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  • People, groups flock to the Web after Chile earthquake

    Posted February 27, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    After Chile's massive earthquake and potential Pacific Rim tsunami damage, relief organizations, government agencies, corporations and throngs of people are on Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other services to seek and provide information and help.
  • PayPal to resume bank withdrawals by Indian exporters

    Posted February 27, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    PayPal said that India's central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has allowed it to resume Indian bank withdrawals for Indian businesses who use PayPal to sell their goods or services abroad.
  • Lenovo unveils low-cost ThinkStation E20 workstation

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 11:04 pm

    Lenovo has announced the ThinkStation E20, the first in a new series of entry level workstations. Starting under £585 plus VAT, the E20 is aimed at digital artists, designers, editors and animators -- and use more than 50 percent recycled plastic content, according to the company.
  • Cloud computing security challenges unite hosting providers, security specialists

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 10:38 pm

    As cloud computing adoption climbs, hosting providers are inking deals with security vendors to provide security-as-a-service options to customers. But will enterprise IT managers buy into these often novel forms of security woven into a cloud computing environment?
  • Google Street View Raises Privacy Concerns...Again

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 10:33 pm

    It's like déjà vu all over again for Google with privacy concerns related to its Street View Maps. The European Union, which earlier this week revealed that it is investigating antitrust accusations against Google, has asked Google to make some changes to the way it gathers and retains data for Street View Maps.
  • MS SharePoint: Enterprises Get Boost by Adding Social Tools

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 10:23 pm

    If anyone still thinks "Enterprise 2.0" is just a catchphrase, think again.
  • Microsoft says Google shouldn't be so quick to point fingers

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Microsoft and Google are stepping up their war of words. This time it's Microsoft's turn: It says Google is pointing fingers rather than addressing the European Commission's investigation into the search giant.
  • Does Facebook's Newsfeed Patent Threaten Social Media?

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 6:24 pm

    Facebook has been awarded a patent for "dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network." In the most basic terms, this means Facebook has patented technology that delivers the stuff filling up your newsfeed like shared links, videos and Wall posts. All Facebook, the blog that originally uncovered the patent, says the patent does not apply to status updates, but only to "implicit feed stories."
  • Chinese scientists find Google invaluable, study says

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 6:23 pm

    A survey of Chinese scientists found that the Google search engine is their primary online research tool.
  • App performance '1.0' bad for cloud, SOA: exec

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 6:22 pm

    The founder and CEO of an application performance management (APM) software vendor said that today's IT development and production environments are not adequately served by what he terms "APM 1.0."
  • Twitter Phishing Scam: Blame Browsers and Users

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 6:19 pm

    With banks, newspapers, and politicians in Britain overrun by a blatant Twitter phishing scam, it's time to point some fingers. Most disappointing are browsers and users, both of which failed to recognize an obvious ruse.
  • Facebook's news feed patent may be 'game changer'

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 5:55 pm

    Facebook received a patent for streaming social network news feed technology, raising questions over how the company will wield this new power.
  • 10 Mac tweeters not to miss

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Who knew that "140 characters or less" could change the way people interact? For many, Twitter has become an indispensable way to tap into breaking news and insights.
  • Cloud, Virtualization: Wasting IT Resources

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 2:11 pm

    Major virtual computing vendors underestimate the simplicity and efficiency end users need from cloud and virtual services. Some companies are adopting products from relatively obscure third-party companies in order to keep resources from being wasted and keep costs down.
  • UK registry to implement DNS security protocol

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    Nominet, the U.K.'s domain name registry, will begin implementing a security protocol on Monday designed to protect the DNS (Domain Name System).
  • Britain all atweet over Twitter phishing attack

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 9:10 am

    The latest phishing attack on Twitter users swept the U.K. overnight claiming several prominent users.
  • The Friday Freak Show

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 3:11 am

    Google's Street View camera car captured a crime scene in Windsor, UK, with yellow tape, pools of blood -- the works. Unfortunately, the pictures have since been removed from Google Maps.
  • Opera 10.50 beta brings faster JavaScript, more

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 10:40 pm

    The folks at Opera might have had to spend some time working around restrictions to port their browser to the iPhone, but when it comes to the desktop there are no such issues to contend with. Hence the release of Opera 10.50 beta, a sneak peek at the latest version of the company's venerable browser.
  • Parallels Stakes Out Tricky Spot in the Cloud

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 10:30 pm

    Parallels, known widely for its Parallels Desktop software that lets Mac users run Windows in a virtual machine, faces a problem that currently plagues many cloud companies: an identity crisis.
  • Google explains search rankings after complaints in Europe

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    Google has offered a general explanation of how it ranks its search results, one day after the European Commission said it was looking into antitrust complaints against the company.
  • Augmented Reality App Recognizes Faces

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 12:16 pm

    Swedish software technology and design company The Astonishing Tribe, or TAT, has developed an augmented reality app that recognizes faces -- and then pulls up that person's associated social networking sites, web services, and contact information.
  • Google Upgrades Six Gmail Features, Cuts Five Others

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 11:43 am

    Google has made some changes to its Gmail service, upgrading six Gmail Labs experiments (like YouTube previews) to become standard Gmail features, while permanently dropping five others (including location-based signatures). Check out the list below to see what's become a regular part of your Gmail experience, and if any of your favorite Labs features are gone for good. Whenever possible, I've listed alternatives to those Gmail features that have been lost to the dustbin of history.
  • Antitrust is Google's Mark of Success

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 11:35 am

    With Google now in the crosshairs of a potential European Union antitrust investigation, it may be useful to remember that generally only successful companies get investigated. In that context, an anti-trust action may be the sincerest form a flattery that regulators and competitors can offer a business.
  • Guilty plea for hacker who took Comcast off Web

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 7:40 am

    A member of a telephone hacking group known as Kryogeniks has pleaded guilty to taking Comcast's Web site offline in May 2008.
  • Baidu: Registrar 'incredibly' changed our e-mail for hacker

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 12:40 am

    A hacker who took down top Chinese search engine last month broke into its account with a U.S. domain name registrar by pretending to be from Baidu in an online chat with the registrar's tech help, according to a lawsuit filed by Baidu.

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