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  • Yoono Firefox Plug-In Puts Social Media in One Window

    Posted February 7, 2010 - 10:25 pm

    Yoono is an app that congregates social media updates from many sources into a single column for easy viewing and updating. This is the free Firefox browser add-on version, which integrates Yoono functionality directly into the left side of the browser window, as well as updating in the form of pop-ups. It's nice to have that integration so that you can focus on more important Web sites, instead of constantly hitting reload on twitter.com, for example. Yoono also has a free desktop version for those who want to keep their browser clutter-free.
  • ShmooCon: Inside FarmVille's Sinister Underbelly

    Posted February 7, 2010 - 10:22 pm

    You love Facebook apps like FarmVille and Mafia Wars and think they're perfectly safe, right? Think again.
  • Online Video Explodes

    Posted February 7, 2010 - 10:20 pm

    The online video market continued to grow in December, as nearly 178 million U.S. Internet users watched 33.2 billion videos in the month alone, said comScore last week. When broken down, the numbers mean that 86.5 percent of total U.S. Internet users watched online videos and averaged 187 videos per user. The average length video watched was 4.1 minutes, up from 3.5 minutes in a report from last March.
  • Facebook celebrates 6th birthday with redesign

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 10:33 pm

    Facebook this week celebrated its sixth birthday, welcomed its 400 millionth user and redesigned its home page.
  • How Scott Brown friended, tweeted and LOLed his way into the people's U.S. Senate seat

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 10:29 pm

    The upset victory of Republican Scott Brown, running for the seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, was due in part to an online strategy that saw social media and the Internet as the tools to make politics at once local and national.
  • Mozilla ends Firefox support for Mac OS Tiger

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 10:28 pm

    Baring any last-minute change of mind, Mozilla will permanently drop support for Mac OS X 10.4 from future editions of Firefox.
  • 5 Facebook E-mail Features I'd Like to See

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 10:20 pm

    Forget the redesigned homepage and the inevitable controversy it will create, Facebook's next feature might actually be something its users will adore.
  • Twitter to Major Tom: NASA Lets Public Tweet Astronauts

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    Ever wanted to ask an orbiting astronaut what it's really like up there? Is the food any good? Can you sleep well in zero-g? And, of course, is that urine recycler still acting up?
  • Proposed battery restrictions could crimp e-commerce, air travel

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    Buying your next laptop computer or smartphone online could suddenly get a lot more expensive if a little-known U.S. Department of Transportation proposal to tighten rules around the shipment of small, battery-powered devices by air goes through, says an industry group opposing the move.
  • Oracle patches flaw, Asustek to take on iPad

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    This week brought a mix of IT news. Oracle was forced to issue an emergency patch for buggy software after details of the flaw became public. Yahoo continued to shed excess business units and sold its HotJobs division. Nexus One users finally have some multitouch functions after Google issued an update for the smartphone. Also, check out an interview with Eugene Kaspersky of security company Kaspersky Lab, and a package on business intelligence if your company is looking to delve deeper into data analysis.
  • Indian pleads guilty in overseas stock hacking scheme

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    An Indian national pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and aggravated identity-theft charges related to an international fraud scheme to hack into online brokerage accounts in the U.S. and use them to manipulate stock prices, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
  • After China pull-out bluster, will Google backtrack?

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    It has been a long three and a half weeks since Google made the dramatic announcement that it will no longer censor its search results in China, even if that means exiting that huge Internet market.
  • Microsoft to drop Linux, Unix versions of enterprise search

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Microsoft will no longer offer Linux or Unix versions of its enterprise search products after a wave of releases set to ship in the first half of this year, the company announced in an official blog post Thursday.
  • Microsoft to stop selling display ads for Facebook

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Microsoft is expanding its search arrangement with Facebook but reining in its advertising deal with the social-networking site.
  • NJ businessmen sentenced to jail for E-Rate fraud

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    The former co-owners of a New Jersey computer services provider each have been sentenced to 27 months in prison on charges of conspiracy to defraud a U.S. government program designed to bring Internet access to schools and libraries in poor areas, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
  • Facebook Homepage Redesign: A Feature Breakdown

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Facebook, still the social network of choice by the young, started rolling out a new homepage design late Thursday focusing on the top menu and left column. Unlike previous overhauls that focused on visual appeal, the new Facebook changes are more about improving site navigation and placing useful information and links on one side of the Webpage. Facebook hasn't said when the new rollout will be complete or how many users have received the update so far, but Inside Facebook is reporting that just 80 million of Facebook's users have seen the changes to date. Details of the redesign have been [posted on
  • Cisco to unleash data center extensions

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 10:26 am

    Cisco next week is expected to unveil new and enhanced data center products that are designed to more easily interconnect and allocate resources among multiple data centers and are optimized for cloud computing and virtualization.
  • IBM will inch up heat in new data center

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 10:19 am

    IBM has opened a football field-size data center in North Carolina it says will rely heavily on outside air for cooling as it turns up the heat inside, gradually.
  • Social Media Risks: The Basics

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 10:03 pm

    You may be a champ at Mafia Wars and Farmville, but what do you know about the security risks of social media sites?
  • Facebook's $9.5M privacy settlement not good enough, consumer group says

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    Consumer advocacy group files formal objection to settlement of Facebook class action lawsuit.
  • Is It Time for the Web to Abandon Flash?

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 9:49 pm

    The public battle between Adobe and Apple over bringing Flash to the iPhone, and now iPad, platforms has heated up the debate over the life expectancy of Flash as newer technologies, specifically the emerging HTML5 standard, enter the scene.
  • Twitter Password Resets Linked to Torrent Sites

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 9:48 pm

    Twitter has explained in greater detail the reason behind its decision to reset the passwords for some of its users on Tuesday after an external phishing attack. It turns out the problem, which Twitter first described as a "combination of multiple bad acts," was part of a scam that may have exposed Twitter users who also visit torrent sites requiring login credentials. The incident also highlights, once again, that developing good password management habits is a crucial part of keeping your online identity secure.
  • Will Wikileaks drown in its own red ink?

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 9:46 pm

    We have interrupted our nonstop coverage of Apple iPad mania to bring you this important word about the freedom of information -- more specifically, Wikileaks.org.
  • Facebook comes out swinging at critics of settlement offer in Beacon lawsuit

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 9:45 pm

    Facebook has come out swinging at those opposing a settlement offer it made last year in a privacy lawsuit involving the social networking companys controversial Beacon behavioral tracking service.
  • Teen blogging replaced by Facebook status updates

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 9:28 pm

    Blogging is becoming a thing of the past for teens and young adults, who are now far more likely to keep in touch with friends on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, according to a new study.

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