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IBM's ILOG Builds Sophisticated Data Display Components
News  |  2/27/2009
The business rules engine division has supplied four new software tools that can be used to display complex data in a rich Internet application.
Facebook's New Openness Exploited By Scammers
News  |  2/27/2009
The rogue message leads to a Facebook application link that spams a victim's friend list with the same warning message, and possibly harvests personal information.
Google News Gets Text Ads
News  |  2/27/2009
It's a significant turning point for Google News, which has been ad-free since its beta launch in April 2002.
Bill That Boosts Spending On Small Business Programs Halfway Through Congress
Commentary  |  2/27/2009
Following the legislative process makes me all the more appreciative of the flexibility that defines small businesses.
Novell Rolls Out Manager For Virtual Environments
News  |  2/27/2009
The company's PlateSpin Orchestrate 2.0 software helps coordinate Hyper-V, Xen-based environments.
NASA Succeeds With Social Networking
News  |  2/27/2009
The space agency is mulling widespread adoption of Web 2.0 tools.
IT Search Engine Adds Netflow
Commentary  |  2/27/2009
Startup Paglo, which offers SaaS-based IT management based on search, now collects Netflow data to help customers monitor bandwidth usage by users, applications and protocols.
Gmail Failure Breeds Status Dashboard
News  |  2/26/2009
The software provides data on the status of Google Apps applications, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video.
Hack An iPhone, Win $10,000
News  |  2/26/2009
In TippingPoint's DVLabs contest, hackers also have the option of trying to execute a successful exploit against a Web browser.
Microsoft Sues TomTom; Orange Alert For Linux Backers
Commentary  |  2/26/2009
Microsoft has filed suit against a software maker whose GPS navigation system uses Linux. Microsoft claims TomTom infringes eight of its patents. Linux backers are keeping a wary eye on the case, but so far consider this to be a dispute over GPS mapping software.
Google Blocks Paid-App Access For Developer G1s
News  |  2/26/2009
The search giant said it doesn't want Dev Phone owners to be able to use the root access capabilities to pirate applications.
Facebook Opens Site Rules To User Voting
News  |  2/26/2009
"The Facebook Principles" and "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities" may signal a shift in social networking best practices.
Yahoo CEO Bartz Shakes Up Management
News  |  2/26/2009
While Yahoo's CFO and mobile czar pack their bags, the executive's first blog indicates a new focus on improving relations with customers and advertisers.
Crisis Survival Kit: 12 Tips To Keep Customers Coming Back
Commentary  |  2/26/2009
As the recession drags on, people are keeping a tighter grip on their wallets. So how does a retailer stay in business? By developing a loyal following. Here are 12 tips to ensure your customers stick with you.
Microsoft Files Suit Against TomTom's Implementation Of Linux
News  |  2/26/2009
The suit claims infringement of eight Microsoft patents related to car navigation systems and file management.
Salesforce.com's Growth Shows SaaS Success In Tough Economy
News  |  2/26/2009
Revenue growth of 34% shows businesses are buying SaaS despite of, and perhaps because of, tight IT budgets. There are spots of trouble, however.
Yahoo's Mobile Leader Leaves
News  |  2/26/2009
Marco Boerries' departure comes as new CEO Carol Bartz announces a reorganization of Yahoo management.
Netflix To Offer Streaming-Only Movie Service
News  |  2/26/2009
The subscription movie-rental service is recognizing the growing popularity of on-demand video over the Web.
Google Defuses Street View Privacy With User Photos
News  |  2/26/2009
In so doing, the company manages to deflect and dissipate much of the criticism leveled against it for company-directed image acquisition.
Review: Safari 4 Beta Takes Page From Google Playbook
News  |  2/26/2009
The latest version of Apple's Web browser, now in beta, copies features already available on Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera -- and looks great doing it.
Nokia Looking To Make Laptops
News  |  2/26/2009
The world's largest cell phone maker is actively looking at the market because the mobile phone and PC experiences are rapidly converging.
Appcelerator Updates Open Source Alternative To Adobe Air
News  |  2/26/2009
The latest version of Titanium features built-in support for Linux as well as social media and communications tools such as Twitter and FriendFeed.
Business Owners' Optimism Starts To Inch Upward
Commentary  |  2/26/2009
Knowing exactly when the low point (or high point) of any fluctuation occurs is almost impossible without some distance from the events. According to a new survey, the low point of optimism for small business owners may have been last October.
Despite Outage, Google Makes More Tweaks To Gmail
Commentary  |  2/26/2009
Even though Gmail crashed for several hours earlier this week, Google is moving forward with its continual roll out of new features for its e-mail product. This week, Gmail adds the ability to change the tab label for Gmail, as well as add multiple attachments at once.
Gartner Finds Most-Common SaaS Assumptions Are False
News  |  2/26/2009
What has made it difficult for many companies to separate truth from fiction is the tremendous amount of hype around SaaS, the analyst firm says.
bMighty vs. Bernanke - Obama Finally Steps Up For Small Businesses. But Will It Be Enough?
Commentary  |  2/25/2009
Small business got a lot of attention on the Presidential campaign trail last year, but they've seemed kind of invisible in Washington since then. Until last night, that is, when President Obama finally shared the love with entrepreneurs and small business owners. But despite the glowing rhetoric, it's not at all clear that business owners will get what they what they really want out of the administration.
Softwear By Microsoft: What A Puzzle
Commentary  |  2/25/2009
While doing some browsing a few days ago, I stumbled into a bizarre Microsoft site named Softwear By Microsoft. Really, I had to check the domain name several times to make sure this wasn't some sort of phishing site or parody. But no, it's real.
Google Takes Credibility Hit With Gmail Outage
News  |  2/25/2009
The company will credit some customers for 15 days of service, which would amount to almost 4% of the $50 per user per year Google charges.
Opera Serves Up 1 Petabyte For Mobile Users
News  |  2/25/2009
Opera Mini has seen explosive growth in places like Russia and the Middle East thanks to demand for sites like Facebook.
Britain Endorses ODF; Why Not The U.S.?
Commentary  |  2/25/2009
The Open Document Format was adopted today by the British government as a basis for making future software purchases based on open standards. In general, Britain is requiring government agencies to use as much software based on standards as possible, based on its 10-point program to encourage open standards and open source. If Britain can do it, why can't we?
Mobile Search Ads To Grow 130% By 2013
News  |  2/25/2009
Google is in a good position to capitalize on this growing market by aggressively moving its AdWords program to the mobile space.
Coghead Failure Highlights Risks Of Cloud Computing
News  |  2/25/2009
Cloud computing is growing, with Google now monetizing its App Engine. But no matter what the vendor, customers should have a good emergency-exit strategy.
Microsoft Issues Patch For IE8 On Windows 7
News  |  2/25/2009
The update includes fixes that boost the browser's reliability on the new OS.
Google Joins Antitrust Case Against Microsoft
News  |  2/25/2009
The move could potentially force Microsoft to offer the option of using Google's Chrome browser at the installation of Windows.
Gmail Outage Highlights Why It's More Enterprise-Ready Than It Has Ever Been
Commentary  |  2/25/2009
Barely one month has passed since the folks at Google announced that users of Gmail would be able to access their in-boxes even though the Gmail servers themselves were inaccessible. For example, if (a) you have no Internet connectivity or (b) the Gmail service goes down. It was only a matter of time before a Gmail failure put the newly announced offline mode to the test. Although most of us here in the U.S. didn'
Microsoft Wants Chat With Yahoo About Search Deal
News  |  2/24/2009
A partnership would make sense given Google's lead in search, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said.
Borland Adds Visibility Into Software Development
News  |  2/24/2009
The company's new TeamInspector product monitors progress on multiple projects, separating out key statistics and indicators and presenting them in a single dashboard.
Google Searches Measure Economic Misery
Commentary  |  2/24/2009
Google searches provide insight into the spread of the flu, so it's perhaps no surprise that they also reveal something about our ailing economy.
Memo To Google: I Know 600 Students Who Depend On Your Gmail
Commentary  |  2/24/2009
I couldn't help but take Google's Gmail outage today a bit personally. I'm in the midst of my one, big yearly contribution to my son's school: computerizing the school's heavily paper-based read-a-thon competition, using Gmail as the platform. So I'm asking you please, Google, don't mess up my PTO project. For once I look like a hero rather than the under-involved parent.
Microsoft Says Windows 7 Heading To Netbooks
News  |  2/24/2009
CEO Steve Ballmer said the company plans to maintain Windows XP's dominance on netbooks with its next operating system release.
Ballmer Says Microsoft Won't Ship Office 14 This Year
News  |  2/24/2009
Slow PC sales may have eased demand for a Web-based version of the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint bundle.
Google App Engine Now Ready To Take Your Money
News  |  2/24/2009
The launch of a billing system for its Web application hosting platform puts Google in competition with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure Services Platform.
Apple Releases Safari 4 Beta
News  |  2/24/2009
The latest addition to the Web browser wars, according to Apple, is faster and "more innovative" than Internet Explorer, Firefox, and other competing apps.
Gfail Of Gmail Bad News For Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  2/24/2009
Not being able to log into Gmail this morning annoyed consumers worldwide, but the longer-term damage is with IT managers who doubt the reliability of cloud computing for business-critical applications.
Gmail Outage Prompts Apology
News  |  2/24/2009
Gmail users with Google Gears installed were able to access their in-boxes during the outage Tuesday morning. Gmail has about 113 million users worldwide.
Gmail Is Down For Some Users
Commentary  |  2/24/2009
This morning Google admitted that it is having problems with some of its Gmail servers. It didn't say how many users are affected, but said a fix is on the way. Update: Google says Gmail is now fixed.
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