Sharon GaudinSenior Reporter, Computerworld

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

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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.


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.

Intel readies for programmable smart cars

Intel hopes to play a major role in the new age, creating energy efficient and small multi-core chips that can make cars increasingly smart

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Intel strives toward tiny chips to run wearable computers

An Intel evangelist predicts that wearable computers may be two to five years away.

Communities get social during emergencies

When it comes to emergency management, Ventura County in California is getting social, by updating its software-based emergency outreach system used to reach residents with social capabilities.

Intel must fend off trouble from sluggish PC market

With Intel reporting a year-over-year drop in revenue and profit for its third quarter, industry analysts say the company isn't in trouble but it needs to ward it off—and now.

Facebook reflects swings in presidential campaigns

Social networking has become so critical to the 2012 presidential campaign that one analyst said Facebook is accurately predicting swings in the election polls.

Twitter tracks lively VP debate

While the vice presidential debate Thursday night heated up Twitter, it didn't rock the microblogging site like last week's presidential debate did.


HP, Lenovo battle for top spot in PC market

Hewlett-Packard may be pushed aside by a quick-moving Lenovo as the top PC maker in the world, according to a pair of dueling reports from industry analysts.

Presidential debate lights up Twitter and Facebook

The first presidential debate lit up social networks Wednesday night, even staggering Twitter throughout the one-and-a-half-hour debate.