Last week we talked here about the rumors that Google will end up buying Twitter… someday. But what’s in it for Google? And does Twitter ever develop into anything other than what it already is: a kind of addictive way to waste some work time?
I know the idea of a digital carrot-and-stick to motivate students is not necessarily new. But what Cynthia Lewis at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development notes is that many students in this generation — who we think are entirely comfortable with digital media — often have few skills that they’ll need, especially in college.
Who will buy Twitter? Is Twitter even for sale? The tech sites were buzzing last week when it was reported Google was in talks to acquire the microblogging service. It turned out not to be true.
Cash-strapped states are targeting Internet merchants. Several are considering bills that would require merchants to collect sales taxes on digital downloads. Under a Supreme Court ruling, states can only require the merchants to collect the taxes online if they have a bricks-and-mortar presence in the state. In Minnesota, for example, a bill being considered by the Legislature would add a sales tax to downloads from iTunes and WalMart.
New research says the Internet and social networking sites are not the threat to children we’ve been led to believe.
The whole ‘file sharing’ debate is over. It’s time to move on.
If you die, how will your online friends know.
Jordin Kare and fellow astrophysicist Lowell Wood — they also worked on President Reagan’s Star Wars initiative — are working on building the laser weapon the mosquitoes.
While you’re reading this entry, the chances are pretty good that you’ll get some e-mail. You’ll stop what you’re doing and read it, and it probably won’t be all that important. That’s the problem. Every time you get some e-mail, you drop what you’re doing to read it.
Listen The first of two twin robots sent to Mars by NASA is due to land tomorrow night. The second is scheduled to reach Mars three weeks later. They’ll spend three months roaming up to several hundred miles on Mars, analyzing rocks and soil, and looking for evidence of water. While the Mars rovers are Read more →