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posted in April 2008

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Xerox Shows Off Future Tech And Tries To Better Define Itself
News  |  4/30/2008
Despite failed attempts to cash in, the company and its PARC subsidiary have several pillars of growth in mind to compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com.
Google Refines Its Image Search Technology
Commentary  |  4/30/2008
Having won the text search war, Google may soon take the lead in image searching. In a paper published last week, Google researchers describe how they were able to use image recognition technology to reduce the number of irrelevant images returned through a Google Image search by 83%.
Apple's Success Brings More Patent Lawsuits
News  |  4/28/2008
During the first four months of 2008, Apple was named as a defendant in eight patent infringement lawsuits, up from five during the same period in 2007.
Apple Updates iMacs Amid Booming Sales
News  |  4/28/2008
In addition to faster processors, the new iMacs are rated EPEAT Silver and meet the Energy Star 4.0 requirements for power consumption.
Fake Steve Jobs Rocked The House At Web 2.0
Commentary  |  4/25/2008
The most trenchant observation at the Web 2.0 Expo came from Dan Lyons, the Forbes editor better known as Fake Steve Jobs. "Facebook is like Webkinz for adults," quipped Lyons in his keynote address. "It's the biggest waste of time ever invented."
Web 2.0: Whatever Google Knows About Spam, It Isn't Saying
News  |  4/25/2008
Trust and reputation systems are a great way to reduce spam, but Google avoids talk of an ongoing flood of malware-infected porn on Google Groups pages.
Google Names Morgan Stanley Director As CIO
News  |  4/24/2008
Benjamin Fried replaces Douglas Merrill, who left Google earlier this month to run EMI's digital music business.
Web 2.0: Yahoo Rewires With Open Strategy
News  |  4/24/2008
With its Yahoo Open Strategy, the company follows in the footsteps of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft by opening up its software to developers.
Web 2.0: It's No Fad
News  |  4/24/2008
Marc Andreessen, Tim O'Reilly, and other leaders muse on the future of the Web browser, social networking, widgets, and the Web 2.0 movement itself.
Web 2.0: Microsoft's Live Mesh To Reinvent The Platform
News  |  4/23/2008
What remains to be seen is whether Windows users will occupy positions of privilege on Microsoft's evolving platform.
Google Re-Wows Investors With Ad Quality
Commentary  |  4/23/2008
Google last Thursday erased doubts raised by Internet metrics firm ComScore about its paid click growth. It reported that paid clicks on its sites and partners' sites grew about 20% globally from the first quarter of 2007 and about 4% from the fourth quarter of 2007.
Google Sued Over Ambiguity Of Blank AdWords Input Box
News  |  4/22/2008
The suit claims Google doesn't inform advertisers that if they leave the content bid CPC input blank, Google will use the advertiser's CPC bid for clicks occurring on the content network.
Domain Name Sales Boom During Real Estate Bust
News  |  4/18/2008
The $10 million sale of Fund.com during the first quarter of the year helped spark $38,029,543 in domain sales ... and high interest in generic domain names.
CNN Faces Cyberattack Over Tibet Coverage
News  |  4/18/2008
Security experts and researchers are mixed on whether the attacks, reportedly scheduled around 8 p.m. on April 19, Beijing time, will happen.
Google Revenue Beats Expectation, Shares Surge
News  |  4/17/2008
As the company begins to integrate DoubleClick, CEO Eric Schmidt said that Google's search, ads, and apps strategy has had a transformative effect on its business.
Apple Patent May Be Prelude To iGlasses
News  |  4/17/2008
Among Apple's current products, the iPod, with its small video screen, would benefit the most from a head-mounted display.
Apple Patches Safari Vulnerabilities
News  |  4/17/2008
The fixes include patching a zero-day vulnerability in Apple's Web browser that allowed researchers to compromise a MacBook Air.
Web 2.0 Expo Preview: Businesses Waking Up To Web-Enabled Apps
News  |  4/17/2008
Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco 2008, running April 22 through April 25, kicks off as Yahoo, Microsoft, and dozens of startups jockey for position in this hotly contested arena.
Google Earth Resurfaced
News  |  4/16/2008
The 4.3 beta has improved photo-realistic renderings and includes a new sunlight button to observe how light changes over time and at different times of day.
Google's Answer To MicroHoo: Salesfoogle
Commentary  |  4/16/2008
The debut of Salesforce for Google Apps on Monday wasn't particularly surprising, given that the two companies announced a partnership last June. But the tightening embrace between the two shows that Google isn't going to leave Microsoft's competitive moves unanswered.
Six Apart Gives Facebook Users Free Blogging Tool
News  |  4/15/2008
The feature lets Facebook users create blog posts and post them through any one of 10 blogging services, including Blogger, Movable Type, TypePad, Twitter, Vox, and WordPress.
Google's KML Format Approved As Open Standard
News  |  4/14/2008
The file format used in Google Earth and Google Maps is already being used by Microsoft.
Google Comes Knocking In Search Of Hidden Data
News  |  4/14/2008
By crawling using HTML forms (and abiding by robots.txt), Google claims it leads search engine users to documents that otherwise would not be easily found -- but privacy concerns remain.
Flaming Batteries Could Be Extinguished Forever
News  |  4/11/2008
Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute have found a way to create energy-dense lithium-ion batteries without the use of flammable organic electrolytes.
Google Opens Its Infrastructure
Commentary  |  4/8/2008
Google this week began a limited beta test of its new Google App Engine, a platform for developing and running Web applications. Its arrival into the infrastructure-as-a-service space will surely not go unnoticed by Amazon.com, which appears to be building a significant business selling computing power by the drink through Amazon Web services.
End To End Trust Needs More Firepower
Commentary  |  4/8/2008
As I sit here at the RSA Conference in San Francisco watching Microsoft's Craig Mundie talk about his company's new End to End Trust initiative in a fireside chat-style discussion, I'm struck by how poorly the homey, conversational interview format suits such a significant call to action. Microsoft is basically saying computing and the Internet need to be reinvented because there's no w
Google Launches Google App Engine Beta
News  |  4/8/2008
The beta test -- with limited storage, bandwidth, and e-mail capabilities -- is open to the first 10,000 developers to sign up.
Yahoo Says AMP Ad Platform Is Coming Soon
News  |  4/7/2008
The ad system upgrade aims to provide marketers with a unified interface to buy search, display, local, mobile, and video ads across Yahoo's properties and partners.
Adobe Revises Photoshop Express Terms of Service
News  |  4/4/2008
Photographers complained that Adobe seemed to be claiming the right to do as it pleased with a user's images, irrespective of the owner's wishes.
Google To Sell Off DoubleClick's Performics Business
News  |  4/3/2008
No buyer named yet, but the decision has been well received by the search engine marketing community, which happens to include some of Google's biggest customers.
New Zealander 'AKILL' Pleads Guilty To Botnet Charges
News  |  4/3/2008
The economic damage of an 18-year-old and his group's crimes is estimated to be about $20 million.
Adware And Mobile Phone Malware On The Rise
News  |  4/2/2008
Even though most malware targets the Symbian platform, Apple's SDK is expected to result in more sophisticated iPhone attacks and infections, researchers said.
Google's CIO Departs For EMI Music
News  |  4/2/2008
Douglas Merrill's exit is fueling online discussion among Google watchers about the Google brain drain that has been the buzz of the blogosphere for the past year or so.
Amazon Intros Purchasing Via Text Message With 'TextBuyIt'
News  |  4/2/2008
Send a text message to Amazon, reply to the response, confirm your order, and your item will be on its way, the company says.
Google's CIO Will Be Hard To Replace
Commentary  |  4/2/2008
Google employs plenty of impressive people. But Douglas Merrill, Google's CIO, is the only Googler I've met that I've mentioned to my kids as an example of accomplishment in the face of adversity. Merrill is leaving Google to join EMI.
Researchers Compress Music Files 1000 Times Smaller Than MP3s
News  |  4/1/2008
Scientists with the University of Rochester demonstrated their methods by encoding a 20-second clarinet solo in less than a single kilobyte.
Hannaford Data Breach Blamed On Malware
News  |  4/1/2008
The grocer said the data breach involved malicious software that was found on computer servers at about 300 of the company's stores.


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