Open Table co-founder introduces mobile marketing app

The co-founder of OpenTable, Glenn Allen, and Zynga mobile games designer Alan Wells have collaborated to create a new mobile application targeted at small businesses that want an integrated interface for sending marketing and social media messages. Their company, Glyder, has created an app of the same name for the Apple iOS platform. It contains… Read more →

Big Data Week in Review (December 7th, 2012)

Like many ZDNet contributors, I receive numerous communications from PR agencies each day.  I can’t respond to each one, and I certainly can’t report on all of the announcements.  But it struck me that I could collect them and summarize some of the more interesting ones.  Here’s this week’s spread: Cloudera raises $65M The biggest… Read more →

Dropbox lures Python creator away from Google

Dropbox might have just scored a major win against Google — at least as far as personnel goes. The cloud storage provider just hired Guido Van Rossum, creator of the Python programming language. Dropbox confirmed the news in a blog post on Friday, as founder and CEO Drew Houston explained that Python has played a… Read more →

Greenest national Christmas tree ever?

One of my husband’s long-time friends decorates his house and yard with an obscene display of lights every year – not obscene in the sense that they’re not suitable for family viewing, but because of the amount of power that they consume. His bill electric bill literally quadruples for the month – the meter spins… Read more →

With Game Awards Ceremony, Xbox Users to Direct the Show

Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive, with the Xbox 360 in June. It’s tough to find a television show, at least of the contest or reality show variety, that is content to let viewers just watch the thing the old-fashioned way. “American Idol,” “The Voice” and “Project Runway” are always begging their viewers to vote on contestants or… Read more →

Why Apple Got a ‘Made in U.S.A.’ Bug

Apple’s decision to make some of its computers in the United States may be a positive for American jobs. It is certainly a marker of where much of the global computer industry has gone. Today, rising energy prices and a global market for computers are changing the way companies make their machines. Hewlett-Packard, which turns out over 50 million computers… Read more →

Today’s Scuttlebot: GIF History, and Samsung vs. Apple

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. See more here. Time Warner Cable to Expand Use-Based Internet Billing OptionFiercecable.com |  Time Warner Cable’s chief admits that its modem rental fee is “essentially a price increase” because nobody buys a modem. – Brian X. Chen… Read more →

GPS used to catch hay thieves red-handed

There is a drought on in most of the central US, and it has driven up the cost of many farm commodities. When something becomes valuable, there is always someone looking to steal it. That’s just what has been happening with increasing frequency to hay bales. Yes, the kind of hay used to feed livestock has… Read more →

Facebook Likely to End Experiment With Democracy

A half-million Facebook users have told the social network they do not want the company to change its privacy policy. Sounds impressive, right? Well, the only way that crowd will get its way and the status quo remain intact is if an additional 300 million people vote thumbs down before Monday. Odds of that happening? About zero. Facebook says the… Read more →

Five out of six developers now using or deploying open source

Five out of six developers today use or have used open source tools or deployed open source software in their projects, a recent Forrester Research study revealed. But in which software categories? The top five, according to the recent survey, are operating systems, web servers, relational database management systems, IDEs and software configuration management tools…. Read more →

A look back at ZDNet’s most popular posts in 2012

This year was dominated by the slow-down of the PC market, thanks to the impending release of Windows 8, which was finally launched on October 26; along with a bevy of Apple releases, pushing the traditional PC hardware makers away for the post-PC world to begin its market domination.  Also, governments around the world continue… Read more →