How to behave on Instagram

Instagram has had a big, big, big last couple of weeks: Its Android app dropped at the beginning of April, and Facebook recently acquired the photo-sharing service for a whopping $1 billion. The result of all this attention? A flood of new users, swelling Instagram’s user count up to 50 million. So what does this mean for the fate of […]

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Texting 1, 2, 3: Schools Test ‘Bring Your Own Technology’ Programs

As protesters took to the streets yesterday to protest the inequality of wealth, two computer scientists in Portland, Oregon are protesting the inequality of resources in schools. Tired of helping “unethical bankers” on Wall Street set up cloud data management systems, Russell Okamoto, 45, said he and co-worker Greg Passmore, 30, wanted to create a state-of-the-art cloud computing system that […]

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E-book Price-Fixing: Finding the Best Model for Publishers — and Readers

In a case that has attracted worldwide attention, Apple and five book publishers were sued this spring by the U.S. Department of Justice on the grounds that they colluded to fix prices for e-books sold on Apple’s iBookstore website. The government suit charged that by adopting a sales strategy known as “the agency model,” Apple and the book publishers (HarperCollins, […]

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CISPA: House Vote Sets up Senate Cybersecurity Showdown

The House’s solid bipartisan vote for a cybersecurity bill sends a message to the Senate: Now it’s your turn to act. Ignoring a White House veto threat, the House approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would encourage companies and the federal government to share information collected on the Internet to help prevent electronic attacks from cybercriminals, foreign […]

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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is a winner

Sometimes you just want to read. Digital’s best answer for that simple urge is the now venerable E Ink e-reader. These monochromatic devices are not only holding on in the face of stiff LCD-based tablet competition, they’re innovating. The latest update comes from Barnes & Noble, which added an LED-based “GlowLight” to its Nook Simple Touch e-reader. The 6.5 x […]

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5 Reasons to Give Google Drive a Shot

  Google Drive, the company’s answer to online storage tools like Dropbox, Box.net, SugarSync and Microsoft’s SkyDrive, arrived yesterday afternoon as forecast, though with little ceremony. It wasn’t…then suddenly it was, offering 5GB of free online, synchronized storage, no strings attached, with competitive upgrade prices if you need more, from 25GB on up to 1TB. Is it worth a look? […]

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