Stories by Bob Brown

Apple yanks 'Baby Shaker' from App Store

Apple -- on the verge of celebrating its 1 billionth App Store download -- has pulled a controversial application called "Baby Shaker" from its virtual store shelves that generated public outrage.

Twitter attracting techie labs

As Network World's Alpha Doggs network research blogger, I've been searching Twitter in recent months for vendor, university and government labs and research operations using the popular microblogging service. While I've found a handful, I'm not impressed: For the most part they're just spitting out press releases or blog headlines.

Five Twitter tools I use

I wouldn't call myself a power Twitterer, but I've been using the brevity-focused social network site since last April, largely via auto-posted headlines from my Alpha Doggs network research blog. More recently, I've gotten into the habit of posting other comments. As a journalist, I find Twitter especially useful for tracking hot topics.

Twitter list: 10-plus rock bands and assorted singers

Got e-mail last night from the oh-so-literary indie band The Decemberists informing me that lead singer <a href="http://twitter.com/colinmeloy">Colin Meloy</a> is now twittering. Impressively, his historic first tweet was on Jan. 12 ("is surveying the lilac"), he'd only tweeted seven times in total as of late Thursday night (though one was to notify followers that a free MP3 song is available for download) and he already had racked up 700-plus followers. His exclusive list of twitters being followed included just one person, a fellow singer named John Roderick of the <a href="http://www.thelongwinters.com/bio/index.php">Long Winters</a>. 

Days numbered for standalone NAC, anti-data leakage firms?

Bargain hunting was all the talk of the 451 Group event this week in Boston, where one security pro quipped that vendors should be paying customers to install their software and where anyone remotely smelling of money became suddenly quite popular with other attendees looking to sell things.

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