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Why Libya can’t shut down bit.ly

Bit.ly logoLibya intermittently shut off some Internet access to its citizens over the weekend, leading some to believe that link-shortening sites like bit.ly, which uses the Libyan ".ly" suffix, would be affected.

Link shortening services became popular in the past couple years as Twitter users needed a way to shorten long URLs into 140-character tweets. Bit.ly is the largest such site.

Computer finishes off human opponents on ‘Jeopardy!’

Start the "computers are conquering the world" jokes now. "Jeopardy!" master Ken Jennings already has.

The IBM supercomputer Watson won its second "Jeopardy!" game in Wednesday's edition of the TV show, completing a sweep of its two human opponents, including Jennings, who acknowledged mankind's trivia inferiority before the match was even over.

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The Hierarchy of Social Marketing

hierrachy_of_social_media_marketingOne of the things that small-business marketers struggle with around the entire topic of social marketing is trying to jump into the next new thing without enough analysis of what they should focus on.

I happen to think this is an important, evolving, and essential area of marketing for small businesses, but there’s a hierarchy to it. In other words, there is a logical progression of utilization that comes about much like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Nature.

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Did Facebook bring down Mubarak?

Facebook_Egypt_Protests"People protested and brought down governments before Facebook was invented. They did it before the internet came along."

--Malcolm Gladwell, February 2

"This is the revolution of the youth of the internet, and now the revolution of all Egyptians."

--Wael Ghonim, February 7

As we watch, transfixed by the sights and sounds of jubilation in the streets of Egypt, the question on many people's minds is: How did this happen? But a far better way to ask that question is: Who organized this, and how?

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50 Websites You Won’t Believe Are Using WordPress

50_best_Wordpress_WebsitesIt's been just over a year since I started using Wordpress. I can't say it's my favorite yet, but a look at this list suggests that it may not take so long before that changes.

Though there are some beautiful websites out there using WordPress and it isn’t always obvious that they are. Some of these websites are entertainment sites, some are portfolios, and others are the home pages of large international companies. WordPress really is taking over the online world.

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The Most Blocked Websites on the Internet

OpenDNS, one of the most popular DNS services on the Internet, is frequently used by parents and organizations to block websites that they think are inappropriate for children or may hamper productivity at the workplace.

OpenDNS, which claims to handle DNS requests for 1% of Internet users worldwide, has released a report detailing a list of top 10 websites that are most frequently blocked by home users and business users.

A cybercafe customer in Cairo, Egypt, looks at Facebook on Thursday, before widespread service outages.

Reports say Egypt Web shutdown is coordinated, extensive

A cybercafe customer in Cairo, Egypt, looks at Facebook on Thursday, before widespread service outages.For the rocks and other projectiles that protestors are hurling in the streets of Cairo, Egypt's riot police have shields.

To combat social media, another important weapon for the demonstrators, outside experts and people living in the country say the government has coordinated a blockage of certain communications websites and unplugged internet access entirely to parts of the country.

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101 Most useful websites of 2010

101-most-useful_websitesAs we quickly return to our desks/workstations this new year, here are my picks for the 101 most useful websites of the year 2010.

The list primarily highlights the lesser-known or undiscovered websites and misses out all-time favorites like Google Docs, Wikipedia or IMDB that most of us are already aware of.

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Discussion: Can Uganda contribute to modern Scientific advancement when 50% are illiterate?

This article was written by Henry Ford Miirima Press Secretary of the Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara, to the Daily Monitor in response to columnist, Robert Kalumba's article, WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED IN THIS PAST DECADE? (December 28, 2010).

"Smartphones? Tablets? e-Book readers? Netbooks? They could all save newspapers, magazines and books, or destroy them. Or both" PC Tech's Issue #4 After demonstrating that Ugandans (Africans) have done nothing in the field of discovery, Kalumba castigates us by saying we are so incapable of doing anything that even simple, modern scientific advances like OPERATING THE ATM MACHINE IS AN IMPOSSIBILITY TO A GREAT CHUNK OF UGANDANS.

He says, "We are welcoming a new decade without not only having failed to impact the world with new innovations are still mired in the same chaos our great grandfathers faced." 

"...but its really ashaming as a continent that we  welcome 2011 with totally nothing to show to the world," he continues.

But, let me ask Robert Kalumba, "Don't you know that Uganda's population of over 31 million, more than half are totally illiterate.

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Google launches eBookstore: But is it any different?

Google says its eBookstore is the largest on the internetGoogle on Monday launched what it says is the largest digital bookstore on the internet -- a site called the Google eBookstore.

"The idea behind Google eBooks is to truly set your reading free," the company says in a YouTube video about the new service.

Sounds nice. Free reading. But is Google's foray into digital books actually any different than efforts from Amazon and Barnes & Noble? Here's a quick guide:
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