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Olivier Coudert on April 5th, 2011

On March 1, the French government regulated that Internet companies must keep their users’ data for a year, and make them available to the authorities when subpoenaed. These data include anything used to identify a user and allow her to use a web service, i.e., ID, password, name, email addresses, as well as postal address and […]

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Olivier Coudert on March 30th, 2011

This morning Google introduced the so-called +1 button. It is Google’s attempt to create its own social annotation so that it can improve on search, recommendation, and targeted advertising. For now, the +1 button is put right next to each search result. When you click the button, you tell that you like this specific result […]

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Olivier Coudert on August 5th, 2010

Yesterday Google pulled the plug on Google Wave, announcing that it will no longer continue developing Wave as a standalone product, and that it will just maintain the service until the end of the year. This is a somewhat humiliating for Google. Launched in May 2009 to much hoopla, Google Wave was supposed to revolutionize […]

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Olivier Coudert on February 23rd, 2010

Buzz was introduced by Google with much clamor. Since then, we have seen a lot of debate around it: Google stepping into the social media arena cannot go unnoticed. Many quickly saw Buzz as a Twitter killer […] Continue reading So will Buzz and Facebook finally bury Twitter?

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Olivier Coudert on November 24th, 2009

The last 10 days have been pretty interesting to follow in the fast moving world of Twitter. They showed a contrasting (or seemingly so) picture of where the super-hyped company is heading. Let us rewind the last few events […] Continue reading Twitter sure is a rollercoaster, but going up or down?

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Olivier Coudert on November 1st, 2009

Lots has been written and hyped about Twitter since its creation three years ago. Twitter has been touted as the fastest growing social network (19% of U.S. Internet users tweet), and a communication medium with still unforeseen capabilities. The company […] Continue reading What is Twitter’s next step?

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