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  • Facebook Vanity URLs: 10 Things You Need to Know

    Posted June 14, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen, get on your marks: The race to grab your very own Facebook URL is about to begin. Here, then, are 10 things you need to know before the floodgates open.
  • The Twitpocalypse Tragedy

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 2:56 pm

    It has been predicted that A Bad Thing is about to happen in the Twitterverse. This Bad Thing is being called the "Twitpocalypse", and if you believe some of the commentaries, we could have a world totally bereft of Twitter. They make it sound like a tragedy.
  • Mozilla patches 11 Firefox bugs, six critical

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 12:57 pm

    Mozilla on Thursday patched 11 vulnerabilities in Firefox, more than half of them labeled "critical."
  • Safari 4 downloaded more than 11 million times in three days

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Apple on Friday announced that Safari 4, the new version of its Web browser for Mac OS X and Windows, has been downloaded more than 11 million times in the first three days of its release.
  • China's porn filter blocks Falun Gong sites

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 9:25 am

    Internet filtering software that China plans to distribute nationwide blocks content related to a spiritual movement banned in China, despite government claims that the software targets only porn.
  • Twitter rolls out Verified User program

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 8:16 am

    Soon you'll be able to tell for certain whether that celebrity Twitter account you're following is being run by an impersonator or the real deal.
  • AOL buys two 'local' companies

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 8:57 pm

    AOL has scooped up two companies focused on delivering local information and services, including one that AOL's CEO has invested in.
  • Watch out, Oracle: Google tests cloud-based database

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 8:57 pm

    Google has released an early version of a new type of database whose approach to data management will be revolutionary, according to an analyst who has studied the technology behind it.
  • Rivals level guns at IE in enterprise browser war

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 8:52 pm

    While Microsoft's Internet Explorer faces healthy competition with other browsers among consumers, in the enterprise it has long remained the de facto standard. But that could soon change as rivals -- particularly Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome -- add features to their browsers that make them better suited for use across corporate desktops.
  • The Internet is incomplete, says its co-designer, Vinton Cerf

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 3:47 pm

    The co-designer of the Internet's basic architecture, Vinton Cerf, said the Internet "still lacks many of the features that it needs," particularly in security, in a blunt talk to a tech industry crowd.
  • Fujitsu plug-in helps refine search queries

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 3:18 pm

    Fujitsu Laboratories of America has created a browser plug-in that pops-up a cloud of suggested query refinements around search engine boxes.
  • Wolfram Alpha Research Secrets

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    You have to think differently to begin tapping into Wolfram Alpha's abilities. Here are some tips on how to get started with this new kind of comparison engine.
  • Should Facebook, Twitter follow IM providers and block access to U.S. 'enemies'?

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 11:58 am

    Facebook and Twitter should join instant messaging (IM) services and block access to U.S.-sanctioned countries in order to avoid running afoul of the government's trade embargoes, say legal experts.
  • 5 cool cloud computing research projects

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 9:46 am

    Next week's HotCloud conference on cloud computing in San Diego will boast a slew of fresh research into this hottest of IT topics. Here's a glimpse at the work to be showcased at the event (PDFs of some research papers will not be available until the week of June 15 at the HotCloud site):
  • Security Will Always Be a Headache

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 12:49 am

    I wrote last month about Security Risks on Your Macintosh. I'm going to reference another report that explains how Apple's approach to security leaves quite a bit to be desired. Before that, however, I want to say this isn't potshots at Apple or Microsoft or anyone. Well, maybe we should take shots at the criminals creating malware and stealing information. But until computers and their users are 100 percent secure, there will be ways for criminals to make money. That's why security will always be a headache.

  • Study: Internet economy has created 1.2M jobs

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 8:51 pm

    As the automobile industry sheds jobs, it comes as good news that over the last decade or so the Internet has created 1.2 million jobs, many paying higher salaries than average, a new study finds.
  • Firefox 3.5 features new Javascript engine, built-in video

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    Firefox 3.5, which is due out in final release at the end of the month, will allow people to edit digital images from within the browser without need for a third-party application, thanks to a new Javascript engine Mozilla has built for the browser.
  • Reports: DOJ turns up the heat on Google's book deal

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    The DOJ has stepped up its review of a deal that would settle a lawsuit publishers and authors filed against Google over the latter's book search engine, according to published reports.
  • Digital Literacy: Buzzword or Job Requirement?

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 1:36 pm

    If you demand digital literacy for your employees, be prepared to define exactly what you expect.
  • Yahoo seeks Hadoop boost with release of internal version

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 1:20 pm

    To advance the adoption of the Hadoop technology for processing massive data sets, Yahoo will release a version of the software it has perfected to power many of its key sites and services.
  • Mozilla punts Firefox 3.5 again, but pushes out 'Preview'

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 10:17 am

    Mozilla took the unusual step late yesterday of releasing an interim version of Firefox 3.5 in part because developers were unable to fix new bugs that have again delayed the official Release Candidate, according to a company executive.
  • Chinese developer surprised by backlash to porn filter

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 9:20 am

    A Chinese developer of pornography filtering software protested reports linking the program to China's broader Internet censorship on Wednesday, after the government ordered that his software be distributed with all PCs sold in the country.
  • Facebook vanity URLs coming this Friday

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 7:43 am

    You're a person, not a number. Facebook finally acknowledges that by letting you pick URL with your name in it, rather than a 9 digit number. But it's first come, first served, so you better be ready!
  • Microsoft's Bing grabs early momentum in search race

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 8:53 pm

    Another report shows that Microsoft Corp.'s Bing search engine is gaining some ground on Google
  • Google adds editing tools to online translation

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 10:53 am

    Google has brought out a translator toolkit that combines the company's machine translation technology with online tools for manually editing content.
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