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  • 10 Signs You're a Social Media Addict

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 3:47 pm

    Answer these questions carefully (since denial is the first sign).
  • Mozilla patches 10 bugs in older Firefox

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 3:15 pm

    Mozilla on Tuesday patched 10 vulnerabilities in its older browsers, marking the end of security support for 2008's Firefox 3.0.
  • Cloud security's seven deadly sins

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 3:12 pm

    A security expert warns organizations making a foray into cloud computing may know familiar terms like multi-tenancy and virtualization, but that doesn't mean they understand everything about putting applications in the cloud.
  • Google's about-face; now it says China blocked its sites

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 2:55 pm

    Google late yesterday reversed its earlier statement and now says that the Chinese government is likely responsible for the difficulties some users in the country had accessing its sites early this week.
  • Google upgrades e-mail management hosted service

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 12:48 pm

    Google is adding two features to its Google Message Security, a hosted service for monitoring and managing e-mail systems that filters message content based on pre-established policies and protects against spam, viruses and other threats.
  • Companies create alliance to push open source clouds

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:51 am

    IELO, Mandriva, and Nexedi this week joined forces and formed the Free Cloud Alliance, which will work to push open source products for cloud computing.
  • Geolocation 101: How It Works, the Apps, and Your Privacy

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:48 am

    Facebook wants to know "What's on your mind?" Twitter asks "What's happening?" But that's getting old already. The burning question for the next wave of social networking is "Where are you?"--and services like Foursquare, Gowalla, Brightkite, and Loopt want you to use your smartphone to answer it.
  • Why ECPA Should Make You Think Twice about the Cloud

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:43 am

    The Digital Due Process coalition is pushing Congress to modernize privacy laws in the United States. The coalition--comprised of technology companies and special interest groups, including Microsoft, Google, EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), eBay, and others--feels that existing privacy regulations do not adequately protect data in the digital era, and could stop businesses from embracing cloud computing.
  • Facebook Flub Leaks Private E-mail Addresses

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:41 am

    Private e-mail addresses that many Facebook users wanted to keep hidden were revealed publicly last night on a multitude of Facebook profiles, Gawker reports. The glitch lasted about 30 minutes before Facebook sealed the gap.
  • SAP targets online collaboration market with StreamWork

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:33 am

    SAP is unveiling an online collaboration tool that will let users combine a range of business applications into a single screen, with the intent of making it easier to share content, have online meetings and plan projects.
  • 25% of 8 to 12 year olds have a social networking profile

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:00 am

    A quarter of 8 to 12 year olds have a social networking profile on Facebook, Bebo or MySpace despite the sites have a minimum age limit of 13, says Ofcom.
  • E-mail accounts of foreign journalists in China hacked

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 2:40 am

    The e-mail accounts of eight foreign journalists working in China and Taiwan were hacked recently, leading Yahoo to suspend several of the accounts last week, the Foreign Correspondent's Club of China (FCCC) said Wednesday.
  • Greenpeace: Facebook Has a Hand in Global Warming

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 9:22 pm

    Greenpeace has charged that Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and others are contributing to global warming by using coal to power data centers for their cloud-based services. The charges are dramatic --- but are they on target?
  • Facebook Decides You'd Rather 'Like' than 'Be a Fan'

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 9:09 pm

    Facebook will soon swap the "Become a Fan" buttons for "like" buttons on brand pages, according to reports from ABC News.
  • Google now says technical glitch not to blame in China

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    After blaming an internal technical glitch, Google now says it's not sure why people in China have had trouble using its search service.
  • Office technology: Productivity boost or time sink?

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 6:03 pm

    That mini-tower by your desk, that tablet by your bedside, the netbook you use on the commuter train, the 3G smartphone that's always within reach -- they're powerful, essential tools of the office, right? They do for white-collar productivity what the assembly line did for factory productivity -- isn't that obvious?
  • How Virtualization is Changing the Shape of Your PC

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 5:31 pm

    What will your next work computer look like? Virtualization is changing the corporate PC into an amorphous mass of computing resources -- meaning much of the power of your next PC will be defined not by the hardware on your shoulder, but by the data centers and external service providers that your company utilizes.
  • What You Need to Know about Microsoft's Emergency IE Patch

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 5:28 pm

    So far 2010 hasn't been kind to the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web browser. It is only March, and Microsoft is releasing the second emergency out-of-band patch to respond to a zero-day exploit in the wild.
  • Free LinkedIn for BlackBerry App Now Available

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 5:26 pm

    Early this morning, business-oriented social-networking service LinkedIn took the wraps off its much-anticipated LinkedIn for BlackBerry mobile application.
  • Twitter revamps home page to retain first-time users

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 5:11 pm

    Twitter has given its home page a makeover with the intention of giving first-time visitors a better idea of what the microblogging and social-networking site is and of the value it can provide, beyond being just a repository of status updates.
  • Google and Adobe cozy up on Flash for Chrome browser

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 4:17 pm

    Some observers pan the move, noting Google's support for Flash rival HTML5.
  • Google's own glitch causes blockage in China

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 4:16 pm

    While speculation has been running rampant online that the Chinese government was beginning to block Google, it seems the company caused its own blockage.
  • SAP's 'virtual war room' tool gets a name: StreamWork

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 4:12 pm

    A Google Wave-like enterprise collaboration tool developed by SAP became generally available Tuesday and also gained an official name: StreamWork.
  • Productivity Tools in the Cloud: Real World Best Practices

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 1:50 pm

    Moving applications to a cloud service is a disruption to any business, but in Ron Markezich's experience as Microsoft's VP of Online Services, a well executed cloud migration can redefine a company. Here are three best practices he's gleaned from Microsoft's largest BPOS customers.
  • Exalead creates automatic searchable speech transcripts

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 10:40 am

    French search specialist Exalead thinks it's cracked one of the big challenges of search, making video searchable, and has landed a high-profile customer to prove it: the Web site of France's President.
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