NEWS IN BRIEF
Daily Digest 6 April
Google resets Buzz privacy controls | Irish SMEs taking to social media
A federal appeals court in the US has ruled that the Federal Communications Commission does not have the legal authority to regulate on Net neutrality. The decision stems from the court's ruling on the FCC's August 2008 cease and desist order against Comcast, which it rejected on Tuesday.
Following on from the negative reaction to its social network Buzz, Google has reset the privacy settings. The changes make things a bit more transparent for users, who can now confirm who they are following, who's following them and whether they want this information to be made public.
Approximately 15 percent of Irish SMEs have a company Facebook page. Almost 25 percent of SME executives are a member of a business/professional networking site; LinkedIn is the most popular with 18 percent. One in 10 SME executives have a Twitter account. These figures come from a survey conducted on behalf of O2 Ideas Room. See the full report here.
Jay Adelson, CEO with social news website Digg, has announced he is to step down. "The entrepreneurial calling is strong, and I am ready to incubate some new business ideas over the next twelve months," he wrote on the site's blog. Founder and chief architect of Digg, Kevin Rose, is to take up the role of CEO.
Using Citrix XenDesktop, astronauts on the International Space Station are now able to tweet and access personal e-mail from space. The system was first used in March by Expedition 22 Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer who posted an update to his Twitter account from space. Read the press release here.
One in 10 mobile subscribers will use mobile ticketing by 2014, according to research firm Juniper. The report predicts that train/bus/metro tickets, mobile boarding passes for flights, and tickets for concerts or sporting events are key growth areas. Read more here.
While Apple has claimed over 300,000 iPads (includes pre-orders) were sold on the day of its launch, the firm also said that new iPad owners downloaded more than 1 million applications and over 250,000 electronic books on Saturday.
In related news Citrix launched two applications for the iPad -- Citrix Receiver & Citrix GoToMeeting. They are both available for free on the iPad App Store.
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