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  • 1 year in, Obama’s tech vision impresses, execution falls short

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Obama has proven to be more tech-savvy than his predecessors, but some of his ambitious IT initiatives have been stymied by government bureaucracy and inertia, industry observers say.
  • 'Microsoft-free' virtual desktop start-up gets $4M funding

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    A start-up teaming up with IBM to build "Microsoft-free" virtual desktops and deliver them through a cloud computing model has secured $4 million in first-round venture financing.
  • Bing on the iPhone: Has Apple's Holy War Shifted?

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Some of tech's biggest battle lines may soon be shifting. Apple is in talks to make Bing the iPhone's default search engine, according to a report published in BusinessWeek today. Microsoft's search would replace the iPhone's current default -- yep, you guessed it -- Google.
  • claims edge over SharePoint, Google Docs

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Just as Google Docs makes collaborating on documents via the Web easier than Microsoft Office does, Box.Net enables corporate workers to share documents and other files more easily and beyond firewalls than Microsoft SharePoint.
  • Clinton to challenge Internet censorship in policy address

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 11:10 am

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will raise the issue of Google's ongoing battles in China in a broad policy address on Internet freedom she plans to make Thursday in Washington, D.C.
  • Microsoft and Intuit forge small business Web apps partnership

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 11:00 am

    Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud and the Intuit App Center online application store are lynchpins of the arrangement
  • Pondering the NY Times pay wall

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 8:58 am

    The NY Times has made it official; they'll be putting up a metered pay wall in 2011. We'll each have to decide if we're going to pay-up or move on.
  • EBay improves auction, PayPal businesses

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 9:38 pm

    Growth at PayPal and its core auction business helped eBay beat analyst expectations for the fourth quarter.
  • YouTube gets into movie rentals at Sundance festival

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 9:37 pm

    YouTube is taking its first steps into the online movie-rental business, starting with a handful of films from the Sundance Film Festival that it will offer on its Web site starting this weekend.
  • Google: 'Cleanup effort' of rogue advertisers in full swing

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Google boosted its efforts to boot out rogue and malicious advertisers in the fourth quarter by going after them more aggressively and making it more difficult for them to weasel their way back into its AdWords system.
  • 'Sudden failure' brings Twitter down

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Twitter addicts had to entertain themselves with something other than the social network and microblogging site for more than an hour Wednesday morning.
  • Microsoft calls for cloud computing transparency

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    Cloud computing vendors need to band together to create rules on privacy and security or face the prospect of having the U.S. Congress pass regulations, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith said Wednesday.
  • Panel: After Google, others should reconsider China business

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Web content providers based in the U.S. should think twice before entering the Chinese market, given a track record of censorship and attempts by the government there to monitor the Internet activities of dissidents, a group of China watchers said Wednesday.
  • New York Times plans to charge for some online access

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    The New York Times will start charging readers to access some of its Web site's content next year, hoping such a move will complement its online advertising revenue, it said on Wednesday.
  • Hello World: Bill Gates joins Twitter, Facebook

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    In a big week for social networking, President Obama and then former Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates send their first tweets.
  • Google to call for creation of EU privacy, security panel

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    Google needs to keep hold of information about people's search history if it is to combat the sort of hacking it experienced in China last month, the company's top privacy lawyer, Peter Fleischer, said Tuesday.
  • Half of storage customers considering cloud computing, survey finds

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    Despite security and reliability concerns, half of customers considering cloud storage.
  • Review

    Book Review: Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 11:40 am

    If you think you have a good handle on how big a problem hacking has become for the world at large, think again. Inside Cyber Warfare is going to change your view completely. If you think it's just bored teenagers and introverted misfits that are attacking systems, you're dangerously out of touch. It's organized crime and the political underground. It's hackers hired or condoned by corrupt bureaucracies. And they're out to steal money and industrial secrets, fight battles over public opinion, destroy the effectiveness of enemy groups and break critical infrastructure.
  • Report: Bing to Become the iPhone's Search Engine

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Apple reportedly is in talks with Microsoft to make Bing the default search engine on the iPhone's Safari Web browser, according to Business Week. The idea may sound surprising, but it shows how deep the ongoing battle between Google and Apple (which started after the Google Voice iPhone application was barred entry into the iTunes App Store) has become.
  • Opera acquires mobile advertising company AdMarvel

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 6:37 am

    Opera has acquired AdMarvel, which has developed a product suite that manages how ads are delivered to mobile phones, the Norwegian Web browser company said on Wednesday.
  • Hackers hit Network Solutions customers

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 3:06 am

    Hackers have managed to deface several hundred Web sites hosted by Network Solutions, the company said Tuesday.
  • China's Baidu sues US domain registrar after hack

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 1:06 am

    Top Chinese search engine has sued its U.S. domain registrar over a hack that took down the Web site, alleging negligence by the U.S. company, Baidu said Wednesday.
  • Researchers up ante, create exploits for IE7, IE8

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 10:32 pm

    Researchers have created attack code that exploits a zero-day vulnerability in IE7 as well as in the newest IE8 -- even when Microsoft's recommended defensive measure is on.
  • Google, Facebook, and the China Syndrome

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 9:06 pm

    So far, 2010 has started off with a bang. Google decides to take on Apple in the ultra-smartphone market, while Apple appears on the verge of creating yet another new market for touchscreen tablet PCs. Google says "bite me" to China, after Chinese cyber attackers target it and three dozen other tech firms. Yahoo chimes in with support for Google and gets spanked by its Chinese partner, Alibaba. This story isn't going away any time soon.
  • LA's move to Google Apps is underway

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 7:06 pm

    The cyberattacks on Google systems from withing China have not caused Los Angeles officials to reasses plans to replace desktop applications with he hosted Google Apps office suite.

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