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Zend Supports Amazon EC2, Faster PHP Development
News  |  4/30/2009
Open source Zend Framework 1.8 includes APIs needed to invoke cloud computing and storage services and allows for more rapid application development.
Twitter Employee Account Hijacked
News  |  4/30/2009
A security breach of a Yahoo Mail account let one hacker peer at info about Barack Obama, Britney Spears, and others.
Comcast Profits Rise Despite Recession
News  |  4/30/2009
The company's subscriber base was boosted by the digital television transition, but it is facing increased competition from Verizon and AT&T.
Bill Would Shift Government Cybersecurity Requirements
News  |  4/30/2009
The U.S. Information and Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 would require more continuous monitoring of systems and effectiveness of agencies' cybersecurity measures.
iPhone Users Willing To Pay For Applications
News  |  4/30/2009
Users of BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC smartphones are far less likely than iPhone users to download applications to their devices.
WolframAlpha Search Engine Seen As Important As Google
News  |  4/30/2009
What makes the new knowledge engine different is the underlying technology that computes answers instead of looking them up in a huge database.
Interactive Ad Unit Guidelines Revised
News  |  4/30/2009
The IAB issued the first Universal Ad Package, with four ad standards, in 2002.
bMighty bSecure: SMB Security On A Budget - And On Demand!
Commentary  |  4/30/2009
When times get tough, it's all too tempting to push security concerns aside. But that's a fool's game. Fortunately, there are ways for small and midsize companies to address security issues without breaking the bank. To learn more, check out the On-Demand version of bMighty bSecure, which brings together business and security experts to show you how to do exactly that.
Google Granted Floating Data Center Patent
News  |  4/30/2009
Google is considering floating data centers because of the practical problems it faces in trying to locate data centers on coastal land, where real estate is typically expensive.
Disney Taking Equity Stake In Hulu
News  |  4/30/2009
Hulu will stream full-length episodes of popular Disney and ABC shows, using an ad-supported model, the companies say.
Pure Digital Expands HD To Flip Ultra Camcorder
News  |  4/30/2009
The pocket-size Flip UltraHD captures images at 1,280-by-720 resolution and comes with software that makes it easy to upload videos to YouTube.
5 Tips For Avoiding Litigation In A Recession
Commentary  |  4/30/2009
With cash tight the last thing your business needs right now is a lawsuit. But the inevitable collection difficulties that come with a recession increase the likelihood of a business dispute. Here's 5 tips to help your business steer clear of litigation and handle it effectively if it does happen to you.
Terracotta 3 Takes A Load Off Databases
News  |  4/29/2009
Release 3.0 of Terracotta Server reduces database load by initiating Java Virtual Machines and application servers when applications are scaled up.
Down To Business: Are Execs Twittering Their Time Away?
Commentary  |  4/29/2009
Clearly, the rules of social networking engagement are still evolving. Either these tools are shedding light on business issues, or they're just a distraction.
Going On A Job Interview? Here's Some Help
Commentary  |  4/29/2009
Job interviews rank up there with root canal for most people. Wouldn't you want to know in advance the trickiest question your prospective employer might ask on your job interview?
IBM Adds Social Networking To DeveloperWorks Portal
News  |  4/29/2009
The company is hoping to unify its approximate 8 million registered users worldwide, including enterprise software developers and other IT professionals.
Google Book Search Settlement Faces DOJ Review
News  |  4/29/2009
The query follows the deal Google reached last year with the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild.
Google Tracking System Suggests Swine Flu Is Spreading
News  |  4/29/2009
Experimental Flu Trends for Mexico shows increases in flu-related queries in Mexico City and several other Mexican states during the April 19-25 time period.
Eucalyptus Open Source Private Cloud Project Goes Commercial
News  |  4/29/2009
With a $5.5 million investment from Benchmark Capital, Eucalyptus is preparing to sell deployment, consulting, and maintenance services for its open source software.
Twitter Users' Loyalty As Brief As Their Posts?
News  |  4/29/2009
The most popular social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace, have much higher user retention rates than Twitter.
Ingres Refreshes BI Appliance With Salesforce.com Integration
News  |  4/29/2009
Salesforce.com subscribers can use the Ingres Icebreaker applicance to run ad-hoc queries and trend-analysis reporting against sales data within the software-as-a-service vendor's customer relationship management applications.
Apache Tomcat Gets An Enterprise Version, SpringSource tc
News  |  4/28/2009
The SpringSource tc application server can be installed in place of Tomcat 6, the current Apache version, without disrupting applications, the company said.
More Companies Requiring IT Security Certification
News  |  4/28/2009
The study reflects responses from more than 1,000 IT employees.
Mobile Apps To Hit $25 Billion By 2014
News  |  4/28/2009
Handset makers will receive the bulk of the revenue selling apps to smartphones, but carriers have an opportunity to bring app stores to entry-level and feature phones.
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 Improves RFID Data Collection
News  |  4/28/2009
Devices may now reliably upload RFID data through a periodic or occasional connection to BizTalk Server, as opposed to a continuous connection.
Opera Mini Sees Explosive 157% Growth
News  |  4/28/2009
However, the mobile browser is facing increased competition from startups and Mozilla.
Google Search Now Visualizes Data With Graphs
News  |  4/28/2009
The new data capabilities are tied to the acquisition of Trendalyzer two years ago.
Google Hypes Cloud Computing Over Virtualization Alone
News  |  4/28/2009
CIOs are asked to focus on virtualizing storage, network operations, and other critical business infrastructure rather than falling for the pipe dream of "internal clouds."
Microsoft Releases Office 2007 SP2
News  |  4/28/2009
The productivity suite update adds built-in support for Open Document Format and a slew of other tweaks, including improved Outlook performance.
Google Starts Twittering News Headlines
News  |  4/28/2009
As the Internet becomes a more capable platform for real-time information delivery, Google is looking to make more of its services as speedy as its search engine.
Google Makes Android 1.5 Available To Devs
News  |  4/28/2009
The move means the "Cupcake" update could be pushed out soon, and it will bring to Android video-recording capabilities, a virtual QWERTY keyboard, and stereo Bluetooth.
HP's New ProBook Line Brings Some Style To SMB Notebooks
Commentary  |  4/28/2009
Everybody wants to look good, even while they're working. But these days not everyone wants to pay a premium for stylish industrial design. HP's new line of ProBook notebook computers tries to bring business style to SMBs at reasonable prices. The attempt largely succeeds.
Amazon Buys Maker Of iPhone E-Book Reader
News  |  4/27/2009
Software like Lexcycle's Stanza and Amazon's Kindle iPhone application could drive adoption of electronic books and magazines further by making them available on more than just the Kindle.
Cablevision Launches Mobile Portal
News  |  4/27/2009
The mobile Web site may help the cable provider fend off increased competition from the telecoms, but it lacks the ability for users to program DVRs on the go.
Google: We're Not Like Pirate Bay
Commentary  |  4/27/2009
In the wake of a Swedish court's decision to imprison the operators of The Pirate Bay, a Web site that helps users search for BitTorrent files in the same way that Google handles general Internet file searches, Google wants to make sure everyone understands that it's no Pirate Bay.
Microsoft Ramps Up Virtualization Management, Management Services
News  |  4/27/2009
The company's push into two new areas is expected to be explored at its annual Microsoft Management Summit.
Cloud Vendor Cassatt Faces The End
Commentary  |  4/27/2009
Cassatt, a six-year-old enterprise software company, is "close to the end" of operations, according to Forbes. Cassatt had positioned its data center management software as a platform for private clouds, but the startup's steep licensing fees are apparently more than IT departments are willing to spend in this economy.
Facebook Opens Stream To Devs
News  |  4/27/2009
Web and mobile developers can create applications and Web sites that let Facebook users access their news streams without visiting Facebook.com.
Swine Flu Cases Rise To 40 In U.S., But Google Sees No Spike
News  |  4/27/2009
Google is augmenting its Flu Trends Web site with user-generated maps of the swine flu outbreak and links to a variety of health resources.
Samsung Rolls Out Android Phone
News  |  4/27/2009
Samsung's first Android-powered handset has Wi-Fi, 3G, an AMOLED touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and deep integration with Google's Web services.
SAP, Teradata Team Up For Business Intelligence
News  |  4/27/2009
The partnership shows that neither vendor is sitting still as Oracle contemplates opportunities for hardware-software combos with its planned acquisition of Sun.
Poor Use Of Data Integration Tools Can Waste $500,000 Annually: Gartner
News  |  4/27/2009
The analyst firm recommends adopting a standard tool for each of the three main categories of data-integration tools and using open-source software and tools that are provided at no additional cost with database management systems.
Microsoft Product Improvement Is Not Innovation
Commentary  |  4/26/2009
Wow. To those who say that there are no Microsoft fans, the messages from my last blog entry prove you wrong. One of the complaints was my assertion that Microsoft does not innovate anymore; perhaps the problem is in the definition of that word. To me, slow but steady improvement in existing products and services isn't innovation, it's maintenance and support. Those are important things, no doubt, especi
Lawson Refreshes Smart Office
News  |  4/24/2009
Smart Office 9.0.3 enables greater personalization of employees' desktops, making them more specific to workers' daily tasks.
Cambridge Science Festival Focusing Social Networks For Enterprise
News  |  4/24/2009
IBM is expected to demonstrate a brace of social networking technologies at the nine-day event.
Facebook Users Approve Terms Of Use
News  |  4/24/2009
The changes increase user control while improving account deletion and limiting sublicenses and reducing data exchanges between application developers.
Google Brings TIFF And PowerPoint Viewer To Browsers
Commentary  |  4/24/2009
No PowerPoint? No problem! Google has added the ability to view TIFF and PPT files directly from the Web browser without the need to install additional software.
EarthLink Grounded By Earth Day Power Outage
News  |  4/24/2009
Some EarthLink-hosted Web sites were knocked offline and others lost e-mail service Wednesday as the ISP reeled from a power outage in California.
SharePoint 2010: Still Confused?
Commentary  |  4/24/2009
Microsoft has recently announced that the new SharePoint version will be called "Microsoft SharePoint 2010"... The announcement suggests that the disappearing "Office" moniker was confusing to customers because they associated it with the client software...
Google Conceives Toolbar Labs, First New Feature Is My Location For Desktop Browsers
Commentary  |  4/24/2009
Google has added a new lab to its series of feature-generating experimental workshops. Toolbar Labs will work on new features for the Google Toolbar. Its first official day on the job, it is introducing a new feature for desktop browsers that automatically makes them location aware.
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