Stories by Ed Oswald

Facebook's planned news feed changes should worry you

Facebook is tinkering with our news feeds in order to give marketers and developers more visibility. According to the Wall Street Journal, the changes may allow the social networking site to gather even more information on its users.

Google's Wi-Fi data collection efforts were extensive

Google's Wi-Fi data collection efforts are yet again making headlines. CNET reported Monday that it had received confirmation from a French data protection agency that Google had collected the physical location of millions of Wi-Fi enabled devices, and made the collected data publicly available online up until a few weeks ago.

What 'awesome' thing will Facebook launch?

Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that his company will be "launching something awesome" on Wednesday. Little additional information is available about what it could be, although we can take some educated guesses based on Facebook's priorities and plans.

Has LulzSec gone too far?

They say they're doing it for the "lulz," but there comes a point when it's no longer funny. The latest LulzSec targets are the CIA as well as 62,000 e-mail account holders using web-based services, including Comcast, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and Gmail.

Comcast's Skype TV calling could be a hit

Comcast subscribers will soon have the option to place video calls through their television, thanks to a partnership with VoIP provider Skype announced on Tuesday. Customers will need additional equipment to use the new feature.

Congress aims to curb mobile location tracking

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is one of most vocal politicians in Washington when it comes to the issue of mobile privacy. In April, he sent letters to both Apple and Google asking if and how they collect location data on their users.

Google sued for using Chromebook name

Google is running into trouble over its new Chromebook laptops before they even launch -- one company is claiming trademark foul. ISYS Technologies claims the name 'Chromebook' infringes on its trademarks, and has asked a Utah district court for an injunction to stop Google and its partners from launching the laptops later this month.

Facebook calls Ceglia ownership claim 'a fraud'

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are trying to bring another Facebook-ownership lawsuit to a close. The social networking site filed a motion Thursday asking a federal judge to order Paul Ceglia to turn over evidence which Facebook says will prove that his entire case is a fraud.

Android windfall leads to $150 million for Microsoft

While Windows Phone 7 may be doing little to affect Microsoft's bottom line, Microsoft's significant patent holdings are allowing it to cash in on Android's success. In a research note to clients seen by Business Insider, analyst Walter Pritchard said the Redmond company receives $5 for every HTC Android phone sold.

Microsoft set to show off Windows for tablets next week

Microsoft may essentially have been first to the market with the modern tablet computer, but Redmond has seen any advantage there erased by a failure on the software side. Windows just isn't meant for the touchscreen world. No doubt the company is eager to change that, and is said to be set to debut its tablet operating system shortly, sources say.

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