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France Recommends to EU to Tax U.S. Internet Companies

France plans to push for new Europe-wide regulations and tax rules on U.S. Internet giants when European Union leaders meet next month to discuss the bloc’s digital challenges. According to The Wall Street Journal, France is calling on the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, to draw up proposals by spring 2014 aimed at “establishing a tax regime for digital ... Read More »

Systems Failures Continue at Attglobal.net

The attglobal.net e-mail service has been unreliable for nearly two weeks.  AT&T is in a habit to take down the site for maintenance and when problems occur they are not able to fix them short term. Access to the account center is still not available.  It is inconceivable that a company the size of AT&T is unable to fix the ... Read More »

Baidu Launches Total View – Copy Cat of StreetView

Baidu announced TotalView, a Street View-like feature for its Baidu Maps service.  Total View is available as a feature inside Baidu Maps, and, unsurprisingly, it’s very Street View-like in its appearance.  Total View is Web-only and available for just three cities in China – Shenyang, Wuxi and Fenghuang — however Baidu has opened an API for developers, allowing them to include ... Read More »

Alibaba Moves Into Internet TV Market With Smart OS

Alibaba Group is moving into a new field:  Internet television. Alibaba announced the development of a smart TV operating system (OS) and set-top box that the company hopes will form the nucleus of a TV-centric “ecosystem” allowing Chinese consumers to access digital content, share content with mobile phones and other devices, as well as shop and pay bills via their TVs. ... Read More »

E-marketing and the Rifle Shot into the Dark

Anthea Stratigos, Co-founder and CEO of Outsell Inc. expresses her frustration about the flood of irrelevant, misdirected mail.    The following is an excerpt of her recent ‘Insight’: “Every so often, everyday life with end users yields profound insights about how parts of the media and information industry really work. The ever increasing amount of irrelevant email pouring into the inbox ... Read More »

Baidu Acquires PPStream Online Video Business For $370 Million

Baidu Inc. announced that it will pay $370 million to acquire the online video unit of PPStream Inc., a popular streaming television service in China.  Baidu would integrate the service into its iQiyi online video unit, making it one of the most significant players in online video in China.  Unlike many other parts of the Chinese Internet, there remains a ... Read More »

Internet Security: Beware of the Risk of Infections of Data Originating from Certain Countries

If you are operating in or dealing with entities or individuals in any of the following countries beware of the potential risk of infecting your systems or PCs. Infection Risk in percent of computers that were exposed to Web attacks on all computers with Kaspersky products in that country. The statistics based on data from Kaspersky Web antivirus, whose users ... Read More »

D&B Q2 2012 Revenues on GAAP Basis Down 7% (Down 8% after Effect of Foreign Exchange)

D&B announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized an increase of $500 million to its existing share repurchase program bringing the total authorization to $1 billion. “Our second quarter results were in line with our expectations and we are on track to meet our full year guidance. Cautious customer spending impacted North America during the first half of ... Read More »

China to Become Largest Online Retail Market by 2015

According to a report released by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), China will become the world’s largest online retail market by 2015 with a sale value of US$364 billion.  By 2015, 8% of all retail sales in China will be conducted online according to BCG. There were reportedly 513 million Internet users in China in 2011 – a penetration rate ... Read More »

Indian Internet Subscriber Base Crossed 100 Million

The Economic Times of India heralded the news as a 100 million opportunity for investors, e-commerce, devices and telephony.    As soon as the announcement was made people started to query the number. IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India) stated that the100 million thresholds were crossed in November of 2011, while Internet Stats India says this happened in December of ... Read More »

Yahoo Co-Founder Jerry Young Considers Buyout

Yahoo co- founder Jerry Yang would like to take the $20 billion company off public markets, according to people familiar with the situation.   There are many reasons for Yang exploring this new avenue:  Yahoo is punished by Wall Street for not being a growth company and its low stock price has enticed others to consider a takeover of Yahoo: Jack ... Read More »

China Announces New Internet Agency

China establishes a new State Internet Information Office to oversee the Chinese Internet. The State Internet Information Office appears intended to help improve coordination among the dozen or more Chinese government ministries and agencies with an interest in the Internet.  The new Internet Agency will be based in the State Council Information Office, the government department responsible for information.  In ... Read More »

Baidu Develops Web Browser

Baidu, is developing its own web browser in an effort to cement its hold over the China’s Internet market. Baidu currently holds a 75% share of China’s search engine market, with Google a distant second, according to Beijing-based research firm Analysys International. The company’s sizeable audience makes its search page a good place to offer the download to potential users. ... Read More »

Value of Electronic News Services: AOL acquires Huffington Post

AOL has agreed to buy Huffington Post, one of the fastest-growing U.S. news site for $315 million.  The price is more than five times the $60 million revenues of Huffington Post.   Combined, the new AOL/Huffington Post claims 117 million unique visitors in the U.S. and 270 million worldwide; it’s a scale play to participate in the Big Leagues of digital ... Read More »

STRONG INTERNET GROWTH PREDICTED BY YAHOO

The Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia will account for almost 90 per cent of growth in online ad spend in South East Asia in the next five years, research by Yahoo! has found.  The value of online advertising in the Philippines is expected to reach US$22.3 million this year as young and influential Philippinos increasingly look to the Internet for entertainment ... Read More »

192 MILLION MOBILE INTERNET USERS IN CHINA

Beijing, 2nd November: According to an article on ChinaNews.com.cn, as of September, mobile Internet users in China reached 192 million. That figure represents year-on-year growth of 63%. In 2008, that market was valued at RMB 11.7 billion (US$1.7 billion), an increase of 54% over the 2007 figure.  The head of the Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Mr. Li Yizhong, ... Read More »