IT News Digest

Get pointers to the latest and most important IT news from around the Web, as spotted by news bloggers in five different time zones. And then discuss what it means for IT in the TechRepublic forums.

  • Jason Hiner // April 17, 2008, 9:57 PM PST

    IT news for April 18: Google's strong earnings; PayPal browsers; NetSuite's OneWorld suite

    News to know for April 18, 2008, features stories about: PayPal browsers, Flock, Google's strong earnings, NetSuite's OneWorld suite, and much more.


  • Paul Mah // April 17, 2008, 8:46 PM PST

    PayPal to get selective about browsers

    PayPal could resort to an outright ban of Web browsers that it considers to be old and vulnerable from using its services. Some of the key criteria appears to be the support of the relatively new EV SSL (Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer) standard as well as some form of anti-phishing protection.


  • Sonja Thompson // April 16, 2008, 10:16 PM PST

    IT news for April 17: CIO salaries rise; GUI changes in Vista SP1; Hyper-V

    News to know for April 17, 2008, features stories about: the rise of CIO salaries, GUI changes in Microsoft Vista SP1, Fixed Mobile Convergence, Hyper-V, and much more.


  • Andy Moon // April 16, 2008, 8:58 PM PST

    Are you ready for the next version of IP?

    Experts have been talking about IP addresses for several years now, because the current version of IP limits the number of such addresses to a theoretical maximum of 4.7 billion. Though the number of Internet connected devices is much higher than that already, we have not run out of addresses, mostly due to the magic of Network Address Translation, or NAT. However, the experts are now telling us that China will probably run out of IP addresses by 2010, which means that IP version 6 (IPv6) will need to be rolled out in the very near future.


  • Paul Mah // April 16, 2008, 5:01 PM PST

    Windows XP Service Pack 3 internal schedule leaked

    The folks over at have got their hands on the internal schedule for the release of SP3 for the venerable Windows XP operating system. If you have been looking forward to it, do take a minute to check out the milestones.


  • Sonja Thompson // April 15, 2008, 10:19 PM PST

    IT news for April 16: Microsoft-Yahoo saga; Zune VideoX; MySQL 5.1

    News to know for April 16, 2008, features stories about: the epic Microsoft-Yahoo saga, Zune VideoX, MySQL 5.1, Pystar's Mac clones, and much more.


  • Tricia Liebert // April 15, 2008, 9:48 PM PST

    Taking it to the ... Web. Starbucks wants your ideas.

    Listening to consumer feedback in a meaningful way is an art often lost on companies. In the increasingly online world we live in, Starbucks has found a way to reach out to their customers so that their feedback IS meaningful. is proving to be a popular portal that allows customers to tell Starbucks what they want. And Starbucks is listening.


  • Andy Moon // April 15, 2008, 8:59 PM PST

    New phishing scam targets high level executives

    A new phishing attack has been circulating lately, but instead of trying to dupe millions of computer users into giving up their financial information, this one is aimed at high level executives. The email scam purports to notify the executive about court proceedings and tries to get them to click a link that installs keylogging software as well as software designed to let a hacker take control of the computer.


  • Sonja Thompson // April 14, 2008, 10:47 PM PST

    IT news for April 15: Oracle plugs 41 holes; Mac clones; Google revolution

    News to know for April 15, 2008, features stories about: Oracle security holes, green IT, Google revolution, Windows' pricing, PhysX, Apple updates, Mac clones, and much more.


  • Andy Moon // April 14, 2008, 8:55 PM PST

    Microsoft admits Vista UAC was designed to annoy users and developers

    Microsoft has a way of rubbing people the wrong way sometimes. In fact, so many people dislike Microsoft because of buggy code, the way it runs over competition, and the fact that it is the biggest player in the industry, that you wouldn't think that Microsoft would actively attempt to annoy users, but it has. At the RSA Security conference last week, a Microsoft official claimed that annoying users was the actual aim of the User Account Control (UAC) feature in Vista. Microsoft's goal, he said, was to try to force smaller software vendors to write more secure code.


  • Paul Mah // April 14, 2008, 5:01 PM PST

    Playing your part for a greener IT

    With the increasing emphasis on reducing the negative impact on our environment, you must be wondering if there is anything practical at all that you can contribute. Well, PC World has come up with some tips that IT professionals will do well to implement.


  • Paul Mah // April 13, 2008, 11:40 PM PST

    University professor says Wikipedia fosters a climate of blind trust

    The associate professor of information systems from Deakin University believes that the popular online encyclopedia promotes an environment of blind trust among users searching for information.


  • Sonja Thompson // April 13, 2008, 10:51 PM PST

    News to know for Monday, April 14, 2008

    News to know for April 14, 2008, features stories about: Salesforce and Google, swarm intelligence, Live Mesh, cloud computing, Sun Microsystems' data center, and much more.


  • Tricia Liebert // April 13, 2008, 10:10 PM PST

    The impact of the hive mind- all of us are smarter than one of us

    With the growth of the Internet and human beings' natural desire to group together, the "hive mind" has become a reality. Now all we have to do is figure out all the myriad applications of that mind.


  • Mary Weilage // April 11, 2008, 12:05 AM PST

    News to know for Friday, April 11, 2008

    News to know for April 11, 2008 features stories about: military equipment winding up on Craigslist and eBay, Gartner analysts' prediction that Windows is "collapsing," tips for handling technology failures, the latest on Microhoo, and much more.