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  • How’s My Street? Crowdsourcing app lets you know

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    Blighted by the blizzard of 2010, Carnegie Mellon researchers hunkered down and created a crowdsourcing app for road conditions
  • Web app developers showered with advice

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Hopeful entrepreneurs and developers attending the Future of Web Apps conference in Miami Beach received a heavy dose of real-world advice from successful peers, including some tips that at first pass seem counterintuitive.
  • Google Europe: A No Good, Very Bad Week

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:24 pm

    This has not a good week so far for Google's European operations. The search giant has been hit with official complaints of anti-competitive behavior from three companies based in the European Union, and three Google employees have been convicted of violating Italian privacy laws.
  • Cloud servers help hospital with digital records

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:50 pm

    With a cloud infrastructure, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's electronic health records and practice management system makes it easier to ship medical records from one office to another.
  • Dear Facebook, act like a grown-up about security

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:49 pm

    With a market value estimated at billions of dollars, it is time for Facebook to start acting like a grown-up company. That means providing basic security for its customers.
  • Yahoo Competes for Social Web with Twitter Tab

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:38 pm

    Yahoo has joined the fray of integrating social networking with search results. With a bit of dramatic flourish--tweeting out Da Vinci Code-style hints throughout the day and teasing users to break the code and figure out the big news, Yahoo announced a new partnership with Twitter.
  • CA joins Cloud Security Alliance

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:36 pm

    CA Inc. has joined the Cloud Security Alliance to help organizations address security concerns, both actual and perceived, when adopting cloud computing.
  • FTC P2P data leak alarm could give law-makers big stick

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:15 pm

    The FTC said companies and institutions of all sizes are vulnerable to serious P2P-related breaches, placing consumers’ sensitive information such as health-related information, financial records, and drivers’ license and social security numbers at risk for identity theft.
  • YouTube sets March 13 IE6 kill date

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:14 pm

    Google's YouTube will drop support for Microsoft's nearly-nine-year-old Internet Explorer 6 in just over two weeks, the popular video site has announced.
  • Microsoft sets app dev investment priorities

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    Cloud, agile development, the Web, and others make Microsoft's to-do list.
  • Conviction of Google execs in Italy shear madness

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    Google was not any more responsible here than the postal service would be for delivering a ransom note.
  • The Truth About Twitter's 50 Million Daily Tweets

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 12:39 pm

    For a service focused on brevity, Twitter sure is generating an awful lot of in-depth discussion these days.
  • RIP, Rickrolling: YouTube Kills Original Video

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 12:01 pm

    Are you sitting down? I have some horrible news for you. YouTube has removed the original "Rickrolling" video from its site due to a terms-of-use violation. Though there are other avenues in which to get a Rick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up" fix, the original, the one that captured the nation's attention, the video that spurned over 30 million hits, is dead.
  • Source: Google cancels Android developer event in China

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 10:40 am

    Google's row with the Chinese government has led it to cancel an event for Android developers in China next week, according to a person familiar with the situation, in the latest show of the dustup's effect on Google operations in China.
  • Three Google execs convicted over Italian bullying video

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 9:44 am

    Three Google executives were handed suspended six month prison sentences by a Milan court on Wednesday for privacy law violations relating to a video posted on Google Video showing the bullying of a handicapped boy, a Google spokesman said.
  • Seesmic's web-based Twitter client gets an overhaul

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 9:11 am

    Seesmic Web, the company's web-based Twitter client, got a major upgrade this week. We take a look at a few of the best new features. It may just be good enough to replace your stand-alone client.
  • EC confirms Google antitrust probe

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 6:40 am

    The European Commission is in the early stages of an antitrust investigation into search giant Google, it said Wednesday.
  • HP's Singapore lab to develop cloud services platform

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:40 am

    Hewlett-Packard has opened a research lab in Singapore, where it will work on a software platform for delivering cloud-based computing services to enterprises, the company said Wednesday.
  • Xerox sues Google, YouTube and Yahoo over search patents

    Posted February 23, 2010 - 11:10 pm

    Xerox has filed a lawsuit against Yahoo, Google and YouTube alleging infringement of Xerox patents on search and integration technology.
  • Europe is said to launch antitrust probe of Google

    Posted February 23, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    Google has become the subject of a preliminary investigation by antitrust regulators in Europe following complaints by three of its rivals there, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday evening.
  • Verizon plan requirements won't change with Skype

    Posted February 23, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    Once the shock of seeing Skype on Verizon Wireless phones wears off, it may look like not much has changed: Subscribers who want to use the application will face the same required service plans.
  • If you're stupid, it's not Google's fault

    Posted February 23, 2010 - 2:54 pm

    Three out of four people surveyed think the Internet is making us smarter, not more stupid, according to a study done by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center.
  • Twitter Use Explodes, Hits 50 Million Tweets Per Day

    Posted February 23, 2010 - 2:52 pm

    Recent reports saying Twitter's popularity is declining might not be very accurate. Users of the micro-blogging social network are posting more messages than ever -- as many as 50 million 140 character-long messages every day, the company on Monday announced in a blog post.
  • Chuck Norris is not a Linux virus

    Posted February 23, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    Can Linux-based network routers get it? Yes. Is it malware like Windows' viruses and worms? No.
  • Problem-Solving Web Services

    Posted February 23, 2010 - 2:36 pm

    I routinely use my local coffee shop as a temporary office--and judging by the number of other laptop users I see there, I'm not alone. Invariably I end up needing something on my desktop at home--a file, an e-mail stored in Outlook, a Web link I bookmarked, or whatever. If only I could access my PC from afar! This week I've got an online solution to that problem, plus other hassle fixes.
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