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  • Plurk users bring microblogging to many languages

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 2:10 am

    Microblog provider Plurk has won market share in Asia with the help of users around the world willing to translate it into dozens of languages outside of its main lingo, English. The company remains far behind Twitter globally and faces a challenge with Twitter's recent moves to include more languages, but a cofounder of Plurk is hopeful that an early lead will help his company fend Twitter off.
  • Bah Humbug! Shoppers Play Scrooge for the Holidays

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Retailers' dreams of a Green Christmas may be dashed by Ebenezer-like shoppers over the holidays, according to new studies from two market research firms, IBISWorld and NPD Group. And while that's bad news for consumer electronics vendors already reeling from a bad economy, it may prove a Festivus Miracle for procrastinating shoppers hoping to find last-minute bargains on a few big-ticket items.
  • Linux Security Kernel Clean-Up

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    Two significant Linux bugs have been founded and smashed. Here's what you need to know.
  • Facebook tweaks, Intel chip delay and leak

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    Facebook's new privacy policy was rolled out this week and although we have known for months that it was coming it grabbed a lot of headline attention just the same. Of course, there were plenty of complaints from users about various aspects of the changes, so Facebook has already made some tweaks. In other news, Intel's Larrabee delay, announced last week, carried over into this week.
  • Aol faces uphill road as it goes it alone

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    Aol may have finally gained its independence from Time Warner but it isn't free from its years-long crisis, which it will have to battle long and hard to recover from, with very little room for error in strategy and execution.
  • FBI: Rogue antivirus scammers have made $150M

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    They're the scourge of the Internet right now and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says they've also raked in more than US$150 million for scammers. Security experts call them rogue antivirus programs.
  • Facebook Privacy Changes: The Good and the Bad

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Facebook is tinkering again with privacy settings; this time giving you simplified yet powerful controls that help you get a better handle on what you share. The downside is the same controls could reveal a great deal more about yourself than ever before if you are not careful. Here is a look at the changes and how you might be affected:
  • Microsoft buys Opalis to strengthen cloud management capabilities

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Moving to strengthen its management tools related to virtual environments, Microsoft Friday said that it had purchased IT process automation vendor Opalis for an undisclosed sum.
  • Google, MS 'war of innovation' changing face of search

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Advances in online search have been picking up momentum in recent months, culminating in a burst of announcements this week that could change the face of search all together, according to industry watchers. They see the increasingly heated battle between Microsoft and Google as bringing an avalanche of innovations that should continue well into 2010 or 2011.
  • Amazon's data center outage reads like a thriller

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    When an Amazon Web Services data center lost power early Wednesday, the details about the event trickled out over Amazon's operations status board. Performance monitoring firms offer services designed to get ahead of such problems.
  • Realigning Microsoft Azure unit may boost innovation, squabbling

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Unifying Windows Azure with its on-premises counterpart Windows Server should hasten the rollout of new features in Microsoft Corp.'s enterprise cloud platform, but it also will pit Azure against Microsoft's other cloud services for the loyalty of a key customer base, says one independent Microsoft analyst.
  • Apple-Google feuding -- because Apple wants to be where Google is?

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    Apple created the landscape of the '00s -- but how long will that last?
  • On being social: The Twelve Do's after Christmas

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Once the season of goodwill is over, how will you foster goodwill towards your company? Mark Gibbs has Twelve Do's that'll do it.
  • After Criticism, Facebook Tweaks Friends List Options

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Facebook's new privacy controls remain a work in progress a full 24 hours after release and months after they were announced. Responding to criticism over making its users' Friends Lists public, Facebook is rolling out a new option that allows users to protect their Friends List from viewing or searching.
  • Global video news recap, World Tech Update, Dec. 11, 2009

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 10:10 am

    Click here to watch this week's World Tech Update.
  • Plurk succeeds where Twitter stumbles in Asia

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 5:40 am

    Plurk, a microblogging rival to Twitter, is winning over markets in Asia by offering service in local languages, something global leader Twitter has struggled to do even in European languages.
  • Microblogs in Asia eye games, virtual goods for revenue

    Posted December 11, 2009 - 12:40 am

    As microblogging sites like Twitter search for ways to become profitable, services in Asia may have more options for making money, such as offering games and selling virtual goods, owners of those services say.
  • Next version of Cognos 9 to 'embed' SPSS, add social networking

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 9:56 pm

    The next release of IBM's flagship business intelligence platform, Cognos, will add social networking features, "embed" predictive analytics features from SPSS Inc., but it won't include a service delivered via the public cloud, IBM said.
  • Google Adds Twitter to Search Appliance

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    Google has seen the writing on the wall and realizes the importance of social media and real-time search for both consumers, as well as for its business customers. Today Google announced that its Google Search Appliance will now be able to provide results from Twitter in addition to the traditional Google search results.
  • FCC needs to smother eight burning wireless service fires

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    The Federal Communications Commission complaint handling skills are but one of the main issues causing the agency heartburn today as government watchdogs issued a final report critical of the way it has handled the growing wireless service industry.
  • We're All Data Fatties, Study Finds

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    We're always hearing about how Americans consume far too many calories. It turns out, though, food isn't the only thing we're gorging ourselves on.
  • Google Search Appliance now highlights Twitter posts

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    Google on Thursday said its enterprise search appliance will now show relevant Twitter posts alongside internal and external search results.
  • Microsoft talks cloud computing security, plans to offer private cloud software

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    Microsoft is looking to unveil a new security structure for multi-tenant cloud environments as well as private cloud software based on the same technology used to build the Azure cloud computing platform.
  • 10 predictions for 2010

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 6:08 pm

    No doubt, a leading IT story in 2010 will be the role that sector will play in the expected economic recovery, as well as how IT markets themselves recover. OK, so that's a no-brainer to predict, but we're latching on to some more specific details in that regard, and we've found a limb or three to walk out on as well. In no particular order we present the 2010 edition of our annual predictions.
  • Mozilla exec suggests Firefox users move to Bing, cites Google privacy stance

    Posted December 10, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    A Mozilla official today pointed Firefox users to the extension that adds Microsoft's Bing to the list of the browser's search engines after Google's CEO downplayed consumers' privacy concerns.

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