Feb. 2, 2011

Consumers boost economy at year-end
American consumers gave the economy a boost in the fourth quarter of 2010, as they loosened their purse strings.More

Thrifty grocery shoppers head to smaller Save-A-Lot, Aldi
USA Today
Tough economic times are driving more shoppers to compact grocery stores that offer fewer name-brand products but bigger savings than conventional supermarkets, food retailing analysts say.More

Consumers eager for mobile shopping adoption
According to research from Yahoo! and Nielsen, U.S. mobile Internet users expect shopping-related activities in some categories to be more popular on mobile than they currently are on PCs.More

Apps alter reading on the Web
The New York Times
The DVR rocked the world of television by letting viewers skip commercials and build their own home viewing schedules. Now a handful of Web services and applications are starting to do much the same thing to online publishers. More

Times fixes paywall flaws to balance free vs. paid
New York Times Co. has been working to fix about 200 glitches in the technology for charging online readers of its namesake newspaper, just weeks before the project is scheduled to debut, said a person familiar with the matter.More

Newspaper video outpacing that of broadcast sites
News & Tech
The amount of video downloaded from newspaper websites outpaced video content from broadcasters' sites for the first time ever.More

Hulu reworks its script as digital change hits TV
The Wall Street Journal
Hulu, the free online television service, has become one of the most-watched online video properties in the U.S. and a top earner of Web-video ad dollars since its 2008 launch.More

Facebook ad performance is abysmal
Facebook's advertising business is soaring. Yet the performance of the average Facebook ad is abysmal.More

Philly papers: now a 'network'
News & Tech
Philadelphia Media Network Inc. rolled out a series of design, content and product enhancements for both The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News, even as it retagged itself as a "network" and introduced its first e-edition.More