Facebook McGruff's Google: Takes A Bite Out of Google As Top Traffic Source, A Smart Speaker To Replace iPod DJs Everywhere, Wanna Tune In, Turn Off and Drop Out? There's An App for That, plus J.Crew: The New Zara? Maybe... What You Missed On the Internet from MasonInteractive.com:
It's not as if Google is going out of style any time soon, however Facebook is gaining on the search engine of record. Interestingly enough, Parse.ly shows that in January, Facebook took a rather big bite out of Google's lead as top traffic source from major news publishers on the web. We wonder if it has anything to do with the launch of Facebook's dedicated news reading app Paper? [MarketingLand]
Don't call Aether's Cone a speaker, it's a "thinking media player". This $399 ultimate techie gift not only tracks your music playing choices, but the days, and times you like to hear them. Set to launch over the summer, the music server (Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, etc) of choice has not been announced, but we suspect that the success of this admittedly stylish smart speaker hinges on it's streaming music partner. [Wired] Yep, There's An App For That.
There's An App For That The App That Makes You Safe, Sort Of...One Llama, the app that listens for danger when you can't, is developing a technology that mimics the human ear so that smartphones and wearable tech can constantly be monitoring nearby sounds and warn of approaching "dangers". [DigitalTrends] One question: What noise do thief's, pervs and other nefarious characters make?
Retail Watch Platform News Alert: The public Japanese Retail Holding Company, Fast Retailing (Theory, J Brand, Uniqlo, Comptoir des Cottoniers, Helmut Lang), is in talks to buy J.Crew in order to compete with global Middle Market brands (such as Zara, H&M) owned by rival companies like Inditex Corp. and Hennes & Mauritz AB. Decisions are the worst, am I right? Side salad or fires? Go public or stay private... WWMD (What Will Mickey Do)? [BrandChannel]