Mozilla Promotes Firefox 4 With Red Panda "Cub Cam"

The Chrome and Internet Explorer teams can talk all they want about supposed advances in speed, compatibility, and/or advanced features.  Right now, Mozilla’s software has an edge, as the organization’s using two red panda cubs to promote Firefox 4. A post on the Mozilla Blog explained, "On June 14, 2010, two female firefox (a.k.a red […]

Stable Chrome 8 Debuts

Chrome users who appreciate having the latest and greatest things (and doesn’t that describe every Chrome user?) will be pleased to know that version 8 of Google’s Web browser has debuted in stable form.  Version 8.0.552.215 was announced earlier this afternoon, to be exact. Fair warning: don’t expect this new release to revolutionize your online […]

Opera Confirms Mobile Web Use Soaring

Mobile Web use is soaring on a global basis, at least if the newest data from Opera holds with respect to other browsers.  Opera reported today that page views and data consumption – along with sheer user numbers – are all increasing at a rapid pace. Let’s waste no time getting into the stats.  Opera […]

Is a Twitter News Service What Consumers Need?

Many are getting a substantial amount of their news today from Twitter, but Twitter appears to have higher aspirations for becoming an important news service. Note: this article has been updated following recent developments. Co-founder Biz Stone told Reuters this week, "From the very beginning this has seemed almost as if it’s a news wire […]

Google Reaches Deal With France's Biggest Publisher

Following a significant period of inactivity (brought on by outright hostility), Google Books has made a breakthrough.  France’s largest publisher has agreed to an arrangement that’ll allow Google Books to scan many of its out-of-print works. The last time we heard about Hachette Livre and Google was probably when Hachette objected to the Google Books […]

Will Facebook's New Social Inbox Get Businesses Using Personal Profiles More?

Facebook made its big "email" announcement, and yes, you will be able to get an @facebook.com email address." It’s not all about email, however, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained. It’s about "seamless" integration across email, IM, SMS, and all these ways of communication.  Will use Facebook’s new messaging system? Do you want a Facebook email […]

Google Unveils New Tool For Faster Web

Somewhere within Google, there’s an organization known as the "Make the Web Faster" initiative, and today, a representative presented the world with a gift.  Something new named mod_pagespeed is supposed to make streamlining a site a quick, easy process. A Google representative explained in an email to WebProNews, "We just launched a new open-source Apache […]

Breeding Good Ideas and Fostering Innovation in Your Company

Innovation is running rampant these days. That’s why we’re seeing so many startups launching and so many acquisitions from bigger companies happening. The good ones come from good ideas, and everybody’s rushing to have the next great idea. But where do these ideas come from? How do they get started? Steven Berlin Johnson,  Author of […]

Google Tests AdWords, Call Metrics Integration

When creating a form for customers to fill out, it’s easy for business owners to slip in a question asking who referred them.  Finding out how someone got a phone number is a more delicate matter, though (it’s important not to waste customers’ time or act like they called a private line), and AdWords call […]

Google Buzz Privacy Suit Settlement Announced

The launch of Google Buzz did not go well, as you may remember.  Automatic opt-ins and privacy scares created quite a stir.  But Google’s putting the matter behind it, as the search giant has settled a class action suit by agreeing to create a privacy-centric fund. Google is supposed to contribute $8.5 million to the […]

Microsoft Chalks Up Win With Earnings Report

The three-month period ending September 30th – which Microsoft almost inexplicably refers to as the first quarter of its 2011 fiscal year – was good to the company.  Microsoft shared its earnings report this afternoon, and it beat analysts’ estimates by a large margin. The consensus estimate regarding revenue, for example, was $15.8 billion.  Microsoft […]

FTC Ends Google Street View WiFi Inquiry

At least where one controversy and a single group of U.S. regulators is concerned, Google is off the hook.  Today, the Federal Trade Commission weighed in on the company’s collection of sensitive data sent over WiFi networks, and the organization announced that it would drop its inquiry. David Vladeck, head of the FTC’s Bureau of […]

Yankee Stadium Bans iPads

According to Apple’s latest commercial, “iPad goes anywhere” — anywhere that is, except for Yankee Stadium. Yahoo! Sports confirmed with the stadium that the iPad falls under its <a href="http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/ballpark/security.jsp"…