Joab JacksonU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

WordPress 3.4 offers hassle-free theme testing

WordPress 3.4 offers new tools making it easier to choose themes and format photo captions.

Amazon cloud set stage for rapid Pinterest growth

The explosive success of the social networking service Pinterest wouldn't have been possible without the easy scalability of the Amazon cloud services, an executive for Pinterest said.

Google circumvented privacy settings for Safari on iOS, Mac

Google ran afoul of yet another privacy problem on Friday, when a Stanford researcher contended that the company has been using cloaked code to bypass users' cookies settings on their Web browsers, including Apple's Safari, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

New social site Pinterest attracts enthusiasm, scrutiny

Just as it enjoys an initial surge of popularity, a new social networking site called Pinterest is also experiencing its first bout of controversy.

Facebook brings back the hack

In an effort to challenge programmers worldwide, Facebook has brought back its Hacker Cup contest for a third round.

LinkedIn open sources search engine

Joining its fellow social-networking companies in the public release of internal code, LinkedIn has opened sourced software obtained in October with its purchase of the IndexTank search-engine software provider.

Adobe donates Flex to Apache

In a move that appears to be another step away from its Flash platform, Adobe has submitted the code for its Flash-based Flex framework to the Apache Software Foundation to be managed as an independent project.

Barnes & Noble launches Nook Tablet

Barnes & Noble launched its widely expected tablet Monday, taking on the soon-to-be released tablet from book-selling rival Amazon.

Opera CTO: Kill the browser scroll bar

Hakon Wium Lie, the creator of the widely used CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and current CTO of Opera, wants to replace the browser scroll bar with page-based navigation.

Adobe launches cloud services for content creators

Adobe is planning to launch a series of Internet-hosted services, called Creative Cloud, designed for creators of digital content, the company said Monday.

Amazon's new Silk redefines browser tech

While the Kindle Fire tablet consumed much of the focus at Amazon's launch event Wednesday in New York, the company also showed off its new browser for the tablet, which it calls Silk.

VMware CEO: Cloud to end computer desktop era

VMware CEO Paul Maritz says customers should think beyond the desktop computer.

HP to spin off PC business, shutter webOS device division

Hewlett-Packard announced on Thursday that it's investigating spinning off its PC manufacturing business and is closing down its webOS device business.

Ballmer: Windows Phone 7 not successful yet

Speaking at the 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer conceded that his company's smartphone OS hasn't made a dent in the market.

W3C chastises Apple on HTML5 patenting

The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is seeking to invalidate a pair of Apple patents so the underlying technologies can be used as part of a royalty-free HTML5 stack.