By: Cyrus Farivar | March 06, 2011 (Featured on NPR)
Text messaging is exploding, and that’s an understatement. In 2005, cell phone users in the U.S. sent a total of about seven billion texts per month. Last year, they sent 173 billion text messages per month. That’s a monthly average of more than 600 messages per person. The main advantage of text messages is that they can be received on just about every mobile phone anywhere in the world. The main disadvantage: They’re not secure. Click here to listen to the full story.Read More »
How many times do we have to be told!? When you write an e-mail or send a text message (or photo), it lives on in cyberspace and could easily come back to haunt you in a big, bad way. Once your communication hits the digital super-highway, it is full speed ahead into immortality.Read More »
The average teen may send hundreds of texts a day, but they’d be getting much more out of their efforts with TigerText. This app provides many features that standard SMS does not, including allowing a user to send text messages or photos that automatically delete off both the sender’s and receivers phone after a selected period of time.Read More »
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is worried about his privacy. You may want to re-read that sentence to be sure it didn’t say “isn’t worried.” It would certainly make a lot more sense if the face of Facebook said he wasn’t concerned about privacy, but just the opposite is happening.Read More »
It’s often said that we live in a permissive era, one with infinite second chances. But the truth is that for a great many people, the permanent memory bank of the Web increasingly means there are no second chances — no opportunities to escape a scarlet letter in your digital past. Now the worst thing you’ve done is often the first thing everyone knows about you.Read More »
Force10 Networks has finally filed to go public after blabbing about it for years. Well, this is a juiced-up Force10. Last year, two competing 10-year-old network equipment makers, Force10 and Turin Networks, decided they needed to combine in order to persuade fussier public-market investors to buy into an eventual offering. That merger, billed at the time as a rare 50-50 deal, brought together two companies that had raised some $600 million in venture backing combined from at least 25 investors.Read More »
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