Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

Yahoo Mail Beta – Faster, Unlimited Storage

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Hopefully, this will give Yahoo’s search engine functions a boost too. When it comes to search engines, it’s nice to have as many alternatives as possible …

Yahoo today unveiled a new version of their online email client, improving the performance, search and spam filtering as well as unlimited storage, mobile and social media integration.

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Opera – Please Fix the Opera Extensions Page

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

This might be kind of picky, but the article does make a valid point … the Opera Extensions Page does indeed need a re-design.

If you have followed the news surrounding the Opera web browser lately you know that the upcoming Opera 11 browser features an extensions framework, much like the one used by the Google Chrome web browser. (for the nitpickers, I’m not saying it is the same, I’m saying it looks similar from a user perspective).

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Google Street View Broke Canadian law

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

For something as simple as Street View, it’s amazing how it’s run afoul of local laws in so many different countries …

Commissioner says Google committed ‘serious violation’ of privacy laws

Google violated the privacy of thousands of Canadians when it inadvertently collected personal information about them with its Street View mapping cars, the country’s privacy commissioner has ruled.

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Yahoo Used to be a Giant – Now it’s Down to its Last Hurrah

Monday, October 18th, 2010

I’d be kind of sad to see Yahoo go under; if I can’t find something with Google, it’s always nice to have an alternative like Yahoo …

The former internet colossus is looking increasingly tired and predators are already circling

Will somebody please put Yahoo, the fading internet star, out of its misery? The Silicon Valley company, destined to labour in the shadows of Google and Facebook, recruited Goldman Sachs this week to defend itself against circling predators. Top name in the bidders’ frame is AOL, another blast from the Web 1.0 past.

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Google Profits Up as Online Ad Sales Continue to Prosper

Friday, October 15th, 2010

When the economy slows down, advertising budget is usually just about the last thing that a company wants to cut …

World’s largest internet company reports net income up 32% in the third quarter as chief executive lauds ‘significant momentum’

Google exceeded Wall Street expectations last night by reporting net income up 32% in the third quarter.

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Google Defends German Street View

Friday, October 15th, 2010

It’s interesting how European countries seem much more concerned about privacy than we do in the United States …

Concerns over panoramic mapping service are largely based on ‘misinformation’ claims spokeswoman for search engine giant

Google has defended the rollout of its Street View mapping service in Germany, where it is the subject of a nationwide debate about online privacy, ahead of a Friday deadline for people wanting to opt out of being pictured on the site.

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Yahoo ‘Targeted for Buyout’

Friday, October 15th, 2010

With a little bit of fine tuning, it does seem like Yahoo could be a likely candidate to give Google a run for its money …

Shares rise as AOL and News Corp are reported to have been approached by private equity firms about takeover

Yahoo is being targeted by private equity companies, two years after an audacious – but unsuccessful – bid from Microsoft.

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Docs Gets Improvements, Pushes Silverlight

Friday, October 15th, 2010

This sounds like a useful service … and/or a good way for Microsoft to increase the user base for its Silverlight product …

Docs.com is an online document management, creation and publication tool that is closely tied to Microsoft and Facebook. Without going into to much detail, Facebook users can use the service to read, create or edit their Word, PowerPoint or Excel documents. Close ties to Facebook make it possible to share documents with Facebook friends, and use the Facebook login to create a Docs account.

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Bing and Facebook Merge Search and Social

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Hmmm. It sounds like Bing just became my least favorite search engine …

Mashups. Everyone seems to think that people love mashups. Not really sure where this came from but we have to live with the consequences. Facebook and the Bing search engine yesterday announced a new mashup, that merges Bing search results with Facebook social information.

The feature which is going to be rolled out in the United States in the coming weeks will show friends’ recommendations on Bing. If you search for top movies you see which friends liked the movies shown in the results.

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Browser Statistics October 2010

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Remember way back in the late 1990s when Netscape was a major player in the browser market? I just barely remember …

Many websites today reported that Internet Explorer’s overall market share fell below 50% for the very first time. When it comes to statistics, it always pays to ask for the source to better analyze the data presented. All websites who have reported on this have been using StatCounter elusively (likely one site started it and every other site took “inspiration” from the article and used the same source). That’s fine, but does not necessarily lead to the conclusion that Internet Explorer market’s share dropped below 50%. Especially not if you take a look at other web browser market share statistics.

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