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Google Reaches for Your Wallet

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 26, 2011 04:00 PM

Last week, Google launched a new service, Google Advisor, to help consumers make money decisions and compare financial products: credit cards, CDs, checking, and savings accounts.

Today, the search giant unveiled its own financial product, Google Wallet, at a press conference in New York, with partners Citi, MasterCard, First Data and Sprint, sharing the stage.

Can Google Banking be far behind?Continue reading...

Brands to Watch: Apple, Intel, Netflix and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 17, 2011 06:00 PM

Brands to Watch

Android device security in open Wi-Fi networks challenged by new study.

Apple intrigues with mystery retail launch.

AT&T and Comcast rank last in US customer satisfaction surveys.

Campbell Soup Canada raises funds for UN World Food Program.

CNN anchor Don Lemon surprised at reaction to his coming out.

Elaine's, the iconic NYC restaurant, calls it quits.

ESPN taps SNL comic Seth Meyers for advertising upfront presentation in New York.Continue reading...

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In the News: Schwarzenegger, BP, HP and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 17, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

Amazon's Android tablets reportedly codenamed Coyote and Hollywood.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's personal brand rocked by confession he fathered a child with household staffer.

Birds Eye plans new sales push in Russia.

BP Russian pact with Rosneft collapses.

California pushes for tighter security controls on social networks.

Conde Nast expands iPad magazine editions.

Disney may make power play for Olympics sponsorship; and fined $3M for violating kids' privacy.

Facebook meets with bankers to discuss IPO.Continue reading...

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App Scratch Fever: Friskies iPad and Android Games for Cats

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 16, 2011 12:30 PM

Mobile apps for cats aren't new, but Friskies is getting in the game with its iPad and Android tablet games for cats at (you guessed it) gamesforcats.com. Above, the Nestle-owned brand shows some feline fans playing games including Cat Fishing, Tasty Treasure Hunt and Party Mix-Up (Wonderland Quest II too difficult?) One word of warning: you might want to use these kitty games on an Android tab until Apple finally decides to use Corning's scratch-proof Gorilla Glass in the iPad.

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Brands to Watch: Schwarzenegger, Palin, Facebook and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 10, 2011 06:30 PM

Brands to Watch

Maria Shriver (who recently hinted she's in transition) and Arnold Schwarzenegger prepare to divorce as he announces movie comeback and their son Patrick responds on Twitter.

Bristol Palin lands reality show on History Channel's BIO cable channel.

Facebook asks to be exempt from US political advertising rules.

Audi launches roadside assistance app.

Australian advertisers face opposition on self-regulation and children's marketing.

BMW launches eBay store in the UK.Continue reading...

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Apple Dominates as Paid Apps are Moving on Up

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 10, 2011 05:30 PM

As Google aims its bow at Apple and reveals a slate of new services for Android, consider the latest research report from IHS iSuppli, on the state of the mobile marketplace.

iSuppli projects that revenue from the four top app stores - Apple's iTunes store, Google's Android market, Nokia's Ovi app store and RIM's BlackBerry App World — will reach $3.8 billion in 2011, up 77% from last year. The total number of downloaded applications this year is projected at 18.1 billion, and by 2014, to almost double to an estimated 33 billion.Continue reading...

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Google Takes Apple Bite With Mobile Music and Movies for Android

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 10, 2011 01:00 PM

Google's Music Beta service was the big news from the Android team at the Google I/O developers conference today.

The good news: it's live. The bad: It's accepting a limited number of requests to check it out — but only in the US.Continue reading...

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In the News: Skype, Google, Greece and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 10, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5 billion. Skype CEO Tony Bates will become president of Microsoft Skype.

Google launches license-free Music Beta cloud-based online music service.

Greece is on the brink of another financial disaster.

Android surpasses iPhone in Japan.

Apple and Google face US lawmakers on location tech today.

Bank of America has billions of dollars in new losses at stake.Continue reading...

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