Author Archive for: ‘Shawn Hess’

New Facebook Study Reveals Motivation Behind Facebook Visits

Published this month in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, a new Facebook study suggests personality type determines how much time you spend on the social networking site and how often you visit. At the root of the study, its authors hoped to uncover the reasons why so many users flock to the site and spend time there, or …

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Lawyer Uses Playboy Model Shera Bechard’s Genius Status to Earn Visa

Playboy’s Miss November 2010, Shera Bechard may not seem like a genius, but the United States Government has granted her a work visa based on the argument that she qualifies. Bechard, who is Canadian born, recently received her 0-1s (Genius) work visa thanks to efforts by immigration lawyer Chris Wright. While the 0-1s is typically reserved for individuals who have …

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AOL Reorganizes Operations Into Three Distinct Units

Yesterday, AOL began buying back shares of common stock, spending up to $400 million in a dutch auction style sale. Stockholders stand to receive, or have received, as much as $30 per share. Today, AOL is introducing some more changes. They are reorganizing the company, and from here on out, they will function as three distinct operating units. The three …

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Groupon Glitch Exposing Customer Emails Again

Looking back about eighteen months ago, Groupon had some issues with their email link encryption. When some Groupon users added “addx” into a Google search (exact Google search = allinurl: addx site:groupon.com) of the site, they were able to view older emails from other customers. According to Tech Crunch, the problem has resurfaced again, and as it did before, the …

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RIM’s Q1 2013 Financials and Delay of Blackberry Ten

Research in Motion just released their first quarter fiscal 2013 results for the three month period ending June 2nd. As you might have expected, the news is not great and it truly reflects their struggle to stay afloat in the extremely competitive smartphone marketplace. The big news from the release is the push back of the BlackBerry 10 release. While …

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Google Offers Offline Editing and Drive for iOS

Back in April Google introduced Drive, a safe place for us to save, share, and create all kinds of thing. Today, at the Google I/O conference they introduced a couple things we’ve all been waiting for. The first thing is Drive for iOS. Now there’s a Drive app. for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. So Apple fans can finally take …

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America’s Jobless More Likely to Die if They Have Fewer Skills

According to a new study published in the American Journal for Public Health and conducted at the University of British Columbia, unemployed Americans with minimal and medium skill sets are seven times more likely to die than highly skilled workers. The study further made comparisons between the United States and Germany and found citizens in the U.S. to be at …

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PayPal Introduces Mastercard Payment Solution

If you’re a frequent user PayPal, you’ll be happy to see that they’re making the prepaid Mastercard available at 7-Eleven stores, and other chains owned by 7-Eleven. With 110 million customers and counting, PayPal wants to entice customers to start using their accounts offline. Some advantages they’ve added to using the prepaid cards include free text message account updates, direct …

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App Engine 1.7.0 Released at Google I/O

Released today, App Engine 1.7.0 and with it they are offering both SNI and VIP based SSL, which means low cost and universal support. That’s right, developers can serve their applications via HTTPS on custom domains. Here’s the lowdown from Google’s App Engine blog: Server Name Indication (SNI): This allows multiple domains to share the same IP address while still …

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Supreme Court Upholds Obama’s Affordable Care Act

This morning the Supreme Court upheld a key component to Obama’s proposed health care law (the 2010 Affordable Care Act), stating that almost all Americans must maintain health coverage or face a penalty on their taxes. In a 5-4 decision, the court made it possible for the overhaul on health care in the U.S. to move forward as it it …

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News Corp. Board Approves Split Unanimously

The News Corp. Board of Directors unanimously approved the companies split into two separate entities last night after hearing presentations from financial advisors and chairman, Rupert Murdoch himself. The split was formally announced in a company memo this morning, and the organization’s print media and broadcast/film entities will be split becoming two separately functioning companies. Murdoch is to remain chairman …

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News Corp. Splits Publishing and Entertainment Businesses

Just two days ago, we reported News Corp., and chairman Rupert Murdoch were contemplating the idea of splitting their news and film assets from their print publication and newspaper divisions. News Corp owns 20th Century Fox film studio, Fox broadcast network and Fox News channel, in the way of television and film. As far as newspaper and print media goes, …

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