Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

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Today's top stories...

Online sales decline
Online sales fell 3 percent this holiday season. It’s the first decline since comScore started tracking sales in 2001. But there were some winners. Apple, Amazon and Wal-Mart all saw more traffic.

Google pushes Chrome, Firefox
Google is telling Gmail users to dump Internet Explorer 6. A notice on its site promises faster Gmail for Firefox and Chrome users. Want to try Google’s Chrome browser? Get it free on my site!

Wikipedia raises serious cash
Wikipedia’s annual fund-raising drive is beating the economic crisis. Last year, the site raised $1.5 million. This year, it has collected $5.5 million. The site eschews advertising in favor of donations. has a buyer
Consumers Union is buying Consumers Union owns Consumer Reports. Consumerist, formerly owned by Gawker, offers consumer tips. Sounds like a good match!

Software helps hospitals track infections
Pennsylvania hospitals are going high-tech to track infection outbreaks. Computer software helps spot trends in the hospital as a whole. Traditional methods were more limited in scope.

Microsoft downplays spoofing threat
Researchers have found a way to spoof digital certificates protecting Web sites. Microsoft is downplaying the threat. Key information enabling the spoofing has not been published.

China convicts 11 in counterfeiting case
China has convicted 11 people for counterfeiting Microsoft software. They face 1½ to 6½ years in prison. These are China’s stiffest sentences ever in this type of counterfeiting case.

Games for charities
Good Egg Studios is linking video games to charity. Players face GoodQuest challenges. If goals are met, Good Egg builds houses for the needy. Looking for more family friendly games? Check my great picks.

Because tomorrow is New Year’s Day, we will not publish the News of the Day. However, look for us Friday, because we’ll be back!

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Every day, Team Komando produces some of the best content you'll find anywhere on the Internet. Here is a sampling of what's new on our site today!

Video of the Day: YouTube is a great outlet for some amazing stories. Many have been my Video of the Day. But could these stories be true?

Cool Site of the Day: It's time to say goodbye to 2008. How will you bring in the new year? I've got some pretty interesting ideas.

Digital Minute, on your radio: There's a new e-mail scam just in time for the New Year. But you needn't get hurt. You can protect yourself.

Free Download of the Day: Have you ever wanted to record your phone calls? You can do it. Just team Skype and this simple plug-in!

Tip on the site: Pulling still photos from HD video takes work. And you need to know about interlaced video. I can explain it in plain English.

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Phishing attacks get personal
A new year, a new scam! Phishers are getting smart by personalizing their messages. So, they may fool you. My must-read column will help you spot these scams. Don’t miss it!

Fix a friend’s PC from anywhere
Do friends and family ask you to help with computer problems? Then don’t miss this handy tip! Learn how to help others with computer problems from afar. All the tools you need are built in to Windows.

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