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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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AllThingsD Week in Review: Nokia’s Android Phone, Bitcoin Funding and Facebook the Newspaper

December 15, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered AllThingsD this week: Most people think of Facebook as a place to share photos, keep up with friends and family members, or see and share those funny, viral stories and LOLcat pictures. This is not how Facebook thinks of Facebook. Is Nokia really working on an Android-based phone, and would Microsoft really go ahead with such a device? The answer to the first one is definitely yes. And, surprisingly, the answer to the second question may be yes, as well . The saga of Yahoo’s problematic latest Mail product continues: The Yahoo in charge of Mail made some fellow employees a bit upset when he suggested that the company would have to “kick the users hard” in a certain body part to get them to leave. Functionality is returning for many after a recent outage, but up to two weeks of mail may be missing. CEO Marissa Mayer has apologized . Facebook and Twitter let advertisers turn their (free) posts into (paid) “native ads.” Now Google+ is joining the native ad party, too — but there’s a twist . The independent videogame Minecraft is a global sensation, but it almost went down a very different path. In an excerpt from a new book about the game, we learn how Minecraft’s original creator, Markus Persson, almost took a job at Valve .

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Twitter Steps Up Test of Local Tweet Discovery Feature

December 14, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

As AllThingsD first reported in April , Twitter is continuing to test a feature that surfaces nearby tweets based on a user’s location. Spotted by The Wall Street Journal in the wild, the feature looks to be a separate swipe-able timeline — and opt-in only, in its current state.

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QOTD: My Favorite Waste of Time

December 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

All writers should have as many forms of unproductive distraction as possible. For me it used to be that I would clean drawers or rearrange my closets or start cooking lunch. I had many, many ways of pretending to be working, but not really working. So Twitter is quite marvelous at that. It is a wonderful, wonderful way of just procrastinating … – Author Susan Orlean, extolling a side benefit of Twitter, on the All Write Already! podcast

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