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  • Flash flaw puts most sites, users at risk, say researchers

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    Hackers can exploit a flaw in Adobe's Flash to compromise nearly every Web site that allows users to upload content, including Google's Gmail, then launch silent attacks on visitors to those sites, security researchers said today.
  • Telecom experts worry about net neutrality rules

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 7:09 pm

    Net neutrality rules proposed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission could slow down improvements to the nation's broadband networks, some telecom experts said Thursday.
  • SAS chief: Hot on fraud detection, cool on cloud computing

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    At a recent media event, SAS CEO Dr. Jim Goodnight spoke with IDG Enterprise Chief Content Officer John Gallant about how businesses did -- and didn't -- take advantage of BI during the downturn and how the economy has changed the playing field in the BI market.
  • Google slates Mac Chrome beta for early December

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Google will release a beta of its Chrome browser for the Mac in a matter of weeks, a company manager said yesterday.
  • BlueHippo gets contempt charge from FTC

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    The Federal Trade Commission today asked a federal court to issue a contempt order against BlueHippo for violating a 2008 agreement that required the company to pay $3.5 million for consumer redress and barred the defendants from further deceiving customers.
  • FTC files contempt complaint against computer financing firm

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked a federal court to issue a contempt order against electronics financing firm BlueHippo after it allegedly violated a 2008 court order requiring the company to make good on promises to deliver computers to customers.
  • Apple issues week's second patch set, fixes 7 Safari flaws

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Apple on Wednesday issued its second security update in three days, patching seven vulnerabilities in Safari, including one in the Windows version that the company fixed two months ago for most Mac users.
  • Bing and Wolfram Alpha Together: Clever Move

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 3:09 pm

    Wolfram Alpha is a smart, computational take on the search engine, but its new partnership with Microsoft and its Bing search engine is even smarter.
  • Facebook Tips: Staying Safe While Using Games and Apps

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    The maker of the popular FarmVille game has agreed to change its practices that subjected Facebook users to some scammy offers. But the more games and apps that you use on Facebook, the higher your risk for malware, phishing scams and hacking. Here are four tips for staying secure.
  • Bing vs. Google: Feature Wars

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    If you haven't noticed, Bing and Google are engaged in a tit-for-tat over which search engine has the best features.
  • Amazon Web Services to expand into Asia-Pacific

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    Amazon Web Services will expand its footprint to Asia-Pacific during the first half of 2010, the cloud-computing infrastructure vendor said Thursday.
  • Review

    Firefox Addon Shortens Lengthy Browser Tasks

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    Want to automate common Firefox browsing tasks, such as logging into your Web-based mail, or tracking a package online? Then you'll want to give the free DéjàClick a try. It's a simple-to-use recording program that will record your actions, let you save them as a script, and then run them for you.
  • For the enterprise, Google Apps fights uphill battle with Microsoft

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 11:10 am

    While companies are starting to seriously look at the hosted applications from Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., the latter's incumbent status gives it a leg up, according to some CIOs.
  • Bing Now a Serious Challenger to Google

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Given undistinguished history of Microsoft's late and unlamented Live Search engine, the predecessor to Bing, it's easy to dismiss Redmond as a hapless also-ran in the search market. But given the vast sums of money and resources that Microsoft is investing in its fledging Google challenger, this could change in a hurry.
  • Coping With Social Media Burnout

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Jack MacKay, CIO of the American Medical Association (AMA), acknowledges he's "slow to adopt" social media tools, but he has opened Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts to "at least become knowledgeable in the areas." Maintaining a presence on these sites has proved more difficult.
  • Apple releases Safari 4.0.4 update

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    You're going to have restart your Mac again. Apple on Wednesday released Safari 4.0.4, an update that addresses "performance, stability, and security."
  • Bing Gets Wolfram Alpha, Facebook Integration in Update

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Microsoft's Bing is stepping up its assault on Google with bevy of new features available Wednesday that include the addition of Wolfram Alpha search results, enhanced previews of Web sites within results, improved presentation of weather forecasts, and limited Facebook integration.
  • Bing to use Wolfram Alpha results

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Microsoft is rolling out some enhancements to its Bing search engine, including some that rely on computational information delivered by Wolfram Alpha.
  • Google's Free Airport Wi-Fi Shouldn't be a Holiday Treat

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Google announced the latest in a barrage of free Wi-Fi promotions from the three online search engine giants--Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. This promotion provides free Wi-Fi at 47 airports around the country for weary travelers. The Wi-Fi altruism from Google and others is much appreciated, but it shouldn't be necessary. The Wi-Fi should be free to begin with.
  • The New Google Latitude, More Useful And A Tad Creepy

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Google has added new features to its Latitude location mapping and tracking service, allowing users to see where they have been and automatically be alerted (warned?) when friends are nearby.
  • Google slashes price for online Picasa storage

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Google announced today a big drop in its price for online storage for the Picasa photo editing application and other apps. The price is now a quarter of what it was for as much as twice the capacity.
  • Avoiding the Windows Fonts of Doom

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    Another day, another Windows security hole patched, but don't delay putting the latest patch in for Web font problems or you may be in for a world of hurt.
  • Google's Cheap Cloud Storage: Worth the Price?

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Google has always been generous with its storage space for Gmail and Picasa, giving users roughly 7GB and 1GB, respectively, for free. For most people, this is plenty of room to accumulate e-mail and post high-resolution photos online and have them backed up and protected by Google's powerful servers. What some of you might not know is that Google offers additional storage at a price. Now those prices have been slashed and the storage increased -- but is it worth it?
  • Twitter's Revamped Retweets: The Good, the Bad, the Missing

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Twitter's new retweet function is slowly rolling out across its network. If you don't see the new feature yet, you will soon, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams said in a recent blog post.
  • Pay for What You Get

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Will Cloud Computing charge based on usage?
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