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posted in October 2008

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Google Makes Scanned Documents Searchable
News  |  10/31/2008
Using optical character-recognition technology, Google will make the converted text of scanned PDFs available on its search results pages via the "View as HTML" link.
Google's Gmail Gets SMS Messaging
News  |  10/30/2008
Google's implementation of computer-to-phone SMS includes a particularly helpful feature since it assigns the Gmail sender a persistent pseudo-phone number.
Google Updates Chrome To Version 0.3.154.9
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
Google on Wednesday released a new version of its Chrome browser, the third Chrome beta release.
Google Defends Gmail Uptime, Bolsters Google Apps
News  |  10/30/2008
Google extends its premiere edition SLA to other products to disperse any cloud hanging over its cloud computing capabilities.
Radus Unveils Glossy Personal Media Hub
News  |  10/30/2008
The startup aims to provide a consistent user experience for online media consumption, whether that involves reading news feeds, sharing content, blogging, or watching videos.
Google Continues Mad Scientist Act With Labs For Google Apps
News  |  10/29/2008
In keeping with its preference for rapid-fire releases, Google unveiled a set of experimental features to encourage third-party developers to create enhancements for its productivity suite.
Yahoo Introduces Social Developer Platform
News  |  10/28/2008
Over the coming months, Yahoo expects newly developed social applications to make the experience of using Yahoo more like Facebook or MySpace.
Apple's Controversial iPhone Developer Agreement Published
News  |  10/28/2008
The restrictive terms of the old iPhone SDK Agreement effectively prevented iPhone developers from discussing their coding work with anyone other than project team members.
Google's Gmail Gets Gadgets
News  |  10/28/2008
In October alone, Gmail gained emoticons for messages, Gmail for mobile version 2.0, canned responses, contact manager improvements, advanced IMAP controls, and Mail Goggles.
Terrorists Could Use Twitter For Mayhem, Army Report Muses
News  |  10/27/2008
An intelligence paper outlines technologies that terrorist organizations could use to inflict harm, including cell phone GPS data, voice-changing technology, and Twitter updates.
Google Earth Lands On Apple's iPhone
News  |  10/27/2008
Similar to Google Earth for desktop computers, the free software's animated world rotates and zooms in on a map of one's location.
Yahoo Plans Y!OS Developer Release Next Week
News  |  10/24/2008
In the coming months, the open software platform is expected to reach Yahoo's home page and Yahoo Mail, enabling functions and applications that utilize social profile data.
Time Warner Cable's Road Runner Rolls Out TransMedia's Glide
News  |  10/24/2008
Similar to Google Apps, Glide is a media-sharing, communications, productivity, and file-storage service that runs on compatible Web browsers using Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows.
Chinese Hackers Angered By Microsoft's Epic Fail
News  |  10/23/2008
The outcry over the so-called "black screen of death" may also be helping lesser hackers who are feeding on users furiously searching the Internet for a solution, analysts said.
Apple Patent Applications Support Snow Leopard's Promise Of Speed
News  |  10/23/2008
The Mac maker looks to be working on improved techniques for executing computer code on multiple multicore CPUs and GPUs.
Google's Gmail Adds 'Canned Responses'
News  |  10/22/2008
Along with "Suggested Contacts," the search engine's auto-reply feature was driven by user requests.
Google Promotes T-Mobile G1 On Homepage Because It's 'A Google Product'
News  |  10/22/2008
The search giant says the link is a temporary promotion of interest to its users, rather than a commercialization of its iconic white design.
Google Analytics Adds Enterprise Features
News  |  10/22/2008
Among the upgrades is an integration of Google Analytics with AdSense, Google's advertising network for Web publishers.
Newly Discovered State Of Matter Could Extend Moore's Law
News  |  10/21/2008
Researchers believe the strange state of matter could help improve transistors as they approach the physical density limit imposed by the laws of physics.
Yahoo Profit Falls As 10% Layoffs Loom
News  |  10/21/2008
Earlier this year, Yahoo rejected an acquisition offer from Microsoft priced at $33 per share. Its stock closed Tuesday at just over $12 per share.
Android Arrives
Commentary  |  10/21/2008
In a phone interview, a sleep-deprived Dave Bort, the Google engineer spearheading the Android Open Source Project, said that Android would benefit industry players and phone users by providing an open smartphone standard and by relieving developers of having to reinvent the wheel.
Google Releases Complete Android Open Source Project
News  |  10/21/2008
Android is viewed as a way to escape the strictures of more tightly controlled mobile platforms like Apple's iPhone, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and BlackBerry.
iGoogle Uproar Shows Google Needs A Warmer Touch
Commentary  |  10/20/2008
Google's heavy reliance on automation may be a license to print money in the search advertising business, but as Google transforms itself from doorway to destination, it may have to develop a more personal touch.
Internet, Cell Phones Keep Families Together, Pew Finds
News  |  10/20/2008
Married couples with kids are the most likely to embrace communications-oriented technologies and gadgets because they have the most relationships to coordinate.
Fear Fridays
Commentary  |  10/17/2008
It may be time to store "Thank God It's Friday," or "TGIF," for the winter. With the economy on life support, Friday could become the preferred day for layoffs.
Google Gmail Outage Brings Out Cloud Computing Naysayers
News  |  10/17/2008
Because the outage appears to have lasted more than 24 hours for some, affected paying Gmail customers appear to be owed service credits, as per the terms of the Gmail SLA.
iGoogle Users iRate About Portal's Changes
News  |  10/17/2008
Almost all of the 80 comments posted on InformationWeek since its revision express unhappiness about the search engine's new personalized home page.
FBI Undercover Operation Busts 'Carding' Ring
News  |  10/17/2008
The agency said its operation against an online forum called Dark Market resulted in 56 arrests around the world and saved some $70 million in potential losses.
Google Launches Display Ad Design Tool
News  |  10/16/2008
Yahoo has traditionally been stronger in display advertising, which includes banner ads, video ads, and rich media ads.
Google Shares Rise On Strong 3Q Performance
News  |  10/16/2008
Co-founder Sergey Brin said Google should benefit from the tough times as the company now indexes as much information every four hours as is contained in the Library of Congress.
Yahoo Stock Bolstered By Microsoft CEO's Comments
News  |  10/16/2008
Microsoft disavows interest in its previous financial offers but comments about "continuing opportunities" by Steve Ballmer suggest otherwise.
Google's iGoogle Goes From Portal To Platform
News  |  10/16/2008
The Web site represents Google's attempt to improve search through personalization and to encourage users to spend more time on Google sites.
Apple Sued For Monopolizing MP3 Music Player Market
News  |  10/15/2008
Luxpro alleges that Apple has used illegal tactics, such pressuring Luxpro's retail partners to stop selling Luxpro music players like the Super Tangent.
Cloud Summit: SAP Sees Bright Future In Cloud Computing
News  |  10/15/2008
Cloud computing is coming more quickly to smaller organizations, largely because it is financially compelling, a panel of industry CTOs and insiders agreed.
Is Google Making Us Smarter?
News  |  10/15/2008
UCLA researchers report that searching the Internet may help improve brain function.
Cloud Summit: Trend Micro Warns About Security Hazards
News  |  10/14/2008
The company's Smart Protection Network represents an attempt to counter the vast computational capacity of cybercriminals and their botnets.
Cloud Summit: Cloud Computing Is Real
News  |  10/14/2008
HP is betting big on cloud computing as its $12 billion purchase of EDS shows that the company is serious about infrastructure as a service.
Cloud Computing: Like The iPod For Infrastructure
Commentary  |  10/14/2008
It's perhaps a foregone conclusion that the speakers at the Cloud Summit Executive conference, being held Tuesday at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., would insist that cloud computing isn't just marketing hype.
Google Gmail, Other Apps, Vulnerable To Attack
News  |  10/10/2008
Security researchers alert the company to a bug that could let hackers use Google Maps to infiltrate Google, Google Mail, or Google Apps accounts.
Google SketchUp Gets 3D Printing Plug-In
News  |  10/10/2008
The software may make 3-D printing more appealing to a wider audience, just as the declining price of laser printers in the '80s and '90s launched the desktop publishing revolution.
Non-Market Meltdown Layoffs Hit Silicon Valley
News  |  10/9/2008
California State employment officials last month said that 1,417,000 people were unemployed in the state in August, up by 61,000 from July and by 413,000 from August 2007.
Entellium CEO, CFO Charged With Fraud
News  |  10/9/2008
A U.S. District Court complaint alleges that the pair lied about the financial state of their company to attract more than $50 million in investment between March 2004 and September 2008.
Researchers Teach Computers To Recognize Objects In Images
News  |  10/9/2008
Some 60,000 photos were manually tagged with keywords by Penn State computer scientists to associate keywords with the pixel patterns that depict the objects in images.
Google Begins Testing AdSense For Games
News  |  10/8/2008
To be eligible, publishers must generate a minimum of 500,000 game plays per day and receive at least 80% of their traffic from the U.S. or the U.K.
Google's YouTube: Finally, A Way To Make Money
News  |  10/8/2008
The online video site has added e-commerce links to YouTube partner videos so viewers can purchase related products.
Tomorrow's Content Ecosystem
Commentary  |  10/8/2008
The refrain I heard over and over again at Conteninople's Contentonmics conference this week in Los Angeles was that the online ad market hadn't matured enough to support Internet content distribution, at least in the form envisioned by large media companies.
Contentonomics: Put Your Video On A Longer Leash
News  |  10/7/2008
Media companies should invest in describing their content with metadata, to make it discoverable and make it as easy as possible for consumers to engage with, experts suggest.
Contentonomics: HD Video Will Take Off When Its Business Model Works
News  |  10/6/2008
With fast Internet connectivity, broadcasters have been reluctant to put video, particularly HD video, online, a panel of industry digital broadcasters suggests.
Contentonomics: Build A Better Business Back End
News  |  10/6/2008
Media companies facing threats to their business models from Internet companies might want to stand up and defend themselves by investing in better technology, says an Oracle exec.
Contentonomics: The Rules Of Media Engagement Have Changed
News  |  10/6/2008
Video and media companies are eager not to repeat the past mistakes of Napster, while also keeping content creators happy, according to Contentinople's publisher.
Google-Yahoo Deal Needs Oversight, Senator Says
News  |  10/3/2008
The companies announced in June their nonexclusive advertising deal, which would allow Google to run ads alongside Yahoo search results.
Apple iPhone Vulnerabilities Disclosed
News  |  10/2/2008
The first is a URL display flaw in the iPhone's Mail that could allow an attacker to send a message containing a malicious URL that looks legitimate, says one security researcher.
Spyware-Driven Ad Fraud Increasingly Widespread
News  |  10/1/2008
A new survey names names and looks at the impact of spyware-driven advertising fraud on VistaPrint, a company that provides online graphics services to consumers and businesses.
Metrolink Engineer Was Texting 22 Seconds Before Crash
News  |  10/1/2008
While the precise timing of the events is still under investigation, the NTSB said "preliminary information is being released regarding the approximate cell phone activity."
Microsoft Launches SearchPerks Rewards Program
News  |  10/1/2008
The company will award tickets, redeemable for prizes, to frequent Live Search users.


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