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  • Apple's iPad, Oracle's plan for Sun share limelight

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 10:10 pm

    While it seemed that all eyes were on Apple's unveiling of the long-awaited iPad this week, Oracle on the same day revealed its plans for Sun Microsystems' technology, while those at Sun braced for the merger and began their public goodbyes. We also had a flurry of financial reports this week and some Internet weirdness associated with President Barack Obama's first State of the Union address.
  • Google to end support for IE6

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 10:10 pm

    Google will phase out support for Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 Web browser starting in March, the company said Friday.
  • Dark clouds gather over online security

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    Google may have threatened to leave China to keep us all from concluding that "the cloud" cannot be secured. If that's true, isn't that precisely what we should conclude?
  • Cisco offers olive branch to videoconference rivals

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Cisco Systems has gotten the ball rolling toward interoperability among all high-end videoconferencing platform by licensing the Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP) to other vendors, but the ability to plug any two systems together may be a long way off, according to vendors and analysts.
  • Simplify Facebook, Twitter with Brizzly

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Remember way back Tuesday when I talked about Facebook Purity, the Greasemonkey script that strips away some of the clutter from your Facebook home page? Brizzly's even better: It provides a clean, simple, ad-free interface for Facebook. Twitter, too.
  • 15 Ways to Make YouTube More Useful

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 1:53 pm

    From downloading videos to reinventing the interface, these 15 tools will help you use YouTube like you've never used it before.
  • Compuware taps Gomez for performance management

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    Company combines acquired and in-house technologies in one application performance optimization package
  • EFF: Browsers can leave a unique trail on the Web

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 10:10 am

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation has created an on-line tool that details the wealth of information a Web browser reveals, which can pose privacy concerns when used to profile users.
  • India objects to Google book settlement

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 7:40 am

    About 15 Indian authors and publishers, and two organizations in the country, submitted their objections on Thursday to Google's plan to scan and sell books online.
  • Google, IP struggles fuel US business concerns in China

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 4:10 am

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Thursday warned that China must become more transparent and predictable, as a row between Google and China drew concern about the business environment there for foreign companies.
  • Scammers Hop on iPad Bandwagon

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 10:29 pm

    iPad search results may contain poisoned links that lead to rogue antivirus software, as fraudsters unleash a favorite malware-pushing tactic.
  • On24 touts virtual events as alternative to real thing

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    If you asked 100 random people what they dislike most about attending conferences, it's safe to say "travel," "scheduling," and "cost" would be at the top of the list for most of them. Finding the time to attend conferences and dealing with the hassles and costs associated with getting there can take away from benefits such as hearing experts talk and networking with industry colleagues.
  • Google supports 'click-to-call' mobile ads

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Google has started supporting a “click-to-call” feature in AdWords on mobile smartphones.
  • Add Facebook Chat to Your Firefox Sidebar

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Already this week we've looked at reducing feed clutter from your Facebook home page and downloading entire Facebook photo albums with just one click.
  • Comcast, NBC Acquisition: Pros and Cons for You

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, Comcast says acquiring NBC Universal is in the public's best interest. Public interest groups, such as Free Press and Public Knowledge, disagree. At issue is whether a content gatekeeper should ever be allowed to team up with one company that creates that content. The debate goes beyond simple benefits and problems for consumers, but here are some of the basic consumer perks and pitfalls each side is trying to drive home to the FCC:
  • Google's Social Search won't leverage much of Facebook

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Google's recently released Social Search feature, whose raison d'etre is to include content from users' social-network contacts in search results, can barely tap into the connections people have made on Facebook, the world's largest social network.
  • Clock may be ticking for Google to act on China

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Google's reputation among industry watchers and users could be hurt if the company is slow to follow through on its threat to leave China unless the government there relaxes censorship rules.
  • Chrome apes IE8, adds clickjacking, XSS defenses

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Google yesterday announced it has added several new security features to Chrome, including two that were first popularized by rival Microsoft in Internet Explorer 8 last year.
  • Facebook toolbar released for IE and in multiple languages

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Facebook-oholics now have more tools to deepen their dependency on the world's most popular social-networking site.
  • The iPads are Coming

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    Well, the room darkened, Steve Jobs spoke, and the iPad was released to the world -- a world that continues to spin on its access, populated by people who continue to wake up, go to work, go to sleep, and do all the other things they were happily (or unhappily) doing two days ago. That means the iPad is a failure, right? I'm not so sure...
  • How to Protect Your Reputation Online

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    With Google real-time search and sites like Facebook and Twitter continuing to grow, it's more necessary than ever to monitor your online reputation. Here are steps you can take to ensure you're viewed professionally -- and advice on what to do if you're associated with harmful content.
  • Managing Your Reputation Online: 5 Essential Tools

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    You must monitor what people are saying about you in order to keep your reputation online intact. These five free tools will help you stay up to date whenever you're mentioned.
  • Fake Google search engine emerges in China

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 2:26 pm

    In addition to a name that sounds like Google, the Goojje search engine copies Google's logo. See for yourself:
  • Ballmer defends Microsoft as China plays up Gates' comments

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 2:40 am

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer defended the company's presence in China in a message on Wednesday, after Chinese media seized on a statement by Bill Gates about Chinese Web censorship being "very limited."
  • Download Facebook Photo Albums in a Flash

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    For a service as photo-oriented as Facebook, the simple act of downloading photos is annoyingly complicated. In fact, there is no download option; you have to view each photo in turn, right-click it, and choose Save Image As or Save Picture As (depending on your browser).
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