October 21, 2009 Just like real-world communities, online social networks are dividing up along socioeconomic lines. "You have environments in which people are divided by race, divided by class, divided by lifestyle," says social media researcher danah boyd — online communities are no different.
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October 16, 2009 IBM and Google posted better than expected results in the third quarter. It's a sign that the economy is improving.
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The "Amp Up Before You Score" app suggests pickup lines for what it calls different female types.
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October 14, 2009 PepsiCo released an iPhone app that recommends pickup lines and other ways for guys to get girls. It was designed to promote Pepsi's new energy drink, Amp. After some people were offended and complained on Twitter, PepsiCo apologized.
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October 13, 2009 Do you have clout on Twitter? Check out Klout http://klout.com and find out. Klout is a company that measures influence on the social network Twitter and sells that information to advertisers. Advertisers might then decide to give you special...
The Black Eyed Peas' single "I Gotta Feeling" received a hit score of 8.9 out 10 with Music Intelligence Solutions' new software, Hit Song Science.
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October 12, 2009 A company called Music Intelligence Solutions has released a computer program designed to predict which songs carry the greatest potential for commercial success. Using a complex series of algorithms, the software scores a song based on musical patterns that the human brain finds pleasing. Recently, the company has made it available to musicians.
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October 6, 2009 If you read blogs or use Facebook and Twitter, you might have friends who share information about coffee, toys or other products they like. Some of them may be getting paid for their endorsements. New federal rules will require bloggers and tweeters to disclose those connections.
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September 21, 2009 Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to propose new rules Monday on Network Neutrality. The new rules are designed to keep Internet providers from interfering with the free flow of information over their networks. The FCC's position has wide implications for how Americans will access the Internet in the future.
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September 19, 2009 Will the government take steps to keep Internet service providers from charging different rates for different levels of service? FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski may tip his hand when he speaks at the Brookings Institution on Monday.
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September 11, 2009 An Ikea store is the setting of an online sendup of soapy dramas, and you don't even have to assemble anything in order to watch it.
September 9, 2009 The new video game "The Beatles: Rock Band" goes on sale Wednesday. It tells the story of the band's rise to fame and eventual break up in 1970. While the Beatles are the most iconic group to have an entire high profile video game dedicated to them, they are not the first to realize that being on a video game is a way to attract younger fans.
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September 3, 2009 Amazon.com filed a brief Thursday opposing a settlement involving Google, authors and publishers over the search engine's efforts to digitize the world's books.
September 2, 2009 Google Book Search features an online repository that includes scans of more than 10 million books. But Google executives didn't ask the authors for permission, and now the company is in the midst of negotiations with authors and publishers over rights.
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September 2, 2009 Internet auction house eBay is selling control of Skype for about $2 billion. Under the deal, eBay will retain ownership of about one-third of the online telecommunications unit. Skype has more than 400 million customers who use it to make mostly international calls. Calls between Skype users are free.
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August 31, 2009 Google co-founder Sergey Brin says that users who fear losing control over their personal information are more at risk from old-fashioned paper records than from online companies like Google.
August 26, 2009 We're talking to Google co-founder Sergey Brin and want to know what questions you have for him.
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