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Proclivity's Prediction Software Is In Style
Commentary  |  4/30/2008
Proclivity Systems, which predicts trends with its e-commerce "predictive engine," is looking like a trendsetter itself. The New York startup has moved into Fifth Avenue office space, and upscale retailer Barneys New York is a reference customer. Founder and CEO Sheldon Gilbert recently took a break from selling software to be photographed for Men's Vogue.
Adobe Pushes Broader Mobile Strategy For Flash
News  |  4/30/2008
Several of the moves will further open access to Flash, including removing restrictions on the use of the SWF and FLV file formats.
Xerox Shows Off Future Tech And Tries To Better Define Itself
News  |  4/30/2008
Despite failed attempts to cash in, the company and its PARC subsidiary have several pillars of growth in mind to compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com.
Microsoft Finally Concedes On Windows-Linux Management
Commentary  |  4/30/2008
Microsoft's announcement of Linux extensions for Systems Center settles an old debate I once had with Bill Gates. Four years ago, I suggested Microsoft could do a better job at cross-platform management, but Microsoft's chairman wouldn't hear of it. Now, the company is doing just that.
Sony Ericsson's 'Capuchin' Bridges Java, Flash Gap
News  |  4/30/2008
The handset maker's API will let developers combine the clean user interface of Flash Lite with the stronger back-end capabilities of Java ME.
Google Admits Making Money With YouTube Has Been Difficult
Commentary  |  4/30/2008
In a candid TV interview, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, "I don't think we've quite figured out the perfect solution of how to make money [with YouTube], and we're working on that. That's our highest priority this year." You don't say...
Judge Rejects RIAA's Music Copyright Infringement, Distribution Claims
News  |  4/30/2008
Merely making copies of music available does not equal distribution, or primary copyright infringement, the judge said.
What Do Google And John McCain Have In Common?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008
Since early March, Sen. John McCain has had the GOP nomination tucked safely in his back pocket, while the stalemate between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has left the Democratic party at an impasse. Like the Republican pundit, Google is benefiting from the current standoff between Yahoo and Microsoft.
Google Refines Its Image Search Technology
Commentary  |  4/30/2008
Having won the text search war, Google may soon take the lead in image searching. In a paper published last week, Google researchers describe how they were able to use image recognition technology to reduce the number of irrelevant images returned through a Google Image search by 83%.
Interop: Oracle Looks Beyond ERP
News  |  4/30/2008
The company announced at Interop that it will follow the money by emphasizing line-of-business applications embedded with Web 2.0 features.
Interop: Citrix To Help Build The 'Delivery Center'
News  |  4/30/2008
The company's efforts include its Workflow Studio suite and NetScaler MPX, a Web application controller that offers service delivery at 10 Gbps.
SAP Scales Back SaaS Product Plans
News  |  4/30/2008
Technical issues and profit-bleeding implementations prompt SAP to move more slowly with its ambitious Business ByDesign on-demand software service.
If You've Done Nothing Wrong, This Shouldn't Worry You
Commentary  |  4/30/2008
There's a worrisome article in the Seattle Times about an investigative toolkit that Microsoft is making available to law enforcement agencies. It's got 150 tools, including data collection and password crackers, conveniently packaged in a USB thumb drive. Police no longer need to seize a computer to peek into its contents.
Vidyo Named Best Startup Of Interop
Commentary  |  4/30/2008
Vidyo, which began shipping its videoconferencing-over-IP system in March, has just won the startup category in this year's Best Of Interop competition. Vidyo promises to make low-cost, high-quality videoconferencing an option for more companies.
Interop: Fixed/Mobile Convergence Coming to Your Company?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008
Employees no longer sit in their cubicles all day. Instead, executives move from place to place, visiting customers and clients. Figuring out how to reach these individuals has been a problem: Do you try their office number or their cell?
Java, You, and Me
Commentary  |  4/30/2008
Where does Java fit into your life? Have you ever really considered how much Java is a part of your everyday life, even outside of software development? For instance, it's most likely running software on your cell phone, smart phone, or other device; but you probably knew that already.
First Hyper-V Support Emerges From Desktop Virtualization Supplier
News  |  4/29/2008
Provision Networks is the first vendor to make Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor the focus of its desktop virtualization efforts.
Interop: Microsoft Sees 200,000 Protocol Downloads
News  |  4/29/2008
Senior VP Bob Muglia says Microsoft products will feature "open connections" that will allow outside developers to more easily write programs that interact with its own.
Microsoft Again Delays Windows XP SP3 Release
News  |  4/29/2008
Microsoft is holding up the software update's release, this time after finding a compatibility issue with an electronic checkout system for retailers.
Interop: SaaS Is A Key Driver Behind Upswing In Innovation
News  |  4/29/2008
McKinsey & Company's Abhijit Dubey said software as a service is becoming mainstream within the IT industry, particularly among small and midsize companies.
Google Adds Street View To Directions
News  |  4/29/2008
By combining the features, Google said users can now get a better picture of their route alongside turn by turn information.
Oracle Clinches Difficult BEA Systems Acquisition
News  |  4/29/2008
After an acquisition that began as borderline hostile, Oracle talks of the companies' shared vision for SOA and a strong partnership in delivering middleware products.
Google To Fine-Tune Image Searches
Commentary  |  4/29/2008
So you performed an image search for "Corvette," and instead of finding the spy shot of the C7 you had in mind, you end up with irrelevant pictures of
Microsoft Uses Open Source To Extend Systems Management To Linux
News  |  4/29/2008
Microsoft is extending its management software to Linux and Unix by integrating some of the open source OpenPegasus project's code into System Center Operations Manager.
Listen Up! Podcasts, Audio Interviews, Whatever. We Got 'Em.
Commentary  |  4/29/2008
We've posted some interesting audio files (podcasts?) on ddj.com. I need to tell you this because they aren't that easy to find, and there is some stuff you won't want to miss.
Will Someone Please Answer the Mobile Device?
Commentary  |  4/29/2008
Remind me. When exactly did cell phones stop being cell phones and start being "mobile devices running content-rich mobile applications"? I'm still grappling with the Rich Internet Applications (RIA) on my new Nokia N95 phone (and I have to admit, it's a beauty) when all I really want to do is answer the phone.   
Oracle Database Susceptible To Rare Attack
News  |  4/28/2008
"A lateral SQL injection" attack that can be placed by an outsider in a database application using Oracle's extended PL/SQL query language can be prevented, security experts say.
Interop: nSolutions Launches NOVA Change And Configuration Management Appliance
News  |  4/28/2008
The appliance is designed to help users more easily make modifications to their IT environments without disrupting critical operations.
Microsoft Finalizes $1.2 Billion Fast Search Purchase
News  |  4/28/2008
Former Fast CEO John Markus Lervik will lead the enterprise search effort, which will include bolstering Microsoft's Office SharePoint Server.
How to Choose the Right BPM Suite: From RFP to Final Selection
News  |  4/28/2008
You've decided that business process management is right for your organization. But what's next? Here's how to build an evaluation team, write a request for proposal, review RFP responses, evaluate a short list of candidates and choose the right BPM suite.
Follow Three Best Practices to Succeed at Business Activity Monitoring
News  |  4/28/2008
BAM can monitor crucial key performance indicators around time, cost, quality, and productivity, but many firms struggle when deploying the technology. Three best practices will jump start your project and help you choose the right metrics and alert levels.
FCC: Issues Kept Bidders From 700 MHz Safety Spectrum
News  |  4/28/2008
An agency report says fears of payments defaulting if negotiations failed as well as the costs of building out and operating the D block kept companies away.
Apple Updates iMacs Amid Booming Sales
News  |  4/28/2008
In addition to faster processors, the new iMacs are rated EPEAT Silver and meet the Energy Star 4.0 requirements for power consumption.
Nokia's New Phones: Built For Comfort And Speed
News  |  4/28/2008
The mobile phone maker announced three phones with features including facial contours, tap-sensitive response, and background noise cancellation.
Mac Users: Smart Or Smug?
Commentary  |  4/28/2008
Last week, I heard an interesting Marketplace Radio segment about Mac users: "A new marketing study has found Mac owners tend to think they're more extraordinary than the average Joe. They're also more likely than PC users to whiten their teeth, drive hybrids, drink Starbucks coffee, and eat organic food."
Verizon's Earnings Jump Thanks To Wireless Growth
News  |  4/28/2008
Verizon Wireless unit recorded 1.5 million net customer additions, and Verizon's FiOS TV service signed up 263,000 net new customers.
Life Inside The One-Man (Or Woman) IT Shop
Commentary  |  4/28/2008
Got a lot on your plate? How would you like to be the IT shop? While the common belief is that one-person IT departments are typically the stuff of start-ups and mom-and-pop businesses, that's not always the case.
Google Beefs Up Presentations' Power
Commentary  |  4/28/2008
Google's online PowerPoint application, called Presentations, just met with some great new -- and much needed -- features. First is the addition of speaker notes, which is something I sorely missed about two weeks ago when I was putting together a presentation. Google also added the ability to embed YouTube videos into Presentations, and its Gears roll-out now expands to Presentations as well.
Web 2.0: Whatever Google Knows About Spam, It Isn't Saying
News  |  4/25/2008
Trust and reputation systems are a great way to reduce spam, but Google avoids talk of an ongoing flood of malware-infected porn on Google Groups pages.
'LOL' Slips Into Homework But Formal Writing Still Valued
News  |  4/25/2008
Twenty-five percent of teens surveyed said they used emoticons in school writing and 38% said they used text shortcuts or abbreviations.
Associated Press Teams Up With Verve Wireless For Mobile News
News  |  4/25/2008
The mobile news service will be tailored for smartphones and give users one point of access for local, national, and international news.
Microsoft's Third Quarter Results: Uncollapsed
Commentary  |  4/25/2008
For a company whose cash cow is supposed to be collapsing, Microsoft seems pretty chipper. A pretty good third quarter shows that reports of Microsoft's demise are somewhat premature. Even the weak U.S. economy worked to Microsoft's advantage this past quarter.
Google Uses Its Googley Eyes When It Comes To Design
Commentary  |  4/25/2008
Does Google's design language do anything for you? Do you find the cleanliness of its sites pleasing to the eye? Or do the white spaces and primary colors drive you nuts? Even though it looks like some Google sites were designed by a kid with crayons, there's a method to the madness.
Apple Releases Beta 4 Of iPhone SDK
News  |  4/25/2008
The latest build includes Xcode integrated development environment, an interface builder, frameworks and samples, compilers, and the Shark analysis tool.
Think Tanks Propose National Innovation Foundation
News  |  4/24/2008
Such a foundation would serve as a catalyst between industry and university researchers and seek to expand regional innovation through state governments.
Google Names Morgan Stanley Director As CIO
News  |  4/24/2008
Benjamin Fried replaces Douglas Merrill, who left Google earlier this month to run EMI's digital music business.
Web 2.0: Yahoo Rewires With Open Strategy
News  |  4/24/2008
With its Yahoo Open Strategy, the company follows in the footsteps of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft by opening up its software to developers.
Web 2.0: Firefox Key To Open Mobile Web
News  |  4/24/2008
Mozilla chairman Mitchell Baker wants developers to bring the same features and functionality to handheld devices that they have to the PC.
Interop: Vettro Mobile App Helps Protect Underground Pipes, Cables
News  |  4/24/2008
Vettro 360 for Damage Prevention is built on the same mobile platform used to provide services like coordinating pickup and delivery, field service, and IT service management.
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