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The 'Internet of Things' Heralds the Arrival of the Jetsons Age

Your fridge may soon tell you when to buy milk

What smartphones and apps have done to connect people to the Internet wherever they go, emerging new technologies will soon connect seemingly every other object in your life (even the…

Infographic: Holiday Mobile Sales

People browse on their smartphones, buy from tablets

With smartphones becoming the new shopping device, how will mobile impact holiday shopping this year? AOL put together an infographic that combined early retail sales data with AOL Networks mobile…

Facebook Gives Retailers New Tool to Gauge Sales

Expands Custom Audiences to help close the loop

Facebook is now helping retailers close the loop from placing ads to making sales. The social network just announced via blog post that it is working directly with stores to…

Check-ins With A Commercial Twist

Rewards given for retail visits

A new commercial check-in mobile ad product is now available to retailers. SessionM, a Boston-based digital ad firm, developed the offering for its hundreds of clients with apps, which are…

The Future of Advertising Hinges on Understanding Identity

Data needs context

 The word identity comes from the Latin word ident, meaning repeatedly, or again and again. The concept of identity is critically important in advertising. How can we aspire to provide…

RadioShack's Holiday Emails Will Change in Real Time

Offers pivot in recipients' inboxes

Attention holiday shoppers, your emails are now targeting you in real time—at least if you've signed up for RadioShack's messages. The electronics retailer will use Movable Ink's technology that allows…

Winner of Salesforce's Hackathon Is Under Fire

Upshot's $1M Dreamforce app may be a farce

The integrity of Salesforce’s hackathon event this week is being questioned after it was revealed that the winner, a former employee of the sponsor, may have built the app outside…

Flipboard Moves Into Commerce With New Shopping Channel

App evolving from content discovery to products

After establishing itself as an editorial content discovery engine, Flipboard is hoping to do the same for commerce with a new shopping channel that will let people discover, view and…

Instagram Shares the Look of Its New Ad Products

First sponsored images introduced to platform

Instagram is showing off its new sponsored look. Facebook’s photo-sharing network, which was bought last year for $1 billion, will start providing some returns after announcing ads were coming. Now, Instagram, in…

Did Google CEO Larry Page Just Handle His Last Wall Street Call?

No longer wants to talk every earnings period

Google CEO Larry Page signaled to Wall Street today that he no longer wants to handle routine quarterly calls. During today’s conference call with analysts announcing third quarter results, Page…

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