E-Commerce Times 05/18/13
Yahoo is reportedly looking to purchase microblogging platform and social networking website Tumblr for $1 billion. Tumblr is considered one of the coolest companies on the Internet because of its appeal to younger users -- the very demographic that Yahoo, which recently characterized its users as aging, is now attempting to reach. For its part, Tumblr, which has raised $125 million in several rounds from various investors, is under pressure to monetize the site.
Cybercriminals use zero-day and unpatched application vulnerabilities to install data-stealing malware on corporate endpoints because these are -- and will continue to be -- an issue with virtually all software applications. Zero-day exploits that take advantage of unknown vulnerabilities are the hardest to defend. Even so, more than 60 percent of exploit kits target two-year-old vulnerabilities that actually have patches available. Any unpatched vulnerability, known or unknown, puts the user at risk.
I often run into issues playing video media on mobile devices. It's been something that has haunted me since the days of Windows Mobile on the Palm Treo -- remember those early smartphones? Believe it or not, it's still an issue years later with current tablets and smartphones. The problems that I've encountered have generally manifested themselves as either the file not playing at all due to type mismatches, or audio and video being out of sync. Some people live with these problems. I think it ruins the experience.
CRM Buyer 05/17/13
InsideView earlier this month debuted a new marketing offering housed on its InsideView CRM Intelligence Platform. "One of our working premises is that even with the massive amount of spending companies do on CRM automation, the products still do not fully address the needs of understanding the customer and the new buying process," said Marc Perramond, VP of product. InsideView's new tool was built with an eye to enhancing a company's lead records with social, media and financial information.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to appear before a U.S. Senate committee next week to answer questions about his company parking profits offshore. In a notice for the May 21 hearing, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said "representatives of a multinational corporation" would be appearing at the event, but that a detailed witness list wouldn't be available until Friday. However, published reports indicated that one of the representatives of the unnamed multinational corporations would be Cook.
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