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For Microsoft, There's Something Costly in Denmark
March 05, 2013
Little Denmark is looking for a big check. In one of the biggest tax cases in the history of the Scandinavian country with a population of 5.5 million, the Danish tax authority is seeking $1 billion from Microsoft in back taxes. The case stems from Microsoft's 2002 purchase of Danish software company Navision.
EC Poised to Unleash Its Wrath on Microsoft
March 01, 2013
It will be déjà vu all over again for Microsoft, which apparently is about to be slapped with a stiff fine for violating the European Union's antitrust rules. The European Commission reportedly will impose a penalty by the end of March for Microsoft's violation of a 2009 pledge to allow European users of its Windows operating system to choose among competing browsers.
Yahoo's New Home Page Goes for Lean, Clean Look
February 20, 2013
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is putting her money -- or rather her shareholders' money -- where her mouth is. Mayer has been proclaiming Yahoo's mission of becoming a must-visit daily portal equally accessible via PCs and mobile devices. To that end, the company unveiled a redesign of its website on Wednesday.
Microsoft Shoots for New Outlook.com Users by Targeting Less
February 20, 2013
Microsoft has made its new Outlook.com email service generally available, following six months of receiving and incorporating user feedback. The service is ready to scale to a billion people, the company said, and Hotmail users will be shifted over to form the core of that base.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Chrome Web Reference Apps
February 13, 2013
The Dictionary.com extension is distinct from Dictionary.com's app for Chrome which merely opens a Web page. The extension lets you double-click on any word, on any Web page, to see the definition in a pop-up box -- or you can enter the word in a search box. Both are fast ways to look up words, and are infinitely superior to having to launch a tab and flip between dictionary tab and text that you're reading.
All Things Appy: Top 5 Firefox Utilities
February 06, 2013
One of the ways apps and plug-ins contribute to our computer-driven lives is in providing utilities that streamline the optimization and configuration necessary to get the best out of our machines. Firefox, the Mozilla browser, has a formidable set of utilities. This week, All Things Appy takes a look at the five best, must-have utility add-ons available within the Firefox browser environment.
Chinese New Year Inspires Line-Cutting Apps
January 24, 2013
It is known, rightfully so, as the largest annual migration on Earth -- and the ticket lines, even on the Web, are accordingly long. But there's an app for that -- a few of them, actually. The Lunar New Year, also called the "Spring Festival," has inspired apps that allow people to cut in line, so to speak, on China's rail ministry website.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Chrome Business Apps
January 16, 2013
This week, All Things Appy looks at must-have, 21st century business-oriented tools in the Chrome Web browser environment. TweetDeck is a social media management app that lets marketers engage with Twitter conversations in real time. However, the app also provides at-a-glance standard and optional alternative views that include Interactions, Mentions, Messages and Activity, among others.
Jettisoning Java: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't
January 12, 2013
DHS is urging computer users to disable or uninstall Java due to a serious flaw in JRE 7. The DHS' Computer Emergency Readiness Team warned Thursday evening that it was being exploited in the wild and could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable systems. CERT recommended that Java be disabled in Web browsers.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Firefox Add-ons for Research
January 04, 2013
Before we became used to the slew of apps cluttering up our smarthones, desktop browser environments like Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox created "add-ons" and "extensions" -- the precursors of apps. For all intents and purposes, Firefox add-ons are app-like helpers, and using them is a good way to streamline your browser without having to perform a cumbersome favorites or bookmarks browse.
Yahoo's Email Rescue May Come Just in the Nick of Time
December 13, 2012
Yahoo has given its email service a major makeover, both for its desktop and mobile products. The changes include a streamlined and less cluttered interface that is easier to navigate. The new version of Yahoo! Mail is also faster for users to open and read messages. The changes have been long in coming and may have arrived just in time for Yahoo.
AOL's Alto Aims to Tidy Up Email Clutter
October 19, 2012
AOL is rolling out a cloud-based service, Alto, designed to help email users de-clutter their messy in-boxes. AOL, which offered one of the first email clients adopted by the mainstream, isn't trying to draw customers away from popular services like Gmail or Yahoo Mail. Instead, it is offering an application that focuses on organization by design.
Rockmelt for iPad Lets Pictures Do the Browsing
October 12, 2012
Rockmelt brought social browsing to the desktop in 2010 with an innovative Web browser, and now it hopes to do the same for the iPad with a new browser introduced on Thursday. Unlike traditional browsers, Rockmelt for iPad presents a user with two columns of floating tiles containing information that the user may be interested in based on past browsing. It chooses what to display based on an analysis of a user's Internet activity, social networking interactions, manual choices and other factors.
Box Embed Tools Tear Down Content Walls
October 09, 2012
Box on Tuesday unveiled Box Embed, a new HTML5-based framework, at its Boxworks 2012 conference in San Francisco. This lets users embed Box's various features -- uploads, search, comments, sharing and file edits -- easily in their website, forum or blog. The company also announced that 10 enterprise software partners, including Oracle, SugarCRM, NetSuite and Zendesk, will use Box Embed in their apps.
PayPal Blocks Argentine Peso-to-Dollar Conversions
September 18, 2012
Online payment service PayPal will prevent users in Argentina from making domestic transfers. PayPal users in Argentina will only be able to send and receive "international payments" starting on Oct. 9. The move is apparently linked to the Argentine government's 2011 decision to restrict the purchase of U.S. dollars, a move implemented either to prevent tax evasion and money laundering, or to prop up the value of the peso, depending on whom you ask.
Firefox 15 Goes on a Memory Diet
August 29, 2012
Better management of memory and updates highlight the latest release of the Mozilla Foundation's Web browser, Firefox 15. Firefox's development team has steadily improved the browser's memory management over recent months, but with this release of the program, it's targeting a major contributor to the software's piggish memory ways: add-on applications.
Kana Goes Modular With New Express Application
August 27, 2012
Kana Software is pushing into the mid-market space with a new offering called "Kana Express." It is a multi-channel Web customer service application divided into four modules, all of which can be deployed separately or used as a whole suite.
Goko Shows Its Hand
August 16, 2012
Startup game company Goko emerged from its 2011 stealth launch on Thursday, officially unveiling its HTML5-based lineup. The company -- which released its software development kits to independent developers interested in publishing and monetizing games for the HTML5 platform -- has held its cards closely but is now revealing its hand.
Apple Tunes Out YouTube
August 07, 2012
Soon iPhone users won't see the YouTube app on their handsets and will have to go to the YouTube website from the Safari browser. Apple won't be including the app in iOS 6, as its licensing deal with YouTube is now ending. The video-sharing social networking service is now owned by Google, of course, and this could be Apple's latest move to reduce the presence of its rival.
Court Docs Reveal Details of Kim Dotcom's Rough-and-Tumble Arrest
August 07, 2012
Today in international tech news: Details emerge from the Megaupload case. Also: A British supermarket chain is launching a virtual store in a London airport that will allow customers to purchase items via smartphone and have them delivered on the day they return; Chinese banks are a little behind when it comes to supporting new Web browsers; BBC's ambitious Olympics coverage is proving a hit.
Microsoft Ices Hotmail, Warms Up Outlook.com
August 01, 2012
Microsoft on Tuesday released a preview of its latest webmail client, Outlook.com. Built from the ground up, Outlook.com has a strong social component, with links to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google. A link to Skype is coming soon. Office Web apps -- Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote -- are included with Outlook.com, which will position it directly against Google Docs.
Google Gives Talk Users Something to Squawk About
July 26, 2012
The Google Talk chat application went down some time on Wednesday night, provoking many users to anger. Some said they had switched temporarily to Skype or Twitter. Google posted updates regularly on its App Status website, and began restoring service on a rolling basis. The problem apparently also affected the Google+ Hangouts service.

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