Stories by Heather Havenstein

Prototype unveiled for storing OpenID credentials

MySpace, Flock and Vidoop Tuesday unveiled a jointly developed a prototype tool that will let users store their OpenID credentials in the Flock social Web browser. Mozilla-based Flock allows users to monitor what is happening on their favorite social networks as they surf the Web.

Report: Google to 'significantly' cut contractor use

Google Monday acknowledged plans to "significantly" reduce the number of contractors it uses, according to a report on the Web site of the Wall Street Journal. The report noted that the company has no plans to cut its permanent workforce.

Analysts say new Yahoo CEO must shed assets

Whoever takes embattled Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang’s place will need to pare the former web sweetheart’s services to effectively compete in a market where it is under siege from Google and multiple social media players for online advertising, analysts say.

Google opens search engine to PDFs

Google has taken another step in its effort to shed light on the so-called "Dark Web" with an announcement that its engine can now search scanned documents in Adobe Systems' PDF format.

Excel error gives Barclays too much Lehman

A reformatting error in an Excel spreadsheet has cropped up in the largest bankruptcy case in US history, prompting a legal motion by Barclays Capital to amend its deal to buy some of the assets of Lehman Brothers.

Google lets users search like it's 2001

As part of Google's ongoing 10th anniversary celebration, the company is providing access to a 2001 version of the Google search index, allowing users to search the Web circa January 2001.

Google launches 'Google News for blogs'

Six years after Google launched Google News by applying its search technology to breaking news stories, the company has moved to apply its technology to a similar service to track new blog posts.

Britain's MI6 recruiting spies on Facebook, report says

Could the next James Bond be found on Facebook? Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6, hopes so after launching a series of advertisements this month to recruit employees, according to a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper on Monday.

Amid market meltdown, Wall Street Journal goes Web 2.0

Amid this week's turmoil on Wall Street, the <a href=";searchTerms=The+Wall+Street+Journal">Wall Street Journal</a> launched a <a href="">redesigned Web site</a> Tuesday complete with <a href=";">Web 2.0 features like a community</a> that allows paid online subscribers to build profiles, form groups, add photos and interact with others.

Google Chrome set to take on Windows

Last week's unveiling of a new browser is the latest in a series of moves by Google to rid the world of Microsoft Windows, according to analysts.