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posted in June 2009

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Google Fixes App Sync Plug-In
News  |  6/30/2009
Google App Sync for Microsoft Outlook has been fixed so that it no longer interferes with Windows Desktop Search.
Firefox 3.5 Released
News  |  6/30/2009
Mozilla's Firefox 3.5, long delayed, has been officially released and now faces an increasingly competitive browser market.
Google Fights Information Poverty In Africa
News  |  6/29/2009
Google is rolling out new mobile phone services in Uganda, where mobile phones represent the dominant computing device.
So Long, And Thanks, Google Earth, For All The Fish
Commentary  |  6/29/2009
In the latest installment of what appears to an ongoing series in the technology press, criminals are using technology to commit crimes.
China Limits Use Of Virtual Currency
News  |  6/29/2009
Trading virtual currency for real goods has been banned in China, putting hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity at risk.
China Should Hire Apple To Police Porn
Commentary  |  6/26/2009
The Chinese government has been having a rough month. The authorities there have been dialing back already limited Internet freedoms to discourage disruptive remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. In early June, authorities let slip that starting in July PCs shipped in China would have to include Web filtering software called Green Dam.
Google Warns Of Social Profile Spam
News  |  6/26/2009
Social profile spam is on the rise and Google wants Web site operators to do something about it.
Graduate Science Enrollment Rises, Bringing More Diversity
News  |  6/25/2009
More students than ever are pursuing graduate education in science and engineering and those doing so represent a greater proportion of non-white ethnic groups and of women.
Google Voice Calls Out To New Users
News  |  6/25/2009
Google has started sending out invitations to use Google Voice, the company's online voice mail and communication management service.
YouTube Mobile Videos Surge With iPhone 3GS Release
News  |  6/25/2009
Apple's new iPhone 3GS has boosted mobile video uploads on YouTube by 400% per day since it launched.
Google Briefly Blocked As China Expands Porn Crackdown
News  |  6/25/2009
Google.com and Gmail were offline in China on Wednesday as Chinese authorities try to exercise more control over Internet content.
Apple Sued For iTunes Gift Card Fraud
News  |  6/24/2009
Illinois plaintiffs seek a refund for songs purchased for $1.29 while using Apple's $.99 iTunes gift cards.
Google Pitches Faster Web
News  |  6/24/2009
The search giant has launched a developer Web site that offers advice on optimizing CSS, gzip compression, and HTTP caching so that Web pages load faster.
Google Opens AdSense For Mobile Applications
News  |  6/24/2009
Developers may now integrate Google AdSense network ads into their mobile applications and allow advertisers to bid for placement.
Google China Blocks Porn Accuser's Name
News  |  6/24/2009
The Chinese government's condemnation of Google as a purveyor of porn continues.
Google Endorses Health Data Rights
Commentary  |  6/23/2009
Google on Tuesday endorsed the Declaration of Health Data Rights, a set of principles designed to promote consumer empowerment, privacy protection, and data portability.
Alice.com Takes Shopping For Household Goods Online
News  |  6/23/2009
Consumer packaged goods companies have been watching as retailers use the Internet to develop stronger relationships with consumers.
Google Does Good
Commentary  |  6/22/2009
If the U.S. government intends to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google, it had better act fast. Given the pace and profile of Google's philanthropic activities, the Justice Department may have to amend whatever legal documents have been prepared so far by changing the defendant's name to "Saint Google."
Google Street View Solves Crime
Commentary  |  6/19/2009
In the U.K. in April, a handful of residents of the village of Broughton blocked a car from entering their town. The driver was taking pictures for Google's Street View service and the locals were concerned about their privacy.
Google Book Search Gets Social
News  |  6/19/2009
The service offers more than 1.5 million public domain books at no charge to users of Android mobile phones, Apple's iPhone, and the Internet.
Google Tries Blocking Pornography In China
News  |  6/19/2009
The engineering effort may require disentangling Google.cn from search indexes associated with other Google search sites, like Google.com.
Google's Anti-Malvertising.com Fights Off Bad Ads
News  |  6/18/2009
The site was created because Google has a significant interest in making sure that ad blocking doesn't become a standard security practice.
Adobe Insists Flash Will Survive HTML 5
News  |  6/18/2009
Google insists open Web standards will win the day, but Adobe Flash remains the de facto platform for rich Internet applications.
Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate Out Now
News  |  6/17/2009
Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Opera have also released significant upgrades to their browsers in the past few months.
Economists List File Sharing's Benefits
News  |  6/17/2009
Despite weakened copyright protection, the number of albums, books, and movies -- and overall revenue to the entertainment industry -- has grown since 2000.
Google Apps Outlook Plugin Kills Windows Desktop Search
News  |  6/17/2009
Microsoft cries foul as Google's software links Microsoft's messaging client to the Google cloud, helping committed Outlook fans feel more at home on Google's turf.
Is YouTube Close To Profitability?
News  |  6/16/2009
Google's ownership of dark fiber, cost-efficient data centers, and use of peering agreements may be cutting the video site's losses close to zero, a new report finds.
Microsoft Sues Three For Click Fraud
News  |  6/16/2009
The scheme involved promoting the sale of World of Warcraft currency and collecting auto insurance referral fees.
Opera Browser Becomes File Sharing Platform
News  |  6/16/2009
The Opera Unite software lets users directly host Web sites, music playlists, photos, chat services, and note-exchange systems without need for a Web server.
Apple Fixes Java Security Hole
News  |  6/15/2009
The flaw could have allowed a Java applet to execute malicious code on affected Macs, potentially leading to information theft or a compromised system.
Google Has Bigger Fears Than Bing
Commentary  |  6/15/2009
Google co-founder Sergey Brin, as The New York Post, tells it, is "so rattled by the launch of Microsoft's rival search engine that he has assembled a team of top engineers to work on urgent upgrades to his Web service."
Google Goings-On
Commentary  |  6/12/2009
There's so much going on at Google that it's not always possible to cover it all. What follows are some recent developments that may be of interest but didn't get much attention. And this isn't a complete list. I've omitted the developments in the many foreign countries where Google does business.
Apple iPhone Developers Mostly Don't Make Much Money
News  |  6/12/2009
Developers, enticed by tales of earning $600,000 in a single month, should face the fact that such breakout success stories are the exception rather than the rule, one survey finds.
Google Releases Improved iGoogle For Mobile
News  |  6/12/2009
IGoogle for Mobile is faster and easier to use on Android devices and Apple's iPhone, Google says.
Google Defends Itself Against Antitrust Regulation
News  |  6/10/2009
In the face of growing scrutiny of corporate behavior, Google is hoping to dissuade the Department of Justice from bringing an antitrust case.
Google App Sync Guns For Microsoft Exchange
News  |  6/9/2009
The software allows Outlook users to connect to Google Apps for e-mail, contacts, and calendar data, as well as helping Google nibble away at Microsoft's enterprise contracts.
Microsoft Fixes Record Number Of Vulnerabilities
News  |  6/9/2009
The company's June Patch Day included 10 security bulletins to fix 31 threats in Microsoft products.
Gone Google
Commentary  |  6/9/2009
At the Clift Hotel in San Francisco, Google is busy trying to convince a group of journalists that companies love Google Apps. The setting speaks of success -- the Spanish Suite at the Clift is the sort of complex that would house a Saudi sheik's entourage. The message is that Google means businesses.
Computers: A Rising Health Hazard
News  |  6/9/2009
Common methods of injury include colliding with computer equipment and tripping or falling over PC hardware, study finds.
Apple iPhone Users Cry Foul Over AT&T Upgrade Policy
News  |  6/8/2009
Subscribers with an iPhone 3G who aren't eligible for an upgrade -- those not near the end of their two-year contracts -- can still upgrade to an iPhone 3G S, but must pay $200 more.
China To Require Filtering Software On PCs
News  |  6/8/2009
Starting July 1, PC makers will have to install pornography-blocking app Green Dam Youth Escort on all computers sold in China.
Can Search Understand?
Commentary  |  6/5/2009
At Google's Searchology event last month, VP of engineering Ubi Manber said that the current challenge in search is understanding people. Google doesn't understand yet, but he said the company is off to a good start.
Google Chrome For Mac, Linux Released To Developers
News  |  6/4/2009
However, the company is discouraging average users from downloading the browser-in-progress unless they really know what they're doing.
FTC Shuts Down 'Worst ISP In U.S.'
News  |  6/4/2009
Pricewert LLC is accused of hosting and actively distributing child pornography, malware, and spam.
Google Widens Its Gaze In Street View
News  |  6/4/2009
Google's continuous corridor of 3-D space with building facades and roadway geometry is generated virtually using laser landscape measurements and picture difference comparisons.
Microsoft Bing Questions Google's Universal Search Theory
News  |  6/4/2009
Search engines are trying to improve usability of results as consumers become savvier and more demanding.
Google Wave: First Impressions
News  |  6/3/2009
Wave's potential as open source collaborative plumbing for the Internet could help expand it beyond a simple product and application structure.
Former Google Exec Faces Objections To Deputy CTO Appointment
News  |  6/3/2009
Two consumer groups object to Andrew McLaughlin's potential appointment, saying it would violate President Obama's ethics guidelines.
Google Launches Celebrity iGoogle Showcase
News  |  6/3/2009
Celebrities including Al Gore, Demi Moore, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, and Rachael Ray have been enlisted to show the masses how accomplished people use the iGoogle service.
YouTube XL Expands Web Video For TV Viewing
News  |  6/2/2009
The new interface is designed to replicate the TV viewing experience, where shows are watched one after the other.
Microsoft Bing A Hit, At Least With Live Search Users
News  |  6/2/2009
While Microsoft's "decision engine" claimed 6% of search engine queries only hours after launch, it doesn't seem to be denting Google's overwhelming market share.
Google Connects Search Appliances For Billion Document Indexing
News  |  6/1/2009
With 34 GSAs linked together, Google says version 6 could let a company host a search index that's as big as the entire Google Web index in the year 2000.
Google Search Analysis Dashboard Targets Local Businesses
News  |  6/1/2009
The software package provides business owners with information about how visitors came across their local listings.
Google To Sell E-Books
News  |  6/1/2009
The company wants to find common ground with authors, who have complained about copyright violations through services like Google Book Search.


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