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Content by Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn
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posted in April 2009

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Twitter Employee Account Hijacked
News  |  4/30/2009
A security breach of a Yahoo Mail account let one hacker peer at info about Barack Obama, Britney Spears, and others.
GPS Evidence Too Unreliable For Legal Purposes
News  |  4/30/2009
GPS devices can be easily jammed and their data can be spoofed, particularly when tied to cellular systems, experts argue.
Google Granted Floating Data Center Patent
News  |  4/30/2009
Google is considering floating data centers because of the practical problems it faces in trying to locate data centers on coastal land, where real estate is typically expensive.
Google Book Search Settlement Faces DOJ Review
News  |  4/29/2009
The query follows the deal Google reached last year with the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild.
Google Tracking System Suggests Swine Flu Is Spreading
News  |  4/29/2009
Experimental Flu Trends for Mexico shows increases in flu-related queries in Mexico City and several other Mexican states during the April 19-25 time period.
Google Search Now Visualizes Data With Graphs
News  |  4/28/2009
The new data capabilities are tied to the acquisition of Trendalyzer two years ago.
Google Hypes Cloud Computing Over Virtualization Alone
News  |  4/28/2009
CIOs are asked to focus on virtualizing storage, network operations, and other critical business infrastructure rather than falling for the pipe dream of "internal clouds."
Google Starts Twittering News Headlines
News  |  4/28/2009
As the Internet becomes a more capable platform for real-time information delivery, Google is looking to make more of its services as speedy as its search engine.
Google: We're Not Like Pirate Bay
Commentary  |  4/27/2009
In the wake of a Swedish court's decision to imprison the operators of The Pirate Bay, a Web site that helps users search for BitTorrent files in the same way that Google handles general Internet file searches, Google wants to make sure everyone understands that it's no Pirate Bay.
Obama Promises Massive Commitment To Scientific Research
News  |  4/27/2009
Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Microsoft strategy officer Craig Mundie among those named to help the administration shape its science policy.
Swine Flu Cases Rise To 40 In U.S., But Google Sees No Spike
News  |  4/27/2009
Google is augmenting its Flu Trends Web site with user-generated maps of the swine flu outbreak and links to a variety of health resources.
Apple Corrects Shareholder Vote To Grant Voice On Pay
News  |  4/27/2009
The company says it expects to see regulations requiring some form of shareholder input on compensation at public companies in the near future.
Google's Earnings Positive But In 'Uncharted Territory'
News  |  4/16/2009
CEO Eric Schmidt admits Google users are buying less and that Google ads are converting less frequently, but he notes that advertisers are still spending.
Twitter Growth Surges 131% In March
News  |  4/15/2009
The site's attractiveness to avid news consumers is driving its growth in conjunction with the news media's use of and focus on Twitter, analysts suggest.
Amazon Rejects Phorm's Behavioral Advertising
News  |  4/15/2009
The company's Webwise behavior-tracking service isn't allowed on any of Amazon's Web domains.
Computer Expertise Cited As Probable Cause For Equipment Seizure
News  |  4/15/2009
The Electronic Frontier Foundation says student Riccardo Calixte's Fourth Amendment rights were threatened by the university police, who seized his cell phone, iPod, and computer.
Shorter URL Links Magnify Content Abuse Problems
News  |  4/10/2009
A huge proportion of shortened links are just a disguise for spam, and the practice deprives publishers of analytics information about their visitors, experts suggest.
Google Data Center Secrets Now Showing On YouTube
News  |  4/10/2009
After a promise it made in 2006 to be more transparent, Google is revealing details about its custom servers and its data centers.
Google, Universal Music Group Partner To Build Vevo
News  |  4/9/2009
The two companies plan to share advertising revenue generated on YouTube and on Vevo by UMG content.
Lawsuits Won't Save The AP's Business Model
Commentary  |  4/8/2009
The AP's peevish bid to become, as TechCrunch's Erick Schonfeld puts it, "the RIAA of the newspaper industry," is off to a bad start.
Scareware Surging, Microsoft Report Finds
News  |  4/8/2009
Two rogue software families were detected on more than 1.5 million computers, making them among the top threats for the second half of 2008.
Google's App Engine Gets Tune-Up For Its Birthday
News  |  4/8/2009
App Engine now supports Java, and Google is offering a plug-in for the Eclipse development environment.
Xcerion's ICloud Begins Open Beta
News  |  4/7/2009
The idea is to wed Web-based computing with offline functionality and an application marketplace similar to Apple's App Store.
Google's Gmail Gets Retooled For iPhone, Android
News  |  4/7/2009
Unlike native mobile applications, which have to be downloaded, there's no software to install.
Google News Isn't Target Of AP Wrath, Google Says
News  |  4/7/2009
A day after The Associated Press lashed out at online news aggregation sites for stealing its content, Google let it be known that it isn't the problem.
Google Rushes To Chrome's Defense
Commentary  |  4/6/2009
Seeking to avoid a repeat of the outcry last September over rights-grabbing legal boilerplate in its Chrome Web browser End User License Agreement (EULA), Google promptly shot down a Saturday post on Slashdot that claimed the company reserved the right to filter Internet sites displayed in Chrome.
Google Showing Local Search Results By Default
News  |  4/6/2009
Users of mobile devices can be located via cell tower triangulation or GPS data, if their phones include a GPS module.
Next iPhone May Feature Better Camera, Video Editing, 802.11n
News  |  4/6/2009
Apple is widely expected to introduce at least one new iPhone model by June to coincide with its Worldwide Developer Conference.
Government 2.0
Commentary  |  4/3/2009
The concept of openness is integral to the definition of Web 2.0 as a set of principles, but until recently, the largest source of information that one would want to be open -- the government -- wasn't particularly interested in openness.
Google Street View Car Blocked By Suspicious Villagers
News  |  4/3/2009
Residents in the Buckinghamshire village of Broughton surrounded a car capturing Street View images on Google's behalf.
Web 2.0: Google's Ambition Beyond The Cloud
News  |  4/3/2009
As Gears and caching in HTML5 converge, Google users can expect a wider range of applications, on computers and mobile devices, that can function offline.
Microsoft: The Most Interoperable Company In The World?
Commentary  |  4/2/2009
Like the late comic Rodney Dangerfield, Microsoft doesn't get any respect. On Wednesday, at the Web 2.0 Expo, Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft's Business Division, tried to convince a skeptical Tim O'Reilly and an audience full of open standards sorts that Microsoft is, as he put it, "the most interoperable company in the world."
Web 2.0: iPhone Steering Future Of Mobile Apps
News  |  4/2/2009
The success of the iPhone and iTunes App Store has given some developers a great opportunity and put others behind a wall.
Web 2.0: The Power Of Less
News  |  4/2/2009
Tim O'Reilly advises companies to slow down to tease out the greatest business opportunities in the postcrisis economy.
Web 2.0 Expo: Palm Opens Developer Program, Slightly
News  |  4/2/2009
The Palm Pre platform, WebOS, will work with a cloud service the company is developing, called Mojo Messaging Service.
Web 2.0: Internet Too Dangerous For Normal People
News  |  4/1/2009
After decades of computer security work, one researcher questions current Internet safety procedures and the vendors assigned to protect the average user.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 Fails To Halt Firefox Gains
News  |  4/1/2009
Firefox's global market share is rising; Google's Chrome browser and Apple's Safari browser showed small gains in February through March.

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