links for 2009-12-16

  • It took me a few months to figure out that all Twitter users are not created equal and don’t have the same agenda. It’s much more complex than “cool people talking about cool things.” In order for you to come up to speed faster than I did, here is an explanation of the principle types of Twitter users, how they predominantly tweet, and a recommended approach to each of them.

    (tags: twitter)

  • Thirty percent of 17-year-olds who have cell phones say they have received "sexting" photos or video messages, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
    Eight percent of 17-year-olds say they have sent such sexually suggestive images. Among teens ages 12 to 17 years old, 15 percent say they have received nude or nearly nude images of someone they know via text messaging on their cell phones, while 4 percent say they have sent such photos. Among 12- and 13-year olds, 6 percent say they have received "sext messages."
    "It’s an issue that teens grapple with and deal with in their lives, and one that deserves attention," said Amanda Lenhart, Pew senior research specialist who worked on the "Teens and Sexting" report.

    (tags: sexting kidsafe security)

  • This past summer, HubSpot Inc. received several offers from venture firms to invest in the marketing software start-up. The company wasn’t looking to raise funding yet – it still had about $5 million left from a $12 million Series B round in May 2008 – but rather than wait HubSpot decided in October to accept $16 million while it was still on the table.
    That was the third round for HubSpot, which has raised more than $30 million from venture firms in just two years. And it’s done it all without a formal business plan.
    “No venture capitalist actually asked us for a business plan,” HubSpot Chief Executive and founder Brian Halligan said last week at the Puerto Rico Venture Forum.

    (tags: bplan vc Entrepreneurship)

  • With Google's disclosure over the weekend that it would launch its own cellphone, the online giant is staking claim to a piece of the fast-growing mobile marketplace and making a direct challenge to Apple's swift rise in the sector.
    Google said in a corporate blog on Saturday that it has developed a phone based on its Android mobile operating system and distributed it to employees to try out. Soon after, pictures of the phone surfaced on the Twitter feeds of employees and outside bloggers with details that the device would be launched next month and sold directly to consumers. The new phone would be capable of operating on any network, according to a source close to the company who was not authorized to comment publicly.

    (tags: google phone)

  • The Supreme Court will decide whether employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy for the text messages they send on devices owned by their employers.
    The case the court accepted Monday involves public employees, but a broadly written decision could hold a blueprint for private-workplace rules in a world in which communication via computers, e-mail and text messages plays a very large role.
    A federal appeals court in California decided that a police officer in the city of Ontario had a right to privacy regarding the texts he sent on his department-issued pager, even though his chief discovered that some of them were sexually explicit messages to his girlfriend. That court said the chief's decision to read the messages without a suspicion of wrongdoing on the part of the officer violated Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.

    (tags: texting security enterprise)

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