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ICANN’s gTLD application process disrupted

Regular readers will know that I’ve been following with interest the coming addition of many new gTLDs in the next year or so.  It represents the biggest change in internet naming since the world wide web became popular, and it … Continue reading

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I recently wrote about the Maryland Department of Correction’s highly problematic decision to demand the Facebook passwords of prospective employees.  The latest development is that the Maryland state legislature has passed legislation making it illegal for employers to requiring employees … Continue reading

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Tim Callan by-line in RIS News on Amazon, physical stores, and analytics

My article in RIS News appeared today explaining how Amazon’s entry into bricks-and-mortar retailing might affect awareness and adoption of in-store analytics.

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April is the last month for the VeriSign Secured Seal

Well, this is it.  According to Symantec, April 2012 is the last month for the VeriSign Secured Seal as we know it.  At some date this month, we’re told, they’ll all be changing over to the new Norton Secured Seal.  … Continue reading

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839 registered applicants for new gTLDs

As I’ve written about in the past, the world of internet naming is about to go through a massive shift with ICANN’s decision to take open applications for new gTLDs.  We just passed a milestone, which was the March 29 … Continue reading

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An anecdote about the right and wrong ways to evaluate marketing programs

At one stage in my career I was in charge of marketing for several significant business lines at the company I worked for.  These business lines had their own distinct budgets, marketing teams, and sales teams.  This anecdote involves one … Continue reading

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On the difference between data and knowledge

I recently wrote this comment in a RetailWire discussion on the use of Big Data in brick-and-mortar retailers (I warned you that this material would start making its way into my blog): There’s a big difference between data and knowledge. … Continue reading

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Google to open its own Android store online

Google’s opening its own Android store online. There also has been some talk of Google opening a physical store as well. Do these decisions make sense for Google? I think the first does and the second does not. The challenge … Continue reading

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Government agencies demanding Facebook passwords: Here is why government should take a light hand on technology matters

The House of Representatives just killed an ammendment intended to make it illegal for employers to require that prospective employees hand over Facebook passwords before being hired, which apparently (and amazingly) is an actual practice at some government agencies. Since it … Continue reading

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Tim Callan interview in AMA Marketing News on new gTLDs

And the hits keep coming.  Months ago, before I joined RetailNext, I gave an interview on ICANN’s new gTLD initiative to the American Marketing Association’s journal Marketing News.  It appeared February 29, and I just became aware of that fact.  It’s … Continue reading

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