Posts Tagged ‘users’

Microsoft Talks Innovation

February 5, 2010

Microsoft is no stranger to criticism, whether justified or not, but it has responded to a recent piece from a former employee, Dick Brass, who essentially alleges that the company’s best work is behind it.

Gloves off, gauntlet thrown down, metaphores mixed

Brass was once Microsoft’s vice president in charge of ClearType and responsible for its ebook and tablet efforts back in the day when Microsoft was one of the very few companies that seemed to be taking the whole affair seriously. In a recent editorial piece for the New York Times, Brass paints a fairly sad picture of Microsoft, describing it by saying that,

“Microsoft has become a clumsy, uncompetitive innovator. Its products are lampooned, often unfairly but sometimes with good reason. Its image has never recovered from the antitrust prosectution of the 1990s.”

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Boards.ie Hacked, Change Your Passwords

January 21, 2010

For those who’ve been having issues figuring out what to do with themselves after yesterday’s sudden Twitter outage, today’s Boards.ie outage has probably caused a similar issue when it comes to combating workplace boredom.

Godspeed gentlemen :)

The word from the folks at Boards.ie is that its database was attacked by a source outside Ireland. Apparently, the attack saw those portions of the Boards’ database that contain members’ usernames, email addresses and “obfuscated passwords” accessed by the attackers. The folks from Boards had the following quick pieces of advice for anyone who has an account with them,

“If you use the same password on Boards as you do on other services, you should change it on those other services to be safe. Boards passwords are NOT stored in plain text, they are obscured with the standard vBulletin ‘Hash.’ While this provides strong protection, we have altered all passwords on Boards as a precaution and suggest you take this time to alter other similar passwords.”

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Twitter Turns a Profit

December 21, 2009

It’s emerged that recent deals to make Twitter’s mass of real-time data available to big search engines has ended up with the miblogging service turning a profit for the first time.

It’s certainly strange to see Twitter returning a profit so very quickly, and from something that had seemed to be entirely inevitable, but according to BusinessWeek the company has already moved into profitability. This much at least will be fine news to the folks at Twitter, who had been said to be struggling to find an avenue for the service to make profit without rendering it less attractive to users; searchabilty could well be just what the doctor ordered… temporarily at least.

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Twitter Users Seeing Wrong Tweets

December 10, 2009

Many Twitter users are reporting seeing some misplaced Tweets in their usual feeds, with some seeing updates from users whose settings mark them as protected, and so shouldn’t be visible to anyone but followers.

Word comes via Cnet that Twitter has added the “misdirected” tweets to its list of Known Issues, and it’s usually a short enough step from there to an issue being solved, but for now users seeing tweets from a source they’re not following looks set to continue.

Of course, this issue has only been worsened by a kind of general misunderstanding of the new “retweet” functionality added to Twitter, which allows users to share content updated from another account with their followers. Unfortunately, the fact that many seem to have been unprepared for the new retweet model means that there were an awful lot of people complaining about misdirected tweets before the bug was really recognised as a bug, rather than users simply misunderstanding.

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Google Gets Facebook Realtime

December 8, 2009

Google’s realtime search may well already boast Twitter results, but now it has announced that it’s managed to get its web-crawling hands into Facebook’s live-updates as well, to say nothing of MySpace.

TechCrunch is reporting that, towards the end of its event on realtime search, Google’s Marissa Mayer officially announced that the company would be showing results from both current social networking high-flyer Facebook and one-time industry leader MySpace. Of course, for now there’s all kinds of questions about just what Google had to do to get its hands on the data, but it seems as though just about everyone is willing to speculate on it being some vast amount of currency changing hands.

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Twitter Doubting Retweet Functionality?

December 3, 2009

Twitter’s newest addition, the improved retweet functionality, has caused an awful lot of frustration for some users, while others love it. Last night though, that functionality disappeared for many, leading to a lot of questions about whether or not the feature is set in stone yet.

Immediately, folks like TechCrunch jumped to ask whether or not Twitter had finally ditched the by-now much maligned retweet functionality. That now seems not to be the case, with many reporting that they’ve seen the new style of retweets reappearing in both their standalone application streams and web-based Twitter feeds. Of course, the big issue here is that Twitter has managed not to put itself in a very awkward position.

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Wikipedia Haemorrhaging Editors

November 26, 2009

The world’s favourite collaborative encyclopaedia has been revealed to have lost somewhere in the region of 49,000 of its editors in the first quarter of this year, roughly ten times the number lost over the first three months of last year.

This news follows claims made during the summer that Wikipedia’s most frequent editors’ enthusiasm was likely to kill the site’s ability to maintain up-to-the-minute articles on just about everything. According to researchers at the Palo Alto Research Centre earlier this year, Wikipedia has long since stopped undergoing the exponential growth that characterised its rise.

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Bing Continues to Grow Nicely

November 17, 2009

Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, has continued to grow, despite analyst’s expectations that it had either already reached a terminal point and settled down or even be declining.

Rumours of Bing’s demise it seems had been greatly exaggerated. September figures for the search engine were released by several outfits that indicated Bing’s market share has started to slide, and the press was quick to pounce on what many perceived to be the carcass of Microsoft’s search engine. Since then though, more reliable figures have indicated that Bing had actually grown during the month of September, and TechCrunch is reporting that it’s managed to do so again in October.

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See What Data Google Has on You

November 6, 2009

Google has launched a new service called Google Dashboard, which allows users to see all of the data that Google has accrued from its various services about your various habits.

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For many, the sheer ubiquity of Google services has long been the scariest thing about the search giant. Google’s combination of targeted ads, Gmail, Google Docs the Chrome browser, alongside ownership of YouTube, has long meant that the company has a hand in, for a lot of us, some very widespread datasets about your habits on the web.

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Ireland Leads Twitter Lists Project

November 4, 2009

It seems as though Ireland is at the forefront of one of the most ambitious and perhaps interesting Twitter projects going. The good folks over at SimplyZesty are using Twitter’s new “Lists” functionality to list all of the users from a single country.

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It’s amusing, and certainly an interesting project. The folks over at TechCrunch have some of the more interesting details, but it’s well worth noting that the Twitter list they’ve built for Ireland was assembled by hand, a fact likely made easier by the fact that Ireland has so small a population relative to other countries they’re rolling national lists out in.

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