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The End Of Encarta
Commentary  |  3/31/2009
This week, Microsoft announced the end of Encarta, its multimedia encyclopedia that started life as a CD-ROM-only product offering way back in 1993. Back then, even a CD-ROM drive was a novelty. A lot has changed in the intervening years, including Internet resources like Wikipedia that tap into the collective knowledge of the world.
HP Eyeing Google's Android
News  |  3/31/2009
The computer maker reportedly may be considering swapping out Microsoft Windows for the Android operating system in some PCs.
Web 2.0: Lunch.com Mixes Social Network, Facts, Opinions
News  |  3/31/2009
The startup matches like-minded people in its review community to zero in on what's most interesting and helpful.
Airborne Emergency Rooms Possible With Flying Wi-Fi
News  |  3/31/2009
Incidents of passenger medical crises have been increasing as populations age and as more huge airliners come into service.
Facebook, Adobe Team On Support For Flash
News  |  3/31/2009
The companies got together last fall after Facebook reviewed support for ActionScript and found that none of its client libraries was complete and fully updated.
Google's Stimulus Package: A Venture Capital Fund
News  |  3/31/2009
The company will invest up to $100 million in consumer Internet, software, hardware, clean-tech, bio-tech, and health care startups through Google Ventures.
Google Yanks Tethering Apps From Android Market
Commentary  |  3/31/2009
It looks like Google is exerting some control over a few applications in the Android Market. It recently pulled a tethering application for Developer Distribution Agreement violations.
Gartner Says IT Spending Worse Than After Dot-Com Bust
News  |  3/31/2009
Companies worldwide will spend 3.8% less on IT in 2009, significantly lower than the analyst firm's "worst-case" October forecast of a 2.3% increase.
Cloud Interoperability? Amazon And Microsoft Play Nice
Commentary  |  3/31/2009
Amazon and Microsoft--both of which declined to sign the newly published Open Cloud Manifesto--yesterday said they won't lock customers into their respective cloud services.
MySpace Launches Local Business Directories
News  |  3/31/2009
The social networking site kicks off a trial version of a service it ultimately plans to offer nationwide.
EBay Opening App Store In Summer
News  |  3/31/2009
Similar to Apple's App Store, eBay hopes to entice third-party developers with a slice of the revenue from its Selling Manager Application.
Microsoft Gives Details For Its App Store
News  |  3/31/2009
The software maker will let users pay for mobile apps with credit cards or bill their carriers, and developers will be able to offer free upgrades for their products.
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday March 31, 2009
News  |  3/31/2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Internet ad sales, Ballmer feted, Google launches VC, small business job loss, Intel's Nehalem, Nehalem virtualization, wireless carriers standardize, AdMob mobile ad platform, ADTRAN IP communications, UC paging for SMBs, D-Link lifetime warranty, AccelOps all-in-one management, Hostway Exchange platform, Azaleos Exchange patent, Spam increasing, Conficker, MySpace Local, YouTube premium content, Web presence packages for SMBs, bye bye Enc
American Airlines Plans Fleet Of Flying Wi-Fi Hotspots
News  |  3/31/2009
Service is scheduled for 150 domestic MD-80s this year to be followed by the rollout of the Wi-Fi service on Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Microsoft Encarta Is Web 2.0's Latest Victim
News  |  3/31/2009
The online encyclopedia falls in the face of competition from the likes of Wikipedia.
Facebook Quick Tip: Managing The Redesign
News  |  3/31/2009
Facebook's redesign puts more information in your News Feed -- sometimes too much. Here's how to block updates from the noisiest pals in your social network, without un-friending them entirely.
Cisco Opens Up Unified Communications And Telepresence To Multivendor Solutions
Commentary  |  3/31/2009
Lack of interopability between vendors' systems has long been a thorn in the side of both Unified Communications and Telepresence. At VoiceCon this week, though, Cisco is moving to let its products work better with vendors -- and that could help spur interest in both technologies, especially among smaller companies.
Operators Agree To Standardize Marketing
News  |  3/30/2009
AT&T's, Sprint's, T-Mobile's, and Verizon Wireless' marketing practices could deliver a more consistent experience for the end user.
Netflix To Charge 300% More For Blu-ray Discs
News  |  3/30/2009
Many customers who currently pay $1 extra per month for HD discs will soon have to shell out $4 per month.
MySpace Coming To Windows Mobile
News  |  3/30/2009
The partnership will also open up Microsoft's Silverlight to MySpace developers.
Online Ad Revenues Break Records In 2008
News  |  3/30/2009
Web-based advertising is growing despite the economic downturn.
Google China Starts Offering Free Music Downloads
News  |  3/30/2009
Google's partner and music source is Top100.cn, a 4-year-old Beijing-based company that aims to promote licensed online music distribution in China.
AT&T Nabs Nokia E71x Smartphone
News  |  3/30/2009
The Symbian-powered smartphone will be aggressively priced at $99, a sign that Nokia is aiming to have a stronger presence in the U.S. market.
LucidEra Upgrades Online Sales Analytical Tool
News  |  3/30/2009
Pipeline Insight 2.0 introduces new pre-built stage conversion metrics and best-practice reports that enable sales managers to analyze current and historical trends.
Panorama Unveils RC1 Of NovaView 6
News  |  3/30/2009
The preview of the latest version of NovaView incorporates Google Apps to enable customers to use the online office productivity suite to share and collaborate on reports.
Private-Cloud Azure? How About Shipping Azure?
Commentary  |  3/29/2009
Microsoft is hard at work trying to finish its Azure cloud operating system and eventually make the Azure world safe for customer data. With that in mind, it seems a bit premature to worry about whether users can create their own private Azure environments. Microsoft is right to tamp down speculation that Azure will move from service to product any time soon, because it is too soon.
Faceless Twitter Users Exposed By Other Social Networks
News  |  3/27/2009
Just by comparing Flickr and Twitter, researchers connected the dots in the completely anonymous Twitter graph with only a 12% error rate.
Apple WWDC Supercharges Steve Jobs Watch
News  |  3/27/2009
Expectations include the release of an updated iPhone, since the current iPhone 3G was announced a year ago at last year's developer fest.
Mac OS X Proof Of Concept Exploit Code Published
News  |  3/27/2009
The software has the ability to create a new system volume, call to some OS functions, and change the user ID, without administrative privileges.
Best Buy Beats Sales Expectations With 10% Increase
News  |  3/27/2009
The company, which has been moving to expand its European business, says it will delay new store openings there.
Is Java On Deck For Google App Engine?
Commentary  |  3/27/2009
While working on the post that I just published about whether data that's stored in the cloud is really safe or not (answer: your mileage will vary), I came across a post from Michael Arrington that speculates on whether Google's forthcoming super secret announcement on April 7th is that Google's App Engine
Opera Shows Off Updated Mobile Browser
News  |  3/27/2009
Version 9.7 will offer faster download speeds and improved performance thanks to Opera's compression technology.
LivingSocial Draws Six Million Users In A Week
News  |  3/27/2009
Social networking site reports big traffic via new Facebook interface.
bMighty News Flash: Friday March 27, 2009
News  |  3/27/2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Small businesses want less stimulus, more tax cuts, free small businesses resources, Amazon, Google, IBM layoffs, Facebook needs $, Google Checkout fees rise, SMBs virtualize blades, Sun VDI 3, Microsoft attacks Mac, Apple WWDC, Windows 7 Release Candidate, Verizon netbooks, Accolade Systems sues Apple, Skype for iPhone, Opera Mobile 9.7, BlackBerry SlingPlayer, U4EA/Vidtel video communication services, TNCI integrated communications, Conf
EU Slams U.S. Internet Gambling Ban
News  |  3/27/2009
Restrictions on online gaming violate WTO rules, regulators claim.
Five Things to Love About BPMN 2.0
Commentary  |  3/27/2009
Most of the effort put into BPMN 2.0 has focused on making the diagrams executable on a process engine. That will be huge for customers of Oracle, IBM, SAP, and other vendors. But for process modelers, who use BPMN as a diagramming tool... version 2.0 offers a lot to love. Here's my pick of the top-five improvements:
Salesforce Keeps Tight Control On Cloud Development
News  |  3/26/2009
The Force.com cloud platform provides an elastic environment for applications, but development in the cloud occurs within a constrained environment.
Windows Home Server: A Viable Alternative For Small Businesses?
Commentary  |  3/26/2009
Microsoft has added Windows Home Server to the Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN), and ChannelWeb expects the move to spur developers to come up with small business applications for the software.
Mobile App Store Users To Quadruple By 2014
News  |  3/26/2009
With the iPhone App Store leading the way, research firm In-Stat sees more than 100 million app store users in five years.
Google Enhances Tools For Web Hosts
News  |  3/26/2009
The company is now offering hosting companies access to more search and advertising services.
Microsoft Vs. The Cloud Manifesto
Commentary  |  3/26/2009
Major tech vendors are a few days away from unveiling an agreement to pursue cloud computing interoperability, and already there's a problem. Microsoft torpedoed the effort before it was even announced. It's an inauspicious start to an important industry effort.
Apple iPhone Sued Over Multiple Patents
News  |  3/26/2009
The company faces multiple lawsuits regarding the iPhone's camera, the manner by which it accesses iTunes, and its e-book capabilities.
Google Lets Go Of 200 Marketers
News  |  3/26/2009
The company says it's offering outplacement support and severance pay.
Twitter Reportedly Launching Premium Service
News  |  3/26/2009
Co-founder Biz Stone says fee-based add-ons are under development, but current services will remain free.
Google Shaping iGoogle Into Web's Front End
News  |  3/26/2009
The launch of gaming themes for iGoogle lets people express their personalities and interests, executive Marissa Mayer says.
Android Getting Flash Support
News  |  3/26/2009
Bsquare will port the technology to Google's platform, and having Flash could give Android a leg up on Apple's iPhone.
Opera Adds Location Awareness
News  |  3/26/2009
The browser will utilize Skyhook's technology to detect Wi-Fi access points and then compare them against a database of geolocated points.
bMighty News Flash: Thursday March 26, 2009
News  |  3/26/2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Small business optimism, Opera browser geolocation, hosted virtual desktops, MacBook Pro memory upgrade, Voice-powered Google search for BlackBerry, ContactsCalendarSync for G1 Android, Alltel My Circle, Adobe Flash for Android, mobile app store growth, Wedge Networks security appliance, protecedpdf Small Business Edition, Google services for Web sites, Twitter premium, Twitter best practices...
E-Mail Marketing: Make $57 For Every Dollar You Spend
Commentary  |  3/26/2009
That insanely boastful ROI figure comes courtesy of the Direct Marketing Association. The organization estimates that e-mail marketing can generate $57 for every dollar invested. But even if that figure doubles reality it doesn't explain reports that 60% of smaller businesses haven't even tried e-mail marketing. What are you waiting for?
Google Brings Digital Doodling To Docs
Commentary  |  3/26/2009
Today Google announced a new feature in Google Docs: The ability to create and insert drawings into Docs, Presentations and Spreadsheets. Now your inner artist can get your Gaudi, van Gogh or Gauguin on in digital form thanks to Google.
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