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Microsoft Warns Of Security Vulnerability Arising From Apple's Safari
News  |  5/30/2008
Unless the default Safari download location is changed, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user into visiting a maliciously crafted Web site, Microsoft said.
Measuring Web Site Performance From The Edge
News  |  5/30/2008
Gomez CTO Imad Mouline says Web 2.0 applications are pushing even simple retailers to provide the same level of richness as major Web players to maintain their brand presence.
Google Seeks Dismissal Of Street View Lawsuit
News  |  5/30/2008
Google insists it has the right to drive upon a private road, turn around in a private driveway, and take pictures of private property.
Mozilla Aims For Firefox 3.0 Download Record
News  |  5/29/2008
Given that there's no established Guinness World Record for software downloads, Mozilla is destined for the record book no matter what happens.
Google's Marissa Mayer Sides With Simplicity
News  |  5/29/2008
A typical Google search touches some 700 to 1,000 machines in Google's data centers and can return a list of 5 million results in 0.16 seconds.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Sony Gets Wiki With It
News  |  5/29/2008
Ahead of his talk at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Sony's Ned Lerner explains the advantages of having his teams use wikis and other open source enterprise collaboration applications to get the job done.
Google Earth Now Viewable Inside Web Browsers
News  |  5/28/2008
Google says it wants to open up the core of Google Earth to developers so they can create the next great 3-D geo application.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.3 Fixes Flaws, Adds Google Sync
News  |  5/28/2008
The patch includes a fix for the most serious of three iCal vulnerabilities disclosed by Core Security Technologies earlier this month.
Google I/O Overrun By Developers
Commentary  |  5/28/2008
More than 2,900 developers descended on the Moscone Center West convention center in San Francisco on Wednesday and Google wasn't ready for them.
Google's Developer Strategy Rests On The Cloud
News  |  5/28/2008
Its new era of software development includes Google Gears, Android, Google App Engine, Google Web Toolkit, and OpenSocial API, the company revealed at its I/O conference.
Facebook Says It Will 'Open-Source' Its Platform
News  |  5/27/2008
Facebook's decision to open its platform comes less than two weeks after the social network began denying Google's Friend Connect.
Google Claims Viacom's Lawsuit Threatens The Net
News  |  5/27/2008
The Web portal says its YouTube division exceeds the minimum requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
In Slap At Microsoft, Google Has 'No Plan To Pay Our Users'
News  |  5/22/2008
A Google executive told an investor conference that there are many revenue opportunities for the company, particularly through refinements in search relevance, user experience, and ad quality.
Yahoo Survey Respondents Want You To Keep Quiet
Commentary  |  5/21/2008
Almost three in four consumers (74%) would like to see mobile phone usage on airplanes restricted to features that don't involve talking, according to a survey released on Wednesday by Yahoo.
Microsoft Spends To Undermine Google's Pay-Per-Click Gold Mine
Commentary  |  5/21/2008
Google executives reportedly met in the U.K. this week to discuss how to respond if Microsoft decided to revive its bid for Yahoo. Had they known that Microsoft on Wednesday would start offering cash rebates to searchers who buy products found using Microsoft's
Apple's Mighty Mouse Challenged In Court
News  |  5/21/2008
Maryland-based Man & Machine says the name of Apple's peripheral infringes on the name of its own waterproof optical mouse.
Yahoo Claims Record With Petabyte Database
News  |  5/20/2008
Yahoo claims it has the largest SQL database in a production environment and that it will grow larger.
Apple iTunes Customers Targeted By Phishers
News  |  5/20/2008
Anyone paying any attention at all should be able to detect the difference between "kurvemageren.com" and "apple.com," security experts report.
Senator Lieberman Wants Terrorist Videos Removed From YouTube
News  |  5/19/2008
Islamic terrorist organizations use YouTube to distribute propaganda, attract followers, and provide weapons training, the senator said in a letter.
Google Opens AdSense To Third-Party Ads
News  |  5/19/2008
For Google and its AdSense publishers, this means a larger advertising inventory and the potential to earn more money through the placement of those ads.
Wetpaint Injected Promises Social Publishing For All
News  |  5/19/2008
The company's wiki hosting business decouples its technology so that Web publishers can add wikis -- rebranded "social publishing" -- to their own sites.
Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1 Now Available
News  |  5/17/2008
Barring any serious bugs, RC1 will become the official release version of Firefox 3, set for release in June.
Apple Sues Maker Of iPod Accessories
News  |  5/16/2008
Apple accuses Atico International USA of patent infringement, trademark infringement, and unfair competition by selling unauthorized iPod accessories.
Facebook Disconnects Google Friend Connect
News  |  5/15/2008
Facebook says it denied Google Friend Connect access to Facebook user data for failing to respect its privacy requirements.
Crazy Rasberry Ants Menace Electronics In Houston
News  |  5/15/2008
Local exterminators say the insects get into electrical outlets and boxes and are known to short out computer systems.
RIAA Setback: Making Music Available May Not Be Copyright Infringement
News  |  5/15/2008
A district judge may order a new trial in a music file-sharing suit that won record companies $222,000 for copyright infringement.
Comcast Goes Social With Plaxo Acquisition
News  |  5/15/2008
The social network has been developing a universal address book for Comcast's SmartZone communications center, which should launch later this year.
Now That Google Has Won...
Commentary  |  5/14/2008
The collapse of Microsoft's bid to acquire Yahoo has prompted Google watchers to ponder whether Google's dominance of search advertising poses any dangers for the Internet.
MySpace Wins $225 Million Spam Judgment
News  |  5/14/2008
Despite winning in court, it remains to be seen whether MySpace will be able to collect its judgment.
Craigslist Countersues eBay For Deception And Phishing
News  |  5/13/2008
CEO Jim Buckmaster claims eBay placed on Google ads that purported to direct users to Craigslist but instead sent them to Kijiji, a competitor owned by eBay.
Microsoft Refutes Windows Vista Vulnerability Report
News  |  5/13/2008
Microsoft's latest Security Intelligence Report debunks PC Tools' claims that the Windows Vista operating system is more susceptible to malware than Windows 2000.
Powerset Previews Semantic Search Engine
News  |  5/12/2008
Powerset aims to prove that its natural language-based search makes it easier to find things on Wikipedia and Freebase, an open community database.
Google's Friend Connect To Spread Social Data
News  |  5/12/2008
The software is part of an emerging set of technologies like OpenID, OAuth, OpenSocial, and the data access APIs published by Facebook, Google, and MySpace.
U.S. v. 3,000 Microsoft Flash Drives
News  |  5/9/2008
The devices with fake Microsoft Windows logos are just the latest in a series of goods seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.
Microsoft Plans Four Security Fixes For Upcoming Patch Tuesday
News  |  5/9/2008
The critical flaws affect Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Windows respectively.
Windows Vista More Vulnerable To Malware Than Windows 2000
News  |  5/8/2008
Vista let 639 threats per thousand computers through, compared with 586 for Windows 2000, 478 for Windows 2003, and 1,021 for Windows XP, security vendor PC Tools said.
DARPA Plans Cyberwar 'Matrix'
News  |  5/8/2008
The agency's National Cyber Range for cyberwar simulation would be similar to Star Trek's holodeck or a Snow Crash-style Metaverse.
Is Google Facing A Brain Drain?
Commentary  |  5/8/2008
Google may be denying that there's a brain drain going on, as the BBC reports, but that doesn't mean it's not happening.
Facebook Commits To Stronger Safety And Privacy Measures
News  |  5/8/2008
Facebook is working with state officials to protect young users of its social networking service.
Google Among Sites Under Investigation In China For Illegal Mapping
News  |  5/8/2008
The Chinese government's concern may have been heightened by an image of a new naval base that appeared in magazines and online back in April.
Internet Explorer Zero-Day Treasure Hunt
Commentary  |  5/7/2008
Somewhere on Israeli security researcher Aviv Raff's Web site is proof-of-concept code for a zero-day exploit that affects Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.
Hackers Join Social Network Craze With 'House Of Hackers'
News  |  5/7/2008
GnuCitizen's site promotes exchanging ideas through elite circles and tiger/red teams, but frowns on all criminal activities.
Google's Hedge Against Verizon
Commentary  |  5/7/2008
With its $500 million investment in the $12 billion Sprint-Clearwire partnership, Google buys itself a hedge against the possibility that the open access rules it fought to link to the C Block of the 700-MHz spectrum might be flouted.
World Of Warcraft's Legal War To Defend Copyrights Heats Up
News  |  5/6/2008
Advocacy group Public Knowledge claims Blizzard's use of copyright infringement laws to crack down on MDY's Glide automation software is outrageous.
Another Google Executive Joins Facebook
News  |  5/6/2008
Eliot Schrage joins several other former Googlers at Facebook, including Sheryl Sandberg, who left her job as Google's VP of global online sales and operations.
Xobni Makes Outlook Searchable And Social
News  |  5/5/2008
Xobni makes Outlook social by scanning your e-mail to find connections between e-mail senders and recipients.
Pummeled In The Stock Market, Yahoo's Yang Looks Ahead
News  |  5/5/2008
Yahoo co-founders Jerry Yang and David Filo wanted $37 per share because they believed that Microsoft's offer undervalued their company.
Amazon's CreateSpace Puts Out-Of-Print Music Back On The Market
News  |  5/5/2008
The online retailer works with Sony BMG and EMI Music to make hundreds of out-of-print albums available.
Apple Corrects iTunes Store Math
News  |  5/5/2008
The inventory inflation appeared in a note that Apple sent to iTunes customers last week announcing that iTunes was 5 years old.
Microsoft Simplifies Game Development With Popfly Game Creator
News  |  5/2/2008
The mashup can be used to create any kind of two-dimensional game like the original Super Mario, Frogger, or Asteroids.
Google Lets AdWords Users Buy TV Ads
News  |  5/1/2008
Google says to expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $1,000 to create a TV ad, which seems rather inexpensive given that a national 30-second spot may cost millions to produce.
Apple iTunes To Sell Films On Day Of DVD Release
News  |  5/1/2008
Hollywood has previously been wary of doing anything that might cannibalize DVD revenue.


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