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Myspace Reducing International Staff, Closing Offices

Damn you, Facebook and Twitter. Damn You!

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Myspace Reducing International Staff, Closing Offices

Bozeman, MT Drops Password Info Requirement

mcmoodle writes “Bozeman, Montana has decided that they don’t want applicant personal information after all, citing a worldwide backlash on the issue: ‘”Effective at noon today the city of Bozeman permanently ceased the practice of requesting that candidates selected for positions under a provisional job offer to provide their usernames or passwords for candidates’ internet sites,” said Chris Kukulski, Bozeman City Manager. … Kukulski says after a 90 minute staff meeting held earlier today, officials decided asking applicants to provide their passwords to sites such as Facebook or MySpace, “exceeded that which is acceptable to our community.” Kukulski apologized for the negative impact the issue has generated from news organizations and blogs around the world.’ I didn’t have any doubt this would be immediately squashed. Now I’m just curious as to how many personal accounts they actually went through!”

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Bozeman, MT Drops Password Info Requirement

Montana City Requires Workers’ Internet Accounts

justinlindh writes “Bozeman, Montana is now requiring all applicants for city jobs to furnish Internet account information for ‘background checking.’ A portion of the application reads, “Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.’ The article goes on to mention, ‘There are then three lines where applicants can list the Web sites, their user names and log-in information and their passwords.'”

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Montana City Requires Workers’ Internet Accounts

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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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Opera Unite is a Hail Mary

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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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Opera Unite is a Hail Mary

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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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Opera Unite is a Hail Mary

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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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Internet still the leading source for news

MySpace Slashes 30% of Staff: Is the End Near?

MySpace, once the undisputed leader in social networking and the most popular topic on Mashable, announced it is cutting nearly 30% of its staff today.

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on MySpace Slashes 30% of Staff: Is the End Near?

Facebook dethrones MySpace in the U.S.

The social networking website had 70.28 million users in May, topping its rival’s 70.26 million, according to research firm ComScore.

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Facebook dethrones MySpace in the U.S.

As MySpace goes, may Facebook, Twitter follow??

MySpace founders have been pushed aside and there is speculation layoffs are coming. As Facebook and Twitter watch what’s happening at MySpace, they should be worried and heed the warning of potential problems to come. Social-networking sites grow like weeds and, well, die like weeds too.

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Sunday, June 14th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on As MySpace goes, may Facebook, Twitter follow??