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    Address Book

    What Does Address Book Mean?An address book is a database that stores names, addresses and other contact information for a computer user. Address books allow easy access to the user's friends, family, business associates and others by maintaining their email and other contact details on their computer. Address books can...

    By: Margaret Rouse | Senior Editor

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    Business-to-Government

    What Does Business-to-Government Mean?Business-to-government (B2G) is a business model that refers to businesses selling products, services or information to governments or government agencies. B2G networks or models provide a way for businesses to bid on government projects or products that governments might purchase or need for their organizations. This can...

    By: Margaret Rouse | Senior Editor

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    Information Sharing

    What Does Information Sharing Mean?Information sharing describes the exchange of data between various organizations, people and technologies. There are several types of information sharing:Information shared by individuals (such as a video shared on Facebook or YouTube)Information shared by organizations (such as the RSS feed of an online weather report)Information shared...

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    Firesheep

    What Does Firesheep Mean?Firesheep is a Mozilla Firefox extension that uses packet sniffing to hijack unsecured Wi-Fi network sessions and capture unencrypted website cookies during network data transmission.Firesheep was created by software developer Eric Butler and released in 2010 to prove the security risks associated with a number of popular...

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    Qik

    What Does Qik Mean?Qik is a smartphone application for live video streaming to the Internet. It can also be used for two-way video conferencing. Qik has been very well received since its initial release in 2007. The beta version was introduced in mid 2008. Qik is a product of Qik,...

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    Search Engine Marketing

    What Does Search Engine Marketing Mean?Search Engine Marketing (SEM) is a process by which multiple methods are utilized to improve market visibility and exposure for a brand, product or service.SEM mechanisms include Search Engine Optimization (SEO), social networking, bid placement, pay-per-click (PPC), contextual advertising, paid inclusion, geomapping, AdSense and AdWords,...

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    SMS Phishing

    What Does SMS Phishing Mean?SMS phishing occurs when a cell phone receives a SMS (Instant Message or IM) from a fake person or entity. The unsuspecting cell phone user will respond to a fake SMS and visit a URL, inadvertently downloading malware and installing a Trojan without the user's knowledge....

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    Coning

    What Does Coning Mean?Coning is a viral video prank that involves ordering a soft-serve ice cream cone from a drive-through and grabbing the cone by the ice cream - rather than the cone - when it is handed through the drive-through window. A camera is strategically placed in the prankster's...

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    Application Programming Interface

    What Does Application Programming Interface Mean? An application programming interface (API) is a set of protocols, routines, functions and/or commands that programmers use to facilitate interaction between distinct software services. APIs allow one software service to access data from another software service without the developer's needing to know how the...

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    Peppermint

    What Does Peppermint Mean?Peppermint is an open-source, lightweight, fully featured operating system based on Ubuntu Linux that is geared toward cloud computing. It is fast in loading and in shutting down, includes an intuitive interface, and is optimized for web-based applications. Peppermint is named after the OS Linux Mint.Techopedia Explains...

    By: Margaret Rouse | Senior Editor