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  • Businesses lag in moving away from IE6 and its vulnerabilities, study says

    Posted May 25, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    Microsoft's Internet Explorer continues to dominate corporate browser use more so than it does private use, with its nearest rival, Mozilla's Firefox, lagging far behind with one in seven businesses opting for it, according to data collected by Internet-based security service Zscaler.
  • Google: $54 billion impact of search and search ads in US

    Posted May 25, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Google's search service and search advertising products generated an estimated US$54 billion for U.S. businesses, Web site publishers and nonprofit groups in 2009, according to a study the company has released.
  • Facebook to simplify privacy settings Wednesday

    Posted May 25, 2010 - 2:35 pm

    One day after Facebook's CEO admitted that the company had made mistakes with users' privacy, the social networking site confirmed it will roll out new, simplified privacy controls on Wednesday.
  • Google offers opt-out for Google Analytics

    Posted May 25, 2010 - 1:51 pm

    Google announced today a downloadable browser plug-in that blocks its own Google Analytics from sending user data back to the Google Analytics database.
  • Is Facebook truly sorry for its privacy sins?

    Posted May 25, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    Want an expert lesson in how to respond without actually responding and how to apologize without saying you're sorry? Then you need to read Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg's quasi-mea culpa in today's Washington Post. Do it now; I'll wait.
  • The smart paranoid's guide to using Google

    Posted May 25, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    Google is nearly everyone's best friend. But have you ever stopped to think about just how much Google knows about you?
  • WCIT: Kroes positions Digital Agenda as crucial to recovery

    Posted May 25, 2010 - 8:41 am

    With Europe's debt crisis top-of-mind for many delegates to the World Congress on Information Technology opening in Amsterdam Tuesday, European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes painted the EC's Digital Agenda five-year plan as key to an economic recovery and the region's long-term fiscal health.
  • Internet Speedtest results going public

    Posted May 25, 2010 - 8:10 am

    The operator of Speedtest.net is set on Tuesday to start providing statistics from its Web-based Internet measurement tool for free to consumers.
  • More than one in four use Internet worldwide, says ITU

    Posted May 25, 2010 - 7:10 am

    About 26 percent of the world's population were online at the end of 2009, and mobile telephony is booming with the number of mobile subscribers likely to reach the 5 billion mark this year, according to a report released Tuesday by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
  • Two years later, Apple still won't fix Safari hole

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    Two years after fixing a security bug in the Windows version of its Safari browser, Apple apparently has decided that Mac users can go without a fix.
  • Google has the best reputation of any company in the world - report

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 5:21 pm

    An organization called the Reputation Institute unveiled results from their annual consumer survey that measures the reputations of 600 of the world's most prominent companies. Number 1 on the list: Google!
  • Democrats to launch effort to rewrite Telecom Act

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Four leading Democrats in the Congress will begin a process of rewriting the 14-year-old law that is the regulatory framework for the U.S. telecommunications and broadband industries, with the group of lawmakers ready to hear proposals starting in June, they said Monday.
  • Securing your Facebook privacy settings

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 4:55 pm

    One wonders if Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow Facebook executives are wishing they could declare a do-over right about now, dating back to late April. That’s when Facebook held its developer summit and unveiled plans to make the social network even more ubiquitous on the Web—and that also raised a number of serious privacy concerns among Facebook users. Since then, Facebook has been the subject of what seems like a daily drumbeat of headlines about its privacy policies, whether it’s users quitting the social network service or pundits advocating for improved privacy rules.
  • Facebook CEO's Privacy Promises: What's Missing

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 4:45 pm

    Good news: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg admitted that his site did wrong with users' privacy, and has promised to make changes. But something's amiss from Zuckerberg's editorial in today's Washington Post, and I'm not convinced Facebook will deliver the privacy fixes people want.
  • Comcast to debut social networking site for TV viewers

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Comcast 's new social networking service allows users to share what TV shows and Internet videos they watch.
  • Google's Pac-Man freaks out Firefox users

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 4:12 pm

    Google's celebration of the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man last week flooded Mozilla's Firefox support forum with complaints about siren sounds and offbeat music.
  • Facebook CEO says mistakes made, privacy changes coming

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 3:12 pm

    In an attempt to quell a user uprising, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today promised that updated, easier-to-use privacy controls are on the way.
  • Facebook Privacy Fix: New Tool Finds Trouble Spots

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    If Facebook's ever-more-complex privacy settings leave you scratching your head, try this new tool that simplifies it with one click.
  • Sybase promises integrated mobile platform

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 1:27 pm

    Sybase plans to rework its diverse bundle of mobile offerings into a coherent and, yes, integrated new whole.
  • Left out in the cold: Tech innovation favors the rich

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Young, affluent innovators come up with things that appeal to -- surprise! -- young, affluent urban dwellers.
  • Benefits of Google Encrypted Search

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 10:49 am

    Google launched a new beta service this week--encrypted search using SSL (secure sockets layer) to protect searches from being snooped or intercepted while traversing the Internet. Encrypted Google search is still not entirely private, but it has benefits for individuals and businesses to ensure sensitive information is not exposed to prying eyes.
  • Google Gives the Gift of Pac-Man Forever

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 10:43 am

    Due to overwhelming popularity, Google has announced that its interactive 30th anniversary Pac-Man doodle has earned a permanent spot on Google.com. From now on, whenever you need a Pac-Man fix just point your browser to Google.com/pacman and you can enjoy the search giant's version of this iconic video game any time you like.
  • Women more likely to snoop at partner's emails

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 10:14 am

    13 percent of wives check husbands' text messages.
  • When trade secrets meet Facebook

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 10:11 am

    Is a customer list a trade secret once it's been recreated as a LinkedIn or Facebook account?
  • Google’s week in review: Google TV, Pac-Man, Android and more acquisitions

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 10:10 am

    Where to start? Google aired new initiatives left and right at its Google I/O developer conference, such as Google TV and the Android 2.2 OS, but also made plenty of other headlines good and bad.

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