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  • 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'?
  • Rome trial tackles piracy responsibility of telecom carriers

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    A trial is due to open in Rome Wednesday that pits a major antipiracy organization against Telecom Italia and the national Privacy Authority over who is responsible for policing the Internet.
  • Google announces Buzz: Social features in Gmail

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    Google announced today a social or micro-blogging-like new "Buzz" feature in Gmail. Google Buzz enables you to post "status updates" and other content that will instantly be distributed to whoever is following you.
  • EC's Reding faults Facebook on protecting children

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Social networking sites need to tighten up their privacy settings to protect children, European commissioner for the information society Viviane Reding said Tuesday at the launch of the Safer Internet Day initiative.
  • Touchdown! Google's Top Super Bowl Searches

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    What were we looking for online while we watched the game (and the ads)? You may be surprised.
  • 5 Hopes for a More Social Gmail

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 12:19 pm

    Google will reportedly be announcing Facebook and Twitter-like features to be added to its e-mail service Gmail.
  • 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.
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