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  • Google Search from inside Gmail, now on steroids!

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    Google Labs has for months offered an optional add-on to Gmail that places a search window right there in the "Compose Mail" view of Gmail. Now they've added several powerful new features.
  • Microsoft Windows Azure cloud reaches general availability stage

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 1:06 pm

    The company advises users to upgrade to paid commercial subscriptions before the deadline for account deletion.
  • Softbank pays US$20 million for stake in Ustream

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 11:57 am

    Japan's Softbank has paid US$20 million for a 13.7 percent stake in Ustream, a company that offers anyone the chance to stream live video across the Internet, and holds options to purchase further shares, it said Tuesday.
  • Is Twitter losing its luster?

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 9:37 am

    One of the biggest questions about social networking and the services that enable it is whether the whole concept has durability and what kind of durability that might be; in other words, is social networking a really long term transformative trend, a bridge to some other pattern of user interaction, or simply a passing fad?
  • Social media marketing: How to make friends with benefits

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 9:03 am

    When most companies engage in social media marketing, they ask "how can I get my followers to spread my story?" That's the wrong question, says Darren Barefoot, co-author of "Friends With Benefits: A Social Media Marketing Handbook." Here's a better one: "how can I deliver value to my followers, and earn their trust and respect?" If you can do that, then your followers will spread your story whether you ask them to or not.
  • China works to toughen hacking laws

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 4:40 am

    Chinese police and judicial officials are formulating new measures that govern how hacking crimes are handled by courts, the country's latest step to strengthen its cyber laws, state media reported.
  • Report: Google to open app store for business software

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    Google may open as early as March an online store to sell third-party software that complements its Google Apps collaboration and communication hosted suite, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
  • AP renews licensing deal with Yahoo, not yet with Google

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    Yahoo has renewed its licensing deal with the Associated Press to post articles from the global wire service on Yahoo Web sites, the companies said on Monday.
  • Security Testing: It Is About Coverage

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 7:19 pm

    It is easy to do pentetration testing. My two year daughter can do it (well at least she broke through a screen-lock). But doing it well is the challenge. That is what coverage is about. Security test coverage, like any test coverage, is measuring how much of all the possible sensible options you cover with your testing. Let's dig into this topic a bit more, and perhaps next time someone comes offering you pentesting services, you will have a few new questions to ask the auditors.
  • YouTube support of IPv6 seen in dramatic traffic spike

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Google has quietly turned on IPv6 support for its YouTube video streaming Web site, sending a spike of IPv6 traffic across the Internet that has continued from last Thursday until Monday.
  • SAP's enterprise collaboration tool entering public beta

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    An upcoming enterprise collaboration tool from SAP that has echoes of Google Wave will enter public beta Tuesday.
  • NASA building cloud service for climate modeling

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    NASA is aiming to improve its climate research capabilities by building a software-as-a-service interface for scientists and students.
  • Cloud security: Try these techniques now

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    For Logiq³ Inc., the decision to go with a cloud-based provider of IT infrastructure as a service (IaaS) was a matter of cost and flexibility.
  • Google joins the 'kill-IE6' campaign

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 12:33 pm

    Google Docs will drop support for Microsoft's nearly nine-year-old IE6 browser starting March 1.
  • Firefox for mobile hits production mode

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 11:58 am

    Mozilla at last enters the mobile market with Firefox for Mobile. But the initial impact will be limited: only for device running Nokia's Maemo operating system, with Windows Mobile next in line.
  • Chrome snatches share from IE, Firefox

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 10:17 am

    Google's Chrome gained browser market share in January at the expense of both Microsoft's Internet Explorer and IE's biggest rival, Mozilla's Firefox, according to data published today.
  • Microsoft Bing masterclass

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 8:38 am

    Top tips & tricks to use Bing search and maps more efficiently.
  • Firefox Mobile arrives on Nokia N900 smartphones

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 8:10 am

    The mobile version of the Firefox browser is now available to owners of the Nokia N900 smartphone, after several months of beta tests. Mozilla is also working on versions for smartphones running Windows Mobile and Android.
  • SaaS BI will be big in 2010

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 7:40 am

    Mounting evidence suggests that in 2010, the hottest segment in BI (business intelligence) software will revolve around offerings delivered from the cloud, thanks to increased product sophistication, strained IT budgets and other factors.
  • Fact, fiction and the Internet

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 3:10 am

    In their simplest form, many social networking sites are not much more than online diaries. Whether you're thinking of Bridget Jones or Adrian Mole, Alan Clark or Samuel Pepys, most of us realize that a diary is just someone's personal view, and not a reliable source of indisputable information. Most of us except for financial institutions, that is, or so it appears.
  • Google adds search to Gmail's 'Compose Mail' view?

    Posted January 31, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    Go2web20 co-founder Orli Yakuel discovered that Google added a search window in the Gmail "Compose Mail" view. Unfortunately, it doesn't show up for me. Do you have it? (Please post in comments.) Gradual rollouts and limited tests are nothing new for Google, so I wouldn't be surprised if a majority of users don't have the search window.
  • Steve Jobs says Google's 'don't be evil' mantra is 'bull****'

    Posted January 31, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    After the iPad announcement, Apple CEO Steve Jobs held forth at an internal Apple employee town hall, where he answered questions, including questions about Google. According to reports, Jobs implied that Google is asking for trouble.
  • Prediction: Google to offer 'click to call' for PCs

    Posted January 30, 2010 - 5:35 pm

    Google hauled its "click to call" program out of beta this week, enabling one-click calling of participating AdWords advertisers -- but only by smart phone users. Here's why I think a PC or desktop version is coming soon.
  • Google Email Uploader moves your archives to Gmail

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 10:36 pm

    Mail storage is the organizational conundrum of the early 21st century for many longtime Mac users. On your hard drive, you probably have an e-mail archive literally dating back to the last century, containing a few thousand irreplaceable, keep-forever messages in an ocean of saved detritus. Searching is a pain, but "reorganizing" your archive is a fate worse than death, so you've gamely stuck to your system--until now, when Google Email Uploader for Mac presented a viable alternative.
  • Google to pay bounties for Chrome browser bugs

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 10:31 pm

    Google has unveiled a bug-bounty program that will pay researchers $500 for each vulnerability they report in the Chrome browser and its underlying open-source code
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