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  • 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.
  • Why ECPA Should Make You Think Twice about the Cloud

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:43 am

    The Digital Due Process coalition is pushing Congress to modernize privacy laws in the United States. The coalition--comprised of technology companies and special interest groups, including Microsoft, Google, EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), eBay, and others--feels that existing privacy regulations do not adequately protect data in the digital era, and could stop businesses from embracing cloud computing.
  • Facebook Flub Leaks Private E-mail Addresses

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:41 am

    Private e-mail addresses that many Facebook users wanted to keep hidden were revealed publicly last night on a multitude of Facebook profiles, Gawker reports. The glitch lasted about 30 minutes before Facebook sealed the gap.
  • SAP targets online collaboration market with StreamWork

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:33 am

    SAP is unveiling an online collaboration tool that will let users combine a range of business applications into a single screen, with the intent of making it easier to share content, have online meetings and plan projects.
  • 25% of 8 to 12 year olds have a social networking profile

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:00 am

    A quarter of 8 to 12 year olds have a social networking profile on Facebook, Bebo or MySpace despite the sites have a minimum age limit of 13, says Ofcom.
  • E-mail accounts of foreign journalists in China hacked

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 2:40 am

    The e-mail accounts of eight foreign journalists working in China and Taiwan were hacked recently, leading Yahoo to suspend several of the accounts last week, the Foreign Correspondent's Club of China (FCCC) said Wednesday.
  • Greenpeace: Facebook Has a Hand in Global Warming

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 9:22 pm

    Greenpeace has charged that Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and others are contributing to global warming by using coal to power data centers for their cloud-based services. The charges are dramatic --- but are they on target?
  • Facebook Decides You'd Rather 'Like' than 'Be a Fan'

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 9:09 pm

    Facebook will soon swap the "Become a Fan" buttons for "like" buttons on brand pages, according to reports from ABC News.
  • Google now says technical glitch not to blame in China

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    After blaming an internal technical glitch, Google now says it's not sure why people in China have had trouble using its search service.
  • Office technology: Productivity boost or time sink?

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 6:03 pm

    That mini-tower by your desk, that tablet by your bedside, the netbook you use on the commuter train, the 3G smartphone that's always within reach -- they're powerful, essential tools of the office, right? They do for white-collar productivity what the assembly line did for factory productivity -- isn't that obvious?
  • How Virtualization is Changing the Shape of Your PC

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 5:31 pm

    What will your next work computer look like? Virtualization is changing the corporate PC into an amorphous mass of computing resources -- meaning much of the power of your next PC will be defined not by the hardware on your shoulder, but by the data centers and external service providers that your company utilizes.
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