Amazon connects users to Facebook

July 28, 2010 – Today’s most interesting stories in technology, media and entertainment:

Intel is working on a new chip that can transmit 50 Gbps. The new high-speed laser chip is so fast it can transfer as much as “100 hours of digital music in less than a second.” Intel expects the chips to be in wide distribution by the middle of the decade. I know it sounds geeky, but this kind of speed is a true game changer.

While Amazon is now letting customers connect to their Facebook profiles, the company isn’t going to share any personal info. Instead, Amazon will suggest items you may want to buy based on “likes.” Amazon is so up front about how it won’t share your info that it’s the first thing it announces when users sign up to connect to Facebook.

Facebook adds “one click delete.” The social network may be getting ready to add a feature that would allow users to simply, quickly and permanently delete their Facebook profiles. In the wake of “10 Reasons to Quit Facebook,” a “permanently delete my account and all the information I have ever shared” button could have a major impact on the social network.

A Whole Barrell of New Apples: Apple’s new Magic Trackpad is now available for $69. The Magic Trackpad is essentially a big, laptop-like, trackpad for desktops that operates over Bluetooth and will let users “pinch to zoom,” as well as other multi-touch options. The device was unveiled at the same time as an update to the high-end Mac Pro and iMac desktops, which will now feature a screen from IPS, the same company who builds the iPad screen. It makes the new iMac an ideal screen for watching video.

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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



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