CDMA iPhone and iPad 2 chatter grows ahead of Verizon’s January 11th announcement

By on January 10, 2011 at 7:52 AM.

CDMA iPhone and iPad 2 chatter grows ahead of Verizon’s January 11th announcement

Last Friday, technology-centric Internet sites exploded when news of a January 11th Verizon press conference broke. The nation’s largest wireless provider is expected to finally announce the highly-anticipated, oft-rumored, CDMA iPhone. Media outlets ranging from AllThingsD to the Wall Street Journal have emphatically proclaimed that an iPhone announcement is in the works. The publications have also reported that the unannounced device will have a truly unlimited data plan. Speculation is not, however, isolated to this one event and this one device. Digg founder Kevin Rose has thrown his hat into the ring with a next generation iPad prediction. Reporting on “good authority,” Mr. Rose notes:

Apple will be announcing the iPad 2 in the next “3-4 weeks”, possibly Tuesday February 1st. The iPad 2 will feature a retina display and front/back cameras.

Mr. Rose, who has speculated about Apple-specific announcements before and has a fairly reputable track record, did not offer any additional details about the device.

Whatever Verizon has planned, we’ll know at 11:00AM ET tomorrow.
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Facebook and others caught sending user data to advertisers

By on May 21, 2010 at 7:09 AM.

Facebook and others caught sending user data to advertisers

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Another day, another scandal involving social media websites. Today the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Facebook — along with MySpace, LiveJournal, Hi5, Xanga, Digg and Twitter — have been sending personal information about their users to advertisers without consent. Depending on how much information users opted to make public on their profile, advertising firms such as Google’s DoubleClick and Yahoo’s Right Media were able to obtain information as innocuous as the user’s ID to their hometown and occupation, all without the expressed consent of the account holder. Not surprisingly given what we’ve learned over the past few weeks, the WSJ said the worst offender is Facebook. Not only did it pass on information about the people that clicked on ads, but it also sent out information about the person whose profile the ad originated from. The WSJ had an assistant professor from the Harvard Business school evaluate code found on Facebook’s site and ultimately concluded that “if you are looking at your profile page and you click on an ad, you are telling that advertiser who you are.” Facebook was contacted about the matter, but claimed “we were recently made aware of one case where if a user takes a specific route on the site, advertisers may see that they clicked on their own profile and then clicked on an ad,” adding that “we fixed this case as soon as we heard about it.” For its role, MySpace said it is “currently implementing a methodology that will obfuscate the ‘FriendID’ in any URL that is passed along to advertisers.” Twitter simply stated that “this is just how the Internet and browsers work” when users click a link, and Digg denied any wrongdoing claiming it only passes on “information about the page that you are visiting, not you as a visitor” and that the initiating user’s ID is concealed. Both Google and Yahoo said they did not actively seek specific information about user IDs.

What do you think, folks? Does this confirm your worst fears about the ethics of the people running your favorite social media site, or is everything being blown way out of proportion? More →

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Google looking to purchase Digg?

By on July 23, 2008 at 6:46 AM.

Google looking to purchase Digg?

This one seems a bit weird, but generally reputable sources are claiming that Google is in talks to acquire news site Digg for a sum of $200 million. While neither Google nor Digg has released anything resembling a public comment on the matter, word on the street is that talks have progressed to the final negotiation stage, which could mean that a takeover announcement is imminent. If this goes through, Digg would presumably be enveloped by Google News, adding some level of user interaction to the news service. Would Google News benefit from a Digg-style ranking system? Would it ruin a now-reputable source of information? Rumors have been running wild about this for a while now. Let us know what you think!

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Rose Dishes iPhone Rumors and Financial Advice

By on June 2, 2008 at 10:55 AM.

Rose Dishes iPhone Rumors and Financial Advice

Cewebrity Digg boy Kevin Rose has built an empire from the ground up, no question. Legions of fans get as excited for Diggnation as your girl got for the Sex and the City movie (our condolences for the loss of your manhood if you were dragged out to it). If it’s all the same though we’ll stick to our brokers for investment direction, thanks Kevin. Rose does love to dish an iPhone rumor here and there though, and a couple of things he tossed out in a quickie Seesmic video recently have piqued our interest. Well, not really, but maybe they’ll pique your interest. First off, Rose states that the 3G iPhone will be available next week. We’ve long since thought June 9th to be the official announcement date but according to Kev-o you can have your cake and eat it too. Secondly, rumors flew around for a while that the new 3G iPhone may be subsidized by AT&T and available for a measly $200 with a 2-year contract. According to Rose however, the 3G iPhone will come in around the current iPhone price point and the low-end iPhone (does he mean the current 3G-less model or a new low-end model? Your guess is as good as ours) will be subsidized and available at the $200 mark. Hmm.

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