All about the plastic: Swipely follows Blippy into social shopping

May 11, 2010

What do you get when you combine shopping and social media?

The answer, it seems, is the latest craze among tech investors.

On Tuesday, Swipely announced $7.5 million in Series A funding and the launch of a service that publishes info about person’s credit card purchases to groups of friends.

Google’s Facelift: Meet the new “nav-bar”

May 5, 2010

Google’s Web search engine is getting a bit of a facelift.

The company said on Wednesday that Web surfers will begin to see a new column of tools running down the left side of all their search results, as well as a slightly new look for Google’s famous multicolor logo (the shadows on the Google logo will be less pronounced).

Meebo enlists Google, Microsoft in new social networking standard

April 19, 2010

With social networking services booming, website operators are increasingly looking for ways to make their sites play well in the social world.

In Tweets, paid search pioneer Bill Gross sees another goldmine

April 12, 2010

Like an ancient riddle, the secret to making money from Internet social media has obsessed, and frustrated, Web entrepreneurs for years.

from The Great Debate UK:

Rory Cellan-Jones on virtual democracy

March 17, 2010

Direct, real-time communication among politicians and the public through social media platforms is reshaping democracy and the news media, but questions remain about how the fabric of society might change as a result, argued a panel at an event hosted by the BBC on Tuesday evening at Westminster.

Twitter wants to be @anywhere

March 15, 2010

Twitter announced a new service on Monday for embedding its functionality into other websites. Called @anywhere, the technology gives websites tools for letting users follow Twitter feeds or share media.

Google walks into privacy Buzz-saw

February 12, 2010

Google touted its 176 million Gmail users as a key advantage in its latest attempt to break into the red-hot social networking market, dominated by the likes of Facebook and Twitter. But email may turn out to be Google’s Achilles heel.

from The Great Debate UK:

Are publication bans outdated in the Internet era?

January 25, 2010

IMG01299-20100115-2004The debate over freedom of expression and the impact of social networking on democratic rights in the courts is in focus in Canada after a Facebook group became the centre of controversy when it may have violated a publication ban.

Bill Gates late to Twitter party

January 21, 2010

Bill Gates may have been one of the prime movers in the computer age, but now he’s  just another middle-aged late adopter.

Twitter’s price for Tweets: $25 million

December 21, 2009

The last time the world had a look at Twitter’s financial books, the company was targeting a meager $400,000 in revenue for the third quarter of 2009 and $4 million in the fourth quarter.