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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.

Microsoft buys Yammer for $1.2 billion

Microsoft has agreed to acquire Yammer, a maker of cloud-based enterprise social networking software, for $1.2 billion in cash.

Google promotes energy savings with Apps

Companies that turn off their local servers for email, productivity and collaboration applications and switch to the cloud-hosted Google Apps suite can save significant amounts of money in energy costs, Google said on Monday.

Reported Yammer acquisition seen as beneficial for Microsoft

If Microsoft buys Yammer, as unconfirmed press reports indicate, Susan Gautsch hopes the Yammer team won't lose the qualities she has appreciated in the several...

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.

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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.

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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.