Kodak online bought

Bankrupt Eastman Kodak’s Gallery unit will be purchased for $23.8 million by online photo service Shutterfly. This marks the beginning of Kodak’s reorganization as a smaller but profitable company.

Survey says! More U.S. adults use smart phones versus regular cell phones

More U.S. adults own smart phones than simpler feature phones, according to a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

As of February, nearly half – 45 percent – of cell phone owners said theirs is a smart phone. The study showed that in the U.S., smart phone users now outnumber other mobile phone users.

Old Tweets become marketing gold

Twitter will make it easy for marketing data companies to mine billions of messages for valuable info by opening its archives and selling old tweets.

According to a published report, one of Twitter’s new customers, DataSift, has allied with the social network for access to tweets going back to January 2010.

According to its website, DataSift promises customers will be able to “unlock trends from public tweets” and “access the full Twitter firehose.”

Google answers your questions about privacy changes

Last week, I told you how you could clear your Google web history. But what if you are one of the few who doesn’t use any of Google’s services, but communicate with those who do, like Gmail users?

Here’s a list of questions like that one, with answers from Google. Bottom line? Once you email a user with a Gmail account, or if they have your address stored in their “address book”, then guess what? You’re in Google’s web.

Here are a few tips on how to avoid getting your online habits noticed or used.

Data protection authorities in Europe say Google’s new privacy policy violates European law.

Meanwhile, Facebook denies a report it’s snooping through texts.

Closer to home in California, Google is offering free websites to small businesses. Sign up here.

Bits & Bytes

The Time Capsule

1933 – FDR declares bank holiday

1946 – Sir Winston Churchill delivers “Iron Curtain” speech, Fulton, Mo.

1953 – Stalin rumored near death

1963 – Singer Patsy Cline killed in plane crash

1965 – Selma to Montgomery march halted by police

1969 – Israel elects first female PM, Golda Meir

1969 – Martin Luther King’s killer gets 99 years in prison

1977 – Roman Polanski charged with rape

1982 – Author Ayn Rand – “Atlas Shrugged” – dies

2004 – Scores dead as bombs rip through Madrid trains

Now playing at the Princess Theater, Urbana, Ill.

Congratulations to WND readers Raymond O’Connor of Tupelo, Miss., and Dulcie Rodriguez of Coral Gables, Fla., who were among the first to correctly guess actor Frank McRae in his portrayal of Hazel in the 1982 film “Cannery Row.” The film was based on the novel by John Steinbeck.

The selection was tied to last week’s Time Capsule item when in 1902, author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, Calif.

The quote was: “I love Doc! He was a character witness for me, and I ain’t got no character.”

This week’s quote: “Our country, the noblest country in the history of men, was based on the principle of individualism. The principle of man’s inalienable rights. It was a country where a man was free to seek his own happiness, to gain and produce, not to give up and renounce. To prosper, not to starve. To achieve, not to plunder. To hold as his highest possession a sense of his personal value. And as his highest virtue, his self respect. Look at the results. That is what the collectivists are now asking you to destroy, as much of the earth has been destroyed.”

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