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The Effect of Hurricane Sandy on Internet Connectivity

link:   Over the last few days, Hurricane Sandy has been ravaging the eastern seaboard and causing severe damage to much of the infrastructure located in affected areas. Not only has this storm damaged phone and power lines, it has also caused damage to many data centers which host servers and data storage facilities […]

Google’s Knowledge Graph and the Future of Search

Google recently announced their knowledge graph, a project that they hope can one day expose users to relevant results faster than ever before. This graph connects real people places and things, and was harnessed to produce the Kevin Bacon calculation between individuals. In essence, the graph can convert “strings to things”, with access to “500 […]

Network and Social Effects Relating to Technology Adoption

Shaping Technology Across Social Works: Groupware Adoption in a Distributed Organization, Mark and Poltrock (2003), examines the adoption of a remote collaboration technology known as NetMeeting within The Boeing Company during the late 1990’s to early 2000’s. NetMeeting, installed on computer workstations, allowed employees to videoconference while sharing the information on their workstation as well […]


No matter what decision Apple makes, it seems as if they always win in the end. When Steve Jobs of Apple announced that Flash would not be supported on devices running iOS, he was heavily criticized for making a decision that may threaten Apple’s significance. However, Apple had the last laugh. Apple wisely switched over […]

Why In-App Purchases?

With the wide popularity of Apple’s iPhone, the iOS App Store has become a beacon to developers. Due to the abundance of apps available in the App Store, competition is very fierce and making a nice chunk of money is quite the challenge. Graham Spencer points out five general approaches to pricing an app, but […]

The NBA “Super Team” Trend

In the summer of 2007, the Boston Celtics were coming off a 24-58 season (2nd worst in the NBA) and the future didn’t look promising. The team’s only star, Paul Pierce, wanted to leave the team unless the Celtics were able to sign or trade for better players. The Celtics did just that, by trading […]

Is it really okay to follow other investors in financial markets?

Even in an age of information and advanced technology, people still tend to follow the crowd when it comes to investing. Failing to utilize resources on the Internet or get professional help from analysts, people continue to make “compulsive, irrational decisions” believing in the wisdom of the crowd. Investment requires substantial amount of experience and knowledge […]

The Effects of Fake Online Reviews on Today’s Information Cascade

Positive reviews on the social-media ratings and review websites can be a very useful tool in today’s business marketing. TripAdvisor, for instance, has more than “60 million unique visitors per month and over 75 million reviews,” (1). The growing influence of these sites, however, has created a severe fraud of fake reviews by the companies […]

The Rise of Smartphones

The first BlackBerry released in 2002 was the first smartphone optimized for wireless email use. Smartphone technology has evolved significantly since then, and the market for smartphones is ever expanding. According to a recent Pew Research survey, more than 1 in 3 of all U.S adults owns a smartphone. Smartphone shipments worldwide are projected to […]

Google News Personalization: Challenges Facing Large Numbers and Churning

When you are looking for something, but you don’t even know what you are looking for, who can give you the answer? Search engines like Google are investing extravagant amounts of money to search engine optimization, or SEO. For users like us, that’s good news, because it means you will be getting recommendations that interest […]

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October 2012