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Forrester: Global IT Operating Budget to Reach 2.13 trillion in 2007

Global purchases of IT goods and services will reach $1.55 trillion in 2007, growing by 5% following 8% increases in both 2005 and 2006, according to Forrester Research report "Global IT Spending And Investment Forecast, 2006 To 2007". 

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M:Metrics Mobile Survey: 15% Used Photo Msg.; Operator Store Customers More Valuable

Sending Text Message was by far the most popular application with nearly 75 million U.S. mobile subscribers using it September, according to M:Metrics September Benchmark Survey. M:Metrics also reports a direct correlation between the venue of handset purchase and subscribers’ monthly spend on mobile services. 

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Mobile Gaming Trends and Web 2.0; Average Session 28 min./Day

Mobile phone gamers are looking to the next generation of mobile gaming, according to new research from Nokia. Mobile phone gamers frequently play mobile games for an average of 28 minutes per session, prefer to trial games before buying, and find communities increasingly integral to their overall mobile gaming experience.  

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VC Funding for Mind Candy, Danger, Dhruva, RipCode, YouSendIt and more...

Next Big Thing: VC Deal Flow

Dhruva Interactive (India- interactive gaming): $5 M
Mind Candy (London - gaming company): $10.86 million
OZ Communications (Canada- mobile messaging): $34 M
Danger (mobile communications s/w & services): $10.3 M
Where Are You Now (Travel & lifestyle social network):$11M
Bungee Labs (system for next-generation Web apps.): $7 M
Waps.cn (China- wireless application protocol firm):$8M
RipCode (Internet video content technology): $7 M
YouSendIt (online file delivery solutions): $4.7 M
Skelta Software (India - BPM workflow software): $1.5 M

Gartner: Nearly $2 Billion Lost in E-Commerce Sales in 2006

Due to consumer’s concerns about the security of the Internet, nearly $2 billion in U.S. e-commerce sales will be lost in 2006, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. According to the Gartner survey of 5,000 online U.S. adults in August 2006:

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10 Social Shopping Sites for Starters

Taking Social Networking beyond friends and communication, Social Shopping leverages user generated content to spread the buzz on products and services. Some 51% of respondents to a recent Opinion Research survey said they'd be willing to go to a social-networking site to find out about store sales or download coupons. 

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Web 2.0 Unfamiliar to 79% Marketers; 70% of Savvy Marketers Find Success

Web 2.0 ?

More than three-quarters (79%) of marketers polled were unfamiliar with the phrase Web 2.0, according to a survey conducted by Zoomerang, a division of MarketTools. Some good news... more than 70% of those marketers utilizing Web 2.0 tools and techniques have found them to be successful. 

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E-Commerce Spending on Black Friday Jumps 42%, says comScore

Up 42%
Black Friday
E-Commerce
 

During the first 24 days of November this year, total online retail spending reached $8.31 billion, a 23% jump from $6.75 billion during the same period in 2005. Online sales on Black Friday, the day-after thanksgiving, increased 42% from last year to $434 million, according to comScore Networks most recent data on consumer online non-travel (retail) spending at U.S. sites during the 2006 holiday season, which began November 1, 2006. 

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WSJ By The Numbers - Top 10 for Nov.27

$15 Billion Solar Power Cells: Energy Conversion Devices Inc. is the largest U.S.-owned maker of photovoltaic materials, which convert sunlight to electricity. The exploding global PV industry has sales of $15 billion a year. Solar power -- invented in the U.S. in the 1950s and improved on in the space program in the 1960s -- was a made-in-America product. Today, the U.S. holds third place in solar-power production, behind Japan and Germany, while China is closing fast. Earlier this year, California launched an 11-year, $2.85 billion incentive program that provides rebates to consumers to reduce by as much as 30% the cost of solar rooftop installations. (After Decades, A Solar Pioneer Sees Spark in Sales)

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Women CEOs Still Rare Among Top 1000 Firms - Only 1.7%

Some 48% of the thousand largest U.S. firms had no woman in their official listings of principal executives, according to a new study by two Tuck School of Business researchers and a colleague from Loyola University Chicago. Of 942 companies analyzed over a six year period, only 7.2% had more than two women in the top ranks, and a mere 2.6% had more than three. 

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46% of US online consumers purchased software online; Only 38% think buying s/w online is safe. 

One in five U.S. consumers who have purchased software via online auction shopping over the past 12 months has experienced some kind of problem, according to a new survey conducted by Forrester Research on behalf of the Business Software Alliance (BSA).  While 46% of US online consumers have purchased software online in the past 12 months, only 38% of US online consumers think that buying software online is safe. 

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