What are the next big trends in broadband?

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The rise of real-time marketing: LocalResponse revenue in January equalled all of 2011

Companies are increasingly looking to tap into the real time nature of the social web and respond directly to customers based on their location and intent. New York’s LocalResponse was one of the the first to turn check-ins into an opportunity for direct marketing. Today its rolling out its Pro Dashboard, an analytical tool the company was using in house.

AMD pumps extreme performance into mid-range computers with 1-gigahertz Cape Verde graphics chips

Advanced Micro Devices is rolling out new graphics chips today that will bring screaming performance to the mid-range of the gamer PC market. The new AMD Radeon HD 7700 series (code-named Cape Verde) has a lot of the same technology as AMD’s code-named Tahiti graphics chip, which debuted in December as the world’s fastest graphics chip. But the 1-gigahertz-capable 7700 chips will be built into graphics add-on cards that cost only $99 to $199.

Your address book is mine: Many iPhone apps take your data

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Yelp, and Gowalla are among a smattering of iOS applications that have been sending the actual names, email addresses and/or phone numbers from your device’s internal address book to their servers, VentureBeat has learned. Several do so without first asking permission, and Instagram and Foursquare only added permissions prompts after the Path flare-up.