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  • Twitter Numbers: A Quick Guide to Twitter's Growth

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 2:01 pm

    Twitter's growth has dominated the news as numbers, charts and graphs pour in by the truckload. With so much noise on so many different blogs, it's impossible to condense this week's chatter from the Chirp conference into 140 digestible characters.
  • The End of Free Content?

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 11:51 am

    The iPad, Android, and MeeGo devices are about to change the way we look at the Internet. Unfortunately, it may be a more expensive way if consumers are not paying attention.
  • Google drafts cloud printing plan for Chrome OS

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Google is unveiling early-stage designs, software code and documentation of a project whose goal is to let users of the company's Chrome OS operating system print documents to any printer from any application.
  • 3 URL Shortener Sites That Do More Than Save Space

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 7:51 am

    URL shortener sites can do for more you than just save space on Twitter. These three free services help you track who's clicking and other relevant statistics.
  • More rural Chinese surf the Web by mobile phone

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 7:40 am

    Mobile phones are an increasingly popular way to surf the Internet in rural China, but a "digital divide" is still growing between the country's rural and urban areas, a survey found.
  • Secretive counterfeiting treaty talks open up

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 7:11 am

    A controversial plan to crack down on online piracy and counterfeiting will be opened up to public scrutiny for the first time next week, when the negotiating text of a secret international copyright treaty will be made public, the European Commission said Friday.
  • Put Cloud CRM to Work

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 8:59 pm

    No matter how hard you work, you can't succeed in the small-business world if you don't put your customers first. But making the most of customer relationships isn't easy. Keeping your clientele engaged and coming back for more requires flexibility, a great memory, and creative thinking.
  • Amazon and Twitter Roll out URL Shortening Services

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 8:48 pm

    Amazon and Twitter are the latest companies to offer their own URL shortening services, joining a crowded playing field of entrants. While the move by tech heavyweights Amazon and Twitter into the URL shortening business is a good thing for consumers looking for a reliable service that will be around for a long time, it could be a death knell for smaller URL link players such as Is.gd and TinyURL.
  • Critic: Customers should reject Comcast throttling deal

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 8:21 pm

    Comcast customers should reject a proposed settlement in a lawsuit filed against the broadband provider for throttling some Internet traffic, a critic of the company said Thursday.
  • Wall Street Beat: Tech earnings season off to roaring start

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Strong quarterly results from the likes of Intel, Google and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) plus optimistic market-research reports are leading to a growing sense of confidence in the tech sector, which is enjoying an uptick in share prices as IT investors get stoked for a better-than-expected year.
  • Google grows revenue 23 percent in Q1

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 5:43 pm

    Google grew its revenue and profit in its first fiscal quarter, exceeding Wall Street expectations and prompting the Internet company to express a commitment for "heavy investment" in its core and newer businesses.
  • Facebook Overhauls Safety Center

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 4:38 pm

    In the wake of high profile cyber-bullying cases -- such as the one that led to a teenage suicide in 2006 -- social networking sites have been tightening the belt on Internet security. Pushing itself to the forefront, Facebook has overhauled its Safety Center with descriptive information for teens, parents, law enforcement officials, educators and general users to help protect themselves against scammers, bullies and other riffraff.
  • Judge in Italian Google case receives threats on Facebook

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    The Milan judge who convicted three Google executives for allowing the posting of a video showing the bullying of an autistic teenager has received hundreds of threatening and insulting messages via Facebook since the verdict was first announced on Feb. 24.
  • Twitter Hits Its Stride, Plans New Features

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 3:55 pm

    Twitter has more than 105 million users and is adding more than 300,000 new ones every day, the micro-blogging network said this week at its developer conference, Chirp, in San Francisco. Twitter also used the event to announce several new features, such as geolocation services, more official mobile clients, and its own URL shortening service.
  • LinkedIn Tip: Premium Account Elevates Job Seekers

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 3:45 pm

    For $20 a month, LinkedIn will move you to the top of the application pile. Is it worth it for you?
  • Where is Your Cloud? Four Compliance Best Practices

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 3:27 pm

    If you think the phrase "It's in the cloud" means that your data resides on the Internet and is thus accessible everywhere equally, think again. Most infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud services share the same residence model as traditional hosting and outsourcing deployments -- they live in specific data centers in specific geographies. This means that customer data is generated and most likely stored in this physical location, giving it legal and privacy implications.
  • Cloud Computing: Early Adopters Share Five Key Lessons

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 3:25 pm

    While some large enterprises have moved their information-technology infrastructure to a third-party managed service to save costs, small firms--especially startups--have come to rely on cloud services to cut initial outlays and help them focus on the core services and products.
  • 10 Things the Internet Has Ruined and Five Things It Hasn't

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 2:46 pm

    For some people, the Internet is the killer app--literally. From newspapers and the yellow pages to personal privacy and personal contact, the Net has been accused of murdering, eviscerating, ruining, and obliterating more things than the Amazing Hulk. Some claims are more true than others, but the Net certainly has claimed its share of scalps.
  • Five Facebook myths (and how to spot them)

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    It’s time for an episode of Mythbusters, social network style. Here are five things you may have heard or thought about Facebook (and its Web 2.0 cousins) that aren’t necessarily true.
  • Comcast vs. the FCC: Predictable loss for a fair Internet

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 11:27 am

    Appeals Court ruling against FCC in its move vs. Comcast came as no surprise. But might the FTC now be able to step forward in the name of net neutrality?
  • How IT Outsourcing Customers Can Test Cloud Computing

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 11:22 am

    Traditional IT outsourcing customers have hesitated to jump into cloud computing because of the security and control risks. But the risk of not trying out cloud computing may be even greater. Here are five low-risk ways IT outsourcing customers can test out the cloud.
  • Google introduces two new Twitter tools

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 7:27 am

    Whether you want to do some twitter archeology or find new people to follow, Google is ready to help.
  • Twitter gives the lowdown on its new business model

    Posted April 14, 2010 - 10:40 pm

    It's been a long time coming but a Twitter executive gave the first in-depth look on Wednesday at how the microblogging service plans to make its money.
  • Twitter courts developers with new tools

    Posted April 14, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Twitter is promising new tools for developers to help them make better use of the 55 million tweets being pumped out every day by people who use its service.
  • NetSuite hooks up with Amazon's storage cloud

    Posted April 14, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    NetSuite has integrated its on-demand ERP (enterprise resource planning) software with Amazon Web Services' Simple Storage Service (S3), the company announced Wednesday in conjunction with its annual partner and developer conference in San Francisco.
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