Sharon GaudinSenior Reporter, Computerworld

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

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In an interview this week, a Google executive called rival Facebook an outdated social network that is annoying the heck out of users with its ads.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

NASA's Mars rover gets Thanksgiving mission

NASA's rover Curiosity will be spending the next several days using the camera on its mast in a search for the next route to travel on Mars.

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.

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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.

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NASA's Curiosity finds Martian soil like Hawaiian sand

In initial tests, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has discovered that Martian soil is an awfully lot like Hawaiian sand.

Intel working on 48-core chip for smartphones, tablets

Intel researchers are working on a 48-core processor for smartphones and tablets but it could be five to 10 years before it hits the market.

Windows 8 not likely to restart ailing PC market

Analysts say that while the Windows 8 release may help keep the PC market afloat, it won't be enough to return the market to its former glory.