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  • China bans solitary confinement for Internet addicts

    Posted November 5, 2009 - 4:40 am

    China on Wednesday banned the use of physical punishment to treat Internet addiction after reports of beatings and at least one death in recent months at clinics for the condition around the country.
  • Vendors scrambling to fix bug in Net's security

    Posted November 5, 2009 - 4:10 am

    Software makers around the world are scrambling to fix a serious bug in the technology used to transfer information securely on the Internet.
  • Microsoft, Yahoo partnership could reach beyond the US

    Posted November 5, 2009 - 2:40 am

    Microsoft's deal with Yahoo under which the software maker's new Bing search engine will be used to power Yahoo searches and Yahoo will sell premium advertising for both companies could be expanded overseas, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Thursday.
  • Google releases new search engine for e-commerce sites

    Posted November 5, 2009 - 2:10 am

    Google on Thursday launched a new search engine service specifically designed for large e-commerce sites. The product, dubbed Google Commerce Search, will bring some of Google’s best search innovations to sites like Birkenstock USA.
  • Microsoft’s Live@edu to add SharePoint

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    Microsoft is filling out its free Live@edu service for schools with the addition of SharePoint Online. The service is expected to be added in the second half of 2010.
  • China's Baidu may not link to licensed music after all

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    An announcement earlier this week that seemed to indicate that China's Baidu would start linking to licensed music downloads may not have been the major step it first appeared to be for the search company.
  • It's Apple's world, we just click in it

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Well, it finally happened. Digital versions of the Beatles' catalog are finally coming to Apple. It's just not the Apple you're thinking of.
  • Botnet authors crash WordPress sites with buggy code

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    Webmasters who find an annoying error message on their sites may have caught a big break, thanks to a slip-up by the authors of the Gumblar botnet.
  • Beware Cloud Computing's Hidden Costs

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Companies need to explore a multitude of related cloud expenses to ensure that costs don't ultimately outweigh the technology's benefits. Chris Curran shares some key questions regarding architecture, process and flexibility.
  • Five ways to improve Web site uptime

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    When the site went live this past summer, Ryan Block was expecting a lot of interest.
  • MSN Revamps Site with Focus on Social Networking

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Microsoft has unveiled a fairly significant redesign of the MSN web site, the first overhaul the site has seen in about a decade. The new MSN site incorporates social networking and could breathe some life back into the mostly dead concept of web portals.
  • FCC and DOT team-up, want high-tech cure for distracted driving

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    The Federal Communications Commission and the US Department of Transportation are teaming up to develop what they called high-tech solutions to the growing problem of distracted or inattentive drivers.
  • Novell prepares enterprise social networking suite

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Novell has unveiled an enterprise social networking suite that is integrated with Google's new Wave application and lets co-workers collaborate on documents.
  • Google adds new social media features to Friend Connect

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Google's Friend Connect has expanded its roster of social networking and social media services that participating Web publishers can add to their sites.
  • Guard your Wi-Fi for your own sake

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 12:23 pm

    I used to run my Wi-Fi Access Points in open mode. No more. It's not safe. Here's why.
  • The New MSN Homepage: A New Reason to Love Microsoft?

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Microsoft has decided to pull the trigger on its most significant refresh of the MSN homepage in almost ten years. There is one huge problem with the new design that I just can't believe: I actually like the new MSN. Ever since I installed Vista and, soon after, swore to never say another kind word about Microsoft along comes this new MSN look. (I haven't installed Windows 7 yet)
  • PayPal Introduces Open API to Put Payments Into Apps

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 11:40 am

    PayPal used its inaugural PayPal X Innovate 2009 conference in San Francisco to officially announce the PayPal X program to release APIs allowing developers to integrate PayPal seamlessly into third-party applications. The expanded functionality will help PayPal to compete against similar online payment services from Amazon and Google.
  • Microsoft to open cloud computing center in Taiwan

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Microsoft celebrated its 20th year in Taiwan by agreeing to open a joint cloud computing center with the island's economics ministry.
  • Do collaboration tools enable collaboration?

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 3:10 am

    At the recent IT Roadmap conference in Washington D.C. there was a panel discussion about how the younger generation uses tools such as texting to stay in touch with friends. One of the implications of the discussion was that the younger generation is more facile with collaboration than is the current workforce.
  • Microsoft launches new version of MSN

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 1:40 am

    Microsoft plans to start rolling out a redesigned on Wednesday in the U.S., the first major update for the page in more than 10 years.
  • Google adds bookmark sync to Chrome browser

    Posted November 3, 2009 - 10:40 pm

    Google upgraded the beta version of its Chrome browser yesterday, adding integrated bookmark synchronization and boasting of a 30% speed improvement over the current production edition.
  • Best Buy Movie Downloads: Is the Death of the DVD Nigh?

    Posted November 3, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    The announcement that Best Buy is teaming with CinemaNow on movie downloads is yet another sign that DVDs are plummeting fast into a steep downward trajectory.
  • HTML 5 progresses despite challenges

    Posted November 3, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    A W3C briefing offers updates on HTML5, which is still facing video codec issues but could reach the candidate recommendation phase by the end of 2010
  • A Single Sign-In for All Your Websites? Google Hopes So

    Posted November 3, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    It's one of the basic tenets of online security: Never use the same password/username combo for every website that requires one. The logic is sound, of course. A single security breach could expose your most private information -- such as banking and credit card numbers -- to the bad guys.
  • Google Apps will get stronger video chat capabilities

    Posted November 3, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Google Apps users can expect to see significant improvements in the suite's voice- and video-chat capabilities, as the company builds on Gmail's current features in that area.
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