As the stock market opened Friday with a ring of the bell by Mark Zuckerberg, all eyes were on Facebook -- the social media Megalodon he nursed from a dorm-room project to one of Wall Street's hottest prospects ever.
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.
The online realm is replete with a vast cornucopia of information, just waiting to provide the hungry masses with nourishing nuggets of knowledge -- or (as in "The Hunger Games") scary-ass weapons of mass destruction.
First, some perspective: Even after yesterday's big Facebook f8 hullabaloo, people will still listen to and discover music without Facebook, as hard as that might be to believe right now, given all the attention paid to the social network's shift into media sharing, which suddenly made Twitter look like the stripped-down communications protocol it has always been.
A couple years ago, a Microsoft researcher named Gordon Bell embarked on a personal experiment: He would wear a video camera around his neck all the time and keep this "life recorder" always turned on, so it would record everything he did.
As Facebook edges toward the billion-users mark, an entire ecosystem that has grown up in its wake -- including developers, partners, advertisers and rivals -- is waiting to hear what's next. They'll get answers Thursday at f8, Facebook's annual developer conference.
Millions of prayers have just been answered. Spotify has been granted a Pandora-esque web radio interface called Echofi. But not by the company itself -- it's been built by coder Andy Smith, who's also the brains behind Spotibot.
New Yorker Marsha Sharpe, 31, travels constantly for her corporate music business SongDivision -- logging trips to Turkey, South Africa and across America. But she's no longer flying business class. "Economy has become the new black," says Sharpe.
On this week's Tech Check podcast, CNN's tech team discusses the hot European music service Spotify, which swam across the pond to the United States this week. Get our tips for using this service, which is available for free only by invitation for now but will launch to the broader public in coming weeks.
Google's social network, Google+, is late. Facebook has a big lead, having ousted MySpace, which in turn deposed Friendster, the site that started us all on this path towards recreating our social fabric as a network of connected personal nodes.
The details of Google's long-rumored music service are starting to leak out, setting the scene for the launch of a cloud-based storage locker that users could keep their music in and stream it from anywhere.
Lawmakers have come to a decision in Sweden's landmark copyright case, finding the four men behind one of the world's most popular file-sharing sites, The Pirate Bay guilty of collaborating to violate copyright law and jailing them for a year.