How Facebook Saved Face

An online mutiny this past week brought Facebook to its knees and gave a scary first look at how tenuous the world of cyberspace can be. Take notes, MySpace. Your parent company News Corp. paid over $600 million for the chance to be the social network and it can all go away at the click of a mouse.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg apologized in a letter posted to members by saying "We really messed this one up." How?

On Tuesday, September 5, Facebook implemented RSS feeds. As one student of mine said, "we like to spy on people but this is too much". The RSS feeds alerted friends to changes in members' profiles -- a&hellip

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Sirius WiFi Satellite Radio — an Idea Whose Time Has Not Yet Come

It's nice to see that Sirius Satellite Radio is getting into the Internet delivery business with the sale of a new live portable receiver known as The Stiletto. Great name. Great device. Unfortunate timing. The hefty $349.99 price comes with the promise of listening by satellite or WiFi -- at home, in the car (kits sold separately -- ouch!) and the disappointment that you'll have to wait a long time before universal WiFi is available. The new device is intriguing. The SL 100 allows for 6 Hour Recording Blocks. Software updates can be done via WiFi connection allowing Mac and PC users to easily update without using a&hellip

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Why MySpace’s Music Store Deserves Watching

The single-most visited Internet web address -- MySpace, the NewsCorp online venture, is going after Apple's iTunes. Many have tried and failed as iTunes commands a 70% share of the digital music market. The big four major record labels are no doubt rooting for this attempt to break Apple's stranglehold over them.

SpiralFrog announced their new plan to launch a free music
download service supported by advertising by the end of the year. Many see SpiralFrog's approach as "same-old, same-old" (see comments to separate post). But the MySpace challenge -- by no means a slam dunk -- is more intriguing.

On the surface&hellip

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The Future of 90 Second Commercials In Exchange For Downloading “Free” Music

The latest attempt by the record industry to swim upstream against Apple's iTunes appears destined to fail even before it ever gets started -- at least that's what the majority of my USC students think. Free music is a good thing. Being forced to watch a 90-second commercial every time you download that free music is a bad thing. Not being able to own the music is one thing. Having it all disappear within six months is quite another thing. This leads some Gen Y'ers to ask "What are these folks thinking?" Yesterday's announcement that Universal will take several million dollars in&hellip

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Sirius Terrestrial Radio

I keep getting this gnawing feeling that some satellite radio channels are sounding more and more like the terrestrial radio from which it was supposed to save angry listeners fed up with hype and commercials. Today I heard Sirius Six -- the Sixties channel -- with a live jock promo (over an intro no less) for a Sirius promotion (buy an another subscription, get a Sirius radio for home included in the price). This, along with jocks who are trying to sound like terrestrial djs, seemingly endless promotion of other Sirius channels and modern Top 40 formatics tells me you've got to hate terrestrial radio commercials an awful lot to put&hellip

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