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  • IT warned to prepare network for Super Bowl Monday

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 9:08 pm

    A network security firm is warning firms to beware of network slowdowns on Monday due to employees downloading highlights of Sunday's Super Bowl and its advertisements.
  • IETF turns introspective with new wiki

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    The Internet Engineering Task Force has set up a wiki to document which of its standards were successful and why.
  • Air Force building military-grade cloud network, with IBM's help

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    The U.S. Air Force has contracted with IBM to design a cloud computing system secure enough to support defense and intelligence networks.
  • SuccessFactors buying workforce analytics vendor

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    SuccessFactors announced Thursday it plans to buy Australian business analytics vendor Inform Business Impact for US$25.5 million in cash and $15 million in SuccessFactors stock.
  • IE more popular than you think, researcher says

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Microsoft's Internet Explorer is used much more often than most assume, a researcher asserted today.
  • Google's leading, but where do other Web giants stand on IPv6?

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 5:44 pm

    The most popular Web sites are under increasing pressure to add support for IPv6, a long-anticipated upgrade to IPv4, the Internet's main communications protocol.
  • Zoho slows frantic growth, works on integrating Web apps instead

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 5:41 pm

    Despite competition from Google Docs and others, startup Zoho has built the broadest Web productivity suite out there.
  • What we know about Oracle Cloud Office, OpenOffice.org

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    Oracle Corp. calmed the fears of tens of millions of OpenOffice.org users when it declared it would keep supporting the free open-source productivity suite following its merger with Sun Microsystems Inc.
  • Microsoft SharePoint: Three Social Networking Alternatives

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 5:36 pm

    Microsoft SharePoint 2010 promises more enterprise social networking tools, but if you're still questioning the cost and complexity, here's a look at some lean and mean alternatives.
  • Super Bowl Sunday: 15 Twitter Feeds to Follow

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 5:29 pm

    Come Sunday, #SB44--the official Twitter hashtag that the NFL has designated for all tweets related to Super Bowl XLIV--will no doubt top Twitter's trending topics. You can rely on Jim Nantz and Phil Simms to call the play-by-play of the game on CBS, but if you want additional analysis, or the inside scoop on what's happening during commercial breaks and timeouts, look to the sports analysts and football fans tweeting live--some right from Sun Life Stadium. Here are 15 Twitter accounts you should consider following on game day.
  • 'Store Views' coming soon to Google Maps 'Street Views'?

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 4:55 pm

    Google is taking pictures inside stores for a new service called "Google Store Views," according a new rumor. A retailer claims that Google photographers came inside his store and took a picture in all directions ever six feet on every isle.
  • Microsoft, NSF form cloud computing collaboration

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Researchers selected by the U.S. National Science Foundation will have free access to Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform under a deal announced Thursday.
  • Colorado looks to SaaS to cut e-mail costs

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    A Colorado state agency that oversees e-government efforts is soliciting bids from software-as-a-service vendors that could provide hosted e-mail and other applications to state agencies and local governments.
  • Review

    GleeBox Firefox Add-on

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Do your mousing muscles ache after you browse the Web? The free GleeBox experimental Firefox add-on and Chrome extension let you perform many tasks by using your keyboard rather than the mouse--including some tasks that require multi-step actions.
  • Can you trust Chinese computer equipment?

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 1:19 pm

    China may not only be breaking into Google's network, but giving people deliberately bugged technology gear. Can we trust any technology that comes from China?
  • Wireless broadband: There's a gap for that

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    Back in 2007, Nemertes Research predicted a "broadband access" gap that would begin affecting Internet connectivity by the year 2012.
  • Top secret NSA to investigate Google China hack

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 2:08 am

    The Washington Post will report in today's edition of the newspaper that the National Security Agency (NSA) and Google are finalizing an agreement whereby the NSA would analyze the now-famous hack attack in China.
  • Versign fails to take action against malicious sites, researcher says

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    A security researcher is accusing Verisign Inc. of not acting fast enough to take down several dozen sites that he says are known to be spewing malware.
  • Yahoo sells HotJobs to Monster for $225 million

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    Job-hunting service provider Monster Worldwide is to buy Yahoo's HotJobs Web site for US$225 million under an agreement announced between the companies on Wednesday.
  • LinkedIn Quick Tip: Should You Upgrade to a Paid Account?

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 5:25 pm

    Social networking service LinkedIn is free, but if you choose to upgrade to a paid account, you have access to additional features. What are the four top advantages in updating your account?
  • Oracle shutting off Sun project-hosting site

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Project Kenai will still be used internally, but external users must move elsewhere as Oracle consolidates hosting sites
  • Google News Reaches for the Stars

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 4:38 pm

    A new Google feature now lets you bookmark topic groups (with a star) in Google News and is designed to help you keep track of a particular news story as it progresses throughout the day. This is just the latest feature Google has introduced to merge traditional print-style news stories with the more flexible medium of the Web.
  • 3Tera starts certifying cloud computing skills

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 4:33 pm

    Two cloud computing certification programs recently announced by 3Tera Inc. may signify the beginning of a cloud computing certification trend.
  • Chrome Gaining Ground in a War without a Winner

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 2:31 pm

    The latest browser market share numbers are out and, judging by the headlines, Google is crushing the competition with the Chrome Web browser. Chrome is "on a roll", or even "skyrocketing" depending on the source.
  • Cloud security: Root of trust

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 2:27 pm

    I've been thinking a lot about public cloud security lately. Not simply mulling the theoretical question of "is cloud more or less secure than my own infrastructure", but looking at practical approaches to cloud security. At Nemertes Research we have been "sipping our own champagne" (like eating dogfood, only less disgusting) by using cloud computing extensively. For several years we used the cloud for test and development and in mid-2009 we moved production servers into the cloud.
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