Stories by Stacy Cowley

Web 2.0: At the tipping point

As the World Wide Web evolves into a more collaborative platform, the technologies and business models involved in that transition are being swept up into the "Web 2.0" rubric, a term vague enough to encompass almost anything one cares to push under ...

Vendors unite to promote AJAX tool development

A group of top industry vendors plans to announce on Wednesday a new community initiative aimed at popularizing AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and Extensible Markup Language), the nickname given to a collection of software development tools and standa...

Google CEO on censoring: 'We did an evil scale'

It took Google more than a year to make the decision that offering a censored version of its search services in China would be a lesser evil than boycotting business in the country altogether, according to Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Experian buys PriceGrabber.com for $485 million

Financial services company Experian got into the holiday shopping spirit on Wednesday by acquiring PriceGrabber.com, a popular online comparison shopping site. Experian's parent company, London-based Gus, said it paid US$485 million for PriceGrabber....

HP buys Pixaco to expand photo services offerings

Looking to expand its share of the growing digital photo services market, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has agreed to buy European online photo prints retailer Pixaco, the companies said Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

New TiVo service to encourage skipping TO the ads

After introducing a generation of television viewers to the joys of skipping over ads, TiVo plans to launch a new service to let its subscribers seek out the advertisements they've cut loose from their TV viewing.

Google attracts developers

Google's heft means that where it goes, developers follow. This year, the company has been an accidental catalyst for two major advances in Web application development: AJAX and mashups. Google didn't invent or evangelize either technology. It just q...

Skype update adds call forwarding and ringtones

Skype Technologies went live Thursday with an updated version of its Internet telephony software, adding call forwarding and personalization options to its popular VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) service.

Microsoft, JBoss link up

Bowing to market realities, Microsoft said it will begin working with an ideological foe, open-source development and services company JBoss, on optimizing interoperability between JBoss' middleware and Microsoft's Windows Server software.

And the Emmy goes to ... IBM and Microsoft

IBM and Microsoft are about to pick up impressive new hardware to stick in their corporate trophy cases: Next week, the companies will take home their first Emmy awards for technical innovations.

Ex-HP chief Fiorina to pen memoir about her career

Carly Fiorina has reached a deal to pen a memoir about her dramatic career, which went on hiatus in February following her ouster from Hewlett-Packard Co. after a turbulent five-year run as the company's chief executive.

IBM works toward replacable biometrics

Biometric security systems have one particularly critical vulnerability: How do you replace your finger if a hacker figures out how to duplicate it? An IBM research team working on that problem says it's recently cracked a major problem in the area o...

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