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About.me blends the personal, professional you online (video)

Tony Conrad and Ryan Freitas started the site About.me as a way to aggregate people's social-media content like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter into a single hub. Think of it as the personal and professional you all in one place online.

If you only get one chance to make a first impression, says Conrad, "We think it should be the whole you."

Since launching the site, it has grown to more than 1 million users. The business was acquired in 2010 by AOL, which has enabled About.me to launch a mobile app. SmartPlanet visit its San … Read more

Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare: Tools of the modern burglar?

Think twice next time you're planning to tweet about what a great time you're having on your vacation, thousands of miles from your empty, vulnerable home.

A survey of 50 convicted burglars in the U.K. suggests the tools used by today's modern criminals include more than just a black ski mask and crowbar. Seventy-eight percent said they'd used Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and other social-media sites to target properties.

Also notable, nearly three-quarters of thieves have stepped into the 21st century and take advantage of Google Street View to case joints that might be worth robbing.

The home of Israel Hyman in Arizona was burglarized a few years ago, shortly after he tweeted road trip status updates like "preparing to head out of town," "another 10 hours of driving ahead" and later, "made it to Kansas City" to his 2,000 followers.

Bloggers like myself rarely worry about this sort of thing since I write every CNET post from home and have everything delivered to me via Amazon Prime. In case I didn't make it clear, I never leave my house. Never. I'm way too far behind on polishing my gun collection to go out. And you know what else I like? Booby traps -- they really put the fun in home ownership.… Read more

Larry Page: Google wants to be 'deserving of great love'

Larry Page marked his one year anniversary as Google's CEO with a sweeping review of the last year -- one that declares Google "a company that is deserving of great love."

And in a side reference to the "Do No Evil" motto that Google unveiled when it went public, Page said that Google has "always believed that it's possible to make money without being evil." At the same time, however, he acknowledged that tapping that emotional chord is harder than simply turning a slogan into a corporate goal.

In his 2012 Update from the CEO,Read more

Facebook goes with Nasdaq for IPO

While Facebook has been battling Yahoo over patents on the West coast, the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq have been battling for Facebook's business on the East.

The winner is reportedly the Nasdaq, which has long been home to high-tech public companies. The stock will trade under the ticker, FB, The New York Times is reporting.

The Nasdaq built its business by housing some of the biggest names in high-tech -- Microsoft, Apple, Google and Intel among them -- but the NYSE has been aggressively trying to lure new issues. Last year, for instance, it landed LinkedIn … Read more

Google Project Glass foresees an amusing reality

Do they come in prescription versions? That was the first crazed, but enraptured thought that struck me after hearing about Google's Project Glass.

It's always enchanting when a tech company offers a new way of looking at the world -- and behaving in it. I could barely sleep for imagining the possibilities.

Then along comes this YouTube video from Tom Scott -- who's just one of those people who does interesting things.

My eyes well with gratitude for TechCrunch for discovering Scott's vision -- one in which Google's new glasses create all sorts of navigational … Read more

Facebook: The e-commerce future or wasteland?

The talk of e-commerce coming to Facebook has been discussed for years. But so far, it hasn't become a hot area. Still, some companies think that will change.

Reuters today published interviews with a host of startups, including BeachMint, Fab.com, and others, that believe Facebook is the next great e-commerce platform. The companies reason that with Facebook's more than 845 million active users -- dwarfing popular e-commerce sites, like Amazon and eBay -- they can take advantage and generate boatloads of cash.

It's something that Facebook's investors seem excited about. Millennium Technology Value Partners, which … Read more

Arizona pushes law to make 'annoying' comments illegal

Arizona is faced with a dilemma: to possibly curb free speech or be left in a pre-digital age.

The state's legislature has been under fire the past few weeks for a bi-partisan bill that would revise its telephone harassment and stalking laws, according to the Associated Press. The law was written before the influx of computers and smartphones, and updates would add this modern technology into existing legislation.

On one hand, advocates of this law say it would make it easier to criminalize perpetrators who stalk their victims online or with text messages; but, on the other hand, free … Read more

How does Yahoo get off the cutting-to-greatness treadmill?

Yahoo has a persistent dilemma. It's a company with a dozen top Web destinations, unique programming, and 700 million users (and lots of data about them). Yet despite those enviable assets, turmoil repeatedly has plagued Yahoo's recent history. 

A brand once synonymous with the Internet for the masses has fallen into decline while giant Internet companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, born long after Yahoo, now roam the planet carving up the most valuable territories between them.

To be sure, Yahoo still makes money, but those profits have been getting smaller over the years. The comparison … Read more

Paul Ceglia isn't giving up fight against Facebook

Paul Ceglia, the guy who in 2003 commissioned Mark Zuckerberg to work on a Web site that he says now entitles him to 50 percent of Facebook, is fighting back in response to Facebook's request to get the case thrown out of court.

Last last month, Facebook said it had uncovered 200 forged e-mails between Zuckerberg and Ceglia, and Facebook's attorneys charged that the entire "lawsuit is a fraud and a lie."

So now Ceglia is asking the court to dismiss Facebook's request to dismiss the case. The filling dated April 1, in the U.… Read more

Spontaneous iPhone combustion? Again?

When an iPhone spontaneously combusts, it's an event. You know, like a film star getting shot or a married singer getting caught with a dancing concubine.

I therefore bring red-hot news of an iPhone 4 that allegedly began to fizz and burn at an Apple service center in Moscow.

No, it didn't include so many topless pictures of President Vladimir Putin that the phone just couldn't cope. Instead, the Planet iPhone enthusiast site in Russia reports that a customer brought in the phone because it simply wouldn't switch on.

The service center guru, Alexey Zykunov, apparently … Read more