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Tech firm wants to ban office e-mailupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 13:05:00

Imagine: A workday without e-mail.

One-third of Americans prefer texts to voice calls updated: Thu Sep 22 2011 18:47:00

Do you prefer to get a text message or a phone call if someone wants to reach you on your cell phone? According to a new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 31% of American adults prefer text messages to phone calls.

Fight hackers with longer passwordsupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 08:06:00

Digital Lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong has tips on how to make your computer password stronger.

Secret Service to probe Fox News' Twitter hackupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 08:06:00 alerted the Secret Service on Monday about the apparent hacking of its Twitter feed for political news, after the feed was used to falsely report that President Obama was killed.

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.

China dotcom giant launches English language serviceupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 21:25:00

Tencent, the world's third largest Internet company by market share, launched its popular instant messenger service in English, Japanese and French.

CNNMoney: AOL founder Steve Case: "It's disappointing and frustrating" to look backupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 10:59:00

AOL co-founder Steve Case -- a serial tech entrepreneur who is still actively launching new ventures -- took the stage at Business Insider's Ignition conference Friday to discuss Web upstarts and reflect on his own battered legacy.

Yahoo speeds up mail, adds more Twitterupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 11:07:00

Yahoo wants to make its Web e-mail service a place you never want to -- or more importantly -- have to leave to get your social fix.

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 plans to drop Waveupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 17:57:00

Google is pulling the plug on Google Wave.

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.

One year later: Google Wave still shows promiseupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 10:00:00

One year ago on May 28, Google launched its Wave collaboration tool to much fanfare. Initially open to just a handful of developers, Google eventually opened the service to a larger beta pool last fall. At that time, nearly everyone involved in tech was requesting or giving away Wave invites -- everybody wanted to try it. The limited availability of invites fueled a lot of hype, most of which seemed to fizzle after everyone who wanted an invite got one and many users wondered, "What's it for?"

AP Stylebook adds 42 new guidelines for social mediaupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 18:53:00

The AP Stylebook has released its new social media guidelines, including the official change from"Web site" to "website" (a move first reported back in April) and 41 other definitions, use cases and rules that journalists should follow.

No tweets for Chinaupdated: Sun Dec 27 2009 20:03:00

CNN's Emily Chang reports on the Chinese government's latest crackdown on social media Web sites.

Micro-blogs in China: Tweeting through the 'Great Firewall'updated: Sun Dec 27 2009 20:03:00

A handful of homegrown micro-blogging sites emerged about the same time Twitter started to gain a small, yet steadily growing, share of Chinese Internet users, beginning about 2007, around a year after Twitter was launched in the U.S. in 2006.

"Red Wired" author speaksupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 07:26:00

Author Sherman So talks about how the Internet makes popular culture accessible to the least educated in China.

'Sea turtles' powering China's Internet growthupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 07:26:00

"China is not on the Internet, it's basically an intranet. Everything is banned by the Great Firewall," says Sherman So, co-author of "Red Wired: China's Internet Revolution."

Therapy online: Good as face to face?updated: Wed Sep 02 2009 09:47:00

Your therapist's name is ELIZA, and she interacts with you through text on a computer screen. However embarrassing or difficult your problem may be, ELIZA will not hesitate to ask you a question about it, or respond graciously, "That is very interesting. Why do you say that?"

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: AOL's plan B-eboupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 10:12:00

Ever since Microsoft announced its surprise bid for Yahoo last month, the heat has been on Time Warner to figure out its next move for AOL, the former Web juggernaut that could be left out in the cold if its two main rivals merge.

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: 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.

Business 2.0: Does the Sidekick still have punch?updated: Thu May 03 2007 16:36:00

What phone has starred in rap videos, appeared on the David Letterman Show and been spotted in the hands of hotel heiress Paris Hilton? The T-Mobile Sidekick, of course.

Instant messages, e-mail, about a fallen 'personal hero' updated: Wed Apr 18 2007 22:08:00

As I was scrambling to get a story out Tuesday evening I received an instant message from a sophomore I had met met earlier in the day about Ross Alameddine who died in the shooting.

Students find support, outlet for grief onlineupdated: Wed Apr 18 2007 12:25:00

For one Virginia Tech sophomore, the terrible news didn't come through a conversation with a friend or from the authorities, or even over the phone.

Students find support and an outlet for grief onlineupdated: Tue Apr 17 2007 15:33:00

As police officers and reporters swarmed the Virginia Tech campus, many students turned to the Internet to share information and stories, ask questions, and comfort each other.

Business 2.0: Flying off the Shelvesupdated: Thu Mar 15 2007 12:38:00

An instant message from a friend popped up on Lane McConnell's computer in September, telling him to check out a YouTube video of a cat chasing a remote-controlled toy helicopter.

Justice: FBI could have handled Foley e-mails betterupdated: Mon Jan 22 2007 18:21:00

An internal Justice Department report concluded the FBI should have notified the House of Representatives or other officials after learning last summer of inappropriate e-mails former Rep. Mark Foley sent to a House page.

Money Magazine: Keep your kids safeupdated: Tue Dec 05 2006 14:50:00

Chances are, your child will spend most of his Net time instant messaging with the same kids he sees all day in school, doing homework, playing video games or finding other fans of his favorite obscure band.

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.

Experts: Too soon to say if lurid e-mails were a crimeupdated: Mon Oct 09 2006 11:19:00

Sexually charged, yes. Inappropriate, without a doubt. The instant messages reportedly sent to teenage former pages by a Florida congressman were tailor-made for a political scandal.

Attorney: Feds, page to talk about Foley correspondenceupdated: Fri Oct 06 2006 17:33:00

A former congressional page who was reportedly told in an instant message from former Rep. Mark Foley to "strip down and get relaxed" likely will talk to federal agents investigating the scandal next week, his lawyer said Friday.

Page's family: Leave our 'hero' son aloneupdated: Thu Oct 05 2006 16:54:00

The family of a Louisiana teenager who reported "sick" e-mails from former Rep. Mark Foley called their son a hero Thursday and said they want reporters to go away.

Mysterious blog scooped media on Foley messagesupdated: Wed Oct 04 2006 17:13:00

Capitol Hill controversies are nothing new, but as details emerge about former Rep. Mark Foley's e-mails and instant messages with underage congressional pages it's clear that the Internet is reinventing the Washington scandal.

Investigators to House: Keep Foley documentsupdated: Wed Oct 04 2006 15:07:00

Federal investigators have asked the House of Representatives to keep computer records and papers from former Rep. Mark Foley's office, a senior Justice Department official said Wednesday.

Hastert, GOP stand together amid Foley scandalupdated: Tue Oct 03 2006 21:07:00

Four days after Rep. Mark Foley resigned amid allegations that he had inappropriate correspondences with teenage congressional pages, a conservative newspaper called for the House speaker to follow suit Tuesday.

Attorney: Clergyman molested Foley as teenupdated: Tue Oct 03 2006 07:10:00

Former Rep. Mark Foley was molested by a clergyman when he was between the ages of 13 and 15, his attorney said Tuesday amid allegations that the congressman exchanged inappropriate e-mails and instant messages with teen congressional pages.

Report: Foley allegedly tried to meet pageupdated: Mon Oct 02 2006 04:14:00

House Republican leaders struggled Monday to contain the political fallout as more sexually charged electronic banter between Rep. Mark Foley and teenage pages emerged.

Congressman quits after messages to teens foundupdated: Fri Sep 29 2006 15:20:00

Republican Rep. Mark Foley resigned Friday from the House after sexually explicit instant message conversations with teenage congressional pages attributed to him surfaced.

Fortune: E-mail - without a traceupdated: Tue Sep 26 2006 17:30:00

The typical business today is awash in e-mail, from the critical to the mundane to the absolutely worthless.

Fortune: The next phase of instant messagingupdated: Tue Aug 01 2006 17:09:00

A tiny software company called meebo Wednesday opened a new channel of communication on the Web. Now, if you have a Web page your visitors can talk to you using instant messaging, even if you're away from your home computer. (That includes all you MySpace users.)

Business 2.0: Ohmigod, teens are so over e-mail!updated: Wed Jul 26 2006 10:44:00

E-mail is so, like, 2005. Just ask the kids: A recent ComScore Media Metrix report shows teen usage of Web-based e-mail dropped 8 percent last year.

Business 2.0: Making real money in a virtual worldupdated: Mon May 15 2006 11:27:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Doppelganger, a San Francisco-based startup is launching a virtual world today that's part nightclub, part billboard.

Fortune: AOL: You've gotta catch upupdated: Thu May 11 2006 10:37:00

AOL is struggling to break out of a prolonged slump. But will rolling out new-and-improved versions of other companies' innovative ideas be enough?

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.

CNNMoney: Be your best at workupdated: Mon Feb 20 2006 13:17:00

Most of us will be lounging about in our PJs this morning on account of the holiday. And that makes it a perfect time to give ourselves a corporate makeover.

CNNMoney: AOL set to roll out new servicesupdated: Mon Feb 20 2006 09:06:00

America Online is set to roll out major new services in the coming months that include a new video search offering and a "voice platform" for its popular instant-messaging service, AIM, according to a published report Monday.

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.

CNNMoney: Not all eBay sellers are sold on Skypeupdated: Thu Dec 08 2005 14:29:00

EBay hopes the merchants who peddle their wares on its Web site will embrace Skype, the online calling service it bought recently, but some of the auction site's top merchants say they have no plans to use it as a sales tool.

CNNMoney: Report: AOL losing IM chiefupdated: Fri Dec 02 2005 07:27:00

The executive who is credited with leading a turnaround of America Online's Instant Messenger unit is reportedly leaving to join a venture capital firm.

All signals go for Google updated: Fri Oct 21 2005 06:07:00

It looks like Google lived up to the lofty expectations that analysts and investors had for the online search leader.

CNNMoney: All signals go for Googleupdated: Thu Oct 20 2005 14:21:00

It looks like Google lived up to the lofty expectations that analysts and investors had for the online search leader.

CNNMoney: Yahoo! shines, Wall Street shrugsupdated: Tue Oct 18 2005 14:36:00

Internet stocks can hardly be called boring and predictable. But when Yahoo! reported better-than-expected third-quarter sales and earnings on Tuesday afternoon, Wall Street just shrugged.

CNNMoney: Web calls are more than just talkupdated: Thu Jul 07 2005 16:18:00

Call it Skype envy or the inevitable search for the next killer app on the Internet.

Fortune: GATES AND OZZIE: HOW TO ESCAPE E-MAIL HELLupdated: Mon Jun 27 2005 00:01:00

On a shelf in Bill Gates' austere office at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., sits a crystal ball. It was an apt accouterment for the conversation FORTUNE's David Kirkpatrick had there last month with G...

The meaning of lifeupdated: Tue Apr 26 2005 10:26:00


Instant messaging comes of ageupdated: Tue Dec 28 2004 15:40:00

It is more conversational than an email, less trouble then picking up a phone and very hard to control.

Six rules for IM-ing at workupdated: Fri Dec 03 2004 07:28:00

Among teens and young adults, a whole subculture language has developed around instant messaging, leaving many scratching their heads when they see things like "ttfn," and "ttyl" ("ta ta for now," and "talk to you later").

CNNMoney: Nintendo DS breaks new groundupdated: Fri Nov 19 2004 12:13:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - In June 2001, Nintendo launched the Game Boy Advance - and gamers cheered. Twenty-one months later, the company rolled out the Game Boy Advance SP - and that cheering turned into an ovation.

Report: Homeland Security vulnerable to wireless hackersupdated: Wed Jun 30 2004 21:29:00

Although charged with making the nation more secure, the Department of Homeland Security has not taken the steps needed to secure its own wireless communications, according to a report from the department's Inspector General.

CNNMoney: Techs advance on chip stocksupdated: Thu Jun 10 2004 13:57:00

Technology stocks managed to advance Thursday, buoyed by good news in the semiconductor sector but restrained by very light volume ahead of a three-day weekend.

CNNMoney: Gear up for a wireless summerupdated: Mon May 24 2004 11:40:00

Wireless TVs that fit into your pocket, sleek entertainment systems beautiful enough to hang on the wall and more dirt-cheap printers are expected to be some of the hot trends in consumer electronics this year.

CNNMoney: Free, cool and essential Downloadsupdated: Fri Mar 26 2004 16:10:00

Computer prices are so low, just about everyone can afford one. The expensive part is stocking the computer with software.

CNNMoney: Nintendo embraces instant messaging?updated: Tue Mar 16 2004 14:01:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Nintendo's latest handheld system seems to be moving even further away from a pure gaming machine.

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...

Business 2.0: The Lonely Recruiter Diversity efforts making you feel awkward? Get over it. Plus: Why you should behave on IM.updated: Wed Oct 01 2003 00:01:00

Q My company has put a priority on hiring minority managers. I'm assigned to recruit, but I'm white. (You can see the extent of our problem. We have no minority managers to assign this to.) How do ...

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...

Business 2.0: Burn Your Boarding Pass Sick of Stroganoff? Scared of SARS? New technology gets you to that big meeting without the airport hassupdated: Tue Jul 01 2003 00:01:00


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...

Fortune: The Perils Of E-mail It was supposed to make life easier. Now e-mail has become a prosecutor's No. 1 weapon and the surest way fupdated: Mon Feb 17 2003 00:01:00

It was the sort of e-mail most people delete with nary a glance. The bland subject heading read: "E-mail content training to begin in October." But the message inside was anything but routine. Merr...

Fortune: Flirting With Danger Danger Inc. is unveiling a cool device unlike anything out there. It'll probably fail.updated: Mon Sep 02 2002 00:01:00

Danger Inc. is introducing a design for a really cool new device called the Hiptop, which seems as though it should succeed because it represents a fundamental contribution to the field of communic...

Money Magazine: Chasing The BlackBerry Several handheld gadgets offer e-mail anywhere, anytime. Which is right for you?updated: Mon Jul 01 2002 00:01:00

While the rest of us were furiously scribbling away on our Palm PDAs--or, perhaps, just waking up to the handheld revolution for the first time--Wall Street types and techies were forming a cult ar...

Money Magazine: Chasing the BlackBerryupdated: Mon Jun 17 2002 13:27:00

While the rest of us were furiously scribbling away on our Palm PDAs -- or, perhaps, just waking up to the handheld revolution for the first time -- Wall Street types and techies were forming a cult around a product called the BlackBerry.

FSB: Andy Rubin Thinks He's Created The Next Must-Have Tech Gadget But Will Anyone Buy It?updated: Sat Jun 01 2002 00:01:00

Andy Rubin's future is riding on a six-ounce piece of plastic. Sitting between us on a table in his Palo Alto office, it, like Rubin, seems too modest to be a "piece of the future," as one of his s...

Fortune: XP Means Extra Pain Microsoft Windows XP promised to usher in an era of computing in which users suffer less. updated: Mon Apr 29 2002 00:01:00

I've been looking forward to using Windows XP. I know most of the reviews say that it isn't that big a deal, that there's not enough new here to make people want to buy a new PC. But it sounded to ...

Fortune: The Battle Of Bull Run, Take 2 AOL and Microsoftupdated: Mon Feb 18 2002 00:01:00

Item No. 1: AOL sues Microsoft in January, seeking potentially billions of dollars in damages for harm caused to the Netscape Internet browser by Microsoft's anticompetitive practices. The real goa...

Fortune: Five Not to Grow On Overhyped trends you can stop worrying about now.updated: Mon Oct 15 2001 00:01:00

You have to admire the indomitable spirit of the technology industry. Businesses are running IT budgets through a wood chipper, and the industry still won't give up on its "next big things." Silly ...

Fortune: AOL vs. Microsoft: Now It's Warupdated: Mon Jul 23 2001 00:01:00

Microsoft, freshly recertified as a monopolist by the U.S. Court of Appeals, calls its next-generation Windows XP operating system software the company's most important product launch since Windows...

Fortune: The Monopoly Has Just Begunupdated: Mon Jul 23 2001 00:01:00

It probably comes as no surprise to FORTUNE readers that I am worried about Microsoft, since I complain endlessly about the company's software. But after the recent court decision rejecting many of...

Fortune: London Calling For 150 years, Reuters' CEOs have been ink-stained Brits. Its latest is neither. But Tom Glocer updated: Mon Apr 02 2001 00:01:00

In July, Tom Glocer will become the first American, first nonjournalist CEO in the history of Reuters, the 150-year-old British news giant. He will also be the first to have written a piece of soft...

FSB: Product Central Hardware & software--reviewed freshupdated: Sun Apr 01 2001 00:01:00

QuickBooks for the Web/QuickBooks 2001

Fortune: Understanding AOL's Grand Unified Theory Of The Media Cosmos The sky's the limit for AOL Time Warner. But getting the company ofupdated: Mon Jan 08 2001 00:01:00

What's the old saying? Be careful what you wish for? If America Online and Time Warner think they've had an agonizing time getting their merger past Washington regulators--and yes, they have--just ...

Fortune: A Deal As Big As The Ritz Why are AOL and Time Warner willing to do practically anything to give birth to this new-economy behemupdated: Mon Oct 30 2000 00:01:00

On a warm day in early October, Stephen Heins of Oshkosh, Wis., traveled to Washington to tell anyone who would listen that Time Warner is trying to run him out of business. A few months ago, no on...


It's 9:30 a.m. on an overcast July day, and the Five Spot Cafe in Seattle's hip Queen Anne neighborhood is buzzing. Using the age-old lure of free food, Microsoft has invited ten of its 500-plus su...

Fortune: If You Passed Notes in School, You'll Love This Ideaupdated: Mon May 01 2000 00:01:00

Wired editor-at-large Kevin Kelly still flinches at the memory of a painful "Future of Technology" talk he gave to GM/EDS executives a few years back. Everyone in the nouveau high-tech meeting room...

Fortune: These Guys Want It All The AOL-Time Warner merger isn't really about TV, movies, cable, and music, let alone Time, Life, Money, updated: Mon Feb 07 2000 00:01:00

When Steve Case applied for a job at Time Inc.'s cable TV network, HBO, in 1980, he was fresh out of college and brimming with big ideas about the future. Brashly, he predicted that "innovations in...

Fortune: Choice Morsels Born To Be Bought As Internet real estate gets harder to find and established stocks become more coveted, startupupdated: Mon Nov 08 1999 00:01:00

So you have an idea for an Internet startup. It's a big idea. Well, not earth-shatteringly big, but of sufficient mass to justify, say, a blowout billion-dollar IPO. You put up a Website to prove y...

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...

Fortune: Why AOL Is Cool An eighth-grader explains life online.updated: Mon Mar 30 1998 00:01:00

I remember the first time I saw America Online. I was 9 years old, and my dad (who wrote the cover story) told me that the twins who played Michelle on Full House, one of my favorite TV shows, were...

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