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posted in August 2008

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Google Launches Google Video For Business
News  |  8/29/2008
The company is using its Google Apps business to provide the infrastructure necessary to search videos, restrict access to them, rate them, comment on them, and download them.
Majority Favors Global Internet Bill of Rights
News  |  8/29/2008
Key rights granted under the global Internet Bill of Rights would be freedom of information, freedom of expression, and the right of people to have affordable access.
European Court Won't Save McKinnon From U.S. Trial
News  |  8/28/2008
The hacker, who deleted data from U.S. military and NASA computer systems, claimed he would be subjected to inhumane treatment in the U.S. justice system.
Linux Systems Being Hit By SSH-Key Attacks
News  |  8/27/2008
The attack appears to rely on stolen SSH keys to gain access to a system and then uses a local kernel exploit to gain root access, whereupon it installs the "phalanx2" rootkit.
Apple Censors Digital Comic
Commentary  |  8/26/2008
Apple has banned a digital comic called Murderdrome, from Infurious Comics, from its iTunes Store, to the consternation of the comic's creator and fans.
Mozilla's 'Ubiquity,' A Command Line For Web 2.0
News  |  8/26/2008
The goal is to make it easier to combine data in the Web browser and allow users to define their own commands, like macros than span applications.
Nations Respond To Google Earth Threat
News  |  8/26/2008
From banning Google Earth to simply ignoring the mapping service, countries are working to deal with potential security violations arising from the images Google makes available online.
Google And YouTube Need More Transparent Takedown Procedures
Commentary  |  8/25/2008
The removal of content from the Internet needs more safeguards. Right now, it's just too easy to make unsubstantiated claims that lead online services providers to block lawful content.
Google's Lively Unloved
Commentary  |  8/22/2008
So Google's Lively isn't so lively. According to The Economist, "Hardly anyone is using Lively."
Mozilla Unleashes TraceMonkey For Firefox
News  |  8/22/2008
The project aims at enhancing Mozilla's JavaScript engine and speeding up the rendering and response times of the Web browser.
Google Continued To Gain U.S. Search Share In July
News  |  8/22/2008
Google increased its share by a small amount, while Yahoo and Microsoft had small decreases, according to ComScore.
Solar-Powered Nanotech-Purified Air In Medieval Churches
News  |  8/21/2008
Tiny gold particles found in medieval gold paint reacted with sunlight to destroy air-borne pollutants, one researcher found.
Chinese Gold Medalist Too Young To Compete, Finds Security Consultant
News  |  8/20/2008
Mike Walker's Web search turned up an official Chinese Excel spreadsheet that indicates that gymnast He Kexin is only 14 years old.
Dell Cuts Transport Costs Using Probability Theory
News  |  8/19/2008
Beyond saving money, the supply routing system developed for Dell by MIT researchers has made the computer maker more nimble in its movement of goods.
Google Updates Android SDK With Version 0.9
News  |  8/19/2008
Google's effort to develop an open-source platform for mobile phone applications arises from its belief that mobile devices will offer stronger revenue opportunities than desktop computing.
TinEye Image Search Finds Copyright Infringers
News  |  8/18/2008
What makes the service particularly compelling is that it can spot copied or derivative images that have been substantially modified.
Google Wants The Airwaves
News  |  8/18/2008
The Free The Airwaves campaign is rallying support to open unused TV spectrum, called white space, to carry high-speed wireless Internet signals.
YouTube User Sues Google Because He Feels He Deserves Something
News  |  8/14/2008
A Massachusetts man claims to have applied but been rejected from YouTube's revenue-sharing Partner Program, a slight he attributes to a deliberate attempt by the video site's staff to mislead him.
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Sued In India For Ads On Infant Gender Selection
News  |  8/14/2008
A doctor in India filed suit to prevent the tech companies from showing search ads that promote pre-natal sex selection in violation of Indian law.
Apple Now Worth More Than Google
Commentary  |  8/13/2008
At the close of the stock market on Wednesday, Apple's value as a company surpassed Google's. Apple's market capitalization reached $158.84 billion; Google's settled at $157.23 billion.
Google 'Ransoming' Customers Searching For Trademarked Brands, Lawsuit Claims
News  |  8/13/2008
A packaging company claims that until May 2008, Google actively hid the extent to which its AdWords program monetized low-quality pages, parked domains, and error pages.
Google Searches Sought In Defamation Suit Against Cisco
News  |  8/13/2008
The subpoena demands Google reveal information associated with blog postings, Internet searches, and financial data related to a libel lawsuit filed last year against Cisco.
Yahoo's Fire Eagle Location-Data Platform Has Landed
News  |  8/12/2008
The company compares the software to a switchboard that distributes location data based on user-selected privacy settings.
Google Apologizes For Gmail Outage
News  |  8/12/2008
Millions of users were unable to access Google's Gmail service for several hours on Monday.
Some Beijing Olympic Fireworks Faked
News  |  8/11/2008
Because one organization is responsible for filming the Olympics -- Beijing Olympic Broadcasting -- foreign TV networks had no choice but to accept the altered video.
Google Conflagration View
Commentary  |  8/11/2008
A Google Maps Street View driver has captured a house on fire while snapping photos on Eagle Point Drive in Sherwood, Ark.
Intel's Awful Code Names
Commentary  |  8/8/2008
Apple's relationship with Intel has done wonderful things for both companies. When Apple's engineers were managing the complicated transition from PowerPC chips to Intel silicon, Intel engineers were there to help. No doubt computer buyers are better off for this intermingling of talent.
Yahoo Expands Ad Privacy Options
News  |  8/8/2008
This new option complements the company's existing opt-out option for customized ads served by Yahoo on third-party networks.
Microsoft Plans 12 Security Fixes For Aug. 12 'Patch Tuesday'
News  |  8/8/2008
The company's upcoming Security Bulletin is scheduled to include seven fixes rated "critical" and five rated "important."
Facebook Tries To Exterminate Worm
News  |  8/8/2008
The URL of the "video" is designed to look like it leads to Google or YouTube. In fact, it leads to a Trojan downloader on a server associated with a .cn (China) domain.
Google Gets Raked Over The Coals At Black Hat
Commentary  |  8/6/2008
Robert "RSnake" Hansen, CEO of SecTheory, and Tom Stracener, senior security analyst at Cenzic, had some harsh words for Google at their Black Hat presentation, "Xploiting Google Gadgets."
Google Triples Search Appliance Capacity
News  |  8/5/2008
An upgraded version of the Google Search Appliance can handle up to 10 million documents, more than triple the previous maximum of 3 million documents.
Google Tests Human-Powered Translation
Commentary  |  8/4/2008
Google is testing a new human-powered translation service under the name Google Translation Center.
Apple Presentations Pulled From Black Hat
News  |  8/4/2008
Apple's security engineering team had been planning a presentation at the security conference, being held at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
Google Sued For Infringing Patent With AdSense
News  |  8/4/2008
The Patent and Trademark Office's recent narrowing of what qualifies as a patentable software innovation may help Google in this case but could harm the Internet giant in other lawsuits.
MIT Researchers Make Major Solar Power Breakthrough
News  |  8/1/2008
The process involves splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen cheaply and efficiently at room temperature.
Apple Security Patch Flubs DNS Fix
News  |  8/1/2008
Despite Apple's patch, the fix for the DNS cache poisoning vulnerability is far from done, according to a SANS security researcher.

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