Solving the Insolvable Problem of Information Overload

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Every now and then, a debate will pop up in the Blogosphere/Twitterverse about whether or not RSS is dead. One such debate has been raging this week, and has even got some high profile tech bloggers bickering in an embarrassingly public manner (name-calling and all).  Do you think RSS is "dead"? Tell us why or why not.  Plenty of people …

MySpace Issues User Data Protection Update

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New features, celebrity endorsements, and a redesign can only get a site so far.  More than ever, users want to know their private information is safe.  So this week, MySpace issued a clear statement to the effect that the social network is protecting users’ data. Remember the big third-party-apps-are-leaking-data-to-advertisers scare in October?  MySpace responded to it by making some promises, …

Twitter Analytics is Available for All, Starting Today

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Twitter Analytics is ahead of schedule and is available for all advertisers starting today. The new analytics offers in-depth analysis on both paid and unpaid activity on Twitter in two layers – (1) Promoted Twitter Products and (2) Timeline Activity. In other words, Twitter Analytics is deeply integrated with its ad products such as Product Tweets and […] Related posts: …

Twitter to Provide Analytics Tools

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Currently, there are many third-party applications out there that provide analytics to allow you to check out how influential a Twitter handle is, namely TweetGrade, Twitalyzer and TweetStats. Expected to launch by the end of 2010, Twitter will also provide users real-time analytics and data so users can find out which of their tweets […] Related posts: Know Your Numbers: …

Twitter Launches Its Official Android App

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Just weeks after launching an official BlackBerry app and acquiring Tweetie (which will become Twitter for iPhone), Twitter is out with another mobile application built in-house, this time for Google Android. The app is available immediately in the Android Market. Twitter’s Leland Rechis describes it on the company’s official blog, writing, “Reading tweets is easy in a bunch of places …

Steve Jobs: Flash Is No Longer Necessary

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Steve Jobs has just posted a long open letter on Flash, listing all the reasons why Apple has decided not to support it on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The letter is a clear, sober, in-depth view in all of Flash’s defects from Apple’s point of view, and while we’re sure it will be dissected over and over again …

Twitter Launches Countdown to OAuthcalypse

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In 9 weeks, 3 days and some change, Twitter will turn off basic authentication for apps, making OAuth the only way to connect to Twitter applications. The Twitter API team has even launched a countdown to what it calls “OAuthcalypse.” Currently, there are two ways to connect to apps: basic authentication, where you provide your username and password to a …

The Multi-Billion Dollar Question: Will Users Click on Twitter Ads?

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It’s official: Twitter’s advertising platform launches in the next 24 hours. The much-anticipated Twitter business model will begin appearing in search results in the afternoon, with ads on Twitter.com and within third-party apps to follow. The launch of the new ad platform, known as Promoted Tweets, isn’t a surprise — like any other company, Twitter has to make money from …

Gmail Adds OAuth Support for Safer 3rd Party Sign-ins

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Google announced the addition of OAuth support in Gmail in a blog post today, which is a highly positive move that allows you to give third party applications access to the contents on your email without having to give them your password. You may be familiar with the term from Twitter, who added OAuth support back in April of last …

Google Apps Marketplace: 6 Great Apps to Try Now

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Last night at its Campfire One event, Google officially launched the Google Apps Marketplace. The Google Apps Marketplace offers third-party developers and services a way to integrate directly with the Google Apps platform and sell that integration at whatever price point they choose. This is a huge win for the cloud because it finally allows other cloud services to tap …

Do iPhone Apps Really Look Good on iPad’s Screen?

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John Gruber of Daring Fireball has an interesting story about the absence of certain iPhone apps – Stocks, Calculator, Clock, Weather, Voice Memos – on the iPad. It seems that these apps, when scaled up to iPad’s bigger screen, simply didn’t look good enough to Steve Jobs, so he decided to scrap them. Writes Gruber: “Ends up that just blowing …

Hundreds of Twitter Accounts Hacked [WARNING]

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It seems hundreds of Twitter accounts have started to Tweet out “weight loss” product spam today. Specifically, users who have had their accounts hijacked are Tweeting the message “I lost 20 lbs in 2 weeks!” and links to diet sites. Our source counts over 200 rogue tweets so far tonight. It’s not just new users getting caught out: famous tech …