Newsgator - publisher of popular RSS readers FeedDemon and NetNewsWire, has concluded plans to merge with Google Reader. Its RSSFeeds online service will cease on August 31, according to an official announcement - thursday. Along with Google Reader synchronization for FeedDemon, NetNewsWire, and the NetNewsWire iPhone app, Newsgator will discontinue Newsgator Online, Newsgator Go!, Newsgator Inbox, the Newsgator browser toolbar, and the desktop notifier.

Newsgator recommends that those using blogroll, ratings or headlines features to remove them from any Web site they're used on by August 31. However, the shared clipping feature will transition into Google Reader's analogous feature. It also recommends that all FeedDemon and NetNewsWire readers upgrade to the beta builds before August 31, since only those latest versions contain the Google Reader Sync option.

Newsgator switch as viewed by analysts points to growing emphasis from the company on their enterprise-based business.

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Microsoft announced plans to release new security tools and information to support security efforts by its customers and partners at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. It plans to release the Microsoft Office Visualization Tool, which provides a graphic visualization of the Office binary file format to help IT professionals and security researchers better understand attacks targeting Office files.

Microsoft have tried to prove that most malware attacks target application vulnerabilities rather than operating systems. Microsoft Security Response Center Director, Mike Reavey, stated that in order to build protections, users have to understand how a specific file format is meant to be used, like-wise also understand it's misuse.

The company also intends to release the Microsoft Security Update Guide, a publication that explains the entire Microsoft security update process along with Project Quant, an online information resource that aims to provide organizations with a framework for evaluating the cost of patch management processes.

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Twitter has launched a search widget for businesses with the view to enable them market their products and possibly pay for services by Twitter. The launch was accompanied by a report from the Wall Street Journal's 'All Things D' blog that Twitter will launch a new home page next week that will be less confusing to use.

Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder, commented about the add-on thus: 'we're focused on enhancing value across Twitter in general - these documents are just a first step'. Financial documents about the company's projections and other matters were leaked last week by the blog TechCrunch, purportedly uncovered through a hack. According to the document, Twitter has so far raised $55 million, expects $4 million in revenue next quarter and $140 million by the end of next year.

Some unique features of the new services includes using Twitter account to control lights and home appliances through a gateway from ioBridge as reported by ReadWriteWeb.

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SP2 update For Mac Office 2008 Released

Posted by Unknown | July 21, 2009 |

According to an Official Microsoft Corp.’s Macintosh Business Unit report on Monday, Service Pack 2 update on Mac office 2008 has been released. Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, SP2, offers the Document Connection for Mac tool. It allows user to save and open documents on Microsoft's online SharePoint and Microsoft Office Live Workspace portals.

The company, in line with its recent cloud push, includes a tool that lets users access their documents from the Web in the Service Pack 2 update debut. Microsoft is viewed by analysts as pushing more of its applications to the Web to fend off Google and other net rivals.

The report also had it that Microsoft Office 2010, expected to be made available in the first half of next year, will include free Web-based versions of Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Office Live also is now compatible with Apple's Safari 4 Web browser.

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Google Vice President of product management, Sundar Pichai comments in announcing Chrome OS, that people want to get to their e-mail instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up, really tends to point to an instant access to applications.

Though Operating systems that can get people browsing the Web in a few snaps is not a novelty, as other companies have had a head start on delivering on that promise - with Dell, Phoenix Technologies, and Xandros already delivering 'instant on' operating systems built on Linux. But the fact that Google being a household name on the net, is jumping into the market, might translate to more people likely to favour instant-on now.

'Instant on' by itself might not be a killer app, but beyond fast starts, Chrome OS also promises energy efficiency and an alternative to conventional 'thin client' computing.

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According to a report by Reuters, Microsoft will release a free version of Office software programs when it starts selling Office 2010, major release of the product, in the first half of next year. It will offer for free to consumers Web-based versions of its Office suite of programs, including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software and a note-taking program.

Microsoft unveiled an early release on Monday at a conference for business partners in New Orleans. It will be distributed to tens of thousands of testers. Office 2010 is among a wave of upgrades to Microsoft programs planned over the next year. A new version of its ubiquitous Windows operating system is coming out in October and a new version of its widely used email server is also in the works.

The Company spokeswoman Janice Kapner said the free Web version will provide 'a very rich experience' and probably have more functionality than Googles. However, analysts have predicted an intensifying war between the two technology giants, even as Google announced plans last week to challenge Windows with a free operating system after Microsoft introduced a new search engine.

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Future Web Platform - Chrome OS

Posted by Unknown | July 11, 2009 |

Computer OS market is bound to experience a revolution in the purported plan of Google to release its own operating system - Chrome OS. Hitherto, the OS market have been ruled by Microsoft, with over 80% of the web running on Windows Platform.

Chrome OS, it is reported will be given out free by the 'Search Giant'. This grand plan is bound to shake up the operating system market even more credibly by the absence of any actual programming code or substantive information about Chrome OS.

Chrome OS applications will be written using open Web standards like JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. And many sees it as a liability, given that Web applications are not capable to function as applications for specific devices/systems. However, Google is poised to effect a change on which its bet depends, enabling Web browsers to gain access to peripherals, through an infrastructure layer above the level of device drivers.

Google partners in this vision includes: Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Intel and Toshiba according to Theregister. Indeed, Chrome OS will be well positioned to help Google organize even more of the world's information that the company already handles.

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The second trial version of tool-kit designed to ease installation of the new Windows 7 OS, as well as R2 [Windows Server 2008] has made debut according to an Official Microsoft announcement in a blog post Wednesday. Its high-point ensures compatible drivers are in place, standardizes desktop images, and eases automated deployment through a connection with (SCCM) – Server Management.

The MDT Beta 2 is designed to help enterprises manage tasks related to the installation of the new OS, which are slated to be available in late October. It also features a graphic interface with a number of drag-and-drop tools for folder management and other functions.

The tool-kit will be made available for download on Microsoft's Connect Web site. Release Candidate, currently available as a download, will function until June 1, 2010, after which users will need to upgrade to a full paid-version of the operating system if they wish to continue usage.

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Raid On Twitter Traced To The Board 4CHAN

Posted by Unknown | July 06, 2009 |

Twitter witnessed a huge influx of fake accounts which raised the NSFW trending topic, '#gorillapenis', all the way to the top of the list on Sunday. 4chan, a hub of Internet culture and memes, has long been the spawning point of various raids on most networking sites, recently YouTube Porn Day. Also among their exploits includes hacking Time Magazine's voting system for the World's Most Influential Person, resulting the eventual winning by the site's creator, Moot, by a wide margin.

This latest exploit by the Board is termed 'Operation Shitter'. 4chan has been known to tread blames when convicted in a plot. And as such the blame for this latest plot was put on Ebaum's World. But analyst investigations have absolved them from any blame.

In response, Twitter has reacted by removing the term from its trending topics, but evidence can still be found on Twitter Search. Twitter really has to come up with a better detection mechanism ready to deal with such trends, in view of its growing popularity.

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Chrome Extensions Proved - Delicious

Posted by Unknown | July 02, 2009 |

Amit Papnai of the Delicious team in a mailing list posting Tuesday, stated that 'the alpha version of Delicious extension for Google Chrome is now available. He confirmed that this is a lite version of the extension and allows user to sign in and post bookmarks to their Delicious account.'

This test version is perceived as a strong indication that the technology foundation is coming to fruition in Google's browser, though Extensions still must be specifically enabled through a 'command-line switch' on the developer version of Chrome.

Chrome lacks one of Firefox's notable features, called add-ons in the Mozilla browser. Chrome's extensions technology uses the same interface techniques as Web pages, a method Mozilla has adopted for its Jetpack Firefox extensions project at Mozilla Labs.

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