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  • Verizon follows Comcast lead on IPv6

    Posted April 6, 2010 - 11:17 am

    Verizon appears to be playing catch-up to broadband rival Comcast with its announcement Tuesday of a residential trial of IPv6, a long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol.
  • Google Hits Restart on Buzz Privacy Settings

    Posted April 6, 2010 - 10:48 am

    The launch of Buzz left Google with a black eye over several privacy mishaps. The main source of angst was the exposure of user Gmail contacts, and Google's rushed tweaks just weren't good enough. Now Google wants a total re-do--and perhaps forgiveness--with the implementation of even further fixes.
  • Farmville obsession costs Bulgarian politician committee assignment

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 6:24 pm

    Dimitar Kerin, a city councilmember in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second-largest city, was told repeatedly that the council chambers' Wi-Fi networks were not for social gaming.
  • Review

    Enterprise cloud put to the test

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    The potential benefits of public clouds are obvious to most IT execs, but so are the pitfalls -- outages, security concerns, compliance issues, and questions about performance, management, service-level agreements and billing. At this point, it's fair to say that most IT execs are wary of entrusting sensitive data or important applications to the public cloud.
  • The iPad makes demands on Web developers

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Apple's insistence on HTML 5 for the iPad may spur Web developer work
  • Using Google's digital switchboard

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 11:58 am

    Having already conquered a large portion of online communication, Google decided to branch out and try its magic on good old-fashioned telephone calls. Google Voice is a free service that acts as a convenient hub for all of your existing phone numbers, giving you typically Googlesque control over your incoming calls, voicemails, and text messages. (Still confused? See “What is Google Voice?”)
  • Flash mob crackdown in Philly focuses on teens, not technology

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 11:14 am

    In Philadelphia, the mayor and police have cracked down on mobs of teenagers that turned violent and that police believe learned about the gatherings through "flash mob" wireless communications, including texting and Twitter.
  • Four Steps to Success for Enterprise Social Media

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:58 am

    An enterprise social media rollout may seem daunting, but a new Forrester Research report recommends four key steps to help it go smoothly. Also, can a CIO use social media to create business advantages?
  • Review

    Hands on: ZumoDrive lets you access your files easily, from anywhere

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:56 am

    ZumoDrive lets users store music, image and other files in the cloud, and then stream them onto netbooks, laptops and smartphones.
  • IT Operations: Beware the Cloud Boomerang

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:51 am

    Test applications created in the cloud will subtly migrate from development through trial to production. Then the developers will move on and IT Ops will be stuck caring for the apps. You'd better get ahead of the problem and get your cloud strategy moving now, says's Bernard Golden.
  • Analyst: Google-Adobe Flash partnership could heat up browser competition

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:41 am

    The move, which has been called a win for Adobe, is a pragmatic one for Google.
  • Google Buys Episodic

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:24 am

    Google has made its fifth acquisition of the year: video service Episodic, which is presumably being drafted to help out with the Google-owned Youtube video service.
  • Google, China Play Game of Cat and Mouse

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:19 am

    As a result of its decision to stop censoring search results in China, Google now risks losing access to the country's 384 million Internet users.
  • The Look of Post-Cloud IT

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:12 am

    Thornton May wonders why no one is thinking ahead to the shape of the IT landscape once cloud computing becomes the norm.
  • Twitterrific, Twittelator, TweetDeck come to the iPad

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    Twitter and the iPhone have always seemed made for each other--quick messages you can tap out on your phone's keyboard while you're on the go. But will the iPad show a similar affinity for the social networking service? If the App Store is any indication, app developers think so: the store is already awash with Twitter clients for the new device. Here are three popular apps for the site that have made the jump from iPhone to iPad.
  • Run Quake II in your Browser with HTML5

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 9:38 pm

    Google encourages its engineers to 20 percent of their time working on projects that aren't necessarily in their job descriptions. The corporate philosophy that spawned Google products like including Gmail and Google News has perhaps had its greatest achievement yet: an HTML5 port of Quake II.
  • What Does The Cloud Really Look Like?

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 9:31 am

    The reality of cloud computing has always been a lot more about the nuts and bolts of data-center operations than about the metaphor of on-demand computer power flowing from anonymous sources somewhere on the other end of the network connection.
  • Bringing Internet privacy into the 21st century

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 9:30 am

    Finally, there's something Google and Microsoft can agree on: Our electronic privacy protections are in serious need of an overhaul. They, along with Intel, AOL, AT&T, the ACLU, and a dozen other household names, have formed the Digital Due Process coalition, aimed at urging Congress to modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) -- the only thing keeping Johnny Law from pawing through your digital life.
  • Escalating attacks prompted emergency IE update, says Microsoft

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 9:20 am

    Microsoft said that it patched the critical vulnerability in IE this week because the number of attacks jumped after news broke that the exploit had gone public.
  • A shortcut for site-specific searching in Google

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 7:42 am

    You could click in your browser's search field, and manually type "the daily tip", but there's an easier way using a JavaScript bookmarklet, which is a bookmark containing JavaScript code that's run when you "open" the bookmark.
  • Google, not blocked in China, still faces risks

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 6:40 am

    Ten days after Google snubbed Chinese government censors by moving its search engine there to Hong Kong, its Web search service remains unblocked in China. But the move could yet cost Google substantial business, and already offering services to Chinese users from outside of the country has proved an imperfect counter to government censorship.
  • 5 hot IT topics: 5 must-read books

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 9:30 pm

    Staying on top of all the new innovations, strategies and directions in today's IT world can be mindboggling. That's where a great IT library can help, filled with the latest and greatest guidebooks on all the hot IT topics you need to put your arms around in your company's constantly morphing technology environment.
  • It's time to update your Web Browser

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 12:53 pm

    Internet Explorer isn't the only Web browser that's been bedeviled by security problems lately. Firefox has trouble too.
  • Google's Chrome now silently auto-updates Flash Player

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 12:49 pm

    Adobe's new partnership with Google will keep Internet users safer because Chrome will automatically update Flash Player without asking users, an Adobe director of engineering said.
  • Shortened URL Security Threat on Twitter Overblown?

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 10:37 am

    Concern over the danger of shortened URLs may be overblown, according to a report released Wednesday by a researcher with security firm Zscaler.
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