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  • Neutrality in different contexts

    Posted May 22, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Interesting essay from Dave Winer about neutrality. He runs through neutrality as it exists in journalism, tech publishing, big software companies, government.
  • Google Chrome Update Adds Speed, Privacy Improvements

    Posted May 22, 2009 - 11:34 am

    Google's Chrome browser is now faster and has gained the ability for users to hide thumbnails on its New Tab page. The update, internally called Chrome 2, is being automatically rolled out to current users and is also available for download.
  • Wikipedia drops GNU in favor of Creative Commons license

    Posted May 21, 2009 - 10:00 pm

    By adopting the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License (CC-BY-SA), Wikimedia expects to make it easier for others to re-use the content on Wikipedia and its other sites.
  • Bugs hit Facebook application verification program

    Posted May 21, 2009 - 8:59 pm

    Facebook's Application Verification Program, controversial due to its concept of charging developers to have their applications certified as "trustworthy," has run into technical problems.
  • Facebook (and Others) May Keep Your Deleted Photos

    Posted May 21, 2009 - 4:11 pm

    Remember that time you slathered yourself with body glitter and went running through the streets of your hometown? Well, despite deleting those pictures already, they may still exist on Facebook or MySpace's servers and be readily accessible for all who want to scope them out that.
  • Mozilla looks to enable Web personalization

    Posted May 21, 2009 - 3:51 pm

    Mozilla Labs on Wednesday afternoon unveiled an open source project intended to explore new ways to extend and personalize the Web via Firefox browser add-ons.
  • Seven charged with using Craigslist to run prostitution ring

    Posted May 21, 2009 - 2:05 pm

    Seven people were indicted this week on charges that they were operating a prostitution ring that advertised exclusively on Craigslist. The indictments are the latest in a series of blows to the Craigslist classified advertising Web site.
  • Convert Html to PDF files online for free

    Posted May 21, 2009 - 5:02 am

    You can find many suggestions about how to convert Html to PDF files on Google. It is really confusing to choose a right tool to do this job efficiently. 3 FREE Html to PDF converters are reviewed in this article. All tools I introduced here do conversions online. No installation, no add-ins, no spyware or virus.
  • Are Baby Boomers Killing Facebook and Twitter?

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 3:14 pm

    The story is as old as the Web: A social network born among twenty-something college kids and young wired professionals grows into a cultural phenomenon. Eventually, it draws the attention of millions of Baby Boomers. We've seen this play out on MySpace and Facebook, and now it is starting to happen on Twitter.
  • Google Goes Greener with PowerMeter Partnerships

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 2:53 pm

    Google's commitment to going green sprouted a new bud Wednesday as the company unveiled its utility company partnerships in its PowerMeter project.
  • Craigslist fires back, sues South Carolina attorney general

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    Turning the legal tables, Craigslist Inc. this morning filed a lawsuit against the attorney general of South Carolina for threatening to file criminal charges against the Web site.
  • Facebook rewards 'trustworthy' apps with review program

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 1:35 pm

    Facebook's controversial program to charge developers in order to review their applications made its debut on Wednesday.
  • Come Say Hello, Physically or Virtually

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    I enjoy talking to people working in small and medium businesses, IT and not, whenever possible. Comment fields here are good, but not as good as real conversations. So if you're in the Dallas or Indianapolis areas, or near a computer on May 28th in the early afternoon, we can connect a little more real time than through reply boxes.
  • Google Street View hits privacy gridlock in Germany

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 12:01 pm

    Google was given a deadline of 10 a.m. Wednesday to agree to 12 points regarding Street View in order to comply with Germany's privacy laws, which generally restrict photographs of people and property except in very public situations, such as a sporting event, without a person's consent.
  • Yahoo to open research center in Beijing

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 11:12 am

    Yahoo has built a global research and development base in Beijing that will develop products for Yahoo globally and be independent from Alibaba.
  • Yahoo vows death to the '10 blue links'

    Posted May 19, 2009 - 8:59 pm

    Yahoo offered a peek at how its search results are likely to be displayed a few months from now, as it tries to find a better alternative to the traditional "10 blue links."
  • Gmail gains automatic translation

    Posted May 19, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    Gmail users can now automatically translate messages they receive into 41 languages, Google announced Tuesday.
  • Yahoo, Alibaba relationship frays under Bartz

    Posted May 19, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Relations between Yahoo and Alibaba Group, which controls Yahoo's China operations, have soured since Carol Bartz took the helm of the online search giant, a source close to the relationship between the companies said Tuesday.
  • Special SpiderOak Online Backup Sale

    Posted May 19, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    A tech buddy has been telling me good things about SpiderOak online backup and synchronization services. I have them on my list to talk to soon, but I just received notice of a special sale they're running tomorrow, May 20th from 10am-4pm EST: half off. Yes, an “Economic Recovery Special” is a cliché, but also serious savings. You will be hard pressed to find 100GBs of online storage for $5 per month, which is half their already low normal rate of $10 per month. Use the promo code “recovery” for the deal.

  • Facebook Embraces OpenID: But What Does It Mean?

    Posted May 19, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Facebook Tuesday integrated OpenID, crossing a major landmark in the openness of social networks. The step is even more significant as Facebook, the biggest social network of them all with over 200 million users, was considered resistant to being "open" -- until now.
  • Paid Twitter services coming by year's end

    Posted May 19, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Twitter is steering clear of advertising as it prepares to launch new tools and services for businesses by the end of this year, company cofounder Biz Stone said Monday.
  • Facebook gives major boost to OpenID

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 8:23 pm

    Facebook has adopted the OpenID user-identity framework to simplify how people register for and log into the social networking site.
  • How to buy cloud computing services

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 4:56 pm

    Before committing to a cloud services provider, IT execs should understand exactly what resources they have on hand, what they're buying, and how running on a public, shared server infrastructure will affect applications and business processes. Here are some practical guidelines on issues to consider and questions to ask when buying cloud services.
  • Amazon beefs up EC2 with new enterprise-appealing tools

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 12:30 pm

    New auto-scaling, monitoring and load-balancing tools for Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud are now in public beta, the company said Monday.
  • LinkedIn Profiles: Avoid the 6 Most Common Mistakes

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Many people commit common errors in their LinkedIn profiles that cost them job opportunities, says Jason Alba, CEO of JibberJobber, a company that provides web-based tools for managing your job search. Here's how to spot trouble in your profile and fix it.
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