James NiccolaiIDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for IDG News Service.

Yahoo gets new rivals for Connected TV

Yahoo has signed up new partners for Connected TV but also faces new competition from DivX, Vudu and other Internet TV platforms.

New pico projectors debut, aim for prime time

New pico projectors are making their entrance at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, from Microvision, 3M and others.

Report: Adobe will be top target for hackers in 2010

Adobe's Flash and Acrobat Reader products will become the preferred targets for criminal hackers in 2010, a security vendor predicted this week.

Microsoft's Bing tries to leapfrog Google Maps

Microsoft is taking aim at Google Maps with a richer version of its own Bing mapping service that was released in beta on Wednesday.

Adobe to lay off nearly 700 workers

Adobe Systems will lay off 680 staff in a move to cut costs, the company said Tuesday.

AIR 2.0 will flow to Flip cams, local apps

Adobe has unveiled an update to its AIR runtime environment, due in beta later this year, that gives it greater access to local desktop resources.

Adobe developed iPhone tool without Apple's help

Adobe said it developed its tools that allow Flash developers to create native iPhone apps without help from Apple.

Flash Player inches closer to smartphones

Adobe will offer beta versions of Flash Player for smartphones later this year, it said on Monday.

Facebook confirms site glitches

Facebook confirmed Monday what some users have been noticing for the past few days: Its site is having problems.

Intel's latest reorganization sets stage for succession

The latest leadership shuffle among Intel's top ranks sets the stage for the chip maker to name an eventual replacement for CEO Paul Otellini.

Firefox to hit 1 billion downloads Friday

The Firefox Web browser is fast approaching its billionth download and appeared likely to hit the milestone some time Friday.

Microsoft and Yahoo are said to have reached a deal

Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to the terms of an online search and advertising deal that will be announced as soon as Wednesday, according to reports.

Intuit buys online payroll provider for $170 million

Intuit is buying online payroll provider PayCycle for $170 million to expand its software-as-a-service offerings for SMBs.

Google may strip 'beta' tag from some apps

Google may be getting ready to strip the 'beta' tag from some online applications, officials suggested Wednesday.

Yahoo vows death to the '10 blue links'

Yahoo previewed a new way of presenting search results that could be introduced within two to three months.