Stories by Heather Havenstein

Google browser aimed at Microsoft

Google's unveiling of a new browser is not really about trying to outmuscle the other top browsers; rather, it's a key weapon in the company's effort to kill Windows, according to industry observers.

Buy for Amazon has agreed to acquire Shelfari, a social network for book lovers, for an undisclosed sum.

Google sued for patent infringement

GraphOn, a developer of server-based application publishing and web-enabling software, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Google's Base, AdWords, Sites and YouTube services infringe on four GraphOn patents.

Protesters use Web 2.0 to show dark side to Beijing Olympics

With the eyes of the world turned to Beijing, human rights protesters and even bloggers detained by the Chinese government regime have been using various Web 2.0 tools to evade the country's notorious censors and shed some shed light on the darker side of the Games.

New Google tool aims to provide more insight into searches

Google yesterday rolled out a new tool that it said can help marketing and advertising users better analyze Internet search patterns, while also adding new tools such as a heat map for graphically displaying search volumes and other data.

Microsoft's BI general manager leaving

Bill Baker, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and general manager of business intelligence applications for the Microsoft Office Business Platform team, is leaving the company, Microsoft announced Tuesday.

New IBM tool analyses code for mistakes as it's written

IBM's Rational Software unit today unveiled a development tool that can scan and check code as it's written to uncover errors before they make their way further into the development life cycle where fixes are far more costly.

Five Web 2.0 development lessons for enterprise IT

Yahoo's Flickr unit reported recently that the latest update to the photo sharing website went live just before 5pm with nine changes made by three of its developers. The "deployment" was the 36th new release in a week where 627 changes were made by 21 developers.

Google announces Wikipedia-like project

Seven months after <a href="">Google Inc.</a> <a href="">announced plans</a> to launch its own <a href="">Wikipedia</a>-type project, authors on Wednesday were invited to submit content to <a href="">the new site</a>, called Knol (which means a unit of knowledge).

New Google public Web tracking tool shrouds its own sites

Google on Friday launched a new tool that measures and compares public Web site traffic across geographies and related Web sites and searches. The new Google Trend for Websites tool was quickly browbeaten by some early reviewers because it doesn't allow traffic on many of the company's own properties, including, YouTube, Blogger and Picasa, to be measured.

Blogging gets more dangerous as worldwide arrests triple

It's becoming increasingly dangerous to post blogs in some parts of the world. Various governments continue to step up efforts to crack down on bloggers who expose public corruption and human right violations, according to a research study released earlier this month.