Sharon GaudinSenior Reporter, Computerworld

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

Facebook's search tool could be big money maker

If users take to Facebook's new search tool, the social network could be in line to haul in a lot of advertising dollars, say industry analysts.


Facebook event speculation turns to phones, mobile, search

With Facebook preparing for its mysterious press conference on Tuesday, speculation is surging that the announcement could be about anything from a new smartphone to a new mobile plan to a new search feature.


Web sites go dark to honor Sandy Hook victims

A long list of Web sites went dark for one minute at 9:30 a.m. ET today to mark a moment of silence for the 26 women and children who were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last Friday.

Vote ends on Facebook privacy changes, for good

The user vote over Facebook's latest proposed privacy policy change is over and the small number of voters who took part means Facebook can proceed with its plans.

Kill switch thrown on Internet in Syria

Internet and mobile communications were shut down on Thursday morning in war-torn Syria.

Google exec rips Facebook as social net of the past

In an interview this week, a Google executive called rival Facebook an outdated social network that is annoying the heck out of users with its ads.

Google CEO Page said to meet with FTC

Google CEO Larry Page met with officials from the FTC this week in an attempt to convince regulators that the company hasn't broken antitrust laws, reports say.

Bing's top 2012 search terms: iPhone 5, Facebook

The annual list of top search queries on Bing show that Facebook, Apple's iPhone 5 and the presidential election have been of significant interest to the online world during 2012.

Black Friday surpasses $1 billion in online sales

Online sales for Black Friday topped $1 billion for the first time, according to online tracker comScore.

With Intel's Otellini phasing out, new CEO may bring fresh mobile focus

Intel CEO Paul Otellini is getting ready to leave the company, and analysts say this could be a positive change for the world's largest chip maker.


Holidays lure shopping at work

With Black Friday just a week away and the nagging feeling that we need to get our holiday shopping done, the question is how much online buying will actually be done at work?

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Middle East battles also wage online via social networks

As Israeli and Hamas forces continue to clash, firing rockets on each other, they've also launched a war of hashtags, English-language tweets and videos on sites like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Flickr.


Google confirms services blocked in China

Google confirmed a dropoff in Web traffic to its sites in China today, echoing an online report that the company's services are being blocked there.


Tablets beat out PCs on holiday shopping lists

Respondents largely opted for tablets over PCs in a survey asking which computer they had on their holiday wish list.


Google cleans up search page, eyes mobile users

Google wants to optimize its search pages for its growing base of mobile users, and it's a pretty subtle shift.