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Internet Users Share Links Without Reading Them: Study

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February 15, 2014
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Recent Chartbeat findings show that the most-shared links on Facebook and Twitter may not be the most-read links. Video provided by Newsy


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TheStreet (Aug. 25, 2014) — There are 600 million people actively using WhatsApp. According to its founder, Jan Koum, the mobile app got 100 million more active users in just the last four months. Koum was quick to point out that active users are people using the app regularly. WhatsApp gained traction in every major region in the world. It's growing the fastest in Brazil, Russia and Mexico, and a tenth of the active users are from India. Facebook acquired WhatsApp at the beginning of this year for $19 billion. It expressed interests in monetizing WhatsApp better and is reportedly working on file sharing and call features. However, WhatsApp's most valuable part for Facebook is the database. Top traffic and the number of conversations allow Facebook to extract marketable information on the users' likings. Mark Zuckerberg said, "[WhatsApp] is the only app we've ever seen with higher engagement than Facebook itself." WhatsApp can also borrow what its competitor WeChat has been doing. WeChat took over the smartphone chatting arena in Asia by storm last year and it sells special stickers and emoticons for users to share with friends. Of course, WeChat contributes the most to its parent company Tencent's bottom line by driving traffic to everything else Tencent owns, and Facebook wants the same. Video provided by TheStreet
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Video Is Expected To Make Up 84 Percent Of Internet Traffic By 2018

Video Is Expected To Make Up 84 Percent Of Internet Traffic By 2018

TheStreet (June 10, 2014) — Internet traffic will be fueled by video over the next few years, according to a new report from Cisco Systems. The report forecasts that video will grow to 84% of internet traffic in the United States by 2018. Video traffic currently makes up 78% of internet traffic in the United States. The internet traffic to watch World Cup related video is anticipated to generate three times the amount of monthly total internet traffic in Brazil, this year's cup host. According to the report released Tuesday, by 2018 the global internet traffic a month will equal 8.8 billion screens streaming the World Cup at the same time or about 5.5 million people binge watching Game of Thrones season four. TheStreet's Kathryn Mykelseth reports from New York. Video provided by TheStreet
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Google Takes First Step in Giving Europeans Right to Be Forgotten

Google Takes First Step in Giving Europeans Right to Be Forgotten

TheStreet (May 30, 2014) — Europeans unhappy with Google search results about themselves can now apply to have the links removed. In its first step to comply with a European Commission ruling earlier this month that people have the "right to be forgotten" over the Internet, Google has created an online form for requesting that links be erased from search results. The ruling states that Europeans can ask Google to stop linking to anything that's "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed." Citizens can appeal to Google on behalf of others as well. Video provided by TheStreet
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Tablet Sales Decline for the First Time Since iPad Introduction

Tablet Sales Decline for the First Time Since iPad Introduction

TheStreet (May 29, 2014) — Tablet computers are selling slower for the first time since Apple introduced the iPad four years ago, although to be fair, consumers still love them. Market intelligence firm IDC expects 245 million tablets to fly off the shelves in 2014. But, it was slow going into the first three months of the year. Shipments of new tablets fell 5% to just a little over 56 million units. Apple is the most popular tablet manufacturer in world with about a 20% market share, but Apple's shipments during the first quarter slid more than 16% to 16 million units. Some of the change can be attributed to users holding on to the devices longer, as many don't feel the need to replace what they already have and if they do upgrade, they give the older model to a family member or a friend, which makes them less likely to buy another one. Smartphone screens are also getting bigger and phablets are eating away at tablet's market share. Video provided by TheStreet
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