Archenemies Amazon and eBay have come to blows and are now embroiling offline merchants in their ongoing battle of e-commerce one-upmanship.
stories by Jennifer Van Grove
Does posting thousands of threatening messages to Twitter targeted at single person constitute online stalking? Legally, the answer is now officially no.
Netbooks, once the cheap portables spotted at coffee shops everywhere, have become so uncool that they are near extinction. Case in point: Dell is saying sayonara to its consumer netbook business.
Parents: I hope you bought your teen an unlimited texting and data plan to go with that new cell phone, otherwise you’re in for a scary surprise come bill time.
Fresh air, green grass and the sound of birds chirping: These are the joys of the outdoors — or, they used to be. Now it’s more likely that you’ll hear the tap-tapping of laptop keyboards and the “ping” of iPhone notifications, as New York City residents and visitors alike have traded in Mother Nature for free Wi-Fi at parks across the five boroughs.
Quick, name one thing that Google+ does better than Facebook? The answer is Google+ hangouts, a Skype-like group video chat (and broadcast) feature. Wednesday, the search giant released a number of improvements to make its most-prized social possession more striking.
A suicide prevention program is only as effective as its ability to reach people in times of crisis. Facebook, in partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, has introduced features to encourage its users to confidentially report suicidal comments when and where they’re most likely to see them — on Facebook.
Facebook, not content with its sizable chunk of the online display ad pie, could go mobile with its ad platform by the end of March. The company is already projected to take home 20 percent of all online ad revenues next year.
Steve Jobs may have tried to invoke his infamous reality distortion field when he hawked iAd, Apple’s attempt to reinvent the mobile advertisement, but marketers aren’t buying it — literally.
App makers, how do get your mobile app on your Facebook Page? Mixed Media Labs, the startup that aims to be the friend of every mobile developer, has an answer in its latest feature: the App.net Facebook tab.
“The stream is the next big problem after the cloud,” Nova Spivack, co-founder of Bottlenose, told VentureBeat.
Wikipedia, the web’s edit-friendly encyclopedia, is considering drastic action to get the government to back down from passing the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), a bill that opponents consider the equivalent of legalizing web censorship.
Facebook is the most popular Android application — excluding the Android Market app — among Android owners 18 and up. Roughly 80 percent of device owners ages 18-to-34 have used the Facebook app within the past 30 days, according to new research released by analytics firm Nielsen.
It’s almost that time of year when we take off from work to celebrate the holidays. Of course, year-after-year we quickly realize that we’re left with far too much time to spend with family, and so we take a trip down the street to see what’s playing at the local cinema.
Republican presidential hopefuls will square off Saturday night at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Conversations about the debate are sure to trickle over onto the social web, and ABC News, which is broadcasting and moderating the event, will gauge viewer reactions in real-time by polling them via TV-tagging application IntoNow.
The most talked about smartphone on the web from July to December was none other than Apple’s iPhone 4S.
Twitter is good in (em)bed
Oh Google, your aptly named new product Schemer doesn’t have us fooled. We know you’re calling it a new way to discover things to do, but we see this for what it really is — an assault against Foursquare and the company’s hold over quality location-based content, city tips and to-dos.
Publishers, rejoice. Facebook has just gifted you and your reporters with an early Christmas present packaged in a powerful new tool called the Subscribe button.
What’s for dessert? Turn to three month-old Ness for the answer, and its lovely-looking iPhone app will find you the best nearby spots, suited to your exact tastes. Today the application received its first update, and it now further personalizes and socializes the food discovery process.
Remember those stream-of-conscious tweets you posted about NeNe’s bad behavior in the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. It turns out that those updates amount to a whole lot more than pointless banter, according to analytics firm Nielsen, which has found a link between between social buzz and ratings.
Facebook is slowly introducing its anxiously-awaited radical redo of the standard user profile, otherwise known as Timeline, by rolling out and testing the feature in New Zealand, the company announced Tuesday.
Congratulations, you’ve just made a new network connection on LinkedIn. Now what?
Google’s Android Market has exceeded 10 billion application downloads, with users now downloading at a rate of one billion apps per month, the company announced Tuesday.
Thirty percent of online adults in the U.S. are familiar with geolocation applications, but less than six percent of online adults use these apps, and only two percent use them once a week or more, according to new data from research company Forrester.
The Starbucks brand may be synonymous with pricey lattes, but the coffee conglomerate has pushed a number of mobile initiatives in 2011 to make its name also stand for digital innovation.
Hulu and Netflix are embroiled in a melee over digital content rights to the most popular TV shows. Friday, Hulu landed a blow by announcing that it is now the exclusive digital syndication partner for the Emmy award-winning television comedy series Community.
iPads have taken over the boardroom, and corporate CEOs and their egos are to thank for the somewhat surprising trend. At least, that’s the consensus among a panel of cloud computing and enterprise experts who gathered to discuss the reality and implications of mobile devices infiltrating the office.
Mike Abbott, the former vice president of engineering who flew the Twitter coop in mid October, has joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner and is now a part of the illustrious venture capital firm’s digital team.