E-Commerce Times 04/24/14
HBO and Amazon on Wednesday announced a content-sharing partnership that for the first time will allow viewers to see HBO shows on a different platform. Starting May 21, Amazon Prime Instant Video users will have access to some of HBO's hits that are now off the air, including The Sopranos, The Wire, Eastbound & Down, and Enlightened; mini-series Band of Brothers and Angels in America; and early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood.
Facebook on Thursday announced FB Newswire, a site aggregating content from posts users put up on their pages that it will offer as a resource to journalists and newsrooms.
The content will be curated by Irish firm Storyful, which News Corp., at the heart of a cellphone hacking scandal in the UK, purchased in December. Journalists and media organizations "have become an integral part of Facebook," and referral traffic from Facebook to media sites quadrupled in 2013, Facebook said.
A new Ubuntu Linux desktop line -- Ubuntu 14.04, known as "Trusty Tahr" -- lacks much in the way of new features or eye-popping special effects. You will find, however, a fresh batch of improvements in what is already a solid distro family of desktop and server implementations. Canonical continues its record of consistency with its latest version of Ubuntu, released this month. Consistency is usually a good thing, but after the last few Ubuntu releases, the repetitious ho-hum pattern of not much new on the outside is becoming a bit boring.
CRM Buyer 04/24/14
If you aren't sold on marketing automation yet, there's another reason to consider it before you end up down two touchdowns with three minutes to play. We usually think of marketing in its traditional role of new customer outreach, which is good but no longer enough. As much as 80 percent of revenue might come from the existing customer base; however, the marketing budget usually goes in the opposite direction. Keep in mind that in today's zero-sum markets, your competition has not stopped marketing to your customers, so why should you?
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