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posted in May 2009

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Google Executive To Become Federal Deputy CTO
News  |  5/29/2009
Andrew McLaughlin will find that he isn't the only ex-Google employee serving the Obama administration.
Adobe Releases Flash Platform Betas
News  |  5/29/2009
The company is positioning Adobe Flash Builder 4, Adobe Flash Catalyst, and the open source Flex 4 framework as its answer to Microsoft's Silverlight software.
Microsoft Insists Bing Is A 'Decision Engine'
Commentary  |  5/28/2009
Microsoft's Bing is a welcome addition to the search landscape. Competition should help keep the search market healthy. But Bing's initial marketing leaves me rolling my eyes.
'Google Wave' May Challenge Microsoft SharePoint
News  |  5/28/2009
Google's product, platform, and protocol also combines aspects of e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and blogs to allow real-time and stored collaborative messaging.
Google Automates Apps With Scripting System
News  |  5/27/2009
Search giant expects enterprise users to employ Google Apps Scripts for scheduling and procurement, transportation planning, and other business automation functions.
Google And Mozilla Make Nice
Commentary  |  5/27/2009
It was a small gesture but it spoke volumes: At the Google IO developer conference, while expounding on the virtues and possibilities of HTML 5, Google engineering VP and head of developer evangelism Vic Gundotra thanked the Mozilla community for advancing the state of browser technology.
Google Arms Developers With Free Phones, Web Tools
News  |  5/27/2009
Google CEO Eric Schmidt heralds the maturation of the Internet application programming model as the fulfillment of a decades-old dream.
Glide's Engage To Deliver Twitter-Style Micro-Blogging
News  |  5/26/2009
Glide is a media-sharing, communications, productivity, and file-storage service that runs on Web browsers using Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows, and on dozens of mobile devices.
Google Riding 'Wave' To Redefine Collaboration
News  |  5/26/2009
Structured like Gmail, the developer and end-user software interoperates with other Web services, such as IM, forums, wikis, and blogs.
Firefox Extension Malware Raises Security Questions
News  |  5/26/2009
Mozilla's diligent cleanup rather than catching malicious add-ons before they reach the public has rankled some in the security community.
Apple's Tablet: Open Or Closed?
News  |  5/22/2009
Developers may catch a glimpse of Apple's stance on future software rights and controls next month when Apple discusses its development plans for Snow Leopard.
Google Develops Celebrity Face Recognition For YouTube
News  |  5/22/2009
Researchers have developed an automated technique to associate faces detected in an image with people's names found in Web pages text or tags.
Google Sued By Inventor of Vibrating Toilet Seat
News  |  5/22/2009
Johnny I. Henry says he was humiliated that Google and AOL returned search results that refer to him with a hateful term.
Mozilla's JetPack Simplifies Firefox Extension Programming
News  |  5/21/2009
There are already more than 7,000 Firefox add-ons, but Mozilla would be happy to see more.
President Clinton Data On Hard Drive Lost By National Archives
News  |  5/21/2009
The drive contains snapshots of the hard drives of departing administration officials, information that had been stored on 113 4-mm tape cartridges.
Google Accelerates Chrome 2 For Windows
News  |  5/21/2009
Chrome 2 runs JavaScript-heavy Web pages about 30% faster than the last stable version of Chrome, according to Google.
Google Gives Ground On Book Scan Agreement
News  |  5/21/2009
The company is trying to appease critics with provisions to strengthen library-preservation efforts and improve public access to books.
YouTube Launches U.S. Government Portal
News  |  5/21/2009
The channel aggregates videos from the White House, CDC, NASA, and other federal agencies using a player that complies with government privacy regulations.
Microsoft's 'Kumo' Search Engine Rebranded 'Bing'?
News  |  5/20/2009
Whatever the software is called, it will likely feature search result categorization and other refinements designed to make general queries more specific.
Mac OS X Users Warned About Java Vulnerability
News  |  5/20/2009
SoyLatte, an X11-based port of the FreeBSD Java 1.6 "patchset" to Mac OS X Intel machines, is also reportedly vulnerable.
Google, Utilities Bringing Energy Usage Data To Consumers
News  |  5/20/2009
The PowerMeter software displays data provided by the new generation of network-ready smart power meters that are being installed by various utilities.
Wolfram|Alpha Claims Authorship Rights For Machines
Commentary  |  5/19/2009
While many observers have noted that Wolfram|Alpha is not like Google, the distinction between the two services is perhaps most apparent in their Terms of Service.
Yahoo Aims To Redefine What It Means To Search
News  |  5/19/2009
The company hopes bolstering its semantic search capabilities will help it better compete with Google for ad dollars and happier customers.
Scribd Opens Online Store For Documents, E-Books
News  |  5/18/2009
In March, Scribd announced that it had partnered with several major publishers to make promotional chapters and some books available for free through its Web site.
Wolfram/Alpha Looks Beyond Search Toward Computation
News  |  5/18/2009
Unlike Google, the newly debuted "computational knowledge engine" attempts to compute answers to questions based on established facts.
Google Outage Caused 5% Internet Traffic Decline
News  |  5/15/2009
As a consequence of Google's problems, business Web sites that depended on services like Google Analytics took twice as long to load on average and were twice as likely to fail.
Amazon Kindle Publishing For Blogs Vulnerable To Scams
News  |  5/15/2009
Security experts find a way to submit a blog authored by someone else and collect the 30% subscription fee royalty that Amazon pays.
Google Expands Use Of Trademarked Terms In Ads
News  |  5/15/2009
Branded keywords are important to advertisers because many searchers use them for navigational purposes, often after being exposed to offline media.
Steve Jobs' Amazon Account Hacked? I Doubt It.
Commentary  |  5/14/2009
Leander Kahney on the Cult of Mac blog reports that that a hacker claims to have phished Steve Jobs, obtained his account login information, and snooped through his purchases.
Google Service Outage Stirs Tweet Storm
News  |  5/14/2009
Gmail, Google Search, Google Maps, Google Analytics, YouTube, AdSense, and Blogger experienced outages Thursday morning, according to discontented Twitter users.
Google Makes It Easier To Migrate To Gmail
News  |  5/14/2009
The tool is available in all newly created Gmail accounts and is being rolled out to older ones over the next few days.
Amazon Lets Bloggers Sell Blog Subscriptions On Kindle
News  |  5/13/2009
The online retailer keeps 70% of the monthly blog subscription fee and pays 30% to the blog author.
Google's Cloud Evangelism Converts Enterprise Customers
News  |  5/13/2009
International auto parts supplier Valeo has agreed to deploy Google Apps across its 30,000-member workforce.
Google Defrauds Advertisers, Report Claims
News  |  5/13/2009
A Harvard professor says that Google -- aided by its Chrome browser -- is turning traffic that advertisers would have received for free into paid traffic.
Apple Mac OS X Update Has Nearly 70 Security Fixes
News  |  5/12/2009
Version 10.5.7 addresses several issues with Apple's iCal and Mail applications, as well as its Parental Controls control panel.
Google Refining Search For Understanding, Releases Sky Map
News  |  5/12/2009
The company hopes Google Search Options, Google Squared, and Rich Snippets will help it better recognize user intent.
Carbon Footprint Smackdown: One Cheeseburger Equals 15K Google Searches
Commentary  |  5/11/2009
Ever keen to be seen as green, Google on Monday invited the public to compare the environmental damage caused by searching the Internet with the planetary peril of cheeseburgers, among other things.
Google Morocco Not Hacked, Company Insists
News  |  5/11/2009
Internet users trying to reach Google Morocco were, for a few hours, sent to a Web site unaffiliated with Google.
Adblock Plus Maker Proposes Letting Publishers Plead For Revenue
News  |  5/11/2009
A change to the popular Firefox extension would allow Web publishers, with user consent, to prevent their ads from being blocked.
Mozilla Prism Beta Released
Commentary  |  5/8/2009
Mozilla's Prism entered public beta testing on Friday, a milestone marking the software's readiness for general use and the convergence of local computing with the cloud.
Google Friend Connect Now Speaking In Tongues
News  |  5/8/2009
Comments gadget topples language barriers by allowing Web site visitors to post and read comments in their own tongue.
Pay-For-Performance Compensation Limits Innovation
News  |  5/7/2009
An MIT study found incentives that don't penalize failure and promote long-term success lead to more innovative business strategies.
Mozilla Weaves Its Firefox Cloud
News  |  5/7/2009
Weave aims to transform Firefox from a Web page presentation tool into a platform for cloud-based services.
Google Maps Helps Track Truck Fleets
News  |  5/6/2009
FleetMatics is tying its GPS Vehicle Tracking software into Google's APIs to help companies keep their drivers on the right road.
Google Profiles Push Privacy
Commentary  |  5/6/2009
Google is becoming more and more like Facebook. Last month, Google introduced Google Profiles, a collection of personal information associated with a given name that appears at the bottom of U.S.-based name searches. One might even go so far as to compare Google Profiles to Facebook Profiles.
Google Says It's Here To Help As Newspaper Industry Bleeds Out
News  |  5/6/2009
Fears of a world without newspapers are leaving Google and other online news aggregators on the defensive, hoping to keep the content flowing.
Windows 7 Retains Windows Explorer Security Risk
News  |  5/5/2009
A feature in Windows Explorer, the operating system's file management application, enables virus writers to disguise executable files, security researcher says.
eBay Saves Historic Treasures By Selling Fakes
News  |  5/5/2009
An anthropologist says eBay has made it more profitable for tomb raiders to create fake artifacts than to pilfer burial sites or other archeological digs.
Google, Apple Relationship Reviewed By FTC
News  |  5/5/2009
The agency's interest in the matter is unlikely to amount to much unless it uncovers substantial market impact.
Google Widens Latitude
Commentary  |  5/4/2009
In what might be mistaken as an effort to ensure the continued employment of privacy advocates, Google on Monday expanded the ways its Latitude location data can be used.
Linux Passes 1% Usage Milestone As Windows Slips
News  |  5/4/2009
Apple's Mac OS X is the top beneficiary of Microsoft's weakening market share among Web users.
Google Adds Experimental Search Box To Gmail
News  |  5/1/2009
The new left-hand column search box offers a different user experience than the top-of-page search box.
Google Debuts DoubleClick Studio
News  |  5/1/2009
The platform for designing rich media ads using Flash and Web technology includes a rewrite of the DoubleClick ActionScript API.
Google's Got Goats!
Commentary  |  5/1/2009
When not organizing all the world's information and making it universally accessible, Google can often be found not doing evil, in keeping with its unofficial motto.

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