Juan Carlos PerezAssistant News Editor, IDG News Service

Juan Carlos Perez covers e-commerce, Google, Web application development, and cloud applications for the IDG News Service, and is based in Miami.

Google updates Social Search

Google is rolling out several enhancements to its Social Search feature that make links from someone's online circle of friends and contacts more prominent in query results.

Google payment system for publishers rivals Apple's

Google Wednesday launched a payment system for publishers of digital content, one day after Apple unveiled a similar system for its App Store.

Yahoo preps 'digital newstand' for tablets and cell phones

Yahoo has announced a "digital newstand" called Livestand for tablet devices and cell phones that has been designed to deliver content from the company's various sites and online publications.

Report: Privacy worries many Facebook, Google users

A considerable number of Facebook and Google users worry about privacy and malware when using the social networking site and search engine, according to a survey from Gallup Poll and USA Today.

Google's copying accusation called 'silly'

Even if Microsoft did copy Google's search results the practice couldn't be scaled enough to mimic Google's algorithms in any widespread and meaningful way, search industry analysts and executives said.

Is Google's copying complaint fair or hypocritical?

Google's complaint that Microsoft has copied its search results has become fertile ground for analysis and comment by industry observers.

Study: Internet heavily used for seeking health info

Looking for health information ranks as the third most popular online activity among adult Internet users in the U.S., behind the use of e-mail and search, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project

Google adds pop-up alerts to Gmail

People who use Gmail with the Chrome browser can now be notified via desktop pop-up alerts whenever they receive a new e-mail or chat message.

Study: Twitter's ad revenue to hit $150 million this year

Twitter's advertising revenue will reach $150 million in 2011 and $250 million next year, according to digital marketing research company eMarketer.

Google's CEO switch could be a risky move

Google's decision to change CEOs, announced on the same day it reported yet another blockbuster quarter, begs the question of whether the company is trying to...

Box.net overhauls content management app's user interface

Box.net has redesigned the user interface of its cloud-hosted content management application, as well as expanded collaboration features and real-time notification capabilities.

Schmidt to step aside as Google CEO, Page taking over

Google co-founder Larry Page will take over as Google CEO in April from Eric Schmidt, who will remain with the company as executive chairman.

With Apple's Jobs on leave, many questions and few answers

With Steve Jobs taking another medical leave, Apple customers, investors, partners and employees are again left to wonder what implications this will have for the company.

Google tightens Apps' uptime guarantee

Google is modifying its Apps service level agreement in ways that increase the company's accountability whenever the hosted collaboration and communication experiences downtime.

MySpace slashes nearly half of staff

MySpace is laying off 500 employees, or about 47 percent of its global staff, as part of a restructuring by the once-leading, now struggling social-networking site.