AbeBooks held a major (although not majority) stake in a site called LibraryThing, where the literati can list their favorite books and discuss them. Coincidentally, Amazon has put a reported $1 million into Shelfari, one of LibraryThing's direct competitors (which also include…
Shelfari, a social network for bibliophiles, has been acquired by Amazon for an undisclosed amount. Amazon has been a longtime supporter of the Seattle based startup, having invested $1 million in the site in February 2007.
The move comes less than a month after Amazon's acquisition of AbeBooks, a vendor of rare and used books from independent publishers. As part of that acquisition Amazon also got a stake in Shelfari's competitor…
The National Security Agency has been secretly "harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans," reports the Washington Post from documents obtained by whistleblower on the lam, Edward Snowden.
PowerPoint slides reveal that, "During a single day last year, the NSA’s Special Source Operations branch collected 444,743 e-mail address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers."
BlackBerry is currently dealing with some serious, serious issues -- no one wanted its first flagship phone, one of its co-founders might be making a dark-horse bid to buy the company back, and the company might just end up being parted out to the highest bidders. So what’s a once-dominant smartphone player to do in light of all this uncertainty and depressing soothsaying?
AdultSpace , an adult social network in the same vein as Adult Friend Finder, has closed a $1.3 million funding round led by a number of angel investors. The new funding brings AdultSpace's total financing to $2.3 million since its launch in January 2006.
AdultSpace says it is looking to use the money to take on Adult Friend Finder, the leading adult social network that was…
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