iPad No Longer Just for All the Young Dudes

iPad No Longer Just for All the Young Dudes – AllThingsD

“No surprise that iPads initially sold particularly well with people who were both young and not women — who else is going to camp outside an Apple store? Also not a surprise that as Apple sells more and more of these things — nine million in the last quarter alone — its customer base has become much broader.”

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Want to Rent out that Spare Room? The Growing Popularity of ‘Collaborative Consumption’

Want to Rent out that Spare Room? The Growing Popularity of ‘Collaborative Consumption’ – Knowledge@Wharton

“The founders of Internet startup Airbnb were accustomed to rejection. Joe Gebbia, Brian Chesky and Nathan Blecharczyk peddled to venture capitalists their idea for using the Internet to help people rent out a room, or even a couch, to frugal travelers. All of the venture capitalists took a pass. But after receiving funding as well as mentoring from incubator Y Combinator in 2009, the startup exploded.”


The Importance of Jobs

The Importance of Jobs – Wall Street Journal

“When the history of the past 40 years is written, who will be seen as the more consequential figure—the average American President, or a college dropout who built the first personal computer in a garage and went on to lead the most important company of the early 21st century?”


What Netflix and Hulu Users Are Watching… and How

What Netflix and Hulu Users Are Watching… and How – Nielsen Wire

“Streaming video online is on the rise in the U.S., and how consumers tune in differs greatly across services. According to a recent Nielsen survey, the majority of Netflix users report watching on a TV screen. In fact, half of all Netflix users connect via a game console (Wii, PS3 or Xbox Live).”


The Rise of Social Advertising

The Rise of Social Advertising – Brian Solis

“We are entering the beginning of the end of the destination web as we have known it. Consumers increasingly spend time in social networks and less in their email inboxes and visiting traditional websites. As such, brands continue to race to social media sites in the hopes of connecting with consumers when their attention is focused on conversations relevant to those brands. Part of the challenge however, is earning the attention of consumers not just once, but also building a relationship with them over time.”


Another Reason Facebook Wants Identities: Commerce

Another Reason Facebook Wants Identities: Commerce – TechCrunch

“Last week, Facebook’s marketing head, Randi Zuckerberg, caused a stir when she asserted that online anonymity has to go away. But the reason large, powerful networks are pushing for a world in which our verified and authenticated identities exist online isn’t simply to stop cyber-bullying and to create incentives for users to behave more nicely. This is about money. Part of the company’s drive is also to help users leverage their online identities to transform and accelerate online commerce.”


Even Marked Up, Luxury Goods Fly Off Shelves

Even Marked Up, Luxury Goods Fly Off Shelves – NY Times

“Nordstrom has a waiting list for a Chanel sequined tweed coat with a $9,010 price. Neiman Marcus has sold out in almost every size of Christian Louboutin “Bianca” platform pumps, at $775 a pair. Mercedes-Benz said it sold more cars last month in the United States than it had in any July in five years.”