Week in review: Of Twitter and taxes
Twitter and the tax man find bold, new ways to make money off the Net. Also: Microsoft unveils the socially oriented Kin phone.
Twitter and the tax man have at least one thing in common: bold, new ideas for making more money off the Internet.
This week, microblogging sitethat will put brands' messages into users' Twitter streams. The essence of Twitter's new business model is giving businesses the opportunity to push their Twitter accounts further into the site's massive audience.
The company insists that "promoted tweets" aren't ads, but tweets, which in one sense is just Silicon Valley futurist-speak. But in another sense, the company is right: in choosing to promote a tweet in search, a company selects keywords and then chooses the existing tweets from its account that it wants to promote. Users can reply to them, retweet them, and add them as favorites. And there will be real-time analytics attached.
Tax collectors want to force Amazon.com and other e-tailers to disclose how much you owe in unpaid sales taxes. And that could come back to haunt you.
Software maker teams up with Verizon on a pair of feature phones dubbed the Kin One and Kin Two, with a Zune music tie-in.
Piracy appears to be a drain on industry and tax revenue, but GAO says the data is unreliable. Report raises questions about film, music sectors' piracy claims.
In court fight against Justice Department, Yahoo finds ally in Google and privacy groups, who say police need warrant to read private e-mail.
Desktops and commercial customers are helping PC makers bounce back earlier in 2010 than previously expected.
A new set of MacBook Pros feature Intel's i5 and i7 processors, as well as faster Nvidia graphics.
Faced with more demand than supply, Apple is pushing back the international debut of the iPad from the end of April to the end of May.
Auditors head to a facility that makes mice and other Microsoft hardware and that's accused of requiring teenage workers to toil long hours in bad conditions.
From a manic cooking show hosted by a 3-year-old to tykes parodying a "Scarface" scene, online videos of kids toe a fine line between adorable and digital-age stage parenting.
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