Twitter might often seem like a big pile of nonsense, but subscribers pay thousands of dollars in order to find and analyze the useful data it contains.
FORTUNE -- People who were 13 years old in 2006 are 20 now. Many of them no doubt would like to erase much of their online histories, especially the stuff they wrote on Twitter in their early-teen years: say, somebody who's now a fan MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 4, 2013 2:23 PM ET
The attack on the New York Times' web site this week was accomplished via a method that proponents of anti-piracy measures wanted written into U.S. law.
FORTUNE -- The attack that knocked The New York Times offline this week was an old-school hack: simple DNS blocking. The Syrian Electronic Army, which apparently mounted the attack, broke into domain-name servers run by Melbourne IT (and not into the NYT's own systems, which MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 30, 2013 2:54 PM ET
By making conversations easier to follow, Twitter is encouraging people to use the service for something other than its essential function. It's probably a good idea for the company, but not for people who use Twitter to follow the news.
FORTUNE -- Twitter is working to attract many more new users and keep the ones it has. To that end, the site is risking doing all it can to wreck Twitter.
Wreck MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 29, 2013 2:56 PM ET
Should we think of smartphones as providing "broadband access?" What about DSL service with speeds not far above dial-up access?
FORTUNE -- Broadband adoption in the U.S. continues to rise, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. Among adults 18 and older, 70% have broadband access at home -- up from 66% a year ago.
As Pew notes, that's a significant increase. But a deeper MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 27, 2013 4:08 PM ET
A blog post spreading a hard-to-believe "rumor" that Google Glass displays will take up 6,000 square feet in Best Buy stores was reportedly taken seriously by Wall Street traders.
FORTUNE -- The issue of government leaks is once again raising the question of who is and who is not a journalist, and whether we should ask instead whether a particular act is an act of journalism, regardless of who performs it.
Crucial, MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 23, 2013 1:37 PM ET
Jon Luini, a founder of the Internet's first music distributor, isn't a fan of either the record labels or the free-for-all of file-sharing.
FORTUNE -- Before Napster -- and even before the web -- there was IUMA, the Internet Underground Music Archive. Given everything that's happened since IUMA was ascendent in the mid- to late-'90s, what's most striking is how relatively conservative the service was. IUMA was dedicated to helping unsigned MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 22, 2013 1:38 PM ET
LinkedIn is opening itself up to young teenagers. This will not wreck the dreams of our starry-eyed children.
FORTUNE -- Facebook (FB) wasn't much until it opened itself up to people who didn't have a current email address issued by a college or university. Restricting access isn't a great way to build a social media business, Facebook realized. For most social media, scale is everything.
That's why LinkedIn (LNKD) has opened its MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 21, 2013 1:19 PM ET
A hacker calling himself "Mauritania Attacker" listed the names and some account information (no passwords) of 15,000 Twitter users. It's probably a good idea for users to clean up their apps.
FORTUNE -- A hack of Twitter exposing thousands of usernames and associated third-party access tokens appears not to have done any real damage, but it has made a lot of people realize how many third-party apps they have authorized, inspiring MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 20, 2013 3:28 PM ET
Even as Lenovo was becoming the top seller of PCs, its sales of mobile devices were surpassing its sales of computers.
FORTUNE -- In yet another data point highlighting the worldwide shift from PCs to tablets and smartphones, Lenovo (LNVGY) says its sales of mobile devices have surpassed its sales of PCs.
Sales of "smart devices" (including phones, tablets, and PCs) rose by 41% in over the past year, Lenovo said in MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 15, 2013 1:13 PM ET
The New York Times' website and its corporate site were both down Wednesday afternoon. Speculation of a hack ensued. The company says the problem is 'internal' and will be resolved soon.
FORTUNE -- The New York Times' (NYT) Web site is entirely offline, along with its corporate site, leading to speculation that the newspaper of record has been hacked. The Times, though, has now said in a series of tweets that MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 14, 2013 1:14 PM ET
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