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No Honor Among Thieves: Woman Scams Nigerian Scammers Out Of $33k

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With so much focus on Nigerian-based scams, many Nigerian scammers now seek to use middlemen to help with things like bank accounts to keep suspicion levels lower. There are plenty of stories of people in the US, Europe and elsewhere who take "jobs" that involve having a local bank account...
No Honor Among Thieves: Woman Scams Nigerian Scammers Out Of $33k

Auto Dealers Complain That Tesla Stores Are Illegal... Despite Not Actually Selling Anything

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Another day, another story of stupid protectionist regulations getting in the way of anyone trying to be innovative. This time, it's about Tesla, the well known electric car company based out here in California. Apparently, various states have set up ridiculous protectionist laws that say it's illegal for automakers to...
Auto Dealers Complain That Tesla Stores Are Illegal... Despite Not Actually Selling Anything

AudienceScience slashes 33 jobs, plans to close ad network

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AudienceScience, a global digital marketing company with offices in Bellevue, is closing its ad network business effective Dec. 1 so the company can focus solely on the AudienceScience Gateway, its global SaaS-platform for marketers. The end of the ad business resulted in the eliminated of 33 sales and marketing jobs among...
AudienceScience slashes 33 jobs, plans to close ad network

Daily Report: Start-Ups Aim to Build Brands by Selling Direct

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A wave of e-commerce companies are trying to build premium brands at discount prices by cutting out middlemen and going straight to manufacturers, Claire Cain Miller and Stephanie Clifford report Monday in The New York Times....
Daily Report: Start-Ups Aim to Build Brands by Selling Direct

Massive bot network is draining $6 million a month from online ad industry, says report

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A London analytics firm says it has identified a bot network that is tricking marketers into showing billions of ads every month to phantom visitors. The botnet reportedly relies on more than 120,000 infected Windows computers located in the U.S., and appears to represent a sophisticated scheme to defraud the...
Massive bot network is draining $6 million a month from online ad industry, says report

How Much Does HBO Pay MarkMonitor To Send DMCA Notices Removing Its Official Content From Google?

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We've seen plenty of ridiculous stories about bogus DMCA takedowns, but none get so ridiculous as the ones in which the content being demanded taken down is the officially released content. This often happens because of shoddy / clueless middlemen, as is the case with the latest example being passed...
How Much Does HBO Pay MarkMonitor To Send DMCA Notices Removing Its Official Content From Google?

Hearst Appears Close To Buying Digital Ad Firm iCrossing For $375 Million

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It’s not a done deal yet, but after several months of negotiations, Hearst Corp. is close to buying digital marketing firm iCrossing, the WSJ reports, citing unidentified sources. The price is said to be around $357 million with additional payments tied to certain performance targets. A few months ago,...
Hearst Appears Close To Buying Digital Ad Firm iCrossing For $375 Million
The Simplicity Thesis

Switzerland Questions Crazy Hollywood Claims About File Sharing... Ends Up On Congressional Watchlist

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Last December, we wrote about a report put out by the Swiss executive branch noting that, based on their research, it appeared that unauthorized file sharing was not a big deal, showing that consumers were still spending just as much on entertainment, and that much of it was going directly...
Switzerland Questions Crazy Hollywood Claims About File Sharing... Ends Up On Congressional Watchlist

"Stupid, Stupid" Christmas Song Tries To Make Internet History [Video]

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YouTube personality and musician Alex Day made his plea on Reddit on Wednesday: help my new song "Stupid, stupid" top the charts on Christmas Day in the UK. Or don't. But if you "really wanna see it beat the traditional label acts this Christmas in the UK and beyond," then...
"Stupid, Stupid" Christmas Song Tries To Make Internet History [Video]

ACTA Showdown Coming Up – Man Your Barricades

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For reasons I wrote on TorrentFreak in my last article, ACTA lives or dies globally with the vote in the European Parliament. Therefore, that’s where all our energy should be directed to preserve the liberties of the net and ourselves. It is true that there are other horrific backroom deals...
ACTA Showdown Coming Up – Man Your Barricades

Deal Decor delivers discounted furniture directly to your door

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Deal Decor, an ecommerce site that allows consumers to buy quality furniture online at a reduced price, has announced $1.2 million in seed financing. Deal Decor sources its inventory directly from factories. Each week, three new pieces of furniture are featured on the site. If enough people decide to purchase an...
Deal Decor delivers discounted furniture directly to your door

Matrix: Impacts to Alumni Organizations In A World of Social Networks

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I’m here in Phoenix Arizona as a keynote speaker to the Council of Alumni Associations Executives, these are the fine folks that manage alumni orginizations where you may have gone to college.  The reason I’ve been invited to speak as a professional speaker is their world, like many other industries,...
Matrix: Impacts to Alumni Organizations In A World of Social Networks

Top Product Exec Leaves AppNexus, Others Look To Follow

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AppNexus SVP of product management Ari Paparo is out and two other senior executives appear close to leaving. One is VP of sales Lauren Nemeth. A source close to AppNexus tells us she plays a "huge role" at the company. But we've learned that she is actively interviewing for a job...
Top Product Exec Leaves AppNexus, Others Look To Follow

Why online advertising will get easier for publishers (and why it won't)

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The concept of selling digital ads is basic enough — offer up a piece of screen and invite brands to buy it. But for publishers, the ad tech industry can feel like a mix of quantum physics and witchcraft. Instead of simple transactions between publisher and buyer, digital ad sales...
Why online advertising will get easier for publishers (and why it won't)
Chill looks to slay the content distribution dragon with new direct to fan platform
Google: We’re fine with keeping you waiting for slow Android updates
Europe's plan for music licensing, and the artists that feel betrayed

Why retailers want to take the wheel on mobile payments

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When cellular carriers, banks, credit card companies, web giants and start-ups eye the opportunity in mobile payments, they imagine themselves making gobs of money by selling retailers on the merits of their technology. Turns out the retailers might have their own plans. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal,...
Why retailers want to take the wheel on mobile payments

Etsy Shoppers Will Spend $1 Billion On Crafts This Year (EBAY)

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A BILLION dollars is a lot of hay for knicknacks. But craftsmen and vintage collectors on Etsy, a dedicated online marketplace, are on course to sell wares worth that much in 2012. That is nearly double the tally for 2011 and three times as much as in 2010. Etsy's gross merchandise...
Etsy Shoppers Will Spend $1 Billion On Crafts This Year (EBAY)
Cloud: Meet Google: Intel's Biggest (And Only) Direct Cloud Customer
Giving Credit Where Due: Facebook to Scale Back Payments System
When veteran filmmaker Larry Clark is embracing TinyPass, you know micropayments are set to go mainstream
Cloud: CloudFlare Lights Up Without Big-Name Server-Sellers

Louis C.K. Responds To Online Ticket Sales Experience: Scalper’s Opinions Have Been “Enlightening”

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When Louis C.K. announced that he was selling tickets to his shows for $45, cutting out ticket middlemen entirely, the response was fairly giddy. As of this writing, he sold $6,102,000 in tickets, not a bad haul. Of those 135,600 tickets, 500 are now floating around the scalping sites. He...
Louis C.K. Responds To Online Ticket Sales Experience: Scalper’s Opinions Have Been “Enlightening”
Thank you for not viewing: "Hidden" display ads hurt Web ad networks

A Responsible Citizen Not Only Shares Culture, But Destroys The Copyright Industries

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“Honest.” This word was used by the copyright industry, to try to get citizens to do their bidding. Honest. Could you believe that today? This industry dared take that word in their mouths? For some time, it may actually have worked. Not for us who worked with technology and knew...
A Responsible Citizen Not Only Shares Culture, But Destroys The Copyright Industries

FACEBOOK FALLOUT: Investors Tell Our Source They Won't Give AppNexus The Massive Valuation It Wants (FB)

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Is one of New York's fastest growing ad tech startups the latest victim of fallout from Facebook's disappointing IPO? A source that is well-known in the online advertising industry tells us he is getting calls from late stage investors researching AppNexus. These late stage investors tell this source that AppNexus...
FACEBOOK FALLOUT: Investors Tell Our Source They Won't Give AppNexus The Massive Valuation It Wants (FB)

Patton Oswalt Explains That There Are No More Gatekeepers In Entertainment

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For years, we've argued that the role of middlemen in the entertainment industry has been changing drastically. Most were built up on the basis of being gatekeepers: choosing who would get to go out and perform to the world, and using that gatekeeper status to (1) put themselves (the middlemen)...
Patton Oswalt Explains That There Are No More Gatekeepers In Entertainment

Are The Old Enablers Becoming The New Gatekeepers?

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We've argued, for a long time, that just railing against "middlemen" misses the point. There are always middlemen. But not all middlemen are created equal. The distinction, that we've discussed multiple times, is the difference between enablers and gatekeepers. That is, historically, many middlemen came to power because they were...
Are The Old Enablers Becoming The New Gatekeepers?
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