Larry Dignan: Microsoft is barred from selling any Word products that can open XML files, according to a U.S. District Court ruling in favor a small Canadian company that sued the software giant for patent infringement.
Mary Jo Foley: Google wants your help testing a new-and-improved search system, codenamed Caffeine, complete with changes to its indexing, ranking and crawling mechanisms. See how Caffeine compares with Google's current search engine and Microsoft's Bing.
Andrew Nusca: The American obsession with low-priced products cramps innovation, speeds the decline of successful industries and alters our expectations of quality - leaving computer makers to compete on price instead of innovation. You get what you pay for. Almost.
Mary Jo Foley: I'm hearing from various people that Exchange 2010 could be finalized any time now. That goes hand in hand with the recent announcement that the 2010 version of Mac Office will include Outlook, rather than Entourage, as its new e-mail client.
Larry Dignan: On2 Technologies, the video compression company acquired by Google last week, has been sued by shareholders looking for a better deal. According to an SEC filing, two class action suits were filed in Delaware and New York State.
Dana Gardner: Much of the cloud security debate revolves around perceptions. Will applying conventional security approaches and best practices be enough for low-risk, high-reward, cloud computing adoption?
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: Apple is getting dangerously close to putting itself in the line of fire from an antitrust bullet. And when it comes, it'll have nothing to do with the iPod or Mac OS, but instead the way Apple manages the App Store.
David Grober: They're not called Crackberries for nothing. Technology can be addictive. With 5.2 million iPhones sold in the most recent recessionary quarter, it's clear that a whole lot of folks just got to have their gadget fixes. So what's yours?
Tom Foremski: I just spoke with Bob Ackerman, founder of Allegis Capital, and he is very concerned about innovation in Silicon Valley, primarily because of the cumulative impact of U.S. government actions and regulations. Here are some notes from our conversation.
Jennifer Bergen: As of today, Microsoft's Zune HD is available for pre-order. It has gotten rave reviews, and it seems like it could be the first product in Microsoft's line of MP3 players that could actually compete with Apple's iPod. But things might not go as planned.
Sean Portnoy: HDTV retailers are scamming customers by boosting brightness in their stores to entice buyers. Why? Because bright screens can mask poor black-level performance on cheaper sets. Buyers are then surprised when sets that "pop" in a store appear far more muted when they are hooked up in the living room.
Jason Perlow: Like a modern day Victor von Frankenstein, who digs up bodies in order to bring his creature to life, I scoured the Internet for component parts to put this monster PC together. It all started with a few spare parts I had lying around...
For start-ups without a lot of time or money, is it smarter to develop for the iPhone first or the Android OS? Panelists at the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford discuss the pros and cons of each platform. With 65,000 apps available, the iPhone may be the most popular smartphone, but that also means that many more apps can eclipse yours.
At the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford University, panelists discuss benefits that huge companies like Google and Facebook could get from embracing open source, such as third-party developers integrating their products into new application versions and easier connectivity with emerging technologies.
As students savor their last weeks of summer vacation, parents are trying to decide which laptop will best suit their kids' needs. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz look ahead to August and discuss what the tech companies have to offer.
How does solar conversion work now and how do we want it to work in the future? Paul Altivisatos, interim director for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at UC Berkeley, explains how a solar cell works and how the solar energy of the future can become more efficient.
At the Revenue Bootcamp Conference in Mountain View, Calif., Chris Anderson, author of "Free: The Future of a Radical Price," discusses how different companies use the free-to-premium, or freemium model to not only make money, but often keep customers at a higher rate than fully paid services.
Most people are unaware of how many duplicate files there are cluttering their hard disks. Duplicate File Finder can reclaim all that wasted disk space by simply deleting duplicate files. License: Free OS: Windows
You can have a Dock for work, a Dock for play, and a Dock for whatever your heart desires. It's easy to create a Snapshot of your current Dock, and switch back to it whenever you'd like. License: Free to try OS: Mac