A report Monday in The Wall Street Journal claimed that Twitter is in "advanced talks" to acquire TweetDeck, a Twitter desktop client preferred by many of the social-media service's most active users, for about $50 million. "TweetDeck has emerged as a favorite of heavy users of Twitter, letting people track tweets about multiple topics at the same time," the story explained. "The program, which many people download and use on their desktop computers, also lets people write tweets longer than 140 characters, among other features."
T-Mobile has made itself famous in the U.K. and elsewhere with spontaneous displays of joyful dancing at places such as miserable British railway stations, as it follows its strategy of sharing through connection.
Spontaneous displays of joyful dancing are not what one would necessarily associate with Britain's royal family, however. So how touchingly optimistic it is to see T-Mobile giving us Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, touching bottoms on the way down the church aisle
And not only these two royal members.
Apple stores are places of worship.
People go there to touch, to stare, to bow, and to buy. And to pray that their chosen product is in stock.
Everyone, that is, except 12-year-old Trevor Michael from Temecula, Calif. Michael loves Apple. But he goes to Apple stores for a different reason. He goes to make dance videos.
I know, I know. The youth of today. If only we still had chimneys to send them up.
And yet, when you look at the videos, they offer a highly enthusiastic and entrepreneurial attempt to break into the big time. For, as Michael … Read more
This writing thing isn't easy.
You reveal yourself (or at least part of yourself) to the world every day and hope the majority of people who encounter your work won't want to spit in your general direction.
So who can't find a trace of sympathy for Dilbert creator Scott Adams?
It seems Adams, despite his undoubtedly boundless riches, still wanders onto message boards to see what people are saying about him (at least according to Gawker)--and he uses a false handle and says very, very nice things. About himself.
That would be, at a human level, … Read more
Tweetbot is the latest Twitter app for the iPhone and one that's been getting some buzz since its debut this week.
Available from Tapbots, Tweetbot gives iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users yet another alternative to Twitter's official mobile app and other Twitter mobile clients. And though it'll cost you $1.99, Tweetbot offers a nicely designed look and feel and a healthy array of features, easily turning into it one of my favorite Twitter apps.
After you log in for the first time, Tweetbot provides a quick tutorial. From there, you're taken to your timeline … Read more
First, the tech world had to learn to live without "Get a Mac" actor Justin Long.
Now it appears that another young, handsome mainstay of tech advertising, Paul Marcarelli, will no longer be soothing you on-screen. You might know Marcarelli better as the chap in the glasses who, at the end of the Verizon ads, is desperate to know if you can hear him.
In an interview with The Atlantic, Marcarelli said that Verizon had told him last September that the ads would be going in a different direction.
Astoundingly, it has been 10 years since Marcarelli first … Read more
Having lived in both Europe and the U.S., I'm often amused by what the different sides of the Atlantic find unamusing.
So I found myself quizzically smirking when I heard that U.S.-based Twitter had allegedly reprimanded Rio Ferdinand, England's (and Manchester United's) often-injured soccer star, for tweeting in a cyberbullying manner.
Here's the funny part. Well, one of them.
The person Ferdinand was allegedly accused of bullying was Larry King's replacement on CNN, Piers Morgan. This is akin to being accused of cyberbullying someone from 4Chan.
It seems the row started in … Read more
Search marketing was already a big business, but it's poised for even more growth this year, according to Econsultancy's State of Search Marketing Report, published with the not-for-profit Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization.
According to the report, search marketing hit $16.6 billion in North America in 2010, up 14 percent compared with 2009. This year, that figure will jump by 16 percent to $19.3 billion, said the researchers, who surveyed 900 companies and agencies around the world.
"The healthy growth reported for the industry in 2011--surpassing the 14 percent growth in 2010--is gratifying," SEMPO … Read more
At last, the face has taken control of Facebook--well, the mouth part, at least. Once the Firefox fans at Firesay demonstrated that hands-free browsing was possible, it was only a matter of time before the technology was co-opted by the Facebook hive mind.
The original Firesay was a Firefox extension that allowed for Google searching, limited browsing, and even launching specific Hulu videos through voice commands. The new Firesay InPage is an attempt to broaden the reach of the voice-browsing concept, albeit slowly, by offering new voice controls for Facebook and KitchenPC. Right now, the Facebook app only allows users to snap a Webcam pick by uttering a few quick words, while the other offers an introductory platform for hands-free cooking at KitchenPC.com.
The man who claims to have a contract with Mark Zuckerberg regarding the initial development of what would eventually become Facebook cites purported e-mails between the two in a new court filing as proof that he is entitled to a 50 percent stake in the social-networking giant.
Paul Ceglia of Wellsville, N.Y., claimed in a lawsuit filed last year that he entered into a contract with Zuckerberg in 2003 to design and develop the Web site that would ultimately become Facebook--a company that now has an estimated value of $50 billion.
Ceglia said he hired Zuckerberg through a Craigslist … Read more