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ReadWriteWeb is a blog that provides analysis of web products and trends. One of the world's top 20 blogs, ReadWriteWeb speaks to an intelligent audience of web enthusiasts, early adopters and innovators.

ReadWriteWeb was founded on April 20, 2003 by Richard MacManus and is now one of the most widely read and respected blogs in the world. It is written by a team of Web enthusiasts.

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    App Revenues Are Booming—But Perhaps Not For Long

    28th January 2015 22:43

    Former Facebook executive Jeff Hammerbacher once lamented that "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads." I wonder if it would make him feel any better to know that a big chunk of those ads are, in turn, simple facades to drive app installs.You know, the same apps (up to 95% of them) that languish in a lonely app graveyard.Hope springs eternal in Appland, however. With iOS app revenues topping Hollywood's box office…

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    How A Linux "Ghost" Spooked The Security World

    28th January 2015 17:39

    A vulnerability in a widely used component of many Linux distributions could allow remote attackers to take control of a system. Researchers at Qualys have dubbed it Ghost since it can be triggered by the "gethost" functions in Linux. See also: How To Protect Yourself Against The Internet "Poodle" AttackThe vulnerability can be found in the in the GNU C Library, known as glibc for short. Without glibc, a Linux system couldn’t function. The flaw is found in __nss_hostname_digits_dots(), a…

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    5 Reasons Your Company Should Open Source More Code

    28th January 2015 15:00

    Given intense competition for the world's best engineering talent, can your company really afford to lock up its code behind proprietary licenses? Sure, if you're in the business of selling software, giving it all away may not make sense. But the vast majority of companies don't sell software, and should be contributing a heck of a lot more as open source. How much more? "(Almost) everything," to quote GitHub co-founder Tom Preston-Werner. The post is a few years old, but judging…

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    This Startup Wants To Lock Up Your Collaborations

    28th January 2015 13:56

    If security is the first, second and third priority for your business, then does a Vancouver startup have a collaboration suite for you.Witkit, founded three years ago by serial entrepreneur Sean Merat, aims to offer multiple enterprise software functions—messaging, groups, file-sharing, etc.—under one roof. Most important, it plans to do so securely, by encrypting your data so that neither the company nor anyone else can read it.Why a suite? Merat said that in the course of running prior companies, he felt…

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    The Apple Watch Is Coming In April

    27th January 2015 23:58

    Apple Watch fitness run summaryApple CEO Tim Cook disclosed Tuesday that the highly anticipated Apple Watch will begin shipping in April.Last September, when Apple introduced the wearable gadget, its first, the company promised it would ship in "early 2015.” Previously, expectations pegged a March release. See also: Apple Watch Battery Supposedly Lasts Only A Couple Of Hours Under Heavy UseCook, answering questions about the watch during his company’s earnings call Tuesday, offered the April timeframe, though he didn’t specify an exact…

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    The iPhone May Be Booming, But The iPad Is Still Cratering

    27th January 2015 23:55

    Lurking behind Apple's dazzling October-December iPhone sales  (74.5 million units, up 46% against a year earlier) and financial results (a 30% jump in revenue to $75.6 billion, a 38% jump in net income to $18 billion) was some almost unremarked bad news. Namely, that the iPad is still tanking.Apple sold just over 21 million iPads during the holiday quarter, a drop of 5 million units compared to the same quarter a year earlier. The once iconic tablet also posted its first…

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    iOS 8.1.3 Shrinks Free Space Needed For iPhone Updates

    27th January 2015 20:53

    Apple just removed one of the biggest irritations with its current iPhone software—the amount of free space on your handset required to install updates.The latest release of its iOS mobile software, version 8.1.3, shrinks that storage requirement, which can vary depending on the specific iPhone or iPad model. Previous versions of iOS 8 forced many users—particularly those with 8GB or 16GB devices—to either delete apps, media or other data to make room, or connect their cables to perform a “tethered”…

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    Group Direct Messaging Is Just Twitter's Latest Flip-Flop

    27th January 2015 16:31

    Twitter direct messages just got more talkative. Now you can have a private conversation with a group, the social network announced Tuesday. Until now, Twitter’s direct messaging feature has been reserved for conversations between no more than two participants. Now, you can create groups of up to 20 Twitter users at the same time, and they do not have to be following one another to join. Group direct messages will support “text, photos, links, emoji and Tweets,” according to Twitter.…

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    The Big-Data Tool Spark May Be Hotter Than Hadoop, But It Still Has Issues

    27th January 2015 15:00

    Hadoop is hot. But its kissing cousin Spark is even hotter.Indeed, Spark is hot like Apache Hadoop was half a decade ago. Spawned at UC Berkeley’s AMPLab, Spark is a fast data processing engine that works in the Hadoop ecosystem, replacing MapReduce. It is designed to perform both batch processing (similar to MapReduce) and new workloads like streaming, interactive queries, and iterative algorithms, like those commonly found in machine learning and graph processing.San Francisco-based Typesafe, sponsors of a popular survey…

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    Looking To Share Secret Photos On Facebook? This Startup May Help

    27th January 2015 14:00

    One of the big drawbacks to using "secret" or secure messaging is that everyone you want to contact needs to be using the same service. Even when they are, there's usually no easy way to share something with large numbers of your pals where they're most likely to see it, in a way that keeps it for-their-eyes-only.See also: Suddenly, Messages Are Disappearing All Over—On PurposeYou might think that's a natural tradeoff between security—that is, preventing the wrong people from seeing…

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    Maybe The Microsoft Surface Isn't Dead After All

    27th January 2015 01:50

    Like the Little Engine That Could, Microsoft's beleaguered Surface tablet keeps chugging uphill—and refuses to quit.Its latest achievement: In Microsoft's latest quarterly earnings report, its Surface line pulled in $1.1 billion in revenue, a 24% increase over the year-earlier period. The company's flagship tablet, the Pro 3—an expensive but essentially full-fledged Windows machine—led the way.These number suggest that the Surface, a sore point for Microsoft just a few months ago, may have turned the corner. While Microsoft didn't break out profit numbers…

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    5 Startups That Could Shake Up Money, Shopping And More In 2015

    26th January 2015 18:00

    ReadWritePredict is a look ahead at the technology trends and companies that will shape the coming year.Startups are all about innovation, although it's often difficult to distinguish in advance between world-changing technology and mere novelty. And the competition to break through is fiercer than ever; there are over 40,000 startups on AngelList, a place for connecting startups with funding and talent.See also: 9 Startups That Made Life Better In 2014The best and most noteworthy startups can completely reinvent an existing…

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    Why We Need A New Word For Drones

    26th January 2015 17:06

    Early on Monday morning, the Secret Service found a drone on the White House grounds. A White House spokesperson said it poses no threat. But it does—at least to the way we think about "drones."Ordinarily, the White House is the launcher of drones, not a target of them. The executive branch has been criticized for using Predator drones to launch airstrikes that have left more than 2,400 dead—more than 10% of those reportedly civilians.So it seems just a little cavalier to say…

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    The Year's Weirdest, Wackiest Tech Gadgets — So Far

    26th January 2015 15:00

    Editor's Note: This was originally published by our partners at <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Weird-Gadgets-2015-36513121">PopSugarTech</a>.&nbsp;People describe the annual Consumer Electronics Show as just an excuse for adults to get weird. And after seeing some of this year's newest gadgets, they're 100 percent ... accurate. Ahead, check out the funkiest, most random inventions that'll make you ask where the heck they came up with this.These Electronic ShoesDespite how they look, these Rollkers electronic shoes aren't made for skating. Oh no, no, no. They're "under…

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    iOS Apps Generated More Revenue Than Hollywood Movies Last Year

    26th January 2015 14:00

    Over the years, software development has fashioned itself more and more to resemble the lucrative, gonzo machine that fuels Hollywood, with top talent scoring big deals and even hiring agents. So it was just a matter of time before one of its sectors actually overtook Tinseltown. In this case, it’s the not-so-small segment of mobile app development. As analyst Horace Dediu pointed out on his Asymco blog, iOS apps drew in more bucks last year than the movie business. Earlier this…