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  • Google official reaffirms HTML5 readiness

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Google engineer confirms Steve Jobs' pronouncement that HTML5 can be used for rich Web content
  • Microsoft issues workaround, advice for SharePoint zero-day

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 4:39 pm

    Microsoft urged SharePoint 2007 administrators to protect systems against a recently revealed zero-day vulnerability that could be exploited to steal company secrets.
  • Google explains why it became an energy trader

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Google has explained how it might use its status as an energy-trading company to increase the use of renewable energy sources in its data centers.
  • Oracle resumes construction of massive data center

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Oracle has started up work again on a large data center in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area, after suspending the project without public explanation last year.
  • Tips for using Twitter, Facebook and other "anti-social networks"

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    Corporations should institute daily one-minute Internet safety lessons that users must complete before they are allowed online, a security expert told Interop attendees this week, but he said even that might not work because attackers pay more attention to the advice than those it is intended to protect.
  • Citrix downplays Red Hat's decision to drop Xen

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 12:16 pm

    Citrix CTO and longtime Xen proponent Simon Crosby says he is unfazed by Red Hat's decision to drop the Xen hypervisor from its enterprise Linux software, claiming it won't harm Xen's standing in the virtualization market.
  • Researcher: Social networks shouldn't reuse private info

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 9:10 am

    A Microsoft researcher argues that user data should not be reused by social networks
  • What's wrong with the PCI security standard

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 9:15 pm

    The security standard used to protect credit cards isn't up to the task and upgrades that are planned for this fall do virtually nothing to improve it, a security expert told Interop attendees this week.
  • Review

    Gygan May Be Next Big Thing in File Sharing

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 8:48 pm

    Gygan is one of the newest additions into the file-sharing battleground. With so many choices already available--BitTorrent, Usenet, and RapidShare among others--can Gygan really offer anything new? There's nothing groundbreaking, but it does fill a niche: Gygan (free up to monthly download GB limit) combines some of the best features of RapidShare and Usenet, but unlike the two it runs on an easy-to-use standalone client.
  • Google patches Chrome for second time this month

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    Google patched three vulnerabilities in the Windows version of Chrome earlier in the week, marking the second time that it's plugged security holes this month.
  • Application portability in cloud computing a work in progress

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 8:35 pm

    Cloud computing networks are still largely walled off from each other, making it difficult to move workloads from one cloud service to another or from an internal data center to a cloud provider, Interop keynote speakers said.
  • Social Networks in the Enterprise: 3M's Innovation Process

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 8:29 pm

    When 3M wanted to expand the reach of its innovation process it deployed an internal social network to access all 75,000 global employees, bringing in hundreds of new ideas.
  • Exchange 2010: To Migrate or to Stay Put

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 8:13 pm

    Cloud-based e-mail may be generating powerful market buzz, but in the enterprise, Microsoft Exchange today remains the dominant e-mail platform.
  • Cloud computing raises risk of patent litigation, attorney says

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 8:09 pm

    Patent litigation may be a small risk, but it is another issue to consider when assessing the pros and cons of cloud computing, says Nolan Goldberg, a patent and trade secret litigation attorney for Proskauer Rose LLP in New York.
  • Facebook working to fix site trouble

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 8:08 pm

    Facebook announced late this afternoon that its engineers were working to fix a problem causing site trouble for users.
  • W3C pushes linking Web data

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee expouses extending Web to include machine readable data
  • Panelists: Democracy would suffer if Google left China

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Analyzing the quarrel between Google and China raises questions of how the Web helps an oppressed country develop democracy, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology panel discussion.
  • New Chinese law may force Microsoft, Yahoo to follow Google out

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 11:11 am

    The Chinese government today made sweeping changes to its state secrets law that directly affects Internet companies operating in the country. The amended law goes further to force these companies to help the Chinese Communist Party suppress free speech and censor the Internet.
  • Pirate Bay operator dimisses tale of new acquisition

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 9:40 am

    A new buyer for the domain name has come forward, even as the legality of a previous attempt to buy the name is still in dispute.
  • Lone IT industry voice speaks out against EU Web filter plan

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 8:11 am

    A European proposal to introduce mandatory blocking of child abuse websites poses a threat to the openness of the Internet, according to Ed Black, president of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA).
  • Baidu gains from Google's China move

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 12:10 am

    Google's decision to stop censoring Internet search in China last month has proved a boost to rival
  • Facebook gets a little too personal

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 9:36 pm

    When you're a social network with tens of millions of users and you've got the attention of the US Congress, that's almost never a good thing.
  • Social Networking Exposes Business Networks to Risk

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 9:28 pm

    Once upon a time, instant messaging was a consumer technology. That consumer toy worked its way into the corporate network and was eventually not just accepted, but embraced and leveraged as a valuable tool. Social networking is on that same path, but still has some security growing pains to go through on the way.
  • Pitney Bowes' journey to Exchange Online

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 9:22 pm

    Released about 18 months ago, Exchange Online provides a natural transition for large companies that already use on-premises Exchange, because many of the admin screens look exactly the same.
  • Microsoft gets its Exchange cloud in order

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 9:20 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has been ramping up its cloud-based Exchange Online offering for its largest customers -- even though that may mean cannibalizing its own on-premises Exchange Server installed base.
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