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How to understand Twitter's bad new direction

Twitter this week made two small changes that indicate a big shift in direction for everybody's favorite microblogging service

Rethinking communications regulation

Federal legislation on communications policy predates all the changes brought about by the Internet. It's time to address Internet regulation directly.

Your business has gone mobile -- now what?

So you've said yes to the use of personal tech. How do you make it work for and in your business?

The trouble with trolls (and how to beat them)

A vulnerable person. A sociopath or two on social media tormenting that person without consequence. That's trolling in a nutshell. Mike Elgan explains what you can do about it.

Neura's novel approach: Baking intelligence into connected devices

A well-known problem in the Internet of Things is that many connected devices operate in silos. Your Fitbit doesn't communicate with your Nest thermostat, for example.

How to Craft a Social Media Policy

Crafting a social media policy for the workplace is as much about protecting your employees as it is about limiting your business' exposure to unwanted criticism or legal issues.

Pinpoint users' locations via JavaScript and the Web's Geolocation API

Want to offer extra functionality to your users based on where they are? Here's how.

Evan Schuman: Barnes & Noble plays into Amazon's hands

Same-day delivery is a boon for the online leader, but it will only help doom B&N.

Google, Facebook go beyond social, beyond identity

In order to understand the strange but spectacularly profitable world of Google and Facebook today, it's important to start in the fall of 2010.

How to Generate Leads From 4 Top Social Networks

Most users turn to social media sites for entertainment and information, but for digital marketers social engagements represent a dynamic way to generate leads. Fostering leads, or potential customers, in social media is not as clear-cut or obvious as email, TV or print marketing, but there is enough history and background now to follow and replicate what is already working.

How AWS Helped Scale App for World Cup Social Media Hub

Running a social media hub for any large event poses a challenge, but perhaps none quite so daunting as running the FIFA Social Hub, the official social platform of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Alex Burinskiy: OkCupid -- it's not me, it's you

So OKCupid has rushed to Facebook's defense by announcing that it, too, experiments on users' profiles. Is this any way to run a social site?

Audience Is Dead, Long Live Active Content Consumers

Audience is dead, says Eric Solomon, head of brand strategy at Google and YouTube. The notion of an audience in today's hyperactive, hyperlinked world just doesn't fit anymore, he tells attendees at last week's [a]list Summit.

Ron Miller: Spain's link tax taxes my patience

The so-called Google tax is a desperate and wrongheaded gambit to save traditional newspapers.

In search of a social site that doesn't lie

Mike Elgan would like to find a social network that doesn't lie to users, doesn't experiment on users without their clear knowledge, and delivers by default all the posts of the people they follow.

Twitter Scores by Moving the Goal Posts

Twitter is moving the goal posts and Wall Street likes the new numbers it sees up on the scoreboard. The company's monthly active user base grew 24 percent from the year-ago period to 271 million, but the actual reach of Twitter goes well beyond that, the social media company claims.

If you can't check in, is it really Foursquare?

In their quest to copy competitors, social sites and apps increasingly drop features that are part of the popularity and identity of their products, says columnist Mike Elgan.

Do Your Employees Use Facebook? You Might Have a Problem

A new study ties Facebook a and, by proxy, social networks in general a to increased divorce rates. While the write-up goes to a great deal of trouble to suggest that further work will be needed to prove that Facebook causes divorce, the report presents pretty damning evidence.

The Apple/IBM deal: iOS claims the IoT

The partnership announced last week isn't just about selling more iPhones. It's part of a big push into the Internet of Things.

Preston Gralla: Jeff Bezos hates you

But he's quite fond of your credit card.

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