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Former Google executive and Feedburner CEO and co-founder Dick Costolo will be joining the ex-Googler gang at Twitter as the micro-messaging service’s new COO. The recent appointment of Costolo, who’s known for his comedic tweets, signifies that Twitter is trying to grow its business as fast […] Read more »

Service providers have a huge opportunity in front of them with home networks, according to a Forrester report out today — but they need to move quickly. The firm found that around 33 percent of U.S. households — or 39.3 million — have a home network, which […] Read more »

Greystripe, a mobile advertising network that distributes ad-supported games and applications, said it secured $2 million in funding from the Peacock Equity Fund, a joint venture fund co-founded by GE and its NBC Universal unit, ending a Series C funding round. The funding and a new […] Read more »

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We’ve written extensively about how tweets seriously lack context, due, at least in part, to the inherently disjointed nature of the Twitter network. To read a conversation in its entirety, it requires a lot of clicking back and forth between people’s Twitter pages to follow the […] Read more »

While you’re enjoying a cup of joe in a local cafe, the folks sitting around you typing on their laptops and smartphones could very well be purchasing something online. Nearly 38 percent of people who use a cafe’s Wi-Fi say they make an online purchase during […] Read more »

[qi:109] As we saw with the death of Michael Jackson and the Iranian election protests, statistics on tweets help to reveal how information spreads across the web. For many, Trendrr has emerged as the digital tracking service of choice, lauded for its both its ability to […] Read more »

The Facebook 3.0 iPhone application is finally available for download in the iTunes store. Though the app was submitted to Apple on Aug. 16, its release has been widely anticipated for months by iPhone users (especially Om). When we took it out for a test drive, […] Read more »

Music lovers on the go, rejoice! Apple has apparently let Spotify, which enables users to instantly stream entire albums and share custom playlists, put an app in the iTunes App Store. The decision comes a week after it was confirmed that Hutchinson Wampoa Chairman Li Ka-Shing […] Read more »

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AdMob, a San Mateo, Calif.-based mobile advertising company, said today that it’s buying AdWhirl, which lets publishers switch between ad networks on the fly, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition comes in the wake of AdMob moving to pull itself out of AdWhirl’s network and marks […] Read more »

Updated with additional comment from Facebook: Facebook, as expected, will implement changes to its privacy policies within the next year in order to comply with Canadian law, the country’s privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, confirmed this morning. The changes — which will be applied across the social […] Read more »

Facebook has been in hot water with Canada over how it protects user data, and the country’s privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, is set to announce at a news conference tomorrow that the company plans to comply with the government’s privacy concerns. Last month, Stoddart said that […] Read more »

Pop-unders, Hover ads and the like can be jarring interruptions to your online experience, but advertisements are necessary because ad revenue is why most web content is free. Since companies are continually developing new ways to advertise online, we decided to compile a list of the five most irritating ads on the web. Read more »

A group of Republicans made their way from Washington to Silicon Valley last week to demonstrate both the party’s dedication to supporting the tech industry in general and its embrace of social media tools in particular. John Culberson (R-TX), Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Bob Latta (R-OH) […] Read more »

Brazen Careerist, the blog network spearheaded by well-known career advice blogger and columnist Penelope Trunk, launched a professional social network today aimed at connecting employers with prospective Generation Y hires. The new social network juxtaposes features from popular social sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn […] Read more »

Kutano is publicly releasing in beta today a browser add-on that lets you view tweets related to the web page you’re visiting. The add-on aims to not only connect people on the web but to help Twitter users keep track of the influx of tweets streaming […] Read more »

[qi:109] While social web content has been stereotyped as a teen fad, it looks like adults are crashing the young folks’ party. More than four out of five U.S. adults (ages 18 and up) use social media at least once a month, according to a Forrester […] Read more »

Fanbase, a web directory of college and professional teams and athletes, publicly launched today, joining FanFeedr, FanSnap, Yardbarker and a host of other web sites that aim to cover sports in innovative ways. Fanbase’s content is user-driven, similar to Wikipedia and IMDb, so anyone can edit […] Read more »

FanFeedr, a real-time, personalized online sport feed, plans to release a feature this weekend that lets people comment on status updates and user activity posted on its home page. Sports fans visit an average of 4-6 web sites in order to find the news and information […] Read more »

[qi:115] Instead of holding out for an IPO or acquisition, these days, employees who have spent years at burgeoning startups are eager to sell their stock holdings in exchange for cash, an article in the Wall Street Journal pointed out today. Case in point: Current and […] Read more »

If you can’t buy them, then co-opt them! That seems to be the Facebook attitude towards Twitter. Facebook plans release a feature over the next few days that lets administrators of Facebook Pages push out status updates directly to Twitter, the company said in a blog […] Read more »

Twitter plans to launch a location-based feature that reveals the latitude and longitude from which an individual is tweeting, co-founder Biz Stone revealed in a blog post today, signaling that the micromessaging site wants to hop onto the hot location-based services trend (a topic that will […] Read more »

Hutchinson Wampoa Chairman Li Ka-Shing participated in Spotify‘s recent financing round and took a stake in the European music streaming web site, Forbes has confirmed. With Li’s foot in the door, the telecom mogul will likely look to marry Hutchinson Wampoa-owned mobile handset maker INQ with […] Read more »

With some 58,000 iPhone applications in the iTunes Store, developers face an uphill battle when it comes to building a user base for their applications. But thanks to a simple marketing campaign on Twitter, tap tap tap, a startup with less than 20 employees, has seen […] Read more »

Despite all the hype and excitement around the real-time web, access to real-time information online is hardly a new phenomenon. That fact stuck with me after talking to Chris Cox, Facebook’s product director, last week at the social networking company’s headquarters. As he noted, “Real time has […] Read more »

MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta has confirmed that the social network will acquire popular music discovery application iLike, marking the beleaguered company’s first big move towards reverting back to its roots as a niche site for music and entertainment. On his first conference call as CEO […] Read more »

The bespectacled, geeky PC guy from the Apple commercials finally has something to gloat about. Macs are not shaping up to be the top choice of students this back-to-school shopping season, as they’re opting instead for more affordable netbooks and PC laptops. According to results from […] Read more »

Sweb Apps publicly launched an eponymous web site today where small- and medium-sized businesses can create their own iPhone applications, providing a new way for them to market their services and promotions to the increasing number of smartphone users. On the Sweb Apps site, a business […] Read more »

Retweeting, or copying and posting another person’s tweet on Twitter, has become so popular that the San Francisco-based micro-messaging startup plans to incorporate a formal retweet feature on its site and API, co-founder Biz Stone wrote in a blog post last week. Because the update is […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_consumer-products] AT&T is shutting down its broadband TV service on Sept. 1, leaving users with a little over two weeks to continue watching live TV streamed to their PCs. AT&T launched the service in 2006. When it comes to streamed television over the Internet, several new […] Read more »

Though Twitter is used by celebrities like Oprah and Ashton Kutcher, a recent analysis by Nielsen concluded it hasn’t yet caught on with the under-25 set, which it found accounts for just 16 percent of Twitter users. But not everyone agrees with the way the findings, […] Read more »

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone says his company’s technology will evolve based on what its users are doing on the microblogging site; only then will the company work to add value to the 140-character tweet capability. This philosophy, which Stone explained in an interview with Tavis Smiley […] Read more »

Updated with comment from Cisco: Cisco and Warner Music Group announced today that the music company will roll out a dozen new sites dedicated to its artists using Cisco’s Eos SaaS social entertainment platform by the end of this year, adding to the five existing Warner […] Read more »

Google today released a host of new gadgets and an “Update” feature to its customizable home page offering, iGoogle, in the U.S. that mirror many of the functions on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, such as the ability to share story links on status […] Read more »

Magazine ad spending has declined for the last five years straight, but an iPhone application platform publicly launched today by Mountain View, Calif.-based NearbyNow may help stem the tide. The company seeks to move magazine advertising to mobile phones, and today showed off iPhone apps built […] Read more »

Facebook released two new APIs aimed at spurring developers to create new features around its messaging and notifications systems, and also introduced a simplified way for developers to let users attach application content to messages, the company said in a blog post this afternoon. This is […] Read more »

Nokia said today that more than a million users have signed up for its free mobile- and web-based email service, Ovi Mail, over the last six months. Designed for those without access to a PC, notably residents of developing countries, this uptake makes clear the increasing […] Read more »

Cooliris rolled out an updated version of its free iPhone application today that lets you sift through images on Microsoft’s Bing search engine and supports Twitter, two capabilities that aren’t offered on the web-based version of the startup’s 3-D user interface. The app’s Twitter capability lets […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_mobile] Social networks and mobile phones are a match made in heaven. Om has written previously about how mobile carriers are reaping financial benefits from the growing usage of social networks on cell phones — more people are signing up for data plans to use apps […] Read more »

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