Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

Charlie Sheen Calls Out Ashton Kutcher on Twitter

January 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Add Charlie Sheen and Ashton Kutcher to the long list list of Twitter feuds. The “Two and a Half Men” alum called out Kutcher on Twitter Sunday night, calling him “lame” while praising his former sidekick and co-star Jon Cryer. In subsequent tweets, Sheen continued to insult Kutcher’s work (“quit barfing on my old, brilliant... Read more

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Check-In CES: Rise of Curved Glass

January 6, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

After a wild run last week that saw them soar to an all-time high of $74.73, shares of Twitter are crashing brutally back to earth. The company’s stock tumbled more than six percent in early trading Monday, falling to $59.43. The reason? That’s not entirely clear, though perhaps investors are realizing that there’s no fundamental business change with which to rationalize last week’s run.

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Tech Stocks Hover Near 2013 Highs, Paving Way for 2014 IPOs Like Alibaba, Box and Dropbox

December 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

iStock Today, the tech sector got a pretty nice post-Christmas present, as stocks of many companies in the sector continued to remain near their highs for the year. And with 2013 seeing the most U.S. tech IPOs since 2000 — according to a recent report, there were 45 in the year — 2014 is looking to be another strong year for public offerings. Those include, though will not be limited to: Alibaba Group, which could exceed Facebook’s $16 billion outing; Box, the file-sharing site; Dropbox, the online storage upstart; Candy Crush maker King.com; Coupons.com, the digital couponing site; Lending Club, the peer-to-peer lending service; clean-tech firm Opower; and Internet dating company Zoosk. The impact of the upcoming IPOs has already been felt on existing issues, most especially Yahoo. Though some of the excitement around the stock has been due to the shimmery image of CEO Marissa Mayer, its continued core business declines have been largely ignored by investors in favor of its 24 percent stake in Alibaba. In contrast to Yahoo’s lagging results, the Chinese Internet giant’s performance has been spectacular, and it has had more than a halo effect on shares of the Silicon Valley company. Yahoo’s stock is close to its 52-week high — reached on Tuesday at $41.05 — and is up 104.6 percent in the year to date. Search giant Google is getting its bump from its own strong performance, up 57.6 percent for the year and hovering close to its $1,118 per share high. The same goes for Microsoft — despite all the uncertainty around the identity of its new CEO, the pending departure of Steve Ballmer has its shares up 40 percent for the year and also close to its nearly $39 high. Retail giant Amazon is up more than 60 percent, close to its $405 high

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Investors Flock to Twitter, Like Facebook, as Year Draws to a Close

December 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Sure, Facebook has a huge valuation, and Twitter trades at like a billion times earnings, but that hasn’t stopped shares of both companies from surging. Part of it is the realization that, to the degree that social media actually is a big thing, it really is all about those two companies. And while Facebook and Twitter are tech names, social media has emerged as a key place for all manner of companies, from automakers and airlines to Coke and Pepsi. In an interview on CNBC, I likened it to the early days of Google’s stock, as investors realized that search advertising was here to stay:

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Twitter Asks You How You Use Twitter While You Watch TV, While You’re Watching TV and Using Twitter

December 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

As we’ve noted many times , Twitter is very interested linking itself with the TV business (Facebook too, but that’s a different story). And as we noted last month, Twitter has recently started asking its own users if they connect Twitter with TV , via online surveys. Here’s a new survey, which is even more direct about the Twitter/TV linkup. This comes to us via Eli Langer , a social media producer at CNBC, and what’s most interesting is that it: Is explicitly about watching football and using Twitter, and that The invitation to participate in the survey showed up in Langer’s feed shortly after  kickoff during last night’s Monday Night Football finale. Here’s the query:

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IAC Fires PR Chief Justine Sacco After Firestorm over AIDS Tweet

December 21, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

IAC said it has parted ways with Justine Sacco, who had been its senior director of corporate communications, after she posted a racial message Friday on Twitter joking about AIDS in Africa. On Friday, a tweet posted to Sacco’s account from London said, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”... Read more

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Has Justine Sacco Been Fired Yet? Barry Diller’s IAC Isn’t Saying

December 21, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

IAC, the Internet media company run by Barry Diller, removed the name and contact info for communications director Justine Sacco after her racially charged tweet about AIDS and Africa spawned a massive wave of outrage on Twitter. But the company has not yet confirmed whether she has been fired for the offending tweet. On Friday,... Read more

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Real-Time Marketing Hits New Low, Starring Gogo and Justine Sacco

December 21, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Shutterstock/R. Gino Santa Maria When will brands learn? In a race to be crowned the next Oreo , it seems like every week another advertiser makes a really dumb decision on social media, by trying to latch on to the issue of the moment. Call it the drunk dialing of social marketing. The most recent offender is in-flight Internet provider Gogo. The company — or at least the person manning its Twitter account —  has decided that Justine Sacco’s terrible judgement is a fantastic marketing opportunity. Sacco, of course, is the IAC PR head who on Friday posted this message to Twitter — “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” — and then went silent, supposedly because she was on an international flight. Cue Internet frenzy, and then, a few hours later, Gogo’s classy response: Next time you plan to tweet something stupid before you take off, make sure you are getting on a @Gogo flight! CC: @JustineSacco — Gogo (@Gogo) December 21, 2013

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