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Everything Important for Going Global – Weekend Reader 03/2012

Google Dominates Global Paid Search

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Online holiday shopping revenue hit a new record of $37.2 billion in retail e-commerce spend over November and December 2011. In addition, paid search budgets increased 31 percent over 2010, while click costs, click-through rates (CTRs), and mobile shopping all showed strong growth. Read more…

Facebook Beats Google’s Orkut in Brazil

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Facebook is the number one social networking site in Brazil. It grew 192% – beating Google’s Orkut. Read more…

2011 was 2nd Worst Year in PC Sales in US – except at Apple

PC sales in the US dropped nearly 5% in 2011. Only Apple increased shipments by 18%. Continue Reading…

MySpace Has More Traffic than Tumblr and Google+

MySpace has over  24 million unique visitors in the US compared to tumblr and Google+ that both have just under 16 million unique users. Read more…

New Domain Registry Options – Will you lose your brand?

The introduction of new generic top level domains (gTLD)   ‘.brand’ and ‘.category’ represents a big change to the Internet naming system. It also brings several concerns over defending brand names from cybersquatters and being guaranteed to get the domain name you want. Read More…

Crowdfunding Gains Popularity and Brings Success

In 2011 Kickstarter saw over 30 million visitors arrive on the site – up from 8 million in 2010.   The success rate for funding projects is 46%. Read more…

CES Reveals 7 Future Trends for Technology

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this January revealed several trends for the upcoming year on ultrabooks, Windows 8, tablets, TVs and cameras. Read More…

Social Media Management Site HootSuite Reaches 3 Million Users

HootSuite, a site that allows you to access multiple social networks on one dashboard, increases users from 2 million users to 3 million within the past 6 months. Continue Reading…

Android and iPhone projected to Exceed PC Sales

Data from Gartner and estimates from Dedieu predict that by 2012 sales for Android will exceed PCs and by 2013 iPhone will follow. Read more…

Increase in Number of FB Users Worldwide

The new Facebook stats reveals that the amount of users on Facebook worldwide have increased with North America accounting for 50% of all users. Continue Reading…

Centralizing Language Services Saves Money

New data from independent market research firm, Common Sense Advisory, confirms that centralization of language services can lead to lower costs and faster times to market for higher volumes of translated content. Continue Reading..

What Countries Tweet the Most

According to a study done by comScore, about 21% of Indonesians are on Twitter, making them the most Twitter-addicted nation. Read comScore Study…

Arabic Twitter’s Fastest Growing Language

A study by Paris-based agency, Semiocast found that out of approximately 180 million tweets posted on a daily basis on October 2011. 2.2 million of them were posted in Arabic, versus 99,000 October 2010. Read More…

Global Phone Shipment to Grow 8 percent This Year

According to a study by ABI Research, the number of mobile handsets shipped is expected to hit 1.67 billion by end of 2012 with 3G and 4G handsets constituting more than half of the total mobile phone market for the first time. Continue Reading…

Google TV Prepares to Go Global in 2012

A Google blog post revealed that either LG, Samsung, Sony or Vizio is ready to take the Google TV experience outside the US and Sony will unveil new plans to offer Google TV products in different countries. Read More…

Google Translate App Update for iOS

Google updated its Google Translate app to have native support for the iPad and take advantage of the iPad’s large display. Read More…

Top 1% of Mobile Users Generate Half Of All Traffic

The gap between extreme users and the rest of the population is widening, according to Arieso, a company that advises mobile operators in Europe. In 2009, the top 3 percent of heavy users generated 40 percent of network traffic. Now they pump out 70 percent of the traffic. Read More…

Increase in People Who Don’t Understand English in US

Governing compiled 2000-2010 language assessment data from the U.S Census Bureau for each country in the United States that revealed places in southwestern America have more than 10 percent of people who do not speak English. Click for language assessment map…

China Telecom Set To End iPhone Exclusivity

China Telecom received regulator approval for a new iPhone handset, allowing the company to offer an Apple smart-phone on its CDMA2000 networks. Read more…

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