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Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld.

Three out of ten Americans do most holiday shopping online

As shoppers took advantage of Cyber Monday deals, a new poll shows that nearly three out of 10 Americans will do most of their holiday shopping online.

Facebook may be close to privacy deal with FTC

Facebook is close to reaching a deal with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that the social network engaged in "deceptive behavior" when changing its privacy settings.

Google gives Gmail an updated look

Google has updated Gmail with an updated look, cleaner message strings, customizable navigation and advanced search.

Report: Google+ may be linked to new online music store

Google's rumored online music store will be closely linked to Google+, the company's four-month-old social network, according to reports.

Google may add to Android with online music store

Google is reported to be in the process of building an online music store to rival Apple and Amazon's popular services.

News of Jobs's death created Twitter surge

Traffic hit near-record levels on Twitter Wednesday after news spread of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' death.

Google is most-sought employer again

For the third year in a row, more business and engineering students say they want to work at Google than any other company, according to Universum's annual World's Most Attractive Employers study. Apple landed in the Top 10.

Facebook, Twitter boom despite Google+ challenge

Despite Google+'s splash in the social networking world, rivals Facebook and Twitter continue to grow at dramatic rates.

Google+ Games goes live

Google's new social network, Google+, took a big step forward Thursday by adding games to its site.

R.I.P. Old Twitter; New Twitter takes over

The old Twitter design officially is gone and the New Twitter look and feel is all that's left.

Twitter gets down to business with promoted tweets

Twitter is placing its promoted tweets right in front of users' eyeballs in an attempt to boost its advertising business.

Privacy, contact updates added to Google+

After promising earlier this week that changes to Google+ were coming, Google is making good on that vow with a privacy update and a new contacts tool.

Google: Business version of Google+ is coming

Google is telling IT executives to hold on, perhaps until later this year, as it prepares for for the rigors of business with its new Google+ social networking offering.

Gmail gets a Google+-like makeover

Google is giving Gmail users a glimpse of design updates that will roll out over the next few months.

Google+ invites shut down after 'insane demand'

Interest in Google's new social networking service has exceeded the company's ability to keep up with demand, so Google+ has stopped taking new users.