Amazon’s Holiday Forecast Misses Expectations forecast sales and profit for the holiday quarter that missed analysts' projections, underlining the limits to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos's strategy of spending big to fuel growth. Revenue for the current period will be $27.3 billion to $30.3 billion, the Seattle-based company said in a statement today, while profit excluding some items will range from a loss of $570 million to a gain of $430 million. Analysts on average projected sales of $30.9 billion and profit of $460.5 million, according to data compiled by Bloomberg [...] Pulls ‘Haggling’ Ads After Dealer Outcry pulled a series of YouTube ads this afternoon after auto dealers threatened to pull their business from the auto-shopping site. President Seth Berkowitz said in a statement: "Our digital videos illustrating the 'Absurdity of Haggling' missed the mark. Some of our partners were deeply insulted, expressing that our attempt at humor reinforced outdated stereotypes. [...]

Yahoo Now Makes More Money From Search Ads Than Banners

After six straight quarters of overall revenue declines, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer may have finally turned around Yahoo's business -- thanks to search advertising, not display. Yahoo reported on Tuesday that its overall revenue grew by 1% to $1.15 billion in the third quarter to beat analysts' estimates. That marks the first time Yahoo's overall quarterly revenue increased over the previous year's mark since the fourth quarter of 2012 [...]

Target Takes Trick-or-Treating to Instagram

Target is bringing Halloween to Instagram with a virtual trick-or-treat experience that draws on the do-it-yourself spirit of the holiday. The push, which launched today, uses Instagram's picture-tagging feature and Target's original content to help consumers get ready for the holiday. [...]
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