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GameStop has posted its third quarter 2014 earnings that is a disappointment despite the robust sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While new hardware sales showed a 147.4 percent increase, the delay of Assassin’s Creed: Unity and lower-than-expected software sales attributed to a total global sales of $2.09 billion for the three month period that ended on November 1, 2014. This is down from $2.11 billion that was posted for the same quarter last year and falls short of initial estimates that the company would post $2.2 billion for Q3. While hardware sales have performed above industry expectations, sales of new game software fell 34.4 percent in Q3 2014 compared to software sales in Q3... Read more...
Facebook has long been under fire for its seemingly lackluster care to user privacy, something that became a hot topic this past week as the company forced its mobile users to transition to its Messenger app in order to have messaging capabilities. Well, as hard as it might be to believe, there are some instances when the company does care about our privacy, enough to work towards protecting our data from overly aggressive law enforcement. Last fall, Facebook was forced by the New York district attorney's office to hand over account profiles for 381 users - users that ranged from teenagers to grandparents. Requests for such information isn't uncommon, but a forced retrieval is something else... Read more...
Google has some fantastic news for JoeBlow58736 and F1irtyGirl25, as well as anyone else who prefers to use their online nickname versus their real identity. You are no longer required to use your real name when creating a Google+ account, representing a reversal in policy that's in place since the social network launched over threes year ago. "We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users," Google stated on its Google+ page. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we... Read more...
Soccer might not be the most popular sport in the U.S., but it's certainly growing on Americans. Of course, soccer enjoys an enormous global audience, and if anyone needs reminding of that, just check out the World Cup activity on Facebook. At only halfway through the tournament, there are more than 1 billion related posts, likes, and comments on the world's most popular social playground. That makes this year's World Cup -- a tournament that's held every four years -- the most active topic ever on Facebook, according to data obtained by Reuters. Mighty impressive, especially since there are two more weeks of World Cup action, giving the tournament ample time to set new records. Image Source:... Read more...
You might want to be careful with that next "Like" on Facebook, because as it appears, companies can use that to their advantage in the event a lawsuit is filed against them. In General Mills' updated legal terms, the company totally backs consumers into a corner if they follow the company on social media, use its digital coupons, subscribe to its newsletters, and et cetera. Basically: Ignore General Mills' online presence entirely, and you may still have the right to sue the company. In the event that you fall victim to one of General Mills' gotchas, your only option would be to settle through arbitration, and avoid the courts entirely. Clearly, this is not a great move for consumers, and it... Read more...
If you thought Mark Zuckerberg and company were out of their minds to approve a $19 billion (with a "B") acquisition of WhatsApp, an instant messaging service, you're not alone. Sitting on the other side of the social networking aisle is Google, which knows a thing or two about spending crazy amounts of money on acquisitions, and as far as one of Google's top executives is concerned, Facebook overpaid. That executive is Nikesh Arora, Google's Chief Business Officer, and he made his feelings known during a Morgan Stanley technology conference when an analyst asked him about generating revenue from mobile messaging apps, which he pointed out are especially popular in Asia. Image Source: Flickr... Read more...
There's a general perception out there that Google's social network is a virtual ghost town, versus Facebook's online playground, which is always bustling with activity. Google's tried to dispel that notion on occasion by revealing user stats, and if you look closely at the latest numbers, you might be surprised at just how busy Google+ is these days. Tina Courtney-Brown at SiteProNews did some digging and discovered that Google+ is now home to over 1 billion registered users, which compares favorably to Facebook's 1.19 billion. It's true that Google+'s stats are somewhat artificially inflated due to Google integrating accounts for its various services. However, Courtney-Brown says over 540 million... Read more...
When the NSA forced several major tech companies including Facebook, Google, and Yahoo to cough up data on their users, one got the sense that it was a situation of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object. The first round of that battle went to the NSA because it had (some shadily-acquired) court documents that forced compliance, but these are companies with leaders that are not accustomed to being told what to do. (If anyone is going to spy on Facebook users, by god it’s going to be Facebook itself.) Further, the companies are concerned that the NSA is also hacking their network transmissions, including tapping fiber optic cables and breaking encryption. Unsurprisingly, the companies... Read more...
Google announced its Chromecast media streaming device last week and immediately caused quite a stir amongst technology enthusiasts. Not only was the Chromecast seemingly easy to use, but its low $35 price point made it attainable by virtually anyone. It didn’t hurt that Google was throwing in a three month trial of Netflix with the device as well, but that deal was suspended almost as soon as it was announced due to overwhelmingly high demand. The Google Chromecast is a simple device to understand. It is basically a small HDMI dongle that physically plugs into an HDTV (or other display) and wirelessly connects to a local Wi-Fi network. Once installed and connected to the LAN, the... Read more...
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, both Facebook and Google should be blushing from cheek to cheek. After the introduction go Google+, the two social networking services have been copying features from each other, inadvertently helping the other to innovate and improve upon their own social playground. It's still happening, too. Witness, for example, a new feature on Google+ in which posts that are +1'd by people in your circles will appear on your feed. Facebook already does this by highlighting posts your friends like. On Google+, the person or people who +1'd a particular post that shows up on your feed will be displayed above the highlighted post. In doing so, you're exposed... Read more...
I doubt it needs to be said, but curing cancer is far from easy. Today, gathering required data isn't so much the problem, but rather having enough people to analyze it is. Wouldn't it be great, then, if there were a way for ordinary people to chip in? It might seem a little outlandish, given we're not all scientists, but Cancer Research UK would like to correct our way of thinking. In conjunction with Facebook, Amazon and Google, a mobile game is being developed that will allow regular citizens to solve important puzzles, that when combined en masse, will give researchers the data they need to speed along their progress, quicker. What the game will look like, we're unsure. There's also the question... Read more...
If you haven't heard, Facebook is now a public company. That means that the experience has, and will continue to change into eternity now that the company has to turn a profit to satisfy shareholders. Facebook has been cramming ads into feeds left and right, and is even experimenting with an option that'll let users pay real money to send a message into someone's Facebook Inbox. But here's a money-making idea that feels a lot less forced: gift cards. The new Facebook Card is a new twist on a familiar concept, and considering that giving is always better than getting, it might just make you feel warm and cozy within. Starting this week, people can give their friends gifts to Jamba Juice, Olive... Read more...
Remember all the “we don’t need another social network” griping when Google+ hit the scene in June of 2011? Fast forward to today and Google+ has 343 million users, making it second only to Facebook for social network size superiority, according to GlobalWebIndex. Social networks in millions of active users. Image credit: GlobalWebIndex Of course, Google+ still hasn’t caught up to Facebook. GlobalWebIndex estimates that Facebook’s 1 billion user claims are likely pretty accurate, making it not just the biggest social network, but comfortably so. And Facebook appears to be growing faster than Google+, too (33% for active user growth last year, compared to 27% for... Read more...
Glassdoor recently announced its fifth annual Employees' Choice Awards. This list provides a look at the 50 best places to work as selected by people who actually work for these companies. There are a number of tech companies that make the list, but Facebook takes the No. 1 spot. Scoring 4.7 out of 5 stars, Facebook has been reviewed by 159 employees over the past year. From 151 of those reviews, Glassdoor has gathered that 99% approve of CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In one review, a project manager echoed approval of the company's management saying, "The company's leadership truly believes in Facebook's mission to make the world more open and connected." This isn't the first year Facebook has been on... Read more...
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