Twitter and Facebook aren't driving music sales online. Last.fm is. Remember Last.fm?
By Heather Muse, editor
FORTUNE -- "Be more social" is advice that pretty much every entrepreneur gets. Have a presence on Facebook. Be active on Twitter. But does that translate into sales? It's complicated.
Recent research about music sales showed a surprising social network generating an increase in sales for artists. Track plays on Last.fm, a music discovery service that has MOREJul 18, 2013 8:11 AM ET
Sharing metrics have their share of flaws but offer unprecedented insights.
By Gregory Galant @gregory, contributor
FORTUNE -- In my last column I pointed out that social shares (the number of times an article is shared on social media services like Facebook and Twitter) is the universal and publicly accessible metric for judging an article, simply because it's the only universal and publicly accessible metric for judging an article.
Not exactly a controversial stance, but MOREJul 10, 2013 10:23 AM ET
With Potluck, co-founder Josh Miller and crew want to take the idea of egalitarian Internet chatter even further.
FORTUNE -- The way 22-year-old Josh Miller sees it, there's no shortage of ways for Internet users to blog or make comments. But a place to hold high-quality discourse? That's harder to find. "Whether it's commenting on Facebook, replying on Twitter, or mingling down in the comments section below a blog post, online MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 25, 2013 1:47 PM ET
One year later, it looks that way.
FORTUNE -- It's been one year since Microsoft announced it was acquiring Yammer, a social networking tool for companies, for a whopping $1.2 billion. The plan? Use Yammer's software as a social layer across Microsoft's products and keep the smaller, San Francisco-based company as independent as possible. Twelve months in, Microsoft still has plenty of integration work ahead of it. But the Redmond-based tech giant MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jun 25, 2013 9:59 AM ET
A smartphone with physical keyboard? The Canadian company believes there's still a place for its new device in a market dominated by touch.
FORTUNE -- Confession: I use a BlackBerry.
Or well, I have a BlackBerry Bold 9930 for my work email (my choice) and an iPhone 5 for everything else. And you know what? It works. I've enjoyed my iPhone's many strengths over the years -- industrial design, app selection, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 23, 2013 10:24 PM ET
The popular photo-sharing mobile app now lets users capture video and apply filters.
FORTUNE -- Instagram isn't content with dominating the photo sharing space. At Facebook's (FB) Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters this week, CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom announced the ability to capture video in an iOS and Android update available for download.
The new video capability lets users shoot clips up to 15 seconds long, apply 13 new video filters like "Helena," MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 20, 2013 2:54 PM ET
Facebook's CEO reportedly approached Samsung about making the social network's next phone. Smart move.
FORTUNE -- Remember the first Facebook phone, the HTC First? Not many do -- despite its recent April launch.
The First was Facebook's (FB) first phone with Facebook Home, customized software that modifies areas of Google's (GOOG) popular Android operating system so users can readily check status updates and text friends. The phone is also one of Facebook's biggest MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 20, 2013 6:23 AM ET
How the Web responded on social media to Apple's World Wide Developers Conference.
FORTUNE -- Bet you didn't know that the conference Apple (AAPL) hosted in San Francisco last week for 6,000 developers was a face-off between CEO Tim Cook and Jony Ive, his Senior VP for design.
That's apparently how the folks at Viralheat saw it, judging from the graphic they released Monday. When the social media analytics firm looked at the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 18, 2013 5:47 AM ET
The social network wants all its employees to learn how to use data.
FORTUNE -- You may have heard of Facebook's engineering bootcamp, a six-week onboarding program for new hires to learn the ins and outs of the company's code base and culture. But over the last few months, the social networking giant has quietly rolled out another program that's not just for engineers -- rather, it's focused on teaching big data MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jun 13, 2013 7:18 AM ET
What's next for the companies involved in the NSA leaks scandal.
By Ryan Bradley, senior editor
FORTUNE -- On Sunday, a 29-year-old Booz Allen Hamilton employee named Edward Snowden stepped forward and (via the Guardian) told the world why he chose to make public top-secret National Security Agency documents. The NSA files, particularly those concerning a program called PRISM, describe how the agency could access data from several of America's largest MOREJun 10, 2013 9:23 AM ET
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