Catching Up (Weekend 11/19-20)
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It’s one of those cool concepts that points to the potential of the digital age. You’re reading a Kindle book when a question comes to mind, and with the press of a few buttons, you can ask the author the question via Twitter from inside the book.
He has installed Apps for Businesses, which provides word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and calendar software, for 400 people and said he planned to “convert” 900 more.
Just over two weeks after announcing its intentions, Twitter is starting to drop ads — ahem, "promoted tweets" — into users' timelines. Despite months of hemming and hawing over the danger of polluting the sacred Twitter feed, the few people that have taken notice seem reasonably pleased by the hands-off approach.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg describes how Facebook will connect people to media based on the strengths of their connections to other people. (Credit: James Martin/CNET)
Facebook recently instituted a new program that makes it easy for 3rd party websites and services to automatically post links about your activity elsewhere back into Facebook and the newsfeeds of your friends. It's called Seamless Sharing (a.k.a. frictionless sharing ) and there's a big backlash growing about it, reminiscent of the best-known time Facebook tried to do something like this with a program called Beacon. The company has done things like this time and time again.
EBay has announced it is buying New York startup Hunch , a recommendation engine created by Chris Dixon and Caterina Fake, to help improve its recommendation services.
Back in April, I attended a press event at Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters, at which Mark Zuckerberg rhapsodized about the company’s new data center in Prineville, Oregon –the first one it built for itself. It was interesting.
When Apple announced the iPhone 4S, the company certainly talked up the improvements made to the smartphone's integrated camera hardware.