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Twitter awarded patent for... Twitter

Twitter awarded patent for... Twitter

Twitter founders Jack Dorsey and Christopher "Biz" Stone have been awarded a patent which describes a platform agnostic, multi-point message broadcast system and methods. When all said and done, USPTO application 60951415 essentially describes the core of the Twitter's microblogging service…
Majority of webpages can be connected in just 19 clicks

Majority of webpages can be connected in just 19 clicks

A new report published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society says that most websites are connected in 19 clicks or less. Hungarian physicist Albert-László Barabási says the “close” connections are possible thanks to search engines, large aggregators and…
Facebook glitch temporarily breaks the web

Facebook glitch temporarily breaks the web

Yesterday, an untold number of Internet surfers experienced a glitch which abruptly redirected them from the sanctuary of their favorite websites to a Facebook error page. Websites essentially taken down by this snafu included Hulu, Lifehacker, Washington Post, ESPN, CNN,…
Weekend tech reading: Google's lost social network

Weekend tech reading: Google's lost social network

Last October, while hundreds of protesters were encamped in Zuccotti Park, a handful of people occupied a glass building in downtown Washington, D.C. Wearing sheepish grins and business-casual attire, the 99% they were not; one demonstrator said he worked for Grover Norquist...

Weekend Open Forum: Do you use social media?

Weekend Open Forum: Do you use social media?

I jumped on the social networking / media bandwagon pretty early on when MySpace was just starting to take off. I rode the social wave over to Facebook and hung around there for about seven years before finally deciding to…
Facebook bug silently tallies up extra "likes"

Facebook bug silently tallies up extra "likes"

Facebook is once again finding itself under investor scrutiny after a U.S. security researcher uncovered a flaw in its "like" system which appears to be responsible for liking sites an unintended number of times. Although Facebook has pointed to a…
Editorial: Why I Left Facebook After 7 Years, But Was Forced Back In

Editorial: Why I Left Facebook After 7 Years, But Was Forced Back In

The early days of Facebook were much different from now. The site layout and profile pages were very basic, and the young and reckless didn't have to worry about family members or employers stumbling across their questionable photos.

But as Facebook closes in on one billion active users, its overwhelming success is mostly why I've decided to end my long-standing relationship with the social network. Seven years is a long time to maintain any online account, much less one that demands almost daily attention.

Google Takeout lets users merge Google+ accounts

Google Takeout lets users merge Google+ accounts

Shortly after Google+ was introduced for Google Apps users, the company promised a migration tool which would allow those users to transfer data from their personal account to their Google Apps account. Several months have passed, but the search giant…