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Microsoft's rebranding of the widely used but culturally fading Hotmail service is off to a big start.

Latest Stories Tyler Clementi's Final Daysupdated: Sun Aug 14 2011 18:29:00

Court documents show the events leading up the to the Rutgers student's Sept. 22 suicide

Google to retire Blogger & Picasa brands?updated: Tue Jul 12 2011 16:11:00

Say goodbye to the Picasa and Blogger names: Google intends to retire several non-Google name brands and rename them as Google products, Mashable has learned.

8 important tips for Skype interviewsupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 09:44:00

With video interviews becoming more common during hiring, not being prepared can easily keep you out of the running. While meeting via video is time saver, getting past the technological barriers of not speaking face-to-face can be difficult.

Skype joins Facebookupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 09:44:00

Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to team up with Skype. CNN's Maggie Lake has details.

Yahoo rolls out e-mail upgradesupdated: Tue May 24 2011 12:40:00

Yahoo is rolling out an upgraded version of its e-mail service to its 284 million users.

CNNMoney: The Internet: One big power suckupdated: Mon May 09 2011 02:22:00

The Internet uses more electricity in America than the auto industry uses to make cars and trucks.

Android to get video chat via Google Talk upgradeupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 08:54:00

Google is beginning its rollout of Google Talk video chat to Android devices.

Microsoft, Yahoo won't release e-mail uptime statsupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 11:58:00

Google has been catching heat lately for the fact that it temporarily lost the e-mails of tens of thousands of Gmail users.

CNNMoney: Google nukes thousands of Gmail accountsupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 14:29:00

Imagine opening up your e-mail and finding years of correspondence gone.

E-mail migrating to mobile devices, survey saysupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 12:28:00

E-mail is not usually considered as a form of mobile communication, but new research indicates that it might be time to rethink that.

CNNMoney: Google: Your new phone carrier?updated: Sat Jan 01 2011 20:47:00

From robot cars to wind farms, Google's expansive ambitions have taken it into some surprising corners of the tech field. Here's another it could tackle: Becoming your telephone company.

Tap and pay with your cellphone?updated: Thu Nov 18 2010 05:28:00

At the Web 2.0 conference, Google's CEO describes a new technology that could revolutionize the way you shop.

Why Google's data collection snafu could be good for Gmailupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 05:28:00

Google disclosed recently that its Street View project had inadvertently collected personal data, and the company has faced an onslaught of investigations from two U.S. federal agencies and several European governments.

Apple finally approves Google Voice appupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 18:05:00

Apple began carrying Google's free voice app for iPhone on Tuesday, after the application hung in limbo for more than a year.

CNNMoney: Robot cars: Google searches for next Androidupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 10:31:00

When Google bought Android in 2005, pretty much everyone thought the search company was crazy.

Video chat popularity growing in U.S., study saysupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 15:56:00

With the recent popularity of video chat, Verizon Wireless may want to change its slogan to: Can you see me now?

5 reasons your online-chat pals may block youupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 09:28:00

Ever since the early days of AOL Instant Messenger (and ICQ for all you diehard chatters out there), the internet has provided us with a splendid way to reach out to others, connect with them across the channels of humanity and completely and utterly waste their time.

Google Voice app coming to the iPhone?updated: Tue Sep 14 2010 17:19:00

Smartphone fanatics have been waiting for months for a Google Voice app to come to the Apple iPhone. Now there's a new sign that this may happen soon.

CNNMoney: Google makes bold move to battle Skypeupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 11:37:00

Google announced Wednesday that it will allow users to make phone calls over the Internet through its Gmail service, encroaching on territory that has thus far been dominated by Skype.

Microsoft Launches Outlook Facebook Integrationupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 10:31:00

Microsoft is announcing today that it has integrated Facebook and Windows Live Messenger into Outlook, bringing the streams of millions of Facebook users into inboxes across the world.

Google Voice opens to all, no longer invite-onlyupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 16:18:00

Google Voice opened to the public Tuesday.

Microsoft revamps Hotmail, takes on Google and Yahooupdated: Tue May 18 2010 12:46:00

Hotmail, the world's most widely used e-mail service, is getting a major overhaul from Microsoft in a bid to fend off competitors like Google's Gmail.

Iran obstructing links to outside world, opposition members sayupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 19:51:00

Iranian authorities have imposed a virtual information blockade after opposition leaders issued a call for supporters to take to the streets during an important government anniversary on Thursday, people inside the country are saying.

Iran's telecom blackoutupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 19:51:00

A day before planned opposition protests in Iran, the government cracks down on telecommunications. Ivan Watson reports.

CNNMoney: Iran to suspend Google's Gmail - reportupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 16:28:00

The government of Iran announced on Wednesday it would suspend Google's e-mail service as it prepares to unveil a national e-mail service for Iranians, according to a news report.

Google Voice finally on iPhone, in the browserupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 16:37:00

Google's end run around Apple's App Store is complete: Google Voice is ready as a Web application.

Google poised to become your phone companyupdated: Fri Nov 13 2009 08:19:00

Google is set to become your new phone company, perhaps reducing your phone bill to zilch in the process.

CNNMoney: Skype, PayPal fuel eBay revenue growthupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 18:28:00

eBay Inc. may be trying to unload its Skype Internet phone business, but the division's 29% revenue growth helped bolster the company's third quarter results.

Gmail service has trouble -- againupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 15:07:00

Gmail experienced problems on Thursday, with some users reporting slowdowns and service outages.

Google apologizes, explains Gmail outageupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 11:02:00

Google said Tuesday's widespread Gmail outage occurred when the company took some servers offline to perform routine maintenance, causing its remaining routers to become overloaded with traffic.

Rejected by Apple, iPhone developers go undergroundupdated: Fri Aug 07 2009 12:47:00

Apple is the exclusive gatekeeper to its iPhone App Store, able to reject apps at will -- as it did July 28 with Google Voice.

CNNMoney: Apple unveils new iPhoneupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 16:27:00

Apple on Monday unveiled a new, faster iPhone, lowered the price on its existing model to $99, and released details of its revamped operating system.

DIY apps: Now showing on an iPhone near youupdated: Fri May 22 2009 03:26:00

No longer is the promised land of Apple's App Store reserved for technical wizards.

Staying in touch while you're on the roadupdated: Fri May 01 2009 11:57:00

With these handy tools, you can update the folks back home without ever having to slow down.

Google improves Gmail for iPhone, Androidupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 09:48:00

Google has released a new Web-based version of Gmail that gives iPhone and Android phone users a more sophisticated version of the online e-mail service, including access to messages that's faster and that works even when offline.

Skype for iPhone -- it's officialupdated: Wed Apr 01 2009 16:33:00

Months after teasing us at CES with an announcement of Skype's native VoIP client for the iPhone, the free Skype for iPhone will finally be available to download from the iTunes App Store sometime on Tuesday.

What is this VoIP I keep hearing about?updated: Wed Mar 04 2009 11:45:00

What is this VoIP I keep hearing about? Is it some government agency like the FBI? The CIA? The IRS? Should I be worried?

Google shows Web-based offline Gmail on iPhoneupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 12:44:00

Showing that its Web application priorities extend to the mobile world, Google on Wednesday demonstrated a version of Gmail for the iPhone that could be used even when the phone had no network connection.

Google unveils new phoneupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 06:20:00

CNN's Adrian Finighan talks to the Director of Global Commmunications about the new Google cell phone.

Google's newest Android prepares to battle Appleupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 06:20:00

Google launched the latest salvo in the cellphone wars Tuesday with the unveiling of the newest handset to carry its Android platform.

Experts reveal e-mail nightmares, safety tipsupdated: Tue Oct 21 2008 11:01:00

Nancy Dunetz, who teaches English as a second language in New York City, sat down in the school staff room to check her e-mail. One of the messages in her inbox was from an acquaintance she'd been corresponding with since their 50th high school reunion last year. Google-Phone Review: Brains Over Beautyupdated: Thu Oct 16 2008 19:00:00

T-Mobile's new G1 may well be the top tech gadget of 2008

Fortune: Ad industry eyes the iPhoneupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 12:47:00

Where there are eyeballs, there are usually ads. And the most eye-catching gadget of late has been the iPhone, which can now run thousands of software programs available at Apple's App store. Google vs. iPhone: Is Steve Jobs Reliving Past Mistakes?updated: Tue Sep 23 2008 19:00:00

The new open-platform, third-party-developer-friendly Google Phone may spell the downfall of Apple's iPhone. Does this sound familiar? The 'Google Phone': A Challenge to the iPhone?updated: Tue Sep 23 2008 16:00:00

Google and T-Mobile unveiled the hotly anticipated G1 smartphone, the first handheld device to run Google's Android operating system

The revolution will be mobilizedupdated: Fri Apr 25 2008 00:00:00

First it was instant messaging during office hours that gave us the thrill of passing notes in class. Then it was ogling ourselves on Web cams, ranting our minds on blogs, uploading our baby photos on Flickr and poking each other on Facebook. These days, as corporate records show, we choose to spend our lunch breaks watching YouTube, if not chatting over Skype.

Facebook unveils instant message featureupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 08:51:00

Facebook fans are getting a new toy this week. With the launch of Facebook Chat, users will be able to communicate in real time with friends on the site.

Fortune: Are these widgets worth half a billion?updated: Tue Mar 25 2008 14:09:00

A lot of eyebrows were raised on Wall Street in January when two giant investment firms, Fidelity and T. Rowe Price, paid $50 million for a 9.1% stake in Slide, a San Francisco- based company best known as the purveyor of entertainments like SuperPoke, which lets Facebook users "ninja kick" or "bodyslam" or "throw a pillow at" their friends.

Fortune: The iPhone gets a $100 million iFundupdated: Thu Mar 06 2008 16:18:00

Silicon Valley venture capital giant John Doerr said Thursdsay that his firm will launch a $100 million "iFund" to help finance the development of software applications for Apple's iPhone.

CNNMoney: BlackBerry email service goes downupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 19:21:00

BlackBerry email service went down Monday afternoon, according to Research in Motion, maker of the smartphone.

Review: Nokia's sleek new Internet Tablet worth a lookupdated: Fri Feb 08 2008 14:18:00

Nokia isn't foolish enough to think that its line of Internet Tablets is going to attract everyone. The company has readily admitted that it's for a certain audience--gadget lovers and early adopters--and we certainly agree with that statement.

Mac's Leopard an elegant upgradeupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 14:39:00

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is Apple's first major operating system upgrade since Tiger more than two years ago. The changes include more than 300 new features, which, while not earth-shattering, further streamline the experience of using a Mac.

Review: Bundled software plagues Microsoft Webcamupdated: Wed Oct 31 2007 13:28:00

The Microsoft LifeCam NX-3000 is an inexpensive, basic Webcam for laptops that delivers acceptable video quality and little else. The bundled LifeCam software is third-rate -- we prefer the apps that Creative and Logitech bundle with their Webcams -- although the design mirrors the Creative Live Cam Notebook Ultra, which we like.

CNNMoney: AOL instant messaging security questionedupdated: Tue Sep 25 2007 04:15:00

A security hole in widely used versions of AOL's instant-messaging program could let a crook grab control of a victim's computer, according to a security firm that says AOL's steps to repair the problem don't go far enough.

CNNMoney: Yahoo buying e-mail software makerupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 21:31:00

Yahoo Inc. is buying e-mail service Zimbra Inc. for $350 million in an all-cash deal that may open a new revenue channel for the slumping Internet icon.

CNNMoney: Microsoft patching up holes in Windowsupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 06:41:00

Microsoft Corp. released four software patches Tuesday to fix security flaws, including one flaw that could allow hackers to take over computers running the company's instant-messaging programs.

CNNMoney: BlackBerry users hit with shutdown, delaysupdated: Fri Sep 07 2007 23:28:00

A software glitch shut down e-mail service for some BlackBerry users Friday, and delays were still being felt hours after the problem was fixed.

CNNMoney: Yahoo adds free text messaging to emailupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 08:12:00

Yahoo is giving its e-mail users more ways to reach friends and online contacts by allowing them to trade messages with mobile phone users. Microsoft Delays Office for Mac Releaseupdated: Thu Aug 02 2007 12:00:00

Microsoft Corp. will delay the release of Office 2008 for Apple Inc.'s Macintosh computers until the middle of January 2008, in order to fix lingering bugs in the software

Fortune: Google battles Microsoft head-onupdated: Wed Feb 21 2007 15:36:00

For more than a year now, whenever someone has accused Google of targeting Microsoft's sweet spot - its Microsoft Office productivity software - CEO Eric Schmidt has had a ready answer. That's missing the point, he likes to say, suggesting that Google is up to something so completely different from Microsoft that it's simplistic and downright silly to suggest that the two compete.

Business 2.0: E-mail rebels at workupdated: Wed Nov 15 2006 12:50:00

For years, I had a colleague who adamantly refused to use our corporate e-mail. His coworkers didn't like the nuisance of having to remember to send messages to his personal account.

Business 2.0: Google searches for TV chiefupdated: Thu Mar 30 2006 11:42:00

Last fall, Google sales chief Omid Kordestani speculated on the possibility of putting Google's lucrative contextual ads on television. Now the company is moving to make Google TV a reality by listing a job opening for a product manager to oversee the effort. The company is also hiring engineers in Mountain View, Calif. and London for the project. One feature we hope they'll add: Google search that finds your remote control when it gets lost between the sofa cushions.

Business 2.0: MySpace Messenger on the wayupdated: Mon Mar 13 2006 14:48:00

When kids aren't blogging on MySpace, they're probably using instant messenger programs. So why wouldn't News Corp.'s MySpace get into IM, too? Peter Cashmore, a strategy consultant and entrepreneur who tracks new Internet startups on the Mashable blog, snagged screenshots of the new MySpace Messenger, which is expected to launch shortly. Details on the product are scant, but the screenshots show one intriguing detail: A musical-note icon, suggesting that MySpace's IM software will let you see the music that your friends are listening to as you chat.

Business 2.0: Google drive roils startupsupdated: Tue Mar 07 2006 15:34:00

As word leaked out about Google's plans for an online hard drive that can store users' files on Google servers, many observers wondered what would happen to the host of startups that already offer such services.'s Aaron Levie points out that his company already offers the service that Google is only thinking about today, though he concedes that Google's entry into the business could mean a bumpy road ahead. And the competition isn't just small fry: a Google online-drive service would also compete with offerings from Time Warner's AOL, which acquired Xdrive last fall.

Business 2.0: The New Phoneupdated: Tue Feb 28 2006 17:18:00

For nearly a century, the phone, and voice as we know it, have existed largely in the confines of a thin copper wire. But now service providers can convert voice calls into tiny Internet packets an...

Business 2.0: Breaking down VOIP's wallsupdated: Fri Jan 06 2006 10:11:00

If you are a consumer shopping for VOIP, welcome to the land of confusion.

Business 2.0: The Office Phone Meets P2Pupdated: Wed Dec 01 2004 00:01:00

Upstarts like Vonage and Skype are bringing voice-over-IP to the masses. But a bigger opportunity lurks in the $2 billion corporate phone market. Now, New York-based startup Popular Telephony is of...

Business 2.0: The Good Alternativeupdated: Fri Oct 01 2004 00:01:00

As a former Netscape executive, Danny Shader learned the hard way what happens when you try to go head-to-head with Microsoft. So when he launched Good Technology, he had Microsoft clearly in mind—...

Business 2.0: Putting Instant Messaging to Work Chatting on the job is a great way to communicate, if you do it right. Here's how to keep IM supdated: Sat Nov 01 2003 00:01:00

Instant messaging has invaded the office, popping up on computer screens in more than 70 percent of U.S. businesses. As with most technologies, its advantages come with a few pitfalls. IM is as qui...

Fortune: Apple Puts The Eye In IM Crossing video with AOL Instant Messenger is a winner. Better start wearing clothes updated: Mon Jul 21 2003 00:01:00

Video teleconferencing over the Internet isn't new. Just minutes after scientists discovered how to transmit two-way voice, video, and text streams between computers, sex-starved nerds were offerin...

Fortune: The IM Invasion Instant-messaging providers are targeting corporations in a big way. Does using IM make sense?updated: Mon May 26 2003 00:01:00

At a typically busy lunch hour at a Hardee's in Indianapolis, a cashier is ringing up an order. The eagle-eyed customer notices a mistake: He is being overcharged by a dollar for his roast-beef san...

FSB: New OS Pounces Into Businessupdated: Fri Nov 01 2002 00:01:00

You've probably seen Apple's Switch ads, with "real people" (who all just happen to be artists, writers, and musicians) advocating dumping Microsoft for Apple. You wouldn't expect to see a small bu...

FSB: E-Mail Take over the app that threatens to take over you.updated: Sun Sep 01 2002 00:01:00

SUN COBALT QUBE 3 SERVER, $2,099 Would you travel 1,000 miles to go 25 feet? Didn't think so, but that's what most e-mail does as it bounces around the Web. An in-house server lets y...

Money Magazine: You've Got Too Much Mail! It's tough to block junk e-mail, but our four-pronged defense plan can help.updated: Sat Jun 01 2002 00:01:00

Spam, the unsolicited e-mail pitches that clog your mailbox, is an annoyance that's only getting worse. I have four separate e-mail addresses (at AOL, Earthlink and Yahoo), and on average I get at ...

Fortune: It's a Phone! It's a PDA! But Wait, There's More!updated: Mon Mar 05 2001 00:01:00

People who are good at juggling busy work schedules are often good at juggling pieces of electronica. In one hand there's a cell phone. In the other there's a personal digital assistant that stores...

FSB: Canned Spam Use filters to manage junk e-mail and more.updated: Wed Dec 01 1999 00:01:00

Feeling overwhelmed by e-mail? Just plain annoyed? You're not alone. E-mail may have become a valuable business tool, but your in box is probably cluttered with unsolicited messages, sales pitches,...

Fortune: New Hope for Your E-Mail Internet mail can be overwhelming, but many of the top e-mail programs have tools updated: Mon Oct 25 1999 00:01:00

Feeling overwhelmed by e-mail? Just plain annoyed? You're not alone. Internet mail may have become a valuable business tool, but your inbox is probably cluttered with unsolicited messages, sales pi...

Fortune: Messaging For The Masses E-Mail on the Web Is the Way to Go For the Harried Business Travelerupdated: Mon Oct 11 1999 00:01:00

In the beginning (of this current e-volution) was the Internet. And a day later, or so it seemed, there was e-mail. Everywhere. It was part of the deal when you signed up with an Internet service p...

Fortune: No Sales? No Profits? No Problem. Here's $287 Million That's what AOL said when it bought Net startup ICQ, a company whose storyupdated: Mon Feb 15 1999 00:01:00

At first glance ICQ, a two-year-old Web startup founded by three Israeli twentysomethings, is not much to look at. Located in a drab industrial section of Tel Aviv, its headquarters seem a demoliti...

Money Magazine: E-Mail Setups That Deliverupdated: Thu Oct 01 1998 00:01:00

When you sign up for Internet service, you get an e-mail address and e-mail software such as Eudora Light, Netscape Messenger or Microsoft Outlook Express bundled with your browser. So why bother c...

Fortune: Clip and Save! Alsop's E-Mail Dictumsupdated: Mon Aug 17 1998 00:01:00

In case you haven't heard the term before, a "killer application" is the holy grail of the computer industry. A killer app, as it's also known, is a piece of software that motivates people to engag...

Fortune: Microsoft Organizes Your Life--For Free Microsoft is giving away the latest version of its information manager, updated: Mon May 25 1998 00:01:00

Whatever you may think of Microsoft, you have to admit that the company learns from its mistakes. Which is a good thing, because it makes so many.


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Fortune: WHY LOTUS NOTES IS A SOFTWARE FANTASYupdated: Mon Mar 03 1997 00:01:00

People are beginning to think that I'm just an inveterate curmudgeon, because I'm always writing columns that criticize computer companies (see Letters for what fans of Apple Computer think of me)....

Fortune: AUGMENTING YOUR DESKTOP WITH TELECOM PHONES AND PCs START TO MERGE Are you sick of automated voices telling you what to do? Replupdated: Mon Jul 11 1994 00:01:00

THE PHONE is ringing as you hurry back into your office after a day on the road. But before you make it across the room, the big answering machine in the sky picks up the call. The floor is a swamp...


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