technology

Yahoo Sued for Collaborating With China

Apr 20, 2007
A human rights organization is suing Yahoo for assisting the Chinese government in arresting dissidents by providing information on its users. Like Google and Microsoft, Yahoo has defended the practice of handing over data to China as a necessary evil mitigated by the benefits of the Internet, crippled and corrupt though it may be.

Microsoft Wants a Billion New Customers

Apr 19, 2007
Microsoft has given itself less than eight years to find another billion PC users. To help meet that goal, the company has pledged to sell $3 bundles of Windows XP and Office software to governments that provide schools with free computers. That's about 2 percent of the cost of Office alone.

Last-Minute Tax Woes

Apr 18, 2007
A deluge of tax procrastinators attempting to file electronically before the midnight deadline on Tuesday slowed the TurboTax servers to a crawl, causing wait times in the hours. A spokesman for the company that makes the popular tax preparation software said it was "absolutely amazing" how many people had waited until the last possible moment.
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White House Plays Hide-and-Seek With RNC E-Mails

Apr 13, 2007
Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, balked at the White House's suggestion that several e-mails related to the U.S. attorneys scandal have been deleted. As many as 50 White House employees have used Republican National Committee e-mail accounts, possibly to conceal communications.

MySpace to Share Sex Offender Data With U.S. Center

Jan 30, 2007
Internet social network MySpace has developed a sophisticated national database of sex offenders it uses to police memberships and protect users, many of them minors. On Monday, the company announced it would share the information with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in an effort to aid law enforcement. (h/t: Sex Drive Daily)

Format War Heats Up

Jan 14, 2007
If you've been struggling to decide whether HD DVD or Blu-ray is right for your next-generation video needs, consider this: The porn industry has apparently chosen HD DVD as its preferred high-definition format. Sony, beware: The same people who probably gave VHS a win over Betamax in the last major format war have taken sides.

Thanks, but No Thanks

Jan 9, 2007
Etiquette experts still don't approve of sending thank-you notes via e-mail, despite the growing popularity of the practice. Because it's not the sentiment that counts, but the former tree it's written on.