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Content by Thomas Claburn
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posted in January 2009

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Footprints Of Google's GDrive Spotted
News  |  1/30/2009
A reference to Google's long-rumored online storage service was spotted in a JavaScript localization file associated with Google Pack, Google's free software bundle.
Apple Applies For Storyboard Software Patent
News  |  1/29/2009
Approval for its "Script-Integrated Storyboards" submission could mean better integration with its media applications like Final Cut Pro, Pages, iMovie, and Keynote.
Google Aims To Expose Network Meddling
News  |  1/28/2009
Vint Cerf puts out the word that Google's Measurement Lab will make it more difficult for telecoms to degrade or block apps such as BitTorrent or Skype.
Google Claims Data Center Energy Savings
News  |  1/28/2009
Google said its quarterly energy-weighted average Power Usage Effectiveness fell to 1.16 from 1.22 in the third quarter.
Google Gmail Available Offline, Calendar Coming Soon
News  |  1/27/2009
After clicking on the "Offline" link, most or all of the user's Gmail messages, depending on the size of the mailbox, will be synchronized to a local cache.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 Improves Security
News  |  1/27/2009
Updates include architectural changes that mirror features found in Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari, and Mozilla's Firefox.
Google Finds Spam Volume Bouncing Back
News  |  1/26/2009
One theory is that spam will continue to be a vector for virus infections and blended-threat attacks, which direct message recipients to infected Web sites.
Video Games Worsen Relationships
News  |  1/23/2009
For example, the study found that involvement with risky behaviors like drinking and drug abuse rose with video-game playing time.
The Pope Comes To YouTube
News  |  1/23/2009
The Vatican's YouTube channel offers videos of the pope's speeches, news, and other religious information.
Mac OS X Trojan Found In Pirated iWork 09
News  |  1/22/2009
Intego identified the Trojan file name as "iWorkServices" and said it gets installed when the user installs an infected copy of the iWork 09 suite.
Google Search, Ads Create $5.70 Billion In Revenue
News  |  1/22/2009
CEO Eric Schmidt hinted that future search innovation would include semantic technology, which has been hyped for several years now but has yet to really arrive.
Google Reports Inauguration Day Searches
News  |  1/21/2009
The importance of the Internet as an information source is underscored by the growth in inauguration-related Google searches from 2001 to 2008.
Wikileaks Owes Steve Jobs An Apology
Commentary  |  1/20/2009
I have a great deal of respect for the journalistic principles that Wikileaks espouses, but the site has done itself and journalism a disservice: It has published images that purport to show part of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' medical file, one of which is acknowledged to be fake and the other of which is deemed suspect.
Nearly 9 Million PCs Hit By 'Downandup' Worm
News  |  1/16/2009
The network worm is a bunch of malware variants that target older Windows machines and changes itself, or is changed by its authors, to prevent signature-based detection.
Tech Exec Charged With Illegal Export To China
News  |  1/16/2009
The suspect allegedly shipped at least 200 integrated circuits, which also could be used for military applications, the Justice Department said.
YouTube Comes To TVs Through Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii
News  |  1/16/2009
One way YouTube is making itself more TV-friendly is by including an auto-play option that lets viewers watch related videos in sequence, without the interaction required on a computer.
Google Gets Personal And Social
Commentary  |  1/15/2009
Little drops of personalization continue to fall upon Google properties. The drizzle is enough to suggest that the word "social" belongs somewhere in the company's description of its focus: "search, ads, and apps."
Mozilla Updates Firefox Tool Ubiquity
News  |  1/15/2009
Version 1.5 includes command memory and command matching that functions similarly to the Firefox 3 "Awesome Bar."
Google Terminates Six Services
News  |  1/15/2009
The company's ax is falling on Dodgeball, Google Catalog Search, Google Mashup Editor, Google Notebook, Jaiku, and Google Video.
Google Cuts 100 Recruiting Jobs
News  |  1/14/2009
Google is still hiring ... but at a reduced rate, and as a consequence, it needs fewer people to hire people.
Google Search Share Slips
News  |  1/14/2009
Overall, 2008 was a decidedly good year for Google, which handled 4.2 billion searches last January and 5.4 billion during December.
Yahoo's Right Media Accused Of Offering Deceptive Ads
News  |  1/14/2009
Harvard assistant professor and spyware researcher Benjamin Edelman's accusations may not come as a surprise to those in the online ad industry.
Metaplace Readies Virtual World Platform
News  |  1/14/2009
InformationWeek's beta tester says that the Metaplace platform will likely achieve its goal of making anyone into a virtual world designer.
Google Woos Allies With Apps Reseller Program
News  |  1/13/2009
Google is offering support, training, and tools for sales, marketing, reporting, and customer integration, while allowing resellers to manage billing and the customer relationship.
Google, Now With 58% More Ads
News  |  1/12/2009
Search advertising data for December from one metrics firm suggests the fourth quarter will prove to be the strongest quarter on record for Google and Microsoft Live Search.
SAP Seeks Confidential Oracle Data
News  |  1/12/2009
Observers say Oracle is unlikely to give in to SAP's demands, reducing the possibility of a pretrial settlement in the long-running dispute.
Google Efficiency Claim Not Everyone's Cup Of Tea
News  |  1/12/2009
The company debates a report that performing two Google searches uses as much energy as boiling the kettle for a cup of tea.
Surf Google Earth With Wii Balance Board
News  |  1/8/2009
The controller transmits your movements to the Earth Surfer application using Bluetooth and allows you to maneuver a "virtual milktruck" by shifting your balance.
Google Earth Used To Track Bird Flu Evolution
News  |  1/8/2009
The software allowed University of Colorado researchers to map individual gene mutations in H5N1 as the virus spreads around the globe.
Google Prunes Temporary Workers
News  |  1/8/2009
According to a December SEC filing, the company has been cutting staff.
Google Street View Helps Find Missing Child
Commentary  |  1/7/2009
Google Maps Street View, a service that has been criticized as an invasion of privacy, has been used to help find a missing child.
Model's Lawsuit Against Google Prompts Malware Bloom
News  |  1/7/2009
The Liskula Cohen defamation case has translated into a marketing opportunity that is now preying on social networking manipulation.
Google Ranked Third Worst Spam Provider
News  |  1/6/2009
The problem Google, along with every other online service provider, faces is that online services that can be abused will be abused.
Apple Security: Time To Stop Feeling Superior?
News  |  1/5/2009
There have been far more Apple-related security problems in the past two years than in previous years, requiring Mac users to be more vigilant than ever to ensure that their computers are safe.
Google Releases Picasa For Mac
News  |  1/5/2009
Until now, Mac users interested in Picasa have had to be content with using Picasa Web Albums, Google's more limited online photo organization and display service.
China Crackdown Puts Google, Baidu, Others On Notice
News  |  1/5/2009
Critics speculate that the country's efforts to scrub pornography and vulgarity off its citizens' computers may end up being used to squash political dialogue.
Military Hoping Chat Bots Will Replace Deployed Parents
News  |  1/2/2009
While Skype or similar teleconferencing technologies might seem like a more cost-effective and immediately available solution, the Defense Department rejects that possibility.
The Trouble With Netbooks
Commentary  |  1/2/2009
Rumor has it that Google would like to see its Android operating system powering more than mere mobile phones.
Microsoft Windows, IE Usage Declined In 2008
News  |  1/2/2009
Mozilla's Firefox market share rises from 14.95% to 21.34%, a 6.39 percentage point increase, according to a recent market survey.

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