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  • Why I left Facebook

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 11:36 am

    There's been a fair bit of hubbub lately over Facebook and its privacy policies. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has documented what it terms Facebook's eroding privacy policy, the Electronic Privacy Information Center in league with 14 privacy and consumer protection organizations has filed a complaint with the FTC over privacy issues, and New York Senator Charles Schumer likewise urged the FTC to provide privacy guidelines for social networking sites that protect users' personal information. In response, Facebook's vice president of public policy, Elliot Schrage, took a page in the New York Times to profusely apologize for not being clear enough about
  • Facebook Plans a Privacy Summit

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 10:23 am

    Facing a growing chorus of dissatisfaction from users, pundits, critics, and lawmakers, Facebook is reportedly holding an all hands meeting on to address the company's latest privacy backlash. It's unknown what the social network intends to discuss at its meeting, but the company may consider temporarily suspending its new Instant Personalization feature, according to All Facebook.
  • Europe chastises Facebook over default privacy settings

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 9:11 am

    Facebook made "unacceptable" changes to its privacy settings at the end of last year that are detrimental to users, a coalition of European data protection officials warned the social-networking sites on Wednesday.
  • Net neutrality wars entangle free speech

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns wants so badly to stop the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from creating network neutrality rules that he appears ready to weaken the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.
  • 4 things Facebook doesn't tell you about privacy, security

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    Let us be perfectly clear: While Facebook has received a lot of criticism lately about its new privacy policies and Open Graph concept, which allows them to partner with other sites which will also have access to some Facebook user data, Facebook isn't explicitly keeping secrets from you. But some security professionals and users continually knock the site for what they say are less-than-clear explanations about where your data is going, and how secure the site really is.
  • Cloud Computing Poses Control Issues for IT

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 3:25 pm

    Though most U.S. companies still list customer and other corporate information as their most valuable assets, many keep pushing this data farther from safe lockdown in the data center--and are about to give it another strong shove in that direction.
  • Microsoft Office 2010's Rivals: IBM, Zoho and OpenOffice

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 3:24 pm

    While Google Apps may not be a knockout threat to Microsoft's enterprise business this year, a cloud apps battle continues to brew between the two companies. Google and Microsoft are the forerunners in this competition, but other rivalsare nipping on their heels.
  • Foursquare: Unlock 'Secret' Badges and Reduce Privacy Risks

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    You've probably heard of social-networking service Foursquare. If you haven't already jumped in headfirst yourself, you may be aware that Foursquare's a location-based social network that lets users "check-in" via mobile device at restaurants, bars, shopping malls, wherever, to obtain points and rewards in the form of "Mayorships" and "badges." And many are calling it "the next Twitter."
  • Google search anonymizer up and running again

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    A service that allows Google's search engine to be used anonymously is running again after a code change briefly knocked it down.
  • Verizon offers hosted mobility service for enterprise PCs, notebooks

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 11:22 am

    Verizon Business has launched an updated enterprise mobility service, with a revamped mobile client and new security and management features for IT administrators. Essentially, a company can off-load mobile and remote client security and management to a hosted, subscriber service.
  • CRM Revamp Saves Labor, Boosts Productivity

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 11:20 am

    Established in 1999, The Montessori School of Bay Area is a registered non-profit daycare and preschool for 60 children that range in age from 3 months to 5 years, primarily among low-income families. After more than a decade in business, the school's central database was in dire need of an update to better organize the parent community, create stronger relationships with parents and various donors, and do a better job of tracking student activities, immunizations, and other important data.
  • Guilty plea after botnet tested with DDoS on ISP

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 9:52 am

    The second man charged in 2006 computer attacks on The Planet and T35 Hosting has agreed to plead guilty.
  • IBM points predictive analytics at social Web

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 9:51 am

    The next time you choose an emoticon to spice up a comment about a company, product or service online, know this: There's a chance that a software program is capturing the sentiment expressed by your smiley or frowny for analysis.
  • Firefox aims to make IE, Safari browsing more secure

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 9:48 am

    Mozilla has expanded a service that checks if a browser's plugins are current to now scan Internet Explorer, Safari Opera and Chrome in addition to its own Firefox.
  • Indian online retailer offers electronic publishing services

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 6:40 am, an online retailer of books and other products in India, is offering electronic publishing services to budding authors of fiction and nonfiction books, including textbooks, the company's CEO said on Wednesday.
  • Why is Facebook lying to us?

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 12:43 am

    Just when you think Facebook is done shooting itself in the foot, it wings itself in the hand and takes off a couple of fingers.
  • Google: Docs is key to long-term workplace changes

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 9:56 pm

    Google is looking to its cloud-based Google Docs to smooth its path into corporate IT shops whose users are seeking to better collaborate with co-workers.
  • EMC users voice mixed feelings about VPLEX appliance

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 9:54 pm

    EMC announced its latest attempt to capture the cloud-computing marketplace for storage on Monday with its release of VPLEX, an appliance that affords synchronous replication of data, applications and virtual machines across data centers.
  • Cryptic Shortened URLs Can't Hide From Firefox Add-On

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 9:53 pm

    The Web is full of short URLs such as The products of URL-shortening, Tiny URL, and others--these cryptic URLs appear on social networking sites such as Twitter--and increasingly in other places on the Web as well. Those shortened links are useful for people posting them, but they pose a problem for the people who might want to follow them. Before you click, you have no idea where they lead.
  • Mozilla sets Firefox 4 release for November

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 9:39 pm

    Mozilla plans to ship a beta of Firefox 4 next month, and a final by the end of November, a company executive said.
  • Twitter confirms beta testing of new business features

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 9:28 pm

    Twitter Tuesday confirmed that new business-oriented features for the microblogging site are now being beta tested by a limited number of companies.
  • Mozilla CEO Lilly to step down

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    Mozilla CEO John Lilly will leave the nonprofit company as soon as it can find a replacement, ending his more than two years at the helm of the maker of Firefox.
  • Google: Skip Office 2010, Use Docs Instead

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 8:03 pm

    As Microsoft prepares to launch Office 2010, the latest version of its venerable productivity suite, Google is persuading longtime Office users to ditch Redmond's apps and upgrade to Google Docs instead.
  • Google, Verizon working on iPad killer

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 5:33 pm

    Google is collaborating with Verizon Wireless on an Android-based tablet computer that will compete with the Apple iPad, according to a report on the Wall Street Journal web site.
  • Google counter-screws Scroogle

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    A "Google scraper" called Scroogle no longer functions, thanks to changes made by Google recently to how its search engine works.
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