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Google launched their new “+1” feature recently, amid a slew of media fanfare. I bet you all are wondering, “What does Google +1 mean for my business.” And I’ll tell you, but in order for it to make sense, let’s take a step back to get some perspective. The “old Google” circa seven days ago,… Continue Reading Tech Talk: What does Google’s ‘+1’ mean for your business?

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Ramtron International, based in Colorado Springs, posted a 58 percent increase in revenue compared to the first quarter of this year. The increase in second-quarter revenue was due to more support from the company’s Texas wafer source, assembly and test subcontractor, which allowed the company to start shipping its products in greater volume. However, the… Continue Reading Ramtron posts second quarter revenue increases

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Spectranetics names new CEO

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Spectranetics Corp. has hired Scott Drake as president and CEO, effective Aug. 10. Drake is leaving DaVita Inc., a provider of kidney care and dialysis, where he held the position of senior vice president of operations. He was responsible for business operations that generated about 20 percent of the company’s $6 billion revenue. He has… Continue Reading Spectranetics names new CEO

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So this week I posted a YouTube video of Nappy Roots on my facebook profile and got immediate rave reviews from my college age nephew. And I started to wonder if he thinks I’m actually cool. Here’s the thing: I’m really a fraud at being cool. I use the Internet as a “cool engine” that… Continue Reading As coolness expands, content companies tremble

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The slippery slope of newspaper paywalls

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In case you haven’t heard, The New York Times launched its paywall system on March 28, 2011. Their paywall is an attempt to monetize the content generated by the news professionals at the Times, and “save the newspaper industry.” Speaking as a Web enthusiast, I’m going to predict that this will be a bumpy road… Continue Reading The slippery slope of newspaper paywalls

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The other day I was stuck in traffic on the way to a meeting, and the delivery van in front of me made me burst out laughing. On the back of the van was the “F” icon for Facebook, the “T” icon for Twitter below their phone number. I think their graphic designer was confused… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Avoid using social media icons for print marketing

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So I was sending out rapid-fire emails yesterday morning like I do every day, and after a few hours I started to wonder why no one was writing back. To my horror, I realized that I was sending out all of my work emails under my aunt’s email account instead of my business email address.… Continue Reading Surrender your identity in one step with Google passwords

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Did you know that I can tell the following about the people who have viewed my ads online: Whether or not they are taking nonpresription drugs Whether they listen to Pink Floyd or Taio Cruz How much household debt they’re carrying (and conversely how much disposable income they have) What brand of car they own,… Continue Reading A rant about consumer privacy and online advertising

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BALTIMORE, MD — It’s a hypothetical scenario, of course, that you’d find yourself standing by the side of the highway frantically updating your Facebook status to see if your friends happen to be driving down the same highway and will stop to help you. Wouldn’t it give you a heart attack if one of your… Continue Reading 500 Facebook friends won’t help you fix your flat tire

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We all say the name Google with hushed reverence for its business model and aggressive ownership of the ability to slice and dice the Internet. Since its rise, we’ve all sort of hoped for another megalopoly, and while some have reached superstar status (Facebook) and others have pretended to be (Twitter), there’s one tech company… Continue Reading WordPress is opening up some new high-tech worlds

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