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The Global Ethos: Need, Speed, and Greed

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over 2 years ago

In 2005, Thomas Friedman elegantly pieced together the global frontier for readers in The World is Flat. A book that will go down in history as one that was right on the money, Friedman delineated the interconnectedness of our new world; an environment dramatically shaped by cutting-edge technology ...

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How Yahoo! Killed Flickr

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over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? Flickr, a photo sharing application with a social media component, used to be one of the most popular tools for sharing photos on the Web. Its tagline read "almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world." And until three years ago ...

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The Facebook Effect In The Business World

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over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? Social media has been inspiring change in the way business leaders interact with their customer base. And for good reasons. Companies that adopt social technologies can see a 50 percent increase in customer satisfaction, 48 percent increase in business leads, and 24 percent ...

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Russia's 'Tank Man' Moment

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over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? A photo of a little boy on a bicycle approaching a row of riot police in Moscow ricocheted around the Internet on Monday after the photographer posted it to Twitter.  Julia Ioffe, the Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker and Foreign Policy magazine, snapped the ...