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10 Awesome Uses Of The New Facebook Profiles Page

[credit provider=”Quora” url=”http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-examples-of-creative-new-Facebook-Profiles”] Earlier this month, Facebook redesigned its profile pages giving greater emphasis to photos.A few creative people on Facebook are taking advantage of the row of photos that runs along the top to spruce up their pages.
10 Awesome Uses Of The New Facebook Profiles Page
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The Truth About Chrome OS: It’s A Waste Of Time

[credit provider=”Reuters”] At Google’s Chrome OS unveiling last week, CEO Eric Schmidt explained that he never wanted to be in the browser or OS business, and repeatedly tried to talk cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin out of it. They simply routed around him, hired a team, and started working […]
The Truth About Chrome OS: It’s A Waste Of Time
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How To Save An Hour By Building Your Resume With LinkedIn

[credit provider=”Douwe-Jan Rozema”] LinkedIn launched a new tool last week that lets you use your profile to create a professional resume.The feature works great, and if you keep your LinkedIn profile updated, you’ll have a new resume in no time. Once you’re done you can export the file to a […]
How To Save An Hour By Building Your Resume With LinkedIn
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Here’s The Awesome TV Box You Can’t Buy

Imagine you could plug a box to your TV and get the things you get out of all your boxes now. Broadband internet, countless TV channels and free unlimited phonecalls, of course. Internet-enabled TV, with a full browser. An app store for games that look better than Wii games, controlled […]
Here’s The Awesome TV Box You Can’t Buy
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Yahoo Layoffs: Complete Coverage

[credit provider=”Flickr/Yodel Anecdotal” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/yodelanecdotal/3196736177/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Yahoo is planning on letting 650-700 employees go today.It’s miserable news for the people that will be let go. To make it a slightly more cheerful event, we’re presenting this post as a board for Yahoos to talk about what’s happening.
Yahoo Layoffs: Complete Coverage
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Softbank CEO Explains Why Yahoo Is A Mess

[credit provider=”yahoo.com”] Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank, which owns a big chunk of Yahoo Japan, weighed in on Yahoo with Andrew Ross Sorkin at DealBook.His assessment was harsh.
Softbank CEO Explains Why Yahoo Is A Mess
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Carol Bartz Has A Year To “Shake Up” Yahoo, Or She Loses Her Job

[credit provider=”Flickr/Yodel Anecdotal” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/yodelanecdotal/3196736177/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] The Carol Bartz countdown has officially begun.Andrew Ross Sorkin writes in DealBook, “the betting line is that Ms. Bartz has no more than a year before she must shake up Yahoo or lose her job.”
Carol Bartz Has A Year To “Shake Up” Yahoo, Or She Loses Her Job
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Check Out This Cool visualisation Of Facebook Users

This is really cool. A Facebook intern (!) took the location and friendship data of Facebook users and put it all on a canvas. You end up with a global map of Facebook users and their connections. You can clearly see continents and even national borders.
Check Out This Cool visualisation Of Facebook Users
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Gawker Hackers Speak!

Gnosis, the group of hackers responsible for the thorough hacking of Gawker Media, recently gave an interview to Geekosystem and TheNextWeb.
Gawker Hackers Speak!
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$500 Million Dating Site Meetic Can’t Find Buyer

Meetic is the number one dating site in Europe, publicly traded with revenues close to $200 million and a market cap of $500 million. Marc Simoncini, the Founder and CEO, had put the company up for sale a few months ago with a price tag above $670 million. One of […]
$500 Million Dating Site Meetic Can’t Find Buyer
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Google Offers To Help Your Parents Use Their Computer

Google has a condescending new Web site that lets users create a canned e-mail message for their parents with links to 30 instructional videos on how to perform simple computing tasks like copying and pasting, sharing photos, and changing the clock.
Google Offers To Help Your Parents Use Their Computer
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Microsoft Finally Comes Out Against Google Travel Deal

When Google announced its plan to buy flight information provider ITA this summer, Microsoft quietly complained to the Justice Department, but stayed largely behind the scenes for fear that regulators would view the opposition as just another scrap in the ongoing battle between the companies.
Microsoft Finally Comes Out Against Google Travel Deal
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Here’s How Twitter Makes A Difference In The Real World

Twitter gets tons of hype, but at the same time it gets tons of bad press. Plenty of people — mostly, people who haven’t used it — still believe it to be a place made for shallow, fleeting moments. The place where you tweet “what you had for breakfast.” Certainly […]
Here’s How Twitter Makes A Difference In The Real World
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Four Customer Service Lessons From Steve Jobs’ Outbox

Apple fans are downright obsessed with the company, its products, and Steve Jobs.  When a customer receives an email from the mighty Jobs, it completely rocks their world. There are entire websites, like EmailsFromSteveJobs.com, dedicated to such customer experiences. Few CEOs are as celebrated as Jobs, but it always goes […]
Four Customer Service Lessons From Steve Jobs’ Outbox
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Gawker.com Hacked! (Yes, Again)

As a follow-on to the Gawker hacking that just surfaced, it now appears that Gawker.com, i.e. the Gawker website, as opposed to the Gawker Media database of comments and commenter information, has been hacked.
Gawker.com Hacked! (Yes, Again)
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GAWKER HACKED!

The database that holds the usernames, emails and passwords of commenters on Gawker.com and sister sites Lifehacker and Gizmodo appears to have been hacked. A hacker or group of hackers says they have all of them and will release them. Gawker has admitted to a security breach but says passwords […]
GAWKER HACKED!
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Here Are The REAL Sex Charges Against Julian Assange

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Julian_Assange_20091117_Copenhagen_2_cropped_to_shoulders.jpg”] There’s been plenty of confusion around the sex crimes that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been accused of.Part of it is the fact that it’s actually two women who pressed charges relating to two different incidents. Part of it are the circumstances around the events and […]
Here Are The REAL Sex Charges Against Julian Assange
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Facebook’s Plan To Take Over The Web Is Working

Facebook‘s efforts to expand its web presence beyond its own site are going incredibly well. While the growth of Facebook.com traffic has slowed in recent months, interaction with Facebook from elsewhere, through Connect, Like buttons, and other social plugins is taking off.
Facebook’s Plan To Take Over The Web Is Working
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Here’s Why Groupon Was Brilliant To Turn Down Google’s $6 Billion Offer

[credit provider=”Dan Frommer, Business Insider”] Groupon, the fastest-growing web company on the planet, reportedly turned down a $6 billion buyout offer from Google late last week.Sounds crazy, right? For most two-year-old companies, the idea of getting a $6 billion offer — never mind turning it down — is a wild […]
Here’s Why Groupon Was Brilliant To Turn Down Google’s $6 Billion Offer
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10 Things We Love And Hate About Google’s Chrome Notebook

[credit provider=”Matt Rosoff”] Google’s prototype Chrome OS notebook, the Cr-48, arrived on my doorstep yesterday afternoon, and I spent a couple hours last night putting it through its paces.My initial impressions: Chrome set out to solve some of the most annoying problems of Windows, like taking forever to start up […]
10 Things We Love And Hate About Google’s Chrome Notebook
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Here’s Why DST Won’t Invest In Twitter

Twitter is doing really well. The company can’t stop adding users, and its revenue generating products look very promising. It is currently rumoured to be raising money at a $4 billion valuation.And DST is, of course, the Russian investment fund that recently went public and bought big stakes in hot, […]
Here’s Why DST Won’t Invest In Twitter
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Facebook Is PBS, And That’s Why The Big Ad Dollars Aren’t Shifting Online

[credit provider=”Business Insider “] At our Ignition conference last week, Jack Wakshlag, chief of research for Turner networks, said Facebook’s audience is not that big when you put in the context of TV audiences.He says CBS’s average audience is five times the size of Facebook. If Facebook were a TV […]
Facebook Is PBS, And That’s Why The Big Ad Dollars Aren’t Shifting Online
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Mega-Fund Andreessen Horowitz Is Looking For $100 Million Deals

Marc Andreessen, founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, which now has over a billion dollars under management, just gave an interview to PEHub’s Connie Loizos. Andreessen says with their new $650 million fund they’ve expanded their investment range from $50,000 to $50 million to from $10,000 to $100 million.
Mega-Fund Andreessen Horowitz Is Looking For $100 Million Deals
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DST Invested Over $500 Million In Facebook

Digital Sky Technologies, a.k.a. Mail.ru, is the Russian investment fund that bought big stakes at then-high valuations in hot startups like Facebook, Zynga and Groupon, and recently went public in London. DST Partner Alexander Tamas was on stage at Le Web today and said they had invested $500 million overall.Because […]
DST Invested Over $500 Million In Facebook
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Here’s What We Learned About Yammer*

At LeWeb, we sat down with a high-level exec at the hot enterprise social networking startup Yammer. Yammer got started at the end of 2008 as “Twitter for the enterprise” and recently became a full fledged enterprise social network and raised a $25 million Series B round.
Here’s What We Learned About Yammer*
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Here’s How Lousy The Blog Hosting Business Is: WordPress Company Revenue Only About $10 Million A Year

[credit provider=”Matt Mullenweg” url=”http://ma.tt/2009/10/elissas-wedding/mcm_7018-3/”] WordPress is arguably the best free blogging platform on the planet, and founder Matt Mullenweg should be commended for all the open-source and for-the-greater-good initiatives that WordPress parent company Automattic has done.But wow, given the magnitude of WordPress — and its dominance in the market — […]
Here’s How Lousy The Blog Hosting Business Is: WordPress Company Revenue Only About $10 Million A Year
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10 Burning Questions About Google’s New Chrome OS

[credit provider=”AP”] Google first announced Chrome OS in September 2008, and on Tuesday the company revealed a few more tantalising details, including the first prototype Chrome netbook, which will be shipping to reviewers in the next couple of weeks.But a lot of questions still remain unanswered.
10 Burning Questions About Google’s New Chrome OS
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Google AdSense Creator: Why I Would Not Start A New Company Inside Google

[credit provider=”Flickr/Esther Dyson” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/edyson/3570594465/lightbox/#/photos/edyson/3570594465/”] There’s been a lot of talk lately about google losing key employees to Facebook, startups, or just leaving to start their own company.Yesterday we talked with an employee who fits that last category, and we asked him why he left.
Google AdSense Creator: Why I Would Not Start A New Company Inside Google
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Exchange Server Down? Gmail Will Fill In Until It’s Back Up

[credit provider=”Flickr, quinn.anya” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/2477648616/sizes/l/”] A new service from Postini, the email services company that Google acquired in 2007, will let companies back up their Microsoft Exchange email servers with Gmail.The service goes by the unglamorous name of Google Email Continuity, and it sits between a company’s on-premises Exchange server and […]
Exchange Server Down? Gmail Will Fill In Until It’s Back Up
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One Solution To Piracy: Give Music Away With Internet Access

[credit provider=”Eircom”] Streaming music services are plagued by a basic economic problem: it costs more to licence music than they can earn from advertising, and not enough people are yet willing to pay for a subscription.Spotify has managed to use the freemium model to gather 750,000 paying subscribers and is […]
One Solution To Piracy: Give Music Away With Internet Access
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Google’s Marissa Mayer Hints Google Might Still Buy Groupon

[credit provider=”Flickr/Earcos” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/earcos/4172625907/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] Google’s Marissa Mayer was on stage at LeWeb yesterday and was asked about Google’s aborted acquisition of Groupon.While refusing to comment specifically, she did say that “the larger the company, the more complicated the deal is” and the longer it takes.
Google’s Marissa Mayer Hints Google Might Still Buy Groupon
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Google Adsense Creator Lands $25 Million Round From Andreessen Horowitz, Index For New Startup, Factual

[credit provider=”Flickr/Esther Dyson” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/edyson/4048162589/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Andreessen Horowitz and Index Ventures have co-led a $25 million round in Factual, a data startup.Factual is founded by Gil Elbaz, who is the co-founder of Applied Semantics, which Google acquired in 2003, and used for its multi-billion dollar AdSense product.
Google Adsense Creator Lands $25 Million Round From Andreessen Horowitz, Index For New Startup, Factual
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Yahoo Local Comes To Neighborhoods

[credit provider=”screenshot”] Yahoo has officially unveiled a new version of Yahoo Local that contains news, events, and deals for specific city neighborhoods.The service has been quietly testing for a few weeks, but Yahoo is finally calling attention to it today. The company also launched a mobile version of the service, […]
Yahoo Local Comes To Neighborhoods
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The First 10 Free Google Chrome OS Apps You Should Download

[credit provider=”google.com”] Google unveiled its Chrome OS yesterday, along with an app store loaded with tools, games, and news services for free or on the cheap.If you already use the Chrome web browser, you can start downloading apps now before notebooks running Chrome OS are released to the public. Click […]
The First 10 Free Google Chrome OS Apps You Should Download
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Why Groupon Said No To Google’s $6 Billion

[credit provider=”Dan Frommer, Business Insider”] Each and every Groupon board member stood to gain millions, hundreds of millions, or even more than a billion dollars by accepting Google’s $6 billion offer to acquire the company.Groupon cofounders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky might have made as much as $600 million and […]
Why Groupon Said No To Google’s $6 Billion
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Intel Steps Up Urgency On Tablet Battle While Microsoft Waits

[credit provider=”Dell Vlog” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr78DvvYK6w&feature=player_embedded”] Chipmaker Intel has formed a special group devoted to tablets and netbooks, reports the New York Times. That makes a lot of sense: Intel CEO Paul Otellini acknowledged during the company’s last earnings call that tablets are going to affect Intel’s business, and he understands that […]
Intel Steps Up Urgency On Tablet Battle While Microsoft Waits
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Yammer Comes In Several Languages, Opens The Rest To Crowdsourcing

We just met with Yammer VP of marketing Steve Apfelberg here at Le Web. Today Yammer are announcing that they’re adding new languages to the network — and crowdsourcing the rest. Yammer is the enterprise social networking app that launched as “Twitter for enterprise” and is now more like “Facebook […]
Yammer Comes In Several Languages, Opens The Rest To Crowdsourcing
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Salesforce.com Buys Heroku For $212 Million

[credit provider=”Associated Press”] Salesforce.com has just announced that they’re acquiring Heroku, a cloud platform that powers Ruby on Rails apps, for $212 million. Here’s the press release.Ruby on Rails is a really easy to use programming language/platform that tons of startups use. Heroku, meanwhile, is a cloud platform a la […]
Salesforce.com Buys Heroku For $212 Million
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LEAKED: Here’s Groupon’s Secret Copywriting Guide

[credit provider=”Dan Frommer, Business Insider”] We just found a Google Doc that seems to be an internal (but public) Groupon document that sets outs its “strategies” for achieving the “Groupon voice.” That document is their secret sauce, if you will.A big part of Groupon’s success is its editorial voice. In […]
LEAKED: Here’s Groupon’s Secret Copywriting Guide
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Is This Groupon’s Secret Sauce?

[credit provider=”Dan Frommer, Business Insider”] A big part of Groupon’s success is its editorial voice. In a market where there are so few barriers to entry, it’s important for customers to trust and love Groupon’s brand, and a big way they do that is thanks to the quirky humour of […]
Is This Groupon’s Secret Sauce?
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Coming To Internet Explorer: A Great Privacy Feature That No One Will Use

[credit provider=” teejayhanton via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/mpmb/61250873/”] Google isn’t the only company talking about the future of browsers today: Microsoft announced new privacy protection features for the next version of Internet Explorer that could make it harder for advertisers to track users across multiple sites. But it’ll only work if people […]
Coming To Internet Explorer: A Great Privacy Feature That No One Will Use
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Here’s What You Missed Last Night At Start In Paris

is the Parisian answer to the New York Tech Meetup. Each month, 5 startups get 5 minutes to demo a product to an audience, which then votes for the startups. Beforehand a guest speaker, most often an accomplished entrepreneur, speaks for 10 minutes, and afterward there’s an open mic session.
Here’s What You Missed Last Night At Start In Paris
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Morgan Stanley Goes Gaga Over Google Instant, Gives Google Big Wet Kiss

[credit provider=”Morgan Stanley”] Scott Devitt and his team at Morgan Stanley just put out a bullish note on Google, raising its price target to $730.Devitt says Google’s growth in mobile and the success of Google Instant aren’t being fully appreciated. He sees them driving growth. Here’s the bullets of the […]
Morgan Stanley Goes Gaga Over Google Instant, Gives Google Big Wet Kiss
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IT’S ALIVE: Google Wave Will Live On As Apache Wave

[credit provider=”wikimedia” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Great_Wave_off_Kanagawa.jpg”] The Apache Foundation, the non-profit that supports the open source server software Apache, will take Google Wave into its “incubator program,” Google announced in a blog post.Google Wave was that next generation communications platform that was supposed to replace email, but which nobody could understand or use. […]
IT’S ALIVE: Google Wave Will Live On As Apache Wave
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Microsoft Paying Customers To Switch From Salesforce.com

Apparently Microsoft is a little more worried about its cloud position than it’s letting on. Now it’s paying customers $200 per user to switch to its cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) service, which competes directly with Salesforce.com.
Microsoft Paying Customers To Switch From Salesforce.com
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Google Opens Its eBook Store

[credit provider=”Chris Wetherell via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/massless/8182590/”] Google is launching its own eBook store long in the making today, they announced in a blog post. The store is US only right now and launches with “more than three million titles including hundreds of thousands for sale” — meaning the vast majority […]
Google Opens Its eBook Store
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10 Budget-Friendly Tips to Make Your Website Memorable

[credit provider=” Pink Sherbet Photography via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/1482848501/”] Smart people only visit and buy from credible and memorable websites. In the past, if your startup had a website presence, the company was credible by definition.In today’s world, a website is necessary but not sufficient for credibility. Dreamers and gamblers have […]
10 Budget-Friendly Tips to Make Your Website Memorable
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It’s Official: Amazon Invests $175 Million In Living Social

[credit provider=”Jeff Bezos from Steve Jurvetson via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/5129286606/”] As reported earlier today, Amazon has taken a big stake in Groupon competitor LivingSocial. The investment amounts to $175 million–larger than expected–and will give Amazon some leverage in the fast-growing daily deals market to counter Google’s expected acquisition of Groupon.LivingSocial is […]
It’s Official: Amazon Invests $175 Million In Living Social
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Google: Being Bad To Your Customers Is Bad For Business

[credit provider=”Chris Wetherell via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/massless/8182590/”] A recent article by the New York Times related a disturbing story. By treating your customers badly, one merchant told the paper, you can generate complaints and negative reviews that translate to more links to your site; which, in turn, make it more prominent […]
Google: Being Bad To Your Customers Is Bad For Business
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Axel Springer Cleared For Hostile Takeover of SeLoger.com

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Typical_Paris_Apartment.jpg”] Axel Springer, a large German multimedia conglomerate, has made a hostile 566 million euro bid for publicly-traded Groupe SeLoger, which includes SeLoger.com, the biggest real estate listings site in France, and related activities. This morning the AMF, the French securities regulator, approved the bid, which means […]
Axel Springer Cleared For Hostile Takeover of SeLoger.com
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If Net Neutrality Is Coming, So Is The End Of All-You-Can-Eat Internet Access

[credit provider=”Mouthpiece Sports” url=”http://www.mouthpiecesports.com/media/former-bear-refrigerator-perry-hospitalized-20712/”] It looks like FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and the lobbyists from Google will get their way: Net neutrality seems surer than ever, for better or for worse*.But this will likely mean the end of all-you-can-eat Internet access for consumers, and will likely lead to more expensive […]
If Net Neutrality Is Coming, So Is The End Of All-You-Can-Eat Internet Access
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Take That, Microsoft: US Agency Moves 15,000 Employees To Gmail

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/rovlls/221051486/#/”] The General Services Administration is moving all 15,000 of its employees to Gmail and Google Apps, making it the first federal agency to move all its employees to e-mail in the cloud system.Both companies have sniped back and forth about each other’s cloud solutions, and the battle […]
Take That, Microsoft: US Agency Moves 15,000 Employees To Gmail