Juan Carlos PerezNews Editor, IDG News Service

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Juan Carlos Perez is a News Editor at IDG News Service, a wire service that covers the technology industry for all of the online and print magazines published globally by International Data Group.

With Instant Pages, Google aims to accelerate search

In an effort to accelerate the rendering of Web pages in users' computers, Google has developed a search feature that predictively preloads pages before users click on result links.


Supreme Court rules against Microsoft in i4i case

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a $300 million patent infringement ruling against Microsoft.

Google Offers launches test in Portland

Google Offers, Google's answer to Groupon and its entrance into the popular online coupon market, began a test run in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday.

Twitter seeks boost in account followers with Follow Button

Twitter has developed a button that Web publishers can integrate into their sites to let visitors easily subscribe to Twitter accounts, the company said.

Gmail to display context data about contacts in inbox

Google is rolling out an interface module for Gmail that displays contextual information about people involved in a message's thread.

Google touts growth of e-book service and store

Google's eBooks electronic bookstore now contains about 3 million free titles, up from 2 million when it was launched in December.

Google's mobile Maps site adds features

Google has upgraded the mobile site for Maps, which is one of the company's most popular online services, adding features found on the version for desktop browsers.

Facebook tightens log-in verification

To help its hundreds of millions of users prevent unauthorized access to their accounts, Facebook has added an optional verification step to its log-in process.

Google to unify Android OS by year's end

Google gave Android developers several reasons to cheer on Tuesday with its announcement of new versions of the operating system, as well as the addition of music and movies to the Android Market.

YouTube launches full-length movie rentals

YouTube is now officially expanding into streaming full-length movies online for rent.

Google allows users to edit U.S. online map

Google's Map Maker, an online application that lets people annotate and add cartographic drawings to Google Maps, is finally available for the U.S.

Microsoft tests new Bing business portal

Microsoft has upgraded and renamed its Bing search engine's directory of local businesses, adding capabilities for owners to create, claim and manage their listings.

Experts: Google's +1 has minuses

Google's latest attempt to infuse its search engine with social networking elements appears underwhelming and its success is questionable, industry analysts say.

Privacy groups cheer FTC's action over Google Buzz

Privacy advocates cheered on Wednesday in response to the Federal Trade Commission's crackdown on Google over privacy violations resulting from the bungled launch of the Buzz social networking and microblogging service.


Google's Commerce Search adds search-as-you-type

Google's cloud-hosted search application for e-commerce sites has been upgraded with on-the-fly results that drop down from the query box as shoppers type their search terms.