Retailers are being careful about the type of e-mail messages they're sending to their customers this holiday season, with most using a "free shipping" pitch. Worried about the appearance of spam, retailers send e-mails only to subscribed customers, gauge to ensure they're not sending too much and send messages that won't freeze computers.
Heavy traffic has caused some e-tailers' Web sites to slow down or fail while consumers were making purchases, according to Web site tracker Keynote Systems. Holiday revenue losses from technical glitches have exceeded 1% in certain cases, Keynote says.
A new Procter & Gamble-developed patch that post-menopausal women would use to enhance their sex drive could get FDA approval within a year. P&G aims to finance a $100 million ad campaign that would be created by Publicis Groupe.