Today during Facebook's earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the fears expressed by many users when the social-networking behemoth acquired Instagram--ads will eventually be coming to the popular photo sharing service. It was bound to happen at some point (even if Zuckerberg and his billion-dollar check hadn't showed up), as Instagram hasn't generated any revenue for years.
What a difference two and a half years make! Back in December 2010, Verizon Wireless launched its first 4G LTE markets well ahead of competitors, and this week the nation's largest wireless carrier is celebrating 500 markets. But that's not all: We've also rounded up some new app news and even the return of disc burning technology LightScribe to OS X Mountain Lion. Read on to find out more!
Twitter is keeping busy this week, quietly opening up its analytics feature to anyone curious how their tweets are performing even while bringing the recent TweetDeck for web experience to the Mac client.
Texting while driving has become such a big problem that all four major U.S. cell phone carriers have chosen to come together to educate consumers on the dangers, with an extension of AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign.
While critics and wireless customers would likely agree that T-Mobile's new contract-free "UNcarrier" plans are a huge step in the right direction, at least one state's Attorney General takes issue with what he calls "deceptive" advertising.
Ever wanted to have a conversation with a mobile ad, presumably aside from yelling at it to get off your screen? Ads are going to get a lot more chatty soon, thanks to the voice recognition gurus at Nuance.
Despite what you may have read in the press, Apple's influence on the tech world is just as strong as it's ever been. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 released last month is clearly aimed at the iPad mini, and its Wallet app, let's just say, is inspired by Passbook. Amazon's recent TV ad directly pits its 1900x1200 Kindle Fire HD against the iPad's retina screen (and price). And Blackberry is so tweaked by Apple, at least one of its executives can't even bring himself to speak his competitor's name in public. But no matter how hard they try, no matter how much time Apple gives them to catch up, there's one thing none of them can seem to get right: the art of the product reveal.
Few would dispute that Apple has mastered the art of marketing its products, but one of the company's former ad men believe that Samsung may have effectively stolen that skill from Cupertino along with their product designs.