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Yahoo might want to consider dropping the exclamation point off their logo. A large number Yahoo mail subscribers lost access to their accounts today during an outage, which the company has corrected, but without a detailed explanation.
The company issued a statement that vaguely explained technicians were trying to correct the problem and restore service.
Spokesman Jason Khoury said a "small subset of customers."
In a world where flashy marketing campaigns and corporate mission statements dominate, Microsoft's ethical standards could outshine its rivals.
Microsoft's ethical leadership was recognized in Ethisphere's 2011 Most Ethical Companies study -- along with Adobe, Ebay and T-Mobile -- and outperformed Google, which wasn't ranked.
"Google, whose “don’t be evil” motto and highly visible social good activities give the company a friendly public face, wasn’t on the list; the company was present on the list in 2010, 2009, 2008 but has since dropped off for reasons unstated by Ethisphere."
Read the Mashable.com story.
Microsoft's IE9 is available and ready for download.
The new version, officially released at midnight, promises lightning-fast speed and significant graphics improvements. According to Mashable.com, IE9's beta version has already been downloaded more than 40,000 times, and isn't simply an updated version of IE8, but is a dynamic rebuilt browser altogether. IE9 also includes new security features, a redesigned UI and supports HTML5.
Take a tour of IE9's new interface.
What are your thoughts on IE9?
Microsoft developers are gearing up the search engine to provide almost-immediate search results, as Bing users type. The feature will be similar to Google's Instant search, which rolled out last September.
Bing will also undergo a redesign, incorporating HTML5 into the site. Preview it here.
Once the search site's makeover is complete, an up-to-date browser will be required to use it, which could create some frustration for users who aren't interested in switching browsers.
Hundreds of thousands of Gmail users lost years of e-mails, files and chat logs over the weekend.
Experts estimated only 0.29 percent of accounts were altered -- a number they later adjusted to 0.08 percent, which calculates to nearly 500,000 users affected.
The issue is still under investigation, leaving thousands of users unable to read their messages, according to Google's App Status Dashboard.
Were you affected by Google's messaging mishap? Do you play it safe with Gmail backup apps?
The Touch Mouse could take some users' scrolling, clicking and multitasking to a new level. Its sleek design will allow users to navigate their desktops with a single touch, manage multiple windows with two fingers and scroll in any direction.
Apple, Google and now maybe Microsoft?
Among the dozens of announcements expected at CES is a Microsoft TV, and why not?
Microsoft already has a pretty solid media center in its Xbox 360 product and the open source Xbox media center has been running on hacked Xboxes for years and remains one of the most full featured media centers avaliable.
So why not a Microsoft TV?
Depending on what you read, Windows Phone 7 is either the first phase of what will be a major player in smart phone technology or too late to the game to compete.
Interestingly enough, Microsoft officials did make some interesting comments on whether they will be able to compete with Apple in the Smart Phone market.
Kieron Connell of Microsoft Games Studios:
“I believe you will find so many people with excess amount invested to let Apple triumph when it comes to flooding the whole market.
You’d better believe that Microsoft is extremely serious regarding Windows Phone 7, and safeguarding their part of the business. It will be a fascinating time – no doubt.”
Good news if you are a Microsoft Windows Phone 7 fan. The software giant obviously has the cash to invest to make the phone OS great, but the will is the most important part.
Will MS invest it's energy into truly dominating the Mobile OS platform? According to this, it appears so.
Technology companies filing law suites isn't exactly a rarity these days.
But a suit filed by Google against the US Department of Interior is quite fascinating.
For one, their suing the US Department of Interior.
Google is claiming that a recent bid put out for a new email provider that restricts the vendors to Microsoft Exchange companies is uncompetitive.
The company says Google should be able to offer their business class Google Apps email. Now this is a $59 million contract, but does Google ever really think their mail service will be picked up by a public agency. Do you want your government officials' email being indexed for Google Adwords? Kind of scary.
Of course government email is public record, but Google already has enough information about our lives and browsing habits. Do we need to let them in to our government as well?
The Department of Interior has replied saying that it loves to increase competition on bids (and who doesn't for that matter?) but their systems are built on Microsoft technology already.
PC World also notes that suing the US government could be a huge mistake because the government would then be forced to publicy proof all of the security flaws in Google Apps to justify not including them in the bid.
It's always nice when a giant, billion-dollar company can make fun of itself. It's even nicer when they crack jokes about themselves at the expense of their competitors.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a top Microsoft exec called Apple's new iOS4 "the company's Vista."
"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that," said Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, in a keynote speech at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), which runs through Thursday in Washington, D.C.