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  • Google jazzes up ad platform for publishers

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Google has revamped its ad-serving platform for Web publishers with a redesigned interface, more statistics, improved ad-delivery algorithms and a new API for developers, the company said Monday.
  • Save a Whole Web Page

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Rwiringa asked the Answer Line forum how to save an entire Web page, including images, for off-line viewing.
  • Google Remorse and the Buzz Privacy Backlash

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 12:54 pm

    Macworld contributor Kirk McElhearn is suffering from a massive case of what I call "Google remorse," and he's not alone. McElhearn's column, "Why I'm Dropping Google," is part of a much larger backlash I'm seeing against the search giant.
  • Iron Mountain buys archiving vendor Mimosa

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Information management giant Iron Mountain said Monday it has acquired content archiving vendor Mimosa Systems for US$112 million.
  • Brace for Another Skirmish in the Browser Wars

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 11:30 am

    A recent little speed bump on the information superhighway reminded me that more than ever, we are placing a lot of faith in our browsers. What happens when web developers and hardware vendors can't agree on Web standards?
  • Don't want Buzz? No Profiles for you!

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 11:03 am

    One of the advantages of using the online services of a company with lots of products is that one product can "borrow" features from another. This is especially true for Google.
  • Ethics of Monitoring PC Activity

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 10:29 am

    A Pennsylvania school district is under fire, and facing a potential class-action lawsuit related to allegations that it spied on students in their homes using school-issued laptops. Organizations have a right, and sometimes even an obligation, to monitor activity on their computers or network, but the ethics involved are often hazy.
  • Benefits of the FCC Broadband Plan

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 10:27 am

    The FCC revealed a preview of the National Broadband Plan it intends to propose to Congress next month. The 56-page proposal outlines some ambitious, yet reasonable, initiatives aimed at expanding and modernizing access to broadband in the United States.
  • Google's gigabit experiment a welcome prod in the side

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 10:20 am

    What changes when bandwidth is virtually unlimited? That's what Google is hoping to find out with its recently announced plans to deliver 1Gbps to up to 500,000 homes in an ultra-high speed Fiber to the Home (FTTH) experiment.
  • Security of virtualization, cloud computing divides IT and security pros

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 10:06 am

    Is moving to virtualization and cloud computing making network security easier or harder? When some 2,100 top IT and security managers in 27 countries were asked, the response revealed a profound lack of consensus, showing how divided attitudes are within the enterprise.
  • Do we need a social media 'operating system'?

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 10:05 am

    A start-up called Pip.io argues that social media requires a new type of operating system for browsing sites such as Facebook, Twitter.
  • Get In Touch With Your Inner Geek

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 10:00 am

    A Forrester analyst urges CIOs to consider opportunities to use consumer technologies and to stay close to the 'gadget-curious folks.'
  • EU data protection chief slams secret ACTA talks

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 9:10 am

    The anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) being negotiated in secret by the U.S., E.U. and others potentially runs roughshod over European data protection requirements, European data protection supervisor (EDPS) Peter Hustinx said Monday.
  • China's president skips Twitter, opens state-tied microblog

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 5:40 am

    Chinese president Hu Jintao has opened a microblog, adopting the technology despite his government's work to stifle free speech by microblog users in China.
  • Microsoft IE's downfall 'far fetched,' says researcher

    Posted February 21, 2010 - 7:20 pm

    Talk of Internet Explorer's demise is "far fetched,"according to Devil Mountain Software, which cites data showing that more than 80% of enterprise PCs run Microsoft's browser during the workday.
  • Chinese schools deny role in Google hack

    Posted February 20, 2010 - 10:41 pm

    Two schools in China where computers were reportedly linked to cyberattacks on Google and other companies have denied involvement in the hack, Chinese state media said Sunday.
  • Google closes On2 acquisition for $124.6 million

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 10:10 pm

    Google has finished its acquisition of video-compression-technology vendor On2 Technologies, boosting its efforts in online video.
  • EU Browser Ballot: Which Would You Choose — Poll

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    After years of legal squabbling between Microsoft and the European Commission, Redmond will soon make it easier for Internet Explorer users in Europe to switch Web browsers. Starting next week, Microsoft will offer a "Web browser choice screen" to Windows users in Europe who have IE as their default browser.
  • ACTA leak, MS-Yahoo search, Kneber botnet

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    The week opened with the busy Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and ended with the leak of part of a document related to secret negotiations to craft an anticounterfeiting trade agreement. In between, Microsoft and Yahoo got the go-ahead on their search deal, Google got the OK to enter the energy business and a massive botnet was revealed. There was enough unsavory news to lead us to end the week contemplating bobsledding and our dream home office, because sometimes we all just need a little break.
  • EU Windows users get first peek at browser ballot next week

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 5:31 pm

    Microsoft yesterday announced it would start offering a browser ballot screen to some European users next week and plans to begin pushing the ballot to all Windows users in Europe the week of March 1.
  • Social networking unveils tacit knowledge: PwC

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 5:27 pm

    Social networking is providing new ways for businesses to unlock tacit knowledge within their organizations, according to Dr. David Jacobson, director of emerging technologies at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Canada.
  • Enterprises embracing private, not public, clouds

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 5:19 pm

    Eighty-three percent of organizations gearing up for cloud computing are planning to start with private clouds, according to a recent survey from Platform Computing Corp. Forty-five percent are already committed to the idea and in the process of deploying private cloud initiatives.
  • Yahoo-Microsoft Deal Makes Bing Better, DOJ Says

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    Bing will become a better search engine when Microsoft takes over Yahoo search, and better able to compete with search giant Google, the U.S. Department of Justice said in its decision supporting the deal.
  • How to Win Prizes on Twitter

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 2:29 pm

    New contests surface every day on Twitter, with a large variety of prizes up for grabs. Recent contests have given away everything from netbooks to gas cards to $25,000 for a new car. Twitter giveaways are like the lottery, only your odds of winning are dramatically higher, and you can enter as many contests as you want without spending a dime. With some strategy and a little patience, you'll soon discover how addictive Twitter contests can be--especially when you start winning cool prizes.
  • Implementing search deal a tough task for MS, Yahoo

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Now is when the hard work begins for Microsoft and Yahoo, after finally getting the regulatory green light from the U.S. and the European Union to implement their ballyhooed search engine partnership.
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