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Lithium Shuts Down Klout as GDPR Day Approaches

In a move that seems to be somewhat GDPR related, Lithium announced it is shutting down its Klout social media influence scoring platform. The main reason is that Klout is no longer relevant to Lithiuum’s social media management business, although GDPR’s consent requirements may have hastened things a bit.

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Shoppers More Likely to Buy Unfamiliar Brands on Amazon: CPC Strategy Study

May 14, 2018

At least everyone trusts Amazon, right? Well, CPC Strategy did find that 53% of shoppers are more comfortable buying unfamiliar brands on Amazon than anywhere else. But 70% are at least moderately concerned they’d end up with a counterfeit product on Amazon and almost 80% don’t fully trust Amazon reviews. Other interesting information on use of voice-enabled devices, how many look past the first search page, and checking prices against non-Amazon sites.

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IT Teams Build Sloppy Automations: TeamDynamix Survey

August 17, 2022

IT teams spend lots of time on repetitive requests from business users, finds this TeamDynamix survey.  You might think the implication is IT should let users do more for themselves.  But the main time-wasters are things like password resets, employee on-boarding, and managing credentials, which can’t really be delegated.  And here’s the kicker: IT professionals automate those tasks by building sloppy, insecure, undocumented scripts, just like the non-professionals.   Fun fact: 53% of teams manage 100 or more applications.

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