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iGoogle Users iMad About Planned Closure

iGoogle Users iMad About Planned Closure

Google’s plan to shut down the Google home page service is meeting with active resistance from iGoogle users who don’t want the cloud-based service to go away. The fracas serves as a useful reminder that cloud-based services exist at the convenience of their owners, not their users.

Internet Outage Last Weekend Was Preventable

Internet Outage Last Weekend Was Preventable

If ever there was a time that seemed to demonstrate the vulnerability of cloud computing, last weekend was certainly it. Mother Nature’s capricious whims put the smackdown on an Amazon Web Service (AWS) data center in Ashburn, Virginia, Friday night, bringing down hundreds of websites and quite a few popular online services.

Why You Can’t Escape Social Media Marketing Any More

Why You Can’t Escape Social Media Marketing Any More

As the business of social media continues to grow, social media tools – and the marketers who use them – are expanding their reach into nearly every social media network they can find. Thursday, HootSuite, one of the better-known social media management tools, added four additional social media networks to its library of social media…

Microsoft Loses Appeal of EU Antitrust Judgment From Another Era

Microsoft Loses Appeal of EU Antitrust Judgment From Another Era

Right on schedule, the European Union General Court rejected Microsoft’s appeal to dismiss $1.12 billion in fines for allegedly not complying with a 2004 antitrust order. The judgment, which leaves most of the fine print in place, is in some ways a relic of another time – one when Microsoft didn’t constantly see the market changing around it and…

Orbitz Pitches More Expensive Hotels to Mac Users

Orbitz Pitches More Expensive Hotels to Mac Users

Travel site Orbitz has confirmed that it uses predictive analytics to show Mac users different and more expensive hotels in search results than Windows users might see. It’s still not clear how widespread the practice is, nor what its implications might be. But there are ways to avoid the hard sell.

Hadoop Needs Better Bridges to Fulfill the Big Data Promise

Hadoop Needs Better Bridges to Fulfill the Big Data Promise

Hadoop is designed to store big data cheaply on a distributed file system across commodity servers. How you get that data there is your problem. And it’s a surprisingly critical issue because Hadoop isn’t a replacement for existing infrastructure, but rather a tool to augment data management and storage capabilities. Data, therefore, will be…

What Do Donuts Have to Do With Domain Names?

What Do Donuts Have to Do With Domain Names?

Many of the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that are about to start appearing on the Internet will go to large, well-known entities trying to stake out their online real estate with an “.amex” or a “.heinz.” But the new domains are also opening up opportunities for startups – including Donuts Inc. – to crash the exclusive club of domain…

Red Hat’s Data Grid 6 Challenges Hadoop on Big Data

Red Hat’s Data Grid 6 Challenges Hadoop on Big Data

Red Hat’s addition of Data Grid 6 to its JBoss family of products cements the company’s position as a major datacenter player. The new storage management component within Red Hat’s JBoss middleware platform is designed to give large e-commerce and financial transaction customers the ability to handle operations where speed and scalability are…

AOL, Yahoo Mail Users Are Energy Hogs

AOL, Yahoo Mail Users Are Energy Hogs

In an exceedingly odd metric, a new survey reveals that Yahoo Mail users consume far more power in their residences than do Gmail users. But AOL users appear to be the worst energy hogs of all. The reasons why might surprise you.

Facebook Adds App Subscription Payment Model

Facebook Adds App Subscription Payment Model

After its disappointing IPO last month cast doubts on the company’s ability to monetize its vast user base, Facebook today announced a subscription pricing model – potentially adding a recurring source of revenue for itself – and for developers of Facebook apps.

Retailer’s Tax on IE 7 Users Opens New Front in Browser Wars

Retailer’s Tax on IE 7 Users Opens New Front in Browser Wars

When Australian retailer Kogan.com enacted a “tax” on customers using Internet Explorer 7 last week, it may not have been trying to become the poster child for worldwide Web-developer frustration with Microsoft browsers. But the stunt seems to have tapped into a seething undercurrent of animosity for Internet Explorer that could bring new…

Big Data Helps ID Who’s “Stealing” That Song

Big Data Helps ID Who’s “Stealing” That Song

The same kind of digital fingerprinting that helps music lovers identify songs using apps such as Shazam and Soundhound is also being used to help artists, performers and rights holders identify who is using those songs – yet another way big data is changing the way we live and do business.