Verizon Smart Rewards launches on Thursday, giving customers points for common activities like viewing and paying bills online. Customers can then trade those points for merchandise discounts and dining and travel deals.
The FCC wants to kick off an incentive auction in 2014 that would buy back TV airwaves from the broadcasters and sell them to mobile operators at a premium. The plan isn’t without critics, but in general it was lauded by both consumer groups and carriers.
In an aggressive proposal, the President’s Council of Advisors on Policy and Technology not only wants the administration to double the amount of federal spectrum being targeted for new mobile and wireless networks, but it also wants to make a good portion of those airwaves shared.
BiddingForGood, a sort of eBay for non-profit online auctions, is launching a new technology called Smart Bidding that will bring its auction services into physical locations for the first time, enabling organizations to use mobile devices to jazz up traditional silent auctions and expand their reach.
Swoopo, the crazy “entertainment shopping” site where users buy bids to compete against one another and lengthen the time until an auction closes, has spread to seven countries, facilitated 200,000+ transactions, and inspired tens of behavioral economics academic papers over the last 4.5 years.