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Microsoft should ante up to users for scammed Windows Store apps

Microsoft finally did the right thing by finally ridding the Windows Store of 1,500 scams and copycat apps. But here's one thing it's not yet doing: Actively searching out users who paid for the fraudulent apps and paying them back.

By Preston Gralla | 29 August, 2014 02:21

Tags: Microsoft, software

Lightning? That's the least of their problems

This consultant pilot fish is called in by a new client -- a banquet hall -- to troubleshoot the wireless network after a lighting storm.

By Sharky | 27 August, 2014 23:05

Tags: business issues, Small Enterprise IT, Pogoplug

Opinion: Git legit in the enterprise

Originally created as a distributed code management system for open source development, Git's popularity has skyrocketed as independent developers have adopted the tool for its speed, flexibility and powerful branch and merge features.

By Christopher Seiwald | 27 August, 2014 04:09

Tags: App Development, Origin, applications, software, Git

Evan Schuman: Google eyes the preteen set

Kids say the darndest things -- and Google wants to know about and memorize each and every one of them. And not just what they say, but the sites they visit, the things they buy, the things they don't buy, the browsers they use and anything else it can suck up relating to the kids' computers, phones, networks and geolocation. Google just loves kids -- especially the part about how much retailers will pay for all of that information.

By Evan Schuman | 27 August, 2014 02:45

Tags: Google, data privacy, internet

How to understand Twitter's bad new direction

Twitter has made two small changes that indicate a big shift in direction for everybody's favorite microblogging service

By Mike Elgan | 23 August, 2014 21:08

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, twitter, internet, social media, Facebook

Rethinking communications regulation

Federal legislation on communications policy predates all the changes brought about by the Internet. It's time to address Internet regulation directly.

By Richard Adler | 20 August, 2014 00:34

Tags: Gov't Legislation/Regulation, Instagram, regulation, twitter, internet, government, Facebook, youtube, wikipedia

The trouble with trolls (and how to beat them)

A vulnerable person. A sociopath or two on social media tormenting that person without consequence. That's trolling in a nutshell.

By Mike Elgan | 16 August, 2014 21:22

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, security, twitter, internet, social media, Personal Technology, privacy

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Patent trolls under attack, but not dead yet

The patent wars keep going and going and we keep paying and paying.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 16 August, 2014 04:23

Tags: Tesla, applications, legal, software, intel

Evan Schuman: Barnes & Noble plays into Amazon's hands

Same-day delivery is a boon for the online leader, but it will only help doom B&N.

By Evan Schuman | 13 August, 2014 00:41

Tags: Barnes & Noble, e-commerce, retail, internet, industry verticals, e-business

Google, Facebook go beyond social, beyond identity

In order to understand the strange but spectacularly profitable world of Google and Facebook today, it's important to start in the fall of 2010.

By Mike Elgan | 11 August, 2014 23:31

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, internet, social media

Five reasons to build an enterprise app store ASAP

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By Ben Alexander | 06 August, 2014 06:45

Tags: app stores, applications, software

OkCupid -- it's not me, its you

Remember the controversy over Facebook's social experimentation, which showed how people's emotions could be toyed with by changing what they see online? Well, Facebook wasn't the only site playing with your heart. Dating site OkCupid has now acknowledged doing much the same thing. The mostly free dating service is being very open about how it manipulated members' online dating lives and offers a detailed explanation that amounts to a version of "Hey, everybody's doing it."

By Alex Burinskiy | 06 August, 2014 01:35

Tags: security, OKCupid, internet, privacy

Satya Nadella at six months: Grading Microsoft's new CEO

Satya Nadella took over as Microsoft's CEO six months ago, on Feb. 4, 2014. While that six months seemed to have gone a lot quicker than the gestation period prior to Nadella's coronation, it's plenty long enough for us to get a bead on the kind of supremacy it will be in Redmond.

By Woody Leonhard | 04 August, 2014 23:12

Tags: Microsoft, IT management

Ron Miller: Spain's link tax taxes my patience

The so-called Google tax is a desperate and wrongheaded gambit to save traditional newspapers.

By Ron Miller | 04 August, 2014 23:02

Tags: Gov't Legislation/Regulation, management, Google, Networking, regulation, internet, government, Gov't Legislation

Revamped Apple TV may be delayed until 2015, report claims

With Apple executives touting the most exciting lineup of new products in 25 years, one product due for a major upgrade is Apple's long-adored hobby -- the Apple TV.

By Yoni Heisler | 01 August, 2014 10:34

Tags: Apple, applications, consumer electronics, Time Warner Cable, Apple TV, comcast, PrimeSense

Evan Schuman: The data dangers of free public Wi-Fi

New York's plan to turn pay phones into free Wi-Fi stations could be a template for other cities, and bad news for IT departments trying to protect corporate data and intellectual property.

By Evan Schuman | 29 July, 2014 23:04

Tags: management, wireless networking, network security, Google, security, Networking, wireless

What to know after the latest patent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court

The Alice ruling clarifies patent-eligible software processes.

By Kari Barnes and Sandra P. Thompson | 28 July, 2014 22:30

Tags: management, App Development, Networking, U.S. Supreme Court

If you can't check in, is it really Foursquare?

In their quest to copy competitors, social sites and apps increasingly drop features that are part of the popularity and identity of their products, says columnist Mike Elgan.

By Mike Elgan | 26 July, 2014 21:06

Tags: Yahoo, yelp, Internet-based applications and services, swarm, twitter, internet, social media, mobile apps

13 pieces of advice for Yosemite beta testers

For the first time since 2000, Apple is allowing pubic beta testers to try out a prerelease version of OS X. Ryan Faas tells testers what to do and what to avoid.

By Ryan Faas | 25 July, 2014 23:11

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, Mac OS X, software, operating systems

Doing an Office 365 Migration the Right Way

Migrating email from Exchange (on-premises) to Office 365 (in the cloud) would seem to be a pretty simple and straight forward process, and when you know what you are doing, it is a methodical process. However in the past 2-3 years that we've been doing Office 365 migrations, it's amazing the number of times we get called in to "fix something" that some other migration specialist did that has us shaking our heads wondering what they were thinking...

By Rand Morimoto | 25 July, 2014 10:38

Tags: applications, Microsoft Subnet, Microsoft, software, internet, cloud computing, Office suites

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