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RIM Offers Programmers Free BlackBerry Tablets for Their Apps

RIM Offers Programmers Free BlackBerry Tablets for Their Apps | Technobabble | Scoop.it
Research In Motion wants programmers to make apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook so badly that it's handing out the tablets for free. Oddly, the PlayBook giveaway could have less to do with the tablet than it does with future BlackBerry smartphones.
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Disruptions: Facebook Users Ask, 'Where's Our Cut?'

Disruptions: Facebook Users Ask, 'Where's Our Cut?' | Technobabble | Scoop.it
Without the free content created by its 850 million users, Facebook would surely not be on the verge of a multibillion-dollar initial public offering.
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Facebook Graffiti Artist Could be Worth $500 Million

Facebook Graffiti Artist Could be Worth $500 Million | Technobabble | Scoop.it

David Choe, a graffiti artist who chose Facebook stock instead of cash when he spray-painted the Facebook offices in 2005, says he could be worth more than $500 million.

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Amazon, Up in Flames

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Nancy Pearl may be America's best-known librarian. When she signed a deal with Amazon to publish out-of-print titles, it was after 20 traditional publishers had turned her down.

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DealBook: Zuckerberg Takes Control, You Get $100

DealBook: Zuckerberg Takes Control, You Get $100 | Technobabble | Scoop.it
A group of Facebook shareholders were paid $100 apiece for ceding voting control of their stock to Mark Zuckerberg, the company's co-founder and chief executive.
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Don't say you weren't warned

Don't say you weren't warned | Technobabble | Scoop.it
In 1962, Arthur C. Clarke published a collection of prophetic writings called Profiles of the Future.
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Putting a Price on Personal Data

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Personal data management has none of the obvious appeal of social networks or smartphones, but concerns about privacy may be changing that situation.
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Media Decoder: MySpace to Announce 1 Million New Users

Media Decoder: MySpace to Announce 1 Million New Users | Technobabble | Scoop.it
Efforts by the new owners of MySpace to emphasize the social network's role as a music and entertainment hub begin to show results.
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The Coming Car Electronics Revolution

The Coming Car Electronics Revolution | Technobabble | Scoop.it
The chip maker Broadcom announced a series of Ethernet-based products that will bring to cars the kind of communications connectivity seen in home appliances and large data centers.
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Everyone Speaks Text Message

Everyone Speaks Text Message | Technobabble | Scoop.it
Is technology killing indigenous languages or saving them? Well, you may soon be able to text in N'Ko.
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What I Learned About the Web in 2011

What I Learned About the Web in 2011 | Technobabble | Scoop.it
As the year draws to a close, we asked some A List Apart readers to tell us what they learned about the web in 2011. Together their responses summarize the joys and challenges of this magical place we call the internet.
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DealBook: SurveyMonkey Valued at $1 Billion as TPG Joins as Investor

DealBook: SurveyMonkey Valued at $1 Billion as TPG Joins as Investor | Technobabble | Scoop.it
SurveyMonkey is all grown up, Evelyn M. Rusli reports in DealBook. The online survey service announced on Wednesday that it had partnered with TPG Capital to acquire a rival, MarketTools.
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RIM's Year of Misery

RIM's Year of Misery | Technobabble | Scoop.it
For Research In Motion, 2011 was a devastating year. Once a leader in the smartphone business, the maker of the BlackBerry saw its market share shrivel, amid an embarrassing service shutdown and a failed product introduction.
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Nokia Publishes Policy on Conflict Minerals

Nokia Publishes Policy on Conflict Minerals | Technobabble | Scoop.it
Nokia, the Finnish phone maker, published a policy explaining how it deals with the issue of "conflict minerals," or minerals that come from areas engaged in warfare.
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Daily Report: Facebook's Mobility Challenge

Daily Report: Facebook's Mobility Challenge | Technobabble | Scoop.it
Although more than half of Facebook's 845 million members visit the site via a mobile device, the company has not yet found a way to make real money from that use.
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Media Decoder: 2.1 Million Streamed the Super Bowl, NBC Says

Media Decoder: 2.1 Million Streamed the Super Bowl, NBC Says | Technobabble | Scoop.it
More than 2.1 million people turned on the live Internet stream of Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night, NBC said on Tuesday, citing data from two measurement firms, Omniture and mDialog.
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Youths Are Watching, but Less Often on TV

Youths Are Watching, but Less Often on TV | Technobabble | Scoop.it
Young people still watch many television shows, but they are streaming them on computers and phones to a greater degree.
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'Entertainment Device' Expected From Google

'Entertainment Device' Expected From Google | Technobabble | Scoop.it
Google is moving into hardware by developing an "entertainment device" to compete with Amazon and Apple, people with knowledge of the company's plans say, furthering a goal of Larry Page, the chief executive.
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It's Not About You, Facebook. It's About Us.

It's Not About You, Facebook. It's About Us. | Technobabble | Scoop.it
The symbiotic relationship between Facebook and its users came into sharp focus when it filed for its initial public offering - revealing just how valuable that codependency is, Jenna Wortham writes.
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Proposal for European Roaming Fees Includes Global Cap

Proposal for European Roaming Fees Includes Global Cap | Technobabble | Scoop.it
The European Union's five-year-old limits are due for an update in July, and the latest plan could create pressure to bring rates down worldwide.
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INA Global - Publishing - Article - Amazon’s new program sparks debate about e-book library lending

INA Global - Publishing - Article - Amazon’s new program sparks debate about e-book library lending | Technobabble | Scoop.it

This article was originally sent to me in French. Here is the French URL: http://www.inaglobal.fr/edition/article/amazon-ouvre-encore-le-debat-sur-le-pret-de-livres-numeriques

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Media Decoder: YouTube Buys Company That Processes Music Royalties

Media Decoder: YouTube Buys Company That Processes Music Royalties | Technobabble | Scoop.it
In an effort to streamline its often complex relations with music publishers, YouTube has acquired RightsFlow, an upstart company in New York that processes royalties for the music industry, Ben Sisario reports for Media Decoder.
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Are We Suffering Global Gadget Fatigue?

Are We Suffering Global Gadget Fatigue? | Technobabble | Scoop.it
A new report from Underwriters Laboratories found that about half of consumers say high-tech manufacturers bring new products to market faster than people need them. A sign of global gadget fatigue?
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Economic Agency Calls on Members to Defend Internet Freedoms

Economic Agency Calls on Members to Defend Internet Freedoms | Technobabble | Scoop.it
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said some members have come under scrutiny for measures aimed at cracking down on unauthorized sharing of digital media.
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Sony Keeps Its Wager on Game Consoles With Vita

Sony Keeps Its Wager on Game Consoles With Vita | Technobabble | Scoop.it
Sony, which is set to release its next-generation PlayStation Vita on Saturday in Japan, is betting that dedicated consoles can hold their own against the surging popularity of casual iPhone and Android games, which are turning the video game...
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