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The holiday season is big business for e-commerce, but this year will be very different across every platform. Brands should focus on profitability over sales volume, because even though Amazon will again see record sales, the game has changed more so than any previous year. Let's examine why the key to a successful 2021 holiday season for brands is to focus on increasing their profits, rather than sales. [More...]

Facebook is putting its plans to launch a version of Instagram for kids on hold. The move comes following a report in the Wall Street Journal that Instagram is harmful to young people and congressional pressure to scrap the project. Although Instagram is putting Kids on hold, Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, explained the company will be making new features available to parents to oversee their children's accounts. [More...]

Gitpod is making a browser-based VS Code developer experience accessible to everyone. This allows developers and teams to run VS Code on cloud-powered servers and access it from any device using only a web browser. The new project was initiated in response to continuing inquiries from developers, according to Sven Efftinge, CEO at Gitpod. [More...]

Dreamforce happens this week, emanating from San Francisco and reaching out to the world via the global cloud computing network Salesforce helped to create. With that, this may be the last time to say with all sincerity that Salesforce is a CRM company. Truth be told, the transition has been ongoing, and the call could have been made at any time in the last few years, so now is as good a time as any to make it. [More...]
When an operating system upgrade is released for your personal computer, how soon do you install it?
ASAP -- I like to have the latest software and security features as soon as they become available.
After a Couple of Weeks -- I wait a little while in case there are problems reported by first users of the new OS.
After One Month or Longer -- I'm skeptical of new software versions and want to be confident that bugs have been fixed.
Maybe Never -- If my computer is working, my view is "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."