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Google Axes Health Service Due to Feeble Response

Google announced Friday it will discontinue its Google Health service, a program launched three years ago to allow users to upload and store electronic health records in a central, online repository. The service was designed to provide users with an online database where they could manage personal m...

Yahoo Execs Sport Bright Smiles as Investors Squirm

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and company board members addressed investors Thursday at the company's annual shareholder meeting. Despite majority support for Bartz and other board members, a certain level of discontent was palpable among investors, and one particular shareholder called for an end to Bartz'...

Can Lulz Be Lassoed?

A hacker believed to be involved in high-profile cyberattacks on major websites including those of the CIA, the U.S. Senate, PBS, the UK's Serious Organized Crime Agency and Sony was arrested outside London Tuesday. After the arrest, 19-year-old Ryan Cleary was identified by authorities as a major p...

LightSquared Fiddles With Dial to Cut GPS Static

LightSquared is moving forward with its plans to create a faster 4G wireless network by switching airwaves after tests showed its previous system interfered with GPS systems, the company announced Monday. The network innovator will use spectrum controlled by satellite company Inmarsat. "Inmarsat is ...

Plunderous Malware Makes Off With Bags of BitCoins

A new malware attack aimed at stealing BitCoin wallets is on the loose, according to information released by security firm Symantec. The attack has led to reports of at least one theft amounting to approximately $500,000. BitCoins are a form of virtual currency. The relatively unregulated method of ...

Pandora’s Pox?

Internet radio provider Pandora has taken a harsh beating in its first few days on Wall Street. After a short-lived initial pop that boosted its share value from its debut of $16 to a peak of over $24 on Wednesday, shares sunk sunk throughout the day Thursday and into mid-day Friday, where they hove...

Senators’ Bill Would Muzzle the Tracker in Your Pocket

Federal legislation aimed at eliminating loopholes that allow companies like Google and Apple track users using GPS location-based technology was proposed by Senators Al Franken, D-Minn., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Wednesday. If signed into law, the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011 c...

Google Focuses on Voice, Vision and Velocity in Latest Round of Search Upgrades

The new search technologies Google unveiled recently put a mobile-flavored twist in the company's desktop search engine, including a new voice search capability. Google also announced the ability to search by an image and a feature called "Instant Pages" that leads to even speedier search results. M...

Google Blends Admeld Into Display Ad Strategy

Google announced Monday it's moved to buy online advertising company Admeld, another purchase in what appears to be the search engine giant's move toward the display ad market. Neither company disclosed the cost of the purchase, but reports suggest Google paid about $400 million to acquire Admeld. W...

LightSquared Mucks Up GPS Signals, Flunks Network Test

LightSquared's plans for launching a faster wireless network have been hampered by new government tests that show the broadband network could interfere with GPS systems. The proposed wireless network, being developed by LightSquared, is supposed to be the fastest way yet to access a broadband networ...

Citigroup Fumbles 200,000 Credit Cards in Massive Data Breach

More than 200,000 Citigroup bank accounts were hacked in last month, according to just-released data from the company, and federal regulations could tighten because of the security breach. Details of the hack remain scarce. The bank says hackers probably accessed names, card numbers, addresses and e...

HP Moves to Force Itanium Down Oracle’s Throat

Oracle's March announcement that it will discontinue developing software for Intel's Itanium platform has reportedly compelled HP to send the software company a letter demanding Oracle reverse its decision, threatening legal consequences if it doesn't comply. HP officials believe Oracle's decision v...

Microsoft and Facebook Stump for AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Tech giants Microsoft, Facebook, Research In Motion and several venture capitalist firms penned their support for the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger in a letter filed to the FCC on Tuesday, stating the increased capacity potential possible through the merger could spur innovation in the wireless ...

Microsoft and Facebook Stump for AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Tech giants Microsoft, Facebook, Research In Motion and several venture capitalist firms penned their support for the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger in a letter filed to the FCC on Tuesday, stating the increased capacity potential possible through the merger could spur innovation in the wireless ...

Sony’s New Toys May Not Be Enough to Shake Security Blues

Innovative 3D technology, connectivity, a new Move controller and the reveal of a 3G NGP (Next Generation Portable) were some of the highlights rolled out by Sony's video game division at the E3 2011 Conference in Los Angeles on Monday. Sony Computer Entertainment President and CEO Jack Tretton gree...

Groupon’s Planning Its Hottest Daily Deal Yet: Stock

Popular online coupon marketer Groupon filed for an initial public offering with the SEC on Thursday, meaning the public will soon have the chance to buy into one the world's fastest-growing companies. Groupon hopes to raise $750 million in the deal, which will be underwritten by a group of investor...

Gmail Spear-Phishing Attacks Net FBI Scrutiny

The Gmail accounts of hundreds of high-profile individuals were hijacked through a so-called spear phishing campaign originating in China, according to Google. Hackers apparently gained access to users' accounts using passwords likely obtained through malicious software and targeted phishing techniq...

WHO Connects Cellphones With Cancer Risk

After reviewing data from previous studies, the International Agency for Research on Cancer released a statement Tuesday asserting cellphones are possibly carcinogenic toward humans. The report was put together in Lyon, France, after a week-long conference with international experts for the IARC, wh...

Study: Android App Peddlers Struggle to Close the Deal

Google's Android Market may be rapidly catching up to Apple's App Store in terms of sheer quantity, but app sales still vary greatly between the two, according to an analysis released on Friday by Distimo. The numbers give Apple a clear advantage in sales of applications. The report found that in Ma...

Barnes & Noble Tells a Simpler Story With New Nook E-Reader

Barnes & Noble has introduced its new Nook -- a more elementary, less expensive black and white WiFi e-reader device geared toward a simpler market and hoping to compete in the growing e-reader field. The new Nook unrolls with some key differences from its predecessors and competitors. Primarily...

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