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The information superhighway is not for everyone. Fifteen percent of adults still don't use the Internet, primarily because it's not relevant to them or it's too difficult to use, a recent Pew survey said.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: Although access to the Internet is increasing, the number of people who find it to be too complicated is rising as well. Somewhat even more shocking is that the study found 3 percent of U.S. users are still stuck using a dial-up connection. #2
eBay Inc. agreed to buy Braintree, a global payment platform, for $800 million in cash, in a bid to grow its PayPal unit's mobile capabilities.()
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: eBay's PayPal unit has been facing ongoing competition from other mobile-payments systems -- including Google. Braintree, which is no small potato in the category, should give eBay a hefty boost. #3
A new service from Twitter allows government agencies and non-governmental organizations to send emergency messages
directly to users' phones during natural disasters or times of crisis, the company announced Wednesday. ()
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: Users of Twitter will be able to receive critical information, such as severe weather alerts while social networking. Don't worry -- it's optional.4.
"We are seeing the eventual extinction of Black Friday," said Bill Tancer, head of global research for Experian Marketing Services, adding "What we see in our data is that retail is really changing. The consumer is relentlessly searching for that deal."
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J. Paul Gibson began to teach programming classes for teens out of frustration. A computer scientist at the National
University of Ireland, he had by 1998 become shocked at the ineptness of his students.
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