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China’s “Wall” Hits Business

Experts say the blocks that keep Chinese users from accessing services like Facebook, Twitter and Google Inc.’s online-video unit YouTube, are hurting businesses, slowing their traffic and hindering their use of a new generation of cloud-computing services.

Palo Alto Networks to Raise $264 Million in IPO

That’s two tech IPOs today.
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An iPhoto Slide Show on CD

Walt answers a reader’s question on how to burn an iPhoto slide show onto a CD.

Will Secretary of State Clinton's "Internet Freedom Agenda" Finally Get Traction?

Yesterday, in a major policy speech in Washington, D.C., Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jumped on the Internet bandwagon again, unveiling a $25 million government investment for entrepreneurs to allow dissidents to thwart “thugs, hackers and censors.” Since that’s about the amount a third-string social photo-sharing site gets while walking down University Avenue in Palo Alto, Calif., from venture capitalists with bags of money to spend, let me just say the money is, well, underwhelming. Clinton’s speech, thankfully, was much better.

Seven Questions for Ric Telford, IBM’s VP of Cloud Services

When you think about cloud computing, do you think of IBM? If not, you should. Here, Big Blue’s cloud chief talks about how its customers are putting cloud services to work, and hints at acquisitions.

Cisco Security Survey Finds Windows Vulnerabilities And Spam Decreasing

Still no rest for the weary computer security professional. Smartphones and tablets are coming to the office and creating new opportunities for trouble.

2010 Was the Year the Internet Got Scary. Get Used to It.

The year just ending started with an attack on Google by China and ended with the WikiLeaks affair. In the meantime, the Stuxnet worm showed the way toward a world where skilled hackers can cause serious real-world damage. Scared yet?

Meet Todd McKinnon, CEO of Cloud Management Start-Up Okta

Todd McKinnon saw the first phase of the cloud computing revolution close up. After six years as head of engineering at Salesforce.com, he’s struck out on his own to give companies large and small the tools they need to take advantage of the cloud.

Intel Gets into Protection Racket, Buys McAfee for $7.7 Billion

Intel announced its largest acquisition to date this morning, and it has little to do with the chipset market it has dominated for decades. The chipmaker said it has agreed to buy antivirus software company McAfee in a $7.7 billion acquisition that will expand its security offerings.

Get Your Storage Out of the Cloud

The cloud is a hip way of describing Web-accessible storage, and whether people know it or not, they’re using this more each day.
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Make This Palm Play Music

IPod Workarounds

Protecting Your Computer

A Digital Crime Wave