The social network that turned the word "friend" into a verb and popularized the "like button" is turning 10 years old. As Facebook celebrates its birthday, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on what the company has accomplished in a decade and what CEO Mark Zuckerberg has planned for the next 10 years.
Oxford American Dictionaries elects the verb form of GIF as the word of the year. JPG and PNG declined to comment.
Companies know they've got it made when their brand is turned into a verb. But for how long, exactly? And especially when "Google" comprises more than just "search."
Adobe Systems' image-editing software is ubiquitous enough to become a verb. But as Photoshop exits its teens, it faces some new challenges.
"In Rainbows" is out, has reportedly already sold more than 1.2 million copies (which would dwarf sales of each of the past three Radiohead albums), and fans and critics alike are in awe.
The French town of "Eu" believes it is losing tourism business because Google searches on its name first lead to the European Union and to the past participle of the French verb 'to have'.
Yahoo may need a Band-Aid or a Kleenex. Its rival has been officially ensconced in Merriam-Webster's--and the OED.
Google has said it intends to crack down on the use of its name as a generic verb, in phrases such as "to google someone."