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  • 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 site:itworld.com "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.
  • Feel like you're being watched at work? You may be right

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 10:34 am

    Social network monitoring and IP cameras are two ways organizations are keeping a lid on sensitive data and property.
  • Goober promises low rates for VoIP app users

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 10:19 am

    The App Store is crammed with apps offering Voice over IP features. But Goober Networks hopes that its latest app can stand out from the crowd by offering competitive rates on local and international VoIP calls.
  • Yahoo India to move over 200 search engineers to Microsoft

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 7:40 am

    Yahoo India has started the transfer to Microsoft of engineers working in the area of search and search advertising. The transfer is part of Microsoft's deal with Yahoo by which the software maker's Bing search engine will be used to power Yahoo searches while Yahoo will sell premium advertising for both companies.
  • Silicon cockroaches, 'dirty' IPv4 addresses and other Internet oddities

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 9:26 pm

    The world's leading Internet engineers see many surprising trends occurring under the covers of this complex network environment. Among their findings are the evolution of silicon cockroaches — tiny, mobile, unattended wireless devices — and "dirty" Internet address space that can't be used by network operators. Here are a few eye-openers about what’s really going on in the Internet infrastructure that were discussed at a meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) held in Anaheim last week.
  • What Twitter's New Home Page Means For You

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 9:09 pm

    Twitter's ready to stop the quitters. The social media service rolled out a shiny new home page this week, and its goal is simple: to help new users understand what the site's all about and keep them coming back for more.
  • Lawson puts its ERP on Amazon's cloud

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 8:37 pm

    Lawson Software announced a partnership on Wednesday that will make its ERP (enterprise resource planning) and other applications available on Amazon Web Services' cloud-computing infrastructure service.
  • Yahoo to shut down small-publisher ad network

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Yahoo plans to close a beta advertising service through which small online publishers, such as individual bloggers, signed up to carry ads sold and distributed by the company in exchange for a commission.
  • Oracle adds pharmaceutical focus to CRM on Demand

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 4:55 pm

    Oracle announced the 17th version of its on-demand CRM (customer relationship management) application Wednesday and made a fresh push into pharmaceutical sales with a Life Sciences edition of the software.
  • 10 Signs You're a Social Media Addict

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 3:47 pm

    Answer these questions carefully (since denial is the first sign).
  • Mozilla patches 10 bugs in older Firefox

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 3:15 pm

    Mozilla on Tuesday patched 10 vulnerabilities in its older browsers, marking the end of security support for 2008's Firefox 3.0.
  • Cloud security's seven deadly sins

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 3:12 pm

    A security expert warns organizations making a foray into cloud computing may know familiar terms like multi-tenancy and virtualization, but that doesn't mean they understand everything about putting applications in the cloud.
  • Google's about-face; now it says China blocked its sites

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 2:55 pm

    Google late yesterday reversed its earlier statement and now says that the Chinese government is likely responsible for the difficulties some users in the country had accessing its sites early this week.
  • Google upgrades e-mail management hosted service

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 12:48 pm

    Google is adding two features to its Google Message Security, a hosted service for monitoring and managing e-mail systems that filters message content based on pre-established policies and protects against spam, viruses and other threats.
  • Companies create alliance to push open source clouds

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:51 am

    IELO, Mandriva, and Nexedi this week joined forces and formed the Free Cloud Alliance, which will work to push open source products for cloud computing.
  • Geolocation 101: How It Works, the Apps, and Your Privacy

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:48 am

    Facebook wants to know "What's on your mind?" Twitter asks "What's happening?" But that's getting old already. The burning question for the next wave of social networking is "Where are you?"--and services like Foursquare, Gowalla, Brightkite, and Loopt want you to use your smartphone to answer it.
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