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The Pirate Bay sails into more stormy waters over Facebook file-sharing application

Tuesday 31 March 2009

Notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay is facing a new storm of controversy, as allegations are made that it could be tempting Facebook users into illegal download activity. The Pirate Bay – a Swedish site that maintains a huge index of movie, music and game downloads – has linked itself to Facebook, the 175 million-strong social network.

Google reveals search changes

Wednesday 25 March 2009

Search giant Google has tweaked the way in which it conducts its search and presents its results. The move is being seen by some pundits as an attempt to pre-empt the activities of its competitors, including new kids on the block Kumo.com and WolframAlpha.

Controversy surrounds Street View’s UK launch

Thursday 19 March 2009

As Google Street View launched in the UK and Netherlands, its arrival was met with both excitement and scorn. While many Internet users are delighted with the street-level mapping service – which shows 360-degree photos of our streets – privacy activists got hot under the collar.

Internet Explorer 8 released by Microsoft

Thursday 19 March 2009

Microsoft has launched Internet Explorer 8 at MIX09, the corporation's web designer and developer conference in Las Vegas. The official release of IE8 – ahead of the version that will appear in Windows 7 – follows widespread use of the RC1 release candidate version of the new browser, which many users have downloaded.

Microsoft quells Kumo rumours

Friday 13 March 2009

Speculation is rife that Microsoft is planning to re-brand Live Search as Kumo. The rumours follow glimpses of www.kumo.com – now unavailable – as a search engine homepage emblazoned with Microsoft's Kumo logo.

Google Voice set to revolutionise voice communications

Thursday 12 March 2009

Following its first foray into the telecoms arena in 2008 with the launch of Android, its mobile operating system designed to rival the iPhone, Google is now stepping up its game with the introduction of its latest service, Google Voice.

Google implements interest-based ads

Wednesday 11 March 2009

Internet goliath Google is changing its advertising model from keyword-related ads towards interest-based ads and the switch is already resulting in a hail of protest from privacy campaigners. Until now, Google has offered users targeted ads based on what they are searching for at that particular moment in time.

Google Health: Tonic or Toxic?

Tuesday 10 March 2009

Street View is not the only target for those resisting the Googlification of the modern world this week. Google's drive to digitise health records, first launched in May 2008, is being stepped up – buoyed, no doubt, by Obama's support of this as part of his health care reform plans – and so is the criticism of it.

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