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  • Opinion: Google+, Day 17: Sorting Circles by "Relevance" Is Flaky

    Over the course of the 30 Days With Google+ series I have steadily acquired more people following me in Google+. Many of those users I know and interact with, and many of them are perfect strangers. I'd like to be able to easily identify the ones I know and add them to my Circles, but the "Relevance" filter in Google+ leaves a little something to be desired.

  • Opinion: Feds Crack Down on Illegally Streamed Sporting Events

    A 19-year-old New York man was arrested yesterday by agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) directorate for allegedly streaming live sporting events over the Internet illegally.

  • Opinion: Check Out The (Surprisingly Good) Portal Fan Film

    The Portal videogames by Valve are one of my favorite series of all time. After completing the groundbreaking first game I remember walking around thinking of where I would shoot portals to expedite my route. The long-awaited sequel that came out earlier this year exceeded lofty expectations and left fans wanting even more.

  • Opinion: Facebook's New Privacy Settings And Your Business

    Facebook announced Tuesday that it will be introducing a handful of privacy changes to their 750 million users. AllthingsD reports that the new privacy features will go into effect on August 25, initially to only one percent of all Facebook users.

  • Opinion: Google+ Policy on Names Runs Afoul of Tech Writer

    Google+ is taking its "real names" policy seriously. So seriously, in fact, that it threatened to suspend sex and tech writer Violet Blue's account. Google’s only problem is that Blue’s real name is Violet Blue.

  • Opinion: Facebook Changes Aimed at Improved Privacy

    Facebook Tuesday announced changes to its user interface that are designed to improve user privacy and make the social network's privacy options easier to find.

  • Opinion: Virginia Quake Sends Social Networks Into Overdrive

    "I feel the earth... move.. under my feet... I feel the sky tumbling down, a-tumbling down.."

  • Opinion: Fox's 8-Day Content Delay Encourages Piracy

    Fox recently decided to stop releasing free online streams of its TV shows on Hulu the day after they air--instead, Fox is delaying free streaming for eight days. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this choice by the network has resulted in an increase in over-100-percent increase in piracy.

  • Opinion: Is Cloud-Based Backup Safe?

    Melissa has her doubts about backing up online. "With hackers now able to hack into government and large holding companies' computers, wouldn't I also be at risk?"

  • Opinion: Google+ Mimics Twitter with Celebrity Verification

    Google’s growing social networking service is taking a page from Twitter by verifying accounts belonging to public figures and celebrities.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 14: Playing Games on Google+

    For many Google+ pioneers, one of the most redeeming qualities of the nascent social network was the lack of games. The bad news is that it didn't last long, though, because now Google+ does have games. The good news is that Google+ is using a different approach that should make the games less annoying for those who choose not to partake.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 15: A Closer Look at Google+ Privacy

    One of the most appealing aspects of Google+ for many users is privacy. Many feel Facebook has been too cavalier when it comes to sharing personal information, and that Google is a better steward of sensitive data. For today's 30 Days With Google+ entry, I am taking a closer look at some of the privacy aspects of Google+.

  • Opinion: Facebook, Yahoo to Test Six Degrees of Separation

    Yahoo is tapping Facebook's massive social network to test the old "six degrees of separation" theory. It's about time.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 13: Posting from Google+ to Facebook

    Google+ may be the newest kid on the social networking block, but it is not the only kid. I have multiple social networks that I maintain and update, and sometimes it can be tedious and redundant to post the same links or information on multiple networks. For today's 30 Days With Google+ journey, I am taking a look at some methods for cross-posting content from Google+ to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.

  • Opinion: New Netflix Section 'Just for Kids'

    Young children, as all parents know, love to watch the same shows over and over...and over. It's exactly this love of repetition that makes Netflix a good deal for families. Rather than buy or rent individual kid shows, it's easier (and cheaper) to sign up for Netflix' streaming service and let the youngins watch all the videos they want.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 12: Following People in Google+

    I have already discussed Circles, the pros and cons of Circles, and why I am not a huge fan of the Circle interface. One aspect that hasn't yet been discussed, though, during this 30 Days With Google+ is the fact that I can follow other Google+ users who I am fairly sure have no intention of adding me to a Circle to read anything I might share.

  • Opinion: Amazon AWS GovCloud: Lessons for the Private Sector

    Amazon introduced a new cloud service aimed specifically at the United States government this week. Although the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud is targeted at government agencies, there are also some valuable lessons for private sector businesses and IT admins to learn about cloud servers and data storage.

  • Opinion: FBI Warns Consumers About Online Auto Scams

    Online scammers are bilking car shoppers with fraudulent vehicle sales and false vehicle protection claims, according to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 11: Understanding the +1 Button

    As with other social networks, when I find a post that I like on Google+, I can choose to add my two cents by commenting on it, or I can just click a button to show my support or approval. On Google+, that button is the +1 button. For today's 30 Days With Google+ post, I am taking a closer look at what happens when I click +1, and what it really means.

  • Opinion: Heello: Another Microblog to Join, then Abandon

    You know what the world needs now? No, it's not love, sweet love. We need another social network. And that's what TwitPic founder Noah Everett wants to give us -- but with a twist. Everett's idea for a new social network is Twitter -- TwitPic's raison d'être -- but slightly repackaged and going under the name Heello.



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