Sharon GaudinSenior Writer, Computerworld

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

Google+ suffers outage Friday morning

Google+ suffered a site outage Friday morning, prompting users of the social network to complain on both Google+ and Twitter that the site was down or slow to load.

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Google keeps Bing, Yahoo at bay in search business

Google hangs onto its dominant share of the search market, while its competitors inch up and down.

Astronauts, Obama to host Google+ Hangouts in February

Google's social network, Google+, is getting attention from the likes of astronauts and the U.S. president. Both will be hosting hangouts with the U.S. public.

Researchers use Twitter to track flu outbreak

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are using Twitter to track what has been a particularly severe flu season across the U.S.

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In an interview this week, a Google executive called rival Facebook an outdated social network that is annoying the heck out of users with its ads.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

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.