Category Archives: The Information Business

Disk Drive Manufacturers: And Then There Were Three…

storagenewsletter.com has assembled a list of 218 manufacturers of hard disk drives (HDD) that have entered this market since the disk drive was introduced by IBM in 1956. Today, only three remain: Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital. Advertisements

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Standardizing Information Transmission: The Uniform Penny Post Established

Today in 1840, the Uniform Penny Post was established throughout the UK, facilitating the safe, speedy and cheap conveyance of letters.“At this time I did not stand very well with the dominant interest at the General Post Office. My old friend Colonel Maberly had … Continue reading

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Hot News Becomes Cold in a Nanosecond in the Modern World

Today in 1846, the first telegraph link was established between New York City and Boston. From the AP Archives: “In the spring of 1846, Moses Yale Beach (1800-68), publisher of The New York Sun, establishes a pony express to deliver … Continue reading

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ITU Established

Today in 1865, the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris by the 20 founding members, and the International Telegraph Union (ITU) was established to facilitate subsequent amendments to this initial agreement. 

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Search Still Rules

According to data from Outbrain, just over 10% of external referrals (external sources of traffic to content publisher’s site) are from social media sites, compared with approximately 41% from search and nearly a third from other content sites. “Industry watchers have … Continue reading

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The Naked Social Network

“What do Barack Obama, Adam Sandler, and the animated comedy Family Guy all have in common? How about David Cameron, Eva Mendes, and the former Ultimate Fighting Champion, Chuck Liddell? And what links Shrek, McDonalds, and David Beckham? The answer is that each … Continue reading

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Apple and the iPad: The Triumph of Close

Apple sold nearly 15 million iPads in 2010, generating about $9.5 billion in revenue.

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