If location-based marketing means focusing on the blue dot, you’re missing the point

VB WEBINAR: That useful little blue dot on your smartphone’s map is like a flame to a moth for location-based marketers. But as I found out from Mike Schneider, VP of marketing at Skyhook, during our webinar “Drive ad revenue with precise location targeting,” if you focus on pushing offers, messages, and coupons to people… Continue reading If location-based marketing means focusing on the blue dot, you’re missing the point

Facebook’s stock now over $100 per share, a new record that values the company at $280B

Facebook has hit a milestone today as its stock price has topped $100 per share in current market trading hours. The company now has a market cap of over $280 billion. Since July 16, Facebook’s stock price had hovered within the $90 range, creeping ever closer to $100. Analysts had predicted that the company would hit… Continue reading Facebook’s stock now over $100 per share, a new record that values the company at $280B

U.K. ISP TalkTalk gets hacked, the CEO doesn’t even know if data was encrypted

TalkTalk, one of the U.K.s largest Internet services providers (ISPs) with more than four million customer accounts, has suffered its third data-breach in 2015, and the latest one is significant. Founded initially as a subsidiary to the Carphone Warehouse mobile phone retailer, TalkTalk has emerged as one of the preeminent communication brands in the U.K.,… Continue reading U.K. ISP TalkTalk gets hacked, the CEO doesn’t even know if data was encrypted

Blackberry Priv is now available for pre-order in U.S., U.K., and Canada for $699

Blackberry is officially accepting pre-orders for its new Android based smartphone. Priv was first announced last month. The phone features a touch screen, slide out keyboard, and Blackberry’s security software. The phone is first being made available in the U.S., U.K., and Canada for $699, £549, and $899 CND respectively. Blackberry hasn’t yet announced when the phones will… Continue reading Blackberry Priv is now available for pre-order in U.S., U.K., and Canada for $699

The DeanBeat: Two decades of work and $1B in sales put Israel’s game industry on the global map

The organizers of Casual Connect Tel Aviv paid my way to Israel. Our coverage remains objective. TEL AVIV — Israel’s 200 game companies are expected to generate $1 billion in mobile and social gaming revenue in 2015, up 25 percent from $800 million a year earlier, according to a market analysis by Playtika, Israel’s largest game… Continue reading The DeanBeat: Two decades of work and $1B in sales put Israel’s game industry on the global map