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IBM purchases Xtify to target new marketing channels

Continuing to build its portfolio of software for supporting electronic commerce operations, IBM has acquired Xtify, a provider of push notification-based marketing services for mobile platforms. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Social Media

Going public gives Twitter a sustainable future, analysts say

The days of shrugging off Twitter may soon be over. Some 200 million users strong, the site is already one of the most prominent social networks, but going public could give it the muscle to become the next Facebook or Apple, one analyst said.

Salesforce.com's Benioff lays out future strategies

Salesforce.com's second-quarter earnings conference call featured the usual dose of chest-thumping by CEO Marc Benioff as the company posted US$957 million in revenue and raised its full fiscal year forecast to at least $4 billion.

Digital Marketing

Yahoo aims for consistency with site redesign

Yahoo has redesigned its Sports, Movies, Music, TV, omg, Games and Weather sites with a more consistent look and some personalized tools, the company said Tuesday.

Perceived missteps may have hit a tipping point for Ballmer

An accumulation of perceived missteps under Steve Ballmer's leadership may have hit a tipping point this year, leading to Friday's groundshaking announcement that Bill Gates' former right hand and heir, as well as Microsoft's fiercest cheerleader, will step down as CEO within the next 12 months.

BlackBerry's bleak options: will suitors really pay for a wedding?

As BlackBerry's board of directors formally begin exploring "strategic alternatives," they'll find their options limited, according to two IT sector analysts. All the likely alternatives call for a much diminished company, or broken up into some software assets and a brand value that's declining every day.

Digital Marketing

Five reasons Jeff Bezos wants the Washington Post

There's no shortage of speculation about why Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is buying the Washington Post. It could be for access to local news, content deals involving the Amazon Kindle, political self-interest or even ego.

Leadership

The CMO's Zero Moment of Truth

Technology has disrupted all walks of life and business. How can then the business of marketing remain untouched by the waves of disruptive technologies?

Intel gestures toward the future with Omek buy

Put your hands in the air - Intel has made another major push into the world of touch-free computing. The chipmaker has confirmed that it bought Israel-based Omek Interactive, a gesture-recognition firm. Omek (which means 'depth' in Hebrew) offers gesture-recognition products for computer and software makers that can track full-body movements as well as finer detail hand and finger gestures.

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