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Project turns geodata collection into a party

Some map makers have found a way to draw people to their detail-oriented field: have a party.

Google prunes unpopular services from its portfolio

Google will either shut down or stop supporting several free Web-based services as it retrenches its engineering resources.

Harvard academic refutes Google carbon footprint story

A Harvard researcher said on Tuesday that a British newspaper misquoted his research covering the carbon footprint caused by running Web sites.

AVG acquires behavioural detection security company

Czech security company AVG has completed a deal to acquire Sana Security, which specializes in detecting malicious software based on its behaviour.

Google disputes Harvard fellow's pollution estimate

The carbon footprint of a search query is nowhere near the estimate concluded by a Harvard academic, Google said late Sunday.

New Microsoft ads stress savings derived from software

Microsoft's latest ad campaign will try to convince businesses that software can save them money even in a turbulent economy.

Major software companies sued for patent infringement

Twenty-two major software and security companies are being sued for alleged patent infringement by a little-known entity now controlling the two patents in question.

Vietnam pushes open-source software for government use

The Vietnamese government will move to several open-source applications by the end of next year as the country also tries to reduce the use of pirated software.

Data breaches rose sharply in 2008, says study

More than 35 million data records were breached in 2008 in the U.S., a figure that underscores continuing difficulties in securing information, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC).

Weak demand causes Intel to cut Q4 forecast

Intel expects fourth-quarter revenue for fiscal 2008 to fall 23 percent compared to a year prior due to weaker demand for computer processors, the company said Wednesday.

Norway pulls downloadable Beatles podcasts

Norway's public broadcaster has stopped offering a downloadable podcast with songs from the Beatles, citing a licensing issue.

Google comes in third on top 10 list of spam enablers

Google has yet to stop a rising number of spammers from abusing Google Docs, its Web-based collaboration and spreadsheet application, according to junk mail watchdog Spamhaus.

Yahoo to scrub personal data after three months

Yahoo said Wednesday it will anonymize most of the data it collects about people's Web searches after three months, a move that could put further pressure on competitors Google and Microsoft to do the same due to privacy concerns.

Swedish police warn of tampered credit card terminals

Swedish police are unraveling a scheme where criminals stole credit card details by tampering with a point-of-sale (POS) terminals at a Toys R Us store in Malmö.

Microsoft releases its first-ever iPhone application

Microsoft's first-ever iPhone application is a slick photo viewer with a browsing capability that handles a large number of photos on a mobile device screen.