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Harvard Refuses To Open In-Copyright Books To Google
News  |  10/31/2008
In a letter to Harvard library staff, director Robert C. Darnton said the ramifications of the settlement were too unclear for Harvard to commit to participating in the Google project.
VC Drought? 70 Million Exceptions To The Rule
Commentary  |  10/31/2008
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.
Sprint Finalizes Early Termination Fee Policy
News  |  10/31/2008
The telecom said its $200 fee will be reduced by $10 per month after month six, but the new policy will only affect contracts signed after Nov. 2.
Salesforce.com Plans Hosted Web Site Service
News  |  10/31/2008
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.
Phillies Parade Live Online
News  |  10/31/2008
Major League Baseball on Friday scheduled an all-day Phillies Webfest.
Flash Memory Market To See First Revenue Decline This Year
News  |  10/31/2008
Flash memory chips are used in PCs, but nearly 80% of the chips sold each year end up in personal media players, storage cards and USB flash drives.
Sprint Won't Sell Nextel iDEN Network
News  |  10/31/2008
The plan now is to partner with Motorola and move the iDEN spectrum out of the 800-MHz band in a way that will accommodate public-safety networks.
Google Makes Scanned Documents Searchable
News  |  10/31/2008
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.
AT&T Hands Out Free Wi-Fi To iPhones, BlackBerry
News  |  10/31/2008
After several false starts, iPhone and BlackBerry users now have unlimited free wireless access to AT&T's nearly 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.
Google-Yahoo Deal May Be In Jeopardy
News  |  10/31/2008
The Internet companies may abandon their ad-sharing agreement in the face of government scrutiny.
Indexable versus Iterable Collections
Commentary  |  10/31/2008
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
News  |  10/30/2008
Google's implementation of computer-to-phone SMS includes a particularly helpful feature since it assigns the Gmail sender a persistent pseudo-phone number.
IBM Positions ILOG's Rules Engine To Head Pack
News  |  10/30/2008
The former market leader was Fair Isaac, whose rules processing system was a favorite of credit card companies and insurers.
MasterCard Strengthens Its Mobile Services
News  |  10/30/2008
The company is offering the ability to provision a customer's PayPass account over the air, which could lead to more phones capable of contactless payment.
Google Updates Chrome To Version 0.3.154.9
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
Google on Wednesday released a new version of its Chrome browser, the third Chrome beta release.
Microsoft Stakes Its Place In The Cloud
News  |  10/30/2008
Microsoft lays out concrete plans for cloud computing, but this vision doesn't come with a delivery date.
Google Defends Gmail Uptime, Bolsters Google Apps
News  |  10/30/2008
Google extends its premiere edition SLA to other products to disperse any cloud hanging over its cloud computing capabilities.
Taylor and Raden Define Decision Management
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
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...
Dell Refreshes XPS One Entertainment PC
News  |  10/30/2008
The latest model offers a 24-inch, 1,080p high-definition display, JBL dual stereo speakers, and an optional Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT card.
Radus Unveils Glossy Personal Media Hub
News  |  10/30/2008
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.
Informatica To Offer Salesforce.com Integration Service
News  |  10/30/2008
Informatica's Web-based service, to be announced at the Dreamforce conference next week, will let companies synchronize data between Salesforce CRM and onsite applications.
Smaller Business SaaS Still In Early Adopter Phase
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
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.
AT&T, Lenovo Offer Subsidized Laptops
News  |  10/30/2008
Customers will be able to get up to $150 off a laptop with embedded 3G modem if they sign up for a two-year data plan with AT&T.
Netflix To Stream Via Xbox And Tivo
News  |  10/30/2008
Subscribers to the online move service will be able to watch videos instantly through a range of devices.
Deep Linking Now Possible With YouTube Vidoes
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
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.
Will Microsoft Shake Up Cloud Computing SLAs?
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
For Microsoft, which announced its cloud computing platform this week, it seems like service level agreements don't just mean uptime. That thinking could shake up the industry.
Tibco Unveils 'Network Analytics' For Spotfire
News  |  10/30/2008
The add-on, which is sold separately, offers a whole new layer of interactive visual analysis on the business activity monitoring suite.
WiMax Coming To Remote Regions Of Vermont
News  |  10/30/2008
FairPoint, Nortel, and Airspan Networks are investing in building out the 3.65 GHZ spectrum to help spur the use of fixed WiMax in many regions.
Crisis Survival Kit: 5 Ways To Increase Revenue From Current Customers
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
Hanging on to your customers is crucial in these tough times, but just keeping them isn't enough. Growing revenue from your existing customers will help keep your business afloat by offsetting, in part, the inevitable slackening of orders and departure of other customers.
Smaller Businesses Have IT Envy, See SaaS As Solution
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
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
News  |  10/30/2008
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.
GE Will Use SaaS To Manage 500,000 Suppliers
News  |  10/30/2008
The electronic firm's partnership with Aravo's Web-based software service is the latest example of how even the largest of companies are getting comfortable with SaaS.
Cloud Computing Tools For Managing Amazon, Google Services
News  |  10/30/2008
Getting the most out of Amazon's Web Services or Google's App Engine requires the right tools. We run down the benefits of Elastra, Coghead, Heroku, Enomaly, and Hyperic CloudStatus.
Is The Cloud The End Of Microsoft?
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
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?
Wayback Machine
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
It is interesting to look back at one's own code from years ago. It's like having one's own Wayback Machine.
Nexaweb Builds Framework To Migrate Legacy Apps To Web
News  |  10/29/2008
In addition to Visual Basic, PowerBuilder and other scripting language applications, the company's Reference Framework can modernize some Cobol and C++ applications as well.
Consumer Electronics' Supply Chain Is Weakening
News  |  10/29/2008
Lower-than-expected production for equipment manufacturers that sell mobile PCs, digital TVs, DVD players and other electronics to stores, research firm Gartner warns.
More Holiday Shoppers Expect To Spend Less This Year
News  |  10/29/2008
So far, no "must-have" gift is expected to drive consumers to stores, which was the case last year with personal navigation devices, a report by the NPD Group found.
Oracle Acquiring Haley To Bolster Government Contracts
News  |  10/29/2008
Oracle said it will combine the Haley policy platform with Oracle's existing ERP and Siebel CRM applications to create the first packaged software for social services agencies.
Motorola Reportedly Trimming Operating Systems In Favor Of Android
News  |  10/29/2008
The cell phone maker is hoping that next week's FCC white spaces vote will bolster its efforts to bring an Android phone to market.
LinkedIn Adds Social Applications
News  |  10/29/2008
Users of the professional networking site can now add blog posts and Twitter chirps.
Mount Sinai Medical Center's Latest Surgical Tool: Data Mining
News  |  10/29/2008
Using business intelligence tools, officials discovered $4.5 million in uncollected revenue owed to the New York City hospital by insurers and others.
$5.5 Million BlackBerry Fund Invests In Future Mobile Harvest
News  |  10/29/2008
Recipients Digby, Buzzd, and WorldMate are expected to build applications that will show up on RIM's application store next March.
Google Continues Mad Scientist Act With Labs For Google Apps
News  |  10/29/2008
In keeping with its preference for rapid-fire releases, Google unveiled a set of experimental features to encourage third-party developers to create enhancements for its productivity suite.
Ebay Reveals Best, Worst Gifts For Holiday Season
News  |  10/29/2008
Neckties aren't favored, not surprisingly, but gadgets and gift cards rank high on the list.
Google's Android Army Gathers More Soldiers
Commentary  |  10/29/2008
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
News  |  10/29/2008
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.
Windows 7 A Good Fit For Netbooks
News  |  10/29/2008
Microsoft's next operating system appears slim enough to board ultraportable PCs, which are gaining in popularity.
LinkedIn Carefully Opens Its Network To Outside Apps
Commentary  |  10/29/2008
LinkedIn, arguably the most business-focused social network on the Web, has opened its network to outside application developers with the intent to help its 30 million members (and counting) better communicate, collaborate, and share information.
7 iPhone Apps Worth Paying For
News  |  10/29/2008
Airsharing, NotepadSync, and Twittelator Pro are just a few of the inexpensive apps that can turn your iPhone or Touch into a more powerful tool.
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