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  • Bing Maps Beta: The Good and the Bad

    Posted December 3, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    It's tempting to compare Bing Maps Beta, Microsoft's revamped mapping service, to Google Maps. And the two services do have plenty of common features. But once you start exploring Bing Maps Beta, you'll find lots of features that Google Maps doesn't have, so let's examine those features on their own merits.
  • Print pubs online: beyond webpages

    Posted December 3, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Several publishers are exploring ways to offer both the best aspects of a printed publication (flipping pages, scanning headlines) and the richness and interactivity of the web in a single application.
  • Facebook photos costs woman insurance benefits

    Posted December 3, 2009 - 9:30 am

    IBM staffer caught having fun.
  • Can Windows Azure deliver on IT's interest in it?

    Posted December 3, 2009 - 9:10 am

    IT specialists see potential for Microsoft’s cloud platform to take care of peak compute loads
  • Two weeks, 5 iPhones sold in Chinese online store

    Posted December 3, 2009 - 9:10 am

    China Unicom has sold just five iPhones through a big online retail site in the two weeks since it opened the virtual store, the latest sign that the handset is suffering in China from its high price and lack of Wi-Fi.
  • Bing's Cool New Search Tools: A Visual Tour

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 11:47 pm

    Enhancements to Bing Maps are designed to provide a better search experience and hopefully lure people away from Google.
  • Top Searches of 2009: The Most Popular Questions

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    As the end of 2009 creeps up upon us, the search engines are starting to release some interesting data. Google, AOL, and Yahoo all recently revealed Michael Jackson to be the top search term of 2009. Other hot search commodities for the year included "Facebook," "Twitter," and -- thank you, fellow gentlemen -- "Megan Fox."
  • Microsoft's Bing tries to leapfrog Google Maps

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    Microsoft is taking aim at one of Google's most popular services, Google Maps, with a richer version of its own online mapping service that was released in beta on Wednesday.
  • Google Makes It Easier for News Sites to Opt-out

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    In what will be seen as a concession to media baron Rupert Murdoch, Google has made it easier for news sites--such as those Murdoch controls--to opt-out of Google News.
  • Mozilla adds extra Firefox 3.6 beta, still plans to ship final in 2009

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 5:09 pm

    Mozilla last week slipped in a fourth beta of its upcoming Firefox 3.6 browser, but said this week that it is still shooting to ship the final code by the end of the year.
  • Security firm retracts 'black screen' claims, apologizes to Microsoft

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Prevx, the U.K. security company that started a firestorm after claiming recent Windows security updates caused a widespread "black screen" lock-out of users' PCs has retracted its claims and publicly apologized to Microsoft.
  • Facebook kills regional networks in privacy revamp

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 3:26 pm

    Facebook will soon make major changes to the social-networking site's privacy settings as it tries to make it easier for users to know what personal information and photographs they're sharing.
  • Why Benchmarking Cloud vs. Current IT Costs is So Hard

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Cloud providers make their services' costs quite transparent, says's Bernard Golden. The trouble is, for most companies, current data center costs remain opaque. Will new tools help?
  • Why Privacy Concerns are Ruining Facebook

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Facebook was built as a powerful social connector, allowing users to befriend others with similar interests, locations, schools, and more. But as privacy concerns mount and users demand more protection, the social networking site's philosophy has started to go down the toilet. Now that Facebook is eliminating regional networks -- or groupings of people based on where they live -- it's becoming apparent that proclivities lean towards building fences rather than crossing them.
  • Yahoo to expand Facebook integration

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    Users of Facebook and Yahoo will find more ways to link their actions on those sites next year, as Yahoo prepares what it calls a deep integration of Facebook with services like Yahoo Mail and Yahoo News.
  • New Facebook Privacy Controls Just Weeks Away

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Remember those privacy changes that Facebook announced last July? They are about to be implemented across the network, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in an open letter posted on the site.
  • YouTube, Hulu, want you to pay for online TV

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Hulu is rumored to be preparing a subscription service for 2010, and YouTube wants to charge you $1.99 to see a TV episode. But are consumers ready to pay?
  • Google tweaks News indexing to placate publishers

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Google said Tuesday it is changing how it grants access to news stories through its search engine to give publishers more control over how much content people can see for free.
  • Google's Paid YouTube TV Would be Better Than iTunes

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 11:10 pm

    Google's ever-expanding presence could mean trouble for Hulu and iTunes, as YouTube may one day let you buy streaming TV shows the day after they air. If a report by All Things D's Peter Kafka is correct, Apple and Hulu should worry because Google is well-positioned to be a network TV streaming powerhouse, and this time it's no joke.
  • Top 10 Search Engine Lists: What They Say About Us

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    There's often a chasm between what people say they want, and what they really want. TV viewers may tell researchers they want more educational, PBS-style programming, but they'll tune into lightweight reality shows when no one's watching.
  • Top data center challenges include social networks, rising energy costs

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Rising use of social networks, rising energy costs, and a need to understand new technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing are among the top issues IT leaders face in the evolving data center.
  • Cable industry floats broadband adoption program

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    A cable industry trade group has proposed a program that would help low-income families of middle-school students get broadband service in their homes, with cable broadband providers pitching in about US$572 million worth of discounted service over two years.
  • 'Twitter' is the Word of the Year

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 5:46 pm

    Global language tracker finds 'Twitter,' 'Obama,' 'H1N1,' 'Vampire' are most used in 2009.
  • MJ, Facebook top Google, Yahoo, AOL search lists

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 5:39 pm

    Michael Jackson topped the list of 2009 online search terms on Google, AOL and Yahoo.
  • Safer Online Shopping: Eight Tips

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 5:39 pm

    Black Friday sales results show holiday shoppers flocking to the Web this year in unprecedented numbers. To avoid this season's crop of security threats to your browser and computer, check out these eight suggestions from Microsoft.
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