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Articles by Michael Hickins
posted in August 2009
The unqualified success of the first part of the government's broadband stimulus effort is forcing broadband carriers to change their tune.
Privacy and anonymity are very close relatives, but their fates seem to be headed in very different directions, as recent examples from the worlds of Google and Facebook illustrate.
How are schools preparing our kids for the world of social networking? Not so well from my experience.
Stonie, you're doing a heck of a job. Today is the anniversary of the first day of the 2008 Democratic Convention, which is arguably the first day of the rest of Twitter's life; Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey have to be shaking their heads in disbelief at the sensation that their creation has created over the past twelve months.
Blog fights are fan favorites that tend to be treated like fluff, but they actually serve an important purpose, and the angrier the fights, the better.
If ten years ago someone had told you that nine women, or almost ten percent of Forbes' list of 100 most powerful women, represented the technology industry, it would have seemed like an improvement over the status quo. But today it feels like a bit of a step backward, especially when you consider that two of the nine names could easily be slotted into other categories.
Just think about this: the National Football League may be more enlightened than New York Times sports writer Judy Batista, who ragged on Donte' Stallworth for posting what she considered a flippant Tweet.
Government 2.0 has been identified in a couple of ways: one could be really called Politics 2.0, and is best personified by the digital grassroots organizing of the Obama campaign.
Where's the so-called liberal media when you need it? Large carriers like Verizon, Qwest and AT&T say they are refusing to apply for broadband stimulus funds because they don't want to accept government "strings" and because they can't "compete" with government, and the national media repeats their charges verbatim.
Two reports surfaced in the past couple of days that, put side by side, offer an amusing look at Twitter usage, painting it as a playground of the hyperactive and the self-obsessed, doling out wit and foolishness in almost equal measure.
Wall Street Journal (WSJ) honcho Rupert Murdoch wasn't kidding when he said that his properties would start charging for all online content.
Federal agencies handling applications for broadband stimulus grants have been forced to extend the deadline for applications because their online systems have buckled under the strain.
If nothing else, the broadband stimulus package has given the public an insight into how government procurement works -- and the result is educational to say the least.
You'd think that with the economy being what it is, companies would be trying just a little harder to hold onto their customers. And the little things, like making it up to customers when you inconvenience them, or adopting opt-in policies for marketing gimmicks, is much less expensive than any new marketing programs or feature sets you can think of.
From Alex Rodriguez to David Ortiz, the same question is asked every time the name of a big-time baseball player on "the list" is leaked to the press: how come the records weren't destroyed to begin with?
There's a growing sentiment that Twitter is failing us - not because its service was shut down last week, or because it's failing to articulate a coherent business plan (not that it's any of our business, by the way) - but because it's causing a URL-shortening service to shut down.
Microsoft is making it tough for developers new to the Microsoft universe to link up with Bing. Not the kind of thing Microsoft wants to repeat as it tries to build share for its brand spanking old search tool.
Twitter has been down most of this morning all over the world because, it says, of a denial of service (DOS) attack. Is it payback for Twitter's attempts at fighting malware?
The FCC's abrupt intervention last Friday into the quarrel between Apple and Google may have won more than a stay of execution for Google Voice; it may have heralded the beginning of a wide-ranging net neutrality movement in Washington of which Google has long been a proponent.
Google's new offline ads encouraging IT administrators to switch to Google Apps show just how serious it is about going after Microsoft for enterprise business.
Using Google Docs could put you in legal hot water if you're unable to comply with a subpoena to produce documents during a trial.