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Facebook Stands Atop Social Networking World

Facebook has overtaken MySpace as the top global social network with 132 million unique visitors for a staggering 153 percent growth rate, according to comScore. MySpace is second at 113 million visitors (3 percent growth year-over-year), and Hi5 grew its global audience 100 percent to land at 56 million unique visitors ...

Security Experts: No Smoking Gun in Georgian Cyber Attacks

The timing is suspicious: Just as Russian tanks began their physical assaults on Georgia's armies, that country's civilian communications infrastructure started coming under attack in cyberspace ...

TECH BLOG

Beijing Olympics’ Gold-Medal Effort at Manipulating Reality

I certainly don't want to give the impression that I'm too old-school for this new-media, all-digital, high-definition world. Like every other red-blooded American male, I loves me some special effects; the more explosions, computer-generated graphics and visual fireworks the better, as long as they don't completely obliterate character and story ...

FiOS Jobs, Labor Rights Push Verizon Workers to Brink of Strike

New technologies in Verizon's future and its contentious past with telecommunications unions are set to collide this weekend as the company faces a new deadline for talks regarding compensation issues for some 65,000 of its workers ...

Tech Heavies Team on China Policy to Address Simmering Human Rights Debate

With the Olympic torch now in Beijing, residents there are wondering: Who will carry it those final few steps to light the cauldron in China's Olympic Stadium? ...

Cablevision Ruling Propels On-Demand TV Juggernaut

U.S. television programming is moving toward on-demand status, judging from a federal appeals court ruling Monday in favor of Cablevision's proposed network-centric digital video recorder ...

OPINION

Tech Spying Tools: Feeding the Cancer Within

My former life includes stints as an anchorman for local TV stations. At no time did my employment contracts state that I actually had to like my coanchors. I figured if I didn't, it would show on the air, and there wouldn't be any more contracts. ...

Freedom of Speech Advocates Torch China, IOC Over Web Censorship

If the Chinese government isn't careful, its forthcoming Beijing Olympics could rival the 1936 and 1968 Summer Games for infamy and a message that ultimately backfires on the host country ...

NFL Finally Gets Into the Digital Game

For the last few years, it's been easier to sack New England quarterback Tom Brady than to get the National Football League (NFL) thinking about a more progressive Internet strategy. "They've been very dictatorial about the amount of [video highlight] content you can put on your Web site," Gartner Digital Media Analyst Allen Weiner told the E-Commerce Times. Other sports leagues have run laps around the NFL with their digital offerings...

Adobe Flips Switch on Lightroom 2

The promise of digital photography is that it can help any amateur develop into a backyard Ansel Adams, given the right camera, software and dedication. Imaging software company Adobe Systems has known this since 1990, when it rolled out version 1.0 of its trailblazing Photoshop software; it has followed that with a host of related products aimed at different segments -- and expertise levels -- of the digital imaging market...

FCC to Hammer Comcast on Throttling Shenanigans

Reports continue to circulate that the Federal Communications Commission has enough votes to rule that Comcast illegally blocked traffic between peer-to-peer Internet applications and that the government will soon set down guidelines for the Internet service provider that could serve as a precedent regarding the hotly debated topic of Net neutrality...

Scrabble-Scrabulous Fuss Lands in Court

Hasbro, maker of the word game Scrabble, has issued the ultimate double challenge to social network Facebook and its wildly popular Scrabble-like application Scrabulous: a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement ...

UK ISPs to Fling Wide Net for Music Pirates

British parents who don't know what their kids are downloading on the family computer may want to start paying more attention, thanks to a new antipiracy agreement among the six largest Internet service providers in the United Kingdom ...

Renegade Sysadmin Gives Up Secret Passwords to SF Mayor

Usually, it's a mayor who hands out the key to his or her city to residents deserving special recognition. In San Francisco's case, it was Mayor Gavin Newsom who took back the key to his city's computer network from the man who held it hostage for more than a week ...

Facebook Repaints Wall in New Design

Facebook's new look is all about the Wall, the blank space on a profile page that the social network's users can fill in with stories, photos, links and the ever-popular Status Updates. In turn, Facebook executives hope a less-cluttered Web site will eventually fill in their bank accounts with more advertising revenue ...

No Recession for Game Console Makers

Americans are tiring of US$4.50-a-gallon gasoline, dire warnings from Iran and nasty political rhetoric. So they seem to be taking our their frustrations by blasting alien invaders and enemy soldiers and playing tennis with their TV sets ...

Whedon’s ‘Dr. Horrible’ Triggers Downed Server Epidemic

During the recent Hollywood writers' strike, Joss Whedon found the cure for all his sudden downtime. The man who gave us "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly" created a genre-busting musical about a mad doctor with a bad case of evil-mastermind-wannabe inferiority complex ...

Judge: Knockoff-Tracking Not eBay’s Job

In the case of Tiffany vs. eBay, a U.S. district judge has presented the e-commerce giant with the best gift it could get in this litigious, digital age: a victory in a four-year-old trademark protection lawsuit ...

Free Laptop-Tracking System Hits the Streets

Adeona may have been the goddess of safe returns, but if a group of computer science professors and graduate students get their wish, they'll be viewed as the patron saints of secure laptop computer data, thanks to their new open source software service named after the Roman deity ...

FCC May Curb Comcast’s Internet Choke-Chain Antics

Advocates of Net neutrality are preparing to chalk up their first victory following press reports that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin has recommended prohibiting cable giant Comcast from blocking Web traffic between peer-to-peer networks ...

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