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Yahoo to cut the time it stores user's personal data
Search engine Yahoo is to cut the time it stores personal data from 13 months to three. It is hoping its decision will provide a benchmark for industry. Currently Google stores data for nine months and Microsoft for six months.

In a surprise move, Apple said it is to abandon its annual tech gathering Macworld after this January's event. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said "Apple is steadily scaling back on trade shows and in recent years is reaching more people in more ways than ever before," Mr Dowling told BBC News.

A constant criticism of MySpace is that real names are hidden when you view someone's profile or interact with them on the site. They're now making subtle product changes that encourage users to show their real name on the site. Anonymity is great when you don't want your actual identity to get in the way of whatever fantasy life you are living online. But it's also one of the reasons Facebook, which identifies users by their real names, is gaining so quickly on MySpace. On Facebook, you generally know who you are talking to. On MySpace, it's anyone's guess.

There are way too many comment login systems out there. Each blogging platform (Wordpress, Typepad, Blogger) has its own login system, then there are the cross-platform commenting systems like Disqus and JS-KIT. But many of these will soon give way to Facebook Connect and Google's Friend Connect.

Hoping to expedite the close of the state's $15 billion budget gap, New York Governor David Paterson is proposing a tax on music and other downloads made online.

For big operations, like at Yahoo (YHOO), AOL (TWS) or the New York Times (NYT), that bar needs to be even higher. In order to survive as a Web-only news product, for example, Fine says the New York Times needs about 1.3 billion pageviews a month. That's about 1.1 billion more pageviews than the 173 million ComScore says NYTimes.com saw in October.

News Corp said on Tuesday it was moving its U.S. stock exchange listing to Nasdaq Stock Market on Dec. 29 after more than 22 years on the New York Stock Exchange.

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