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  • Microsoft turns politics into a cloud computing product

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 9:28 am

    Microsoft today unveiled a set of hosted tools aimed at helping political campaigns and activist groups more easily communicate with their supporters.
  • Gov't regulators call on Google to respect users' privacy

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 8:40 am

    Ten government regulators responsible for protecting the private information of their countries' citizens have sent an open letter to Google calling on the company to respect national laws on privacy.
  • One in four countries block some Google services

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 3:40 am

    Google's services are blocked or censored to some degree in one-fourth of the countries where it operates, the company said Monday.
  • Report: Google attack targeted 'Gaia' password system

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 12:40 am

    The information stolen from Google in cyberattacks late last year included a password system that gives users access to multiple services after just one login, according to a news report.
  • Cisco closes Tandberg video acquisition

    Posted April 19, 2010 - 10:10 pm

    Cisco Systems closed its acquisition of Tandberg on Monday, formally ending a tense struggle over the fair value of the Norwegian videoconferencing vendor.
  • Broadband has no regulator, BitTorrent CEO says

    Posted April 19, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    The Internet industry has to regulate itself by responding to consumer demands in the wake of the recent U.S. federal court ruling that the Federal Communications Commission didn't have authority to enforce its net neutrality rules, BitTorrent CEO Eric Klinker said Monday.
  • Facebook to more strongly suggest promo Pages to users

    Posted April 19, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Facebook will try to spur members to become fans of more of its site's Pages, which are profiles that organizations, companies and public figures set up to promote themselves and their brands, the company announced Monday.
  • Review

    10 most useful Google Chrome experiments

    Posted April 19, 2010 - 9:47 am

    When it comes to presenting graphically oriented programs through a browser, the usual go-to development platforms have been Adobe Flash and -- to a lesser extent -- Microsoft Silverlight. But other, more open technologies are starting to show promise.
  • Browser add-on aims to foil Google data collection

    Posted April 19, 2010 - 9:10 am

    A computer security researcher has launched a project designed to provide people greater privacy when using Google, as the company expands the scope of data its collects about its users.
  • As Cloud Computing Grows, Customer Frustration Mounts

    Posted April 19, 2010 - 9:02 am

    What cloud computing offers is clear, such as the ability to rapidly scale and provision computing systems, but the list of things it's missing seems to be growing by the day.
  • Add Words to Firefox's Spell-Check Dictionary

    Posted April 19, 2010 - 8:47 am

    Tired of seeing those squiggly red lines under words you know are spelled correctly? Here's a two-click fix!
  • Google Search gets smarter. But is it better?

    Posted April 18, 2010 - 3:23 pm

    Google this week quietly improved search input, spell check and auto-correct by applying available contextual knowledge to results.
  • Twitter's ad scheme, Kin phone, ACTA unveiled

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 5:41 pm

    Twitter's first developer conference, Chirp, drew a lot of interest this week, in large measure because the company at last started to talk about how it intends to make money and it revealed how many millions of "tweeters" (or should that be "twits"?) there are in the world. In other news, Microsoft unveiled its smartphone aimed at those who are into social networking, and more details about a secret international copyright treaty were revealed.
  • FCC to take first steps toward broadband plan

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take the first major steps toward implementing its national broadband plan next Wednesday, when it is scheduled to launch a rulemaking proceeding that would create a new fund for broadband deployment.
  • Opera Mini tops 1M downloads to iPhone

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 4:05 pm

    More then a million copies of Opera Software's new iPhone browser were downloaded in the first 24 hours of Opera Mini's availability, a company executive said Thursday.
  • For tweeternity: Twitter to be preserved for posterity

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 2:45 pm

    If you ever needed a good reason to be especially careful what you say on Twitter, you now have at least two.
  • SAS introduces social media analytics to enterprise

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    There are dozens of social media measurement tools out there, but this one might be the first to comprehensively tackle the space. An in-depth look at SAS's new Social Media Analytics solution, unveiled at the SAS Global Forum in Seattle.
  • Twitter Numbers: A Quick Guide to Twitter's Growth

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 2:01 pm

    Twitter's growth has dominated the news as numbers, charts and graphs pour in by the truckload. With so much noise on so many different blogs, it's impossible to condense this week's chatter from the Chirp conference into 140 digestible characters.
  • The End of Free Content?

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 11:51 am

    The iPad, Android, and MeeGo devices are about to change the way we look at the Internet. Unfortunately, it may be a more expensive way if consumers are not paying attention.
  • Google drafts cloud printing plan for Chrome OS

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Google is unveiling early-stage designs, software code and documentation of a project whose goal is to let users of the company's Chrome OS operating system print documents to any printer from any application.
  • 3 URL Shortener Sites That Do More Than Save Space

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 7:51 am

    URL shortener sites can do for more you than just save space on Twitter. These three free services help you track who's clicking and other relevant statistics.
  • More rural Chinese surf the Web by mobile phone

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 7:40 am

    Mobile phones are an increasingly popular way to surf the Internet in rural China, but a "digital divide" is still growing between the country's rural and urban areas, a survey found.
  • Secretive counterfeiting treaty talks open up

    Posted April 16, 2010 - 7:11 am

    A controversial plan to crack down on online piracy and counterfeiting will be opened up to public scrutiny for the first time next week, when the negotiating text of a secret international copyright treaty will be made public, the European Commission said Friday.
  • Put Cloud CRM to Work

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 8:59 pm

    No matter how hard you work, you can't succeed in the small-business world if you don't put your customers first. But making the most of customer relationships isn't easy. Keeping your clientele engaged and coming back for more requires flexibility, a great memory, and creative thinking.
  • Amazon and Twitter Roll out URL Shortening Services

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 8:48 pm

    Amazon and Twitter are the latest companies to offer their own URL shortening services, joining a crowded playing field of entrants. While the move by tech heavyweights Amazon and Twitter into the URL shortening business is a good thing for consumers looking for a reliable service that will be around for a long time, it could be a death knell for smaller URL link players such as and TinyURL.
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