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Content by Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn
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posted in February 2009

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Facebook's New Openness Exploited By Scammers
News  |  2/27/2009
The rogue message leads to a Facebook application link that spams a victim's friend list with the same warning message, and possibly harvests personal information.
Google News Gets Text Ads
News  |  2/27/2009
It's a significant turning point for Google News, which has been ad-free since its beta launch in April 2002.
Gmail Failure Breeds Status Dashboard
News  |  2/26/2009
The software provides data on the status of Google Apps applications, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video.
Hack An iPhone, Win $10,000
News  |  2/26/2009
In TippingPoint's DVLabs contest, hackers also have the option of trying to execute a successful exploit against a Web browser.
Facebook Opens Site Rules To User Voting
News  |  2/26/2009
"The Facebook Principles" and "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities" may signal a shift in social networking best practices.
Google Defuses Street View Privacy With User Photos
News  |  2/26/2009
In so doing, the company manages to deflect and dissipate much of the criticism leveled against it for company-directed image acquisition.
Google Searches Measure Economic Misery
Commentary  |  2/24/2009
Google searches provide insight into the spread of the flu, so it's perhaps no surprise that they also reveal something about our ailing economy.
Google App Engine Now Ready To Take Your Money
News  |  2/24/2009
The launch of a billing system for its Web application hosting platform puts Google in competition with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure Services Platform.
Apple Releases Safari 4 Beta
News  |  2/24/2009
The latest addition to the Web browser wars, according to Apple, is faster and "more innovative" than Internet Explorer, Firefox, and other competing apps.
Gmail Outage Prompts Apology
News  |  2/24/2009
Gmail users with Google Gears installed were able to access their in-boxes during the outage Tuesday morning. Gmail has about 113 million users worldwide.
Microsoft Will Not Seek Overpaid Severance
News  |  2/23/2009
Some of the 1,400 employees laid off by Microsoft last month received a letter asking for the return of money paid by mistake.
Yahoo CEO Bartz Plans Major Reorganization
News  |  2/23/2009
News reports indicate that the new structure will include more centralized oversight and mergers of groups with duplicative functions.
Violent Video Game Law Ruled Unconstitutional
News  |  2/20/2009
The 2005 law prohibited the sale of violent video games to anyone under 18 and imposed a fine of as much as $1,000.
Laser Printer Emissions Study Leaves Health Questions Hanging
News  |  2/20/2009
Researchers say they found hexane, toluene, ethylbenzene, styrene, pentadecane, and other chemicals in ultrafine particles emitted from laser printers.
Google Earth's 'Atlantis' Just A Data Glitch
News  |  2/20/2009
While Google's mapping program is turning up many formerly hidden objects, a lost city under the sea isn't one of them, says a company spokesperson.
Yahoo Search Share Rises As Google Declines
News  |  2/18/2009
Microsoft also saw its U.S. search market share rise, capturing 8.5% of the U.S search market.
Google Wins Street View Privacy Lawsuit
News  |  2/18/2009
A Pennsylvania judge said Google didn't violate the Boring family's privacy rights by taking pictures of their residence from a private road and publishing the images online.
Google Row Boat
Commentary  |  2/17/2009
Oliver (Olly) Hicks set out from Tasmania last month in his rowboat to become the first person to row across the world on his own.
Google's Presidents' Day Address
News  |  2/17/2009
A company exec's rallying of Google employees leads to discussion on future offerings.
Mozilla Labs Introduces Bespin For Collaborative Coding
News  |  2/13/2009
Future iterations of the cloud-centered software will focus on allowing programmers to work on the same code from different locations at the same time.
Apple Claims Jailbreaking Is Killing iPhone Business
News  |  2/13/2009
The EFF's desire to allow the unlocking of cell phones like the iPhone represents an attack on Apple's business model, Apple decries.
Google, Search Companies, Sue To Reveal Hidden IP Foe
News  |  2/13/2009
Yahoo, IAC, AOL, and Lycos also join forces to reveal who is behind a 2-year-old patent lawsuit against them.
YouTube Starts Selling Video Downloads
News  |  2/12/2009
The site is allowing a select group of partners to offer their videos as free downloads or as paid downloads through Google Checkout.
Google Invites You To Its Social Bar
News  |  2/11/2009
Google, which would be happy to supplant Facebook as the dominant social graph, characterizes its social bar as an effort to help Web site owners manage scarce screen real estate.
Yahoo DIY Search Gets A Business Model
News  |  2/11/2009
The company's Build your Own Search Service now taps into SearchMonkey structured data to help create unique Web search products.
Mobile Phone Explosion In China Blamed On Homemade Gun
News  |  2/10/2009
Initial police reports attributed the man's death to severe arterial bleeding following the explosion of his mobile phone in an electronics store.
RIM Issues BlackBerry Security Advisory
News  |  2/10/2009
Vulnerabilities in the BlackBerry Application Web Loader ActiveX control could allow an attacker to execute code remotely or cause Microsoft Internet Explorer to crash.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday Brings Four Fixes For Eight Flaws
News  |  2/10/2009
The updates address vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and Visio.
Google PowerMeter: For A Planet In Peril
News  |  2/10/2009
The prototype software will will allow users to receive real-time home energy usage data from compatible "smart meters" and use that information to optimize their energy use.
Google Bloggers Speak As One
Commentary  |  2/9/2009
Google maintains dozens of blogs, on which various Google engineers and product managers post pithy, informative tidbits about the company's new software, services, and activities. It turns out they're more a tool for corporate communications than a form of personal expression. Not that anyone should be surprised by this.
Google Sync Has Microsoft Inside
News  |  2/9/2009
The push technology in Google Sync, available in beta for the iPhone, Windows Mobile, and other phones, is licensed from Microsoft.
Microsoft Nearly Killed Browser Competition, Mozilla's Baker Charges
News  |  2/9/2009
The Mozilla Foundation chairperson endorsed the European Commission's finding that the link between Windows and Internet Explorer harms competition, innovation, and choice.
Google Latitude: Not A Real Privacy Risk
Commentary  |  2/6/2009
Google is far from perfect when it comes to privacy, but the outcry over its Latitude location-sharing service is excessive.
Google Eye Tracking Escalates War For Eyeballs
News  |  2/6/2009
The search engine's techniques cast some light on how it measures the travels of eyes across its search results pages.
Google Gmail Within Striking Distance Of Hotmail
News  |  2/6/2009
Between September 2007 and September 2008, Gmail's visitor total grew 39%, from 18.8 million to 26 million.
Google Makes 1.5 Million Books Available For iPhone, Android Phones
News  |  2/5/2009
The mobile version of Google Book Search gives would-be Amazon Kindle buyers another option for reading classic literature on the go.
Microsoft Argues UAC Isn't A Vulnerability
News  |  2/5/2009
One of the criticisms of the User Account Control under Windows Vista is that its warning prompts are annoying.
Google Latitude Spurs Privacy Backlash
News  |  2/5/2009
A consumer-advocacy group already sees five scenarios in which the Google Maps add-on could be abused.
Blinkx Introduces Personal And Thematic Video Playlists
News  |  2/4/2009
The company's redesigned home page now includes "entertain me," "inform me," and "give me my own channel" options.
Google Unveils 'Latitude' Location Sharing
News  |  2/4/2009
Users can opt in to share their location with friends and family -- or mask their location, if they'd rather.
Google News Now Available For Any Web Site
News  |  2/3/2009
The generated code displays a slide show of Google News headlines based on chosen keywords.
Exploding Cell Phone Kills Man In China
News  |  2/3/2009
A faulty cell phone battery could have caused the explosion, which severed an artery in the man's neck.
Google Execs Face Jail Time In Italy
Commentary  |  2/2/2009
Google's global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, and three other Google executives face the prospect of being jailed for a video that was uploaded to Google Video's Italian site on Sept. 8, 2006. The maximum sentence is 36 months.
Google Respins Globe With Earth 5.0 Beta
News  |  2/2/2009
The latest version of Google's geospatial mapping app lets users dive beneath the seas, explore the effects of climate change, and view high-resolution NASA images of Mars.

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