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  • Google nears Chrome Mac beta release

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Google is closing in on a beta for the Mac version of its Chrome browser, according to a list of still-to-be-addressed issues in Google's bug tracking database.
  • Cyber Monday: E-Shop Til You Drop

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    If Black Friday wasn't enough for you, you're in luck. Cyber Monday, which occurs Nov. 30 this year, brings a new round of dirt-cheap discounts. What's the distinction between these two marketing gimmicks? Well, Black Friday, the much-hyped start of the gift-buying season, came first. Originally a brick-and-mortar happening the day after Thanksgiving, BF has mutated into a November-long orgy of screaming buys. It has since moved online too; Web-only retailers such as Amazon now offer just as many BF deals as their offline competitors.
  • 10 IT management technology start-ups to watch

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 10:10 am

    IT management software and appliance vendors used the downturn to show how they could help companies reduce manual labor, cut costs, streamline processes and optimize IT services during the economic downturn.
  • Can Google really hack it in business?

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 8:40 am

    InfoWorld compares Google Apps' promises with the reality of what it delivers
  • Baidu targets Google with mobile search app

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 4:40 am

    Top Chinese search engine Baidu.com has taken another swing at Google by launching a mobile service application it will pre-install on handsets, responding to fast growth in China's mobile search market.
  • Web shoppers drive Black Friday sales up 11%

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 4:40 am

    Holiday shoppers took to the Web on the day after Thanksgiving, ringing sales worth 11% more than last year’s Black Friday tally, according to comScore.
  • Top Ten Funniest Videos of 2009

    Posted November 28, 2009 - 10:57 pm

    While the editors at PC World are a serious bunch, they're not above a bit of goofing around. So here's our top ten list of our videos that made us laugh. Hope you agree! After you've watched a clip, hit the back button on your browser if you'd like to come back to this page and check out some more antics from the gang.
  • Retail mania, IE woes, EU charges

    Posted November 27, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    As in years past, this was a traditionally slow IT news week, especially in the U.S., where Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday was a primary focus, followed by the annual retail extravaganza known as Black Friday. For the uninitiated, the day after Thanksgiving is spent by many in wild throes of consumerism with some stores opening at the stroke of midnight to admit hoards of bargain hunters, while others spend online, on what we're told is the start of the holiday shopping season. While it may seem that the "black" refers to how woeful many will feel when their credit-card bills arrive, it's actually a reference to retailers moving into profitability because of holiday shopping. Our trivia lesson for the week over, we also should note that there was some real news that occurred, what with the ongoing IE exploit and the larger world not sidetracked by holidays, real or imagined.
  • Fixing the Internet Explorer Blues

    Posted November 27, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    Another day, another IE bug, and how to fix it.
  • Viviane Reding picked to re-write EU data protection laws

    Posted November 27, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner who for the past five years has championed consumer rights in the telecommunications and IT arenas, has been picked to take charge of a re-write of the European Union's 15-year-old data protection laws due to start next year.
  • China warns about return of destructive Panda virus

    Posted November 27, 2009 - 7:10 am

    A computer worm that China warned Internet users against is an updated version of the Panda Burning Incense virus, which infected millions of PCs in the country three years ago, according to McAfee.
  • Get Real Business Results From Social Media

    Posted November 27, 2009 - 2:40 am

    Can you tell which of the following tweets is from a small but rapidly growing company?
  • India to set up automatic monitoring of communications

    Posted November 26, 2009 - 11:40 am

    India plans to set up a centralized system to monitor communications on mobile phones, landlines and the Internet in the country, a minister told the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament, on Thursday.
  • Chinese eBay rival branches out with branded mobile phone

    Posted November 26, 2009 - 4:09 am

    China's biggest online auction and retail Web site plans to stamp its brand on a new mobile phone, the first time it's name will be put on a device, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
  • Attacks appear imminent as IE exploit is improved

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Hackers working on the open-source Metasploit project have spiffed up a zero-day attack on Microsoft's Internet Explorer, making it more reliable -- and more likely to be used by criminals.
  • Can Video-Streaming Site Joost Avoid Going Off the Air?

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Way outdone by rivals like Hulu and YouTube, Web video service Joost is now in the throes of winding down, only two-and-a-half years after its rollout with very high hopes by Skype co-founders Janius Friis and Niklas Zennstrom.
  • Five Tips to Shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday Securely

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    This Friday is Black Friday--officially kicking off the 2009 holiday shopping season. Online attackers and malware developers know how to capitalize on current events, and the rush to find great holiday bargains offers a prime opportunity to exploit eager shoppers. Here are five tips to help you shop online securely.
  • Wikipedia loses editors: Crowdsourcing reality check?

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia built on the backs of a seemingly never-ending supply of free labor, is in a bit of a bind: Many contributors are throwing in the towel. As reported in a page one story in Monday's Wall Street Journal, "unprecedented numbers of the millions of online volunteers who write, edit and police it are quitting." And, the article adds, not enough new blood is coming online to replace the quitters.
  • Get $10 Back When You Buy Something with Bing

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Tis the season to go shopping, what with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner. Here's an easy way to put $10 back in your pocket.
  • Sept. 11 pager messages published online

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    The pager message is from a woman near a pay phone near 38th Street in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. The woman says her children were evacuated, but she's trying to find them. She tells her husband she loves him.
  • Top 5 Black Friday Gotchas

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    So Black Friday is coming--but not all that glitters is gold. While those who mine the long lists of post-Thanksgiving sale items will surely find some gems, prudent shoppers will be sure to do their homework and read the fine print--which, as usual, may serve up a few lumps of coal.
  • Five Hopes for an iTunes-Style Magazine Store

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Major magazine publishers are uniting to solve that old media dilemma of how to survive new media, rumor has it, and they'll soon be opening a joint storefront to peddle their digital wares. Time, Condé Nast, and Hearst are among the publishers who will participate in this iTunes-style magazine store, according to the Observer, but concrete details are scarce. Here's how I'm hoping it pans out:
  • RIM Wants You to Make eBay for BlackBerry the Best

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Research In Motion (RIM) this morning listed an early version of its new eBay for BlackBerry e-commerce application for download on its BlackBerry App Worldsoftware store. The free, beta application lets BlackBerry users with eBay accounts search for items of interest, buy products--via PayPal--and check on account activity, all from their BlackBerry smartphones.
  • Milan prosecutors seek prison sentences for Google execs

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Milan prosecutors Wednesday sought prison sentences ranging from six months to one year for four Google executives accused of violating Italy's privacy laws over the posting of a video showing the bullying of a handicapped teenage boy.
  • Top 10 Black Friday Websites

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Get ready for the biggest shopping day of the year - bookmark the hottest destinations on the Web touting Black Friday deals.
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