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  • DOJ won't challenge Cisco acquisition of Tandberg

    Posted March 29, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice won't challenge Cisco Systems' US$3 billion acquisition of video-conferencing service provider Tandberg, the agency announced Monday.
  • Google Fiber Candidates: Top 5 Desperate Cities

    Posted March 29, 2010 - 9:31 am

    What's more entertaining than the sight of civic leaders fawning all over Google for a little high-speed action? In recent weeks, cities across the U.S. have staged some fairly bizarre antics to convince Google to build its proposed 1-gigabit fiber-optic network in their area. The search giant will make its decision by the end of 2010.
  • Google defies China, hacker heads to the clink

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    The battle between China and Google dominated the headlines this week after Google decided to stop censoring its search results. China also caused some grief with a U.S. Internet domain registrar after it demanded detailed information on the people who registered Web sites in China. Hackers looking to make a lucrative living by selling pilfered credit card information may want to rethink their career options, as the person responsible for committing what is believed to be the largest data breach ever was sentenced to three 20-year prison terms this week. Finally, the CTIA Wireless show brought more news about future phones and how femtocells may finally be ready for use in people's homes.
  • Facebook proposes changes to its terms and policies

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Facebook is proposing tweaks to its site governance documents so that they will be consistent with new services the social networking company plans to roll out.
  • Yahoo proposes 'really ugly hack' to DNS

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 4:36 pm

    Network engineers from Yahoo are pitching what they admit is a "really ugly hack" to the Internet's Domain Name System, but they say it is necessary for the popular Web content provider to support IPv6, the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol.
  • Nokia acquires mobile browsing company

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    Nokia on Friday said it will acquire Novarra, a privately-held company based in Chicago that specializes in mobile browsing.
  • Google in China: Goodbye censorship, hello Lady Gaga

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 11:25 am

    What really happened when Google stopped censoring itself in China.
  • UK, French newspapers to charge for content

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 10:11 am

    British newspapers The Times and the Sunday Times will charge for content on their Web sites, a move following other major papers seeking to profit from online readers amid falling print revenues.
  • Speak Up to Help Shape the Future of Broadband

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 9:07 am

    The FCC vision for the future of communications in the United States, and its proposals for getting from where we are to where we need to be are imperative to maintaining a level playing field for business in America. The limited bandwidth is running out, and the digital divide continues to grow, and businesses on the wrong side of that divide will find it very hard to keep up with the competition.
  • Google: A bull in China's shop

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 9:05 am

    So Google finally made good on its promise to uncensor its Chinese search engine and/or leave the Chinese market. And China is now making good on its promise to make Google very sorry for ever bringing it up.
  • Chinese eBay rival Taobao to share wide transaction data

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 2:10 am

    China's, a rival to eBay, plans to open up site-wide transaction data so users can learn about buying trends in the world's biggest market, a person familiar with the plans said.
  • Microsoft turns 35: Best, worst, most notable moments

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 9:24 pm

    The year is 1975. Gerald Ford is in the White House, South Vietnam falls, Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in the "Thrilla in Manila" world championship boxing match, the late-night comedy show NBC's Saturday Night (later called Saturday Night Live) debuts, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest sweeps the Oscars, and Captain & Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together" and Glenn Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" top the music charts.
  • In the Federal CIO's crosshairs, patent office plots move to the cloud

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 8:42 pm

    The United States Patent and Trade Office is planning a complete redesign of its IT systems and a move to a cloud platform.
  • Google Jumps Into Social Bookmarks Game

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 8:41 pm

    Google jumped into social bookmarking this week with its new experimental Bookmarks feature, Lists. Lists lets you save links--handy, for example, if you're planning a vacation or compiling information for a presentation--then share them with others or keep them private.
  • Microsoft supports SVG

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 6:32 pm

    The next release of Internet Explorer will join recent releases of all other major browsers in recognition of Scalable Vector Graphics instances.
  • And the browser losers are ...

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 6:21 pm

    Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox. The one major Web browser left standing? Google Chrome.
  • China's Great Firewall spreads overseas

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 4:41 pm

    A networking error has caused computers in Chile and the U.S. to come under the control of the Great Firewall of China, redirecting Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube users to Chinese servers.
  • 3-D, Twitter SMS are future of phones, execs say

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    You thought "Avatar" was long? James Cameron joked that his next movie may stretch to five hours.
  • Hacker busts IE8 on Windows 7 in 2 minutes

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 2:22 pm

    Dutch researcher explains his strategy for outwitting Microsoft defense mechanisms to win $10,000.
  • First Google, then GoDaddy. Who's next to leave China? Yahoo!

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 12:19 pm

    Because it was hacked, stolen from and forced to help the Chinese Communist Party violate Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Google left China.
  • Wikipedia suffers global collapse

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 11:10 am

    Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation Web sites went down for hours on Wednesday in a global outage caused by a domino effect of technical problems.
  • Police, security officials meet on cybercrime strategies

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 8:40 am

    When the "ILOVEYOU" worm crippled computer systems worldwide 10 years ago this spring, authorities in the Philippines didn't even have a law to properly charge its author.
  • Google fixes bug affecting Apps sync tool for Outlook

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 7:11 pm

    A bug in Google Apps' Sync for Microsoft Outlook that has apparently existed for months is causing some e-mail messages to remain in Gmail servers and not be downloaded into Outlook, causing end users to overlook messages or see them late.
  • Go Daddy to stop registering .cn domain names

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 4:10 pm, the world's largest domain name registrar, will stop registering .cn domains in China after the government there has demanded personal information about people who have purchased domain names from GoDaddy in the past, the company said Wednesday during a hearing in the U.S. Congress.
  • Microsoft to update communications server

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    New Microsoft Office Communications server to feature e911, improved voice recognition.
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