Steve O'Hear

Steve O'Hear is a London-based consultant, educator, and journalist, focussing on the Internet and all aspects of digital technology. He advises businesses and not-for-profit organisations on how to exploit the collaborative and publishing opportunities offered by the Web, and has written for numerous publications including The Guardian and Macworld. Steve is also the director of a new documentary on Silicon Valley, called <a href="http://www.insearchofthevalley.com">In Search of the Valley</a>, and in 2002 was made a fellow of the UK's National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Art.</p>

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Viacom vs YouTube exposes Google's data retention policy

Viacom vs YouTube exposes Google's data retention policy

In the ongoing litigation between Viacom and YouTube (Google) over alleged copyright infringement, a US court has ruled that Google must divulge the viewing habits of every user who has ever watched any video on YouTube. The one thing that bothers me more than the court ruling itself, however, is the fact that Google retains this amount of user data in the first place.

published July 3, 2008 by

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TipiT adds payment pledges to Twitter

TipiT adds payment pledges to Twitter

While not quite the Twitter mobile payments idea I wrote about yesterday, TipiT, a payment service designed for websites that want to add a 'tip jar' feature, has already ahead and added Twitter integration.

published July 2, 2008 by

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Could Twitter become the next PayPal?

Could Twitter become the next PayPal?

"Twitter’s not going to make their money with advertising. So how can they be a Billion Dollar Company in a year?", writes Nate Westheimer over at Silicon Alley Insider. The answer, he says, is for Twitter to get into the P2P mobile payments space.

published July 1, 2008 by

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Amazon's Jeff Bezos invests in Twitter

Amazon's Jeff Bezos invests in Twitter

Everybody's favorite micro-blogging service, Twitter, has confirmed its much rumored third round of funding, which includes two new investors: Spark Capital and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' Bezos Expeditions.

published June 24, 2008 by

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MySpace makeover announced

MySpace makeover announced

MySpace today announced a significant redesign of the site that incorporates a number of user interface changes that include the site’s home page, navigation, profile editing, search, and MySpaceTV player.

published June 13, 2008 by

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Native Facebook app for Palm OS smartphones

Native Facebook app for Palm OS smartphones

Palm have released a native Facebook client for its latest line of PalmOS-based Centro and Treo smartphones -- a move that is perhaps overdue considering that the Centro is aimed squarely at consumers and has been a hit with the youth market.

published June 13, 2008 by

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