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Microsoft exec says Google is 'failing' in the enterprise

Raising the stakes in its war of words, Microsoft today said Google simply doesn't understand what businesses need, and is failing at pushing its way into the enterprise.

By Sharon Gaudin | 01 December, 2010 05:53

Tags: SaaS, IT industry, Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Web 2.0 and Web Apps, internet, cloud computing, Software as a service

Groups vow to fight gov't takedowns of websites

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the operator of Torrent-finder.com have separately vowed to fight domain-name seizures by two U.S. agencies in recent days.

By Grant Gross | 01 December, 2010 04:14

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, legal, Center for Democracy and Technology, Motion Picture Association of America, internet, government, Bob Pisano, GoDaddy.com, Electronic Frontier Foundation, copyright, intellectual property

Startup offers 'virtual private SaaS' for Salesforce.com

Startup Navajo Systems is targeting Salesforce.com customers who face regulatory hurdles involving data privacy and cloud computing with a new service it calls Virtual Private SaaS (software as a service).

By Chris Kanaracus | 01 December, 2010 04:31

Tags: business issues, applications, Customer Relationship Management, PerspecSys, Salesforce.com, Navajo Systems, internet, cloud computing, Oracle, SuccessFactors, Google, security, legal

DoS attacks hammer WikiLeaks for second day running

WikiLeaks, the focus of attention since it released a quarter-million U.S. diplomatic cables two days ago, is again under a denial-of-service (DoS) attack, Internet researchers said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 01 December, 2010 06:58

Tags: Cybercrime and Hacking, arbor networks, Google, security, twitter, internet, government, Government/Industries

Seagate ends private-equity buyout talks

Seagate Technology has closed off talks on a potential private-equity buyout while saying the hard-disk-drive market has improved.

By Stephen Lawson | 30 November, 2010 12:06

Tags: Seagate Technology, business issues, Mergers / acquisitions, storage

iPad gains on Kindle for e-reader lead in U.S.

Apple's iPad is challenging Amazon's Kindle for the lead in the U.S. e-reader market, a retail research firm said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 01 December, 2010 07:50

Tags: 3M, hardware, Apple, Mobile and Wireless, telecommunication, Macintosh, hardware systems, mobile

China blocks access to WikiLeaks

China has blocked Internet access to WikiLeaks' release of more than 250,000 U.S. Department of State cables, with its Foreign Ministry saying that it does not wish to see any disturbance in China-U.S. relations.

By Michael Kan | 30 November, 2010 19:18

Tags: Government use of IT, Google, security, regulation, data breach, internet, government, search engines

New Super Mario Bros. Wii sets sales record in Japan

Just under a year after it went on sale, Nintendo's "New Super Mario Bros. Wii" has become the first Wii software title to sell 4 million copies in Japan, a market data provider said Tuesday.

By Martyn Williams | 01 December, 2010 05:03

Tags: game software, Nintendo, games, Super Mario Bros

Dell laptop uses new Intel cooling technology

Dell has announced an ultraportable laptop with a new technology from Intel that sucks in outside air to keep the system quieter and cooler.

By Agam Shah | 30 November, 2010 16:09

Tags: Dell, hardware systems, Components, laptops, intel

P2P-based alternative to DNS hopes to challenge ICANN

A group led by former Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde is forming to develop a peer-to-peer-based alternative to today's ICANN-controlled DNS system, according to a blog posted on Tuesday.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 01 December, 2010 01:46

Tags: ICANN, Networking, peer-to-peer, DNS, internet, P2P

Red Hat acquires Makara

Enterprise open-source software vendor Red Hat has acquired cloud software provider Makara, Red Hat announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

By Joab Jackson | 01 December, 2010 03:30

Tags: paas, open source, mergers & acquisitions, middleware, software, cloud computing, Red Hat

Analysts: $6B for Groupon a bad deal for Google

Google would be overspending if it paid north of US$5 billion to acquire online coupon provider Groupon, according to various industry analysts.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 01 December, 2010 07:28

Tags: advertising, business issues, Google, internet, Groupon, search engines

Splashtop's new instant-on OS based on Chromium browser

Splashtop on Tuesday released a new version of its instant-on OS that is based on the Chromium browser and could shorten PC boot times to just a few seconds.

By Agam Shah | 01 December, 2010 08:11

Tags: Splashtop, Linux, hardware systems, laptops, operating systems, non-Windows

Avast Pro Antivirus 5

Avast Pro Antivirus 5 ($US40 for a single-PC, one-year license as of 11/23/2010) ranks third in our roundup of 2011 paid antivirus products. When PCWorld last looked at Avast's paid antivirus offering, our reviewer wasn't particularly impressed with either its interface or its malware detection capabilities. Avast Antivirus Pro 5, however, is a definite improvement, thanks to a slick new interface and some useful additional features. But middling detection capabilities relative to other paid antivirus software keep it from claiming a higher ranking.

By Nick Mediati | 30 November, 2010 13:26

Tags: Antivirus & Security, security, Avast, antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus 5: Good all-around option

Avast Free Antivirus 5 took the top spot in our late 2010 roundup of free antivirus software. It provides good, all-around malware detection in a speedy, well-designed package. We liked its easy installation process, smooth interface design, and minimal impact in system performance. However, although it wins out overall, its malware detection, while good, isn't the best we've seen.

By Nick Mediati | 30 November, 2010 13:35

Tags: Antivirus & Security, security, Avast, antivirus

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