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When Business & Social don’t mix (or when it’s time to put the gadget down)

When Business & Social don’t mix (or when it’s time to put the gadget down)

Blogging has become a corporate phenomenon and no longer cutting edge. Today many companies maintain strict policies over who can blog and what can be said on blogs, both personal and corporate. It's not a bad idea and it's one that I advocated when blogging was first going mainstream. I'm quite proud that I helped launch the first tech industry blogs at Jupiter Research in 2002. Today, though, it's more than just blogs, it's the rise of social media in general at the office that's causing concern and users with devices that can tap into them at will. It seems every week I read the same story being told: someone else getting on the bandwagon and telling the potential horror tale of user using social networks at work accessed on some unsanctioned mobile gadget.

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Three UK turn on free Facebook Zero access

Three UK turn on free Facebook Zero access

Facebook's 0.facebook.com mobile site - which promises free access with certain carriers - launched with the promise of broader availability further down the line, and some of that has finally come true.  UK carrier Three has announced that its users can now avoid any mobile data charges when surfing the Facebook Zero site, though as before it's a pretty disappointing experience even when compared to the regular mobile Facebook page.

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Facebook Places checks into the UK

Facebook Places checks into the UK

Facebook UK has pushed out its version of Places, the location tagging service that was switched on in the US last month and in Japan earlier this week.  The social networking site now allows UK users to "check in" with their cellphones, optionally showing up in a "People Here Now" section for their current location.  After facing legions of privacy advocates before, Facebook UK are also coming out the gate with plenty of arguments as to why users of the site shouldn't be worried.

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Twitter redesigned: endless scrolling, in-line media, more

Twitter redesigned: endless scrolling, in-line media, more

Twitter has updated its web interface in an attempt to lure users away from their third-party apps, and the general consensus seems to be that it's a slicker, more immediate way to interact with the short-message service.  The single-column view is gone, replaced by a twin-column interface that allows for a preview on the right hand side and a full timeline on the left.  Twitter has also embedded photo and video content - as long as it has a deal with the site hosting it, such as TwitPic and YouTube - in the preview itself, meaning less hopping around looking at multimedia.

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Movie Review – Going the Distance

Movie Review – Going the Distance

This past weekend, I saw two movies. One was a completely unrealistic piece of cinema trash with stale characters and a script that seemed to have been made up on the spot. The other was "Machete." That's right. Of the two, I could more easily believe in Danny Trejo as an ex-Federale-turned-asssassin-landscaper than believe in the relationship that Drew Barrymore carried on with the "I'm a Mac" guy. It wasn't just a bad movie, it was a betrayal of its content and of the, ahem, heritage that these two actors bring to the screen.

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Life on Facebook

Life on Facebook

I almost added a comment to the long, growing list of comments on Stephen's wall. I sat for a few minutes, trying to think of what to say. I'm sorry? I'm thinking of you? I read through the thirty-five or so comments that were already posted, and most of them repeated the same thoughts over and over again. Condolences piling up under Stephen's status update, saying that he had just lost his brother, Mike, and he would be flying home to New York City for the first time in years to be with his family.

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An Unalienable Right to Privacy

An Unalienable Right to Privacy

With all the furor over privacy after Facebook introduced its new Places application, I started to think about what privacy really means as a concept. The reaction to Facebook Places ran a startling gamut. On one side people are screaming about George Orwell, whose book 1984 is like the privacy junkie's version of Hitler. It's an argument stopper. It's also science fiction, but a sci-fi parable, at that. On the other side are those who are completely indifferent to Facebook's privacy issues. These people don't care and they don't see the problem.

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Technologies that Shaped a Decade

Technologies that Shaped a Decade

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a few gadgets that had been transformative to me. A reader wrote in and asked if I thought there any categories of products that had changed the world over the last decade. I thought about that for a while and here my list of the some of the gadgets and services that almost overnight (from a historical perspective) changed everything and went from enthusiast to mass market.

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Google shopping for social games for “Google Me” Facebook rival?

Google shopping for social games for “Google Me” Facebook rival?

Google's supposed plans to take on Facebook are being picked over again, with the rumored "Google Me" project being connected with online casual game studios Playdom, Electronic Arts' Playfish and Zynga Game Network.  According to the WSJ's sources, the games will "be part of broader social-networking initiative that is under development" and which would " incorporate and go beyond Buzz".

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Avoiding the Social

Avoiding the Social

The range of people I know who have completely ignored Facebook sometimes astonishes me almost as much as its explosive growth. Some of the most important people in my life are social networking luddites, with little to no presence whatsoever on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or any photo sharing sites. But even though they aren't present, they are impossible to ignore. I'm still friends with plenty of people they know, so their social web is still intact, but there's a chunk missing from the middle where they would usually hold it all together.

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