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In the early days of the Internet, there was hope that the unprecedented tool for global communication would lead to thoughtful sharing and discussion on its most popular sites. A decade and a half later, the very idea is laughable, says Gawker Media founder Nick Denton.

Sohaib Athar was a 33-year-old IT consultant living in Abbottabad, Pakistan, last year when he settled in around midnight to get some work done.

Twitter has rolled out versions of its site in right-to-left languages for the first time.The micro-blog service is now available in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu.

Sharing is a wonderful thing when executed correctly. It's super fun to share hugs (when they are wanted, it's important to note), delicious desserts and interesting, thought-provoking books but not so fun to share colds, STDs and/or upsetting, possibly dangerous secrets.

You probably heard the story. It is, after all, so last week. A wealthy banker goes out to lunch with a colleague. The banker disdainfully leaves a 1% tip on a $133 bill with the message, "Get a real job." The colleague, who runs a blog called "Future Ex-Banker," takes a picture of the receipt, which then goes viral first on, then on Twitter and Facebook, soon everywhere (including CNN).

The number one way hackers get into protected systems isn't through a fancy technical exploit. It's by guessing the password. That's not too hard when the most common password used on business systems is "Password1."

The American company behind social games like FarmVille and CityVille is setting up its own gaming service.

Hackers targeting sensitive NASA computers have gained access to employee credentials and taken control of systems at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, among other things, a federal report says.

Entrepreneur Michael Lazerow parlayed booming demand for advertising on Facebook Inc. and reassurances from its operating chief, Sheryl Sandberg into a business that generates almost $100 million a year in sales.

For years now, companies have been combing through Twitter postings, trying to glean any information that may help them improve their products and services.

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