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September, 2010


September 29, 2010  3:11 PM

Laptops relieve Roman boredom

WAshford Profile: WAshford
productivity

Rome's mayor has provided one of the most interesting and probably most truthful reasons for a civic authority's decision around IT technology.

According to Gianni Alemanno, he has allowed Rome's IT administrators to install games on all laptops issued to city councillors.

September 28, 2010  12:02 PM

Jobs for twits

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
advertising

Apparently, job vacanices posted on PeoplePerHour.com for 'Twitter consultants' have jumped more than 300% this year.


"We're seeing increasing demand for social media experts to oversee the Twitter feeds and Facebook pages of a very wide variety of companies," said...


September 23, 2010  10:17 AM

Booze can damage your browser

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
consumer

Amazon's Kindle eBook reader offers a way for users to highlight quotes and sections of text they like. This info is then posted on Amazon's site.

 

Nicholas Carr's The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains had the most highlights in the Tech category, with...


September 23, 2010  9:33 AM

McCartney in the cloud with HP

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Music

Paul McCartney has certainly been listening to what the man says, when he agreed to put his back catologue on a private HP cloud. Hopefully it will be secure otherwise he'll have to let 'em in. With a little luck, we can work it out, but if it doesn't, we can all stand together and say, say,...


September 22, 2010  9:42 AM

UK girl gets 21,000 responses to party invitation

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Facebook, Social networking

A public life used to be limited to those who had fame and or fortune, but now literally anyone can take to the world's stage through the press of a button.

At a stroke, a 14-year-old girl from Hertfordshire used Facebook events to post a party invitation and received replies from...


September 16, 2010  3:31 PM

IE 9.0 – it’s only a beta…

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
online

Microsoft launched the beta release of Internet Explorer 9.0 last night. Attended by a couple of hundred journalists, VIPs and a couple of young things who'd obviously  had far too much of the free booze and were actually enjoying teh demos, MS certainly laid on the corporate hospitality....


September 16, 2010  11:52 AM

Y-CIO, it’s fun to play as a Y-CIO

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
betfair, CIO, ymca

"I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town...There's no need to be unhappy".

That's how the YMCA lyrics go, right? American Tony McAlister, who happens to be CTO at online betting firm Betfair, took that literally when taking part in a Dragon Boat race earlier this month.

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September 16, 2010  11:32 AM

What are you doing now? “Braking very hard!!!”

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
car, Facebook, social media, Social networking

In a groundbreaking development in car safety, General Motors has announced that drivers will soon be able to use Facebook while speeding down the motorway.

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September 15, 2010  5:39 PM

How to be Confused.com about the cost of social media

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
confused.com, Facebook, Insurance, social media, Social networking, twitter

Insurance price comparison site Confused.com - the one that doesn't use meerkats or singing waiters in its adverts - seems intent on alienating the approximately 500 billion users of Facebook and Twitter (source: Facebook/Twitter marketing) by announcing that users of social media may face...


September 15, 2010  5:16 PM

Cops seek tweeting PigSpotter

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
tweet

Traffic cops in South Africa are seeking PigSpotter, a civic-minded motorist who tweets the location of speed traps and sundry law enforcement apparat that minimise the fun you can have on the roads there.
PigSpotter has garnered only some 6,000 followers, despite being interviewed on local...


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