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  • DOJ: Court should reject Google book search settlement

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 11:01 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice has come out against the proposed agreement to settle copyright lawsuits that authors and major publishers filed against Google over the search company's book search program.
  • Why Bing Could Beat Google

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 10:57 pm

    Microsoft's Bing is making some inroads as it continues to challenge the reigning search leader, Google. But Bing faces a long, steep road ahead if it's ever going to beat Google.
  • Add Social Media Contacts to Outlook

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 10:39 pm

    While I like Outlook, its old-school design can be a bit frustrating to me. Enter Xobni, an Outlook plug-in, which vastly extends the functionality of Outlook.
  • AGs Don't Like Google Books Deal, What About Readers?

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 10:16 pm

    Five state attorneys general have joined the opposition to the Google Books settlement, but what the deal means to readers isn't clear. Access to more books sounds great, but will it be?
  • Google Chrome 3.0 Still Isn't Ready for Business

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 10:13 pm

    Despite the refinement that newly-launched Chrome 3.0 displays, it's still not quite ready to take center stage as the browser of choice for business.
  • Send Large Files via Yahoo Mail

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    Good news for Yahoo Mail users: If you've had trouble sending large files, help is at hand. A new application lets you send attachments as large as 100MB.
  • Report: New net neutrality rule coming next week

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 9:09 pm

    FCC chairman Julius Genachowski will propose new network neutrality rules during a speech at the Brookings Institute on Monday, the Washington Post reports.
  • Improving Excel and Yahoo Pipes

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 8:43 pm

    You know how Excel is mostly really good but weirdly weak in a few areas? Mark Gibbs has found a fix for one issue: String concatenation. And while he's on the subject of data manipulation he begins taking a look at a remarkable Web service, Yahoo Pipes.
  • Report: FCC will formalize net neutrality rule

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 7:33 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is planning to create formal rules against Internet providers selectively blocking or slowing traffic, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
  • EBay loses Dior trademark case in France

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 7:32 pm

    A French court has found eBay guilty of counterfeiting and fined the online auction site €80,000 (US$118,000).
  • Burglar Checks Facebook During Raid, Gets Busted

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    "OMG LOLZ brkin into sum1s house!"
  • To Kindle or not to Kindle?

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 3:01 pm

    About a year or so ago there was an amusing bit of writing circulating on the Web that deconstructed Shakepeare's "Hamlet" into a series of Facebook-styled newsfeeds.
  • Swedish startup looks to tame Web's information overload

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 1:31 pm

    A Swedish startup is nearly set to launch a Web-based application that monitors millions of blogs, Twitter messages and other media for specific keywords and topics.
  • Moving legacy applications to the Amazon cloud

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 9:36 am

    Enterprises can rewrite legacy applications and move them to the Amazon cloud with a new product from a vendor called Queplix.
  • Cerf: Turning off pieces of the 'Net 'not sensible'

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 9:22 am

    In an exclusive interview, the Internet 'father' explains how he helped commercialize the Web and what he's doing now at Google.
  • Koobface adds new twist for IE users

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 7:16 am

    Koobface, the social-networking worm that’s becoming almost as popular as Facebook itself, has added a new feature for Internet Explorer users who happen to stumble upon its fake Facebook pages.
  • Perot wins key health-care IT outsourcing deal in India

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 6:06 am

    Perot Systems has bagged a 10-year IT outsourcing contract in India, its first outside the U.S.
  • Google goes after Yahoo with marketplace for display ads

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 4:01 am

    Google wants a bigger piece of the display advertising market currently dominated by Yahoo, opening a new online marketplace called DoubleClick Ad Exchange.
  • Sophisticated botnet causing a surge in click fraud

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 7:01 pm

    A new botnet has caused a sharp spike in click fraud because it is skirting the most sophisticated filters of search engines, Web publishers and ad networks, according to Click Forensics.
  • Firefox's Flash check drives 10M to Adobe's download

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    Mozilla said that Firefox's check for outdated editions of Adobe's Flash Player convinced 10 million users to go to Adobe's Web site and grab the latest software in a week.
  • Voice feature for Twitter goes into beta today

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    A small IP communications firm has launched a tool that lets Twitter users communicate via voice.
  • Review

    Microsoft Office Web Apps: First Look

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    There are two things that immediately catch my attention. One is the ability to bounce seamlessly from the Office Web App software to its desktop equivalent and back again. The other is the continuity of experience- or fidelity as Microsoft refers to it- between the traditional Microsoft Office suite applications and their web-based Office Web App peers.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer SSL security hole lingers

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 3:58 pm

    A Microsoft Internet Explorer weakness in its SSL implementation leaves an opening for attackers to steal information being sent via SSL. Apple's Safari for Windows browser has same problem but Safari for Mac, Firefox and Opera have fixed the trouble.
  • Microsoft launches first online Office app preview

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 3:57 pm

    Dubbed a "technical preview" by Microsoft to denote that it's by invitation only, Office Web Apps will be available on the company's Windows Live site via a special "Documents" tab, a company spokeswoman said.
  • Eight quick tips for getting the most from IE8

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    Internet Explorer 8, the latest update to Microsoft's venerable Web browser, introduces several features intended to provide greater security and ease of use. New security settings in IE8 allow for more privacy, new add-ons allow quick access to Web-based information and services, and a new browsing mode changes the way you interact with your browser.
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