U.S. judgment on Syrian chemical arms report won't be rushed: Hagel
CAIRO - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday the U.S. effort to determine whether Syria has used chemical weapons is a "serious business" that cannot be decided in a rush just because several countries believe evidence supports that conclusion.
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Ok, So Maybe Greed Is Groupon, But The Much Bigger Issue Is The Product
The Verge yesterday posted a lengthy look at what went wrong at Groupon, the e-commerce business that recently outsted its CEO and founder Andrew Mason after reporting another disappointing quarter. Basing the story on interviews with a "dozen current and former employees, executives, investors, and board members," the Verge's conclusion seems to be that one of the biggest problems for the company was its management -- or mismanagement, as the case may be. "Greed is Groupon," the article's title proclaims.
GoDaddy Buys M.dot, A Mobile Website-Building App, To Push Its Mobile And Freemium Businesses
GoDaddy, the web-hosting and domain registration giant, is taking one more step into the world of mobile, and another into offering small businesses a one-stop shop for all of their online activities with a freemium sweetener. Today, it is announcing the acquisition of M.dot, a startup that has developed an iOS mobile app that lets users create mobile websites from the app itself. Financial terms of the deal were not officially disclosed, but we have heard that the sale was in cash and stock and could be worth anywhere from $5 million to $25 million, likely to be around $15 million — depending on GoDaddy’s own IPO plans. This is GoDaddy’s first acquisition under its new CEO Blake Irving, who joined the company in December 2012, having previously held roles as chief product officer at Yahoo and a number of senior roles at Microsoft. The news was announced as GoDaddy opened up new offices in Sunnyvale. The acquisition is squarely aimed at expanding the kinds of products and services ...
Cennydd Bowles on UX & Design: Looking Beyond User-Centered Design
User-centered design has served the digital community well. So well, in fact, that I’m worried its dominance may actually be limiting our field. The terms “user experience design” (UX) and “user-centered design” (UCD) are often used interchangeably. But there’s an important distinction. UX design is the discipline: what we do. Precise definition is elusive, but most attempts focus on experience as an explicit design objective. User-centered design is a process: how we do it. Again the specifics vary, but usually form shades of the same hue: Research. Immerse yourself in your users’ worlds to understand what they do and why they do it. Sketch ideas that address these learned needs. Prototype the most promising ideas to evaluate them more accurately. Iterate through testing, repeating steps as required. Other design processes UCD is the dominant design approach within UX, so pervasive that some UX designers behold it as the Platonic ideal of design. Deviation from the UCD faith ...
Early Studies Show Facebook Mobile App Install Ads Perform Well For Devs, Indicating Big Revenue Potential
Chances are you may have seen one yourself, but just how well are Facebook mobile ads promoting app installs performing? AdParlor, one of Facebook’s advertising and marketing partners, has provided us with some data to show that the answer is rather well, although the experience of another developer points to some of those good gains possibly being short-lived. The gains of a strong app install model are potentially not just good news for developers — who need more than app store rankings these days to get their apps seen, installed and used — but also investors — who need to keep seeing evidence of solid business models in Facebook’s business. AdParlor recently ran a four-week campaign with a large global gaming company (it doesn’t say which one), with app instill ads placed in the mobile news feed. AdParlor found News Feed ads to be one of the most engaging and effective ad placements on Facebook’s platform at the moment, with average click-through-rates of 0.5% (ie, how ...