Facebook’s passive-aggressive friendship

May 16, 2012

We are witnessing a fascinating changing-of-the-guard moment in tech. The old Internet, represented this week by once-mighty Yahoo, is fumbling with another leadership crisis it must solve before it can even think about restoring some semblance of relevance. The new Internet, Facebook, is ruled by a young man in a hoodie who is on the verge of creating a massive public company that, as was the nascent Yahoo back in the early ’90s, will be an Internet darling longer on potential than track record, but running hard on an open field.

Instagram’s Facebook filter

May 11, 2012

The startup had millions of users, but, from the beginning, just one customer.

The predominant way of interpreting Facebook’s billion-dollar purchase of Instagram, in light of the social-networking giant’s forthcoming IPO, is that Mark Zuckerberg had to pick up the photo-sharing app to boost his company’s mobile engagement. That would allow him to guard the mobile flank against incursions from Google, Twitter, and whatever other social-media tools might next arise.

Copious revamps social commerce service with a new twist

April 23, 2012

Pinterest has yet to provide many details about how it intends to make money from its fast-growing image-sharing social service.

Kleiner-backed Cooliris launches new website for photo-sharing service

April 13, 2012

Another photo sharing website has come into play. But this one is not new and already has a fairly decent following in the all-important mobile space.

Unmetric gets funding to help brands gauge their social media clout

April 11, 2012

This guy probably has social media clout. How many 'likes' will he get this November?

Who’s Facebook going to buy next? Put your money on Foursquare

April 10, 2012

Facebook Director of Marketing Mike Hoefflinger announces a new "Premium on Facebook" service in New York City

Psssttt, Hey you, at Yahoo – You wanna make 25 grand?

March 15, 2012

Here’s one good thing about being a Yahoo employee: if you quit and join Yammer, a social networking service for businesses, in the next 60 days you’ll pocket a $25,000 signing bonus.

Vevo relaunches with closer Facebook ties

March 9, 2012

Vevo, the music video company, has relaunched the popular site with a more personalized, social, long-play viewing experience getting closer and further away from that MTV experience at the same time.
One of the big changes is that you can now only get the full benefits of Vevo with a Facebook login in, which allows you to create a personalized Facebook playlist and share the videos you’ve watched with your friends on Facebook.

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What real Internet censorship looks like

February 27, 2012

Lately Internet users in the U.S. have been worried about censorship, copyright legalities and data privacy. Between Twitter’s new censorship policy, the global protests over SOPA/PIPA and ACTA and the outrage over Apple’s iOS allowing apps like Path to access the address book without prior approval, these fears have certainly seemed warranted. But we should also remember that Internet users around the world face far more insidious limitations and intrusions on their Internet usage -- practices, in fact, that would horrify the average American.

Google’s unhealthy cookie habit

February 22, 2012

Google got its hand caught in the cookie jar last week — and this time it really does have some explaining to do.