... via action@ifttt.com on 2014-10-21 17:19:00 in Wall Street Journal / Digits
Yahoo is finally turning mobile apps into a moneymaking business. The company revealed for the first time the size of its mobile business, reporting that ads on mobile devices generated more than $200 million in sales in the third quarter, or about 17% of the company's total revenue. Yahoo said gross revenue from mobile will top $1.2 billion this year. The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that Yahoo would likely disclose mobile revenue as CEO Marissa Mayer shows how the company is progressing in the face of scrutiny.   more...
 
 
... via john@johnlandry.com on 2014-10-21 16:51:26 in Journals / Stuff
NEW YORK - ''Frozen'' is still hot. Two toys based off Walt Disney Co.'s hit animated film made Adventure Publishing Group's Toy Insider Hot 20 list released Tuesday, making it the only entertainment property with multiple items on the roster. Disney and its licensees had seven items on the list, a selection of toys Adventure's experts expect to top kids' wish lists during the holiday season. Continue reading below Disney's movie about a princess with magical powers was released on Thanksgiving last year and racked up more than $1 billion in global ticket sales, making it the fifth-highest grossing film of all time.   more...
 
 
... via action@ifttt.com on 2014-10-21 16:55:19 in Journals / Architecture
Though eBay has transformed the way people shop for design, the site interface itself has until recently been known for an absence of aesthetics. That is changing, however, with the company's appointment of Michael Phillips Moskowitz. The erstwhile Stanford Ph.D. candidate signed on as chief curator and editorial director a year ago when the company bought his e-commerce startup, Bureau of Trade, a men's wear-focused site offering carefully chosen vintage objects alongside, in the name of what he calls "conscientious consumption," the origin stories behind them. Since then, he has spearheaded a series of initiatives to impart good taste into a platform that for years made users dig for it.   more...
 
 
... via action@ifttt.com on 2014-10-21 16:49:03 in Wall Street Journal / Digits
Yahoo 's official haul from the Alibaba IPO: $6.3 billion. That's after paying about $3 billion in taxes, but the sum is a bit larger than most estimates pegging the total between $5 billion and $6 billion. Yahoo said it ended the third quarter with more than $12 billion in cash and marketable securities, even after it spent $1.6 billion buying back shares. Now the question is what Yahoo will do with all that money. The company has said it plans to return at least half of its cash to shareholders via a buyback or dividend, and plans to announce its plans on the third-quarter conference call Tuesday.   more...
 
 
... via john@johnlandry.com on 2014-10-21 16:44:05 in Journals / Stuff
HONG KONG - For Apple in China, trouble seems to be the new normal. Cybersecurity monitoring groups and security experts said on Monday that Apple's online data storage service, known as iCloud, was the target of a new attack that sought to steal users' passwords and then spy on their activities. Starting over the weekend, when many users across China tried to sign into their iCloud accounts, they may have been giving away login information to a third party, in what is called a man-in-the-middle attack.   more...
 
 
... via john@johnlandry.com on 2014-10-21 16:38:24 in Journals / Lead Dog Ventures
 
 
... via action@ifttt.com on 2014-10-21 16:37:17 in Wall Street Journal / Digits
Google is rolling out refinements to its search algorithm designed to make it harder to find content that allegedly infringes on copyrights. Google frequently receives requests from copyright owners to remove from its search results links to sites believed to be infringing on intellectual property rights. Google began in 2012 penalizing sites that prompt such requests by lowering their ranking in search results. In a blog post, Google said it has now "refined" its algorithm and expects it will "visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites." The refinement starts rolling out this week.   more...
 
 
... via busybee@blogtrottr.com on 2014-10-21 16:34:53 in /graphics8.nytimes.com /
Yesterday, the legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away at the age of 82. Here, in honor of his life and work, a look back at some of his unforgettable appearances in the magazine. "Oscar's... Wild!" When Cathy Horyn went to visit de la Renta at his home in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for T's Spring 2009 Women's Fashion issue, the two discussed everything from de la Renta's longtime friendship and rivalry with Bill Blass to his first New York employer, Elizabeth Arden, to - at great length - his adoration of his wife of 25 years, Annette.   more...
 
 
... via busybee@blogtrottr.com on 2014-10-21 16:34:53 in /graphics8.nytimes.com /
HONG KONG - For Apple in China, trouble seems to be the new normal. Cybersecurity monitoring groups and security experts said on Monday that Apple's online data storage service, known as iCloud, was the target of a new attack that sought to steal users' passwords and then spy on their activities. Starting over the weekend, when many users across China tried to sign into their iCloud accounts, they may have been giving away login information to a third party, in what is called a man-in-the-middle attack.   more...
 
 
... via busybee@blogtrottr.com on 2014-10-21 16:34:53 in /graphics8.nytimes.com /
Like most American Rust Belt towns settled by European immigrant laborers, Pittsburgh in the early 20th century was a deeply religious place, where ornate Romanesque and Gothic chapels, churches and cathedrals rose in nearly every corner of the city. But partly as a result of the steel industry's collapse, Pittsburgh's population (now just over 300,000) has been in decline for decades, and congregations have been abandoning their grand old churches in search of smaller, more affordable spaces. Along the way, some of the Steel City's savviest entrepreneurs have been purchasing many of Pittsburgh's disused churches and adapting them into clubs, restaurants, theaters and concert venues.   more...
 
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