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.

Microsoft and Facebook strike deal over AOL patents

On Monday Facebook agreed to buy a portion of the patents Microsoft recently acquired from AOL. Facebook will pay Microsoft $550 million in cash for around 650 AOL patents and patent applications.

Tuesday's Gmail outage broader than originally reported

Google underestimated the scope and consequences of the outage that hit Gmail on Tuesday.

Google launches e-discovery option for Apps suite

Google is now offering customers of its Apps for Business communications and collaboration suite an optional service that automatically captures, archives and...

Microsoft : OnLive, cloud provider of Windows and Office, is improperly licensed

Microsoft says that OnLive, a company that recently began offering hosted Windows and Office software remotely from its servers to iPad and Android tablet users, is in violation of the software giant's licensing rules.

Disabled Google Apps account deletion mechanism affecting admins, users

Google Apps customers are finding it hard to delete and reactivate domains in their accounts, after Google unexpectedly disabled the automated mechanism for performing these tasks earlier this year.

Microsoft sees Skype linking all its products, CFO says

Microsoft will aggressively and broadly integrate Skype across its product portfolio, the company's CFO says.

Google+ adds support for established pseudonyms

Google has relaxed somewhat its strict real-names policy on Google+: Existing members can now attach an alternate moniker to their profile name, and new members can sign up with just a pseudonym, provided it is an "established" identity online or offline.

Twitter acquires social media feed company Summify

Twitter has acquired Summify, a startup that summarizes content in people's Google, Facebook and Twitter social media feeds and delivers a daily digest.

Jerry Yang leaves Yahoo

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang has left the company, the latest dramatic change at the top executive level of the embattled Internet company.

Mozilla moves forward with enterprise version of Firefox

Mozilla is advancing its plans to release a version of Firefox tailored for organizations whose IT departments manage it for their employees from a central console.

Google social search adds 'personal' Picasa, Google+ results

Google will start rolling out on Tuesday a tight integration between its search engine and two of its social media sites, Google+ and Picasa Web.

Yahoo taps PayPal president Thompson as CEO

Yahoo has appointed PayPal president Scott Thompson as its new CEO, filling the void left by the fired Carol Bartz.

IBM launches enterprise social collaboration apps for tablets

Responding to increased use of tablets within workplaces, IBM is releasing several mobile applications designed to let employees use IBM enterprise social collaboration software with iPads and other mobile devices.

Google plans to seek Books lawsuit dismissal

The move may indicate that Google and the plaintiffs, including the Authors Guild, are giving up on a settlement.

Spotify unveils platform for external developers to create music apps

Spotify is launching a development platform designed to let third parties create applications that integrate with its popular digital music-streaming service.