Do you remember what you were doing in 1987? It was the year the Simpsons appeared for the first time as a series of shorts on The Tracy Ulman Show, Bow Wow was born, and both Larry Bird and Magic Johson were still in the NBA. It also happens to be the year an incident led to the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), which was enacted a year later, nearly a decade before Netflix was founded and 16 years before Facebook launched. Yet this quarter-of-a-century old legislation is the reason why Netflix hasn't released a Facebook app in the U.S.
Do you use Twitter's "Find Friends" feature on your Android smartphone or iPhone device? If so, you may have been agreeing to more than you bargained for. Privacy advocates are up in arms after it was discovered that Twitter has been harvesting address books from smartphones that use this feature, in many cases without proper disclosure or the user's explicit permission.
If you're fed up with your Droid smartphone and want the world to know about it, you could win one of two Windows Phone devices from Microsoft. And if you're simply jonesing for a Windows Phone without any mobile hate in your heart, you could also win, provided you act fast. Microsoft is celebrating Valentine's Day by giving away a pair of Windows Phone devices with multiple ways to enter.
If emulation is the sincerest form of flattery, Spotify and Pandra should be blushing. By essentially copying what they do, MySpace might be in the process of reversing its fortunes as the once dominant social networking playground reportedly gets ready to announce a million new users over the past month. That's in stark contrast to losing 10 million users a month, which the site was bleeding as recently as March of last year.
An angry father who works in IT didn't appreciate what his daughter had to say in an indignant letter addressed to her parents and posted to Facebook, so he did what every teenage dad has probably fantasized about doing at some point or another. He shot himself (with a video camera) shooting his daughter's laptop several times at point blank range with his trusty .45 while wearing a cowboy hat, and then posted the video to her Facebook Timeline.
The Facebook IPO is not just long awaited, but one of the most interesting public offerings of our generation. Unlike the countless tech companies that came before it, Facebook doesn’t offer anything tangible; rather it’s simply a platform to help share our private information. This week however we’ve learned ultimately what the market valued this type of service at, and it’s a staggering $75 billion right out of the gate.
Thanks to the wonder of social networking, we're able to catch an early glimpse of PowerColor's upcoming 'LCS HD7970' graphics card. PowerColor posted a photo of the liquid cooled card on its Facebook page with a promise that "Something cool is coming soon!" That "something cool" is a Radeon HD 7970 videocard stripped of its air cooled heatsink and replaced with a single-slot full cover water block from EK Waterblocks.
The app developers behind the mobile iOS game Tiny Tower recently called out Zynga for blatantly ripping off their app to create Dream Heights, which is almost the exact same game with a different title. Copying another developer's game concepts and making them your own is by no means new to the industry or unique to Zynga, though in most cases the new product isn't a near clone of the original, as was the case with Dream Heights. Zynga CEO Mark Pincus isn't losing any sleep over it.
Love it or hate it, Twitter has become an influential medium capable of turning public opinion in the blink of an eye. It doesn't matter if you use the microblogging service or not, or if you despite all forms of social networking. There are plenty of people who do use Twitter, and their voices travel through the Internet in real-time. It's a powerful tool, but can it help determine the outcome of an election?
Google had been making a lot of changes as of late, and the Android mobile operating system had not been spared. Android 4.0 was a drastic UI departure, there is now a developer design guide, and just today, the Android Developers at Google set up a Google+ account to help devs to make better apps.