from Commentaries:

Twitter backlash foretold

August 11, 2009

Technology market research firm Gartner Inc has published the 2009 "Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies," its effort to chart out what's hot or not at the cutting edge of hi-tech jargon. It's just one of an annual phalanx of reports that handicap some 1,650 technologies or trends in 79 different categories for how likely the terms are to make it into mainstream corporate parlance.

Social gaming startup eyes big opportunity

August 7, 2009

Social gaming startups, which offer free-to-play games on sites like Facebook and MySpace, have been all the rage, scooping up funding from the venture capital community and nabbing executives from traditional gaming outfits. The hoopla seems warranted given the meteoric growth many expect to see in the space over the next few years.

Twitter + Georgian blogger + South Ossetia = Hack Attack

August 7, 2009

If you were miffed at not being able to tweet your innermost thoughts and random musings to your followers yesterday, or post that smartypants comment on a friend’s Facebook status update, blame politics. Turns out the reason why Twitter was knocked down for hours, while Facebook users had trouble logging in and posting to their profiles on Thursday was a Georgian blogger who uses both services.

Hack attack spares MySpace injury, but not insult

August 6, 2009

MySpace.com dodged a bullet on Thursday, but in the process the social networking site may have gotten a stinging slap in the face instead.

Cracked Macs rankle Apple customers

August 6, 2009

Apple isn’t going out of its way to publicize the problem, but the Sydney Morning Herald has reported that cracked Macbooks are troubling users. Underscoring that, a Flickr site carries pictures of more than 200 cracked Macs, posted by the owners, along with their commentary.

Tweeting hits high note with Fortune 100

July 30, 2009

(Reporting and Writing by Laura Isensee)

    Still not sure about Twitter?
   More than half of Fortune 100 companies are using the wildly popular micro-blogging site, according to a new study, adding to growing buzz in the business world that Twitter hopes to convert into revenue this year.
   

Ex-Facebookers could lose out on stock sale

July 24, 2009

Facebook shareholders got the long-awaited gift of liquidity last week when Russia’s Digital Sky Technologies began buying up to $100 million of Facebook common stock from current and former employees.

from Shop Talk:

Starbucks now most popular brand on Facebook

July 23, 2009

MARKETS-STOCKS/The popular social networking website has a new champion among its brands: Starbucks.

Tuesday media highlights

July 15, 2009

Here are some of the day’s top stories in the media industry:

Verizon Planning Its Own App Store (Business Insider)
Preethi Dumpala writes: “The main idea: Verizon wants to be the company connecting its customers with apps — not necessarily its handset partners. And it wants to avoid becoming an even dumber pipe. Depending on how it’s set up, this could clash with gadget makers’ plans.”

Shock! Offices lose productivity to Facebook -study

July 13, 2009

We think you saw this one coming: Employers are losing a whopping 1.5 workers per 100 in employee productivity to the social networking phenomenon that is Facebook.