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  • Google to carriers: 'Anything you can do, we can do better'

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 9:28 pm

    Not content to merely challenge Internet carriers in the mobile phone world, Google is now challenging them in the fiber world as well.
  • Google Buzz Versus Google Wave

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 9:20 pm

    If Google Buzz sounds familiar, that could be because it’s a whole lot like Google Wave. Here's how the two services compare.
  • Mozilla retracts Firefox add-on malware claim

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 9:15 pm

    Mozilla today acknowledged that it had falsely accused a developer of infecting a Firefox add-on with attack code.
  • Google feeds mobile social craze with a little Buzz

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 9:11 pm

    The mobile version of Google Buzz could face problems if its 'Nearby' feature prompts privacy concerns among users.
  • Blizzard sends D.C.'s IT staffers to cots, virtual operations

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 9:06 pm

    Nothing was moving in the horizontal snow blowing through the nation's capital. But Bryan Sivak, the CTO of the District of Columbia, was just as busy as ever, working at home virtually. He wasn't alone.
  • Google's Ultra-Fast Broadband: Questions and Answers

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 9:05 pm

    I don't know if you've heard, but Google's adding some fiber into its diet.
  • Opera Mini: 5 Reasons iPhone Owners Need It

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 9:04 pm

    What's the big deal with Opera Mini? Here are 5 reasons this Safari alternative could become your favorite iPhone Web browser.
  • Google over-promises and under-delivers with Buzz

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Google prides itself on releasing products early and improving on them quickly, but this philosophy sometimes does a disservice to the company and to its users, as illustrated by this week's ballyhooed release of Buzz in Gmail.
  • LinkedIn Quick Tip: How to Reorder Profile Sections

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 1:05 pm

    This new LinkedIn feature allows you to customize the display of your profile, enabling you to prioritize certain sections over others.
  • Buzz Reveals Google's Split Personality

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 12:50 pm

    Google's new Buzz, introduced Tuesday, is the latest example of a company that still treats consumers and business users as different people, even when they are one and the same.
  • How to Punk Somebody on Facebook

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 12:41 pm

    I logged onto Facebook one day and saw that my mild-mannered Swedish cousin "Susan," an accomplished architect who has worked on projects all over the world, had a status update that I can't repeat here--an R-rated proposition to any interested man who happened to be reading her page. Coming from her, this type of message was a real jolt.
  • Facebook Must Tell Google to Buzz Off (Or Else)

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 12:03 pm

    Since Google is using its new Buzz social network in an attempt to take down Facebook, the #1 social network should return the favor: Facebook should tell Google to buzz-off. Permanently.
  • Astronaut tweets photos of Earth from space

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 11:47 am

    An astronaut aboard the International Space Station yesterday used its newly souped up wireless connection to Twitter Twitpics of various cities on earth.
  • Oracle revises plan to shut down Project Kenai

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 11:45 am is the destination for projects being moved off the Kenai hosting site set up by newly acquired Sun.
  • Keep Clear of Craigslist Scams

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 10:31 am

    Given everything from the "Craigslist killer" to Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal's campaign against the site to the escalating battle over prostitution ads, you'd have to live under a rock to miss Craigslist's sensational presence in the media. Lost in the discussions of illicit or criminal activity, though, are the everyday scams--and every category on the site has them.
  • Opera to reveal alternative iPhone browser next week

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 7:10 am

  • Chinese artist-dissident lauds Google plan to stop censoring

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 4:10 am

    A well-known Chinese artist and activist voiced strong support late Tuesday for Google's plan to stop censoring results on its China-based search engine.
  • Baidu sees confidence boost after Google's China threat

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 12:10 am

    After Google's threat last month to exit China, advertisers have become more confident in the search engine's main local rival, Baidu said Tuesday.
  • Google Buzz takes the fight to Facebook

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 10:17 pm

    Today's leading social networks -- Facebook and Twitter -- now face a very formidable foe with search giant Google's unveiling of social upgrades to its Gmail e-mail service.
  • Cloud Computing Will Cause Three IT Revolutions

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 10:08 pm

    Every revolution results in winners and losers -- after the dust settles. During the revolution, chaos occurs as people attempt to discern if this is the real thing or just a minor rebellion. All parties put forward their positions, attempting to convince onlookers that theirs is the path forward. Meanwhile, established practices and institutions are disrupted and even overturned -- perhaps temporarily or maybe permanently. Eventually, the results shake out and it becomes clear which viewpoint prevails and becomes the new established practice -- and in its turn becomes the incumbent, ripe for disruption.
  • Paranoia and Chinese High-tech Espionage

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 7:47 pm

    Is it paranoia when they really are out to get you?
  • PayPal: India payments suspended for 'at least a few months'

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    PayPal said a ban on personal transactions to and from India will continue for "at least a few months" while the online payment service tries to resolve a problem with local regulators.
  • Oracle launches worldwide cloud-computing tour

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Oracle has officially put both legs on the cloud-computing bandwagon, recently launching a roughly 50-date global road show on the topic for developers and system administrators.
  • Five sites for smart consumers

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    Favorite online sources for consumer information and advocacy.
  • SUPERCOMM Shelved: More Death of the Landline?

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 3:24 pm

    First it was COMDEX. Then shows like VON, ComNet, and others went lights-out. Now SUPERCOMM. Is landline equipment dying? Whatever happened to 'carrier class'?
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