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Forget Med School – Be a Startup Doctor

Forget Med School – Be a Startup Doctor

Late last year, Mark Cuban (self-made billionaire and owner of the Dallas Mavericks) wrote that entrepreneurs should ignore what their customers want. This may sound shocking, but it’s nothing new. In fact, it’s practically common knowledge for start-up companies; many entrepreneurs (including Steve Jobs) consider it one of the “best practices” of developing a product. […]

European Net Usage Growth Opens Doors for International Business

European Net Usage Growth Opens Doors for International Business

Internet usage in the European Union is rising and it’s no accident – the EU and United Kingdom governments are investing in policies to boost their digital economies. Their carefully considered Digital Agenda aims to improve Internet business opportunities by boosting broadspeed and getting more people online.

What’s more, each country is…

Anatomy of a PDF Hack

Anatomy of a PDF Hack

By Tomer Bitton, security researcher, Imperva

PDFs are widely used business file format, which makes them a common target for malware attacks. Because PDFs have so many “features,” hackers have learned how to hide attacks deep under the surface. By using a number of utilities, we are able to reverse engineer the techniques in malicious PDFs…

What Is the Future of Gamification? [Survey]

What Is the Future of Gamification? [Survey]

Since Seth Priebatsch’s keynote at this year’s SXSW, excitement about adding a “game layer” to the world – liberating games from their traditional place on a computer screen and imposing game-like, social and situational constraints onto the real world (largely through mobile apps) – has positively erupted. There’s been considerable interest from…

Help Recognize the Heroes Behind Big Data Projects Like Data.gov

Help Recognize the Heroes Behind Big Data Projects Like Data.gov

Data.gov is a recent example of our ability to gather, store and analyze enormous, unprecedented quantities of information. Projects like these have the power to change our lives by driving transparency, accountability and collaboration. Data.gov is a testament to the times we live in and what we can do with big data technologies. But, perhaps more…

Mapping, Geolocation and the Future of Scalable Disaster Response

Mapping, Geolocation and the Future of Scalable Disaster Response

On Jan. 12, 2010 an earthquake of catastrophic proportions struck Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Among the buildings that were leveled was a school. In spite of the roof caving into the classroom, some of the children survived and one of them managed to send an SMS message. Relief workers, however, were unable to find the location of the…

The Advantage of Cloud Infrastructure: Servers are Software

The Advantage of Cloud Infrastructure: Servers are Software

More and more companies are moving from traditional servers to virtual servers in the cloud, and many new service-based deployments are starting in the cloud. However, despite the overwhelming popularity of the cloud here, deployments in the cloud look a lot like deployments on traditional servers. Companies are not changing their systems…

Cloud + Machine-to-Machine = Disruption of Things: Part 2

Cloud + Machine-to-Machine = Disruption of Things: Part 2

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on the advantages that cloud computing brings to the machine-to-machine space. It was first published as a white paper by Ken Fromm. Fromm is VP of Business Development at Appoxy, a Web app development company building high scale applications on Amazon Web Services. He can be found on Twitter…

Cloud + Machine-to-Machine = Disruption of Things: Part 1

Cloud + Machine-to-Machine = Disruption of Things: Part 1

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on the advantages that cloud computing brings to the machine-to-machine space. It was first published as a white paper by Ken Fromm. Fromm is VP of Business Development at Appoxy, a Web app development company building high scale applications on Amazon Web Services. He can be found on…

What the AngelList Debate Means for the Future of Startup Investing

What the AngelList Debate Means for the Future of Startup Investing

Over the weekend there has been some controversy surrounding AngelList, the network that connects startup entrepreneurs and investors. Before AngelList, investment dealflow was private and networks revolved around a few connected angels and VC?s. Since the angel network was created, transparent angel investing has exploded and entrepreneurs from…

Dear Twitter: You’re a Utility – Get Off The Fence And Start Acting Like One

Dear Twitter: You’re a Utility – Get Off The Fence And Start Acting Like One

On Friday Twitter suspended UberMedia’s UberTwitter, Twidroyd and UberCurrent apps for “violating Twitter policies and trademarks.” Twitter continued: “We’ve had conversations with UberMedia, the developer of these applications, about policy violations since April 2010.” UberMedia’s Bill Gross then responded by saying the suspensions “took us by surprise”. Huh? Wha-? We’re obviously not getting the whole […]

Why Most Facebook Marketing Doesn’t Work

Why Most Facebook Marketing Doesn’t Work

For almost four years, since the Facebook Platform was launched, I have been involved in delivering Facebook apps for top brands such as CBS, NBC, Lifetime, Universal Music, Visa and more. Here’s what we have learned doesn’t work, and more importantly, what does work.
First, deep campaigns don’t work. Digital agencies love deep, expensive…

Why Most Facebook Marketing Doesn’t Work

Why Most Facebook Marketing Doesn’t Work

For almost four years, since the Facebook Platform was launched, I have been involved in delivering Facebook apps for top brands such as CBS, NBC, Lifetime, Universal Music, Visa and more. Here’s what we have learned doesn’t work, and more importantly, what does work. First, deep campaigns don’t work. Digital agencies love deep, expensive campaigns […]

Social Media Economics: The Science for Social Success

Social Media Economics: The Science for Social Success

The Web is becoming social, and companies are jumping to capture the investment dollars. With business models and advertising effectiveness in question, it’s hard to valuate such ventures. Social media economics does just that: it’s the social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of content amongst online social…

From #Jan25 to Tahrir: What Comes Next for the Internet Revolution?

From #Jan25 to Tahrir: What Comes Next for the Internet Revolution?

Guest author Ahmed Zidan lives in Egypt and is the editor of Mideast Youth. The Egyptian protesters have overthrown Mubarak after nearly 30 years. Egypt has come second in row after Tunisia. The two revolutions, the Tunisian and the Egyptian, have succeeded. Egypt has seen its first people’s revolution, and over 18 days many things changed…

5 Ways the Mobile App Economy is Evolving in 2011

5 Ways the Mobile App Economy is Evolving in 2011

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking of the app economy as a fully developed and mature space. And while it’s not the wild wild West that it was two years ago, the economy is still rapidly evolving – and we’re about to see some significant changes in 2011. 

1. The Virtual Good is God – it’s all about in-app purchasing

Does it seem like…

The New Rules of the App Store

The New Rules of the App Store

This post is an excerpt from Rana Sobhany’s new book, Mobilize: Strategies for Success from the Frontlines of the App Revolution. Mobilize walks developers through the positioning, marketing and outreach needed to create successful apps. In her opening chapter, Sobhany follows the history of the app store phenomenon from its early days through…

The New Rules of the App Store

The New Rules of the App Store

This post is an excerpt from Rana Sobhany‘s new book, Mobilize: Strategies for Success from the Frontlines of the App Revolution. Mobilize walks developers through the positioning, marketing and outreach needed to create successful apps. In her opening chapter, Sobhany follows the history of the app store phenomenon from its early days through the successes, […]

What is Apple Without Steve Jobs?

What is Apple Without Steve Jobs?

By now you’ve probably seen several reports about how Steve Jobs, 55, has taken a medical leave of absence to focus on his health. According to the New York Times, an anonymous source at Apple stated that Jobs had been looking “increasingly emaciated,” and that he was on a “down cycle” leading up to his medical leave announcement.
It’s…