$JCP News: Black man is washed whiter in China’s racist detergent advert

“If the ad showed a person of Asian origin being ‘washed’ white, wouldn’t this kind of person feel discriminated against,” asked one poster on the popular Weibo microblogging site. But mostly the ad was met with apathy, perhaps because there is …

$JCP News: Facebook Will Show Ads To Users Beyond The Site

Facebook’s controversial move is created to help marketeers display adverts to all users who visit third party websites and applications that are signed up its advertising scheme (Audience Network ad network). The social network’s not-so-secret weapon is a …

$JCP News: NSW TrainLink: Some credit card info at risk after website security breach

"This is very basic information that hasn’t been conveyed to the community. I would urge the Minister to put information out there to ease the minds of those who use the site." Ms Coombs said people should now be on the lookout for so-called phishing …

$JCP News: J C Penney Company Inc (JCP) Lifted to Outperform at Robert W. Baird

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$JCP News: Sears is losing its last hope for staying in business

While Sears considers selling off its appliance brands, rivals like Home Depot and JCPenney are ramping up their investment in the category, which has been growing across the board for most retailers. Home Depot has been expanding the amount of space …

The Loop: Twitter to stop counting photos and links in character limit


Twitter Inc. will soon stop counting photos and links in their 140-character limit for tweets, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.

It’s one step in a larger plan to give users more flexibility on the site. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey said in January that the company was looking for new ways to display text on Twitter, and would experiment based on how the people use the service. For example, some people tweet screenshots of longer text in articles, or send many tweets one after the other to tell a story.

Twitter’s 140-character limit was originally adopted because it was a way to send Tweets while fitting all the information within a mobile text message — a common way for sending Tweets when the service debuted in 2006, before the proliferation of smartphones.

The company earlier this year considered raising the limit to as many as 10,000 characters. But the quick, concise nature of Tweets has helped set the site apart from the competition. Executives have spent the last few months emphasizing how Twitter is a destination for live events and discussion. Removing the character requirement for links and photos may encourage users to add more media to their posts.

Daring Fireball: ★ Translation From Corporate Jargon Doublespeak to English of MCX CEO Brian Mooney’s Statement on the Future of CurrentC


Translation From Corporate Jargon Doublespeak to English of MCX CEO Brian Mooney’s Statement on the Future of CurrentC

From a statement released by Brian Mooney, CEO of MCX, the consortium behind the long-overdue mobile payments app CurrentC:

Utilizing unique feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus
pilot, MCX has made a decision to concentrate more heavily in the
immediate term on other aspects of our business including working
with financial institutions, like our partnership with Chase, to
enable and scale mobile payment solutions.

CurrentC is a complete and utter failure.

As part of this transition, MCX will postpone a nationwide rollout
of its CurrentC application.

CurrentC’s nationwide rollout is never going to happen.

As MCX has said many times, the mobile payments space is just
beginning to take shape — it is early in a long game. MCX’s
owner-members remain committed to our future.

We’re falling further behind every day. MCX’s owner-members are giving up on this misguided endeavor.

As a result, MCX will need fewer resources. This change has
resulted in staff reduction of approximately 30 employees.

We were forced to lay off 30 employees. Everyone remaining should start polishing their résumés.

These are very tough decisions, but necessary steps.

We had no choice.

For those employees leaving us, we want to thank our
colleagues for their hard work and dedication to MCX over the
last several years.

We want to thank our departing colleagues for their hard work and dedication to MCX over the last several years, and wish them well in their future endeavors. Christ, I can’t even manage a straightforward “thank you”, can I?