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  • Blocking Bing - How Microsoft Makes Sure We Don't Overreact

    Posted June 19, 2009 - 12:00 pm

    When Microsoft's new search engine, Bing, was launched it caused a few shocks amongst web filtering vendors. Here was a new site, with a comprehensive image and video search, and there was almost no way to block explicit content.
  • China warns Google over porn links

    Posted June 19, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Google promised to step up control of "vulgar" online search results in China late Thursday, after a government-backed arbiter warned that its filtering of pornography was too weak.
  • Fight against China's Web filtering software grows

    Posted June 19, 2009 - 9:31 am

    A U.S. company that says its code was copied by a Chinese Internet filtering program has ordered more PC makers not to distribute the Chinese software.
  • Twitter plays key role in DoS attacks in Iran

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 8:48 pm

    The unrest in Iran is serving as a warning on how easy it is for individuals and groups to use a social networking tool like Twitter to mobilize a cyber-army against a political or commercial target anywhere in the world.
  • Iran so far unwilling to completely choke off ‘Net

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 4:49 pm

    Despite attempts to consolidate Internet traffic, the Iranian government has so far been unwilling to shut down its entire Internet infrastructure, according to analysis from security vendor Arbor Networks.
  • Search attracts innovation from established firms, startups

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 4:45 pm

    The new WolframAlpha and Microsoft Bing search engines received a lot of headlines in recent weeks, while several other search announcements appear imminent.
  • Bugs and Fixes: A Bonanza of Browser Bug Fixes

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    This month brings us significant browser security updates--or new versions--from Microsoft, Google, and Apple.
  • Google agrees to delete unblurred German Street View data

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 1:36 pm

    Google has agreed to delete some of the original, unblurred photographs captured by its German Street View service, ceding to demands by Hamburg's Data Protection Office.
  • Yahoo adds tools to bolster search results

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 1:19 pm

    Yahoo is adding two features to its SearchMonkey development platform to help site owners enrich the results that their pages generate on Yahoo Search.
  • Review

    First look: Opera Unite alpha lets you share files -- but is it safe?

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 10:16 am

    Opera Software's announcement that it's going to bundle Unite, an easy-to-use Web server with content-sharing applets, with the Opera 10 Web browser sounds great -- at first. Upon closer inspection, though, there could be some real security headaches.
  • In Iran, cyber-activism without the middle-man

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 9:21 am

    The owner of a medical records software business in the tiny town of Miami Oklahoma, Anthony Papillion is on the forefront of a new wave of Internet activism, fuelled by social media sites like Twitter, which are giving Iranian citizens and supporters of the government protests there new ways of involving themselves in the political struggle.
  • Broadband Internet Fairness Act introduced to Congress

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 7:45 am

    Congressman Eric Massa of NY introduces his Internet Fairness Act, while a Pew Report discredits Time Warner Cable's denials that tiered pricing is an attempt to protect its cable TV business
  • Twitter says U.S. asked that shutdown be delayed

    Posted June 17, 2009 - 9:17 pm

    Twitter Inc. late yesterday acknowledged that the U.S. State Department had contacted the Web company about delaying its scheduled site maintenance because of the number of Iranians who have been using Twitter to get information out about the political situation there.
  • Iran's leaders fight Internet; Internet wins (so far)

    Posted June 17, 2009 - 8:56 am

    Iran's government in recent days has tried to cut off Internet access for most of its election protestors by shutting down routers at the nation's perimeters, ripping satellite dishes off roofs, cutting cables and turning off telephone switching networks. Iran, in effect, has declared cyberwar on itself. And it doesn't appear to be winning the fight because of the resilience of a communications grid originally designed to be both resilient and pervasive.
  • Five Questions about Opera Unite

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 9:07 pm

    Opera Software lit up the blogosphere today with the debut of its Opera Unite, a collaborative technology that embeds a Web server in its Opera 10 browser, which is still in beta.
  • Twitter becomes a lifeline to an Iran in turmoil

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    Iranians Twitter to the world, bypassing government blocked communication avenues.
  • Nielsen: Microsoft's search queries fell 14 percent in May

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    Bing better deliver a bang for Microsoft.
  • MySpace staff slashed almost 30 percent

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    MySpace is undergoing restructuring after losing its leadership position to Facebook.
  • Iran election fracas stirs cyberattacks, Twitter users

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 1:51 pm

    As political tensions increase in Iran, an apparently ad-hoc cyber protest against the results of recent Iranian elections has knocked key Web sites off-line. Meanwhile, online communities are ramping up their opposition efforts.
  • Computer Aid kick-starts computer donations through Twitter

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 1:41 pm

    Faced with rising computer demands in Africa and Latin America and shrinking donations due to the economic downturn, Computer Aid International kick-started a new donation drive through Twitter.
  • Hacker cracks TinyURL rival, redirects millions of Twitter users

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 1:38 pm

    A URL-shortening service that condenses long Web addresses for use on micro-blogging sites like Twitter was hacked over the weekend, sending millions of users to an unintended destination, a security researcher said today.
  • Iran Protests: Tech Tools at Work

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 1:26 pm

    As political tensions increase in Iran, online communities are ramping up their opposition efforts. Here's a breakdown of current online tools in use in Iran.
  • HTML 5: Could it kill Flash and Silverlight?

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 9:37 am

    HTML 5, a groundbreaking upgrade to the prominent Web presentation specification, could become a game-changer in Web application development, one that might even make obsolete such plug-in-based rich Internet application technologies as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun JavaFX.
  • Opera launches Unite, democratizes the cloud

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 7:57 am

    Opera has launched a new service that lets users easily turn their computers into mini-cloud servers.
  • With Iran all a-Twitter, service maintenance pushed back

    Posted June 15, 2009 - 9:11 pm

    Network maintenance that would have put Twitter offline for as long as 90 minutes late Monday has been postponed due to the importance the microblogging service is currently playing in Iran.
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