9 biggest tech stories of 2009

The Great Recession cast a shadow on all sectors of the economy in 2009. IT fared better than most, however, and the slump did not curb the dynamic nature of the industry. Acquisitions

Published on: December 10th, 2009 Marc Ferranti

‘Tibbr’ aims to be enterprise Twitter

Middleware vendor Tibco Software Inc. said Monday it is preparing to release Tibbr, a messaging system with strong echoes of the popular Twitter microblogging service.Whereas Twitter users build up a steady flow of

Published on: December 8th, 2009 Chris Kanaracus

Project Bluestreak makes collaboration between designers a piece of cake

What if designers, architects, builders and their clients -- continents apart -- could bounce design ideas or images back-and-forth, as though they were chatting or interacting on Facebook? What if updating one another

Published on: December 3rd, 2009 Nestor Arellano

Three companies benefit big time from Twitter-style microblogs

When Twitter launched in 2006, few people could have predicted how microblogging would change online communication. Today, microblogging, or short-form text updates posted to the Web, has exploded in popularity. As a result,

Published on: December 2nd, 2009 Kristin Burnham

Clever tweets help Naked Pizza do booming business

Can you tell which of the following tweets is from a small but rapidly growing company? "One more glass of wine and I will b buying pop tarts from that damn vending machine

Published on: November 30th, 2009 James A. Martin

Executive arrested for refusing to use Twitter for crowd control

Further proof, if proof were needed, of the fundamental stupidity of social networking, the music industry and the world: a record label executive has been arrested for not using Twitter. Yes, you read

Published on: November 25th, 2009 David Price and CG Lynch

Britney Spears’ Twitter hoax says much about security on social networks

Earlier this month, Britney Spears revealed to her 3.7 million Twitter followers that she was part of a global conspiracy to dominate the world with a secret shadow government run by Freemasons.At least

Published on: November 23rd, 2009 Brian Jackson

Online finance service gives out money advice from Twits

Popular online finance service Mint launched a new feature on Thursday that uses Twitter's real-time information stream to keep you up-to-date on the latest financial news and tips. Called Money Tweets, Mint's newest

Published on: November 17th, 2009 Ian Paul

ITBusiness.ca is on Twitter

The ITBusiness.ca staff is on Twitter! We're integrating our use of Twitter into our site. You'll see added buttons to more easily share links to our stories, a change to the homepage to

Published on: November 16th, 2009 ITBusiness Staff

Don’t chase viral video dream, says YouTube superstar

It sounded strange coming from a person who owes his fame and fortune to tons of viewers on YouTube ..."Viral is dead," announced Kevin Nalty, interactive media marketing expert and YouTube star, speaking

Published on: November 13th, 2009 Nestor Arellano

Twitter use for business jumps 250 per cent in 6 months

The use of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to promote businesses has exploded over the past six months, according to the results of a study that were released the other day.People

Published on: November 12th, 2009 Sharon Gaudin

Microsoft spends fortune on Search but hasn’t found … success

Throughout its history, Microsoft Corp. has earned a reputation for tenacity when entering markets created, and initially dominated, by innovative startups.Competitors and observers have jeered when Microsoft put out a first basic product

Published on: November 11th, 2009 Juan Carlos Perez

Frank and simple IT advice for small businesses: back up, blog and borrow

Not long ago, someone asked what I would do if I were a government czar on small business, like the czar on the auto industry. I'm taking this further and proclaiming myself Small

Published on: November 3rd, 2009 James E. Gaskin

Banning Facebook, Twitter at work could backfire, says Ontario privacy commissioner

Banning employees from visiting social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter at work isn't a good idea, according to Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian."I think it's a mistake," the privacy commissioner told

Published on: October 28th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes