If the upcoming Christmas season goes according to Mattel's plan, your pre-teen daughter might be spending their post-holiday week at her friend's houses doing what amounts to good, old-fashioned key signings.Mattel has a free virtual world for pre-teen girls called Barbie's World that let's friends talk to their virtual friends using a feature called Secret B Chat.
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Yahoo in recent days has launched two social networking efforts--Mash, a social widget type site, and Kickstart, which is designed to be a more professional networking site.What exactly is Yahoo up to with these sites?
An agreement between Sprint Nextel and Clearwire to create a nationwide WiMax network is off.Sprint Nextel and Clearwire have nixed plans to create a wireless broadband network due to the fact Sprint has no CEO at the moment.
Notable headlines:Robin Harris: Macs cost less than PCs - if you erase the disks.Ryan Naraine: Hackers seize Alicia Keys's MySpace page, launching malware attacks.
T-Mobile will be tossing in a year's worth of complementary HotSpot access for people that buy an XO laptop in the "give one get one" program.In an email reminder, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program detailed the following:"Give One Get One" is the only time we are making the revolutionary XO laptop available to the public.
Guest post: Chris Matyszczyk has spent years creating award-winning advertisements to motivate buyers. Facebook's ad platform simply reaffirms that individuals are media.
IBM has been talking about autonomic computer--the Holy Grail of self-regulating IT, as in the way the nervous system regulates and protects the human body autonomically--since the beginning of the century.
At the FourSquare Conference in New York put on by the private investment firm Quadrangle, Facebook CFO Gideon Yu made a gonzo statement that is being picked apart by the blogosphere.As reported by Sam Gustin of Portfolio, who apparently was the only journalist to witness the event, Yu, the former YouTube CFO and Yahoo treasurer, said regarding his current and former employers:"There are these small bands of people who are trying to take over the world," Yu said.
AMD on Thursday announced its AMD FireStream processor, which is designed to allow for parallel computing performance found in graphic chips. The chip is tailored for scientific and engineering calculations.
News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch spent a good bit of time defending MySpace's honor in the wake of the buzz machine that is Facebook.