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Google Twitter Buyout Rumours Persist

Google may be in late-stage negotiations to acquire Twitter, according to published online reports. But if Google were to acquire Twitter, how would that benefit Google?

Microsoft Releases IE8

Security, ease of use, and improvements in RSS, Cascading Style Sheets and AJAX support are key priorities for Internet Explorer 8, according to Microsoft

MWC 2009: Preview of Windows Mobile 6.5

Video: The other day, Microsoft invited me over for an early look at Window Mobile 6.5, the next iteration of the company’s operating system for phones. I didn’t get to actually use the OS, although we have subsequently had more information at the MWC presentation.

Mobile World Congress: Summary of Day 2

Video: The agreement between Nokia and Qualcomm, the approach made by Nvidia to Android and the presentation of the new Vodafone device HTC Magic marked the second day of this event.

Mobile World Congress: Summary of Day 1

Video: The ecological mobile of Samsung, the presentation of Windows Mobile 6.5 and the new products presented by Nokia mark the inauguration of the MWC.

Google Search Engine Sends False Security Warnings

A human error caused Google users to received bogus security warning messages for many of the searches the performed for nearly an hour the morning of the 31st January. During that period users received erroneous warnings that their search results were directing them to web sites that “may harm your computer.”

Who Is the Best Skype Suitor? Google, Microsoft or Yahoo?

It’s impossible for eBay to report quarterly earnings without the usual deliberations about what the company could, would or should do with Skype. So it comes as no surprise that media hounded eBay CEO John Donahoe about the VOIP unit, one of those anomalous acquisitions that people still scratch their heads about. For £1.8 billion, Skype was an overpriced, albeit trendy, technology play for eBay to make in 2005.

IE 8 and Windows 7 RC-Beta Mashups

Microsoft gives and gives more. On the 23rd January, the company extended the download availability of Windows 7 Beta 1. Yesterday, 26th January, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1. But the two shall never meet.

Microsoft Goes After Clickjacking in IE8

Microsoft has introduced a release client version of its latest browser, Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), and the new iteration of the application includes several security improvements, including a noteworthy attempt to address the emerging problem of clickjacking attacks.

Exalead Takes OEM Approach to Enterprise Search to Compete with Google, Microsoft

Exalead, a challenger to Microsoft Fast, Google, Vivisimo and other providers of enterprise search engines, creates a version of its CloudView platform as an OEM product. Customers will be able to take CloudView and meld it into their existing infrastructure. OEM customers will also be able to set pricing and scale their enterprise applications on the platform.

Yahoo Turns on Wikipedia SearchMonkey App but Twitter Is the BOSS

Yahoo unleashes the SearchMonkey Wikipedia application, a Web service that augments Yahoo search results with Wikipedia articles. Will SearchMonkey, a jewel of application development for Yahoo, fall prey to new CEO Carol Bartz’ plans for the search engine and Web service giant? Meanwhile, a Yahoo programmer builds TweetNews, a mashup of Yahoo news search results that leverages popular Twitter tweets.

Scaling Apps on the Google App Engine

It’s been almost a year since Google introduced the beta of its Google App Engine, and eWEEK Labs wants to see what applications have been built on the technology. While none have yet reached the size and power of Facebook or Twitter, some interesting tools have been built on Google App Engine, which shows promise as a viable platform for large Web-based applications.