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Opera Unite is a Hail Mary

snydeq writes “Rather than view it as a game-changer, Fatal Exception’s Neil McAllister sees Opera Unite as a Hail Mary bid for Opera to stay in the game. After all, in an era when even vending machines have Web servers on them, a Web server on the Web browser isn’t really that groundbreaking. What Opera is attempting is to ‘reintermediate’ the Internet — ‘directly linking people’s personal computers together’ by making them sign up for an account on Opera’s servers and ensuring all of their exchanges pass through Opera’s servers first. ‘That’s an effective way to get around technical difficulties like NAT firewalls, but more important, it makes Opera the intermediary in your social interactions — not Facebook, not MySpace, but Opera,’ McAllister writes. In other words, Opera hopes to use social networking as a Trojan horse to put traditional apps back in charge.”

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Opera Unite is a Hail Mary

snydeq writes “Rather than view it as a game-changer, Fatal Exception’s Neil McAllister sees Opera Unite as a Hail Mary bid for Opera to stay in the game. After all, in an era when even vending machines have Web servers on them, a Web server on the Web browser isn’t really that groundbreaking. What Opera is attempting is to ‘reintermediate’ the Internet — ‘directly linking people’s personal computers together’ by making them sign up for an account on Opera’s servers and ensuring all of their exchanges pass through Opera’s servers first. ‘That’s an effective way to get around technical difficulties like NAT firewalls, but more important, it makes Opera the intermediary in your social interactions — not Facebook, not MySpace, but Opera,’ McAllister writes. In other words, Opera hopes to use social networking as a Trojan horse to put traditional apps back in charge.”

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Opera Unite is a Hail Mary

snydeq writes “Rather than view it as a game-changer, Fatal Exception’s Neil McAllister sees Opera Unite as a Hail Mary bid for Opera to stay in the game. After all, in an era when even vending machines have Web servers on them, a Web server on the Web browser isn’t really that groundbreaking. What Opera is attempting is to ‘reintermediate’ the Internet — ‘directly linking people’s personal computers together’ by making them sign up for an account on Opera’s servers and ensuring all of their exchanges pass through Opera’s servers first. ‘That’s an effective way to get around technical difficulties like NAT firewalls, but more important, it makes Opera the intermediary in your social interactions — not Facebook, not MySpace, but Opera,’ McAllister writes. In other words, Opera hopes to use social networking as a Trojan horse to put traditional apps back in charge.”

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Friend or Fraud? Security and Social Networks


Back in January, friends of Seattle, Wash., resident Bryan Rutberg were stunned when they read e-mails from his Facebook account accompanied by his photo. In the messages, Bryan appeared to claim he was in big trouble and that he needed their help. At least one friend wired him money. However, Rutberg wasn’t really in trouble and was in no need of assistance — his Web page had been hijacked by cybercriminals. This is just one of the cyberscams that have hit Facebook, the world’s leading social networking site.

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Internet still the leading source for news

The Internet is by far the most popular source of information and the preferred choice for news ahead of television, newspapers and radio, according to a new poll in the U.S. But just a small fraction of U.S. adults considered social Web sites such as Facebook and MySpace as a good source of news and even fewer would opt for Twitter.

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16 Tips to Become an INSTANT iPhone OS 3.0 Power-User

Shout it from the mountain top, copy and paste has arrived on the iPhone. After you’ve gotten your fill of pasting links into your favorite Twitter app and Facebook, here are some tips to make using iPhone OS 3.0 just that more exciting.

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Facebook and Divorce: Airing the Dirty Laundry

Social-networking sites are great for when you want to connect. But what about when you split?

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Facebook Chat: 1 BILLION Messages Sent Per Day

Facebook launched its own IM system, FbChat, back in April 2008. Since then, it’s been working hard on adding features: It arrived on mobile phones last year, added friend lists in May and even has been experimenting with video chat. Now, it looks like that work is paying off in a big way.

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Why Facebook Turned Down Millions To Give Away Vanity URLs

We heard that instead of giving Vanity URLs away for free, like it did last weekend, Facebook originally planned to auction them off to the highest bidder. Now a Facebook spokesperson tells us it’s true.

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Facebook Chat: 1 BILLION Messages Sent Per Day

Facebook launched its own IM system, FbChat, back in April 2008. Since then, it’s been working hard on adding features: It arrived on mobile phones last year, added friend lists in May and even has been experimenting with video chat. Now, it looks like that work is paying off in a big way.

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