VC Drought? 70 Million Exceptions To The Rule
Anxiety is high in Silicon Valley over an anticipated decline in VC funding, but investment money hasn't dried up yet. In the past few days, a handful of startups have pulled in $70 million.
Salesforce.com Plans Hosted Web Site Service
Force.com Sites, to be announced at Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference Monday, is an aggressive effort to move beyond its roots in on-demand sales force automation software.
Google Makes Scanned Documents Searchable
Using optical character-recognition technology, Google will make the converted text of scanned PDFs available on its search results pages via the "View as HTML" link.
Indexable versus Iterable Collections
The C++ standard template library design emphasizes collections that support generic iterators. In this post I propose an alternative design approach for collections that uses generic indexers.
Google's Gmail Gets SMS Messaging
Google's implementation of computer-to-phone SMS includes a particularly helpful feature since it assigns the Gmail sender a persistent pseudo-phone number.
Taylor and Raden Define Decision Management
Opening the second day of the Business Rules Forum, James Taylor and Neil Raden gave a keynote about competing on decisions. First up was James, who started with a definition of what a decision is (and isn't), speaking particularly about operation decisions that we often see in the context of automated business processes... Neil dug further into the agility imperative: rethinking BI for processes...
Radus Unveils Glossy Personal Media Hub
The startup aims to provide a consistent user experience for online media consumption, whether that involves reading news feeds, sharing content, blogging, or watching videos.
Smaller Business SaaS Still In Early Adopter Phase
Despite bullish predictions that the market for SaaS is ripe and small and midsize businesses are embracing subscription-based applications and IT services, the market for may still be in the early stages, which means lots of opportunity.
Deep Linking Now Possible With YouTube Vidoes
Sharing videos via YouTube is what the fun is all about. Sometimes, however, the "good part" is somewhere in the middle of the video, and you have to sit through minutes of tedium to reach the money shot. No longer. Google has created a way for people to link to specific times within their videos, meaning you can jump straight to the action.
Smaller Businesses Have IT Envy, See SaaS As Solution
How do smaller businesses use and manage IT? Not surprisingly, smaller organizations struggle to compete with larger enterprises and often don't know how to gain access to the high-quality IT services that could offer competitive parity or advantage. But hosted services may open doors previously closed to smaller organizations.
Opera Preps For More Browser Battles
In an interview, Opera's CEO discusses the Web browser's fight for market share, how important the mobile space is, and why Google's Chrome has been good for Opera.
Is The Cloud The End Of Microsoft?
As InformationWeek covers Microsoft's revelations at its Professional Developer Conference this week, it's becoming clear that Microsoft's top brass know they aren't in the same business they were just a few years ago. So is this the transitive stage that spells the end of Microsoft's dominance of the software industry?
It is interesting to look back at one's own code from years ago. It's like having one's own Wayback Machine.
Google's Android Army Gathers More Soldiers
HTC had better look out. Motorola also has chosen Android to be its savior. But these are not the only companies looking at the open mobile platform from Google. OpenMoko, maker of the Linux-based FreeRunner, also is eying Android, as is Asus (yes, the maker of PCs). Can Android take over the mobile world?
Online Retail Traffic Slows
The eight-week decline is the first drop in retail traffic since June 2007, according to Hitwise, which attributed the losses to increased financial concerns.