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Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet, social media, cloud computing and emerging technologies for Computerworld.

Business use of Twitter, Facebook exploding

A survey of 200 companies worldwide found that use of social networks like Facebook and Twitter for business use has exploded in recent months.

Facebook offers up privacy policy for user review

Looking to avoid user angst, Facebook unveiled a proposed new privacy policy on Thursday for review by its users.

FTC tells bloggers to disclose payments, freebies for reviews

The Federal Trade Commission released new guidelines requiring all bloggers to disclose any payments or freebies they get from companies in exchange for writing reviews of their products.

Study: Facebook, Twitter users are affluent and urban

Facebook users are more affluent than their social networking counterparts on Myspace, and bloggers and Twitterers tend to live in urban areas, The Nielsen Co. reports.

Gmail back up after outage

Google's Gmail service was back up after experiencing disruptions for about two-and-a-half hours earlier Thursday.

Report: Twitter to release revenue-generating feature by year's end

Twitter founder Biz Stone described a new dashboard tool that should generate revenue from business users, according to a report.

Gmail outages could turn off enterprises

Repeated outages of Google's Gmail online e-mail system could discourage enterprise customers from using it.

Google gives search a 'Caffeine' boost

Google is set to let users try out an upgraded search technology, code-named Caffeine, that its engineers have been developing for the past several months.

Google has little to fear from Microsoft-Yahoo deal

The 10-year search and online advertising deal between Microsoft and Yahoo should provide a boost for both firms, but analysts don't expect it to dethrone Google.

Blast off to the moon with Google Earth

For the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Google added panoramic pictures of the moon, video and stories to its Google Earth application.

Twitter becomes a lifeline to an Iran in turmoil

While Twitter Inc. has suffered endless wisecracks about its users tweeting more about their favorite sandwiches and coveted parking spots than anything truly...

Study: Facebook linked to lower grades in college

Need your kids to pick their grades up? Tell them to spend less time on Facebook.

After a year of bad blood, Microsoft, Yahoo talking again

Nearly a year after Microsoft's fractious takeover bid for Yahoo fell through, the two companies are reportedly talking business again.

FTC urged to investigate Google’s hosted services

A privacy group has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google’s cloud computing services—which include Gmail and Google Docs—to see if users’ privacy is adequately protected.

Oops! Google glitch highlights users' dependence

Short-term problem with search giant's site caused major headaches and headlines.