Tag: Amazon

Forrester Says Amazon is ‘Exploiting’ Google’s Weaknesses

Forrester Says Amazon is ‘Exploiting’ Google’s Weaknesses

Business, Mobile, Technology
Google's 78% share of U.S search ad revenue in 2016 shows the company continues to dominate the market, but the share represents a decline from 88% in 2011. It seems the move to mobile by consumers has created competition for Google. Amazon has become a more preferred destination for online shopping searches, according to a research report released this week from Forrester Research titled Forrester Data: Search Marketing Forecast, 2017 to 2022 (U.S.) written by analyst Brandon Verblow. It is becoming a preferred destination for online shopping and search because of the way "Amazon is exploiting Google’s weakness in online shopping," according to the report. U.S. consumers are now more than 2.5 times likely to find out about the brand of a recent purchase from Amazon than from online
Microsoft’s cloud business is growing almost twice as fast as Amazon’s

Microsoft’s cloud business is growing almost twice as fast as Amazon’s

Technology
Amazon still owns the cloud. However, the moneymaking machines at the core of Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, are notably different. But the respective kings of online retailing, software and internet search should all credit a relatively new line of business for lifting their financial results. The three tech giants said cloud computing — through which they rent computing services and online access to software hosted in their data centers — was growing faster than their larger, older businesses. Amazon Web Services is the clear leader and the only one of the three companies that provide a clean number for its cloud infrastructure business. Amazon said AWS revenue surged 43 percent in the quarter to $3.66 billion. Multiply that by four, and you get an
Facebook & Google dominate the list of 2016’s top apps

Facebook & Google dominate the list of 2016’s top apps

Internet, Mobile, social media, Technology
Mobile applications from Facebook and Google dominated the new list of the year’s top apps released by Nielsen. Facebook, a social network company also dominated the second spot with Facebook Messenger at 129 million unique users per month. Following Facebook's winning of the top spots, Google holds most of the remaining spots with YouTube (113 million), Google Maps (105 million), Google Search (103 million), Google Play (99 million), and Gmail (88 million). Another Facebook-owned app in the 8th spot, Instagram (74 million), bookends the Google apps. According to  Techcrunch , among the top 10 smartphone apps, the apps with highest year-over-year change were Amazon App and Instagram, with 43% and 36% growth in users from 2015, respectively. Nielsen also took a brief glim
Study: Popular eshopping apps may be collecting personal information

Study: Popular eshopping apps may be collecting personal information

Internet, Mobile
Online shoppers beware, your favourite eshopping site may just be collecting your personal information without your knowledge. This is according to a privacy risk assessment done by search engine app, Opera Max. The assessment reviewed 60 of the most popular eshopping apps using privacy mode on Opera Max and found that personal information such as user’s name, email address, locations, search terms and phone number are shared with third parties through trackers. Included in the list of apps which shared personal information, were Amazon, OLX, eBay and BestBuy. “The study also shows that as many as 96% of the shopping apps did not use full encryption to connect the apps to their servers. This poses privacy risks to mobile shoppers when they are using these apps,” the assessment no

Walmart acquires Jet.com for $3B to rival Amazon

Business, Internet
Walmart has taken its biggest digital commerce stride against Amazon. The retail giant announced that it would be acquiring Jet.com — an online-only shopping site that has been live for a little over a year — for $3 billion in cash, plus up to $300 million in shares for the founders and others at the company. Jet.com will continue to retain a separate brand, Walmart said today, as part of Walmart’s strategy to widen the types of consumers that it targets beyond Walmart’s core user base today; and also to broaden the companies that it works with to serve those customers. Marc Lore, the CEO of Jet.com, will lead both Jet and Walmart online, taking over from Neil Ashe. “This is Walmart being even more committed to winning in e-commerce,” said Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart, i