Rumored Twitter Takeover

Rumored Twitter Takeover

As of September, 2010, Twitter had 175 million users. This past December, Twitter raised $200 million in financing in a deal that valued the company at $3.7 billion dollars.

Industry research firm, eMarketer, said in January that Twitter generated roughly $45 million from advertising in 2010 and is expected to generate around $150 million in 2011.

The Wall Street Journal has reporterd that both Google and Facebook have had “low-level” talks with executives at Twitter about a possible takeover. It's claimed they are estimating Twitter's value at 8 billion to 10 billion dollars.

The Wall Street Journal said the talks have so far gone nowhere and that Google, Facebook and Twitter all declined to comment.

Tips & Resources

"Google Chrome Browser"

A while back, someone told me there was a problem with when using the Google Chrome Browser. After we got the problem solved, I decided to take a look at Chrome.

It was already downloaded onto my computer, but I'd never opened it. My first moment of amazement came when it opened! Boom! It was there! I nearly jumped back!

Since that time, I've been using Chrome every day. At first, it seemed a little “bare” but, then, I was used to Firefox.

I always loved FireFox - until recently. It seems with every upgrade, it gets heavier, slower and causes me more aggravation. I was really getting annoyed with the fact that Mozilla seemed to have taken a great browser and upgraded it into a PITA.

I had even dumped all my “add-ons” in FireFox, hoping that would speed it up again. No go. Didn't help at all.

The “bareness” of Chrome was caused by not having the Google tool bar. You can't use it with Chrome. But, it didn't take me long to figure out - you don't need it with Chrome. And, less stuff on the screen gives me a larger “picture.”

I LOVE this thing. You see the term, “lightning fast” all the time, but it's generally meaningless. Not so with Chrome! That sucker opens, closes and renders pages in a FLASH! I simply imported my bookmarks and passwords - which also happened in a flash - and I was good to go.

FireFox is at least 1,000% better than Internet Explorer (IE). But, in the opinion of someone using a browser at least 14 hours a day, Chrome leaves FireFox in the dust.

FCC Asks for Dismissal

Federal Communications Commission Asks Court to Dismiss Legal Challenges Filed Against Net Neutrality

Verizon Communications Inc. and Metro PCS Communications Inc. have filed challenges in a Federal Appeals Court, in District of Columbia, against the the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They claim the FCC overstepped its legal authority last month by prohibiting phone and cable companies from interfering with traffic on their broadband networks.

The FCC has asked the court to dismiss the challenges to these new "network neutrality" regulations. The FCC argues that Verizon Communications Inc. and Metro PCS Communications Inc. filed their challenges prematurely since the new rules are not yet published.

Should the court allow the dismissal, there's little doubt the communications companies' will simply refile at the appropriate time.

This is the same court that has already ruled the FCC had overstepped in sanctioning Comcast Corp. for discriminating against online file-sharing traffic on its broadband network.

This is simply legal maneuvering. Stay tuned ...

Net Neutrality Survey

Nearly 80% of U.S. Voters do NOT Support Net Neutrality

A new poll by Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 54% of respondents (and “likely voters”) are outright opposed to regulation and 25% are not certain. Most fear regulation would promote political agenda.

It is not clear that most voters understand what net neutrality actually is. When asked if they had been following stories about net neutrality, only 20 percent said they are following news of the net neutrality regulations “very closely,”

The question asked by Rasmussen was:

“Should the Federal Communications Commission regulate the Internet like it does radio and television?”

As Amy Lee posted on Huffington Post:

“The respondents were asked, ‘Should the Federal Communications Commission regulate the Internet like it does radio and television?’ With a topic as broad, and as complicated, as net neutrality, such a question addresses only one small part of the whole picture.

For example, Rasmussen could just as legitimately have asked, ‘Should all internet users have the same access to the same Internet, regardless of how much they pay?’ Or it might have asked, ‘Should broadband carriers have the ability to block or remove content based on their discretion alone?’”

At least one of the other three questions suggested that if the Federal Communications Commission is given the authority to regulate the internet, they might use it to promote a political agenda.

According to Rasmussen:

“The survey was conducted shortly after the FCC decided on a party line vote to impose so-called “net neutrality” regulations on the Internet world. Republicans and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly oppose FCC regulation of the Internet, while Democrats are more evenly divided.”

There’s little doubt the outcome would have been different if the ramifications of the lack of legislation had been stated in the questions and/or had the suggestive questions not been used.

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