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  • SANS official talks security

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 11:10 am

    This is the second of two parts of an interview of Stephen Northcutt by technologist David Greer.
  • Hands-on with the Roku Channel Store

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 9:17 am

    The new Roku player firmware released last night, adding ten new channels to the media streaming box. Here's a look at getting your Roku updated and how to start using the new channels.
  • Five reasons Google Chrome OS Security Wins

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 3:33 pm

    Chrome OS' reliance on a password is a major security problem, but in other ways it has great security. Here's why.
  • Twitter feed gets CBS deal

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 1:15 pm

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  • Free (and some not free) live music

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    I love live music. Well, music in general, but there’s something about the anything-can-happen vibe and the interaction with the audience of concerts that’s hard to beat.
  • Microsoft issues security advisory on IE vulnerability

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 10:42 am

    Microsoft Monday night issued a security advisory that provides customers with guidance and workarounds for dealing with a zero-day exploit aimed at Internet Explorer.
  • Facebook worm spreads with a lurid lure

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Some Facebook users have been infected with a worm after clicking on an image of a scantily clad woman, which then redirects the victims to a pornography site, according to security researchers.
  • Hacks of Chinese temple were online kung fu, abbot says

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 5:40 am

    A hacker who posted a fake message on the Web site of China's famous Shaolin Temple repenting for its commercial activities was just making a mean joke, the temple's abbot was cited as saying by Chinese state media Monday.
  • Get a free, disposable phone number from inumbr

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 10:38 pm

    Savvy online shoppers will often use disposable credit-card numbers (which are available from PayPal and some banks) to protect their privacy. Here's a perfect companion: inumbr, which gives you free, temporary phone numbers.
  • Apple Enters AT&T vs. Verizon Ad War

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 9:39 pm

    In a battle between AT&T and Verizon Wireless that never seems to end, AT&T's partner Apple now appears to be getting into the mix with two retaliatory iPhone TV ad that air Monday night. The ads comes hot on the heels of AT&T's TV ad campaign that aimed to "setting the record straight" around Verizon's "there's a map for that" campaign.
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    Find Chat Rooms to Discuss Almost Anything

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 9:36 pm

    If you're looking to chat about just about any topic under the sun, you'd do well to give PaltalkScene (free) a try.
  • Is there a Fox in Microsoft's hen house?

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Is Microsoft planning a secret news cartel that will ace out Google? Are Steve Ballmer and Rupert Murdoch in cahoots? That's the butt scuttling across the blogosphere this morning, as reports leak that Bing has offered to pay News Corp. actual cash dollars for exclusive rights to index its various properties (Wall Street Journal, FoxNews.com, et al).
  • Check Point tackles Web 2.0 apps and social-site widget control

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Soon businesses that run Check Point security tools will be able to understand how thousands of Web applications and Web 2.0 widgets are used, giving executives better control over what employees do with their computers at work.
  • Bugs & Fixes: Firefox Squashes a Buggy Microsoft Plug-In

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Redmond turned red-faced upon learning that an automatically installed Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation plug-in for Firefox opened a major security hole. Following Microsoft's disclosure of the bug, Mozilla blocked the plug-in. According to Mozilla, Microsoft agreed with the move, even though it had released a patch to close the underlying flaw.
  • Hurricane Electric's IPv6 network doubles

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 7:16 pm

    Hurricane Electric, a Fremont, Calif., ISP, will announce on Monday that its IPv6 network has doubled in size in less than a year -- a sign of how rapidly IPv6 traffic is increasing across the Internet.
  • Bluefly Focuses on the Customer Experience Where It Counts

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 5:39 pm

    Remember that job interview you thought you nailed, but you never received a call-back? Imagine being able to pinpoint where things went awry by replaying every second of your encounter. That's the kind of forensics work that online retailer Bluefly performs using customer experience monitoring software from Tealeaf.
  • Telepresence: For Power Users Only

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    What it is: Telepresence is a high-definition room-to-room video conferencing system marketed by vendors such as Cisco, Polycom and Hewlett-Packard.
  • Mobile groups protest proposed net neutrality rules

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    A month ago, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission began a proceeding to create formal net neutrality rules for broadband providers, and the proposals have generated serious debate in the telecom community.
  • Microsoft begins paving path for IT, cloud integration

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Microsoft is finally starting to explain the "plus" in its software-plus-services plan with the first slate of technologies to support integration of the cloud and existing IT resources.
  • Google to buy display ad company

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Just two weeks after buying mobile advertising company AdMob, Google on Monday announced plans to purchase Teracent, an online display advertising company.
  • Wipro, other Indian outsourcers expand in the US

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Wipro, India's third largest outsourcer, is expanding its development center in Atlanta from 350 to 1,000 staff, reflecting a growing trend for Indian outsourcers to expand and hire locally in the U.S. market.
  • Use Twitter or Incite a Riot and Get Arrested

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber owes his entire career to the Internet. When he was the ripe old age of 13, Bieber and his family began posting videos of his performances on YouTube. Someone in a suit liked the tunes and boom -- Bieber was signed with Usher's label. Now his infamy shall be cast in the iron of the Web, as one of Bieber's team was arrested for not using Twitter. One more time: arrested for not using Twitter.
  • LinkedIn Opens APIs, Clearing Way for New Apps

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    LinkedIn today opened a set of APIs to software developers who want to build apps to interact with the social networking service. With this move, LinkedIn jumps into a growing battle between Google, Facebook and others that want to be the center of your everyday social media experience.
  • 8 Tech Tools For Black Friday Deals

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    To get the best deals on Black Friday, you'll need patience, aggression and preferably advanced knowledge of what you're looking for. But with the help of Web sites, mobile apps and social media tools, your day of shopping can be made easier, or even avoided thanks to online or early deals. Here's a list of tech tools to ease the pain of Black Friday:
  • Six ways to get online from anywhere

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    We're all so accustomed to having Internet access in so many places--at home, at the office, at airports, at coffee shops--that it can be infuriating to travel and find yourself with low-speed service or none at all.

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