The outcome of Verizon's lawsuit against the FCC might do more to determine the future of the Internet than the FCC's new chairman possibly can.
FORTUNE -- Tom Wheeler's appointment as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission was about as friction-free as could be, despite the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz threatened to block the nomination over his supposed worries about rules governing disclosure of who pays for political ads. A MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Nov 1, 2013 3:53 PM ET
Facebook wanted the product's creator to stop offering the software. A compromise will allow most of Social Fixer's features to remain in place.
FORTUNE -- Have you ever wondered why your Facebook (FB) newsfeed doesn't just show you everything you want to see -- all posts from all your friends and the all the pages you follow in reverse chronological order? You're not alone, but the reasons remain somewhat mysterious for MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Oct 24, 2013 12:36 PM ET
Some publishers have pulled out from mobile news-aggregators like Flipboard because they don't see any real payoff. But the company says it's creating a program to help such smaller publishers earn more.
FORTUNE -- In July of last year, the political news and opinion site Talking Points Memo proudly declared that it was "excited to announce that tablet and smartphone users can now read TPM on Flipboard," a popular, magazine-style news-reading MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Oct 18, 2013 2:40 PM ET
Advertisers who want to reach people who use social media while watching TV need to know their target audience: It's very different from the TV audience as a whole.
FORTUNE -- Social-media enthusiasts, especially those on Twitter, tend to think their hobby is more popular than it really is. If you're on Twitter a lot, and the people you know best are on Twitter a lot, it's easy to delude yourself MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Oct 8, 2013 10:25 AM ET
Lots of people insist on watching TV while also interacting on social networks. Facebook and Twitter are both trying to capitalize on it.
FORTUNE -- During the extremely tense opening moments of Sunday's Breaking Bad finale, someone on the East Coast wrote on Facebook (FB), "Breaking Bad ... CAN'T BREATHE."
Which seemed odd. This man was expressing an intense reaction to an intense, riveting scene, even as the scene was unfolding -- and MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Oct 4, 2013 10:37 AM ET
Austin is getting gigabit Internet service. But it will be only for those families who can afford the high fees.
FORTUNE -- AT&T (T) has announced that it will soon offer ultra-high-speed Internet service in Austin, Texas, going head to head with Google (GOOG), which is doing the same. Finally, it seems the U.S., where the Internet was invented, might be on the way to getting Internet speeds more like those MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Oct 2, 2013 9:21 AM ET
The state now requires companies to disclose whether they comply with users' wishes to not have their activities tracked. It probably won't do much.
FORTUNE -- If you were able to tick a box in your browser and stop companies from tracking your online activities, would you do it? You almost certainly would, and that's why Internet companies and privacy groups have been unable to reach an agreement on implementing MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Oct 1, 2013 2:08 PM ET
Barilla Pasta's president says gay customers can get their pasta elsewhere. Why would anyone ever turn customers away?
FORTUNE -- If there is one lesson business leaders around the globe should take to heart, it's this: Just stay away from spouting off on cultural wedge issues. But if you can't help yourself, at least try not to invite large swaths of your customer base to take their business elsewhere.
That's what Guido MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 27, 2013 2:28 PM ET
Several sites are taking different approaches of solving the problem of Internet comments essentially wrecking the experience of surfing the web.
FORTUNE -- Ever since they began allowing readers to comment, websites have been wrestling with a major conundrum: Commenters are often terrible, but they also increase traffic -- at least theoretically. And with ad revenues increasingly difficult to generate, anything that boosts traffic is hard to let go of. And MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 25, 2013 1:57 PM ET
The increasingly popular Upworthy offers a counterweight to the all the Internet's silliness and bile.
FORTUNE -- Could it be that the continuous ire directed at BuzzFeed is based more on its shallowness and vapidity than on the fact that it tends to nab a lot of its content (mostly photos) from other sites? Probably. Consider the fact that Upworthy, the viral-video site that tends to focus on positive, inspiring content, MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 19, 2013 12:41 PM ET
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