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  • How Facebook Plans to Dominate the Web

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 1:14 pm

    It's not just social networking anymore; it's social domination.
  • Report: Hulu to Offer $10-Per-Month Subscription

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Hulu reportedly will introduce a subscription plan as soon as May 24, which would cost $10 per month for access to anything older than the last five episodes of popular TV shows, according to the LA Times.
  • Windows Intune Cloud Service: A Simple FAQ

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 11:28 am

    Here is a breakdown of everything you need to know about Microsoft's new cloud-based PC management and security platform aimed at midmarket companies.
  • Microsoft weaves management technology into cloud vision

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 11:22 am

    At Microsoft Management Summit 2010 in Las Vegas, company executives detail how management software will play a critical role in delivering on Microsoft's cloud vision.
  • What's to like about Facebook's "Like" button?

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 10:07 am

    I couldn't sleep this morning, so I schlepped down to the nearest Wifi cafe. To escape the execrable soft jazz playing in my local beanery I plugged in my noise-canceling ear phones and dialed up Pandora.
  • IBM, Lionbridge to offer real-time translation for business

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 9:40 am

    IBM and partner Lionbridge plan to offer real-time translation of most written enterprise content via a cloud-based service by the end of this year.
  • Is Google the new Rome?

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 9:16 am

    Cloud computing may be leading to an empire or federation-like worldview on how data is managed, but national laws will be a major obstacle.
  • Appirio making $1 million cloud savings promise

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 9:10 am

    Appirio launched a new offer Thursday, pledging that if customers who use its "cloudsourcing" services to migrate entirely to public cloud applications and technologies don't save at least US$1 million per year, it will make up the difference.
  • Where is Facebook going? And why should we want to follow?

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 7:57 am

    After one day of Facebook's F8 coverage, it feels like the company is heading in several directions at once. What does Facebook really want to be? Mixed signals, odd partnerships and a determined attempt to collect data about users via a new Like button. It all seems very disjointed.
  • In enemy territory: Activision visits its Facebook hate page

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 9:33 pm

    Social media management is still a new occupation in general, but few have broadened the definition to the level that Activision's Dan Amrich did by engaging in a conversation with members of a Facebook group entitled "Gamers against Bobby Kotick & Activision." Amrich explained to us why he made the sojourn into hostile territory, where gamers have taken the company to task for its CEO's and recent business moves.
  • Commerce Department scrutinizes Internet privacy

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 9:17 pm

    The U.S. Commerce Department Wednesday kicked off an initiative to take a close look at how the privacy of individuals is impacted broadly in the Internet economy with the goal of providing advice to the White House on how both the president and government policymakers might regard the topic.
  • Jumptap looks to give users mobile ad content control

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    With mobile advertising growing in importance to any business involved with mobile communications, one company is looking to deliver advertisements that people may actually want to receive and potentially interact with. The service from Jumptap allows people to select the content of the ads that are displayed as they surf the Web on their mobile devices.
  • How to Negotiate a Better Cloud Computing Contract

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 3:54 pm

    The typical cloud computing contract can look downright simple to an experienced IT outsourcing customer accustomed to inking pacts hundreds of pages long that outline service levels and penalties, pricing and benchmarks, processes and procedures, security and business continuity requirements, and clauses delineating the rights and responsibilities of the IT services supplier and customer.
  • Hardware to drive IT spending growth in 2010

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    Industry watchers forecast an increase in computer hardware and equipment purchases, followed by investments in software, which both will contribute to a strong economic environment in 2010.
  • Facebook wants the Web's default to be social

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Facebook has revamped its application development platform to make it possible for the social-networking site and other Web sites to mesh what they know about their end-users and automatically personalize the experience people have online.
  • Microsoft slates June update to block IE8 abuse

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 2:48 pm

    Microsoft plans to update Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) in June to stymie attacks that could turn the browser's cross-site scripting filter against Web sites, the company's security team said yesterday.
  • Counterfeiting treaty, now public, confirms critics' fears

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    ACTA, the anticounterfeiting trade agreement that has ignited debate over its provisions for clamping down on copyright abuse on the Internet, was made public Wednesday, but the fears it sparked while it was being negotiated secretly will not go away any time soon, according to people in the IT industry, telecom industry and civil liberties groups.
  • Web Sales Tax Debate Flares Again

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    Would you prefer to save $40 a year in sales tax on purchases you made on the Web, or watch your house burn down when the fire department takes 30 minutes to get there? That may sound like hyperbole, but for Internet shoppers in California and other hard-pressed states it's a real issue. Cities and states are losing billions of dollars annually in lost sales taxes, local merchants are being squeezed out of business and all of us are seeing the erosion of government services we once took for granted.
  • Google Reader 101: Getting Started With RSS

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 2:11 pm

    Do you routinely hop from one favorite Web site to another, just to see if anything new's been added? There's a faster, easier way: Use an RSS reader. (RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, a technology that enables sites to come to you instead of you having to go to them.)
  • Consumer group calls for antitrust investigation of Google

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice should launch a broad antitrust investigation into Google's search and advertising practices and consider a wide array of penalties, including possibly breaking the company up, a consumer group said Wednesday.
  • Linux KVM virtualization gains steam in cloud computing market

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 12:55 pm

    Two major vendors are using KVM virtualization software to create cloud platforms to compete against Amazon's popular EC2 service.
  • Google buys Agnilux, and yes, there's an Apple angle

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 12:42 pm

    Google has bought a hardware company called Agnilux, which is notable for its formation by ex-Apple and PA Semi employees.
  • LinkedIn Quick Tip: Tour the New Sharing Options

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 12:41 pm

    LinkedIn unveils changes to how you can share information on the site, emulating functionality from Twitter and Facebook. Here's what you need to know about LinkedIn's new updates.
  • Cloud Computing Services: Fine Print Disappointment Seen

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 12:38 pm

    A new Yankee Group study of enterprise cloud computing services finds cloud contracts full of disclaimers, ambiguous uptime guarantees, and uncertain privacy policies and compliance claims.
  • Expectations run high for Facebook's developer conference

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 11:11 am

    Facebook's F8 conference for external developers is expected to yield major announcements from the company regarding extended and new functionality for its application platform, likely in areas such as search, geolocation, payments and integration with other Web sites.

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