(Apologies for the formatting; I’m typing this on a netbook with a tiny keyboard.)
Last Friday, Amazon.com unilaterally pulled most or all of Macmillan’s books from their online store. (You can still find them via afilliates or second-hand stores, but Amazon themselves won’t sell them to you. Note that this only affects me via my Merchant Princes books — published by Tor, a Macmillan subsidiary — in the US Amazon store. My Ace titles are safe … for now.)
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After a big public announcement of the sort Apple had this week for the iPad CEO Steve Jobs often takes time in the day or two afterwards to have a Town Hall at One Infinite Loop, making himself available for questions from employees bold enough to stand up and take one right between the eyes.
This time, the big topics included Google and Adobe — no surprises there. Google recently unveiled its own Android-powered handset, the Nexus One, whose release Jan. 5 prompted Jobs to perhaps over-rea.. show all text
Just when you think you’ve tried every Twitter app out there, a few more appear on the scene. For Mac users that might have either grown tired of, or are looking for alternatives to, Tweetie, Twitterrific, Kiwi or Socialite, never fear, there are indeed other native Mac OS X options out there!
While some of the best Twitter apps, in terms of power, are still the Adobe Air-based Seesmic Desktop and Tweetdeck, there are also some great, free native OS X clients (and one that runs on Mozilla’s.. show all text
The war against IE6 continues. Effective March 1, 2010, Google will begin phasing out support for Internet Explorer 6 in Google Docs and Google Sites.
Google has just announced the news that it’s joining the long list of companies that will no longer support IE6. Once Google begins phasing out support for the archaic browser, Google Docs and Google Sites will be the first to go, but we should expect most Google products to become much less functional in IE6 in 2010. Google writes:
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The web has evolved in the last ten years, from simple text pages to rich, interactive applications including video and voice. Unfortunately, very old browsers cannot run many of these new features effectively. So to help ensure your business can use the latest, most advanced web apps, we encourage you to update your browsers as soon as possible. There are many choices: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0+ Mozilla Firefox 3.0+ Google Chrome 4.0+ Safari 3.0+ Many other companies have already.. show all text
Social media is the talk of the planet. But where do you go to learn the best tips and tactics? Look no further…
Tons of nominations came in. Our panel of social media experts carefully reviewed the nominees and finalists. What follows are the winners of Social Media Examiner’s Top 10 Social Media Blogs for 2010.
If you’re looking to reap the rewards of social media, these rich blogs need to be at the top of your reading list. Chris Brogan: The Elvis of social media and the king of comm.. show all text
One of New York’s hottest startups, Foursquare, is under heavy fire from more established Silicon Valley players.
A source briefed on the matter tells us Facebook is working on a feature that will allow users who access the network from mobile devices to “check-in” and broadcast their current location to all their friends.
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Zynga’s Secret To Success: Steal Great Ideas!
Facebook’s Version Of The Retweet Has Arrived
Facebook’s New Twitter-Squashing Privac.. show all text
Social media marketing campaigns are proving to be goldmines rich with customer engagement and insight that companies wouldn’t likely have otherwise. Companies like PepsiCo are going to extensive lengths to foster this type of collaboration with fans, and the payoff has been big.
The company’s Mountain Dew division is several stages into its DEWmocracy campaign — a plan to launch a new Mountain Dew flavor with the public’s involvement at all levels of the process, and PepsiCo also just laun.. show all text
Ahhh, the internet. The place where where everyone knows everything about something. Even about things they've never… touched. Post Apple event blogs are probably the most hilarious time in the geekisphere. From Robert Scobles progeny to every tech blog, the words *fail* ring the air. The lunacy of it all had me fired up to write a scathing entry about the lack of vision and the sheeple behavior coming from so many of the pundits, when I saw a beacon of light while perusing an article.. show all text
Google has kept Social Search pretty much hidden from the general public, choosing to make it an opt-in Google Labs feature. Today, however, Google is pushing the feature to beta status and turning it on for all signed-in English Googlers. You may recall that Google Social Search is a standard search results page add-on that displays socially relevant content from people in your online social circle, as determined by your Google Profile.
With the beta release, Google’s also integrating soc.. show all text
Coral IE Tab: IETab replacement for Firefox 3.6 – IETab was a great Firefox extension but it doesn't work in Firefox 3.6. Coral IE Tab is a Firefox extension which enables you to use the embedded IE engine within tabs of Mozilla Firefox. It is not only a great tool for web developers, like IE Tab, but also an useful tool for normal users, since you can easily switch to IE in TAB VIEW when you meet incorrectly rendered web pages in Firefox.
Today we are launching a new Google Voice mobile web app for iPhone OS 3.0 and higher and Palm Web OS devices, harnessing the power of HTML5, a new web technology that makes it possible to run faster, richer web-based applications right in the browser. In addition to letting you access a streamlined version of your Google Voice inbox, the new web app also lets you display your Google Voice number as the outbound caller ID (so return calls come back to your Google Voice number), send an.. show all text
FCC investigation be damned, Google has finally managed to bypass the App Store and release Google Voice to the iPhone (and webOS, too) the same way it pulled off Latitude, i.e. via a HTML5-based web app. According to Senior Product Manager Vincent Paquet, it should work with any HTML5-compliant device, although the formatting at this point has been tailored to Apple and Palm's platforms. So here's how it works: much like with its mobile Gmail site, the app caches your contacts list in a bro.. show all text
mcBackup 3.0 Beta – mcBackup 3.0 is designed for Windows 7 (it should also work with Windows Vista TV Pack) and using a service will backup your series recordings on a schedule and enables easy restoring of this data. The channel lineup is also backed up and can be restored but you have to be careful when restoring this on a configured system as it merges the channel lineup with existing lineup