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Three Radical Things Google+ Can Do To Catch Up With Facebook

(11) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 10:43 AM

For all the hype it's been receiving in tech "circles" I don't believe that Google+ will be the Facebook killer they were dreaming it would be. Right now Google's tactic is to go safe by providing an alternative, yet not very dissimilar social network to their gargantuan user base. Not...

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And Here I Thought it Was Only Masturbation That Caused Blindness

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 5:08 PM

In what is perhaps the first genius marketing move of 2011 Nintendo has given moms around the world a whole new reason to scream, "Stop playing with that thing or you'll go blind!" The unit moms will be referring to in this case however is the Nintendo 3DS, the company's...

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Tech CEOs: Please Dress the Part

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 4:17 PM

There is a new unwritten rule amongst big tech CEOs: the more you dress like you're homeless, the more powerful you are (or are perceived to be). Dennis Crowley of Foursquare is a recent offender but it rolls much deeper. Going to a technology conference these days, you see more...

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The Fake Cow Cash Cow

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 3:21 PM

A few weeks ago it was announced that social gaming powerhouse Zynga, who makes its money primarily through the sale of virtual goods, had a higher valuation than retail gaming powerhouse Electronic Arts, who makes its money primarily through the sale of hard goods. With the Farmville creator's value being...

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Online Privacy = Oxymoron

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 4:15 PM

Facebook is in hot water over its users' privacy once again. On Monday The Wall Street Journal reported that the top ten applications on the platform have been sharing potentially sensitive user information with at least 25 advertising and data firms. The resulting uproar has led to some prodding from...

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A Life Reduced to a Tweet

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 5:09 PM

It used to be that the ultimate limited character assessment of a life was defined by what you wanted engraved on your tombstone. Devoted Wife, Loving Mother, Dear Friend. With the recent tragic suicide of Tyler Clementi, a life, or the end of one, comes in the limited character form...

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Too Few Women Starting Tech Companies? Blame Yourself

(4) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 5:44 PM

For years people have been endlessly speculating about why there are so few female entrepreneurs. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal on the lack of women leading tech startups has fueled the fire again with TechCrunch, twitter and every feminist, misogynist and trivialist adding their two cents. Everyone...

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And the Next FarmVille Is...

(5) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 9:25 AM

I spent last week at the Casual Connect Conference in Seattle. I should have known that it would be a show rife with contradictions when a conference panel I spoke on, titled "Self Promotion", had 11 attendees.

Casual games are the easy to learn games that you primarily play online,...

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131 Million Reasons the Supreme Court Could Censor Video Games

(29) Comments | Posted July 8, 2010 | 7:43 AM

Irony reached new heights in the video game industry this week. On Monday CNBC published interviews with various game industry executives about the prospect of the Supreme Court curbing the sale of violent video games. "Nightmare," sums up most of their thoughts on the April decision by the court to...

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A Kindle Obituary

(8) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 12:24 PM

The 2009 holiday season was a great one for Jeff Bezos. Santa brought him continued dominance in the world of e-readers, with Amazon selling hundreds of thousands of Kindles and millions of e-books. Little did he know, while he was counting his millions, Scrooge McJobs was toiling away at the...

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Adobe Fights Back With a Whimper, Google With a Thud

(20) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 5:09 PM

Last week Adobe made their first public stance in their war with Apple. They should have stayed silent.

For those who haven't been following the turf war that's been taking place it boils down to this: Steve Jobs refuses to place Flash on his iPad and iPod products and...

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Flash May Be Down, but It's Not Out

(16) Comments | Posted May 6, 2010 | 7:23 PM

The way Steve Jobs has been talking lately, you'd think that Flash was Steve Urkel -- some 90's has-been that was entertaining while it lasted but is no longer relevant. Well, I for one don't believe the hype. Contrary to Jobs, Flash is alive and well all over the Internet...

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The Most Powerful Force in the Universe? Games.

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 3:01 PM

If someone asked me what the most powerful forces in the universe were, I would answer gravity, love and chocolate. Not necessarily in that order. But according to Gabe Zichermann, author of the new book Game-Based Marketing I'm totally wrong. Games are the most powerful force in the universe. Sounds...

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Zuckerberg's Kool-Aid

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 3:07 PM

Facebook's Developer conference, F8, takes place today in San Francisco. And while I won't be attending, I'll be watching it streaming live on Facebook with thousands of others.

I have to admit, a year ago I was weary of Facebook. Between running a company and raising two small kids...

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PlayDates for the Lonely

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 11:58 AM

Attention lonely nerds: your prayers have been answered! A new site just launched where you can play video games with actual girls. And unlike real life where you may be too scared to speak to a member of the opposite sex, on, you can pay women to talk to...

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High Art for the Low Brow

(6) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 3:29 PM

Console games aimed at guys in their twenties usually involve some combination of football, hookers, zombies and/or guns. So it's more than a little surprising to see a new crop of games trading in the old standards for a far older standard: renaissance art and literary classics. That's right folks,...

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iPad vs. Roxxxy the Sex Robot

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 1:53 PM

Doesn't anyone in the blogosphere care about sex anymore? Take poor Roxxxy the sex robot for example (please). While the blogosphere's newest obsession -- comparing the iPad to everything from the iPhone to the Kindle -- has been burning up the internet, no one has bothered comparing the tricks the...

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Dungeon Master K.O.s Dungeon Master

(7) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 9:35 AM

The last time Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) was the game to play, blue eyeliner and leg warmers were also hot, so it figures that the only guy still obsessed with it would be serving a life sentence in a Wisconsin prison. Unfortunately for Kevin Singer, however, his life is about...

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Home Sales Down, Space Station Sales Up

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 1:28 PM

I've been looking for a house lately so I've gotten used to realtor-speak. "Charming" generally equals outdated, "unique," tends to imply some terrible architectural decisions (like the octagonal house I recently saw) and "needs your loving hands" means overrun with cats and thousands of old newspapers.


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Gifts for Gamers

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 8:18 AM

Don't know the difference between Nashville and Farmville? Think Spore is something you find on the old sponges laying on your sink? Then you may be stumped by what to get the gamers on your list this holiday season. From your kids, to your grandparents to your co-workers and friends,...

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