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Google Launches New Tools in Bid for Desktop Dominance

Google has introduced a new version of its desktop software that gives users the ability to find information on any PC and then share it with others. Called Desktop 3, the application takes data residing on an individual's PC and stores it on Google's central computer for a limited time. The search ...

Sony Ericsson Targets the Enterprise with M600 Phone

Sony Ericsson has taken direct aim at the handheld business solutions market -- which BlackBerry once owned -- with the release Monday of its new M600 phone and messaging device, the second Symbian OS 9.1 and UIQ 3.0 enabled phone in the Sony Ericsson product line. Features designed to entice corpor...

Kama Sutra Is All Tease and No Action

Consumer and corporate Windows users had the chance to reminisce about the good old days of computer malware as the latest worm, dubbed Kama Sutra, made its expected appearance on Feb. 3. The worm, which at least one computer security expert believes is the creation of a teenager bent on creating ha...

Bush: Math and Science Critical to Global Competition

President Bush urged spending more federal funds to improve math and science programs in U.S. schools during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, a call to action that won approval from private sector execs in the tech industry as well as science professors at universities. Bush endorsed a ...

Microsoft Lays Out Rules for Banning Blogs

Microsoft has adopted new guidelines for deciding how to respond to a foreign or U.S. government request to shut down a blog. The company has attracted withering criticism from the blogosphere ever since it complied with the Chinese government's demand several weeks ago to deny access to the Microso...

Google Tweaks Toolbar, Debuts Enterprise Version

Google has streamlined its Toolbar and rolled out a new product, Toolbar for Enterprise, tailored to the corporate environment. Both versions, which are still in beta, give users new options to customize their search. The added features include customizable buttons, online bookmarks, new sharing ca...

Microsoft Embarks on New Internet-Tech Research Initiative

Microsoft has formed Live Labs, a new research partnership meant to jump-start its Windows Live initiative by investigating new Internet-centric technologies and products that offer commercial possibilities. Windows Live is a free ad-supported service that helps users develop their own online deskto...

IBM Tightens Enterprise IM Links With AOL, Yahoo

IBM introduced the next version of its corporate messaging software, Lotus Sametime 7.5, at the Lotusphere show in Orlando, Florida, along with several new partner-enabled applications for the Lotus platform -- such as video conferencing, VoIP and compliance technology. What is catching the eye of m...

Google Playing for High Stakes in Fight With Feds

Ever since last week's news that the Department of Justice initiated legal action to compel Google to provide it with search-term data, denizens of the blogosphere, news media, everyday users of search engines, and even some members of Congress have been debating the long-term implications for priva...

Uproar Grows Over US Demand for Google Search Records

Following Thursday's revelation that the Bush Administration has ordered search-engine providers to turn over usage records, citizen rights advocates and attorneys have voiced alarm over what many say is an unprecedented invasion of privacy. The administration has said it needs to survey this data i...

Microsoft Taking Its Time With Next Service Pack

The last time Microsoft introduced a security service pack -- Windows Service Pack 2 in mid-2004 -- the market could hardly wait. Viruses, worms and other Internet malware were disrupting companies' and individuals' computer use on a regular basis. When Microsoft finally unveiled the long-awaited fi...

IBM, Sony, Toshiba Put Heads Together on Cell Chips

IBM, Sony and Toshiba are launching a new phase of their joint technology development alliance that will lead to the development of advanced process technologies at 32 nanometers and beyond. Specifically, they are working on further developing the "cell" microprocessor design and its underlying sili...

Sun, Oracle Reaffirm Their Commitment

Oracle and Sun Microsystems have announced, amid much fanfare and mutual gushing, that they are still committed to their partnership. "It was basically a renewal of their vows," Charles King, principal analyst with Pund-IT Research told TechNewsWord, "with a few interesting wrinkles." For instance, ...

Legal Decisions Bolster CAN-SPAM Act

Court decisions recognizing the CAN-SPAM Act, which is now almost two years old, have been few and far between. However, recent actions have made up for lost time, say proponents of the law. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Fifth Circuit Court's summary judgment that the University of T...

Blu-ray Specs Finalized, Licensing Next

The Blu-ray Disc Association announced that the format specification for this standard is now complete, and it is ready to begin BD-ROM, BD-RE and BD-R licensing. Blu-ray Disc single (25 GB) and dual (50 GB) layer specifications have been approved. The bottom line for consumers is that they can expe...

Motorola Smartphone to Offer One-Click Google Search

Motorola has inked partnerships with two iconic Internet service providers -- Google and Yahoo -- to provide access to search for Web-enabled phones. The company will begin shipping handsets that include one-click buttons on the keypad and carry the Google icon sometime during the first quarter of t...

Vista to Form Bedrock of Microsoft’s Digital Lifestyle

Sure, it will be great to have another alternative to iTunes. Urge -- Microsoft's answer to Apple's music store behemoth -- looks ready to go head-to-head with more than 2 million tracks for purchase and an all-you-can-download subscription option. The Xbox 360 also promises to entertain gadget junk...

New Chip May Bridge Blu-ray, HD-DVD Divide

Broadcom, a provider of wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors, unveiled a high definition decoder chip at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show that it says is the first to be fully compliant with both of the dueling Blu-ray and HD-DVD optical disc formats. The chip would enab...

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