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Amazon Lending - Amazon starts loaning capital to sellers to help them scale

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Sellers are reporting that Amazon has started an interesting new program called Amazon Lending from Amazon Capital Services Inc. (at amazoncapital.com which redirects to amazonservices.com for now).   Sellers are receiving pretty compelling letters like this:  (included word for word except for <> where I have made changes to...
Amazon Lending - Amazon starts loaning capital to sellers to help them scale

Facebook’s latest, subtlest ads are coming straight into your News Feed

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Facebook has just announced that sponsored stories, a subtle form of advertising, are coming directly into your News Feed in a whole new way. Sponsored stories are a little bit different from straight-up advertisements, but they’re still commercial, bought-and-sold content that comes from brands to unwitting consumers. Previously, advertisers...
Facebook’s latest, subtlest ads are coming straight into your News Feed

Zuckerberg says mobile is good for Facebook, shuts down phone rumors and talks about Instagram acquisition

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In his first interview since the IPO, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the audience at TechCrunch Disrupt that mobile is “good” for the social network. He addressed mobile advertising and app performance issues, dispelled rumors of a Facebook phone and shed light on the Instagram acquisition. “Over the next three...
Zuckerberg says mobile is good for Facebook, shuts down phone rumors and talks about Instagram acquisition

Facebook extends its Exchange ad retargeting service to the News Feed

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Today Facebook announced a key change to its advertising products, allowing advertisements placed through its Exchange service to be placed directly in the News Feeds of users. Previously, ads serviced by the Facebook Exchange program were limited to the right-hand column of users’ screens. Facebook cites the News Feed as...
Facebook extends its Exchange ad retargeting service to the News Feed

Case study: FBX ads result in more sales when combined with Facebook Ads API

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E-commerce customers who were targeted with Facebook Exchange remarketing ads after first seeing a traditional Facebook ad generated 89 percent more in sales revenue than customers who entered the remarketing pool through non-Facebook channels, according to a study by Nanigans. In a four-month study of an online retailer that generated $1.2 million in...
Case study: FBX ads result in more sales when combined with Facebook Ads API

HTC asks ITC to review dismissal of patents borrowed from Google

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A week ago, it became discoverable that an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the ITC had granted an Apple motion to dismiss from an investigation five patents HTC borrowed from Google.As expected, HTC has meanwhile asked the Commission, the six-member decision-making body at the top of the ITC, to review...
HTC asks ITC to review dismissal of patents borrowed from Google

Growing Its Influence, Klout Gets Strategic Investment From Microsoft -- And Serious Bing Integration

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Klout hasn’t just defied influential tech pundits, its social reputation scorecard has won them over. Now the sometimes-controversial startup aiming at search. The startup has just signed a strategic investment and partnership with Microsoft that, on top of new funding, will create a product and business relationship with the Bing...
Growing Its Influence, Klout Gets Strategic Investment From Microsoft -- And Serious Bing Integration

Spotify opens its beta browser-based app to users in the UK ahead of full launch "later this year"

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Spotify is inching ever closer to launching its on-demand music streaming service as a browser-based Web player to either complement or replace its existing desktop app. A closed beta for the service has been up and running for some time now, but Spotify has confirmed today that the beta version...
Spotify opens its beta browser-based app to users in the UK ahead of full launch "later this year"

New Apple filing includes charts comparing its market share to Samsung's from 2004 to 2012

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Today Apple filed its response to Samsung's appeal of the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus, and included two charts that show how Samsung's and Apple's smartphone market shares evolved in the U.S. market and on a worldwide basis between the first calendar quarter of 2004 and the first calendar...
New Apple filing includes charts comparing its market share to Samsung's from 2004 to 2012

Facebook Events: Now Making Casual Get-Togethers Easier

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Some events in life are spontaneous—such as catching a movie, meeting a friend for dinner or taking an impromptu day trip. So today, we're making it easier to let your friends know about those last-minute plans in our new version of Facebook Events. You can now create an event directly...
Facebook Events: Now Making Casual Get-Togethers Easier

SCARY: What Google's Revenues Look Like WITHOUT Motorola Mobility

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When Google bought Motorola Mobility in August, the deal was positioned as a patent acquisition: Motorola's tech assets would help protect Google's Android mobile operating system from being challenged in court. But with Google's Q2 2012 earnings showing the effect of the Motorola deal on Google's revenues for the first...
SCARY: What Google's Revenues Look Like WITHOUT Motorola Mobility

Apple wins U.S. preliminary injunction against the Samsung/Google Galaxy Nexus

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[DEVELOPING STORY -- still adding detail -- please check back later]Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has just granted Apple a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, an Android-based smartphone co-developed by Samsung and Google. Here's the header section of...
Apple wins U.S. preliminary injunction against the Samsung/Google Galaxy Nexus

Copyright cases like Oracle v. Google are more controversial than software patent cases

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Judge Alsup said on Thursday that the API material Google "replicated" from Java was not protected by copyright. I have commented on the implications of this finding in a detailed post that also explains the fundamental line of thought behind this ruling that Oracle has said it will appeal. In...
Copyright cases like Oracle v. Google are more controversial than software patent cases

Quora Will Now Publicly Show Who Has Read a Post

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Quora today is introducing a feature that shows which of its users have read each Quora post, and how they found it. It’s another move by a social Web service to share passive activities, making the simple act of looking at a page on Quora something that other people can...
Quora Will Now Publicly Show Who Has Read a Post

ITC judges make scheduling decisions in cases involving Apple, HTC, Samsung, Microsoft, Google

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Three scheduling decisions in investigations that I follow were made by ITC judges in recent days:Judge Shaw set a schedule today for the investigation of Apple's enforcement complaint against HTC. He scheduled the evidentiary hearing (trial) for December 19-20, 2012; his initial determination for March 8, 2013; and the final Commission decision...
ITC judges make scheduling decisions in cases involving Apple, HTC, Samsung, Microsoft, Google

Oracle and Google reach agreement to postpone copyright damages issues to future trial

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[DEVELOPING STORY -- still adding comment]In my previous post, I discussed the state of the discussion between Judge Alsup, Oracle and Google regarding copyright damages as of yesterday afternoon. 12-05-16 Order Granting Oracle-Google Stipulation on Copyright DamagesThe short version is that there won't be a complicated analysis of the amount...
Oracle and Google reach agreement to postpone copyright damages issues to future trial

InterDigital asserts additional U.S. patent against Samsung and Nokia in federal court

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InterDigital today amended two complaints pending in the federal District of Delaware so as to assert an additional wireless patent against Samsung and Nokia. The amendments were filed in two lawsuits the non-practicing entity instigated in January through companion (mirror) complaints to its latest ITC complaint. InterDigital asserted seven patents...
InterDigital asserts additional U.S. patent against Samsung and Nokia in federal court

Facebook expands test of FBX ads in desktop News Feed

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Facebook today announced that it is opening desktop News Feed inventory to more Facebook Exchange partners. This will allow businesses to retarget Facebook users who visited their websites with Page Post Link ads in the News Feed, instead of with small ads in the right hand column. News Feed ads...
Facebook expands test of FBX ads in desktop News Feed

I Didn't Tell Facebook I'm Engaged, So Why Is It Asking About My Fiancé?

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The morning began with my typical browsing routine: email, top-reads RSS news feed, a brief scan of Twitter, then Facebook. I found friends wrapping up at SXSW, some chatter about Kony, pictures of new babies, and then I noticed something out of the ordinary in the right hand column:...
I Didn't Tell Facebook I'm Engaged, So Why Is It Asking About My Fiancé?

U.S. trade agency institutes investigation of Ericsson's complaint against Samsung

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The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC, or ITC) just announced its decision to investigate a patent infringement complaint filed by Ericsson against Samsung on November 30, 2012.Ericsson is seeking a U.S. import ban against dozens of products, such as the Samsung Galaxy S III (and its predecessor, the S II), the Samsung...
U.S. trade agency institutes investigation of Ericsson's complaint against Samsung

ITC judge postpones Microsoft-Barnes&Noble decision by more than a month

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There are two ongoing ITC investigations of complaints by Microsoft against Android device maker: one against Motorola, which just got delayed for the third time in as many months, and another, lower-profile one against Nook maker Barnes & Noble.Now the resolution of the Barnes & Noble case has also been...
ITC judge postpones Microsoft-Barnes&Noble decision by more than a month
AKQA Chairman Tom Bedecarre Says Advertisers Want More 'Elbow Room' On Facebook

Temporary unavailability of this blog during parts of the weekend (March 24-25)

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As some of you may have noticed, the domain name of this blog has been affected by a design decision on Google's part (Google runs the Blogger, or blogspot.com, service). It is now automatically redirected from fosspatents.blogspot.com (the address under which I registered it, and which still appears in the...
Temporary unavailability of this blog during parts of the weekend (March 24-25)
Google product search results get a commercial bias
Unifyo launches as a unified inbox for maintaining social relationships (exclusive)

German appeals court stays Apple's slide-to-unlock case against Motorola after nullity declaration

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The Oberlandesgericht München (Munich Higher Regional Court) had scheduled three smartphone patent decisions for today. The appeals courtrejected Google's (Motorola's) appeal against a text messaging-related injunction Microsoft won last year,postponed to May 16 its decision on the cross-appeal of Apple's photo gallery injunction against Motorola (Google would like it to go...
German appeals court stays Apple's slide-to-unlock case against Motorola after nullity declaration

Nokia-Sony-MPEG LA entity wins jury verdict against Apple over three patents

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A U.S. jury has rendered a verdict finding Apple to infringe three patents held by MobileMedia Ideas, a patent monetization entity set up by Nokia, Sony and MPEG LA. MobileMedia Ideas' CEO is also the CEO of MPEG LA.Here's the public redacted version of the jury verdict:MobileMedia Ideas v Apple Verdict (Redacted)These...
Nokia-Sony-MPEG LA entity wins jury verdict against Apple over three patents

Three Ways Facebook Can Leverage Mobile To Grow Their Revenues

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Editor’s note: Hussein Fazal is CEO of AdParlor, an ad management and technology company for Facebook campaigns. AdParlor manages over 1 billion daily ad impressions on Facebook for clients such as Ubisoft, SEGA, Groupon, OMD and Starcom. I must say that I have been a little bit disappointed recently in...
Three Ways Facebook Can Leverage Mobile To Grow Their Revenues

Facebook tests new ways to encourage users to add movies to their 'watched' lists

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Facebook is testing new sidebar modules to prompt users to share the movies they have seen. With the latest Timeline redesign Facebook has given users an About page with sections for movies, music, books and more. Instead of only displaying the items people “like,” these sections will show what users have “read,”...
Facebook tests new ways to encourage users to add movies to their 'watched' lists
Mailbird is a fast, lightweight, Sparrow-inspired Gmail app for Windows users
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?