News in Short: Internet Explorer 9 beta coming this September, Twitter adds feature on who to follow

by Knowlton Thomas


Microsoft progresses with IE 9

Microsoft CEO Kevin Turner announced this week that their forthcoming upgrade to the dying legend that is Internet Explorer, version 9, will open beta in September.

IE 9 has been touted by the software corporation as a full-fledged upgrade, one that will bring IE 9 from the back of the bus right up into the driver's seat. They have a long way to though.

The final version is not expected to be released until 2011.

Twitter says, "How about this guy?"

A obvious problem with Twitter has always been finding new, relevant people to follow. The social networking site has attempted to solve this with a new feature called "Suggestions for You."

The algorithms in this feature, built by our user relevance team, suggest people you don’t currently follow that you may find interesting. The suggestions are based on several factors, including people you follow and the people they follow. You’ll see these suggestions on and the Find People section. If you like a suggestion, click “follow”; if you don’t, click “hide,” and we’ll try not to suggest that user again. (Official Twitter Blog)

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Vancouver Development Center (VDC) is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The centre is home to some of the best and brightest software developers from around the world. Since opening its doors in September 2007, the VDC has quickly become an intricate part of Microsoft’s global strategy for distributed software development. VDC employees play a key role in architecting systems,... more

San Francisco, California, United States

Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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