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Facebook and Wal-Mart Join Forces 127

Jeremiah Cornelius writes "Wal-Mart — the retail king of Big Data analytics — will be meeting Mark Zuckerberg for two days in Bentonville, to 'deepen' their relationship with Facebook. The CEO-level strategy summit is intended to bolster the relationship between the world's No. 1 social network and the world's largest retailer. Wal-Mart has been left in the dust online by the behemoth Amazon. An alliance may be poised to challenge this dominance, particularly in light of Amazon's planned foray into same-day delivery nationwide. The companies share James Breyer, who sits on the boards of both Facebook and Wal-Mart. Adding another angle to this, Yahoo's new CEO, Marissa Mayer, was elected to Wal-Mart's board in early June, while she was still at Google. Earlier this month, Facebook and Yahoo settled a patent dispute and announced plans to form another 'strategic alliance' involving advertising and distribution. The implications for online privacy in this series of relationships are uncertain."
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Facebook and Wal-Mart Join Forces

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  • by blahplusplus ( 757119 ) on Friday July 20, 2012 @11:00AM (#40712343)

    "I worked at Walmart for a summer. To what poor treatment was I supposedly subjected?"

    Unlivable wages, and if you deny they pay garbage and they most CERTAINLY can afford more then you're delusional. I live right near a walmart and no one working their makes enough to save for a rainy day.

  • by GameboyRMH ( 1153867 ) <gameboyrmh@gma i l .com> on Friday July 20, 2012 @11:16AM (#40712579) Journal

    Wal-Mart's website sucks on a level that is so difficult to describe I would simply advise visiting it to see for yourself.

    A while ago I was in a Wal-Mart shopping for a waterproof camera for my sister. I had to see what models were available near where I was staying and email her a list to choose from. I saw that each camera had a little QR code on the price tag sticker below it and figured "oh handy, a link to the product page! I'll copy this to my list!"

    I pulled out my phone, scanned it, and it was a link to the Wal-Mart homepage |:-(

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