Post to My Blog 12/21/2011

Posted: December 21, 2011 in everything and more
  • We’ve been hearing that PayPal is going to be rolling out an in-store payments experience at a national retailer in the U.S. soon. It looks like the payments giant is testing another in-store payments experience in Sweden, using NFC technology, and partnering with two Swedish developers Accumulate and Point. You can find more information about the partnership here (in Swedish).

    tags: Technology

  • tags: Photos

  • When Avon Products Inc. announced that CEO Andrea Jung would step down next year, investors and corporate leadership gurus cheered. I get Wall Street’s enthusiasm. Though Jung, a 53-year old Asian-American woman, dazzled early in her 10-year reign, Avon has struggled mightily under her leadership in recent years. Still, I cringe at Jung’s looming departure. The unspoken fact is that her exit will leave only one woman of color — Xerox’s Ursula Burns — sitting in the chief’s chair of a Fortune 500 company.

    tags: Management

  • Have you ever met a general counsel who goes by “Juggler of Justice” or a CFO known as “Duke of Dollars?” Why not?

    tags: Management

  • Aleks Krotoski is joined by Charles Arthur and TechCrunch Europe’s editor Mike Butcher to look back at social media’s influence on protest and revolution, the death of Steve Jobs, and the fortunes of Google, Apple, Microsoft, HP, RIM and Nokia

    tags: Technology SocialMedia

  • Comics by Comixology has become the de facto tablet reading platform for comic books. That only happened because Comixology CEO David Steinberger spent time learning the business of comics before figuring out how to digitize it. “We took the time to understand where the market was and that you couldn’t just plow digital into it,” said Steinberger.

    tags: Technology

  • Facebook has just reached out to us to say that starting in January 2012, it will gradually begin showing Sponsored Stories social ads in the main news feed of the web version of the site. The ads will be marked “Sponsored” and a rate limit will ensure users see no more than 1 Sponsored Story in the news feed per day. They’ll only feature stories about friends or Pages that users already like. Users won’t be able to opt out of seeing Sponsored Stories in the news feed or having their activity used in them, but they will be able to ‘x’ out individual ads from the feed. Sponsored Stories won’t immediately appear in the mobile news feed, though Facebook is considering the idea as we discussed earlier this month.

    tags: Marketing

  • Startup founders are the new reality TV stars. No, really! Today, the producer of the TechStars TV show on Bloomberg TV, Cameron Casey, is announcing his plans to film a second startup-focused reality show. This time, the show will follow a group of entrepreneurs out in L.A., courtesy of a partnership with the StartEngine accelerator.

    tags: General

  • On Monday, Mashable brought you the news that Facebook is all moved in to its new headquarter complex in Menlo Park. Now, we’re taking you on a virtual tour of the social networking giant’s new home.

    tags: Photos SocialMedia

  • Yes, the social gaming company’s stock is off to an ignominious start.  But a closer look  shows things are more complex than they first appear.

    tags: SocialMedia

  • Mobile payment systems are transforming the payment environment for small businesses.

    While the traditional point-of-sale credit card terminal is far from dead, more small firms are shaking up the way they sell by experimenting with mobile payment methods. U.S. mobile commerce sales hit $5.3 billion in 2011, up more than 80 percent from last year, according to investment firm Barclays Capital. While this still represents only a sliver of the $2.1 trillion total purchase volume in the U.S., growth like this is hard to ignore.

    tags: Mobile

  • How can a business of any size stand out and profit in an @anywhere world? It’s all about currency. Brand Social Currency, that is. Vivaldi Parters, an international brand consultancy, just put out its Social Currency 100, which ranks the social branding efforts of companies across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. From cars to confections, luxury goods to toys, the firm compiled a list of campaigns that made their mark on the Web, social networks, mobile or location-based platforms, microsites, or even in print, over the past three years.

    tags: Branding

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