Category Archives: News

Riding the Web

By DAVID CARR When the consumer Web exploded in the mid-1990s, part of the promise was that it would transform careers and the concept of work. Remember the signs on telephone poles and banners all over the Internet? “Work at home and turn your computer into a cash register! Ask...
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Sales up 5% in November

Associated Press Spending by holiday shoppers trumped Superstorm Sandy’s impact on small businesses in November. A report Wednesday from MasterCard Advisors and Wells Fargo shows that shoppers spent 5.2 percent more at small retailers in November than they did last year. Small businesses even fared better than the industry at...
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Nothing In The Stocking For Groupon

Oliver St. John, USA Today This holiday season, small retailers are leaving Groupon off their lists as far as sales strategy goes. This shopping season is the biggest one of the year, and small businesses often rely on sales made during this period to bring them into the black as...
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UN internet regulation treaty talks begin in Dubai

By Leo Kelion Government regulators from 193 countries are in Dubai to revise a wide-ranging communications treaty. Google has warned the event threatened the “open internet”, while the EU said the current system worked, adding: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But the agency said action was needed to...
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Texting Facts: 20 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About The SMS

The Huffington Post  |  By Betsy Isaacson Texting turned 20 on Monday. That’s right: SMS (Short Messaging Service), which we still use to relay our OMGs and LOLs, is older than Justin Bieber. Developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, an organization that grew to regulate the burgeoning mobile phone...
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Congress urges Obama to fight UN Internet regulation

By Brendan Sasso The Senate unanimously approved a resolution on Saturday urging the Obama administration to fight efforts to give a United Nations agency more control over the Internet. The House passed its own version of the resolution in August. Proposals to give the U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more...
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Is Microsoft forgetting what it knows about security process?

By Mary Branscombe for 500 words into the future It’s been an interesting week for foot-in-mouth in the tech industry, starting with Nokia suffering from the difference between TV ads and internet promotion. With TV ads, simulated footage of what phones deliver is perfectly common, with a label so small...
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Florida firm is source of Apple data in breach

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press A Florida company said Monday that the database of Apple device information that hackers stole and posted on the Internet last week came from a file the firm had in its computer system. The disclosure comes nearly a week after a hacker group, which...
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German privacy advocates give Facebook an ultimatum on app center

Reuters FRANKFURT/BERLIN — Germany’s biggest consumer lobby group believes Facebook is violating privacy laws with its new app center and has set a deadline for the social network operator to fix it, or potentially face legal action. The German federation of consumer organizations said on Monday the social network was...
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Open Data Standard for the Web Takes a Step Forward

By Josette Rigsby If you have ever thought, “If I was defining standards, I would have never done it that way.” Here is your chance. Open standards organization the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) announced it is accepting participants for its newly created technical committee, the...
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