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  • Twitter shares soar to a new high | Business Spectator
    to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Twitter shares soar to a new high Reuters 11 Dec 2013 8 16 AM Technology Social Media Shares continue to climb despite the absence of any significant announcements from the social media debutante You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Investors piled into Twitter Inc for the second straight day lifting its shares to more than 52 and setting a new intraday high on Tuesday even in the absence of any significant announcements from the social media debutante Shares of Twitter were up 6 per cent to US52 20 on Tuesday afternoon after a frenzied trading session on Monday when Twitter closed up nearly 10 per cent its biggest gain ever Since the loss making San Francisco based firm held its closely watched initial public offering last month its fans on Wall Street have strained to reinforce the bull case for a stock priced at increasingly inflated multiples compared to social media peers like Facebook Inc and LinkedIn Corp Twitter has released a spate of management news and product updates since its IPO but some announcements such as the official roll out of a lucrative cookie based ad targeting technology called targeted audiences have been preceded for months by prior announcements In a research note on Friday Evercore analyst Ken Sena said targeted audiences has been publicly in the works but raised his price target anyway from US43 to

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  • Snapchat files temporary restraining order | Business Spectator
    go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Snapchat files temporary restraining order Reuters 10 Dec 2013 11 24 AM Technology Social Media Attempts to deter man who says he came up with the original idea for the company You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Snapchat a service that allows users to exchange fleeting photo messages has filed for a temporary restraining order against Frank Reginald Brown who claims he came up with the idea for the company Snapchat last month rejected an acquisition offer from Facebook Inc that would have valued the company at US3 billion or more the Wall Street Journal has reported Snapchat said Brown disclosed confidential information about the company to the media according to court documents filed in California on Friday Snapchat started in 2011 by Stanford University students is popular with teenagers and twenty somethings Users of the service can set a time limit of up to 10 seconds for how long photo messages may be viewed before they disappear The company said Brown had leaked deposition testimony that Snapchat had designated as confidential under the Protective Order entered in this case according to the documents Snapchat said it has provided confidential financial and investment information related to Snapchat s business in the case and Brown

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  • Twitter product announcements send shares flying | Business Spectator
    Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Twitter product announcements send shares flying Reuters 10 Dec 2013 11 10 AM Technology Social Media Tech Titans Tech Deals Stock rises to the highest level since the company s IPO You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Twitter shares soared more than 9 per cent on Monday to their highest level since the company s initial public offering after a spate of product announcements that could boost its revenue prospects Shares rose to US49 in mid day trading up 9 2 per cent Twitter has mostly traded in the low US40 range in recent weeks since November 7 when shares briefly topped US50 in the hours following its highly anticipated IPO Twitter on Thursday officially began allowing marketers to show individually tailored ads on Twitter based on websites the user has previously visited The cookie based targeted ads as they are known are expected to fetch higher ad prices The company also said it would launch a text only version of the service that would be available to people with entry level mobile phones that cannot access the Internet Apple Inc announced last week it would acquire Topsy an analytics company that mines Twitter data for US200 million according to media reports Although the iPhone maker withheld any information about how it planned to integrate Topsy analysts said the deal was served as the latest affirmation that the flood of data produced daily on Twitter holds value for businesses There s been a lot of little stories from targeted audiences performing well to Topsy acquisition showing support for analytics for this space that have people scrambling said Robert Peck an analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Shares slipped last week when Twitter s post

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  • Australia’s PS4 drought | Business Spectator
    pre orders in some stores Sony has confirmed that another shipment of consoles is due before Christmas but how much of a dent this makes to the existing queue of expecting PS4 owners remains to be seen If you are desperate to buy a PS4 and will do or pay anything to get one under your Christmas tree some savvy eBay retailers still have stock They are capitalising on the lack of supply charging close to 1000 for a console that s retailing for 550 That s funny given that Sony actually charged just under 1000 for the original PS3 back when it launched in 2007 It also held back that console launch from November 2006 to March 2007 in order to guarantee supply and address the delays in manufacturing the blu ray player in the console As you can probably guess many took to Facebook to vent their concerns over the situation directly to Sony And needless to say Sony didn t reply to all of the comments particularly the stock complaints on that thread But despite the silence on that front Sony s local MD Michael Ephraim was happy to front the media and explain the company s position on the matter He said that the demand for the PS4 has exceed imagination This is pretty much a global launch and there are limits to what we can produce For a million units to be sold in the US in one day is an astronomical number Mr Ephraim told Technology Spectator For the record Sony recently reported that around 700 000 units were sold across Europe and Australasia in the two days after launch on November 29 A Sony spokesman confirmed that the company has not released local sales figures for Australia We are doing our best to fulfil our channels and we will meet demand unfortunately some people might miss out by Christmas Ephraim says Valuing Australian fans He added that Sony values the Australian market and its loyal fans and the move to delay the launch PS4 in Japan until February is one indicator of the company s commitment to the Australian market Though Sony earlier told the press that this move was related to lack of Japanese focused launch titles The key issue for Sony is whether this initial lack of supply will eat into the PS4 s overall sales figures There s no denying that some gamers may have changed their purchase to an Xbox One as a result of not being able to get their hands on a PS4 at launch Having said that it s worth noting that some faithful fans are willing to wait for supply to return This situation has also forced retailers into the awkward position of proactively trying to deflate PS4 hype and push the Xbox One or even Nintendo s Wii U as an instock alternative to cement as many console sales as possible this Christmas It would be a mistake to underestimate this point as retailers

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  • Twitter names media veteranas first female board member | Business Spectator
    v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Twitter names media veteranas first female board member Reuters 6 Dec 2013 8 00 AM Technology Social Media Marjorie Scardino former chief executive of publishing company Pearson to take up the role You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Microblogging site Twitter Inc named Marjorie Scardino former chief executive of publishing company Pearson to its board on Thursday following criticism that it lacked diversity in the top ranks of the company The addition of Scardino who is also a former CEO of The Economist Group and a former board member of phone maker Nokia expands Twitter board to eight members Twitter which went public last month was heavily criticized for its all male board on the eve of its hugely successful public offering Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo had previously publicly brushed off criticism on the lack of diversity and even got into a public debate on Twitter with Stanford University fellow Vivek Wadhwa on the issue Scardino will replace David Rosenblatt on Twitter s audit committee while Rosenblatt will continue to be on the compensation committee the company said

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  • Twitter rolls out cookie-based ads | Business Spectator
    social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Twitter rolls out cookie based ads Reuters 6 Dec 2013 7 50 AM Technology Emerging Tech Social Media Aims to display highly targeted ads using web tracking technology You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Twitter Inc will begin showing ads to users based on their browsing history it said on Thursday becoming the latest Internet company to employ the controversial but increasingly widespread tracking technology Twitter s new advertising feature allows marketers to use cookies small files planted in Web surfers computers that contain bits of information about which sites they have visited or where they are logging in from to display highly targeted Twitter ads Twitter which went public last month first announced in July that it would begin testing cookie based ad targeting joining the likes of Google Inc Facebook Inc and Amazon Inc and countless other Internet companies that rely on the technology to serve ads Twitter s new feature which is expected to raise advertising rates and revenues for the company arrives in the midst of heightened public debate over the erosion of online privacy In recent years both the European Union and the US Federal Trade Commission have probed the extent of tracking technologies used by sites like Facebook Last year European authorities began requiring websites to inform visitors that cookies were being placed on their

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  • Twitter to make its service available offline | Business Spectator
    to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Twitter to make its service available offline Reuters 6 Dec 2013 7 45 AM Technology Social Media Partners with Singapore start up to target developing nations You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Twitter Inc is tying up with a Singapore based start up to make its 140 character messaging service available to users in emerging markets who have entry level mobile phones which cannot access the Internet U2opia Mobile which has a similar tie up with Facebook Inc will launch its Twitter service in the first quarter of next year Chief Executive and Co founder Sumesh Menon told Reuters Users will need to dial a simple code to get a feed of the popular trending topics on Twitter he said More than 11 million people use U2opia s Fonetwish service which helps access Facebook and Google Talk on mobile without a data connection Twitter which boasts of about 230 million users held a successful initial public offering last month that valued the company at around US25 billion U2opia uses a telecom protocol named USSD or Unstructured Supplementary Service Data which does not allow viewing of pictures videos or other graphics USSD as a vehicle for Twitter is almost hand in glove because Twitter has by design a character limit it s a very text driven social network Menon said Eight out of 10 people in emerging markets are still not accessing data on their phone he said U2opia which is present in 30 countries in seven international languages

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  • Brazil delays vote on anti-spying Internet bill: senior lawmaker | Business Spectator
    ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Brazil delays vote on anti spying Internet bill senior lawmaker Reuter 5 Dec 2013 8 29 AM Technology Social Media Offers temporary relief for Google and Facebook in a key growth market You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password A vote on a bill that would force Internet giants like Google and Facebook to keep Brazilians information inside the country will be delayed until next year over disagreements about its content a senior lawmaker told Reuters on Wednesday The bill would give President Dilma Rousseff powers to order Internet companies to store users data in local servers a move seen as response to allegations that the United States spied on her communications and that of thousands of regular Brazilians The delay is a temporary relief for Google and Facebook which oppose a requirement they say would increase costs and erect unnecessary barriers in one of the world s largest Internet markets The postponement of the vote stems from disagreements among government allies in Congress over the requirement and a neutrality clause that bars telecom companies from charging different rates for Internet speed There are disagreements in the allied base over the neutrality clause and data centers said the Eduardo Cunha head of the country s largest political party the PMDB in the lower chamber of Congress Discussions are stalled The vote was delayed till next year Two other legislative and government sources also said the vote will be delayed until next year to hammer out a deal among the allied parties in Congress which includes the PMDB Lawmakers who go on holiday recess later this month will likely resume the vote when they return to work the first week of February The legislation has been on schedule to be voted on since November The controversy ignited by the bill is another example of the tense relations between Rousseff and the private

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