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Published Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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With the holidays here, you are probably thinking about connecting with the people who matter to you most. Keith Ferrazzi, relationship expert and best-selling author of Never Eat Alone, recommends that you also think about other relationships-those in business and with strangers-as opportunities to connect.

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Published Sunday, December 21, 2008

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Do the environmental and energy crises driving so many of todayââ'¬â"¢s headlines actually represent a unique opportunity for revitalizing the global economy? That is the argument that Pulitzer Prizeââ'¬"winning journalist Thomas L. Friedman advances in his latest book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolutionââ'¬"and How It Can Renew America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008). Steve Mirsky, a staff editor and writer for Scientific American and host of its Science Talk podcast, spoke with Friedman about his book in August; what follows is adapted from that conversation, which can be heard/read in full here.
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Published Monday, December 15, 2008

Here's what we're hearing from people all over the world: Facebook is shutting down accounts of users who are exhibiting any behavior it finds remotely suspicious. As paradoxical as it sounds, "suspicious" often means just using the site too much! Sometimes they warn people and give them the chance to change their behavior, and sometimes the account termination is sudden and permanent. Most of the time the disabled accounts will be turned back on, whether automatically after a cool-down period, or after prostrating yourself to the FB authorities. But sometimes they'll lock it up and throw away the key.

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Published Monday, December 8, 2008

Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook: How facebook toppled the BBC

The BBC was once an unassailable force in British media - it had values to be emulated, resources to be envied, and viewing and listening figures of which other media could only stand by in awe. Now its judgment, or at least that of its presenters, stands in question, its resources are shrunk and thinly spread, and even its vast website has been overtaken in terms of popularity by social networking website Facebook.

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Published Monday, December 1, 2008

Internet applications have almost entirely penetrated the work place, with 97 percent of respondents to a new survey being released today saying they use at least one Internet application. That’s up from 85 percent a year ago, according to FaceTime, which makes work place monitoring and Internet security software.

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Published Monday, December 1, 2008

Vestas, the Danish wind turbine manufacturer, announced Monday it will put its North American headquarters in Portland, Ore., and is opening a new wind research facility in Boston, Mass.

Colorado apparently was in the running for the research facility, but not for the North American headquarters, said Laura Brandt, manager of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, an arm of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. 

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Published Monday, December 1, 2008

This week, the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the US economy had been in a recession since December 2007. In light of that bit of news, it seems appropriate to run a couple of pieces I had posted over the past year.

I don’t intend to join the gloom-and-doom crowd, because I believe the economy is very diverse and resilient. However, it is an inescapable fact that business growth moves in cycles — up and down. In the event of a downturn, let’s ponder the role of our hyper-networked space in managing through tougher times. We may have not seen anything like it.

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Published Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A growing number of companies are employing technology-enabled solutions for leveraging word of mouth as a way to raise brand awareness, drive marketing improvement and, ultimately, increase shareholder value. For some, the challenge of social media marketing is to identify top influencers, to engage them as brand evangelists, and to then track the impact of their words and actions over time.

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