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  • MySpace Extends Social Network to Microsoft Outlook

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 4:33 pm

    Now under new management, MySpace is looking to reinvent itself and rise like a Phoenix from the ashes. The once dominant social networking site fell from nearly 70 percent of the social networking market, to only 30 percent in less than a year, and was plummeting on the verge of extinction.
  • The Internet is nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 3:49 pm

    The Italian edition of Wired magazine has nominated the Internet to be a contender for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Microsoft tries to lure NetSuite users with new deal

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Microsoft is offering financial enticements to customers of on-demand ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor NetSuite to switch over to Microsoft's Dynamics family of business applications.
  • Google tests new Blogger layout design tool

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Google will begin on Thursday a public test of a Blogger layout customization tool that the company says significantly broadens publishers' ability to modify the look of their blogs.
  • Bing Gains Again -- Should Google Worry?

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 2:03 pm

    Microsoft's Bing search engine may still be a bit player in the lucrative online search business dominated by Google, but it's slowly and steadily gaining users. And it appears that Bing's share is coming at the expense of both Google and Yahoo, the latter of which recently teamed up with Microsoft to be more competitive in online search.
  • IE zero-day exploit code goes public

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 1:42 pm

    An Israeli researcher has published exploit code for an Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability that Microsoft had just disclosed on Tuesday.
  • Salesforce.com outage has customers tweeting

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 1:42 pm

    Salesforce.com customers were abuzz on Twitter Thursday morning as the result of what they described as a North American outage.
  • MySpace Revamps for Revival

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 1:36 pm

    As Google takes on the social networking world with Buzz, and Facebook and Twitter bring out location-sharing ala Foursquare, does anybody remember the social networking site that started it all? MySpace has had a tough year -- with employee cuts and CEO resignations -- but the company's new co-presidents are seeking to turn the site around with a new look, a new mantra ("Discover and be discovered"), and believers.
  • Austin-bound!

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 1:21 pm

    Your faithful blogger is geekily excited about doing some in-person social networking at SXSWi.
  • Work Smarter With Online Collaboration Tools

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 1:18 pm

    Budget constraints and limited technical support make it critical for most small and medium-size companies to work as efficiently as possible. An important first step in getting more and better work from relatively few people is to enable them to work together in real time, no matter how distant they actually may be.
  • Opera's Mini 5 browser comes to Android

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 6:40 am

    Opera has released a beta version of its Mini 5 Web browser for Android-based smartphones, the company said on Thursday.
  • Motorola to put Bing search on Android phones

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 12:10 am

    Motorola will start loading Microsoft's search and map services onto its Android smartphones in China, bringing more non-Google services to the phones amid a row between Google and China.
  • After takedown, botnet-linked ISP Troyak resurfaces

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Last week FBI Director Robert Mueller called the fight against hackers "the cyber equivalent of cat-and-mouse." On Wednesday security experts trying to take down the Zeus botnet got a taste of what he meant.
  • Google to Dominate More of Your Life With Apps Marketplace

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 4:52 pm

    With Google Apps Marketplace, a store for third-party cloud-based business applications that will supplement Google's own apps, there's just no escaping Google these days.
  • Cisco exec touts new core router's 100G Ethernet, energy efficiency

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 4:52 pm

    Cisco's new CRS-3 core router, which the company has boasted will "forever change the Internet," will come with 100Gbps Ethernet interfaces and 322Tbps multichassis interconnect capability at first customer shipment.
  • Only 21% of Twitter members are active, report says

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 4:49 pm

    A study by Barracuda Networks found that most Twitter members are still inactive members, though the analysis does find some increased activity at the microblogging service.
  • What You Need to Know About the IE Zero-Day

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 4:47 pm

    For the second time already in 2010, Microsoft's Patch Tuesday security bulletin release has come with a footnote--an unpatched zero-day exploit affecting Internet Explorer (IE). Security vendors are reporting more incidents of this new IE vulnerability being exploited in the wild, so IT administrators need to understand the threat and take action to protect vulnerable browsers.
  • US expert: Chinese gov't likely behind massive cyberattacks

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    The Chinese government is likely behind recent cyberattacks on U.S. government Web sites and on U.S. companies in an apparent effort to quash criticism of the government there, an expert on U.S. and Chinese relations said Wednesday.
  • Google Apps Marketplace Brings Cloud Services Together

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 4:33 pm

    The new Google Apps Marketplace extends the search giant's underpowered applications suite, offering a collection of other vendors' Software-as-a-Service applications that work with Google's cloud. The new online store also gives Google a new, if small for now, revenue stream that isn't driven by search-related advertising.
  • Google, Italian Culture Ministry sign book digitization pact

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Google and the Italian Culture Ministry have signed an agreement for the digitization of books held in Italy's two main national libraries, the first such pact between the U.S. company and a national government, the two sides announced Wednesday.
  • European Parliament demands transparency in ACTA talks

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    The European Parliament demanded Wednesday that the European Commission open up secret negotiations about an anticounterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) to the public.
  • Bike Directions Added to Google Maps

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 2:09 pm

    Google on Wednesday launched bicycle directions for Google Maps making it easier for cyclists to plan routes in 150 U.S. cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Portland and Washington, DC. You can use Google Maps to find cycling-specific directions in urban areas, and by default Google Maps will plan your route to avoid steep hills whenever possible. The new maps feature can also be used as a map layer to get an overall sense of cycling accessibility in a particular city.
  • Top 10 IT management trends for the next five years

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    The top trends affecting technology infrastructure over the next five years can be summed up as largely a list representing where IT and users are battling for control over technology.
  • 10 big IT management moves in 2009

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 12:41 pm

    Delivering advanced management and automation capabilities is no longer just for BMC, CA, HP and IBM. Vendors such as Cisco, EMC, Microsoft and VMware are staking claims and striving to win customer favor.
  • Facebook, Twitter Ready Location-Based Features

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 12:27 pm

    Facebook and Twitter are preparing to flip the switch on features that will allow you to share your location with your friends at any time. Facebook is reportedly revving up to introduce the feature, while Twitter is ready to enable the changes on its site any moment now.
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