Stories by Heather Havenstein

Traffic to YouTube, other video sites doubled in 2007

Online traffic to YouTube and other online video sites doubled last year compared with 2006, as almost half of adult online users say they visited such sites, according to a research report released Wednesday.

NewsGator stops charging for consumer RSS client apps

As part of an effort to help bolster its enterprise business and provide more relevant content to users, NewsGator Technologies Inc. Wednesday announced that all of its consumer RSS (Real Simple Syndication) client applications are now available without charge.

Google, Facebook add support for social content portability

Google and Facebook this week said that they have joined the DataPortability Workgroup, an organization dedicated to creating ways to easily share user-generated content created on social networks.

YouTube for intellectuals?

Big Think, a new Web 2.0-style site that bills itself as a conduit between global thought leaders and the public for sharing ideas on topics ranging from alternative energy to subprime mortgages, launched in beta on Monday.

MindTouch updates its open source enterprise wiki

MindTouch Monday unveiled updates to its open source enterprise wiki aimed at making it easier for companies to integrate enterprise applications and mashups into the wiki.

Facebook reinstates tech blogger, but debate goes on

Technology blogger Robert Scoble's Facebook account was reinstated Thursday, just hours after the social network kicked him off the site for running an application to import his contacts from the popular social network.

Google looks to technology that recognizes text in images

Google may have plans to expand its search engine beyond static text.

Tech blogger kicked off Facebook for downloading content

The Facebook account of Robert Scoble has been disabled, after the prominent tech blogger tried to download his contacts from the social network, a move that is shining a spotlight on data portability in the Web 2.0 world.

HarperCollins creates MySpace community

HarperTeen, an unit of HarperCollins Publishers, Friday announced a new partnership with MySpace that aims to create a community that lets teen readers connect, interact and create their own online content.

Sporting association to bloggers: Too many posts -- and you're OUT!

The US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA ) issued new rules this week that will allow credentialed press to blog live NCAA championship sporting events. The rules, however, limit the number of times reporters can post live blogs depending on the sport they cover.

New tool aims to secure Facebook for corporate users

WorkLight Wednesday unveiled a tool that's designed to allow companies to provide employees with access to Facebook but ensure that the online social network is run behind corporate firewalls to restrict access to confidential content.

IBM tool adds visualization to social networks at work

IBM announced the availability Tuesday of a new corporate social networking visualization and analysis tool aimed at helping users better navigate their personal and corporate social networks.

Google dips its toe into user-generated profiles

Google Inc. over the weekend quietly announced Google Profiles, which provide a way for users of various Google products like Google Maps and Google Reader to offer information about themselves to other users.

IT faces stiff challenge from emerging workforce

Chris Scalet realized that the next generation of workers will likely require drastically different IT tools and policies as he watched his 20-year-old daughter studying for college classes recently.

Google launches its own Wikipedia - with a twist

Google last week announced plans to launch a tool it said will allow users to contribute articles for a new online encyclopedia of sorts. Unlike Wikipedia, Google's new Knol (which stands for a unit of knowledge) will include the names of authors who will maintain sole responsibility for editing the content.

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