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Mozilla in 2011: Focus on Performance, Video, Identity & App Stores

Mozilla in 2011: Focus on Performance, Video, Identity & App Stores

Yesterday, we also had a chance to interview Mozilla’s chairperson Mitchell Baker at LeWeb in Paris. During this discussion, we talked about Mozilla’s plans for the coming year, which involve a renewed focus on speed, app stores for the Web and open audio and video in the browser. We also touched upon Mozilla’s vision for giving users the ability…

Location-Based Cola Wars: Pepsi, Coke, Foursquare and SCVNGR

Location-Based Cola Wars: Pepsi, Coke, Foursquare and SCVNGR

Even though many location-based social networks continue to struggle to find mainstream adoption, more and more big brands are hopping on the bandwagon now and are experimenting with how to best use these services for their purposes. Disney and Gowalla announced a partnership yesterday and Foursquare announced a deal with Pepsi and Safeway’s Vons…

Low Volume and No Retweets: Ping Is Not Going Viral on Twitter

Low Volume and No Retweets: Ping Is Not Going Viral on Twitter

Last week, Apple launched a partnership with Twitter that allows the users of its Ping social network to send their likes to their Twitter streams. Using Microsoft’s Archivist, we tapped into the Twitter firehose over the last few days and took a look at how Ping is doing on Twitter. Before the launch of this integration, there was a lot of talk…

Amazon Enables E-Book Gifting for Kindle

Amazon Enables E-Book Gifting for Kindle

Just ahead of the holiday shopping season, Amazon has enabled a new feature in its Kindle store: e-book gift giving. Amazon’s customers will now be able to give Kindle books to anybody with an e-mail address, whether they are existing Kindle users or not. According to Amazon, the Kindle store is “the first major bookstore to offer eBook gifting…

250,000 Sensors to Fight Internet Traffic Jams

250,000 Sensors to Fight Internet Traffic Jams

RIPE NCC, the regional Internet registry for Europe, the Middle East and some parts of Central Asia is planning to install up to 250,000 sensors that can measure Internet speeds and help engineers to predict and diagnose online traffic jams. Instead of building small, separate, private infrastructures to measure online traffic, RIPE proposes to…

New Study Says Cord Cutting Remains a Myth

New Study Says Cord Cutting Remains a Myth

While there has been a lot of talk about cord cutting lately – that is, cancelling your cable subscription in favor of going Internet TV-only – a new study by Nielsen, commissioned by the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) found that only 11% of the U.S. population currently watches “some TV shows and movies from the…

Apple Launches iTunes 10.1 in Preparation for iOS 4.2 Update

Apple Launches iTunes 10.1 in Preparation for iOS 4.2 Update

Apple just launched iTunes 10.1. This new version brings support for playing videos over AirPlay and “stability and performance improvements.” The new version of iTunes is also required for syncing devices that run the forthcoming iOS 4.2. Given that the iOS 4.2 update can only be installed with iTunes 10.1, chances are that the next version of…

Inboxes Rejoice: Spam Volume Down 47% Since August

Inboxes Rejoice: Spam Volume Down 47% Since August

The total volume of spam hitting our collective inboxes continues to decline. According to the latest data from Symantec, the global spam volume in October declined by 22% month-over-month and over 47% since August. This reduction can be attributed to the shutdown of major spam networks like spamit.com and the Bredolab botnet. Even with this…

Hasbro Plans to Bring 3D to the iPhone and iPod Touch

Hasbro Plans to Bring 3D to the iPhone and iPod Touch

Remember the Nintendo’s Virtual Boy? In 1995, the Japanese game company launched this 3D version of its popular Game Boy. The device turned out to be a big flop. Today, however, the 3D hype is back and toy maker Hasbro has decided to jump on the bandwagon with the My3D – a $30 set of binoculars with a slot for an iPod touch or iPhone that…

Google Launches Its Own Windows Phone 7 Search App

Google Launches Its Own Windows Phone 7 Search App

By default, Windows Phone 7 uses Bing as its search engine and Microsoft doesn’t currently give users the option to switch to another search provider. Just like Bing launched multiple iPhone apps, though, Google is also bringing its own mobile apps to Windows Phone 7. Just in time for the U.S. launch of Windows Phone 7, you can now download…