Archive for January, 2012

Who Is Your Most Valuable Twitter Follower? This App Will Tell You

There’s no reason to determine your virtual worth based solely on the number of people who follow you on Twitter — not when you can find the number of people who follow your followers, at least. That’s what an app launched Monday promises to tell you — and along the way, it will also name […]

Facebook IPO: The Numbers Behind the World’s Most Valuable Social Network [INFOGRAPHIC]

Amazon’s fourth-quarter net income dropped sharply, weighed down by higher operating expenses even as its revenue grew. Investors punished the online retailer’s stock in after-hours trading, as the company also gave a disappointing forecast for the current period. FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

How Social Media Keeps Leaders Honest [VIDEO]

Mashable’s Davos coverage is presented by BMW i, a new concept dedicated to providing mobility solutions for the urban environment. [More from Mashable: Seinfeld and Soup Nazi Return in Funny Acura Super Bowl Ad [VIDEO]] Mashable founder and CEO Pete Cashmore sat down with David Jones of Havas to talk about the new responsibilities of […]

Facebook Subscribe Is Ruining the News Feed

You know who I’m tired of seeing on Facebook? Me. Whenever I post an update, no matter what idiotic thought pops into my head, it jumps right to the top of the pack. That’s because back in September I signed up for the Subscribe feature on Facebook, which lets me run a feed for readers […]

Investors Increasingly Tap Social Media for Stock Tips

Plugging in to social media to track celebrity breakups and happy-hour hookups is one thing. Relying on a trickle of company information vital to your stock holdings is another matter altogether. Social media is certainly beyond its infancy, but its role in investment decision-making is still being formed. Investors who ignore social media use by […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Fuzzy of Twitter’s New Censorship Rules

Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo, stern-faced and blank-eyed, explained his company’s new censorship capabilities defensively on Monday night. When asked Twitter’s stance on free speech, its plans for international expansion and the criticism the company’s faced for bending to governmental pressure, Costolo implored the audience — and ostensibly Twitter’s users — not to speculate about […]

RIM Backtracks After Twitter Users Hijack Hashtag

Like McDonald’s before it, RIM has found there’s a reason open-ended Twitter campaigns are called “bashtags.” The trouble started on New Year’s Eve, when the brand sponsored Dick Clark’s show and ran a billboard in New York’s Times Square: “Let’s #BeBold in 2012.” RIM claims it received more than 35,000 “appropriate” responses to its billboard […]

Facebook to File for $5 Billion IPO on Wednesday [REPORT]

Facebook will file a preliminary prospectus for its long-awaited IPO Wednesday morning, but the company will raise less than expected — $5 billion — according to a report. International Financing Review cites “sources close to the deal” who say the company is planning to raise half of the previously reported $10 billion because it decided […]

Facebook IPO in a league of its own, but others play ball

While Facebook’s approaching $100 billion initial public offering (IPO) is causing a fuss in the marketplace, it isn’t the only fast growing companies about to go public. ServiceNow, a provider of Internet technology (IT) service management software, is among those preparing to offer its shares to the public. The company has an impressive list of […]

Analysis: Patent plaintiffs target Facebook as IPO approaches

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – As it prepares for one of the biggest IPOs ever, Facebook is coming under the same fierce attacks being waged against other big technology companies: patent lawsuits. Last year, Facebook was named as a defendant in 22 lawsuits accusing it of patent infringement, double the number from 2010, according to a […]

Facebook’s Already Playing IPO Tricks On Us

The latest Facebook initial public offering-related scoop comes from Reuters, who cites a single unnamed source saying that the social network will file for a $5 billion IPO on Wednesday. Instant analysis claims that Facebook will still be valued at anywhere between $75 and $100 million, but by floating a smaller than expected IPO price […]

Will Facebook deliver an IPO surprise?

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg turns up at business conventions in a hoodie. “Cocky” is the word used to describe him most often, after “billionaire.” He was Time’s person of the year at 26. So when he takes Facebook public, why would he follow the Wall Street rules? The company is expected […]

Facebook to file for $5 billion IPO: IFR

Amazon’s fourth-quarter net income dropped sharply, weighed down by higher operating expenses even as its revenue grew. Investors punished the online retailer’s stock in after-hours trading, as the company also gave a disappointing forecast for the current period. FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

US unveils offshore oil, gas plan in energy push

In 2012, Yahoo! News will tell the nation’s story through the experiences and views of real Americans like you. Watch the first Remake America video » FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

Android tablet for kids wins best of show at UK toy fair

An Android tablet designed for children has been awarded Best of Show at the Toy Fair, held at London’s Olympia January 24-26. Runners-up include alternative-energy-powered cars, an electric scooter and an augmented reality game.    The winner of the Best of Show award at the Toy Fair was voted for by the organizers of the […]

EPA Administrator to Address EUEC 2012 on Mercury Standards Affecting 1,400 Power Plants

2,000 delegates and 600 speakers register to attend EUEC 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) January 26, 2012 Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation, will address about 2,000 delegates at EUEC 2012, the USA’s largest energy, utility and environment conference to be held at the […]

Wind power bought as part of pact over Ark. plant

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Southwestern Electric Power Co. has signed long-term agreements to purchase power from wind projects as a way to meet a renewable energy commitment it made in a recent legal settlement over a coal-fired power plant in southwestern Arkansas. Southwestern Electric officials said Wednesday wind power from projects in Kansas, Oklahoma […]

NY court: Judge can’t block $18B Ecuador judgment

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A man who accused a former Syracuse assistant basketball coach of abusing him as a boy filed a statement in court saying that the assistant coach’s wife had sex with several Syracuse basketball players, and Hall of Fame head coach, Jim Boeheim, should have known. Former Syracuse ballboys, Bobby Davis, … FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

Pennsylvania DCED: State Investment Supports Clean Energy Projects in Six Counties

To: ENERGY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND STATE EDITORS CFA Funding will Support Construction of Pennsylvania‘s Largest Wind Farm HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Pennsylvania is expanding its commitment to advance clean, alternative and renewable energy sources by investing in six projects in six counties that can power more than 44,000 Pennsylvania homes. “These investments will […]

NY court: Judge can’t block $18B Chevron judgment

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge overstepped his authority when he tried to ban enforcement around the world of an $18 billion judgment against Chevron Inc. for environmental damage in Ecuador, a federal appeals court said Thursday. The three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals explained why it lifted the ban last […]

Do the Saudis Actually Think America Will Allow a Nuclear Power in the Gulf?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A man who accused a former Syracuse assistant basketball coach of abusing him as a boy filed a statement in court saying that the assistant coach’s wife had sex with several Syracuse basketball players, and Hall of Fame head coach, Jim Boeheim, should have known. Former Syracuse ballboys, Bobby Davis, … FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

Amazon Defense Coalition: In Critical Ruling, Chevron Hit Hard By Federal Appellate Court

To: ENVIRONMENTAL, LEGAL AFFAIRS AND NATIONAL EDITORS Judge Kaplan Ordered To Dismiss Chevron Case Against Ecuador NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — U.S. representatives for the Ecuadorians, who recently won an $18 billion judgment in Ecuador against Chevron for massive contamination, issued the following statements today about the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals […]

Obama looks to Mich. to revive clean energy debate

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan factory that made luxury yachts before the recession and diversified to add wind energy products when times got tough was touted by President Barack Obama at his State of the Union Address as an example of an industry creating forward-thinking jobs — with a little help from the government. In […]

No energy industry backing for the word ‘fracking’

NEW YORK (AP) — A different kind of F-word is stirring a linguistic and political debate as controversial as what it defines. The word is “fracking” — as in hydraulic fracturing, a technique long used by the oil and gas industry to free oil and gas from rock. It’s not in the dictionary, the industry […]

Exclusive: Chevron to face charges over Brazil spill

CAMPOS, Brazil (Reuters) – A Brazilian prosecutor plans to file criminal charges against Chevron Corp and some of its local managers within weeks, adding the threat of prison sentences to an $11 billion civil lawsuit as punishment for a November offshore oil spill. The filing in federal court in Campos, Brazil, will likely include a […]

Bay Area Solar Energy Company, NationWize Solar Launches Improved Website, Announces Specials

Bay Area’s solar energy company, NationWize Solar, announces the launch of its newly improved website, as well as special promotions. Benicia, CA (PRWEB) January 27, 2012 Bay Area solar energy company, NationWize Solar, the leading, local full-service developer, is excited to announce the launch of its new and improved website, http://www.natwize.com, which allows visitors to […]

American Lawmakers Warned of Emerging Nuclear Power Market Risks and China’s Possible Domination

Kachan Co. helped educate U.S. Senators and Members of Congress this week on alternative nuclear technologies. Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 27, 2012 Cleantech analyst firm Kachan Co. was among a number of voices in Washington this week advocating American lawmakers support new safer, cleaner nuclear power options in the face of growing Chinese enthusiasm for […]

Chevron 4Q profit falls 3 pct on refinery decline

NEW YORK (AP) — Chevron Corp. said Friday that net income slipped 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter as its refineries struggled to pass on the higher cost of crude oil. The San Ramon, Calif. oil giant on Friday reported net income of $5.12 billion, or $2.58 per share, in the final three months of […]

Chevron 4Q profit falls 3 percent on refining

NEW YORK (AP) — Chevron Corp. said Friday that net income slipped 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter as its refineries struggled to pass on the higher cost of crude oil. The San Ramon, California, oil giant reported net income of $5.12 billion, or $2.58 per share, in the final three months of 2011. That […]

Experts cast doubt on Japan nuclear power plant stress tests

Advisers to Japan‘s nuclear safety agency have condemned stress tests being conducted at nuclear power plants around the country as the government seeks international support for the early resumption of dozens of idle reactors. The government ordered tests on all of Japan’s reactors after the March 11, 2011, accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power […]

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