each year, you’ve probably spent many a work hour obsessively refreshing scores. TPS reports be damned! You have to keep your eye on potential bracket busters as games come down to the wire.Thankfully, those days are done, as the NCAA’s March Madness Live website and associated iOS and Android apps now allow you to watch any game, anytime, anywhere, on any connected device capable of streaming video. And the best part of all is: It’s free! … sort of.“Within 5 years I anticipate that more than half of our customers will be watching the majority of their video in over-the-top fashion.”In the past, streamers needed to pay a small fee ($5 in 2012) to access the games, but this year fans with a cable subscription can tune in to any game at no extra charge. Fans without one can get any game broadcast on CBS for free, but after a four hour preview, they’ll be prompted to provide their subscription … [Read more...] about Why do sports fans get all the live streaming love?
United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized 70 more websites for allegedly hocking counterfeit goods online. Part of an operation known as “Project Copy Cat,” this most recent batch of seizures brings the total number of websites snagged by ICE over the past two years to 839.The sites’ URLs are currently being held by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) until further action takes place. The newly seized sites, which sold fake physical goods like knock-off sports jerseys, jewelry, and other luxury goods, “closely mimicked” legitimate websites, which tricked customers into buying the counterfeit products without knowing it, according to ICE. Anyone who tries to visit these sites now will be met by the increasingly prevalent ICE “seizure banner,” which the Department of Homeland Security-run agency says has now been viewed a total of 103 million times since the launch of … [Read more...] about U.S. gov’t seizes 70 more websites for copyright infringement — not the digital kind
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has launched an addition to its online business that has outside retailers selling nearly 1 million new items through Walmart.com, a move that could help the world’s largest retailer catch up in the online world. The Walmart Marketplace has products from categories that include home, baby, toys, apparel, sporting goods and sports memorabilia. The company said it picked the retailers — including eBags, CSN Stores and Pro Team — because they have large product assortments and solid customer service track records. Retail consultant Burt Flickinger III said Wal-mart can use online sales an area for growth, especially considering how the company’s stores have saturated much of the U.S. market. He said Wal-Mart can also draw online customers from the European continent and South Korea, where it no longer has stores. "This gives Wal-Mart a chance to close the widening gap with Amazon.com and Apple," Flickinger said. Apple has knocked off … [Read more...] about Wal-Mart to sell goods from other vendors on Web
Almost a quarter of potential PC buyers are looking seriously at getting a netbook, according to the results of a market research study released Wednesday, as recession-hit Americans shift their PC lust toward cheaper options.According to ChangeWave Research's April survey of 3,231 U.S. consumers, 23% of respondents who plan to buy a computer in the next three months expect to purchase a netbook.That is up from 18% in February, and 14% in January."Since we first reported higher consumer interest in the more affordable mini-laptops, overall netbook demand has skyrocketed," ChangeWave said in a release.Such predictions could help companies such as netbook market leader Acer Inc. The third-leading PC maker sold 5 million Aspire One netbooks last year, edging out trailblazer Asustek Computer Inc. Acer expects to sell between 10 million and 12 million netbooks overall in 2009.Besides being more wallet-friendly than other computers, netbooks are becoming mainstream after strong Christmas … [Read more...] about U.S. Consumers’ Appetite for Netbooks Surging, Survey Says
NEW YORK (AP) — The departure of Target's chief information officer in the wake of the company's massive pre-Christmas data breach highlights the increased pressure facing executives who are charged with protecting corporate computer systems from hackers whose attacks are on the rise and becoming more sophisticated. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock CIOs from companies in all walks of business —from retail to banking and drug discovery— are using the Target breach as a rallying point to call attention to their struggle and garner additional funds and manpower to fight digital threats.Cyberattacks were on the rise long before Target's news that hackers had stolen 40 million debit and credit card numbers, along with the personal information belonging to as many as 70,000 people. A 2013 Hewlett-Packard Co.-sponsored study by the Ponemon Institute found that the average annual cost of cybercrime incurred by a benchmark sample of U.S. … [Read more...] about Target Exec’s Departure Puts Spotlight On CIOs