The digital divide in the U.S.: Nearly 20 per hundred of U.S. mature individuals don’t use the Internet. That entails that approximately 60 million persons, numerous of them aged, poor and minorities, have no access to technology most people increasingly consider mission-critical to modern life.

The New York Times’ had an intriguing story on that occurrence, which lays out some of the programs policymakers have endeavoured to use to get persons online. But who are these 60 million persons not online and are they offline by alternative or circumstance?

Internet adoption has more or less flatlined in latest years, as asserted by facts and numbers from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. As of the center’s last survey in May, somewhere between 81 and 85 per hundred of U.S. mature individuals were online. The number with household Internet access is notably lower — about 72 out of 100, as showed by the Census Bureau.

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eMarketer has just released the latest figures on social networks (Q1/2013): Facebook ist still #1, but is being challenged by its contenders.

The figures have been taken from GlobalWebIndex’s “Stream Social: Quarterly Social Platforms Update.” and show clearly, that a lot has happened behind Facebook: quite a few second-place contenders are fighting for the spot behind the leader, with Google+ out front at 26% of internet users. Google+ registered a growth in their active users base (using the service at least once in the past month) 33% between Q2 2012 and Q1 2013. While Facebook has seen its total number of active users increase by 35% between Q2 2012 and Q1 2013, Twitter is currently the fastest-growing social platform in the world, with a 44% growth in the same period.

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Some great business ideas seem so simple we wonder why no one ever thought of them before.

The backstory behind a bunch of household names, and tips to open your mind to inspiration.

At the heart of any successful business is a great idea. Some seem so simple we wonder why nobody thought of them before. Others are so revolutionary we wonder how anybody could’ve thought of them at all.

But those great ideas don’t come on command. And that leaves lots of would-be entrepreneurs asking the same question: How did everybody else get inspiration to strike—and how can we work the same magic?

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