Figures published today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that more and more Irish businesses are getting online, with consecutive yearly increases in enterprise internet subscriptions, and an increase in online commerce with regard to both the selling and purchasing of goods and services.
Google has revealed that they are currently working on a version of Google+ for brands and businesses that will debut “later this year”. While many major brands are keen to join Google+, itself only one week into private beta, Google are actively discouraging businesses from using regular Google+ profiles, stating that an “optimal experience” for brands and organisations is on its way.
Irish consumers spent €2.96 billion online in 2010 according to research published earlier this week by Visa Europe. This represents an increase of 39% from 2009 figures, where an estimated €2.13 billion worth of purchases took place.
Under MediaSift’s DataSift brand the freemium service will allow users to search and filter Twitter’s full firehose of content according to over 40 pieces of metadata contained in each tweet. The company will also aggregate and analyse Twitter content according to user sentiment, user influence, reach and text analysis.
Google is rumored to be rolling out a smarthpone based real-world payment system using Near Field Communication technology. Well, the Wall Street Journal reports that the search giant has now brought MasterCard and Citigroup on-board.
Believe it or not Ireland ranks as 13th in the world for broadband quality speed, ahead of our European friends such as the UK and Germany. But is number correct? More often than the not broadband speeds promised in the telecom’s ads or websites don’t reflect what the average home or business receives.
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Statistics, it is said, are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. Earlier this month TNW reported, quoting Statcounter Global stats, that StumbleUpon had surpassed Facebook in the US as the site that created the most social media referrers. The article also reported it was the second most popular traffic-generating site globally after Facebook.
Weather, politics, Ireland's economic problems and a good bit of humour were the stories that you have been reading on The Sociable this year. In our first annual list of Sociable top tens we count down the most read, clicked and shared during 2010.
The state of Texas is persuing online retailer Amazon for $269 (€192.61) million in unpaid taxes according to Publishers Weekly. Tax officials in Texas believe that the presence of an Amazon distribution centre in the site provides the company with the presence in their jurisdiction and makes them subject to Texan tax laws.
Bloomberg has published a damning article accusing Google of using “a complicated structure” of overseas accounts, including its Dublin offices, to avoid paying US tax. The article accuses Google of using a number of non-US locations to manage and filter profits to avoid paying tax and charges in The States.