Sharon Gaudin

Senior Writer

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

Privacy activist wants to unveil lawmakers' browser histories

Privacy activist wants to unveil lawmakers' browser histories

When members of Congress approved a resolution that would toss out significant online privacy protections, one Internet user decided to do something about it.

Copying Snapchat shows Facebook’s lack of innovation

Copying Snapchat shows Facebook’s lack of innovation

Photo masks and disappearing messages are fine as far as they go, but Facebook needs to continue to fuel fresh features if it means to grow.

Wal-Mart launches emerging tech incubator

Wal-Mart launches emerging tech incubator

Wal-Mart Stores is creating what it's calling a technology incubator in Silicon Valley that's focused on technologies that will change how people shop.

NASA tests foldable, robotic scout for Mars

NASA tests foldable, robotic scout for Mars

The next NASA rover to head to another planet might take along a robotic scout that can fold up its wheels and tuck itself away or unfold and pop up like a piece of origami.

Coders and librarians team up to save scientific data

Coders and librarians team up to save scientific data

A group of students, computer programmers and other volunteers gathered on a snowy night at a former mill in Dover, N.H., to participate in a nationwide data rescue effort to archive scientific data that could be lost.

Robotics industry learns from successes and failures at Fukushima

Robotics industry learns from successes and failures at Fukushima

Six years after the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, robots continue to play a key role in the cleanup effort. Scientists are learning more about the robots' capabilities, and where improvements are needed.

After rocky tenure, Mayer to leave Yahoo 'tarnished'

After rocky tenure, Mayer to leave Yahoo 'tarnished'

After nearly five rocky years as CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer will be leaving her post with something of a tarnished image.

Robots can read your mind to fix their mistakes

Robots can read your mind to fix their mistakes

Scientists from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Boston University and have joined efforts to develop brain-controlled robots.

Facebook confirms testing a dislike emoji for Messenger

Facebook confirms testing a dislike emoji for Messenger

The company insists it's a "small test" to determine if the reaction is helpful.

With influx of IPO cash, what is Snap’s next move?

With influx of IPO cash, what is Snap’s next move?

With its successful IPO now done, Snap's most likely focus will be on finding key acquisitions to keep it near the top of the social networking world.

AWS blames a typo for Tuesday’s outage

AWS blames a typo for Tuesday’s outage

An authorized S3 team member entered a command incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed from service than was intended, Amazon said.

Twitter goes on the offense against online trolls

Twitter goes on the offense against online trolls

Twitter is taking the offensive in its ongoing battle online trolls and hopes to identify them before users even turn them in.

Update: 11-hour AWS failure hits websites and apps

Update: 11-hour AWS failure hits websites and apps

The Associated Press, Mashable and others reported problems as a result of the AWS problem, which lasted about 11 hours.

Boston Dynamics takes big jump with two-legged Handle robot

Boston Dynamics takes big jump with two-legged Handle robot

Robotics company Boston Dynamics has built a two-legged, wheeled robot that can roll down a flight of stairs and jump on and off a table, all while maintaining its balance and speed.

Afraid of A.I. taking your job? Yep, you likely are

Afraid of A.I. taking your job? Yep, you likely are

Some 86% of 2,000 people surveyed said they thought emerging tech would disrupt their industries or cost them their jobs personally.

H&R Block turns to A.I. to tackle your tax return

H&R Block turns to A.I. to tackle your tax return

H&R Block is betting that customers will be willing to have IBM's Watson assist their human tax preparers in getting them the biggest refunds possible or at least reduce how much they owe.

Software glitch aborts SpaceX rendezvous with space station

Software glitch aborts SpaceX rendezvous with space station

A software glitch caused a SpaceX cargo spacecraft to abort its rendezvous with the International Space Station early on Wednesday.

Facebook’s latest goal is to connect (and save) the world

Facebook’s latest goal is to connect (and save) the world

In a blog post Thursday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out an agenda that envisions creating a global community to make the world a better place.

You just might find your next job on Facebook

You just might find your next job on Facebook

Facebook is rolling out features that will help companies post job openings and applications directly on the social network.

IT leaders say it's hard to keep the cloud safe

IT leaders say it's hard to keep the cloud safe

IT managers are finding it difficult to keep their applications and data safe in the cloud, and many are slowing cloud adoption because of it, according to a report from Intel.

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