Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 6, 2014 11:53 AM
In the aftermath of a revealing investigation and an outcry from Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the nationwide Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America group to stiffen its policies around weapons sales and postings, Facebook and Instagram have announced that they will take down posts from gun sellers and traders that do not block the posts from those under 18.
Calling the action “a series of new educational and enforcement efforts for people discussing the private sale of regulated items,” the social behemoth outlined four commitments to address the growing problem:Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 3, 2014 10:14 AM
It takes just 15 minutes to buy illegal weapons on Facebook, according to a report from VentureBeat. The investigation uncovered "dozens of pages on Facebook where guns are for sale, including semi-automatic weapons, handguns, and silencers."
Listed under Facebook pages like "Guns for Sale," "I Love Guns," "Guns, Ammo & Blades"—all of which have thousands of "likes," users can purchase various weapons and accessories with no ID or paperwork needed. “While the transactions don’t actually happen on Facebook, the social network is a remarkably easy way to find shady people willing to sell you a weapon—no questions asked,” VentureBeat notes. “The illegal transactions then take place in diners, dark parking lots, and isolated country roads—away from the prying eyes of the feds and local police.”
Now, a Change.org petition is circulating asking Facebook and Instagram to "get out of the gun business." With nearly 93,000 signatures, the petition is backed by Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group co-founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 27, 2014 09:28 AM
Boeing designs self-destructing "Mission Impossible" smartphone.
Volkswagen cuts European worker bonuses on slump in demand and recalls almost 600,000 vans.
Adidas to stop selling sexually-suggestive World Cup T-shirts after outcry.
Barnes & Noble swings to profit on cost-cutting.
Best Buy posts sales decline but returns to profit with cost cuts.
Bitcoin falls in crosshairs of nations' regulators.
eBay leads $133.7 million investment in Indian shopping site Snapdeal.
European Union bans e-cigarette ads.
Ford gets Mustang tie-up to Need for Speed and improves convertible top to take on German rivals.
GM now faces federal investigation of its handling of recall.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 20, 2014 07:19 PM
Yoga apparel retailer Lululemon has stepped it in again, and this time even they're calling their bluff.
Numerous consumers said they were contacted by Lululemon representatives by phone after trying to sell used Lululemon clothes on eBay, with the embattled retailer going as far as to shut out some of those customers from their Lululemon e-commerce accounts.
And for some reason, it's not surprising as the company has had one PR debacle after another in what has been a roller-coaster year for the Canadian brand. It all seemed to go downhill after Lululemon recalled thousands of pairs of its most popular yoga pants for being too sheer last spring. The incident, which is reportedly still causing issues for some customers, opened up the floodgates to poor consumer relations, from excluding and offending plus-size consumers, bashing unrelated philanthropy efforts, nonsensical window displays and continual gaffes from eccentric founder Chip Wilson.
Lululemon issued an apology for the threat after inquiries from the media once again shined an unfavorable light on the brand.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 14, 2014 10:33 AM
Hundreds of thousands of mobile gamers have spent the last few weeks staring at their screens trying to maneuver a flapping bird through various obstacles. It turns out that their obsession with the free game “Flappy Bird” is what ended up killing the viral hit.
Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen gifted his game to the world but decided earlier this week that it had to come down based on its addictive qualities. “I just wanted to create a game that people could enjoy for a few minutes,” he told the Wall Street Journal. And so on Sunday, the free app was pulled from the App Store and Android market to the dismay of late bloomers hoping to get a few plays out of the simplistic video game.
But just because Flappy Bird isn't available for download anymore doesn't mean there's no way to access it. In the days since it was pulled from the market, tablets and smartphones containing Flappy Bird have appeared for sale on Amazon and eBay—for a pretty price, of course. An iPad Mini with Flappy Bird was going for more than $10,000 while and iPhone 5S with the app was priced at over $1,000.
eBay, though, was not amused, as the sale of such mobile devices is against its policy. Mobile devices can only be sold on the site once they are reset to factory settings—aka no Flappy Bird.Continue reading...
now hear this
Posted by Abe Sauer on February 12, 2014 10:47 AM
Hank Williams Sonoma. Cinnabon Iver. Bananarama republic. For a brief period last week many on Twitter wondered what the nationally trending hashtag #400BarAtTheMall was all about.
The hashtag's "400 Bar" is the iconic Minneapolis bar and music venue that closed its doors at the end of 2012. And "The Mall" is the same city's iconic-in-a-different-way Mall of America.
Coming later this year, the 400 Bar, as first reported in the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, will relocate to the nearby Mall of America as a 25,000-square-foot concert venue, museum and restaurant. The announcement marrying the antiseptic Mall of America with one of Minneapolis' most historic, gritty music venues may have caused confusion for many who remember the old 400 Bar at the bohemian corner of Cedar Ave. and South 4th.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 11, 2014 05:41 PM
Alibaba is coming to America, launching a new e-commerce site through two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Vendio and Auctiva.
Called 11 Main, the potential Amazon killer is a “shopping destination where hand-picked shop owners connect with customers in a stylish and professionally merchandised marketplace.” Featured items include personal tech devices, jewelry and fashion goods.
Alibaba is the largest e-commerce operator in China and transacts through wildly popular Chinese sites Taobao and TMall, but reaching beyond its national borders has been a challenge. Vendio and Auctiva were acquired by Alibaba in 2010 and are established e-tail experts having helped many companies sell their products on Amazon and eBay.
11 Main will ideally go head-to-head with Amazon and eBay's new e-commerce concept, "The Plaza."Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on January 30, 2014 04:54 PM
The world's largest retailer has a few tricks up its sleeve that it hopes will catapult it ahead of arch-rival Amazon in the hotly contested e-commerce space.
In Denver, Co., Walmart To Go, the retailer's on-demand shopping service, allows shoppers to order just about any merchandise they want online, including groceries, and have it delivered to their homes, just like Amazon. But now, Walmart To Go not only includes home delivery of grocery items—it also has a pick-up option. That means Denver consumers can order their groceries online, park in a designated space near their closest store, and pick up their groceries without ever stepping into the store.
Walmart has tested home delivery of groceries in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. since 2011, while Amazon has been testing "Amazon Fresh," a grocery home delivery service, in select cities with plans for more in 2014.
With in-store pick-up, Walmart is allowing consumers to exercise more options. "It's all about choice," Ravi Jariwala, Director of Public Relations at Walmart, told TechCrunch. "At this point, we're really trying to assess what our customers are gravitating toward, and the good news is that I don't think this is an either/or [situation]."Continue reading...