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So Facebook bought photosharing mobile network Instagram for tidy $1 billion this week. In all the furor about whether Instagram is selling out or Facebook is frightened of mobile or if this is further proof Facebook’s IPO will break the NASDAQ, we are obliged to ask what this means for data ownership, particularly for Instagram […]

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We come today not to bury Flickr but to praise it. Any service that can competently manage 5 billion images is worthy of admiration, and the Flickr interface and platform have long been posterchildren for user-friendly and effective web applications. That’s what makes this post from the New York Observer so noteworthy: Major, major stumble […]

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Image by rickonine via Flickr In case you hadn’t heard, Yahoo is shutting down several of its Web properties, most notably the Delicious link-sharing service. (Yahoo and Delicious have posted a vague response to the news leak, boiling down to “Yahoo wants rid of Delicious, so we hope someone else takes it over.”) That leaves […]

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The rumors are flying now that Google is going to flat-out clone Facebook with a new social network called Google Me. To pull this off, Google will have to break its current losing streak on social products. (Yes, Buzz, we’re looking at you. Go join Google Wave and Latitude over there in the shame corner.) […]

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Image by publik16 via Flickr It’s a pretty well established point of law that you don’t own your employee e-mail account, your employer does. Thus anything included in your employee e-mail account is fair game for human resources or your employer’s lawyers — you have no defensible expectation of privacy on corporate systems. But what […]

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