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Articles by Michael Hickins
posted in May 2009

Microsoft Zunes Further Into Oblivion

It's hard to see where Microsoft thinks it's going with Zune, part of the Entertainment and Devices Division that continues to tread water as the also-ran of the company's five main divisions.

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Online Advertisers Targeting Our Kids

The economic mess has come home to roost. I mean literally come home, as in vendors are trying to worm their way into every available keyhole and Internet connection to squeeze more dollars out of our kids.

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How Fast Will Google Index Twitter?

It seems that even Google has fallen sway to the Twitterocalypse that is shattering preconceptions about social activity on the Web. I mean, who knew that people would not only broadcast their every move, but that other people would want to read about it?

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Wolfram Alpha Out Of Beta (Too) Early

I saw something Friday night I had never witnessed in person before: an inside the park home run at a major league game. Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees sped around the bases in what seemed like blinding speed. How long did it take him? Thankfully, the Wolfram Alpha computational search engine went live yesterday, two days earlier than planned, which meant my curiosity could be assuaged.

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Craigslist Lessons For Twitter

Craigslist caved to pressure from blue-nose attorneys general hoping to score political points by standing up to the most defenseless members of our population, and will shutter its erotic services section. Wonderful.

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Twitter, Facebook, Fixing What Ain't Broke

It must be a product of the times -- Mark Zuckerberg, Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, all watching giants crumble under the weight of their own complacency, and saying to themselves, "that's never gonna be me." But really guys, change for change sake isn't any more of a successful business strategy than resting on your laurels.

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Obama Reboots Web Site

President Obama is trying, once again, to make use of Internet technology to engage the American people in a dialog about important issues. Once again, though, he's failed -- although I'm not sure whether the failure is his or ours.

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How To Make Money Selling iPhone Apps

Developers hoping to cash in on the enormous popularity of the iPhone have to hold their collective breaths every time they submit an app to Apple, hoping it will not get rejected for some unknown reason.

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IT Departments Unprepared For Pandemics

I'm attending Service-now.com's user conference in San Diego this week, and was asking Rhett Glauser, the company's spokesman, whether fear of the swine flu had kept anyone away. What I learned was surprising -- the swine flu did keep a few people away, but not for the reason you'd think.

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Why We Tweet

I found myself explaining Twitter to my best friend, an architect in New York City, who despite being worldly, erudite and smart, was completely at a loss as to why he should even care about Twitter, much less incorporate it into his crazily busy life.

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