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  • Newsbytes 11/10/09

    October 11, 2009 @ 11:22 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Facebook, Twitter to come to Xbox from November 17th

    Angela Merkel weighs in on Google debate

    Why juggling could help improve your brain

  • Vodafone unveils 360 service

    September 25, 2009 @ 1:32 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Vodafone unveiled its new 360 service yesterday in Dublin, with the help of chief executive Charles Butterworth and Dita von Teese.

    Personally, I was disappointed that DvT didn’t explain the finer points of the service. But moving along.

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  • Newsbytes 25/09/09

    @ 1:23 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    The Google Book hearing has been delayed.

    O2 will launch the Palm Pre on October 16th.

    Twitter is raising €67.7 million in funding.

    Microsoft has opened a €341 million data centre in Dublin.

    The Wii becomes the latest console to drop prices.

  • Social networking sites ‘a distraction’

    August 13, 2009 @ 11:58 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    We’re a skiving lot apparently. According to new survey, more than half of office workers are logging on to social networking sites they should be working.

    So instead of answering calls, emails or generally keeping our employers’ business running smoothly, half of us are logging on to play Bejewelled or throw a sheep at someone. Or Twittering incessantly.

    Of course, that’s only the 52 per cent who are admitting to it. Who knows what the real figure is.

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  • Twitter taken out

    August 7, 2009 @ 5:15 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Seems like yesterday’s Twitter outage was down to Russia. Or so says a pro-Georgian blogger, Cyxymu, who is thought to have been the target of the denial of service attack that took down Twitter and Facebook.

    Facebook’s chief security officer confirmed the attack was aimed at Cyxymu. It’s not the first time either, with the blogger being targetted last year in a similar incident.

    Meanwhile, productivity across the globe probably increased during the downtime for both Twitter and Facebook. But what did you do when Twitter was down?

  • Ads missing the mark?

    August 1, 2009 @ 9:25 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Inspired by Karlin’s piece in yesterday’s paper on Facebook ads, I’ve had a look to see what the social networking site throws up for me.

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  • Websites crash under Jacko strain

    June 26, 2009 @ 12:20 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    So there you have it. Michael Jackson is dead. By all accounts it was a heart attack – a pretty ordinary end to a very strange life.

    And it was a website that broke the story first – TMZ.com. Not broadcast media or print. Within minutes, the topic was all over Twitter. Each update was tweeted as it happened. Looking at Twitter as I’m writing this, I have an entire page of Jacko-related tweets.

    It wasn’t all good for new media though. Websites creaked under the strain of the number of people logging on to get the latest updates. Michael Jackson managed to crash Twitter. TechCrunch has the screenshots here detailing the major meltdowns but I experienced the Twitter fail for myself. Frustrating, but common enough when a major story breaks.  

    Anyway. The end of an era, and the death of an icon, whatever you thought of him.  

  • Facebook doles out the vanity URLs

    June 10, 2009 @ 1:15 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Ever wanted to be aname instead of a number on Facebook? Well from Saturday, you’ll be able to sign up for your very own personalised address.

    The bad news is it’s a first come, first served deal, which means you’ll have to be up pretty early in the morning (5am, to be precise) if you want to guarantee that no one else nabs your URL.

    Also, once you shoose that’s it. You’re stuck with it. So while that comedy URL may seem funny now, bear in mind that two years from now (if you’re still Facebook-active) you’ll still be saddled with that name.

  • A bit of good Facebook news (for a change)

    May 29, 2009 @ 1:55 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s nice to see that not all the stories about Facebook hitting the headlines these days are bad. In among the viruses and the privacy isues you get a story like this - a mother who found her son after 27 years through the social networking site.

  • How to get yourself sacked in one easy step

    May 7, 2009 @ 11:23 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    1. Update your Facebook/Twitter status 

    Blabbermouth workers are causing palpitations among employers, who would rather we sut up and keep company business off our Facebook/MySpace/Twitter pages. Or so says a survey from security firm Sophos.

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