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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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    Why Does Facebook Want You To Broadcast Your Location To Your Friends?

    17th April 2014 23:35

    Facebook is trying to get you to share even more information, this time by beaming your location to your friends all the time. The optional feature, called Nearby Friends, is built to help you find people around you. You can tailor the options to prevent specific friends from seeing your location. Nearby Friends alerts you to when friends are in your area, and allows you to share your precise location with them for a set period of time. On the upside, it might…

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    Taking My Diet To The Next Level

    17th April 2014 20:29

    ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self. Quantifying your activity and nutrition, as I’ve done for years, can only take you so far. Sometimes gathering the numbers just tells you the same bad news you can see in the mirror. Here it is: After dropping 12 pounds last year, I’ve been stuck around 195 pounds for months. I'm still very active, going on runs with my dog around Telegraph Hill, spiking my heart…

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    Dropbox Buys Loom For Photo Sharing, HackPad For Collaboration

    17th April 2014 19:44

    Dropbox is having a busy Thursday. The file sharing giant has acquired Loom, a photo sharing app that offered mobile users up to five gigabytes of free storage. Loom announced the deal on its company blog. Dropbox recently announced an update to its photo sharing capabilities with its Carousel feature, and the Loom team will likely join Carousel as the home for syncing and sharing the ever increasing amounts of photos people take on their devices. Unfortunately, the acquisition means…

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    Suddenly, Mobile App Install Ads Are Popping Up Everywhere

    17th April 2014 19:28

    Developers love them, advertisers love them, and companies are raking in cash—all thanks to the little buttons in mobile advertisements that urge you to download an app. See also: How Post-IPO Twitter Could Make Billions Without Alienating Users Twitter is the latest company to introduce these new mobile advertisements. Today the company announced that developers and advertisers can urge mobile Twitter users to download applications through these so-called app install ads, and reach up to one billion mobile devices through the…

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    How To Ensure Your Homebrew OpenVPN Server Isn't Vulnerable To Heartbleed

    17th April 2014 19:22

    The Heartbleed bug has made April into a difficult month for Internet users, as we scramble to change our passwords and protect ourselves from the most pervasive security threat in ages.  But if you've set up your own virtual private network (VPN), which gives you a secure channel back to your home network even on insecure public networks, you don’t have to worry, right? Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily true.  See also: Building A Raspberry Pi VPN Part One: How And Why To…

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    Real-Time Data Streaming Gets Standardized

    17th April 2014 18:51

    One of the advantages of open source is that it can accelerate standards adoption on a level playing field. If there is a big enough problem to solve, smart people can attract the best minds to work together, investigate and share the solution. That said, standards bodies often become little more than a parlor game for incumbent vendors seeking to position the standard to their market advantage. In other words, there's lots of talk, but not much code. In such…

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    The Kill Switch Proposal: Why U.S. Carriers Win Either Way

    17th April 2014 14:43

    Cellular carriers in the U.S. want you to think they have your best interests at heart. That, hey, if your smartphone gets lost or stolen, they will have your back. At least that's what those carriers would have you believe with a new smartphone "kill switch" proposal from the CTIA, the largest U.S. trade organization that supports the cellular operators.  Unfortunately, the CTIA's new proposal looks a lot more like it is covering its bases to avoid state and federal regulation than…

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    Microsoft's Data Culture: It Just Might Work

    17th April 2014 14:04

    No one would accuse me of being a Microsoft shill. Having grown up in Linux, I have a longstanding antipathy to Microsoft's machinations against open source (which have been thawing of late, thankfully). But after more than 10 years of raging against the Redmond machine, I've also developed a profound appreciation for Microsoft's ability to make difficult technologies approachable to average users.  I'm therefore encouraged by Microsoft's foray into Big Data. Given surveys indicating that enterprises still don't have a clue…

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    Google Eyes A Creepier Glass—A Camera-Bearing Contact Lens

    17th April 2014 12:50

    Imagine the Google Glass headgear, which currently makes some camera-shy onlookers nervous, shrinking down to near-invisibility—say, into a super-thin transparent layer that sits on the cornea. Google certainly has, as we now know from a recently published patent filing from October 2012. The notion of smart contact lenses itself isn't particularly new. Earlier this year, in fact, Google introduced the "moonshot" idea of an eye-worn lens embedded with a wireless chip for health monitoring. But this latest concept could be…

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    How Arduino And Raspberry Pi Can Enhance Your Connected Home

    16th April 2014 15:17

    ReadWriteHome is an ongoing series exploring the implications of living in connected homes. The connected home, the ultimate ideal in technology-driven luxury, promises easy living by passing along our drudgery to computers. But it’s not perfect. Even if you’re willing to shell out for expensive devices for your house, are you willing to trust them? There’s always the concern that when a middleman is involved, you’re relinquishing at least some control of your own domain. See also: Hacking The Connected Home: When Your…

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    The Rear-View Camera Is No Longer Just An Option For Cars—It's The Law

    16th April 2014 14:04

    ReadWriteDrive is an ongoing series covering the future of transportation. Here’s something gruesome to consider: More than 200 people are killed every year when cars are reversing—most of these deaths are children. Back-up accidents also injure more than 15,000 people each year. These factoids get more tragic when you consider that it’s usually a parent behind the wheel, and the cost of preventing nearly all of these accidents is a cheap piece of technology: A $50 camera. Take heart. The U.S.…

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    How Microsoft's Cortana Stacks Up Against Siri And Google Now

    16th April 2014 12:53

    Cortana doesn’t want you to know where Master Chief is hiding. But for just about everything else, Microsoft's new voice-controlled personal assistant is ready and available to do your bidding. See also: Introducing Cortana, Plus 8 Other Things To Know About Windows 8.1 Cortana, a new feature in Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, is both a search engine and a helper, just like its counterparts: Apple's Siri and Google Now for Android. Cortana—who says she's female, though not a woman—is…

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    Atlassian's Geeky Software Carves Out A Big Home With Developers

    15th April 2014 18:54

    f you're not a developer, you're not going to understand Atlassian's success. Atlassian employs no salespeople, yet it's doing over $200 million in annual sales, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal. While enterprise software companies struggle to make their wares more consumer-friendly, Atlassian builds software that only a developer could love: It's geeky, not super intuitive and frankly somewhat unpleasant to use for a business user like myself. Yet it's now worth $3.3 billion. How's that?…

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    With Gnip, Twitter Is Ready To Sell Your Tweets

    15th April 2014 18:04

    Gnip was once a neutral provider of social data, but now that neutrality is gone, and it's in the hands of Twitter. Twitter on Tuesday announced the acquisition of social data analytics startup Gnip, which is one of the only companies with access to Twitter’s firehose of data—all the tweets and activity streams on Twitter since the platform launched in 2006. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Twitter will bring both the revenue and data streams from Gnip in-house, exerting full control…

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    After Heartbleed, Why Forward Secrecy Is More Important Than Ever

    15th April 2014 17:35

    Internet users have spent the last week changing their passwords and checking their online accounts for potential hacks resulting from Heartbleed, a bug in the open-source security software OpenSSL that left nearly two-thirds of the Web vulnerable to malicious attacks.  See Also: Protect Yourself Against Heartbleed, The Web's Security Disaster Heartbleed has caused security nightmares for dozens of websites, especially since companies initially thought it was impossible to steal private certificate keys from servers. That assessment was quickly debunked—just ask the 900…