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Stuxnet Debate Continues: How Should Cyberweapons Be Used?

When the revealing news regarding the Stuxnet computer worm came out, much controversy pursued as a result. David Sanger of the New York Times exposed the information as part of the much larger U.S. “Olympic Games” initiative and has now even written a book on it. Since that time, information regarding another form of malware called Flame has also been …

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If You’re Trying to Meet Real Goals, New Tool Goalee Could Help

With so many new social services rising up, it’s hard to keep them all straight, let alone, take the time to try each of them out. However, one new social service takes a little different approach by aggregating data from existing social networks and utilizing it in a way that helps individuals meet real goals. The tool is called Goalee …

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Who Will Win the Social Search Engine War? Facebook, Google, Or Someone Else?

The search industry has witnessed multiple changes over the past couple of years. Among the most notable changes are social, mobile, and local being integrated into search results. While each of these play a big role in the search evolution that has occurred, I think it’s fair to say that social tops the list. How has social media influenced your …

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The Secret to ‘Monetizing Online Forums’

With all the social media hype around Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, online forums are not usually at the top of the list. Ironically though, they are at the very root of social media. They may not get as much attention as some other sites, but they play a very important role in both the social Web and the entire Internet. …

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What If Your Smartphone Could Detect Your Behavior – Cool or Freaky?

As technology has advanced and smartphones have become ubiquitous, we’ve seen the rise of some very interesting applications. Many of these apps make our lives easier, help us make decisions, and even offer up some fun and games. At SXSW this year, we saw an especially big emergence of “social discovery” apps that essentially allow users to find friends, colleagues, …

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Could “Bad Ads” Destroy the Web’s Revenue Model?

It’s no secret that most consumers aren’t exactly fond of online ads, especially pop-up ones. While there are some very “bad ads” that could result in serious damage to consumers, a lot of online advertisements are perfectly safe and actually have a lot of benefits. In fact, online advertising is the Internet’s #1 source of revenue. It is for this …

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The U.N.’s War on the Internet: Could the Web Lose?

A lot of speculation has been floating around about a proposal from the United Nations that could impose a global Internet tax on the world’s largest content providers. Based on leaked documents from the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) that are being made available at WCITleaks.org, the speculation is, in fact, true. Although the language is vague, the documents …

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Does Facebook Have What It Takes to Succeed in Advertising?

Can Facebook build a strong revenue model out of its advertising platform? This is the big question that a lot of people are asking of late, especially given the social giant’s IPO fiasco. With its more than 900 million users, it’s clear that consumers are fond of the service. However, the question of how Facebook can monetize all these users is the big concern now, especially since it must deal with Wall Street and investors.

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Could Songza Kill Pandora and Even Spotify?

Although Songza has been around since 2007, the Internet radio service is gaining a lot of attention of late for the tremendous growth it has been receiving. It recently became the #1 free app on iTunes for the iPad and the #2 free app for the iPhone. What’s more, Songza integrated its mobile and Web apps with Facebook’s Open Graph …

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Startup Act 2.0: Is Immigration Reform Vital in Moving Innovation Forward?

With the economy weighing heavy on everyone’s mind this election season, legislators are hoping it will help them pass a new initiative. The bill is called Startup Act 2.0 and is designed to spark new businesses and jobs. What does the U.S. need to spur the economy? Is legislation geared toward startups the answer? We’d love to hear your take …

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Blogger Reality Steve Settles With ABC, Says Spoilers Will Continue

Are you a fan of the hit ABC shows Bachelor, Bachelorette, or Bachelor Pad? If so, you’re more than likely aware of Steve Carbone, AKA Reality Steve, the popular blogger who provides exclusive details and spoilers about the shows and their contestants. Despite his fame among his fans, the production companies behind these shows do not share the same feelings. …

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Is Social Media Hurting Our Culture?

With Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other popular social websites woven into both our personal and business lives, it is clear that society has become dependent on social media. Technology companies and marketers are, of course, advocating this dependence since it opens up more opportunities for them. Privacy activists, on the other hand, have touted that concerns exist, but the majority …

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