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Microsoft Loses Internet Ground, Or Not?
Commentary  |  11/28/2008
As Microsoft continues its struggle for relevance in Internet services, the latest numbers seem to tell a confusing story. Depending on the headline you read, Microsoft is either treading water or losing ground to Google. A closer look at two takes on the Microsoft search share show that it's a half-full/half-empty situation with a worrisome long-term trend.
History Reloaded: Changing The Past To Suit The Present
News  |  11/26/2008
The authors of a new report argue that revisions to the White House Web site reflect a willingness by the Bush administration to whitewash history.
IBM Plunges Into 'Business Event Management,' Helping Define Field
News  |  11/26/2008
The fairly new field of complex event processing sets parameters around a software event and triggers alerts if the rules governing it are violated.
Mac Resellers Launch Black Friday Discounts
News  |  11/26/2008
Best Buy, MacMall, and even Apple itself are lowering prices on Macs, iPods, and accessories.
Panasonic, Sanyo Far Apart On Acquisition Price
News  |  11/26/2008
If combined, a Panasonic-Sanyo company would rival Japan's Hitachi, which has some $110 billion in annual sales.
MySpace Suicide Jurors Near Verdict
News  |  11/26/2008
The panel has reached a decision on three of four counts of fraud and unauthorized computer access.
Microsoft Helps Whiny Kids Get Their Xbox 360
Commentary  |  11/26/2008
It's Microsoft to the rescue for bratty children who've run out of reasons why their parents should pony up cash for an Xbox 360, economic slump be damned. The Xbox Web site will now generate a customized letter "that proves to the gift-giver in your life why you need an Xbox 360 console." I'm going to put it to the test.
Retailers Brace For Holiday Traffic, Cyber Monday
News  |  11/26/2008
Brick-and-mortar and Web merchants hope for sales boost despite weak economy.
Google Round Up: Evil Layoffs, Chrome Speed Test, Street Views
Commentary  |  11/26/2008
Here are several short updates on things that Google has been up to. The search giant has been quietly laying off thousands of contractors; its Chrome browser was recently rated as the speediest; and the Street Views user interface gets a revamp.
Startups Use SaaS To Take On SharePoint
Commentary  |  11/26/2008
Microsoft's SharePoint is the T. rex of collaboration products: big, fiercely competitive, and standing atop the social computing food chain. But smaller, nimbler players are using SaaS to compete against the thundering giant.
Blockbuster Takes On Netflix, Apple With Direct-To-TV Player
News  |  11/25/2008
To lure customers, Blockbuster is offering the player at no charge for people who rent 25 online Blockbuster movies in advance for $99.
Making Microsoft Office Apps Into SOA Services
News  |  11/25/2008
Tibco and OpenSpan are teaming up to combine functions from Office applications into a new composite that helps automate the business process.
PayPal Adds SMS Authentication Service
News  |  11/25/2008
In a bid to add more security, the online payment company will offer the option of having a unique code sent to the user's cell phone prior to logging in.
Google Pins Gmail Bug On Phishing
News  |  11/25/2008
In response to reported security vulnerabilities in Gmail, Google puts the blame on some users who fell for a bogus e-mail scam.
Opera Mini Gets Update, Lands On Android
News  |  11/25/2008
Version 4.2 of the Web browser can now be downloaded for the T-Mobile G1, improving speeds up to 30%, the company claims.
Dell Adds 3G Option For Mini 9 Netbook
News  |  11/25/2008
The device, powered by AT&T in the United States, supports download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 Mbps.
IBM Launches New Cloud Computing Services
Commentary  |  11/25/2008
IBM has announced new services aimed at helping businesses take advantage of cloud computing. And small- and midsize-business owners that have been thinking about making the leap to the cloud will be most interested in the industry-specific consulting service that assesses the cost of building a cloud.
Google SearchWiki Must Die
Commentary  |  11/25/2008
Google's SearchWiki must die. It's a fine idea, allowing people to re-rank search results and comment on them. Viva democracy.
Fewer Than Half Of Available PCs Reused
News  |  11/25/2008
Transportation costs, import tariffs, and environmental legislation are among the hindrances cited by refurbished PC exporters.
Program TiVo From Your Cell Phone
News  |  11/25/2008
TiVo has launched a mobile site that lets Series 2 and Series 3 owners schedule recordings from any Internet-enabled cell phone.
Mac Office 2008: 70% Off On Black Friday
News  |  11/25/2008
Microsoft is offering a deep, one-day-only price cut on the desktop software.
Beatles On iTunes Talks Hit Snag
News  |  11/25/2008
Negotiations to bring the Fab Four's music to Apple's download service face roadblock.
Online Retailers Launch Early 'Black Friday' Sales
News  |  11/25/2008
With the economy in the tank, retailers have decided there's no time like the present to start the bargain shopping.
Visual Studio Users Face Patent Threat
News  |  11/25/2008
A California company has filed infringement suits against Microsoft customers that use the app development software.
Apple Sued Over iPhone's Browser
News  |  11/25/2008
The latest iPhone lawsuit claims Apple is infringing on a patent for how the handset navigates the Web.
Worldwide Wi-Fi Social Network Takes Off
News  |  11/25/2008
WeFi's free software download enables users to connect to 10 million Wi-Fi access points around the world.
MySpace Suicide Case Goes To Jury
News  |  11/25/2008
Lori Drew's online taunts allegedly caused a 13-year-old girl to kill herself.
LinkedIn Intros Streamlined Search Engine
News  |  11/25/2008
Search results on the social networking site can now be refined by several categories, including name, company, school, and language.
If You've Got Questions, Google Has The Answers
Commentary  |  11/25/2008
Confused by the plethora of services that Google has made available to mobile phones? Can't figure out which version works with your device, or if your device is even supported? Google intends to give you a helping hand with its newly launched Google Mobile Help Forum.
Holiday Consumer Electronics Sales Expected To Take A Big Hit
News  |  11/25/2008
While consumers planned to stay loyal to their favorite brand, they expected to buy less expensive models, a survey by the NPD Group found.
Crisis Survival Kit: 5 Ways To Build Your Brand
Commentary  |  11/25/2008
Cost cutting is the top priority for most business owners right now. Yet, extracting maximum value from efforts is just as important as slashing expenses. That's particularly true with marketing efforts that bring in new business and keep your business brand fresh in customer's minds.
IBM Launches Cloud Computing Services
News  |  11/25/2008
Big Blue is introducing new products aimed at helping customers move apps to the Web.
MySpace App Shatters BlackBerry Download Record
News  |  11/24/2008
In a sign that BlackBerry is gaining traction in the mainstream market, the social messaging app has been downloaded more than 400,000 times in its first week.
Windows Vista, Multimedia Codec Vulnerabilities Found
News  |  11/24/2008
Certain administrative rights are required for the vulnerability to be exploited, making it a risk primarily for malicious insider scenarios.
4 Tips For Cyber Monday Profits -- Plus 3 For Your Own Shopping Savings
Commentary  |  11/24/2008
As more people count on Cyber Monday for big deals on holiday shopping, smaller retailers face stiff competition from big-box stores. We have some tips on how to attract and keep online customers, as well as ideas on ways to rack up big savings yourself.
Google Gmail Vulnerability Being Investigated
News  |  11/24/2008
A known cross-site scripting glitch could let an attacker hijack messages sent to the victim's Gmail account by redirecting specific messages, says a security researcher.
HP Laptops, Services Boost Quarterly Revenue
News  |  11/24/2008
Dell, on the other hand, recently reported a 3% drop in revenue for the same period to $15.16 billion, while its profits fell 5% to $727 million.
SAP CEO: SaaS Hurts Our Profits
News  |  11/24/2008
The company has readied version 2.0 of Business ByDesign, but a broad-market push is too costly for SAP, incoming chief executive Leo Apotheker said.
Opera Offers Its Mini Browser To The Android Phone
Commentary  |  11/24/2008
User of the HTC G1 Android phone haven't had much choice of which browser to use with their devices. That all changed when Opera Software recently made is Opera Mini browser available in the Android Market.
Small-Town Tech Firm Reversing Outsourcing Tide
News  |  11/24/2008
Eleutian Technology, based in rural Wyoming, is poised to do big business teaching English to Korean and Chinese students over the Internet.
RSS Is the New Personalization
Commentary  |  11/24/2008
A recent press release concerning ArnoldIT's Google monitoring service piqued my interest. It turns out to be a nicely formatted aggregation page for Google blogs... The point worth emphasizing is that as Web content becomes more granular, compositional, and personalizable (not to mention more perishable), subscribability becomes a design consideration.
Oracle Site Hub Brings Order to Location Intelligence
News  |  11/24/2008
Master Data Management product consolidates and cleanses site-specific information for retailers, government agencies, utilities and more.
Cops Eye Web Site's Role In Streaming Video Suicide
News  |  11/24/2008
Police investigating the death of Abraham Biggs Jr. are looking at forum moderators and users.
Retailers Gear Up For Cyber Monday, Black Friday
News  |  11/24/2008
The National Retail Federation predicts a rise in online shopping, as well as an increase in online promotions.
Harrah's Bets Big On Salesforce.com Cloud
News  |  11/24/2008
The casino operator is moving revenue generating apps, like room reservations, to the Internet.
Painful Printer Experiences Are Too Common
Commentary  |  11/23/2008
At Microsoft's recent hardware engineering conference, WinHEC, Microsoft had some information that stunned me. In one of the sessions, the presenter said that more than one in nine Vista printer driver installations end in failure. Are you surprised?
Curses in Java
Commentary  |  11/23/2008
Looking for a way to make it easier for mainframers to explore PigIron, Curses-like UI development in Java seemed the way to go. I found two particularly interesting
Symantec Estimates Cybercrime Economy At $276 Million
News  |  11/21/2008
However, the potential value of the credit card information and bank account credentials being sold, if criminally exploited to its maximum potential, could reach $7 billion.
Ingres 9.2 Offered With Ease Of Use Enhancements
News  |  11/21/2008
Support for both Java Database Connectivity and Microsoft's .Net Data Provider has been updated in the upgrade of the open source database software.
Smartphone Business Apps On The Rise
News  |  11/21/2008
One factor, according to J. Gold Associates, is that access to corporate applications from smartphones is expected to rise 71% in one year and 196% in three years.
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