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  • US Treasury Web sites hacked, serving malware

    Posted May 4, 2010 - 6:40 am

    Three Web sites belonging to the U.S. Department of the Treasury have been hacked to attack visitors with malicious software, security vendor AVG says.
  • Google offers Wiki, store capabilities for Web sites

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 9:52 pm

    Four new Web Elements from Google also feature a shared workspace and a virtual keyboard
  • Open Letter to Facebook on Privacy

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 9:48 pm

    Facebook appears to be working diligently at establishing itself as the site that people love to hate. Don't get me wrong, passionate views are a mark of success--just look at Microsoft, Apple, and Google. Still, the trick is to foster that passion (and generate revenue) without inviting undue regulatory scrutiny or legal backlash.
  • 5 Technology Security Myths, Busted

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 9:09 pm

    Think you can hide behind the privacy of an "unlisted" cell phone number? Think again. Maybe you believe you don't need security software on a Mac or iPad. You'd swear that Firefox is the safest browser in town. Wrong on both counts.
  • Cloud TCO, Private Clouds and Cloudwashing

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 9:03 pm

    I attended Interop last week for the first time to participate in its cloud computing track (I spoke on cloud computing total cost of ownership). Here's what stood out for me.
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    Free Web services let you hear, see voice mail

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 9:01 pm

    Over the past few years, Web-based voice mail services have been adding features that go beyond just storing your messages online. Most can automatically transcribe recorded messages. And some have evolved into virtual command centers to handle your calling needs, whether it's receiving calls, making them or forwarding them to other phones.
  • Hard disk drive shipments to soar through 2014

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 8:43 pm

    Over the next four years, storage vendors are expected to ship 300,000 petabytes of hard disk drive capacity, this in spite of the fact that last year that industry saw unprecedented sales declines, a report from IDC states.
  • Google invests in firm that tries to predict the future

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    Google has invested in a startup company that claims to be able to predict the future.
  • IBM buys data-integration vendor Cast Iron

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    IBM bolstered its data-integration portfolio Monday, announcing the acquisition of Cast Iron Systems, which focuses on connecting on-premise systems with cloud-based software.
  • Google Apps admins can now reset sign-in cookies remotely

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Google Apps administrators can now remotely deactivate browser cookies that contain their end-users' sign-in credentials, a move designed to improve security in Google's hosted applications suite.
  • Chrome again beats Firefox in browser gain race

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 10:35 am

    Google's Chrome continued its surge in browser share last month by claiming nearly all of Internet Explorer's losses, a Web metrics company said.
  • Beware the black market rising for IP addresses

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 10:17 am

    IPv4 depletion is happening faster than expected; a black market could jump the price of an Internet presence
  • Advice for Evaluating CRM Cloud Platforms

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 9:54 am

    Given this week's news about VMware and's VMForce offering, headlines about cloud platforms and virtualization are everywhere. What's the best way to understand these platforms in the context of CRM applications?
  • Facebook's privacy controls are seriously broken

    Posted May 2, 2010 - 7:42 pm

    I've spent a fair amount of time lately messing about with Facebook's privacy settings, which is almost like having a life, but not quite.
  • The New WiMAX

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 8:08 pm

    While you're waiting for WiMAX or other 4G data technologies to roll out, you might be interested in knowing that a new, faster still, WiMAX2, is on its way.
  • Twitter: More a news medium than social network

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Web Researchers find that Twitter is used for more news than socializing.
  • Google official reaffirms HTML5 readiness

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Google engineer confirms Steve Jobs' pronouncement that HTML5 can be used for rich Web content
  • Microsoft issues workaround, advice for SharePoint zero-day

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 4:39 pm

    Microsoft urged SharePoint 2007 administrators to protect systems against a recently revealed zero-day vulnerability that could be exploited to steal company secrets.
  • Google explains why it became an energy trader

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Google has explained how it might use its status as an energy-trading company to increase the use of renewable energy sources in its data centers.
  • Oracle resumes construction of massive data center

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Oracle has started up work again on a large data center in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area, after suspending the project without public explanation last year.
  • Tips for using Twitter, Facebook and other "anti-social networks"

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    Corporations should institute daily one-minute Internet safety lessons that users must complete before they are allowed online, a security expert told Interop attendees this week, but he said even that might not work because attackers pay more attention to the advice than those it is intended to protect.
  • Citrix downplays Red Hat's decision to drop Xen

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 12:16 pm

    Citrix CTO and longtime Xen proponent Simon Crosby says he is unfazed by Red Hat's decision to drop the Xen hypervisor from its enterprise Linux software, claiming it won't harm Xen's standing in the virtualization market.
  • Researcher: Social networks shouldn't reuse private info

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 9:10 am

    A Microsoft researcher argues that user data should not be reused by social networks
  • What's wrong with the PCI security standard

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 9:15 pm

    The security standard used to protect credit cards isn't up to the task and upgrades that are planned for this fall do virtually nothing to improve it, a security expert told Interop attendees this week.
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    Gygan May Be Next Big Thing in File Sharing

    Posted April 29, 2010 - 8:48 pm

    Gygan is one of the newest additions into the file-sharing battleground. With so many choices already available--BitTorrent, Usenet, and RapidShare among others--can Gygan really offer anything new? There's nothing groundbreaking, but it does fill a niche: Gygan (free up to monthly download GB limit) combines some of the best features of RapidShare and Usenet, but unlike the two it runs on an easy-to-use standalone client.

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