Smart Spam? Security Concerns Around the Internet of Things

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Your refrigerator has a message for you -- and no, it’s not that you need more orange juice-- it’s an ad for belly fat pills. Thanks, Refrigerator. This post was originally posted on Wearable World News. The original can be found here. Recently computer security company, Proofpoint discovered a cyber attack (malware) campaign in which some 25% of compromised computers were smart devices, including home routers, webcams, home entertainment centers, burglar alarms, and yes—refrigerators. … [Read more...]

Trends to Watch in 2014 from Altimeter Group

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As we launch into 2014, the analysts at Altimeter each pulled together a compilation of trends and issues they are watching closely this year. Below is a link to each post as well as a synopsis of some of the top themes we are exploring. As you read through each post, you’ll see that there are commonalities and overlap. This isn’t a surprise, as we have multiple people researching different aspects of customer experience, big data, innovation, and digital marketing. The diversity of thought and … [Read more...]

The Imperative For Social Risk Management

Note: This post originally appeared in Alan's blog Ronin Research. Everyone likes to point out how wonderful social media is - how they connected with lost friends from high school, they met new friends with similar interested, and all the cool things they learned. Marketers love it too because it gives them a great new channel to to connect and engage with customers in But social media has a downside too - just ask Mat Honan, or Bank of America, or Nestle, or Kenneth Cole about social … [Read more...]

Beyond the IPO: Ten Implications of a Public Facebook

By Susan Etlinger, Charlene Li and Rebecca Lieb The run-up to Facebook's IPO reminds me a bit of a wedding: everyone's attention is on the big day (expected to be Friday May 18), without much regard for the weeks, months and years afterward. Charlene Li, Rebecca Lieb, and I sat down to discuss some of the implications of a newly public Facebook: on shareholders, business and Facebook itself. -- SE Whether or not Facebook's IPO ends up being one of the world's largest (this Washington Post … [Read more...]

Google’s New Privacy Policy Critical to Competition with Facebook

Google has a new, 360-degree privacy policy. Take that, Facebook. The consolidation of data that creates a unified customer profile across very nearly all of Google's products and services creates a view of the customer that's very, very Facebook in nature. Funny that with all the attention directed to the Facebook IPO lately, so few commentators have made this observation. It's a good idea that has, understandably, creeped users out. The reality and the perception of privacy are miles … [Read more...]

Twitter and censorship

By Alan Webber, Principal Analyst Almost 49 years ago, President John F. Kennedy stood at a podium in the divided city of Berlin where he proudly proclaimed that the wall that divided the city was an affront to basic human freedoms, that it was a symbol of the failure of communism and its ability to effective govern nations. Twenty-four years later, President Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate to encourage Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down the wall" that divided … [Read more...]

Finding Value In SOPA

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There is a lot of discussions, arguing, lobbying, and political wrangling going on around the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister legislation Protect IP Act (PIPA) right now. It has been portrayed as the battle between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, old media verses new media, Washington verses California, and on and on and on. But what is SOPA really and what is the potential value in the discussion around SOPA? What is SOPA? SOPA is essentially and anti-digital piracy bill that … [Read more...]