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Google is expanding its use of profile names and photos in advertisements, stepping up competition with Facebook in social marketing. But in order to do so, the Internet giant is changing its terms of service.
Inside IBM's new acquisition: Xtify will solidify IBM's Smarter Commerce initiative in mobility and cloud, but business apps will be essential for solution delivery, writes Matthew Casey of Technology Business Research.
IBM is buying New York startup Xtify, which is focused on mobile "push" messaging technology that delivers personalized offers. The deal is the second IBM has made this week in the mobile communications space.
Infina Connect, a Cary-based IT firm focused on cloud-based solutions in healthcare and a finalist in the Wall Street Journa startup of the year contest, names a long-time healthcare executive as its CEO in place of its founder. The change, the executives say, positions Infina for its growth to a $100 million a year venture.
Perhaps the most difficult decision a founder of a startup can make is to step away as CEO and give the task of growing the company to another executive. Siu Tong is now chairman at Cary-based Infina Connect, a fast-growing startup which has a new CEO. Tong talks with WRALTechWire about making the change.
Mark Henfer, a veteran healthcare industry executive with numerous North Carolina connections and son of an NCSU graduate, is the new chief executive officer at rapidly growing startup Infina Connect. In an exclusive Q&A with WRALTechWire, Hener talks about the qualities he brings to the job, the challenges he faces, and the opportunity to grow a startup.
The Durham-based startup is growing rapidly, continuing to hire in the Triangle as well as its new location, and is looking to grow overseas. Meanwhile, investors are knocking on the doors.
The partnership between Healthcare Financial Exchange and Infina Connect combines health IT software and debit card payment technologies in a single card that doubles as a health insurance card bank card to pay for health care services.
Amazon.com is rolling out its third generation of Kindle Fire tablets and boosted their prices, as the world's biggest e-commerce company seeks to set itself apart in an increasingly crowded market.
Activity in the digital music space is frenetic. Streaming service Rdio lands an investment from heavyweight Cumulus Media; Rhapsody cuts 15 percent of its stake and president is out; meanwhile, Pandora says it is raising $231 million.
Ads on smartphones and tablets will make up more than half of Twitter's ad revenue this year, according to EMarketer Inc. That puts it ahead of Facebook, which generated 41 percent of its ad revenue from mobile promotions in the latest quarter. Google, the largest search engine, is estimated to get slightly less than one quarter of its revenue this year from mobile ads, EMarketer said.
There's no universal language for wine but now there's software. WRALTechWire Insiders can read our exclusive report about how startup Next Glass aims to change how consumers choose and buy wine.
With new leadership, Pandora aims to bolster advertising, which accounted for 88 percent of its $427 million in revenue last fiscal year. While the company dominates web radio, ad sales haven't kept up with growth in listeners or royalty expenses, leading to losses totaling $50.9 million in the past three quarters. This month's entry of ITunes Radio from Apple, already the largest online music seller, will add to the pressure on Pandora.
Facebook, which has a market capitalization of more than $100 billion, has surged more than 60 percent since announcing in July that sales of promotions on wireless devices are on track to surpass revenue from desktop computers.
Formed in New York City, the company's founders came to the Triangle after being selected for The Startup Factory accelerator. While saying North Carolina was "awesome," executives plan no N.C. office. WRALTechWire Insiders get the full story.