Is Amazon.com trying to be the new Facebook? You might think so after reading the e-commerce giant’s new patent for a “social networking system.”
The U.S. patent, granted June 15, “provides a mechanism for a user to selectively establish contact relationships or connections with other users” and “automatically notify users of personal information updates made by their respective contacts.”
Amid the buzz of New York’s Internet week, a new social twist on loyalty rewards programs was announced – the launch of Topguest, a new service that will allow people to use their favorite location-aware social networks for something more than tricksy points, badges, mayorships and the odd mobile voucher; reward points and air miles from loyalty rewards programs of which they are members….
For everyone that doesn’t know what CERIAS is: The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) is currently viewed as one of the world’s leading centers for research and education in areas of information security that are crucial to the protection of critical…