Internet killed the dieting star: Why Weight Watchers is floundering.

Even with a new science-based regimen that incorporates attention from one of Weight Watchers trained staff, homepage its hard to compete with free (or even almost free). In retrospect, the program resonated more with current members versus potential new consumers unfamiliar with our offering, said the companys old CEO, David Kirchhoff, on its first-quarter earnings call. Our Weight Watchers Online advertising campaign focused more on the features versus the value proposition, which will be important for us to continue increasingly incorporating going forward. (He also mentioned that spokeswoman Jessica Simpsons pregnancy had put a hitch in their marketing plans, but hey, they still had Jennifer Hudson.) But can doing the weight loss thing with an online community work? Dietician Katherine Tallmadge isnt a huge fan, and thinks Weight Watchers troubles may be stemming in part simply from faster propagation of weight loss fads online. Apps really are not going to work for most people, she says.
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The Internet of Everything will create business opportunities: Cisco

5, 2013 Claims it is worth $14.4 trillion for the next 10 years. The Internet of Everything will be worth $14.4 trillion between 2013 to 2022 and ICT businesses should already be taking actions to capitalise from this trend, according to networking company, Cisco Australia. Cisco A/NZ managing director, Ken Boal, defined the Internet of Everything as the networked connection of people, process, data and things. He said the benefit of the Internet of Everything is derived from the compound impact of connecting people, process, data and things, and the value this interconnectedness creates as everything comes online.
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Online Lotteries: Risky Business?

But a Web site called Lottery Universe, run by Houston, Texas-based Avatar Group, says it has a way anyone online can play the Texas state lottery as well as California’s and a handful of other states, no matter where they live. The only problem: Federal law forbids reselling lottery tickets. Avatar, which has been in business for over two years, maintains Lottery Universe is legal because it acts only as a “service agent” that buys tickets for online beads you through normal channels, and doesn’t actually sell lottery tickets, says John Feldman, an attorney representing Avatar. (Avatar principal Wayne Krouse declined comment.) “It’s like calling your brother in-law in Florida and asking him to buy a lottery ticket for you,” Feldman says. But the difference, say numerous state attorneys general (including Florida’s), is that it’s illegal to charge or accept a fee to cross state lines to buy a lottery ticket for someone else.
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ReachLocal Announces Online Commerce and Business Management Platform for Local Businesses

About ReachLocal, Inc. ReachLocal , Inc. ( RLOC ) develops online marketing and transaction solutions that power local commerce for SMBs, from lead generation and lead conversion to booking and buying.Our global distribution network includes local Internet marketing consultants and service professionals, along with select third-party agencies and resellers throughout Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States. ReachLocal is headquartered in Woodland Hills, Calif.
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