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  • HipHop steals Web serving from Apache at Facebook

    Despite using the venerable LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) stack to build one of the busiest sites on the Internet, Facebook is moving its main Web serving infrastructure from Apache to HipHop for PHP, which has its own embedded Web server.

    Written by Rodney Gedda24 Feb. 10 07:10
  • Report: Google to make Gmail more social

    Google plans to tweak Gmail to make it easier for its users to post and share status updates, in an attempt to inject the Web mail service with social-networking capabilities popularized by Twitter and Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    Written by Juan Carlos Perez09 Feb. 10 07:02
  • Managing Your Reputation Online: 5 Essential Tools

    You must monitor what people are saying about you in order to keep your reputation online intact. These five free tools will help you stay up to date whenever you're mentioned.

    Written by Kristin Burnham29 Jan. 10 05:21
  • Google's Social Search won't leverage much of Facebook

    Google's recently released Social Search feature, whose raison d'etre is to include content from users' social-network contacts in search results, can barely tap into the connections people have made on Facebook, the world's largest social network.

    Written by Juan Carlos Perez29 Jan. 10 07:50
  • Microsoft seeks legal protections for data stored in cloud

    Microsoft's top legal official yesterday called on the US Congress to create new laws that would give data stored in the cloud the same protections as data stored on a PC. He also called for tougher penalties for hackers who access data centers, citing significant damage that's often done in such attacks.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau22 Jan. 10 01:45
  • Zuckerberg Comments Underscore Internet/Privacy Conflict

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg added fuel to the ongoing privacy debate with recent statements that users no longer care about privacy. While the statement itself may be a little simplistic, the sentiment may be accurate and the success of Facebook is evidence to back up Zuckerberg's assertion.

    Written by Tony Bradley12 Jan. 10 10:03
  • Top 10 tech stories of the decade

    While the computer industry in the 1990s thrived as corporations re-engineered business processes to incorporate IT, this decade has seen technology truly become part of mainstream culture and commerce via the Internet and ever-cheaper and smaller computing devices. Yes, the Internet revolution began in the '90s, but it was not until this decade that 14-year-olds raced ahead of professionals in figuring out how to tap social networks with hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of contacts. Here, in not-quite chronological order, are the top technology stories of the decade, selected by the IDG News Service for their singular impact on the industry as well as their emblematic status as examples of the trends that shaped the course of IT.

    Written by Marc Ferranti29 Dec. 09 04:50
  • Got Facebook privacy concerns? You ain't seen nothing yet

    Carnegie Mellon University researcher, Tom Mitchell, says that privacy risks "on a scale that humans have never before faced" hinder real-time data analysis that could be used to solve health, traffic and human behavior problems.

    Written by Network World staff18 Dec. 09 09:39
  • Privacy groups bring Facebook complaints to FTC

    Ten privacy and consumer groups, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), filed a complaint Thursday with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, saying that Facebook's newly revamped privacy settings are deceptive and unfair.

    Written by Robert McMillan18 Dec. 09 07:18
  • ComScore: Facebook breaks 100M US unique visitor mark

    Facebook's staggering usage growth continues unabated, as the company surpassed the 100 million U.S. unique visitor milestone in November, the first time the social networking site exceeds that monthly mark, according to comScore.

    Written by Juan Carlos Perez16 Dec. 09 07:51