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Google Plans Venture Capital Fund
News  |  7/31/2008
The company's VC arm will be led by David Drummond, Google's senior VP of corporate development and chief legal officer.
Boeing Standardizes Software For Product Development
News  |  7/31/2008
It's part of an effort to improve manufacturing, as Boeing faces roaring demand and an order backlog of 3,600 commercial planes.
Facebook To Use Intel-Powered Servers
News  |  7/31/2008
The agreement includes evaluation, benchmarking, and optimization of software for Intel architecture in Facebook's growing data centers.
Netflix Will Stream TV, Movies To LG Blu-Ray Player
News  |  7/31/2008
The LG BD300 player will rely on a wired broadband connection to display a variety of streaming content from Netflix and other services.
Beyond Vista: Microsoft's Plans For Windows 7, 8, And 'Midori'
Commentary  |  7/31/2008
Microsoft's OS developers need to be more sure-handed than ever these days, given the number of balls they've got in the air.
Apple Says MobileMe's E-Mail Bugs Fixed
News  |  7/31/2008
The company said the service's e-mail issues have been repaired, but some subscribers are still reporting problems.
With Microsoft Midori, Platforms Take Shape In The Cloud
News  |  7/31/2008
The advent of browser-based thin clients like CherryPal and projects from Microsoft, Google, and others indicates that fully cloud-based computing will make its way to the masses.
NowPublic Lists Silicon Valley's Most Influential Web Voices
News  |  7/31/2008
The "crowd-sourced" list contains the most popular voices on the Web through sites like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and others.
Cuil Needs To Fix Its Technology Before It Can Get Hot
News  |  7/31/2008
Search engine expert Stephen Arnold believes the surge of interest in Cuil shows there's a huge pent-up demand for an alternative to Google.
Should Microsoft Play To Its Corporate Strengths?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008
With Apple recently experiencing explosive growth and Microsoft stock in the doldrums for most of the decade, it's time for some action in Redmond. Last time I proposed a "show them how it's done" model, where Microsoft builds complete solutions that include its software. This time it's the "focus on what you do best" approach; for Microsoft that means servers and business infrastructure.
Scrabulous Revived On Facebook With New Name, New Features
News  |  7/31/2008
Like Scrabulous, the new game Wordscraper allows players to choose seven tiles at a time to create words on a board that offers double word and triple letter points.
Thomson Reuters Replaces IM Software To Avert Wall Street Disruption
News  |  7/31/2008
A U.S. District Court Judge ruled the firm had to stop using its FaceTime instant messaging after failing to make a final payment to the contractor that provided it.
Boeing To Roll Out Product-Management Software Companywide
News  |  7/31/2008
It's part of an effort to improve manufacturing as Boeing faces an order backlog of 3,600 planes, including the delayed Dreamliner 787.
Google Says Privacy Doesn't Exist, Get Used To Everyone Knowing Everything About You
Commentary  |  7/31/2008
The headline practically says it all. Google is being sued by a Pittsburgh couple for posting images of its house on the Internet in Google's Street Views pages. Google responded, in court no less, that complete privacy simply doesn't exist in today's world and the couple should stop crying about it.
Google Acquires Omniso
Commentary  |  7/30/2008
Google, via the YouTube blog, on Wednesday said that it has purchased Omniso, a California-based social video startup.
Chinese Demand For Locally Made Chips Heating Up
News  |  7/30/2008
The main reason for the trend, according to iSuppli's report, is the drop in manufacturing outsourcing to China by foreign electronic equipment makers.
Sprint Updates Its Mobile Web Browser
News  |  7/30/2008
Dubbed "Sprint Web," the interface includes an adaptive homepage and a Google search bar.
MySpace Adds To Senior Executive Suite
News  |  7/30/2008
MySpace, which launched four years ago, now has more than 117 million users worldwide and offices in 19 countries and 29 localized sites across the Web.
Amazon Offers Online Payment Service For E-Commerce Sites
News  |  7/30/2008
Checkout By Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay will compete with PayPal and Google Checkout for a piece of the online payments pie.
Consumers Spend Less, Comparison Shop Online
News  |  7/30/2008
The latest Consumer Behavior Report suggests prices at the pump are now a factor in how far shoppers will go to get that great deal.
Google Maps Adds Mass Transit Support For S60 And Windows Mobile Phones
Commentary  |  7/30/2008
Not too long ago, Google added transit directions to is Maps for Mobile product. Initially, it supported just BlackBerry smartphones. Today, Google added support for Nokia's S60 platform and Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform, as well. I gave the new mapping software a spin.
Yahoo To Reimburse Customers Of DRM-Protected Music
News  |  7/30/2008
People who purchased from Yahoo's soon-to-be-closed online music store will be offered coupons for MP3s from Rhapsody.
British Hacker Loses Extradition Appeal
News  |  7/30/2008
UFO fanatic Gary McKinnon is accused of hacking into 97 U.S. military computer systems in 2001 and 2002 and may face as many as 70 years in a U.S. prison.
Hollywood Sues Two Free-Movie Sites
News  |  7/30/2008
The sites offered free streams of copyrighted films, including the latest X-Files, Batman, and Hellboy movies.
Despite Buyout, Bell Canada Cuts 2,500 Managers
News  |  7/30/2008
The company said the loss of positions will result in annual savings of about $300 million when combined with other reductions carried out earlier in the year.
Rural Areas Hotbeds Of Twitter Searches, Social Networking
News  |  7/30/2008
Lightly populated areas are more prone to fostering online relationships because of travel constraints, a report from Gaebler Ventures suggests.
Microsoft Offers In-Car Internet Search Service To Automakers
News  |  7/30/2008
The service comes as automakers begin to embrace the Internet, starting with a wireless connection option on Chrysler models beginning next month.
Qwest Rolls Out Verizon Wireless Handsets, Services
News  |  7/30/2008
The Verizon service replaces the Sprint service that has been offered by Qwest since it sold its earlier Qwest Wireless service a few years ago.
Struggling Banks Turn To Social Networking
News  |  7/30/2008
Fiserv has launched a Facebook application called MyMoney that lets users pay bills, make transfers, and check balances.
U.S. Consumer Tech Retail Sales Up For Second Consecutive Month
News  |  7/30/2008
Retail sales increased 3% over the same month a year ago to $6.6 billion, the NPD Group said. In May, sales at retail stores rose 7% to $5.4 billion.
Skyfire Beta Available For Some Symbian Handsets
News  |  7/30/2008
The mobile browser enables users to access and have full interaction with Web pages that have Flash, Ajax, Java, and more.
Mainframe Programming vs. Woonix Programming
Commentary  |  7/30/2008
The differences between the Woonix (Windows and/or Unix) world and the world of classic IBM mainframe operating systems exist not because the mainframing world is clueless. Rather, it exists because the two different worlds often accomplish different missions in different ways. Despite the differences at which some Woonix programmers bristle, mainframe programming is still computer programming, and it is deucedly interesting. I've compiled a li
Google Should Take Privacy Lessons From Cuil
Commentary  |  7/29/2008
Google can rest easy, at least for the time being. Cuil, the search startup that debuted on Monday, is no Google-killer. Judging by the dismissive comments left by those reading InformationWeek's coverage, Cuil was more of a danger to itself than any other company, thanks to downtime and poor performance on both a tec
Siemens, Investor Group Form $545 Million Joint Venture
News  |  7/29/2008
The Gores Group will get a majority stake in the new venture, which will combine Siemens technology with other Gores holdings.
SharePoint Licensing Confusion Abounds
Commentary  |  7/29/2008
Most customers don't understand Microsoft licensing in general and SharePoint licensing specifically. In fact, most customers are pretty confused by the dizzying array of options... In particular, some customers got a nasty shock when they realized the (potentially expensive) difference between an Enterprise Agreement and an Enterprise License in MOSS.
Scrabulous Disappears From Facebook
News  |  7/29/2008
The software's makers decided to remove the popular game after Hasbro sued them for intellectual property infringement.
Sprint Loses 'Early Termination' Case, Must Pay $73 Million
News  |  7/29/2008
The ruling could be a bad sign for AT&T and T-Mobile, which are facing similar litigation.
Video Of N.Y. Police Officer Shoving Bicyclist A YouTube Hit
News  |  7/29/2008
A New York City police officer is on desk duty after an anonymous YouTube user posted video showing the officer knocking a bicyclist to the ground in Times Square.
Vote For Your Favorite Startup
News  |  7/29/2008
Weigh in and tell us which startups you think have the most compelling technologies.
Apple's Safari Vulnerable To 'Cross-Site Cooking'
News  |  7/29/2008
Attacks making use of this vulnerability have not yet been reported and Apple has not yet addressed the flaw.
HP, Intel, Yahoo Join Government, Academia In Cloud Computing Research
News  |  7/29/2008
Each of the founding members will host a cloud-computing infrastructure largely based on HP computers and Intel processors in six data centers.
Adobe Ships Photoshop Lightroom 2 For Windows Vista, Mac
News  |  7/29/2008
The update features dual-monitor support, streamlined search capabilities and localized image correction.
Memo To Ballmer: Microsoft Doesn't Control Its Own Destiny
Commentary  |  7/28/2008
Last week, a Steve Ballmer memo leaked out. The main point of the memo was to announce the departure of platforms and services chief Kevin Johnson. However, other points in the memo caught my attention.
Nokia Axes BlackBerry Connections
News  |  7/28/2008
Starting with its upcoming E71 and E66 smartphones, Nokia said it wants to offer the option of connecting to other e-mail services.
Facebook Hires Mozilla Engineering VP Mike Schroepfer
News  |  7/28/2008
Schroepfer brings with him years of experience as CTO of Sun's data center automation business, not to mention his role overseeing the launches of Firefox 1.5, 2, and 3.
Oracle Accuses SAP Execs Of Illegal Cover Up
News  |  7/28/2008
Oracle claims SAP senior executives knew the business model of SAP-owned TomorrowNow was illegal and even had a name for its cover-up: "Project Blue."
Samsung, GyPSii Sign Social Networking Deal
News  |  7/28/2008
The deal enables Samsung to beef up its mobile social networking and location-based services.
Cuil Runs Too Hot On Opening Day
Commentary  |  7/28/2008
The creators of Cuil have garnered a good bit of buzz today with their new search engine that sifts through 120 billion Web pages, reportedly three times the number Google searches. Now if only the Cuil folks can find a way to ensure that their search engine performs while under pressure.
Cuil Challenges Google With Privacy
News  |  7/28/2008
Founded by husband-and-wife team Tom Costello and Anna Patterson, Cuil aims to rank the relevancy search results by content analysis rather than by popularity.
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