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  • French net filtering plan moves forward

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 7:40 am

    French lawmakers voted Tuesday to approve a draft law to filter Internet traffic, a measure the government says is intended to catch child pornographers. The bill will now go on for a second and final reading.
  • Vidyo packages conferencing for campuses

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 10:40 pm

    Startup Vidyo is now packaging its videoconferencing product for college campuses, which it sees as a natural setting for a system that can bring together multiple participants even on relatively thin network connections.
  • EPIC files privacy complaint against Google Buzz

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    Despite the changes that Google has made to Buzz following negative reaction to the service, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission charging the search giant with violating user privacy.
  • Security bug opens Google Buzz to hackers

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    A common Web programming error could give hackers a way to take over Google Buzz accounts, a security expert said Tuesday.
  • Is Google the new Microsoft?

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    If you work at Google, your ears are surely burning right now. Google's introduction of its Buzz social media tool this week was possibly the most disastrous product debut in the company's 12-year history.
  • Google CEO has no plans to compete with mobile operators

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Google has made investments in wireless networks, is testing gigabit-to-the-home technology, and is selling 60,000 Android smartphones a day -- yet has no plans to compete with network operators, CEO Eric Schmidt told attendees at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday.
  • RIM Intros New BlackBerry Browser to Rival iPhone Safari

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 5:34 pm

    BlackBerry maker Research In Motion on Tuesday introduced a new browser for its devices, which runs on WebKit, the rendering engine behind Apple's Safari browser. The New BlackBerry browser is touted as easier and faster to use, and will be available later this year.
  • U.S. broadband adoption sees significant spike

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 5:23 pm

    Broadband usage has increased significantly over the past two years, as 63.5% of U.S. households now report having broadband connections.
  • Google starts serving up MySpace status updates

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Google has started incorporating into its search results status updates that MySpace users have posted publicly.
  • Spammers already targeting Google Buzz

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 3:15 pm

    Websense said its security analysts found that spam had started spreading through the new Google Buzz social network just two days after its unveiling.
  • Web sites must support IPv6 by 2012, expert warns

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    Corporations and government agencies must IPv6-enable their public-facing Web sites in the next 24 months or risk upsetting a growing number of visitors with lower-grade connectivity.
  • Can US get tough on intellectual property crime?

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:50 pm

    Critics have long said the US needs to do something to put a crimp in intellectual property crime -- an over $200 billion counterfeit and pirated goods industry.
  • Google Buzz: 10 Changes I'd Like to See

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:23 pm

    Google Buzz has generated a lot of controversy since its launch last week. Privacy concerns continue to dog the new social networking experiment, spammers are starting to move in on Buzz, and Google has rushed out several Buzz revisions in reaction to privacy concerns. Google is also considering other tweaks to make the site more usable, according to The Wall Street Journal. With that in mind, here are ten things Google could do to make Buzz a better experience for everyone:
  • Buffering: Google readies Flash for Android devices

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Google will soon add the capability to play Flash videos to its Android mobile phone OS, Google product manager Eric Tseng announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
  • So About The Cloud's Ugly Truth ...

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 11:52 am

    Sure, we're connected all the time. And sure, my Blackberry never leaves my side. And my users now expect instantaneous feedback. Anytime. But maybe this is a small price to pay.
  • Review

    First glimpse: Cisco OTV

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 9:44 am

    Long distance VMotion via Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization, or how to succeed at data center extension without really trying.
  • Hackers at Pwn2Own to compete for $100K in prizes

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 9:42 am

    The hacking contest next month will award cash prizes of $15,000 to anyone who can break into an iPhone, BlackBerry Bold, Droid or Nokia smartphone.
  • Google Apologizes for Buzz Privacy Issues

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 9:53 pm

    Google has responded to anger over its Buzz social network with an apology and second round of privacy-related changes.
  • Awareness: Four Signs of an Easy Victim on Social Networks

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 9:48 pm

    What makes cyber criminals target you in a social network scam? Sophos' recent study identifies the signs of a soft target online.
  • Google Buzz vs. Outlook 2010 Social Connectors

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 8:46 pm

    Google Buzz integrates social networking and traditional e-mail, but Microsoft has an entirely different approach in mind.
  • Looks like Google might fix Buzz after all!

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 8:04 pm

    Yesterday I posted five changes I believe Google needs to make to its new Buzz service -- or risk rejection by annoyed users. Those changes focused on giving control by users over how they view -- and don't view -- posts made by people they follow, and also provide basic functionality I believe users expect.
  • Replace IE6 with anything but IE 8

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 6:24 pm

    Everyone agrees that Internet Explorer 6 should be trashed, but IE 8 also has its share of problems.
  • 15 Internet Annoyances, and How to Fix Them

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    It seems that every day we go online and there's some new type of nagging Web annoyance to deal with. In a perfect world, we wouldn't have to worry about auto-playing video ads, leaping pay walls to read the news, fake emails phishing for our bank details, or Farmville spam from Facebook. But for now, we're on our own. Here are 15 of the most annoying things on the Internet, and how to work around, ignore, improve or fix them.
  • Nokia to pilot mobile financial service in India

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 11:10 am

    Nokia said Monday it will run a commercial pilot of its Nokia Money mobile financial service under an agreement with India's Yes Bank.
  • Intel experimental processor adapts to environmental challenges on the fly

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 10:45 am

    Intel researchers are now developing prototypes that expand the scale of the error detection and correction, and are determining what kind of impact these adaptive cores would have on commercial processors that might someday use them
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