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  • Free E-books Concern Publishers and Authors Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | 8:26 AM ET

    More and more publishers are offering free e-books, raising concerns in the industry.

  • Ready for a good scare? The national debt clock is now online, and it's brought 38 of its evil statistical friends with it to freak you out.

  • Most Twitter Service Restored after Hacker Attack Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 2:31 PM ET

    Twitter and Facebook, two of the Web's hottest hangouts, suffered service problems Thursday, raising speculation that they had come under a pre-planned coordinated attack by hackers.

  • Twitter Down, but Not Out Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 2:02 PM ET
    Twitter Whale

    Twitter and its 45 million users are certainly no strangers to service outages. I've posted before about the unstable nature of the website and how there were real, legitimate concerns that the site was buckling under the pressure of so many new users so quickly. I mean, with 40 or so employees servicing a 45-million member community that is still dealing with mushrooming growth, there will be some snafus.

  • Don't Know What STD Means? It's no LOL Matter Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 11:52 AM ET

    Does your company have its own Twitter feed? And a fan club on Facebook? Do you now have an individual concentrating 40 to 60 hours a week on evolving your company’s social media strategy? If the answer is yes to any one of those questions, then you are, my dear executive, current with technology.

  • New Entry in E-Books a Paper Tiger Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 11:46 AM ET
    Kindle DX

    David Pogue looks at Barnes & Noble's answer to the Kindle, and finds it lacking.

  • Cisco Beats; But Will It Also Raise? Wednesday, 5 Aug 2009 | 4:32 PM ET
    Cisco Earnings

    Cisco shares jumped 19 percent on the quarter, mostly on the heels of CEO John Chambers' comments at the conclusion of the company's third quarter report that trends were suggesting something positive, or at least stable, in global IT spending.

  • Gawker’s Blogs, for a Time, Are Silenced by Hackers Wednesday, 5 Aug 2009 | 2:16 PM ET
    Gawker logo

    On Sunday and Monday, the popular Web sites run by Gawker Media went off the grid after an apparent attack by hackers.

  • When Bad News is Good; Cisco Prepares to Report Wednesday, 5 Aug 2009 | 1:28 PM ET

    If Cisco meets analyst expectations for its fiscal fourth quarter, it'll report a nearly 20 percent plunge in sales and a 30 percent decline in profits. And that's the good news.

  • White House Takes on Drudge Over Health Care Posting Tuesday, 4 Aug 2009 | 9:55 AM ET

    The White House is turning to the Internet to hit back at a Web posting that claims to show President Barack Obama explaining how his health care reform plans eventually would eliminate private insurance.

  • FTC to Apple and Google: Too Little Too Late? Monday, 3 Aug 2009 | 4:09 PM ET
    Eric Schmidt

    The Federal Trade Commission commends Apple and Eric Schmidt's decision on their parting of the ways this morning, but it appears that the federal investigation into the so-called "interlocking directorates" will continue, and that cannot be good news for either company.

  • Apple to Schmidt: C-ya! Monday, 3 Aug 2009 | 10:32 AM ET
    Eric Schmidt

    If there were any doubts about where Google goes from here, and what Apple is trying to become, look no further than Eric Schmidt's resignation from Apple's board.

  • Quattrone Returns to Silicon Valley as Banks Retreat Monday, 3 Aug 2009 | 10:12 AM ET
    Frank Quattrone

    Frank Quattrone, a star Silicon Valley investment banker who advised hundreds of companies during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, has been quietly counseling about 20 technology companies since March of last year, when he started Qatalyst Partners, a boutique merchant bank.

  • EBay: Auction Site? Or Discount Store? Thursday, 30 Jul 2009 | 4:09 PM ET

    As the retail sector continues to struggle—with June store sales falling short of expectations and consumer confidence dropping nearly 6 percent—online retailer eBay is rewriting its marketing strategy for the upcoming holiday season.

  • Evolution of Web Ads: Social Media's New Challenge Thursday, 30 Jul 2009 | 11:35 AM ET
    The third-party ad on Facebook using Cheryl Smith's image.

    Peter Smith was browsing Facebook a couple of weeks ago when he stumbled upon an ad for hot singles. That's not unusual on social networking sites like Facebook, but what was unusual was the picture of the woman in the ad. It was his wife, Cheryl.

  • Even Google Is Blocked With Apps for iPhone Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 | 11:40 AM ET

    Google might power the world’s most popular search engine, but its clout goes only so far. When it comes to getting one of its applications onto the iPhone, it seems Google has to wait in line for Apple’s approval like everyone else — and face the risk of rejection.

  • A Rorschach Cheat Sheet on Wikipedia? Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 | 11:03 AM ET
    Rorschach Test

    Wikipedia is engulfed in a furious debate with psychologists who are angry that the online encyclopedia has reproduced the 10 original Rorschach plates online, for free.

  • Finally, But Was It Worth the Wait? Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 | 9:46 AM ET

    It's a kiss-your-sister kind of deal, and stock trading in both companies reflect it. It's been a long wait. And after all this time, shareholders will still be forced to wait -- a lot longer -- to see if the deal was worth waiting for.

  • Netflix Competitors Learn the Power of Teamwork Tuesday, 28 Jul 2009 | 10:59 AM ET

    A contest set up by Netflix, which offered a $1 million prize to anyone who could significantly improve its movie recommendation system, ended on Sunday with two teams in a virtual dead heat, and no winner to be declared until September.

  • UK Government Tells Civil Servants to Tweet Tuesday, 28 Jul 2009 | 7:51 AM ET

    The British government has told civil servants: Go forth and tweet.