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Salesforce Lightning Connect marries old apps to new

Salesforce1 Lightning Connect is a new tool to connect the company's cloud with legacy data sources.

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Coca-Cola bottler migrates users from IBM Notes to Office 365 in single weekend

Over 1,000 users and 2TB of data migrated.

Office 365 admins get spreadsheet search help

The new capabilities are aimed at companies struggling to manually maintain a comprehensive inventory of critical spreadsheets.

Office 365 is getting management features for iOS, Android and Windows Phone

The upgrade will be available during the first quarter next year.

Google enlists PwC to push Apps, Android, cloud computing to businesses

PwC will also roll out Apps to 45,000 staffers in the US and Australia.

Microsoft opens Office 365 to programmers

At TechEd Europe, Microsoft announced updates to Office 365, Azure and Intune.

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Microsoft beefs up Office 365 with unlimited OneDrive cloud storage

The free upgrade rolls out to all users in the coming months, forcing other storage services to up their game.

Cyberespionage group launches sophisticated phishing attacks against Outlook Web App users

The group targeted military agencies, embassies, defense contractors and media organizations, researchers from Trend Micro said.

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Zoho nips at Google Inbox's heels with its own email filtering app, Inbox Insights

The smaller, scrappier productivity company showed a similar product called Inbox Insights in August. In the wake of Google Inbox, the company says it will continue developing its competing solution.

Amazon takes aim at Microsoft's Active Directory with new service

The AWS Directory Service costs from $36.50 per month

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Generic pagination in C# for .NET WebAPI

"I love writing pagination code!"... said no one ever. After what seems like the millionth time writing a list pager from scratch, we've come up with a handy generic class to plug in for .NET API projects.

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Salesforce's big opportunity is in keeping it simple

Salesforce is growing revenues fast and its developer ecosystem faster, meaning there are piles and piles of customer data just waiting to be studied.

Google adds online chat to Apps support options

The service is for Apps admins and will be available in English at first.

SAP gives on-premises software customers assurances, even as it pushes the cloud

Business Suite customers will have full control over when they move to the cloud, SAP says

Salesforce and Microsoft partnership gains some steam

The vendors have revealed general delivery dates for integrations between their platforms.

Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in cloud analytics

The knock against Salesforce.com has long been for its lack of robust analytics, but the company is hoping to change that perception and challenge the competition with Wave, its sixth discrete cloud service.

Q&A: How Yik Yak wants to weed out abuse and become the next Twitter

Of the new social media apps that have sprung up around connecting anonymously, Yik Yak might be the most toxic. Or the most misunderstood. Perhaps it's both.

French Twitter users to be offered Twitter payment service

French Twitter users will be able to send money to one another with a tweet from later this week -- but the payment service isn't run by Twitter.

Founder of digital currency Liberty Reserve extradited to the US

Authorities have extradited the founder of Liberty Reserve, a virtual currency allegedly used by cybercriminals for money laundering, from Spain to the U.S.

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