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  • SXSW: Pandora in the Car Could Kill Sirius

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 8:53 pm

    "Sirius will be around for a long time," said Pandora CTO Tom Conrad in answer to a suggestion by an audience member here that his company will kill Sirius.
  • Did Uncle Sam try to kill Wikileaks?

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    I just received an email from Wikileaks editor Julian Assange that's pretty wild. It accuses the U.S. government of deliberately trying to take down the whistle-blower site [PDF] two years ago.
  • SXSW: Is Twitter the next Napster?

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 8:01 pm

    Why does everything at SXSW make me think of money? I guess because none of the stuff we talk about here is a charitable social good, no matter how much we act like it sometimes.
  • E-Trade v. Lindsay Lohan

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 6:56 pm

    Two washed-up icons battle it out in court.
  • Inside MS Cloud Model for Productivity Apps

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:57 pm

    Corporate VP of Microsoft Online Services Ron Markezich discusses the joys and pitfalls of productivity apps in the cloud, how to mix your own data center with Microsoft's cloud model, and the rising tide of BPOS competitors. Hint: It's not just Google.
  • Online Taxes: Three Ways to Stay Out of Trouble

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:52 pm

    The Internet can simplify doing your taxes -- but can't replace good judgment. Here's a look at your main online tax software choices and key issues to keep in mind, from import gotchas to professional consults.
  • Appistry launches 'big data' computational storage system

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:49 pm

    Distributed-file-system approach promises to eliminate performance bottlenecks by allowing analytics workloads to go where the data is.
  • Unveiling the FCC National Broadband Plan

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:44 pm

    Drum roll please. After months of hype and speculation, the time has finally come for the FCC to present its National Broadband Plan to Congress. Over the past few weeks FCC chairman Julius Genachowski and other FCC members have hinted at some initiatives in the plan, building some support, but also drawing fire from both sides.
  • Twitter to simplify integration of 'tweets' into Web sites

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Twitter plans to launch a new platform that lets Web publishers display 'tweets' on their sites more broadly and easily than is possible today via the company's APIs (application programming interfaces).
  • Ning CEO Bianchini handing over reins of social network site

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:34 pm

    Ning CEO Gina Bianchini is stepping down after five years at the helm of the social networking company, but she won't be going far from company Chairman Marc Andreessen: She's joining his venture capital firm as an entrepreneur in residence.
  • SXSW Diary: Skepticism, Strong Feelings About Yelp

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:32 pm

    Small business owners have very strong feelings about Yelp, the popular social reviews site. A room full of them--many of them restaurateurs and their "social media consultants"--discussed various aspects of the service, and aired complaints and frustrations, at a lively session here at SXSW today.
  • Enterprise 2.0 changing the way we work

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:24 pm

    Sure, companies have started using Web 2.0 tools, but one man says we've only seen a glimmer of the serious change that they're going to bring to the way we do business.
  • March Madness Productivity Drain: Calling a Foul

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:22 pm

    Executives and IT departments have more important things to worry about than the NCAA Basketball Tournament's effect on employee productivity and network bandwidth. March Madness doesn't hamper employee effectiveness, but bad software and systems do.
  • A Quick IE Fix

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 2:16 pm

    While neither is perfect, Microsoft has released a pair of quick fixes for its latest IE security hole.
  • Linux is the cloud's future: IBM Canada

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:54 pm

    While cloud computing is merely a label given to the latest evolution of what organizations have been doing for a long time, one consistent component in the cloud has been Linux, said Jim Elliott, IBM Canada Ltd.'s Linux champion.
  • Seven Questions with Cisco CEO John Chambers

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:48 pm

    Cisco CEO John Chambers talks virtualization, cloud, and the "Cisco Tax," in this installment of the IDG Enterprise CEO Interview Series.
  • Inside net neutrality with FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:09 pm

    Billions of dollars are at stake in the FCC's net neutrality rule making, which could mandate rules for broadband Internet access over wireless and wireline networks.
  • Mozilla pitches Firefox 3.6 upgrade offer to users

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:09 pm

    Mozilla has begun offering Firefox 3.6 to users running older versions of the open-source browser.
  • SXSW: Making money in the age of the Internet: Can scarcity be maintained?

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    The problem with messianic predictions is that they tend not to help you make decisions.
  • Google Local Product Search: Great Idea, Needs Tweaks

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:06 pm

    As with many new Google services, the ability to search for products at local stores is a little slow out of the gate, but the potential is there.
  • FBI details most difficult Internet scams

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:05 pm

    According to the FBI and the IC3 Web site, the “popular scam trends for 2009” included hitman scams, astrological reading frauds, economic scams, job site scams, and fake pop-up ads for antivirus software.
  • Twitter wants to know where you are

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 12:57 pm

    Twitter on has turned on its new geolocation feature that allows you to tell the Twitterverse where you are when you tweet.
  • Microsoft hustles on IE patch, tests fix

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    Microsoft is testing a patch for a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer, but stopped short of promising to deliver an emergency fix before the next scheduled Patch Tuesday.
  • SXSW Apps:, Huddlehub and Phonebooth

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    A bunch of web companies and app developers have shown up here in Austin to show their stuff, and I saw a lot of them this afternoon when I spent a few hours in the exhibit hall. Did I find the next Foursquare or GoWalla? I don't think so, but I found some apps that I think might get some serious traction before next year's SXSW.
  • Privacy is Not Dead, Just Evolving

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 11:42 am

    It's a brave new world. Unfortunately--continuing the literary allusion--Big Brother is watching. As technology makes more information more accessible, it also threatens to expose information that is not intended to be shared. Privacy is a concept that is caught in the middle of the struggle.

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