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The Twitter hack leaked over 300 confidential business documents and photos to TechCrunch. Amongst the documents found were product pitches, company goals, and notes from talks with Microsoft and Google. While none of the information released to the public was especially damaging, Twitter is thinking seriously about upgrading its security before either getting an IPO or getting purchased.

Twitter has been a buzz with celebrities supposedly retweeting links to watch Harry Potter online. While it is merely a case of spammers and spambots retweeting faux-tweets, some hackers are enticing users to watch the film and subsequently putting malware on users hard drives. Despite spambots making a ruckus, the final Harry Potter film has already grossed $100.4 million internationally.

Google reported a 3% increase in revenue and an 18% increase in net income for the second quarter. The search giant boasted a net income of $1.48 billion, and reported revenue of $5.52 billion. CEO Eric Schmidt noted that the search ads market has stabilized and that “while most of the world’s largest economies shrank, Google’s year-over-year revenues were up 3.”

Despite a drop in sales, profits were up 12% at IBM. International Business Machines is enjoying robust financial period on the back of expanding its business beyond traditional computing. Cost cutting, and taking on an assortment of consulting contracts have proved positive for IBM, even though hardware sales were down 26%.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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