Social Media

The business of social networking, cloud computing, and a flaw in the fabric of the Internet top the most notable stories of 2008.

Socializing Networks Our collective obsession with social-networking sites continued in 2008, as did their search for a viable business model. (See “Social Networking Is Not a Business.“) Although economic conditions have been grim for the industry in the past few months (see “Are Social Networks Sinking?“), enthusiasm for the sites…

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Open-source cloud-computing tools could give companies greater flexibility.

Cloud-computing platforms such as Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Microsoft’s Azure Services Platform, and Google App Engine have given many businesses flexible access to computing resources, ushering in an era in which, among other things, startups can operate with much lower infrastructure costs. Instead of having to buy or rent…

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Applications built on social networks may be the ideal way to distribute malicious code.

Ever since Facebook opened its doors to third-party applications a year and a half ago, millions of users have employed miniature applications to play games, share movie and song recommendations, and even “zombie-bite” their friends. But as the popularity of third-party applications has grown, computer-security researchers have also begun worrying…

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