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When Yahoo recruited Marissa Mayer from Google to replace interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, some suggested that Mayer's departure from Google was an indication that she had reached her limit for advancement at the search giant, and that her role at Google was actually not as important as it might have seemed.
Whether the rumors about Mayer's status at Google were accurate or not, one thing was certain: Yahoo was placing a huge bet on the 30-something executive, one that might have been the last such bet it could make.
Is a big part of search's future based on content partnerships?
When Google announced that it was acquiring Zagat, it looked problematic. After all, Zagat was a publisher struggling to stay relevant in the digital age and Google was the world's biggest search engine. The potential conflicts the deal could create were huge.
One of the companies likely to have been most concerned with the acquisition was Yelp. Along with other popular user-generated reviews sites, it has arguably played a key role in Zagat's woes. With Google behind it, would the Mountain View-based company push Zagat content at the expense of a company like Yelp, which it once reportedly looked to buy?
Didn't think Twitter was mainstream?
All doubt about Twitter's position in the media world was laid to rest this weekend as the company aired its first ever television commercial during the Pocono 400 NASCAR race.
Are you a sports fan? Are you a developer? If you answered yes to both questions, ESPN wants to talk to you.
Why? Because the sports media giant has jumped on the API bandwagon and is courting developers who can take its content and data to build cool sports apps.
If you run a business that's active online, or are involved in digital marketing in any way, chances are you've done business with a startup before.
No big deal, right? After all, today's hot startup could be tomorrow's Apple or Google, and even if it isn't, there's no denying that startups are a driving force behind innovation.
But should you always trust a startup? Are there times when joining forces with one is a bad idea?
In many industries, companies often find themselves facing a simple proposition: a deal that requires exclusivity. Online, such a deal may take the form of a relationship with an advertiser, a vendor, or a business partner.
Deciding whether or not to do a deal that requires exclusivity can be tough. Such deals almost always come with clear advantages and disadvantages. Here are a number of the most important to consider.