Best of the day (6/27)
Villagers with Pitchforks : Did Recession Breed the New Blogger? In December 2007, the US economy was at its worst as unemployment was at an all time high, the federal debt crisis became shockingly real, and home foreclosures were an epidemic across the nation. While the recession supposedly ended in 2009, the effects on content production remain to this day. After all, what did bloggers do when their advertising CPMs dropped to less than 75 percent of their original fetching price? They simply produced more content at a faster rate in order to drive huge traffic spikes during the height of campaigns. We attempted to feed and clothe ourselves by producing a glut of content. As the volume of news increased everyday, aggregation sites became more palatable to the mainstream consumer audience.
Three months ago, Mozilla released the long-awaited Firefox 4. Last week, the organization shipped the follow-up release: Firefox 5. Firefox 5 was the first version of the browser to be released using Mozilla's new Firefox product lifecycle , which would see a new version of the browser shipping every three months or so. The new policy has been publicized for some months, and so the release of Firefox 5 was not itself a big surprise. What has caught many off-guard is the support, or lack thereof. With the release of Firefox 5, Firefox 4—though just three months old—has been end-of-lifed. Firefox update policy: the enterprise is wrong, not Mozilla
E-Reader Ownership Doubled in 6 Months, Growing Faster than Tablets
Bing Maps Unveils Exclusive High Res Imagery with Global Ortho Project - Search Blog - Site Blogs - Bing Community
Study: 12 percent of US households own e-reader
Google's War on Nonsense Imagine a sci-fi universe in which every letter, word and sentence is a commodity. Companies make money off chunks of language. Bosses drive writers to make more words faster and for less pay. Readers then pay for exposure to these cheaply made words in the precious currency of their attention.
But security experts said on Sunday that the dissolution of the group might not signal an end to the attacks, which have hit dozens of Web sites, including those of prominent targets like the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States Senate, the Arizona state police and Sony. Indeed, in its farewell message posted on Saturday, the group, also known as LulzSec, urged other hackers to join the “revolution” aimed at governments and corporations that it started recently with , a much larger collective of politically minded hackers from which many of the LulzSec members sprung. “It looks like these sort of ‘hacktivist’ ideas are spreading and gaining popularity,” said Dino A. LulzSec Hacker Group Urges New Cyberattacks
Report: Apple is building two (!) iPhones for September release An analyst expects Apple to launch both an iPhone 5 and a mid-range iPhone 4S Click to enlarge. Source: Deutsche Bank For much of the spring, the reporters who cover Apple ( AAPL ) have been arguing among themselves about what to call the new iPhone they expect the company to introduce in September.
New Service Adds Your Drunken Facebook Photos To Employer Background Checks, For Up To Seven Years
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Groupon May Expire Sooner Than Expected Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. The more I read about Groupon ( GRPN ) and its hyper-growth and rapid expansion, the more I kept thinking the story sounded familiar, like someone I know had lived through it before ... and then I realized that someone was me. A little more than a decade ago, fresh out of college and ready to conquer the world, I found myself squarely in the middle of the dot-com boom. I was determined to take advantage of the hysteria and used my experience (in retrospect I really knew absolutely nothing) to land a senior consultant role at Internet superstar, Commerce One.
An Open Letter to LivingSocial: Learn from Groupon’s International Mistakes Another day, another unfortunate piece of news out of Groupon’s international operations. Today it’s that SoSata, Groupon’s Indian site, got hacked. In a letter to users, Groupon encouraged them to change user names and passwords and assured them no financial information was compromised because none is stored on the site. Compared to the flood of angry headlines about Groupon of late, this is nothing.