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Friday - April 28, 2017
Instagram has reached a milestone of 700 million members while enjoying the fastest-ever growth rate in the company's history. The network has grown by more than 100 million members in the last four months. Its burgeoning growth can be credited to new features like Stories, live video and disappearing messages in Direct, the company said. "Ostensibly copied from Snapchat, the feature was significant in driving the ephemeral messaging app to an IPO," said Zach Fuller, an analyst at Midia Research. [More...]

Friday - April 28, 2017
Call of Duty will return to its World War II roots when the latest title arrives this November. The franchise has been a steady hit maker since its 2003 debut. Various titles in the series have become regular staples in e-sports tournaments and Major League Gaming. Call of Duty is one of the most popular series in video game history, selling a combined 175 million copies -- second only to Take 2's Grand Theft Auto franchise. The game has passed $11 billion in total lifetime revenue. [More...]

Thursday - April 27, 2017
Even if you're a newcomer to Linux, you've probably figured out that it is not a single, monolithic operating system, but a constellation of projects. The different "stars" in this constellation take the form of "distributions," or "distros." Each offers its own take on the Linux model. To gain an appreciation of the plethora of options offered by the range of distributions, it helps to understand how Linux started out and subsequently proliferated. With that in mind, here's a brief introduction to Linux's history. [More...]

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Wednesday - April 26, 2017
A few years ago, when Oracle was busy buying companies to fill out its front-office cloud offering, RightNow Technologies developed a "day in the life" video that has stuck with me. It was shown at RightNow's last user meeting as an independent company. In fact, at the conference where it debuted, Oracle announced its acquisition of RightNow. The video's importance was as a harbinger of things to come in the customer service world. At that point in time, we were struggling with the idea of multichannel support. [More...]

 

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