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No doubt by now you would have heard of the black hat search engine optimization (SEO) tactics JCPenney’s pursued in order to be ranked well for various search terms particularly in planning for the 2010 holiday season. The news was uncovered by the New York Times in quite a bit of det...
The Zürich-based Myriad Group, which is already being sued by Oracle for ceasing to pay what Myriad claims are excessive Java licensing fees, appears to be daring Oracle to find new grounds to take it to court. On Tuesday Myriad announced that it was going to try to get between Oracl...
Google is trying to sweet talk the European Commission out of declaring Google an abusive monopolist but has yet to put a concrete proposal on the table according to Reuters. The EC has been investigating the company since three European concerns, including a Microsoft subsidiary, fi...
Google’s missing Middle East/North Africa marketing chief Wael Ghonim, who disappeared in Cairo just as the protests were heating up, was secretly arrested by Egyptian security forces on January 28 evidently for marketing revolution this past year on Facebook. A web site he’s believed...
So Google means to drop support for the widely supported MPEG-LA H.264 video codec from its Chrome browser because it’s based on patented proprietary technology and is potentially royalty-bearing. Instead it will substitute its own thinly supported not-yet-a-standard open source WebM c...
Oracle, it seems, has been closeted with representatives of IBM and the IBM-inspired Eclipse Foundation since November tinkering with the OpenJDK bylaws. That was after Apple turned over all future Java updates for its Mac OS to Oracle and OpenJDK, and IBM abandoned the Apache Foun...
First came Tunisia's "Jasmine Revolution" and now we have the "#Jan25 Uprising" - the world's first revolution named for a Twitter hash tag. Calling it the "Twitter Revolution" misses the beauty of the hash tag itself, and besides what would one then call the upcoming social unrest in ...
"Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com from 2003 to 2009, and now CEO of the on-demand identity and access management service, Okta. "This shift ...
In Cairo, fear and trepidation of Facebook and Twitter ran high enough to prompt the government to flip a Liebermanesque Internet kill switch. But perhaps it's not these two sites in particular as much as IT in general that's causing the problem for the world's dictators. And perhap...
On the day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 12,000 for the first time since June 2008, it was impossible not to correlate the eloquence and optimism of President Obama's "State of the Union" speech on Tuesday night with the restoration of a sense of perspective and hope in ...
There's a marvelous scene in the 1969 movie, Midnight Cowboy, in which the Dustin Hoffman character, “Ratso” Rizzo, starving, starts filling his pockets with food from a lavish buffet at a party that he's crashed. A young woman tells him, “You don't have to steal the food. It's free...
In a coordinated 7am raid Thursday morning British bobbies swooped down on houses in London and towns around the country and arrested five men and boys suspected of being part of Anonymous, the loose international coalition that last year unleashed distributed denial of service (DDo...
To chase and catch the elusive goddess, Innovation, and fend off clever rivals, Google means to hire 6,200 people this year, which would represent roughly another 25% increase in its workforce after last year’s, more than it ever has before. Where it’s going to hire these people is u...
Inspired by the recent list of who got the most US patents last year, patent watcher Florian Mueller did a flyover of Google’s patents. It was a short trip. Google only holds 576 US patents altogether, 282 gotten just last year – in a world where IBM is now doing better than 5,000 ...
Some of the best web performance tools are still largely being run as browser plug-ins. If those tools can make the leap to becoming real-time and can be made to consider user context, the industry will have something truly powerful on its hands. Initiatives like Yahoo’s YSlow and Goo...
Bloomberg followed by the Wall Street Journal said Thursday that the Justice Department is working on an antitrust suit to stop Google’s $700 million acquisition of ITA Software, which provides online flight and ticket information to popular Internet booking sites. It would be the se...
Google’s Chrome browser is gaining on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, ending 2010 with an estimated market share of 9.98%, up a little better than double its position in 2009, while IE was good for only 57%, down 5.6 points, according to NetApplications, the most respected of the tracke...
Google is dropping support for H.264 from its Chrome browser in favor of WebM, its own open source, royalty-free codec, as well as the Xiph.org Foundation’s Theora widgetry because they’re open source and the currently free but patent-bearing H.264, arguably the web’s video standard, a...
Julian Assange, fresh from his Christmas house arrest in an English country mansion owned by his new BFF Vaughan Smith, is supposed to show up in a London magistrate’s court Tuesday morning British time to sort out the evidence ahead of his two-day extradition hearing next month. ...
HTC, the big Android phone maker being sued by Apple, is apparently going to tempt Apple to expand its suit when it fields the Android-based tablet it’s reportedly got. Bloomberg says that right after Christmas the Taiwan firm filed for a trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Of...
A Google-riled Court of Federal Claims has stopped the US Department of Interior from moving 88,000 staffers to Microsoft’s cloud-based e-mail and collaboration services. Google sued the agency late last year claiming the five-year $59.3 million contract it was about to give Microsof...
Skype is reportedly buying Qik, which lets users stream video from their smartphone, for $150 million including earnout. Business Insider, which broke the story, points out that both companies count Marc Andreessen and his partner Ben Horowitz as backers. Salesforce.com CEO Mark Beni...
A spooked Open Source Initiative (OSI), the entity that blesses open source licenses, has written to the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) asking the regulator to investigate the proposed $450 million sale of 882 Novell patents to CPTN Holdings LLC, the Microsoft-organized consorti...
With all the commotion recently regarding the airports new back-scatter x-ray machines,(privacy, health etc.) I wanted a first hand look/feel at this experience. While I am sensitive to and an advocate for issues of privacy regarding persons with medical conditions and children, the ...
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen refiled his patent infringement suit Tuesday against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube – the one that the court tossed out on December 10 for lack of detail – like exactly which products he’s...
Offering no explanation Apple has pulled the plug on the days-old unofficial WikiLeaks app that for a buck 99 scraped the official WikiLeaks site and streamed the @wikileaks Twitter account promising “instant access to the world’s most documented leakage of top secret memos and other c...
Bank of America has stopped processing payments meant for WikiLeaks. It issued a statement saying that it “joins in the actions previously announced by MasterCard, PayPal, Visa Europe and others and will not process transactions of any type that we have reason to believe are inten...
WikiLeaks activist Julian Assange is to be released on bail after an appeal of the decision failed Thursday morning. Assange’s supporters have reportedly raised the £200,000 cash (roughly $315,000) that will be needed to spring him. There will be restrictions on his movements at leas...
WikiLeaks activist Julian Assange has made bail. Swedish prosecutors were given two hours to appeal and have reportedly decided to contest his release. The appeal will be heard within 48 hours. The London court that sent him to prison a week ago on the belief that he couldn’t be tru...
Lawyers representing WikiLeaks activist Julian Assange are supposed to ask a British court Tuesday to let him post bail so he can get out of jail. He was incarcerated last Tuesday because the judge felt reasonably sure he would bolt to avoid an extradition hearing Thursday that could r...
Even before WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange got hauled off to Wandsworth Prison in southwest London Tuesday, vigilantes acting in support of his rogue site started unleashing a torrent of punishing denial of service attacks on the financial institutions that turned the spigot off o...
The Wiki war started late last Friday when PayPal “permanently restricted the account used by WikiLeaks due to a violation of the PayPal acceptable use policy, which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others...
DataCell, the Iceland-based company that has been handling Visa and MasterCard contributions to WikiLeaks for the last two months – until it got suspension notices late Tuesday – is fulminating on its web site about censorship, defending WikiLeaks’ legitimacy and threatening to sue Vis...
There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WS protocol? Web...
Cloud Computing has been flexing its muscles over the past week, much to the discomfiture of the American government and numerous other diplomats worldwide. The ability for Julian Assange and his acolytes to keep the information flowing on the one hand, and to paralyze websites of ...
An unidentified 16-year-old boy reportedly involved in the massive WikiLeaks-provoked Operation Payback attacks on MasterCard, Visa and others was arrested by Dutch police in The Hague Wednesday night, according to the Wall Street Journal Thursday. According to the Dutch prosecution ...
In a lightning-fast response to recent and pending actions by the US Government cracking down on several different kinds of Internet activity by seizing perpetrators’ Internet domains, a group calling itself Dot-P2P has formed to develop and promulgate an alternative domain name system...
In a lightning-fast response to recent and pending actions by the US Government cracking down on several different kinds of Internet activity by seizing perpetrators’ Internet domains, a group calling itself Dot-P2P has formed to develop and promulgate an alternative domain name system...
Even before WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange got hauled off to Wandsworth Prison in southwest London Tuesday, vigilantes acting in support of WikiLeaks unleashed a torrent of punishing denial of service attacks on MasterCard and the Swiss Post bank PostFinance, bringing down both of...