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Despite sagging hardware sales, confidence in tech remains high
Confidence in the underlying strength of the tech sector as a whole appears to be solid despite some dispiriting news on the hardware front.
Hands on: Apple's Mac Pro is the fastest Mac ever
One thing is certain: You won't mistake Apple's powerful new Mac Pro for any other desktop computer. And it has the computing chops to match its high-style look.
The Oscars -- and a selfie -- rock Twitter
While actors, directors and other Hollywood types got their coveted Oscar awards last night, Twitter was getting recognition of its own.
The paranoid's survival guide, part 1: How to protect your personal data
We've rounded up a bunch of experts' tips about how to retain your privacy -- as much as possible, anyway -- and how to surf the Web silently, among other things.
Arizona tech firms fight anti-gay bill and a future in a pariah state
Arizona's tech industry is united in fighting a state bill that allows a business to deny service to gay customers for religious reasons.
Personal Websites Give Job Seekers Greater Control
If you are looking to land your next tech job, creating and promoting a personal website can help you control Google search results, better highlight relevant skills and provide an edge in a competitive job market.
Thousands call, email Congress to protest NSA programs
Organizers of The Day We Fight Back, a protest Tuesday against U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs, called the effort a 'tremendous success,' with nearly 100,000 phone calls made to U.S. lawmakers and 185,000 people signing up to send email blasts to their congressional representatives.
Twitter tests Facebook-like profile page redesign
Twitter is reportedly working to redesign its profile pages, making them more visual, with bigger images, and looking a lot more like social rivals Facebook and Google+.
Twitter's slipping user growth spooks investors
Twitter Wednesday reported that fourth quarter sales more than doubled over the past year, but the company nevertheless spooked investors by acknowledging a slowdown in new user growth and in user engagement.
Costolo prescribes fix for Twitter growth pains
New figures released by Twitter on Wednesday suggest the company may be struggling to keep its users engaged, but CEO Dick Costolo has outlined some ideas to make the service more inviting.
Twitter offers historical data to select researchers
Twitter will give researchers access to its public and historical data to help them get insights on a wide variety of issues.
Twitter doubles revenue but profit remains elusive
Twitter reported its first earnings as a public company on Wednesday, revealing that sales more than doubled from a year ago, though it still hasn't managed to turn a profit.
Get ready to tweet your questions for Twitter's first earnings call
Twitter is opening up access to company executives today during the firm's first earnings calls as a public company.
At 10, Facebook strives not to be your granny's social network
Facebook, the company that defines social networking, is turning 10 years old and looking into a future where it must evolve or risk becoming the next MySpace -- a company Facebook eclipsed years ago.
Super Bowl sets Twitter record, as Volkswagen launches social war room
The Super Bowl may have set a record for Twitter, but it was a tougher game for companies trying to score big on social media.
Volkswagen looks to drive social Super Bowl
Volkswagen of America is looking to capitalize on an expected broad use of social media by viewers of Sunday's Super Bowl.
Twitter buys 900 IBM patents, dodges an infringement suit
Twitter has acquired over 900 patents from IBM, a move likely intended to settle IBM's claims that Twitter was infringing on at least three of its patents.
State of the Union speech lights up Twitter with nearly 2M tweets
President Obama's State of the Union address had people tweeting their support or their disdain and lighting up Twitter with nearly 2 million tweets.
Spy agencies collude to extract personal data from mobile apps
Spy agencies including the U.S. National Security Agency have been working together to extract personal information, including location data and address books, from mobile apps as part of a globe-spanning effort to thwart terrorist plots, according to newly disclosed documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Ouch -- Facebook called a 'twit' for Twitter-like trending feature
A new feature on Facebook designed to keep people abreast of certain topics has sparked criticism from some users who want it gone, calling it nothing more than a cheap Twitter knock-off.
Evan Schuman: Hijacked by social media
Why would anyone be comfortable with social networking sites sending out messages in their name?
Facebook hijacks Trending feature from rival Twitter
Taking another page from social rival Twitter, Facebook launched a new Trending feature that will show users the most popular topics being discussed on the social network.
Syrian Electronic Army shanghais Microsoft's Twitter account, blog
A group that bills itself as the Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit for grabbing control of a pair of Microsoft company Twitter accounts and the firm's primary blog for a short time Saturday.
Yahoo email encryption standard needs work
Yahoo has started to automatically encrypt connections between users and its email service, adding an important security layer that rival Gmail has had for almost four years, but its implementation needs work, according to at least one security expert.
Twitter co-founder launches Jelly, a social search app
What's this strange object in front of me? A new app from Twitter's co-founder wants to give you the answer, by asking your friends.
What to Look for When Hiring Social Media Tech Talent in 2014
Social media professionals need to have a specific set of communication and technical skills as well as varied experience if you expect them to be a strategic part of your business in 2014.
As Twitter hires, HP fires
With the attention given to Twitter's IPO, one might assume that the tech industry is dependent on its success. It isn't. Not even close.
The security industry finds a dream enemy -- government spy agencies
2013 was the year we learned we must encrypt our data if we don't want the likes of the U.S. National Security Agency or the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters reading it as it crosses the Internet.
How to track Santa's big trip with NORAD, Google
As Santa Claus and his elves prepare for their biggest night of the year, NORAD and Google are getting ready to track his big Christmas Eve ride.
QuickPoll: What was the biggest tech story of 2013?
CEOs stepping down, social media IPOs and phablets were just a few stories made news this year. What was the biggest tech story of 2013?
Tech companies find their inner Zen
Tech companies like Intel and Google are offering courses in meditation to help their workers handle stress, become more innovative and find work/life balance.
Obama to meet tech leaders on Healthcare.gov site, surveillance
U.S. President Barack Obama, hoping to repair some of the damage wrought by the troubled Healthcare.gov site, will meet with executives from technology companies including Yahoo and Twitter on Tuesday.
2013: The year in numbers
From single digits to trillions, the tech industry loves numbers, and it generated plenty of them in 2013. Here's a look at some of the figures that stand out from the year:
Twitter reverses policy that would allow blocked persons to follow user
Twitter reversed a controversial policy change announced Thursday that would let a user block others on Twitter, but the blocked people could still continue to follow and see the user's tweets and interact with them.
Twitter expands keyword targeting so Nestle knows you 'luv' coffee
Do you love, no scratch that -- "luv" espresso? Do you "adore" it even? Twitter advertisers may now know how you feel about their products no matter how you choose to express yourself.
Twitter simplifies messaging, adds photos to boot
Twitter has made its direct messaging service easier to use and added the ability to send photos, in an update to the Twitter app for Android and iOS released Tuesday.
Twitter, the protector of news?
As Twitter rings in the new year, it's got some big ideas for expanding its audience by forging more news partnerships.
The top tech stories of 2013: Big Brother, wearables, and the struggles of aging tech giants
Politics collided with technology this year as stories about U.S. government spying stirred angst among U.S. citizens and foreign governments and the flawed HeathCare.gov site got American health-care reform off to a rocky start. Meanwhile, the post-PC era put aging tech giants under pressure to reinvent themselves.
8 big tech firms call for government surveillance reforms
Eight top tech companies in the U.S. have asked governments around the world to reform surveillance laws and practices, and asked the U.S. to take the lead.
Twitter changed IPO prospectus after SEC inquiry
U.S. securities regulators questioned an early version of Twitter's initial public offering prospectus that claimed the social media company was becoming more profitable when it was actually losing increasing amounts of money.
Should Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter really judge what's news?
Where did you first learn about Amazon's crazy plan to deliver packages via drone? "60 Minutes"? The New York Times? Increasingly, the answer is likely to be Twitter, Facebook or Yahoo, and that's just how the online giants like it.
Only 30% of top CEOs use social networks
Only 30% of the CEOs at the top companies traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange are active on social media sites, gathering spots for millions of potential customers.
Twitter, Deutsche Telekom team on Android
Twitter and Deutsche Telekom have joined forces to develop software for Android.
Apple buys Topsy for at least $200M to get deep access to Twitter, report says
Apple has acquired Topsy, a social media analytics company that analyzes a range of data from Twitter, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report.
Why smartphone food photos look horrible
Martha Stewart wants to show you horrible pictures of nauseating-looking food for some reason. Mike Elgan finds this personally vexing.
14 Ways to Use Twitter to Market Your Business
Twitter experts, marketing pros and business leaders share their top tips on how to turn 140 characters into online marketing gold.
Twitter tightens security against NSA snooping
Twitter has implemented new security measures that should make it much more difficult for anyone to eavesdrop on communications between its servers and users, and is calling on other Internet companies to follow its lead.
Facebook's Sandberg says teen decline exaggerated
Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg said rumors that the social media company is falling out of favor with teenagers have been greatly exaggerated.
One out of seven people use social networks, study shows
About one in seven people around the globe use a social networking site at least once a month, and that number is expected to see grow significantly over the next several years, according to eMarketer.
Perspective: Twitter's success opens up IPO pipeline
Twitter's IPO launch two weeks ago could be a sign that the market is ripe for other social networks to launch their own efforts to go public.
By the numbers: Twitter vs. Facebook IPOs
Facebook's IPO was considered an early bust while Twitter's has been deemed a success. In terms of orderly market activity, that's without question. But what about prices?
Snap! 'Selfie' becomes International Word of the Year
If you posted selfies on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter this past year, you helped make "selfie" the Oxford Dictionaries' international Word of the Year for 2013
Here comes the age of ambient everything
Trends in social, search, mobile, wearable and the Internet of things will alter our perception of reality. Change is in the air, says columnist Mike Elgan.
Amazon: New analytics tool can scrutinize massive amounts of data
Amazon Web Services this week rolled out a new cloud-based data analytics tool named Kenesis, which can analyze massive amounts of data in real time and be paid for by the hour.
Retina iPad Mini inventory tracker returns from dead
A pair of inventory trackers, including one resurrected after Apple demanded it stop collecting data from its online store website, are helping buyers locate scarce Apple smartphones and tablets.
Days after IPO, Twitter launches custom timelines
Twitter users will be able to create custom timelines in TweetDeck around conversation on any event or topic on Twitter, the microblogging company said.
Wall Street Beat: Does Twitter IPO signal a tech bubble?
Despite the frothy headlines stirred by Twitter's initial public offering, tech is not in a bubble of the sort that arose before the 2000 dot-com crash.
Twitter rides high on IPO in stark contrast to rival Facebook
Twitter's first day of trading as a public company sits in sharp contrast to Facebook's troubled and disappointing IPO a year and a half ago.
Update: Twitter goes public at $45 a share
Twitter is now a publicly traded company and opening at a price of $45.10 a share, 73% higher than its initial IPO price.
Twitter sets IPO price at $26 a share
Twitter has set its IPO price at $26 per share, a dollar above the top end of the price range it predicted earlier this week.
Biz Stone's Jelly app 'very close' to launch; free for iOS and Android
Some new details have emerged about Jelly, the mysterious startup from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone: The company's app is "very close" to launching, and will be available for free on iOS and Android-based devices, Stone recently said.
With IPO cash influx, Twitter could be bigger threat to Facebook
If Twitter's IPO succeeds and the social network is showered with a new stockpile of cash, the site could become an even bigger threat to social media giants Facebook and Google+.
Thumbing nose at Oracle, Rimini Street to file for IPO
Third-party software support provider Rimini Street is moving ahead with its expected plans for an initial public offering, even as it awaits a showdown in court with Oracle.
Twitter's news junkies are younger, more educated
Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults say they get their news through Twitter, and that has to be good news for the social media company that's days from launching its IPO.
Is Twitter emulating Facebook with pre-IPO price bump?
With a move that harkens back to the days before Facebook's IPO, Twitter has upped its opening stock price to a range of $23 to $25 a share.
'No Estimates' in Action: 5 Ways to Rethink Software Projects
The idea behind the #NoEstimates approach to software development isn't to eliminate estimates but, rather, to explore other ways to solve problems without specifically asking, 'How long will it take?' Here are five real-world examples of teams that are doing just that.
Open-source tools keep Twitter up and running
To prevent disruptions and scale up its service while keeping costs down, Twitter has drastically changed its core infrastructure and has adopted some open-source tools.
Bing and Twitter continue their search party
Microsoft bills its Bing search engine as a social one, and to keep it that way it's renewing a partnership with Twitter to keep tweets appearing in Bing search results, the companies said Friday.
Ahead of IPO, Twitter shines up multimedia image
Just a week before its IPO, Twitter moved to go from mainly snippets and quips to a more visual social network
Google Apps, once a leader, faces growing cloud app rivals
When Google Apps arrived in 2006, it stood on the cutting edge of web-hosted email and collaboration suites for businesses. But it's fallen behind rival suites from IBM, Cisco and Microsoft and needs to step up its game, say analysts.
Some users grumble about Twitter's photo previews
Some Twitter users are complaining about a change that puts photo previews front and center in their streams, and offering advice to others on how to turn it off.
Twitter gets more visual with photo, video previews
Twitter became an Internet phenom as a tool for posting short text messages, but now it also wants to feature multimedia content more prominently.
Twitter kicks off pre-IPO investor roadshow
Twitter kicked off its pre-IPO roadshow, meeting with potential investors and touting the social network's ability to democratize users' voices and the power of instantly sharing information with the world.
Buffer encrypts access tokens after spammer hack
Buffer, a service for scheduling social media posts, said Sunday it has strengthened its security after spammers gained access to its network.
As its IPO looms, Twitter faces investor grilling
With its IPO share price now set and its roadshow about to begin, Twitter will soon face some tough questions from potential investors.
Twitter hires NBC News digital exec to boost news cred
Twitter has hired a top digital executive at NBC News, Vivian Schiller, to help boost its partnerships with news organizations.
Twitter to price its IPO shares between $17 and $20
Twitter plans to price its IPO shares between US$17 and $20 when it lists on the New York Stock Exchange, the company said Thursday in a filing
Vine mimes Instagram with new editing features
Twitter's Vine video sharing app and Instagram now share a useful feature: editing.
T-Mobile plans to shake up tablet data plans in Twitter event
T-Mobile's "Un-carrier" initiative to shake up the wireless industry continues Wednesday with a press event via Twitter related in some way to how tablets are sold and serviced.
15 Big Social Media Mistakes Companies Make and How to Avoid Them
Social media experts discuss the most common social networking business blunders and what companies can do to improve their social media IQ.
Twitter says open source tools preventing service disruptions
To prevent disruptions and scale up its service while keeping costs down, Twitter has had to drastically change its core infrastructure, taking up open source tools while doing so.
Twitter faces a tough IPO process
Twitter executives will face a tough challenge as they hit the road to promote the company's IPO.
Twitter reportedly kicking off roadshow Oct. 25
Twitter reportedly is getting ready to begin its IPO roadshow on Oct. 28 and then begin trading on Nov. 15.
Direct Twitter messages with links fall prey to technical issues
Twitter's direct messaging feature appears to be experiencing technical difficulties by not allowing certain messages to be sent if they contain links.
Twitter doubled revenue, saw deeper losses in Q3
Twitter lost almost as much money in the July-to-September quarter as it did in the first six months of this year, according to a regulatory disclosure made by the company on Tuesday.
Twitter's take on TV: 'We make it better'
Twitter, with an IPO looming, needs to make money. To do that, a key focus is being placed on advertising and promoted content around television, the company signaled on Tuesday.
New Twitter feature opens direct message floodgates
If you keep a close eye on your Twitter settings, you probably noticed a new option pop up Monday night: "Receive direct messages from any follower."
Twitter experiments with 'Event Parrot' -- a news delivery service
Twitter is known to experiment with new features to give its users more ways to find and follow content. Here's what appears to be the latest: a news delivery service.
Report: Twitter might go public on Nov. 15
File this one under oops -- Twitter may have inadvertently revealed, at an earlier point, its plans to go public on Nov. 15, according to a recent PrivCo report.
Nielsen to measure Twitter chatter with an eye on advertising
How many eyes see a tweet about television? Nielsen wants to find out, and let marketers know so they can make more informed advertising decisions on Twitter.
Twitter can take IPO lessons from Facebook -- on what not to do
As Twitter gears up for an initial public offering, its executives should study Facebook's path to an IPO to learn what not to do.
Twitter's IPO risks include ads, users and financial losses
As Twitter looks to convince investors its IPO is a good bet, analysts are studying the biggest challenges facing the company, like finding a path to profitability while fending off rivals like Facebook and Google.
Wall Street Beat: It's business as usual for tech, but gov't crisis casts shadows
The tech sector appears to be going about business as usual in the face of the U.S. federal government shutdown, but some industry insiders are nervous about a long-term stoppage or, even worse, the possibility of a debt default if a political compromise on the budget is not reached.
With IPO looming, Twitter takes on losses, wary investors
As Twitter plans to launch its initial public offering amid financial losses and in the wake of Facebook's tumultuous IPO, the company needs to reassure potentially nervous investors.
10 tidbits from Twitter's IPO filing
Twitter made its IPO documents public Thursday and in the process revealed some juicy information about the company, like how much money it makes (or loses) and how much its executives get paid. Here are a few of the details we learned about Twitter today.
Twitter appears to have dodged Facebook's mobile problem
Twitter has fewer users and less revenue than Facebook, but in mobile advertising Twitter appears to have dodged the problems that dragged down Facebook's stock after its public offering last year.
Twitter IPO docs show rapid growth, steep losses
Twitter has filed for its long-awaited initial public offering, revealing a fast-growing company but one that lost money in each of the past three years.
5 Millennials-in-the-Workplace Myths Busted
Forget what you think you know about Generation Y. A recent survey dispels many of the myths surrounding millennials and the digital culture. Turns out age may be nothing but a number.
Tech firms push Congress for transparency on NSA surveillance
The U.S. Congress must act quickly on legislation that would make electronic data collection efforts by the U.S. National Security Agency more public, a group of tech firms, civil liberties groups and other organizations said Monday.
Wall Street Beat: Tech IPOs, M&A continues to heat up
Several recent IPOs and eBay's $800 million cash offer for payments startup BrainTree this week highlight what looks like a burgeoning market for tech initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.
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Android Power's 3 favorite things for February 2014
From beautiful home screens to powerful task-switching and a fresh take on social media, this month's Favorite Things is all about apps that offer something special.
Why the NSA gets higher marks for privacy than business
Despite the NSA's insatiable appetite for people's personal data, Americans trust the spy agency more than business.
Chasing Mavericks: 8 great OS X tips
Apple's OS X Mavericks includes a host of handy features for power users, but they're not all super-obvious. I've gathered together a short collection of hints and links to help you use them:
Twitter's $1.5B #IPO date rumors, $17--$20 share price range $TWTR
Values company around $10 billion.
Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) announces more IPO details. The shares will be priced around $18.50, but that may increase after the investor roadshow. Already pundits are saying that's a conservative valuation. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers #followthemoney.
15% of Americans say they don’t need no stinking Internet
A Pew study shows that 15% of adult Americans don't use the Internet or email. What?
Security sucks: The Twitter example
The greatest enemy to security is security itself.
WOW! $14B #TwitterIPO could happen within just 4 months
$14 BILLION? How did they keep that secret? Twitter seeks an IPO, possibly as soon as this year. Discussions with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have been going on for a while, in secret: Apparently, that's legal. Valuation rumors imply the company's now worth around $14 billion, on revenues of just a few hundred million. Can you spell B.U.B.B.L.E? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers blog #yes.
Android essentials: The first 12 apps I install on every phone
When you use enough Android devices, you start to realize something: There are certain apps you just can't live without.
Robotic beer dispenser showcases the positive uses of technology
Technology has many uses, but none more worthwhile than pouring a great glass of beer.
Microsoft: We've had surveillance requests on over 31,000 customers
How much snooping do government agencies actually do on people and businesses? Judging by the surveillance requests they ask of Microsoft, quite a bit. Microsoft reports that for the second half of last year, it had received requests on between 31,000 and 32,000 customers. And Google, Facebook, and Apple have had many tens of thousands others.
With #TweetsFromHillary, Clinton jumps on Twitter
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has joined Twitter -- with a sense of humor and some fanfare.
Twitterwatch LIVE: On the ground in #Watertown, nr. Boston
Something a little different today: I'm glued to Twitter, watching events unfold in Boston's Watertown surburb. Watch along with me, as I curate the story in tweets from people on the ground...
Microsoft, Apple, and Google agree: The federal ban against gay marriage must go
Microsoft, Apple, Google, and other tech giants rarely agree on anything. But they all agree on this: The Supreme Court should rule that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which for federal purposes defines marriage as only being between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.
Microsoft tops Facebook and Twitter for getting "cooler," survey finds
You might think that the words Microsoft and "cool" rarely come in the same sentence, but a new survey finds that more young people think Microsoft is "cooler" today than in the last few years than think that Facebook or Twitter is "cooler" today than in the past few years. So finds a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Anti-social networking: The new chic?
A number of popular social networking services -- many of whom made their names because they could interact with other services, adding their value to the others -- are now pulling in their gangplanks and trying to keep their users onboard their ship and their ship only.