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  • Six high-tech ways to enjoy the 2010 Olympics

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 3:51 am

    You may not be a figure-skating star, but you can do a lot with your computer -- or handheld -- to play along with the games at home.
  • ShmooCon: Web app storage open to attack

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 10:37 pm

    New forms of off-line client-side storage, such as those specified by the emerging HTML 5 set of standards, could open entirely new kinds of attacks to Web application users, said Michael Sutton, vice president of security research for cloud security firm ZScaler.
  • Make the Most of Your 'Home' and 'End' Keys

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 9:56 pm

    You know me: I love a good keyboard shortcut. The Home and End keys aren't shortcuts in the traditional sense, but many users never bother to lay a finger on them--and that's a mistake.
  • Could Google's 'Social Gmail' Really Work?

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 9:14 pm

    Gmail, meet Twitter.
  • Startup links VMware with Amazon to create secure cloud storage

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 9:12 pm

    A startup called Nasuni has made software that adds security and performance features to Amazon’s cloud storage
  • Google tries to make Gmail more like Facebook, Twitter

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 9:09 pm

    Google is reportedly on the verge of making Gmail behave more like Facebook and Twitter, with a service allowing users to share status updates, video and photos with friends.
  • Why 'Social Gmail' is no threat to Twitter or Facebook

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 8:51 pm

    Worked leaked out today that Google would soon announce status updates to Gmail. The knee-jerk media reaction is to assume that Google is competing with, threatening the business of, or replacing Twitter or Facebook. "Watch out, Twitter and Facebook. Google is on your heels," proclaimed the Christian Science Monitor.
  • Enterprise IT: The top priorities

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 5:59 pm

    Cautious optimism is the anecdotal sentiment we hear most often when discussing the health and demeanor of enterprise IT, and data from a recent study bears that out.
  • CIOs Clamor for Usage-Based Pricing

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 5:41 pm

    Enterprise software vendors that don't change their licensing schemes risk losing customers to software-as-a-service alternatives, IDC says.
  • Intel to monitor social networks on Super Bowl ads

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 5:29 pm

    Intel Corp. executives are monitoring social networks like Facebook and Twitter to gauge consumer reaction to commercials that it ran during Sunday's Super Bowl.
  • Google's Softer Side: Super Bowl Ads Promote Search

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 5:15 pm

    Google doesn't tend to show itself off. Why would it need to? It's a household name, often synonymous with search, the go-to search engine. Even if Google didn't flood the news on an almost daily basis, at this point, it'd be impossible to ignore its influence. Yet still, Google dug deep into the television advertising gambit on Sunday, airing a heartwarming spot during the be-all, end-all destination for ads: the Super Bowl.
  • Twitpics in Space

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 5:14 pm

    If you've ever wondered what Earth looks like from aboard the International Space Station, then you absolutely must follow the Twitter feed of Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. Since his arrival in December, Noguchi has been uploading to Twitpic images of Earth as seen from the space station. So far, Noguchi has posted 28 images detailing such sights as the Golden Gate Bridge, Amazon River (upper right), Tokyo, Haiti, and the clouds above Antarctica.
  • Google goes deep for the Super Bowl

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    The big event has passed, and now it's time for Monday morning quarterbacking and second-guessing key decisions. I'm not talking about last night's Super Bowl -- I'm talking about the advertisements.
  • Adobe apologizes for 16-month-old Flash bug

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 4:41 pm

    Adobe apologized over the weekend for letting a 16-month-old bug in Flash Player languish without a patch, even though it updated the popular plug-in four times since the flaw was reported.
  • Facebook Dumps Microsoft Ads, Keeps Sleazy Advertisers

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 4:34 pm

    Facebook says it has dumped Microsoft banner ads, but what the social network really needs are fewer sleazy advertisers, not less Microsoft.
  • Report: Google to make Gmail more social

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Google plans to tweak Gmail to make it easier for its users to post and share status updates, in an attempt to inject the Web mail service with social-networking capabilities popularized by Twitter and Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • Italian gov't backs down slightly over Web regulation bill

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Observers and operators gave a cautious welcome Monday to proposed changes to a draft Italian broadcasting law that has been criticized as a menace to freedom of expression on the Internet.
  • You Too Can Experience HTML5 on YouTube

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 10:21 am

    Tired of Adobe Flash hogging 50% of your CPU while watching HD clips on YouTube? The ubiquitous video-streaming website announced recently an "opt-in experiment" for HTML5 support.
  • PayPal suspends personal payments to India

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 8:10 am

    PayPal, an eBay company, has suspended personal payments to and from India and transfers to local banks in the country.
  • World of Warcraft seeks reapproval in China gov't tangle

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 12:40 am

    The China operator of World of Warcraft, one of the world's biggest online games, said Sunday it will seek new government approval for the game, dragging it further into a turf war between two Chinese regulatory agencies.
  • Yoono Firefox Plug-In Puts Social Media in One Window

    Posted February 7, 2010 - 10:25 pm

    Yoono is an app that congregates social media updates from many sources into a single column for easy viewing and updating. This is the free Firefox browser add-on version, which integrates Yoono functionality directly into the left side of the browser window, as well as updating in the form of pop-ups. It's nice to have that integration so that you can focus on more important Web sites, instead of constantly hitting reload on twitter.com, for example. Yoono also has a free desktop version for those who want to keep their browser clutter-free.
  • ShmooCon: Inside FarmVille's Sinister Underbelly

    Posted February 7, 2010 - 10:22 pm

    You love Facebook apps like FarmVille and Mafia Wars and think they're perfectly safe, right? Think again.
  • Online Video Explodes

    Posted February 7, 2010 - 10:20 pm

    The online video market continued to grow in December, as nearly 178 million U.S. Internet users watched 33.2 billion videos in the month alone, said comScore last week. When broken down, the numbers mean that 86.5 percent of total U.S. Internet users watched online videos and averaged 187 videos per user. The average length video watched was 4.1 minutes, up from 3.5 minutes in a report from last March.
  • Facebook celebrates 6th birthday with redesign

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 10:33 pm

    Facebook this week celebrated its sixth birthday, welcomed its 400 millionth user and redesigned its home page.
  • How Scott Brown friended, tweeted and LOLed his way into the people's U.S. Senate seat

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 10:29 pm

    The upset victory of Republican Scott Brown, running for the seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, was due in part to an online strategy that saw social media and the Internet as the tools to make politics at once local and national.
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