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September 02 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: Obama Shuts Down Reddit, 3D Printing And The Gun Debate, Next Month's Mobile Announcement Madness

President Obama takes to Reddit in a social media first, the strange world of 3D printing and the gun debate, and next month's mobile announcement madness. All of this and more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.

After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

 

I Am A President--Obamamania Shuts Down Reddit

In another social-media first, President Barack Obama took to Reddit today to become the first sitting head of state to moderate the site's "AMA," or, ask me anything, series, I Am A President--Obamamania Shuts Down Reddit.

 

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How 3D Printing Is Inflaming The Gun Control Debate

If you think the gun debate in the United States is heated now, technological advances are about to make it a whole lot more intense. Last week, Forbes highlighted a project called Wiki Weapon that wants to prototype the world's first fully printable gun, How 3D Printing Is Inflaming The Gun Control Debate.

 

Get Ready For The Madness: Next Month's Schedule of New Mobile Device Announcements

During any given year, new mobile devices are announced and released like clockwork. The Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress and other large conference herald the first round. The second round comes as the holiday shopping season approaches. Spurred by Apple’s expected announcement of the new iPhone on Sept. 12, announcement of new devices is about to hit fever pitch, Get Ready For The Madness: Next Month's Schedule of New Mobile Device Announcements.

 

Why Job-Hopping Is Essential For Startups

A lot of people in Silicon Valley are down on job-hoppers these days. They’re flaky, they’re bad employees, they steal all the Sharpies when they leave, blah, blah, blah. But it turns out that all that job-hopping is an important part of what makes the Valley so special, Why Job-Hopping Is Essential For Startups.

 

Why You Should Be Terrified Of A Free Trade Agreement You've Never Heard Of [Infographic]

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the most influential piece of recent legal work you’ve probably never heard of. Can a Free Trade Agreement really threaten Internet freedom, redefine copyright and alter the course of global healthcare? You bet, Why You Should Be Terrified Of A Free Trade Agreement You've Never Heard Of [Infographic].

 

“Screensucking” Is Sapping American Productivity And Innovation

You can thank Mark Zuckerberg, Evan Williams and others for turning America’s legendary productivity into wasteful social media “screensucking.” While social media may be engaging, it does not always help us accomplish what really needs to get done. It’s time to refocus America’s software ingenuity on making productivity software as delightful to use as social networking, “Screensucking” Is Sapping American Productivity And Innovation.

 

Dell & Samsung Join Parade of Windows 8 Convertible Laptop/Tablets

The launch of Windows 8 may still be two months away, but the tide of new hardware releases is beginning to swell - including hybrid notebook/tablet devices from Dell and Samsung, Dell & Samsung Join Parade of Windows 8 Convertible Laptop/Tablets.

 

HP Envy x2 Tablet/Laptop Combo Cuts Across Categories

Is it a tablet? Is it a laptop? The HP Envy x2 is actually both, but it remains to be seen how well this Windows 8 device actually performs in either one of its dual roles, HP Envy x2 Tablet/Laptop Combo Cuts Across Categories.

 

Futurist's Cheat Sheet: Quantum Computing

Moore's Law describes the phenomenon that makes this year's computer more capable and less expensive than last year's. But it won't go on forever. While engineers have come up with various schemes to keep it rolling, quantum computing is the best hope for extending it indefinitely. The concept has been proven in the lab, but working quantum computers are not a foregone conclusion. Here is a quick-and-dirty primer on a very complicated technology, Futurist's Cheat Sheet: Quantum Computing.

 

New Tech Incubator Focuses on Car-Based Apps

Tech entrepreneur Jim Disanto sees the automobile as the next great platform for connectivity. “There are a more than a billion cars in the world,” he said. “Every automotive OEM and Tier 1 supplier will tell you that within three years, every car will need connected systems, or you’re not going to be able to sell it.” That, Disanto believes, will spawn a new generation of app developers offering Internet-enabled enhancements to the driving experience, New Tech Incubator Focuses on Car-Based Apps.

 

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August 25 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: The Future Of Streams, Facebook's New iOS App, Why Topic Pages Are The Next Big Thing

The future of Twitter streams, Facebook's new iOS app, and why topic pages are the next big thing. All of this and more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.

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The Future of Streams: Twitter Looms As Biggest Obstacle

One of the five reasons why Web publishing is changing is the emergence of streams of information, The Future of Streams: Twitter Looms As Biggest Obstacle.

 

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Why Facebook Ditched the Mobile Web & Went Native With its New iOS App

Facebook released a completely rebuilt version of its iOS app for iPhone and iPad today, changing a fundamental aspect of the company's mobile strategy, Why Facebook Ditched the Mobile Web & Went Native With its New iOS App.

 

Why Topic Pages Are The Next Big Thing

Chronological and real-time consumption of content just doesn't work anymore. It's time for topic pages to add a layer of organization on top, Why Topic Pages Are The Next Big Thing.

 

How 3 Big Enterprises Are Building Their Own Internal iPad Apps

At the annual Gartner Catalyst conference this week in San Diego, top companies like Genentech, Eli Lily and Northern Trust Bank shared some of the secrets behind their impressive app portfolios, How 3 Big Enterprises Are Building Their Own Internal iPad Apps.

 

Evernote & Moleskine Merge Paper & Pixels in "Smart Notebook"

Evernote signed a treaty with Moleskine Friday at the Evernote Trunk Conference, formally declaring a truce in its war on paper, Evernote & Moleskine Merge Paper & Pixels in "Smart Notebook".

 

YouTube Finally Offers Mobile Ads

In the past, content creators on YouTube couldn't make money from traffic coming in through tablets or smartphones, YouTube Finally Offers Mobile Ads .

 

Will PayPal’s History Derail Its Discover Card Deal?

PayPal’s new deal with Discover Financial Services may have just opened the door for the payment service’s users to pay for goods and services in seven million Discover card locations, but there are big questions whether this deal will really accelerate the future of mobile payments, Will PayPal’s History Derail Its Discover Card Deal?.

 

Offbeatr Wants To Be The Kickstarter For XXX Startups

If Kickstarter met the adult-entertainment industry and they fell in love, this would be their child. Meet Offbeatr, a crowdfunding site for the adult community, Offbeatr Wants To Be The Kickstarter For XXX Startups.

 

Nikon's Android-Powered Bid to Change Mobile Photography

Nikon just launched the first-ever Android-powered point-and-shoot camera. It's a smart move designed to make the company's line of consumer products relevant in a world of ubiquitous phonecams, Nikon's Android-Powered Bid to Change Mobile Photography.

 

What To Do To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure [Update]

Facebook said this week's problem, which had users sending and accepting friend requests they did not initiate, was a result of users using contact importer, What To Do To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure [Update].

 

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August 18 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: Twitter API Change, RIP Adobe Flash On Android, 5 Reasons Why Web Publishing Is Changing (Again)

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What do Twitter's API changes mean for developers and users? Adobe no longer offers flash for android devices. And why web publishing is changing -- again. 

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Twitter to Developers: Display Tweets Our Way Or Else

After months of anticipation, Twitter laid out the changes to its API. The message: Twitter does not want any client apps not made by Twitter. More

Developers Are Pissed, Frustrated by New Twitter Decree

Many view the change as the latest move from the company towards tightening its grip and owning the platform. The days of popular third-party services may be numbered. For others, it means manpower and time in order to change. More

RIP Adobe Flash on Android

Adobe announced last year that mobile Flash would no longer be supported on Android beyond version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.More

5 Reasons Why Web Publishing is Changing (Again)

We're witnessing another sea change in Web publishing. From Pinterest at the beginning of this year to the launch this week of a new product from two Twitter founders, Medium, 2012 has been a year where the norms of publishing are being challenged.More

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Big Brains = Bigger Social Networks

Forget Klout. The real measure of social media prowess turns out to be the size of your brain.More

Why Twitter Just Pushed Developers Aside: To Secure Its Future

Twitter's long-awaited crackdown on outside apps could prove to be one of the boldest and most controversial moves in its history. But if you consider Twitter's position, it's actually reasonable. And it could play an important role in Twitter's survival.More

AT&T to Spend Tens of Millions to Promote Safe Texting

Texting while driving contributes to nearly 100,000 crashes causing injury or death per year. Loathe to be held responsible for such a grim statistic, AT&T has announced a campaign to stop texting while driving as well as an app to help curb the practice.More

When is the Best Time to Post on Instagram?

Effective Instagramming is, first and foremost, about quality. Good composition, interesting angles, worthy subjects and even a bit of humor come into play. As always on social networks, though, when you post is nearly as important as what you post.More

Use This App to Create Anonymous, Disposable Email Addresses

Email addresses are the keys to the kingdom of all our personal data. It’s too bad we had to relearn this lesson last week when Wired’s Mat Honan had the crap hacked out of him.More

What’s the Hardest Thing You Ever Had To Do? Startup Founders Share Their Darkest Moments

We asked a panel of eight successful young entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to reveal the hardest, most wrenching thing they’ve had to do to build their businesses.More

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August 11 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: Social Olympics, The Underground Twitterverse, and Why Apple is Suing Android Manufacturers

Weekly Wrap UpWho does the gold medal go to in social media Olympics coverage? Why is Apple suing every Android maker in sight? What is the underground Twitterverse? After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

Social Olympics: Does The Gold Medal Go To Facebook, Twitter or Google+

Yesterday we looked at how online media is covering the London 2012 Olympics. We gave our virtual gold medal to the New York Times, for its sleek design and muscular content. Today we review the major social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and Google+. To continue the Olympics theme, we award each of the three a different colored medal. Which one gets the gold? More

The Number That Shows Why Apple is Suing Every Android Manufacturers

The eyes of the technology world are focused on the epic patent struggle between Apple and Samsung - the latest iteration of Apple’s frantic legal battle against everything Android. More

Charting the Underground Twitterverse [Infographic]

How bad is the underground Twitter economy? According to security vendor Barracuda Labs, pretty bad. More

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Defusing the Corporate Social Media Timebomb.

According to survey results from the Altimeter Group, nearly “two-thirds of companies surveyed say that social media is a significant or critical risk to their brand reputation.” More

Burn After Calling: Disposable Phone Numbers

There's always a pause after someone asks, "Can I have your number?" Someone's silently wondering if complying will mean trouble. What if you didn't have to worry about about that? More

Social Revolution: Crowdsourcing For Change

In the world of technology, we’re used to upheaval. In fact, we rely on it to drive innovation and improvements. So why can’t we use technology to solve some of the underlying problems we all agree need to change? More

Why Lenovo Believes in Windows 8 Tablets - Even if Acer Doesn’t

Just hours after Acer’s CEO complained that Microsoft’s Surface tablet would generate a “negative impact” on the tablet market, Lenovo announced its own entrant to the Surface market, the ThinkPad Tablet 2. Clearly, Lenovo sees a market for a Windows 8 tablet that Acer does not. More

Amber Case's Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology

Humans, dogs, bees and even the computers themselves all use information technology to extend themselves. We’re all cyborgs. We may not realize it, but we are. More

Google Shows Off Its Latest "Baby Steps" Toward Becoming the Star Trek Computer

On Wednesday, Google announced new natural-language voice search on iOS, new, touch-friendly Web interfaces for its answers, and an ambitious, voluntary experiment to bring your Gmail messages into search results. Google wants to be like the Star Trek computer when it grows up, letting us ask questions naturally about anything and get a compelling answer right back. More

Microgrids and Solar Power, the Answer to India's Power Crisis

As India experienced its worst power failure ever last week, leaving 600 million people without electricity, disrupting the operation of hospitals and public services and shutting down transportation in key regions vital to the country’s economy, New Delhi will have to face up to some critical power realities. More

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July 28 2012

Weekly Wrap-up: Let's Hear It for Instagram

Weekly Wrap UpIf you're running a startup, you need to see these essential apps for startups and entrepreneurs.  People aren't willing to try a slow app more than a few times.   Girls Who Code is educating young ladies in the fine art of programming.  After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

7 Essential Apps for Entrepreneurs

These days everyone has their favorite mobile apps, ones that make both their personal and business lives run smoother. But are there any apps that are must haves for entrepreneurs and startup founders? For startup entrepreneurs, it’s crucial to find the apps that actually make a difference to you and your business. Plenty of startup founders are already experts in this area. Heck, apps are the business of many startups these days. But startups in other fields may not be so savvy. More

[Infographic] What is Slowing Down Your Mobile Apps?

Ever try to launch a mobile application and get nothing but a spinning wheel? You're not alone. 74% of users will leave a mobile website if it does not load after five seconds, according to a survey conducted by Compuware, a software company. People are more patient with apps, as 50% of users will tolerate load times longer than five seconds. What is slowing down your apps? More

Girls Who Code: Crashing the “Brogram”

The high-tech industry is largely a guy’s world made up of "brogrammers" and job ads that ask, “Want to bro down and crush code?” Small wonder that women made up just 21% of all programmers in 2010, off from 24% in 2000. Or that less than 10% of venture-backed companies have women founders. An organization called Girls Who Code is trying to reboot the system starting from the beginning. More

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Online Video Ads Hit a Record: 11 Billion Spots Streamed in June

It's official: Online video advertising is a force to be reckoned with. More than 11 billion ads streamed over the Web in June, amounting to 25% of all video content viewed. That online video ad traffic, as reported by comScore, translated to 4.6 billion minutes watched by 180 million Internet users in the United States. The average duration of an online ad was four seconds. The top five ad networks streamed at least one billion ads each. Google took the lead with 1.41 billion ads streamed. Google's domination isn't surprising; YouTube serves more than 99% of video on Google-related properties and is the third most popular website in the world, with 72 hours of video content uploaded every minute. More

Mark Zuckerberg Wins Approval For His First-Ever Patent Application - From 6 Years Ago

In the last few months, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took his company public, got married and scored a nearly $6 million home loan at just over 1%. What could possibly top all that? How about approval of his very first patent request from way back in 2006 - covering privacy issues no less? Turns out the US Patent Trademark and Office (USPTO), though it originally rejected it, just granted Zuckerberg a patent that can only be described as the ultimate geek vanity trophy. More

How Microsoft Plans to Use the Business Market to End Apple’s Tablet Dominance

In 2010, Apple blindsided Microsoft - and most everyone else - with the phenomenal success of the iPad. That success is now eating away at Windows PC sales. While Apple’s innovation took Microsoft down for the count, the software giant has regrouped and is trying to come back by shifting the battlefield from consumers to businesses. To turn the tide, Microsoft is counting on business users, a market where Apple remains relatively weak and CEO Steve Ballmer’s crew retains several critical advantages. Microsoft’s counterpunches will include Windows 8 and Office 13, a combination Apple can’t match in the business world. More

Instagram Growth Far Outpaces Facebook or Twitter

Instagram is exploding. Sure, the mobile photo-sharing service has been the object of buzz and adoration since day one, but few could have predicted a growth rate quite this phenomenal. Instagram boasts an amazing 80 million users, the company announced today. When Facebook announced its acquisition of Instagram in April, the photo-sharing app's user base approached 30 million. In just under four months since, its user base has grown by more than 166%, fueled in large part by the release of an Android version and tightening integration with Facebook. Instagram acquired 15 million users in the six months between Sept 2011 to March 2012. It ballooned by another 20 million between April and May. Another 30 million users in the last two months? No problem. More

Diagnosis Promising For mHealth

mHealth is an emerging trend in technology. It stands for 'mobile healthcare' and means utilizing smartphones and medical mobile devices to help diagnose and monitor health conditions. According to a new research paper from the Economist Intelligence Unit (commissioned by PwC), the adoption of mHealth will be slow in the healthcare industry. That's due to complexities and technology incompatibilities. However, there is more immediate hope with the thousands of consumer mHealth apps available on smartphones. More

Google Search Shapes Memory, New Research Shows

What’s the first thing you think of when faced with a difficult (or even a not-so-difficult) question? According to four recent studies, your mind is primed to think about computers. In the past decade, we have retrained our minds to google just about everything we want to know, according to new research by Betsy Sparrow, Jenny Liu and Daniel M. Wegner. “The Internet has become a primary form of external or transactive memory, where information is stored collectively outside ourselves,” the researchers, who are based at Columbia University, University of Wisconsin, and Harvard respectively, write in the July issue of Science. More

Facebook Shares Slip After Disappointing Zynga Earnings Report

Zynga's share price plummeted almost 40% in after-hours trading Wednesday after the company reported a $22.8 million loss for the second quarter. The social gaming developer also revealed that it was lowering its outlook for the rest of the year, due in part to "a more challenging environment on the Facebook web platform." Zynga is hugely dependent on Facebook; it reported earlier this year that 92% of its revenue was generated through the social media giant. More

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July 21 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: There's a New Evening Edition, the Mac Retina Display Disagreement and Twitter's Credibility Problem

Weekly Wrap UpA Web design firm, not a newsroom, has built a stellar Evening Edition of the top stories from across the Web. Our writers are at odds on the MacBook Pro's Retina Display. Twitter has a credibility problem. After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

These Designers Did for Fun What News Sites Can't Do to Save Their Business

A Web design studio built the first news site I’ve ever read from top to bottom two days in a row, and it did so as a side project. Mule Design is not in the journalism business. It builds sites to solve all manner of client communication problems. But it did in a week’s work what news organizations can’t seem to do at all: deliver their output in a form that's comfortable and convenient for the audience. I couldn't help myself. I had to figure out how and why. More

Yes, MacBook Pro's Retina Display Is Brilliant, But Not For the Average User

First, I'd like to thank all the readers who commented on our post. Some of the criticisms made me cringe, such as being called a "link-baiting whore," while other remarks were more insightful and worth taking seriously. But whether the comments were for or against the post, I'm humbled that so many people took the time to participate in such a lively discussion. Because of that, we want to explain our reasoning further. More

Twitter's Credibility Problem

Where you read something may impact credibility as much as what you read - especially if where you read something is on Twitter, according to a new study. Published last month in Communication Quarterly, the research by Mike Schmierbach and Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch used two experiments to show that a New York Times story posted on the website was seen by respondents as more credible than when the same story was posted on the newspaper’s Twitter feed. Additionally, stories posted on Twitter were seen as less important than stories in a newspaper or linked by a blog. More

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What Google Lost When Marissa Mayer Left to Run Yahoo

On Monday, The New York Times broke the story that Marissa Mayer, employee No. 20 at Google, had suddenly resigned by phone to become the CEO of Yahoo. Yahoo’s gain is Google’s loss, as Mayer was personally responsible for some of Google’s most iconic products. Here are just some of Mayer’s accomplishments over her years at Google. More

[Infographic] Survey: Consumers Are Concerned About Privacy, Tracking, Advertising

How much do social and mobile service providers know about you? What are they doing with your personal information? If you're worried, you're not alone. A Harris Interactive survey commmissioned by TRUSTe, which helps its clients manage customer privacy, shows that 60% of adults surveyed are more concerned about their online privacy now than they were a year ago. More

From Inmates to Entrepreneurs: The San Quentin Startup Accelerator

Prison inmates have all day, every day, to sit around and think. It could be the world’s largest pool of untapped brain time. Chris Redlitz decided to put it to productive use. He founded the Last Mile startup accelerator program at San Quentin State Prison in California. “I’ve driven by San Quentin every day for the last 14 years, but never bothered to understand the prison system,” says Redlitz, who lives in Marin County north of San Francisco (where the prison sits on San Francisco Bay) and runs the KickLabs tech accelerator in San Francisco. More

How to Get Bloggers to Write About Your Startup: Insider Advice

It’s every startup’s dream - to get the attention of the people who matter. You might think that refers to customers or clients, or even venture capitalists or angel investors. Nope. We’re talking about bloggers. Sure, investors and customers are vital to the success of a startup business, but few things can turn your tech startup into the “it” company on everyone’s lips (and tweets) as quickly as getting mentioned by a prominent blog or blogger. More

5 Surprising Facts About Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer

New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer confirmed on Monday that she and husband Zachary Bogue are expecting a son in October. Her pregnancy makes all the more notable Mayer’s landmark appointment to the helm of a tech titan - only 19 Fortune 500 companies are headed by women, and not long ago a pregnant chief executive was unthinkable. But beyond her pregnancy, she is a multifaceted, dynamic leader who might prove to be the smartest choice for Yahoo since it fell from grace. Here are some lesser-known facts about Mayer that hold clues to her ability to save Yahoo. More

Age Bias: Young Startup Founders Get More Investor Cash

Blame Mark Zuckerberg. Since he invented Facebook in the third grade (or so it seems) high-tech investors have been throwing more and more money at younger and younger whiz kids. Older entrepreneurs may not like the trend - but it shows no sign of slowing anytime soon. More

The New Microsoft Office: 20 Things to Like, Not Like and Worry About

For all the parental and media hand-wringing, sexting remains a poorly studied phenomenon. But according to new peer-reviewed research, that concern might not be unfounded. Teen texts are indeed ablaze with sexual content - but how does technology-based sexual activity intersect with actual behavior? More

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July 14 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: Google's Big Fine, Twitter's Upcoming App Leaked and the Dangers of IPAA

Weekly Wrap UpWe explain why Google just received the largest privacy fine in history. Leaked screenshots of Twitter's upcoming iPhone app tell us a great deal about what to expect. The IPAA shares some disturbing privacy issues with SOPA.

Google Gets the Biggest FTC Privacy Fine in History - and Deserves It

Google is about to settle with the Federal Trade Commission for $22.5 million for violating the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser. Apple’s default setting prevented third-party sites from tracking users as they visited different sites, but Google (and several other, less reputable companies) exploited a loophole to do it anyway. More

Leaked Twitter iPhone App Update: Here's What to Expect

If you tweet from your iPhone, get ready for big changes. Twitter's official iOS app is about to get a meaty upgrade, judging by screen shots leaked from the App Store. Twitter 4.3 for iPhone is expected to deliver deeper interactivity, improvements to search and more granular push notification settings, among other things. More

SOPA Lives! New Bill Seeks to Resurrect Expansion of IP Enforcement Powers

SOPA Lives! New Bill Seeks to Resurrect Expansion of IP Enforcement Powers

A new bill is about to be officially introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives that would resurrect some unsavory aspects of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that sparked widespread protests last winter. More

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Get Your Startup Into a Top Accelerator: 4 Insider Tips

The top startup accelerators in the world - programs like TechStars and Y Combinator - receive a couple thousand applications for just a handful of spots each session. It’s harder to get into one than Harvard or Stanford. So how do you do it? More

Kippt Reinvents the Internet's Favorite Hobby: Sharing Links

With its update on Monday, the link listing tool Kippt adds social features that make it a one-stop shop for practicing the Internet’s favorite hobby: sharing interesting links. It helps you keep track of links you like, as well as find and follow people who share interesting things. You can easily share links with your friends on Facebook or wherever else, but your list belongs to you instead of disappearing into the Facebook ether. It's the kind of thing you probably won't know you need until you try it. More

Apple's App Store Secrecy Hurts Indie Developers

The timer in the built-in Clock app on the iPhone sucks, so David Barnard built a new one, Timer. But if you search for “timer” in the App Store, you won’t find it. Because of Apple’s obscure, ever-shifting search method, making the best timer in the store is not enough. Barnard invested $7,000 to build this app. It’s the best timer iOS could ask for. Instead of a fiddly, spinning wheel, it has giant buttons that represent preset periods of time. All you have to do to start a timer is tap the interval you want. To set a new one on the fly, you dial it in with the full-sized phone keypad. It’s fast, smooth, easy on the eyes, and it costs a buck. More

From Contest to Company: 6 Tips for Taking a Startup to the Next Level

From hackathons to programming contests to business plan competitions, competitive events are a great way to test the potential appeal and viability of a startup idea. But what happens after the contest? Win or lose, how can a new company make the most of the experience and the exposure? Let's say your team was good enough - and lucky enough - to make it to the finals of one of these events - or maybe you even won the grand prize. After you have had a chance to get some sleep and gather your thoughts, then what? More

What Is the Point of: Google+ Hangouts?

What Is the Point of: Google+ Hangouts?

Whenever a new Web trend comes along, people ask, “What is the point of this?” If millions of people are using something, there has to be a reason. In our What Is the Point of… series, we’ll explain it to you. This week, we’re asking, What is the point of Google+ Hangouts? It hasn’t exactly taken over the world yet, but Google+ has become the social backbone of all Google’s services. If you “upgrade” your Google account to Google+, as more than 200 million people have, your profile becomes the way people find you in search and communicate with you across the Google-sphere. More

Russia's New Censorship Law Diminishes the Entire Internet

Russia's new Web blacklist is only the most recent of an alarming series of authoritarian moves to muzzle networked communications. National governments bent on censorship are eating away at the global, public Internet. On Wednesday, the Russian parliament's lower house approved legislation that would block Web pages selectively. The proposed law reportedly lets officials filter out specific domain names and IP addresses. Law enforcement agencies could add URLs to the blacklist without a court order. Hosting services would need to remove banned materials within 72 hours or risk being shut down. More

Teen Sexting Really Does Mean Teen Sex

For all the parental and media hand-wringing, sexting remains a poorly studied phenomenon. But according to new peer-reviewed research, that concern might not be unfounded. Teen texts are indeed ablaze with sexual content - but how does technology-based sexual activity intersect with actual behavior? More

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July 07 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: The Evolution of Google+, Mobile Dominates in 2012 and More

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Richard MacManus explains how Google+ has evolved over the past year and whether it delivered on its promise. Mobile continues to dominate in 2012. After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

How Google+ Has Morphed Over The Past Year & What We Can Expect in 2013

One year ago, Google+ launched to the world and was greeted with the collective cry, "Not another social network!" But over the past year Google+ has cemented its position as one of the Big Three social networks, alongside Facebook and Twitter. Or has it? Google+ boasts similar user numbers to Twitter, but if we look more closely we see that Google+ hasn't lived up to its initial promise as a new type of social network. In fact, it's morphed into something completely different for Google... More

Top Trends of 2012: The Continuing Rapid Growth of Mobile

In our half-yearly review of the top Internet trends of 2012, there's been a common theme: mobile is the main driver for all of them. The Visual Web (Instagram, Pinterest and similar image-focused apps), the Consumer Cloud (Evernote, Dropbox, iCloud and others), social video apps (Socialcam and Viddy) and video on tablets (BuzzFeed, Flipboard and others). Each of those trends are popular in 2012 because of smartphones and/or tablets. More

In Closing Its Platform, Twitter Risks Destroying Its Community

After attaining unlikely success as an open platform, Twitter is demanding that third-party apps show Twitter’s stream the way the company wants them to. “You need to be able to see expanded Tweets,” Product Manager Michael Sippey wrote in an announcement on Friday afternoon. He said those features make Twitter “more engaging and easier to use.” But if Twitter squeezes too hard on third-party developers, it risks damaging something more important to the company than any set of features: It risks destroying the culture that has grown up around it. More

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Facebook Blames Email Problems On User "Confusion"

If you’re missing email messages, don’t blame Facebook: The social network says you are simply “confused.” Facebook spent a second straight weekend dealing with complaints from users about a switch in the default user email addresses, this time with users complaining that the change was resulting in lost messages and contacts. More

Where Google Is Going Next: 5 Things You Need to Know

Where Google Is Going Next: 5 Things You Need to Know

On the last day of the Google I/O developers conference, we sat down with engineering director Peter Magnusson to digest the introduction of Compute Engine, which adds Google-scale processing power to the company's list of cloud offerings designed to take on Amazon Web Services. Here are the announcement's five key implications. More

How Open Source Hardware Is Driving the 3D-Printing Industry

The potential of 3D printing to transform the way we get things - the market is predicted to hit $3.1 billion in the next four years - gets a lot of press. But not much of that attention has focused on the unique role of open source hardware in enabling 3D printing to realize its promise. Open source software has been a key player in all kinds of disruptive technologies - from the Web to big data. Now the nascent and growing open source hardware movement is helping to power its own disruptive revolution. More

Top Trends of 2012: Social Video Apps (Warning: Seedy Content!)

Continuing our review of the first half of 2012, we look at an emerging product type that became popular this year: social video apps. The two leading contenders are Socialcam and Viddy, each vying to be the breakout app. But at least one of those apps is using dubious seeding tactics to get ahead... After image sharing network Instagram was acquired by Facebook in April, attention turned to the same type of app - but for video. Essentially social video apps have the following characteristics. More

What if RIM Supported Windows Phone 8?

Research In Motion’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system has been delayed to, at the earliest, early 2013. That could prove to be a deathblow to the storied but struggling smartphone maker. RIM is going to miss out on the important holiday season with BlackBerry 10, and that could prove to be the weight that finally breaks the company’s back. In its dire straits, RIM has reportedly started to consider alternatives to BlackBerry 10 and its current strategy. Does that mean aligning itself with Microsoft and its Windows Phone platform? And how would such a move remake the smartphone landscape? More

Why We Still Need the Open Source VLC Media Player

The Monday Version 2.0.2 release of the free open source VLC media player points out a surprising hole in the age of the Internet video - there is still no universal standard for video formats and players. Fortunately, VLC is there to fill in the gaps among proprietary formats and competing ecosystems, playing just about every video in use. More

Why “Good Enough” Security Really Is Good Enough for Most Companies

Why “Good Enough” Security Really Is Good Enough for Most Companies

When it comes to security, the human quest for perfection can end up muddying our thinking. We act as if we don't know that, on any given day, even the lowly Cubs can beat the mighty Yankees, and that a lucky hacker might be able to break into the most secure business system. We demand perfection, and we're continually disappointed. And that makes it harder to think clearly and objectively about actually reducing our company's security risks. More

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June 30 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: Social Media Guidelines for the Olympics Are Strict, the Web Is Getting Increasing Visual and Startups Need to Focus on Branding

Weekly Wrap UpDo the social media guidelines from the Olympics muzzle athletes? Richard notes the rising trend of visual websites, like Instagram and Pinterest. Startup branding is more important than ever.

After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

Olympic Social Media Guidelines Muzzle Athletes

Media outlets are billing the upcoming London Summer Olympic Games as "the first social media Olympics." That means athletes and coaches will be posting, tweeting, Facebooking and generally bringing fans closer to the action more than ever before. So why is the International Olympic Committee trying to censor participants? More

Top Trends of 2012: The Visual Web

Top Trends of 2012: The Visual Web

Continuing our mid-year review of the top trends of 2012, in this post we look at the emergence of the Visual Web. Two of the hottest products in the first half of 2012 are the best examples of this phenomenon: Pinterest and Instagram. But one or two swallows don't make a summer. Beautiful design is a key part of online business in this era, which has resulted in more images and video all across the Web. More

Design Is Now Crucial to Startup Success

Remember the good old days? When a startup founder could draw up his own clunky logo, slap it on a Web page and call it a day? Now every startup needs to spend time, attention and money on slick branding and design sophistication - just to get in the game. More

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How To Use Facebook’s Newest Stalking App

Facebook has quietly rolled out a new feature that allows you to easily find profiles of people who are close in physical proximity to you. Unlike previous Facebook apps, which have primarily been aimed at helping you strengthen connections with existing friends, Find Friend Nearby is aimed at helping you make more connections. More

Facebook Knows What You're Doing (Even If You Don't)

If you think a site that pulls your Facebook status updates and FourSquare check-ins to tell the world if you’re hungover, doing drugs or looking to get fired is unsettling, consider this: It’s fairly simplistic when compared to what social networks will one day be able to figure out based on what you choose to broadcast to the world. More

Firefox for Android Reveals the Future of the Mobile Web

In an era when tech companies are attempting to squeeze more data and more dollars out of users, it is refreshing to know that there are organizations that aim to make the Web a better, more functional place. Mozilla is one. On Tuesday it unveiled the latest version of Firefox for Android. While the browser is an excellent update, the most interesting thing about it is what it says about the future of the mobile Web. More

Google I/O: Web or Native Apps? Google Has it Both Ways

The two keynotes at the Google I/O developers' conference presented two divergent approaches to Google's future products - and users inevitably must choose between them. Wednesday's keynote emphasized native Android apps downloaded from Google Play. Thursday's focused on Google's browser, Chrome, with its own store for Web apps. Will the company's two-prong strategy pull it apart? More

RWW Recommends: The Best Mobile RSS Reader

RSS lives! Not everything is a real-time stream of status updates from Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Subscribing to an RSS feed is still the best way to closely monitor your favorite blogs and topics. So where to check your feeds? Google Reader is the undisputed king of RSS Readers for the desktop, mostly because it's the Last One Standing. However, there is much more competition among RSS Readers for smartphones and that means there are some great options out there. In this post we give you our recommendation for best mobile RSS Reader. More

Web Developers Brace For the MacBook Pro's Retina Display

The Web is about to get uglier - that is, if you're eager enough to plunk down $2,200 for the new MacBook Pro with its ultra high-resolution "retina" display. The new laptop, which Apple unveiled last week, already has Web designers and developers trying to figure out how they're going to create sites and Web apps that look good on the new machine without leaving the rest of the Web's population behind. More

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June 23 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: Microsoft Announces New Windows 8 Tablet, Surface

Weekly Wrap UpThis week Microsoft announced its upcoming tablet Surface. Eliot Weisberg compared the announcement of Surface with Steve Job's initial announcement of the iPad. After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

[Video] Surface vs. iPad: Microsoft's Getting Rusty At Stealing from Apple

Eliot Weisberg did a video mixup that compares Steve Job's initial presentation of the iPad to Steve Ballmer's presentation of the Surface. Played side by side, you can see the similarities. Take a close look at the clothing choices, similar phrases and even the touted features. It's a short video, but definitely worth a look. More

Survey: Tablet Owners Prefer Browsers to Native Apps

Survey: Tablet Owners Prefer Browsers to Native Apps

Browser or app: Which is a better way to reach readers on mobile platforms like iOS and Android? Publishers and developers haven't been shy about offering their opinions, but what about the people who actually use the devices? Among tablet owners, at least, reading on the mobile Web is preferable to using native apps, according to a recent survey from the Online Publishers Association. More

Startup Accelerator Fail: Most Graduates Go Nowhere

Startup Accelerator Fail: Most Graduates Go Nowhere

Startup accelerators continue to grow in popularity. There are now more than 200 around the world attracting twice as many applicants as they did just two years ago. But there’s a dirty little secret: A lot of accelerators are just spinning their wheels. Last year, Aziz Gilani, a director at Houston venture capital firm DFJ Mercury, ran a study of 29 North American accelerators for the Kauffman Fellows Program. He found that 45% of them produced not a single graduate who went on to raise venture funding. More

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Top Trends of 2012: The Consumer Cloud

Top Trends of 2012: The Consumer Cloud

In 2012 we've seen amazing growth in the Consumer Cloud, meaning cloud computing for everyday users. There are three main categories in the Consumer Cloud: storage, sync and notes. Dropbox, Apple's iCloud and Evernote (respectively) have been the most impressive performers in each category so far this year. More

Nobody Is Using Facebook's Life Events - Not Even Mark Zuckerberg

When Facebook announced Timeline in September last year, a key new feature was the ability to define different types of "life events." Events such as starting a new job, entering a new relationship or getting married, making a home improvement, getting a tattoo. The idea behind Life Events was to better structure Timeline data. Unfortunately for Facebook, very few people are using Life Events. More

How To Track Topics On The Web

It's easy to get obsessed with the super-fast, real-time cycle of online news. But don't forget that the Web is a massive treasure trove of information about any topic. With just a bit of work, you can set up tracking and get regular updates about topics you're passionate about. In this how-to article, we share our tips on topic tracking. More

Why Security Could Be Apple’s Greatest Threat

Apple is sitting on top of the tech world. The company has set the standard for smartphones and tablets, tech’s biggest growth markets, and the company’s Mac sales in the U.S. are growing faster than the industry average. So what could derail the most valuable company in the world? Forget rivals like Microsoft and Google: Apple’s biggest threat may come from hackers. These cyber-criminals are upending Apple’s carefully cultivated perception that the Mac is more secure than Windows PCs. Hackers smashed that notion in April when 650,000 Macs were infected by the Flashback Trojan. More

Retailer's Tax on IE 7 Users Opens New Front in Browser Wars

When Australian retailer Kogan.com enacted a “tax” on customers using Internet Explorer 7 last week, it may not have been trying to become the poster child for worldwide Web-developer frustration with Microsoft browsers. But the stunt seems to have tapped into a seething undercurrent of animosity for Internet Explorer that could bring new combatants to the ongoing browser wars. More

Reimagining Books: How Citia's iPad App Compares to a Paper Book

Kevin Kelly's book "What Technology Wants" was one of our favorite nonfiction books of 2011. In Richard's April 2011 review, he gave it five out of five stars. It's fitting that Kelly's book is the first to be turned into an iPad app on a new iOS platform called Citia. The result isn't an e-book, though; it's more like a condensed summary of the book's main ideas. So is Citia just a modern-day CliffsNotes, or something more substantial? More

How to Keep Facebook from Recognizing Your Face

Now that Facebook has bought facial recognition vendor Face.com, many users are worried that the giant social network will use the technology to infringe on their privacy. While you can’t stop Facebook from grabbing the facial-recognition data, there are ways to limit the service’s use of that information. More

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June 16 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: Some IT Departments Resist Moving to Cloud-Based Systems and More

Weekly Wrap UpBrian Proffitt wonders if the resistance to cloud-based systems by IT departments is more about protecting companies or actually about protecting IT workers' jobs. Fredric Paul explains how Windows 8 throws computer users under the bus. After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

Are IT Fears Holding Back Cloud Computing?

Are IT Fears Holding Back Cloud Computing?

As corporate IT workers adapt to the shifts towards decentralized, cloud-computing services in place of in-house technology assets, they have to be asking themselves: “Am I working myself out of a job?” This fear, justified or not, is one way to explain the persistent efforts of many enterprise IT departments to forego public cloud-computing services in order to maintain their own private-cloud systems. It may also offer insight into the hype around datacenter tools such as Hadoop, Cassandra and Pig. More

How Windows 8 Throws Computer Users Under the Bus

Whatever you think of Windows 8’s Metro interface on smartphones and tablets, Microsoft’s decision to force computer users to deal with Metro will needlessly alienate and confuse many of the company's most loyal customers. It’s as if Apple suddenly required Mac users to rely on iOS instead of OS X. More

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Facebook Advertising Report: It's the Fan Engagement, Stupid

Facebook Advertising Report: It's the Fan Engagement, Stupid

The ComScore report released Tuesday that propped up Facebook as a worthwhile avenue for advertisers to consider underscores what most social media observers have known for quite some time: Not all customers - and not all fans - of a company or brand are created equal. More

Apple's Opportunity: Disrupt the Credit Card Business

Apple has never been shy about bringing change to complacent industries. Its products have reinvented music distribution, mobile phones and, with its new mapping app, GPS navigation devices in cars. It may be time for a new sector to sound the alarm: Apple appears to be maneuvering itself into position to challenge Visa and Mastercard like no company has before. More

Why Twitter May Have the Edge in Online Ads

Why Twitter May Have the Edge in Online Ads

For all their popularity, social networks have turned out to be barren soil for advertisers. Facebook famously has 901 million users, but it only saw $4.12 in revenue from each of them last year. Twitter has taken even longer to implement a business plan for monetizing its 140 million users. But as it reveals its strategy, it's starting to look like it may have an edge over Facebook in selling ads online. More

Top Trends of 2012: Video on Tablets

One in every ten tablet users views video content almost daily on their device, according to a new report by comScore. The study also found that tablet users are nearly three times more likely to watch video on their device compared to smartphone users. Nearly one in four smartphone owners now owns a tablet, according to comScore. That's an increase of 13.9 percentage points since a year ago. More

Apple's Love/Hate Relationship With iOS Jailbreaking

Apple's Love/Hate Relationship With iOS Jailbreaking

As developers converged on San Francisco to find out what's next for Apple's hardware and platforms, there was another discussion going on in the background: What does iOS 6 mean for the jailbreak community? Did Apple borrow any ideas this time? How soon will we see an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6? More

5+ Ways Entrepreneurs are Different from Everyone Else

Successful entrepreneurs are really smart. Just look at Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, guys who could get a lobotomy and still do your math homework. But intelligence is not the defining characteristic of successful entrepreneurship. Instead, the secret is a more prosaic quality: good old-fashioned stick-to-itiveness. More

Q: Why Does Microsoft Need Yammer? A: To Save SharePoint

Microsoft is reportedly set to acquire the Yammer business social network for an estimated $1 billion. The deal would give a much-needed social network injection to its SharePoint business collaboration platform. Yammer - with an estimated valuation of $500 million - makes business-oriented social network tools for internal company sharing and discussion centered on blog posts and automatically generated content (such as notifications that a document is ready to edit or a sale has been closed). More

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June 09 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: Many Millennials Don't Have More Than Basic Computer Skills and More

Weekly Wrap UpDespite a strong grasp of social media, many millennials lack real computer skills. Richard contrasts three types of social media users. Klint explains how to find out which programming language is the most popular. Learn about these stories and many more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-Up. After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

Millennials: They Aren’t So Tech Savvy After All

Millennials: They Aren’t So Tech Savvy After All

Even as millennials (those born and raised around the turn of the century) enter college with far more exposure to computer and mobile technology than their parents ever did, professors are increasingly finding that their students' comfort zone is often limited to social media and Internet apps that don’t do much in the way of productivity. One professor at the University of Notre Dame, for example, reports that many of his students don't even know how to navigate menus in productivity applications. More

Which Of These 3 Social Media Profiles Are You?

You've got a new piece of content you want to share, but where do you put it? Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, your Wordpress blog... all of the above?! With these and many other options to choose from, posting on the Web can be confusing - even a little stressful. But never fear, ReadWriteWeb is here to help. We've identified three main social media profiles, based on the Big 3 networks: Facebook, Twitter and Google+. More

5 Ways to Tell Which Programming Languages are Most Popular

5 Ways to Tell Which Programming Languages are Most Popular

Are older programming languages like Java and Perl giving way to newer languages like Python and Ruby? Is HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript overtaking Flash and/or native mobile application development? Do Microsoft’s languages still have a large developer following, even as Microsoft promotes other languages as first-class citizens on platforms such as Windows 8 and Azure? Finding the answer to these questions can be harder than you think. More

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Making the Most of Social Media Analytics

Making the Most of Social Media Analytics

Don't believe the next social media expert who tells you "social media is intangible" when it comes to building your brand. Sure, it's difficult to calculate a precise return on investment for social media marketing efforts: Just ask General Motors, which pulled $10 million in Facebook advertising last month because it couldn’t track measurable results. But social media reach is more measurable than some people would have you believe. More

Why London's Police Just Set a Horrifying Precedent on Mobile Privacy

London's Metropolitan Police recently started using machines that allow law enforcement to tap into any mobile device and download call registers, photographs, videos, SMS, email and even social networking data in under 20 minutes. Even more shocking, the information they collect will remain in the police's possession long after the suspect is released, even if no charges are filed. A machine of this sort sounds like something that would have been found in the dank depths of some palace in Tripoli after the downfall of Gaddafi, not in a British police station. More

The United Nations Could Seize the Internet, U.S. Officials Warn

Several emerging countries are rallying behind a campaign to have the International Telecommunications Union, the U.N.'s global standards body for telecommunications, declare the Internet a global telecommunications system, U.S. officials testified on Thursday before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Led by China, Russia, India and now Egypt, which recently launched its own proposal, such a move would allow state-owned telephone networks to expand into VoIP. It would also give them the opportunity to charge fees for Internet service - and put the Internet at the mercy of international politics. More

What Ever Happened To... Start Pages

In this new ReadWriteWeb series, we look back on products that were important innovations of their time. But this isn't merely nostalgia. As Confucius said, we'll make it relevant by identifying lessons to apply now and in the future. We start with a product category that was all the rage in 2005-06, but is an endangered species in 2012: start pages. More

Avoiding Password Breaches 101: Salt Your Hash

“Change your passwords now. Like, every password you use on every website you have ever visited.” You may have heard this advice from tech publications and mainstream rags after password leaks were discovered at LinkedIn, eHarmony and Last.fm. It is a good idea to change passwords at least a couple times a year anyway. But the problem does not lie solely with the users. It also lies with the way companies approach password security. More

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Running iOS 5.1.1

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Running iOS 5.1.1

Looking to do a little more with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch? The latest untethered jailbreak tool for iOS arrived last week, racking up a million downloads in just a few days. Absinthe 2.0 works on most iOS 5-compatible devices, except for a later model of the iPad 2 that contains the 32-nanometer chipset. The process is incredibly straightforward and requires no technical sophistication - only a few clicks and a little bit of patience. More

Apple is Trying its Best to Kill HTC (And Doing a Pretty Good Job)

Apple is Trying its Best to Kill HTC (And Doing a Pretty Good Job)

There is blood in the water, and the big fish are circling to put the struggling, wounded little fish out of its misery. The little fish, which has some good qualities to offer the world, is having more and more trouble keeping the big fish away. This is happening now to smartphone manufacturer HTC - and the biggest fish of all, Apple, is circling in for the kill. More

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June 02 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: U.S. Wineries Love Facebook, Microsoft Kills Windows Live Branding, Google Adds Shopping Results to Search and More

Weekly Wrap UpMost U.S. wineries have a presence on social media. Microsoft kills the confusing Windows "Live" brand. Google does more monkeying around with the search results page. Learn more about these stories and many more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-Up.

After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

94% of U.S. Wineries Are On Facebook, 73% on Twitter

A survey from ABLE Social Media Marketing found that most U.S. wineries are on Facebook and Twitter. The study covered both French and U.S. wineries, and French social media usage was not as widespread. To see the full study, and Richard's observations, check out 94% of U.S. Wineries Are On Facebook, 73% on Twitter.

Giving iPad PowerPoint Presentations Just Got a Lot Better

Microsoft finally killed the confusing "Windows Live" branding it has used since 2005 as its primary online brand. It will now consolidate messaging around promotion of its biggest software brand, Windows OS, and an identity system, creatively called a "Microsoft Account." To learn more about why its making the switch, read Why Microsoft Killed Windows Live.

Google Launches Full-Scale Shopping in Search

This week Google began offering additional options for advertisers who want to sell their products via Search. The changes come close to Paid Inclusion, but are clearly marked and Jon Mitchell feels that Google hasn't comprimised organic search. Read more about Jon's thoughts on this big change, and how the SERPs will change in Google Launches Full-Scale Shopping in Search.

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BlackBerry CEO Hints Research In Motion May Be Up For Sale

BlackBerry CEO Hints Research In Motion May Be Up For Sale

Research In Motion is a company in transition. It is going from a global-powerhouse smartphone maker to a struggling equipment manufacturer with too much company bloat, an aging operating system and a declining user base. In a letter to investors, CEO Thorsten Heins acknowledged that RIM had contacted bankers from J.P. Morgan and RBC Capital Markets to assist RIM in reviewing its financial stability and goals. In essence, Heins said that RIM, or at least parts of it, may be up for sale. More

Tim Cook at the D Conference: Between the Lines

Apple boss Tim Cook spoke Tuesday night at the D10 conference, his first major public interview since becoming CEO of Apple last year. His chat touched on everything from what he learned from Steve Jobs to his big-picture goal for Apple: to build great products, of course. But as always, when a big-company CEO like Cook speaks, the most interesting stuff is what he didn't say. More

Facebook Can't Have a Phone Until It Becomes an Operating System

One thing to realize about Facebook is that it is a platform. A platform allows developers and companies to build on top of it, build apps for it and interact with it through a variety of mediums. In that way, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android are both platforms, but Android and iOS are also operating systems - complex sets of software that connect hardware to the platform. Facebook is a fine platform, but it is not an operating system. And that is going to make the company’s attempt at building a “Facebook Phone” extremely difficult. More

More Bad News For HP: The New Google Chromebook Compared to a Typical HP Laptop

On May 29th, Google announced two new computers, the latest Chromebook laptop and a new desktop machine called the Chromebox. After reading Jon Mitchell's thorough review, it became apparent that there's now very little difference in user experience between the Chromebook and a traditional laptop (for example, one from HP that runs on a Windows OS). Should traditional PC manufacturers such as HP - not to mention the world's biggest software provider for laptops, Microsoft - be worried about this? You bet they should. More

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The Flame Virus: Spyware on an Unprecedented Scale

Security researchers recently discovered one of the most complex instances of computer malware on record. Flame, which also goes by the names SkyWiper and Viper, has infected hundreds of computers across the Middle East and Europe. What does it do? Where did it come from? Who unleashed it? More

Brands Step Up Open Graph Efforts on Facebook

Brands Step Up Open Graph Efforts on Facebook

Brands are increasingly abandoning efforts to get users to “like” their Facebook pages and instead focusing their marketing efforts on Open Graph, the protocol Facebook uses to reflect third-party app use in a user's social activity. More

Why Evernote's Hello App Is Different on iPhone and Android

Evernote's Hello app for iPhone and Android devices helps you remember people you meet. But here's the rub: Each platform offers different features. In fact, the Android version, released on Wednesday, leapfrogs the older iPhone app with a bunch of cool goodies. Why not give the iPhone the same love? Evernote CEO Phil Libin explains his multiplatform strategy. More

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May 26 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: Coding as a Standard of Literacy, Microsoft Launches So.cl and YouTube Evolves
Is someone illiterate if they can't code? Microsoft's new social network So.cl launches. Views on YouTube decrease as Web video evolves. Learn more about these stories and many more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-Up. After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

Computer Programming for All: A New Standard of Literacy

Some programmers believe that the knowledge of programming will eventually be included in literacy standards. However, others believe we have too far to go to achieve current literacy standards to see programming added any time soon.

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Microsoft's New Social Network, So.cl: It's Like Google+ for Wonks

Microsoft released its social network, So.cl, this week. Richard MacManus says it's a derivative product and doesn't stand a chance at achieving widespread usage. That said, he does see opportunities for the new site in the education sector. Read Richard's deep dive in Microsoft's New Social Network, So.cl: It's Like Google+ for Wonks.

YouTube's Big Transition: Moving From Amateur to Professional Era of Online Video

Online video is changing. The era of the amateur video sensation is fading to make room for professional video producers. Check out how YouTube, and online video in general, is evolving in YouTube's Big Transition: Moving From Amateur to Professional Era of Online Video.

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Mobile Marketing Set to Create Havoc and Opportunities

Mobile Marketing Set to Create Havoc and Opportunities

Procter & Gamble should be kicking itself for not developing a mobile operating system when it had the chance: More people worldwide own mobile phones than toothbrushes. Get ready for a tsunami of mobile marketing and commerce to crash on the shores of retail. More

What Google's Acquisition of Motorola Means for Android

What Google's Acquisition of Motorola Means for Android

Google now owns Motorola. Chinese regulators followed the U.S. and Europe in clearing the deal earlier this week, removing the last barrier. Although the acquisition opens new territory for the search giant, its most immediate effect could be remaking the existing Android landscape. Will Google use its new arm to pound all competitors, or just Apple? More

Why The iPhone's Success Has Women To Thank

Women are the hot new demographic to court in the social space (if you can call half the population a "demographic”), but the fairer sex is catching up when it comes to mobile, too, largely thanks to the iPhone. But is Apple’s gender-blind wunderkind truly more popular with women - or is Android, the iPhone’s de facto rival, just less popular? More

How Does Facebook Make Money?

Facebook's first few days on the stock market are in the books: Shares closed Tuesday at $31, down significantly from their $38 issue price. You may wonder: How does Facebook make money? Sure, 900 million users and billions of photos, but how is this a business? It's pretty simple, actually. More

What It's Like for an App in Apple & Google's Crosshairs

UpNext Maps for iPhone is beautiful. It's the smoothest, fastest map we've ever used. It renders 3D buildings for virtual exploration of certain cities. Its look and functionality are distinctive. It's free. And both Google and Apple want to build these features themselves. Is this a kamikaze mission for UpNext? More

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May 19 2012

Weekly Wrap-up: Google's Knowledge Graph, SlideShark's Presentation App and More
Google unveiled the Knowledge Graph. SlideShark makes giving presentations via your iPad easy peasy. Learn more about these stories and many more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up. After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

Google Goes Back to What It Does Well: Finding Things

Google Goes Back to What It Does Well: Finding Things

Google released the Knowledge Graph this week and Jon Mitchell explains the ins and outs:

In the new Google, with the Knowledge Graph online, a new box will come up. You'll still get the Google results you're used to, including the box scores for the team Google thinks you're looking for, but on the right side, a box called "See results about" will show brief descriptions for the Los Angeles Kings, the Sacramento Kings, and the TV series, Kings. If you need to clarify, click the one you're looking for, and Google will refine your search query for you.
Learn more about how this will affect your search experience by reading Jon Mitchell's Google Goes Back to What It Does Well: Finding Things.

Giving iPad PowerPoint Presentations Just Got a Lot Better

Giving iPad PowerPoint Presentations Just Got a Lot Better

If you've ever tried to give a presentation with your iPad, you know it's virtually impossible if you want to use presenter mode. That all changed with the recent release of SlideShark. Get a good look at the app by reading David Strom's review of the presentation app, SlideShark.

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[Infographic] Taking HTML5 to the Next Level for Mobile

[Infographic] Taking HTML5 to the Next Level for Mobile

By 2013, there will be more than one billion HTML5-capable browsers in use throughout the world. Applications for those HTML5 browsers will be created by two million HTML Web developers, according to research from IDC. There is no question that HTML5 is going to be a major factor in mobile development during the next five to 10 years. The rise of HTML5 does not mean the death of native applications, but as the standard progresses, many developers will begin to incorporate more HTML5 into their apps than native code. More

Study: Facebook Timeline Improves Fan Engagement For Brands

Study: Facebook Timeline Improves Fan Engagement For Brands

Facebook posts by brands live longer on Timeline than they did prior to the social network’s massive overhaul, according to a study released Monday. While the analysis by London-based social media analytics firm Sotrender is limited in scope, covering just 130 brands headquartered in the U.K. and 5,000 posts, it is the first such empirical review since Timeline became mandatory for all Facebook brand pages at the end of March. More

Computer Programming for All: A New Standard of Literacy

Computer Programming for All: A New Standard of Literacy

Everyone ought to be able to read and write; few people within the global mainstream would argue with that statement. But should everyone be able to program computers? The question is becoming critically important as digital technology plays an ever more central role in daily life. The movement to make code literacy a basic tenet of education is gaining momentum, and its success or failure will have a huge impact on our society. More

What Is the Point of: #Hashtags?

What Is the Point of: #Hashtags?

Whenever a new Web trend comes along, there are people who ask, "What is the point of this?" If millions of people are using something, there has to be a reason. In our "What Is the Point of..." series, we'll explain it to you. This week, we're asking, What is the point of #hashtags? More

Staying Off Facebook Won't Protect Your Privacy

Staying Off Facebook Won't Protect Your Privacy

Stay away from social networks and people won't know who you're hanging out with or what you're doing, right? Wrong. When it comes to social networking, a recent study suggests, you can run but you can't hide. More

A Discreet Guide to Using Mobile Devices in the Loo

A Discreet Guide to Using Mobile Devices in the Loo

Last year, British researchers swabbed 390 cell phones and analyzed what they picked up. Know what they found? One in six phones has poop on it. Four out of five are contaminated by some kind of bacteria. Sure, we all like to make our own calls while answering Mother Nature's, but that's just gross. Here’s a surefire way to avoid a crappy user experience on your smartphone or other mobile device. More

How and Why Your Startup Should Go Virtual

How and Why Your Startup Should Go Virtual

Working virtually sounds like heaven to many startups. After all, not having a central office staffed with employees saves money on rent, utilities, parking, etc., freeing you to invest in research, development or marketing. On the other hand, operating virtually is no panacea. Before you make the virtual leap, you need to figure out exactly what working virtually means to your business. More

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May 05 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: Foursquare Demystified, Beautiful Apps and More

Google DriveJon Mitchell tells you what the point of Foursquare is. Richard MacManus shows you 10 gorgeous apps to drool over. Learn more about these stories and many more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-Up. After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

What Is the Point of... Foursquare?

If you've tried to figure out why people use Foursquare, Jon Mitchell explains that beyond the badges, check-ins and branded ad campaigns, Foursquare offers significant user value in its recommendations.

Forget the annoying badges and mayorships, too. There's one useful thing at which Foursquare is very, very good: recommendations.

10 Beautiful Apps & Websites To Drool Over

10 Beautiful Apps & Websites To Drool Over

Some apps are very clearly not blessed with beauty. These apps are different. They stand out from the pack because thoughtful design and elegant UI is more than skin deep. There were a few more great finds in the comments:

"Google+, Chrome Beta, Pocket, YouTube are some gorgeous apps on Android." - Redwan Huq

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Who's Winning The Battle For The Interest Graph: Facebook, Google+ or Twitter?

Who's Winning The Battle For The Interest Graph: Facebook, Google+ or Twitter?

Do you use Google+ more than Facebook? Are you an avid Twitter user, but not so active on Google+? Do you autoshare online media, such as songs or news articles, on Facebook? These are just some of the questions being asked in the ongoing evolution of the "Interest Graph," succinctly defined by software engineer Adam Rifkin as "WHAT people care about." He was contrasting it to the term popularized by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, "Social Graph," which is WHO people care about. More

The Future of Social is Video: Interview With Socialcam CEO Michael Seibel

The Future of Social is Video: Interview With Socialcam CEO Michael Seibel

Socialcam is being called the "Instagram for Video" app. With this phrase comes the idea that, like seemingly every startup nowadays, the goal is to build an awesome and thriving community, pump up the product to the level of ultimate coolness and then cash in by selling to a bigger social company that may or may not have a working business model. That's one way to look at it. More

New iPhone, iPad and Android Apps for April 2012

New iPhone, iPad and Android Apps for April 2012

Following all the great apps released for iOS and Android in March, it seemed like we were in for an April letdown. That is not the case. Some huge names published great apps this month, including Google releasing its Drive app for Android and Instagram making its debut outside of the iPhone. Taken by themselves, that would make for a notable month of apps. But, we have more. A lot more. What were the top apps this month? Check out the second edition of our ReadWrite Recommends Apps of the Month for iOS and Android. More

The Rise of Beautiful Apps

The Rise of Beautiful Apps

A noticeable trend this year is beautiful apps or websites. It's all part of a larger trend that we're calling The Visual Web, meaning that images and video are becoming an increasingly important part of what we consume online. Pinterest is the best example of that larger trend. But by "beautiful apps or websites," I'm specifically referring to extremely well-designed apps or websites. Ones that make you drool. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But I think we all agree that Johnny Depp and Reese Witherspoon are particularly fine examples of beauty in human form. So what's the app equivalent of Johnny Depp? Or the website version of Reese Witherspoon? More

iPads in the Office: What Are They Really Good For?

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OK, Can We Have Super Mario for iPhone Now?

OK, Can We Have Super Mario for iPhone Now?

Nintendo is in trouble. The Japanese gaming giant, which has long felt building pressure from mobile computing platforms, is now officially losing money. Lots of it. Last week, the company reported an operating loss of $458 million, the first such deficit in its long history. While larger economic trends are partially to blame, it certainly doesn't help that Nintendo is refusing to consider the one thing that could possibly save it. More

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Why "Instagram For Video" Apps Will Go Big

The latest trend in smartphone apps is social video. That's because ever since Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 Billion, attention has focused on video sharing apps and whether one of them will win the next Zuckerberg lottery. The two leading contenders are Socialcam and Viddy. ReadWriteWeb's Alicia Eler profiled those two apps, along with a third called Klip, in a post Wednesday. More

10 Executives Who Lied On Their Resumes - And 2 Who Got Away With It

10 Executives Who Lied On Their Resumes - And 2 Who Got Away With It

We learned that Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson's resume boasts a computer science degree he never got. This news is likely to have a ripple effect as we discover who else in the Valley has tried to pull a stunt like this. Here's what happened to 10 other executives who fibbed on their resumes. More

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April 28 2012

Weekly Wrap-up: CISPA Passes The House
Google Drive launched this week. The US House Passes CISPA. The iPad is Changing Education. Learn more about these stories and many more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up. After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

Google Drive

The Google Drive Review You've Been Waiting For

Google Drive launched this week to much attention. Jon Mitchell did an in-depth review on Google Drive, based on his early preview of the service. And, while he doesn't feel that Google Drive goes far enough, he is very encouraged by this latest offering from Google. Check out our Google+ Hangout to learn more about Google Drive, or check out some screenshots of the service for a quick look at the UI. We showed you some

US House Passes CISPA

US House Passes CISPA

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 248-168. Scott Fulton explained some of the ramifications of CISPA, sharing why some portions of it are necessary, but how dangerous the bill will be without changes.

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How the iPad Is Changing Education

How the iPad Is Changing Education

The iPad may only be two years old, but it's already begun to change many things. Reading is one of them. Work is another. It is selling like crazy, but it will be some time before most of the people you know own a tablet. The market for this type of device may only be in its infancy, but it's already becoming clear how it will revolutionize certain aspects our lives. Education is a huge one, as recent developments have demonstrated. More

Apple's Huge Quarter in Charts

Apple's Huge Quarter in Charts

Apple posted another monster quarter, just as some were starting to doubt it. Again, Apple's most impressive statistic is its overall sales growth: With more than $39 billion in revenue last quarter, Apple's sales grew 59% year-over-year, far faster than its peers. The iPhone business continues to lead Apple, and the 35 million iPhones shipped during the quarter were above expectations. More

How the iPad Is Revolutionizing Local Businesses

How the iPad Is Revolutionizing Local Businesses

It was dinner at a fancy restaurant in Boston. After the last sip of Scotch was polished off, the waiter came over with the check... and an iPad. It was to take a survey about the quality of service, but it just as easily could have been used to pay the bill. More

Why Would a Financial Services Firm Want to Use Pinterest?

Why Would a Financial Services Firm Want to Use Pinterest?

"PINTEREST: Can financial services firms use this new platform effectively?" That was the subject line of an email in my inbox this morning. It came from Corporate Insight, a financial services consulting firm. The email went on to note that "Pinterest values imagery over text and incorporates many social aspects of Twitter and Facebook to connect users and spread content." While admitting that "no financial services firm uses Pinterest today," nevertheless Corporate Insight thinks that financial institutions should have a presence on Pinterest. More

iPads in the Office: What Are They Really Good For?

iPads in the Office: What Are They Really Good For?

When Steve Jobs first introduced the iPad, he acknowledged that for a tablet to have a “reason for being,” it had to be “far better at some key things” than either a smartphone or laptop. In the consumer market, tablets have some advantages in each of the seven categories Jobs mentioned: browsing, email, photos, video, music, games and e-books.. More

Macs Spread Malware To PCs

Macs Spread Malware To PCs

Call it Steve Jobs' revenge. Security vendor Sophos has discovered that one in five Mac computers surveyed carry malware that could infect Windows PCs. In a bit of delicious irony, only one in 36 Apple computers were found to be infected with Mac OS X malware. The results bring an odd sense of urgency to worries about Mac security. More

Apple Could Buy T-Mobile With Its Q2 Earnings

Apple Could Buy T-Mobile With Its Q2 Earnings

Apple reported another very successful financial quarter this afternoon, exceeding expectations. In the quarter ending March 31, the company brought in a net profit of $11.6 billion on a grand total of $39.2 billion in revenue. As has been the case in recent quarters, the vast majority of Apple's revenue came from sales of iPads and iPhones. Together, the two devices made up nearly 75% of Apple's revenue last quarter, a percentage that continues to grow over time. More

Microsoft's Mobile Comeback Is Looking Terrible

Microsoft's Mobile Comeback Is Looking Terrible

Microsoft ruled the PC market for decades with utter dominance. But today, as the future shifts toward mobile devices, things are not looking good for Microsoft. It's not that it's not trying: Microsoft is spending a lot of money and effort on cracking the mobile market, now in lockstep with Nokia, its top partner. But there's no indication yet that it's having any real success. More

Twitter Can't Beat Facebook

Twitter Can't Beat Facebook

Hardcore Twitter users, I know you're a loyal bunch (in fact, I consider myself one of you). So don't take this personally. This article is about Facebook and how it is either going to destroy Twitter, force the microblogging service to change or make it an aquisition target by a rival, such as Apple or Google. More

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April 14 2012

Weekly Wrap-up: Let's Hear It for Instagram

weekly_wrapup-1.pngEach week we wrap up our top ten stories, and this week half of our most read stories were those that dissected and discussed the billion dollar purchase of Instagram by Facebook. Learn more about this story and many more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.

After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

Facebook's Real Mobile Question, Post-Instagram: Can It Challenge Apple and Google?

Facebook's Real Mobile Question, Post-Instagram: Can It Challenge Apple and Google?

Clearly the Instagram purchase was huge news this week, dominating our Top Ten. We dissected the story in detail, looking at how the purchase affected current Instagram users, what it meant for potential Facebook investors and even what we could learn about Facebook's mobile monetization strategy. The sizable purchase makes a great deal of sense, and inspired us to ruminate on both the value of Path and the strategy of Pinterest, and what other companies might be on a Facebook shopping list. I don't think anyone would argue though that it's the normal exit for a mobile app like this, despite Instagram's amazing growth story. Instagram won the lottery this week.

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15 Clever Responses to Facebook Buying Instagram

15 Clever Responses to Facebook Buying Instagram

By now you've heard the news. Earlier today Facebook announced it had acquired Instagram for a meaty sum of $1 billion. We've written about who the sale is really about (it's the investors) and how to get some more followers. But what does the Twitterverse say about this? Here are a few insightful tweets about this whole shabang. Read on. More

8 Things Instagram Did Right

8 Things Instagram Did Right

With its billion-dollar sale to Facebook, Instagram instantly became the latest poster child for startup success. In just 551 days, the photo-sharing mobile app zoomed from zero to 30 million-odd users, and 10 million U.S. visits by March 2012, up 1000% since December 2011. Its valuation outstrips that of the 116-year-old New York Times.. More

[Infographic] How the App Stores

[Infographic] How the App Stores "Really" Stack Up

If you liken app stores to race horses, Apple is the biggest, baddest thoroughbred in town. Google Play is a fine specimen with some distinct qualities but has a lot of work to do in the practice yard before catching up. Everything else is an also-ran. Windows Phone has been growing rapidly, increasing from 40,000 apps in Nov. 2011 to 70,000 at the most recent count. Then there is BlackBerry App World. For all of Research In Motion's troubles, its app repository is tied with Windows Phone at 70,000, which includes 15,000 specifically designed for the BlackBerry PlayBook. There are no tablet apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace, mostly because there is no Windows tablet (well, one worth anything). More

Jack Tramiel Remembered: The Legacy of the Commodore Founder and PC Pioneer

Jack Tramiel Remembered: The Legacy of the Commodore Founder and PC Pioneer

Quite a few people have been retroactively credited with the invention of the personal computer. One man who never claimed credit himself, but who would certainly be listed among Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Clive Sinclair, Adam Osborne, and John Roach as original creators of the personal computer industry is Jack Tramiel - who passed away today at the age of 83. More

SAP Plans to Dominate Enterprise Mobile Apps with HTML5 and New Partnerships

SAP Plans to Dominate Enterprise Mobile Apps with HTML5 and New Partnerships

One of the largest software companies in the world just made a series of moves that could make it one of the most powerful enterprise mobile developers in the world. Hidden within SAP's Hana database platform announcement yesterday was the fact that the company signed three strategic partnerships with leading U.S. mobile development firms, signaling what could be a huge shift in the balance of power in the race for enterprise mobile dollars. More

To Pivot Or Not To Pivot: Instagram vs. Pinterest

To Pivot Or Not To Pivot: Instagram vs. Pinterest

One of the more intriguing aspects of Instagram's $1 billion payday from Facebook is that photo sharing was Plan B. Compare that to the other social startup darling of 2012, Pinterest, which has stayed true to its original mission from Day 1. More

How to Create Your Own Social Media Playbook

How to Create Your Own Social Media Playbook

If you are trying to plan out your enterprise's social media activities, it helps to have a playbook. Several companies have produced such a document, ranging from a few pages to more extensive tomes, and I wanted to give you some tips to preparing your own, as well as talk about best practices. More

New Analytics Dashboard for Infochimps.com

New Analytics Dashboard for Infochimps.com

This morning the Big Data online marketplace vendor Infochimps announces a new analytics dashboard for their services called Dashpot.

Dashpot lets users configure their dashboard with exactly the information they need. For example, users can visualize their data in the form of line graphs, heat maps, geographic maps, counters, pie charts, or lists. You can also customize with selects, filters and sorts, to let users setup drilldowns for zooming in and out on their data, too.This lets users of different types and skill levels create multiple views depending on who is interacting with a given dashboard, and also specify what information each view should show. More

5 Things the Experts Say You Need to Know About the Facebook-Instagram Merger

5 Things the Experts Say You Need to Know About the Facebook-Instagram Merger

Depending on which hastily pasted-together analysis you believe, Facebook's $1 billion acquisition Monday is reason enough to close your Instagram account, and Facebook is going to ruin Instagram. We're not buying it, so instead we spent Monday interviewing a dozen experts for their thoughts and opinions on the deal. More

Life After Death of the Check-In

Life After Death of the Check-In

The first generation of location-based apps has fallen short. Most consumers don't even know location apps exist, and only a tiny minority actually use them. Today's apps focus on benefits for businesses, like being discovered by nearby shoppers, but they've failed to stir customers. Can next-generation companies like Geoloqi show us why location is valuable? More

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