Greg Bensinger

EBay, PayPal Face Criticism Over Robocall Policies

Location:
Office of Attorney General (New York), Albany, NY, 12224, United States
Recommendation:
1

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is raising concerns over new policies from eBay and its payments subsidiary PayPal that may give the firms leeway to blast users with so-called robocalls.

Overstock Plans Streaming-Video Service

Location:
Overstock.com, Salt Lake City, UT, 84121, United States
Recommendation:
1

Overstock.com is planning a streaming-video service, joining a crowded field that includes rival Amazon.

Amazon to Buy Video Site Twitch for More Than $1 Billion

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States
Recommendation:
2

Amazon has apparently agreed to acquire Twitch, a live-streaming service for videogame players, for more than $1 billion.

Dispute Erupts Between Amazon and Disney

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Ave. South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States
Recommendation:
1

When Amazon.com wants to fight, it turns to a familiar playbook. The latest to feel the Seattle retailer's sting is Walt Disney. Amazon isn't accepting pre-orders of forthcoming Disney DVD and Blu-ray titles including "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Maleficent."

Amazon Aims at Publisher Hachette's CEO in Contract Dispute

Location:
Hachette Book Group, 237 Park Ave, New York, NY, 10017, United States
Recommendation:
3

Amazon.com stepped up the war of words in its nearly four-month contract battle with publisher Hachette Book Group, calling on authors to email the publisher's chief executive directly to pressure him to agree to its terms.

Amazon Resisting FTC on Policy Change for In-App Purchases

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

Amazon.com is bucking a request from the Federal Trade Commission that it tighten its policies for purchases made by children while using mobile applications.

Amazon, Warner Bros. Near Resolution on Pricing Dispute

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States
Recommendation:
2

Amazon has reversed a halt on preorders of movie discs from Time Warner's Warner Bros. studio as the two sides near a resolution to a pricing dispute.

Amazon Dials Up a New Use for Its Cash

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States
Recommendation:
2

Online retailer Amazon.com is expected to reveal its first smartphone, featuring a display designed to respond to users' eye movements and capable of displaying three-dimensional images.

Google Profit Up 36% as Paid Clicks Swell

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
1

Google posted its best profit growth in more than a year, as the Internet search giant counteracted lower advertising rates on mobile devices by selling a higher volume of ads.

Amazon Asks Supreme Court to Decide Sales Tax Fight

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Amazon is taking a fight over sales tax in the state of New York to the U.S. Supreme Court. Exactly why is a little unclear.

Ruling: Amazon Can’t Own ‘.Amazon’

Location:
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), 1875 I (EYE) Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
2

Amazon is facing rough waters in its quest to claim “.Amazon.” A committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the nonprofit organization overseeing the Internet’s top-level domain names, recommended against allowing “.Amazon” to be controlled by the Seattle company.

Hoax Won't Deter Tweeting

Location:
Twitter (new home), 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
2

The short-lived hoax on Twitter won't deter companies from disseminating market-moving information using social-media sites. Meanwhile, Wall Street firms are plowing ahead with plans that could give some employees access to these sites at work.

Amazon's Quest for Web Names Draws Foes

Location:
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), 1875 I (EYE) Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
2

Large and small companies are vying for control of an array of new Internet domain names, but Amazon’s plans are coming under particular scrutiny. Two publishing industry groups, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, are objecting to the online retailer's request for ownership of new top-level domain names that are part of a long-awaited expansion of the Web's addressing scheme.

Apps Are Creating New Jobs… But Are Also Replacing Workers

Recommendation:
2

Smartphones and tablets—which typically have built-in cameras, Internet connections and global-positioning systems—enable just about anyone to be a roving merchant or courier. Apps may be creating new jobs for developers and marketers. But around the edges of the rest of the economy, they're also starting to become a substitute for people who earn a paycheck.

The Evolving Economics of the App

Recommendation:
2

Using a wealth of data from mobile devices, developers of apps ranging from children's games to fitness trackers are increasingly testing an array of price points and business models. They are drawing some conclusions: Free remains king, though users on iPhones and iPads generally have a greater tolerance to pay the price to download apps and shut off advertising than those on Android devices.

The E-Reader Revolution: Over Just as It Has Begun?

Recommendation:
2

The e-reader era just arrived, but now it may be ending. Dedicated devices for reading e-books have been a hot category for the past half-dozen years, but the shrinking sizes and falling prices of full-featured tablet computers are raising questions about the fate of reading-only gadgets like Amazon's original Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s first Nooks.

Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook vs. Amazon

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States
Recommendation:
2

Four big technology fiefs -- Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook -- have been creeping into each other's turf for years. In 2013, their war is set to escalate around two fronts: hardware and search.

Mobile Ads: Here's What Works and What Doesn't

Recommendation:
1

The rule book for what works in mobile advertising is slowly being written.

The Sales-Tax Effect on Amazon: Nada

Location:
TX, United States
Recommendation:
2

A new survey by Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer showed that consumers in Texas, the second most populous state in the nation, essentially haven’t changed their buying habits since the online sales tax went into effect in July.

Apple-Amazon War Heats Up

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States
Recommendation:
2

The long-simmering war between Amazon and Apple is starting to boil over.

EBay To Target Under-18 Set

Location:
eBay, 2065 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, CA, 95125, United States
Recommendation:
1

EBay is exploring ways to harness an untapped class of buyers: Kids.

Amazon's Tough Call

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States
Recommendation:
2

If Amazon decides to wade into the smartphone business as it has with tablet computers, the online retailer will face a host of new challenges in a cutthroat market.

Competing With Amazon on Amazon

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States
Recommendation:
1

Thousands of small merchants depend on Amazon to reach customers who otherwise wouldn't know they exist. A few of them complain, though, that Amazon sometimes eats their lunch.

Talking Less, Paying More for Voice

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The largest US wireless carriers are working on ways to keep their customers paying up for something they do less and less -- making phone calls.

Verizon Offers a Trade-Off on Data Plans

Location:
Verizon Wireless, Basking Ridge, NJ, United States
Recommendation:
2

Verizon Wireless, after saying it would seek to phase out unlimited data for millions of its customers, said there was one surefire way for subscribers to keep their all-you-can-eat plans: Pay full price for their smartphones.

Sprint CEO Says Company Will Wait To Consider Mergers

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States
Recommendation:
2

For Sprint Nextel, now isn’t the time for a merger.

LightSquared Moves Toward Bankruptcy

Location:
LightSquared, 10802 Parkridge Boulevard, Reston, VA, 20191, United States
Recommendation:
2

Hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone's LightSquared Inc. venture was preparing May 13 to file for bankruptcy protection after negotiations with lenders to avoid a potential debt default faltered, said people familiar with the matter.

Falcone Agrees To Step Aside

Location:
LightSquared, 10802 Parkridge Boulevard, Reston, VA, 20191, United States
Recommendation:
2

Apparently, Hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone agreed to step aside eventually as the public face of his LightSquared venture, a concession that may keep the wireless-telecommunications company from defaulting on its debt.

Heat Turned Up on Falcone

Location:
LightSquared, 10802 Parkridge Boulevard, Reston, VA, 20191, United States
Recommendation:
1

As Philip Falcone's LightSquared nears a critical deadline, some of the wireless company's creditors are pressing the hedge-fund manager to step away from the venture on which he has staked his fortune and reputation.

Verizon Targets Traders With High-Speed Network

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
1

Verizon Communications is looking at Wall Street as it attempts to draw new customers with yet another high-speed network. The telecommunications heavyweight, which boasts that its Verizon Wireless has the fastest wireless broadband network, is set to unveil a new service this week targeting traders for whom shaving milliseconds off deals can mean a difference of millions of dollars.