Development

If you plan to succeed online and grow your business through online channels, you’re going to need development help. Whether you need a complex custom ecommerce website built from scratch, a simple themed WordPress site setup, or individual fixes, plug-ins, site maintenance, or coding assistance, Thrive’s experienced technical staff has you covered! We will work directly with your in-house technical team, collaborate with your current development contractors, or take on all development needs ourselves. Every situation is different. Thrive will work to make yours a success! Web Development.

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NY Federal Court Decision Threatens Embedding And Linking Across The Web

Judge Katherine Forrest of the federal court in New York, ruled on a motion that found that embedding a tweet containing a copyrighted photo (of Tom Brady) could create liability for copyright infringement. the case is still in process (Goldman vs. Breitbart) and can't be appealed until final. The ruling has potentially far-reaching implications as she [...]

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Google, Getty Images Enter A Multi-Year Global Licensing Partnership

In an announcement made late last week, Google parent Alphabet and Getty Images made a sweeping partnership that ended a long-standing copyright antitrust dispute between Getty and Google, which was filed in early 2016. This deal was characterized by Getty as “a multi-year global licensing partnership, enabling Google to use Getty Images’ content within its various products and services.” [...]

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India’s Competition Regulator Fines Google $21.1 Million For ‘Search Bias’ In Travel Results

On February 8, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) fined Google $1.36 billion rupees (roughly $21.1 million) for “abuse of its dominant position” in search.  The specific finding made by CCI surrounded Google's treatment of flight search results.  The decision was 4 to 2 against Google. According to CCI, Google "allocated disproportionate real estate" to the box [...]

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Google EU Shopping Rivals Complain Antitrust Remedies Aren’t Working

With the $2.7 billion European Commission antitrust fine against Google that happened last year, the search company opened up product listing ads (PLAs) to rival to rival comparison shopping services.  Google even pledged to operate Google Shopping as if it was a stand-alone entity and to provide "equal treatment" for rivals. When Google implemented the program, it [...]

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Burger King Whopper-splains Net Neutrality’s Repeal In New Ad

Sometimes explaining things can be difficult.  One of those issues is net neutrality.  Burger King decided to step up and wrap the matter into a Whopper. On January 24, Burger King debuted a new ad with the aim to educate people about net neutrality by translating it into terms anybody would be able to understand.  [...]

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Social Networks To Face Huge Fines In Germany For Not Removing ‘Illegal Content’ In 24 Hours

As of January 1, Germany began to enforce its anti-hate speech and illegal content law (“NetzDG”), which was originally passed in mid-2017.  This law targets publishers and social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and YouTube, that have more than 2 million members or users. The law, translated as the Network Enforcement Act requires "obviously illegal" material to be [...]

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Google Facing $1 Billion In Potential Liability With UK Class Action

Back in 2012, Google had to pay $22.5 million to settle an FTC claim that the company “misrepresented to users of Apple Inc.’s Safari Internet browser that it would not place tracking cookies or serve targeted ads to those users . . .” The company bypassed Safari’s cookie-blocking settings, it said, to deliver a “signed-in” user experience. According to Google, it “used known [...]

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Missouri Attorney General Initiates Google Antitrust Investigation

Josh Hawley, Missouri's Attorney General, reportedly initiated an investigation into whether or not Google violated Missouri consumer protection or antitrust laws. In a press release, it seems that the Missouri Attorney General's office is looking at data collection, “misappropriation” of third-party content and promotion of “websites owned by Google” to the detriment of third-party competitors: The business practices [...]

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Investors Anxious About Google Traffic Acquisition Costs, Which Regulation Could Further Increase

Google's traffic acquisition costs (TAC) are climbing.  Both Google's ad revenues and they money they are paying to partners and distributors are growing, and investors aren't really thrilled with this issue. Ruth Porat, the CFO of Alphabet, explained to investor questions recently that Google's increasing traffic costs are part mobile and part programmatic growth.  These [...]

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