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JD Sartain is a freelance journalist from Boston

Google quietly, selectively builds speedy Internet access

Google got 1000 applications for its first installation of gigabit-speed Google Fiber. SInce then, things have moved a bit slower.


Does your IP address betray you to data-harvesters?

In today's world of hackers, stalkers, and cybercriminals, not to mention government spy programs and commercial sites that collect data about you in order to target ads, does your IP address rat you out to these information-gatherers?

Virtual reality: More virtual than real

Remember virtual reality? The idea that science could create a virtual world of sight, sound, smell and touch was hot two decades ago, then completely fizzled out.

Feds Crack Down on Data Brokers

Last month, for the first time ever, the Federal Trade Commission stepped in and spanked a data broker, in this case it was Spokeo, to the tune of an $800,000 fine for selling personal information to employers and job recruiters without taking steps to protect consumers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

5 Hot Social Networking Sites

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are at the top of the social networking heap right now, but challengers are springing up all the time, hoping to catch the next big way. Here's a look at some of them.

Internet2's Top 10 Firsts and Other Achievements

Let's take a look at the major achievements and first in the life of Internet2.

Five Reasons You Don't Need Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft's touted new features are minor, yet the price is steep for Office 2010. Numerous alternatives will do the trick without taking a bite out of your business budget.

Google App Inventor Opens Android Possibilities

The potential for users to bring helpful business tools to Android smartphones is limited only by their imagination.

Motorola Droid X: Unique, or Just Another Smartphone?

The Motorola Droid X, set for release on Thursday, may stand out from the pack of smartphones, including the iPhone 4.

BlackBerry OS 6 and Protect Are on the Horizon

Two new BlackBerry tools from RIM could become essentials for business users of these smartphones.

Galaxy Beam Projector Phone Looks Worth the Wait

Sales of the Galaxy Beam, the first smartphone with a built-in projector, begin soon in Asia. Hopefully U.S. customers won't have to wait long for it.

Which Browser Is Best for Your Work?

The open source browsers Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are nipping at Microsoft Internet Explorer's heels.

Why E-Readers Are a Worthy Business Investment

The reading features alone make electronic book readers and tablet PCs with e-book readers worthwhile business investments. Here are five reasons.

Five Reasons to Consider the Cius for Your Business

The Cisco Cius business tablet offers a unique combination of features.

Five Helpful iPhone Apps for the Office

If you use an iPhone to work away from the office, these five tools can put more productivity in your hands.