Kathleen

Kathleen comes to ADOTAS with almost a decade of writing experience at consumer and business publications. Most recently, she was an editor at First Magazine. Before that, she was an editor at The New York Sun and Thomson Financial’s Investment Management Weekly.



Publicis CEO Credits Obama Win With Bright Ad Future

Written on
January 2nd 2009
Author
  |   Kathleen

ADOTAS – Unlike many doom and gloomers, Mauice Levy, the chief executive of the Publicis Groupe, is predicting a bright future for advertisers, thanks to President-elect Barack Obama. According to a report in the New York Times, Levy sent out an email to 15,000 Publicis employees in the U.S. that reads in part: “Congratulations on such a great choice. Once again the American people have proved that they are right there when ... More...

Google Street View Exposes New Porsche Model

Written on
January 2nd 2009
Author
  |   Kathleen

ADOTAS – Like many success stories, Google has become as notorious for its ability to enrage other companies in an impressive variety of industries, from swaggering movie studios to pocket-protector wielding tech companies, as it is for its unrivaled achievements in almost every field it enters. According to a report in the Silicon Alley Insider, Google can add Porsche to its ever-growing list of P.O.’d companies. Why? Google’s equally beloved and ... More...

Dell Cleans House

Written on
December 31st 2008
Author
  |   Kathleen

ADOTAS – Dell Inc. has announced that it will be ringing in the New Year with a new president – President Mike Cannon is retiring. Cannon will stay on board as a consultant; Jeff Clarke will replace him. Some industry sources are surprised at the announcement. Michael Dell returned to the company as CEO in 2007 and handpicked a number of key staffers, one of whom was Cannon. Another hire was Mark ... More...

Amazon Takes Top Holiday Slot

Written on
December 30th 2008
Author
  |   Kathleen

ADOTAS – The holiday retail sales season was the bleakest on record since 1970, but discount online shops like Amazon, Netflix and QVC managed to find some success, according to a survey released by ForeSee Results and FGI Research. Amazon and Netflix really out-lapped the competition when it came to customer satisfaction. Amazon received 84 out of a possible 100 points (up 2 points from 2007) and Netflix also got 84 ... More...

MP3 Players Save Lives

Written on
December 29th 2008
Author
  |   Kathleen

ADOTAS – Two stranded French tourists were saved from a cold night out on the Swiss Alps by the light of an MP3. The skiing and snowboarding duo got lost late on Friday when they left marked runs near the resort of Savognin. The tourists alerted the authorities with their mobile phones, but they soon ran out of juice. A rescue crew found them shortly after midnight because they were using ... More...

Judge: Google Not Liable for Fraudulent Ads

Written on
December 23rd 2008
Author
  |   Kathleen

ADOTAS – A lawsuit filed against Google for allegedly fraudulent ads has been dismissed by a San Jose District Judge. The ads in question were for pay-per-click ringtone ads created on the AdWords Platform. The judge ruled that the Communications Decency Act absolves the Internet titan from liability. The plaintiff is a New Jersey resident who said she was billed for a ringtone subscription by a fraudulent site she found through ... More...

Palm Gets $100M Infusion

Written on
December 23rd 2008
Author
  |   Kathleen

ADOTAS – Palm has gotten a $100 million, potentially life-saving injection from Elevation Partners. Palm will use the funds to promote Nova, its new operating system that will be unveiled in January and was designed to revive its lagging fortunes, in addition to other mobile projects. Elevation bought a 25% stake in Palm in 2007. Palm makes the Treo and the Centro and has faced increasing competition from smartphones like the BlackBerry ... More...

Media Breakaway Settles $1M Cyberfraud Suit

Written on
December 22nd 2008
Author
  |   Kathleen

ADOTAS – Media Breakaway has settled a $1 million cyberfraud suit in Florida, the state’s attorney general, Bill McCollum has announced. Media Breakaway markets mobile content for cell phones. The company and its affiliates will be required to comply with the attorney general’s guidelines on clear and conspicuous disclosure of material items in the online marketing of mobile content. The settlement “will benefit Florida consumers and cell phone users nationwide,” said Attorney ... More...

Scribd Scores New President and $9M Investment

Written on
December 22nd 2008
Author
  |   Kathleen

ADOTAS – Social document-sharing service Sribd has reeled in $9 million in Series B funding led by Charles River Ventures; Redpoint Ventures and Kinsey Hills Group participated. Scribd has also scored a new president – George Consagra, previously chief operating officer of AOL’s social networking site Bebo. Consagra will be responsible for Scribd’s business development, sales, finance and marketing. Charles River’s Bill Tai will join Scribd’s board. Scribd currently has roughly 50 ... More...

LinkedIn Boots Billion Dollar CEO

Written on
December 18th 2008
Author
  |   Kathleen

ADOTAS – In what many are saying is a slap in Dan Nye’s face, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman is taking over Nye’s post and bringing in former Yahooer Jeff Weiner as interim president. Hoffman brought Nye to LinkedIn early last year. Under his stewardship, LinkedIn has raised about $70 million in funding ($22.7 million just two months ago). Its current valuation is somewhere just north of $1 billion. Nye is ... More...


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