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  • Teleflirtation: The latest hot way to hook up

    Posted April 13, 2010 - 4:45 pm

    The realistic audio-visual atmosphere of telepresence combined with off-channel instant messaging is giving rise to a new social phenomenon dubbed teleflirtation.
  • Apple iPad, other tablets seen driving SaaS, cloud storage

    Posted April 13, 2010 - 4:43 pm

    Cloud storage services are likely to benefit from the popularity of tablets like the iPad, both because the devices come with limited onboard storage and because consumers will demand ubiquitous access to data no matter what mobile device they're using at the time.
  • Twitter's Promoted Tweets: What You Need To Know

    Posted April 13, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    Twitter will start testing a new advertising program that delivers contextually relevant ads in a user's search results, the micro-blogging site announced on Tuesday. Called Promoted Tweets, the new ad program will post sponsored tweets at the top of your Twitter search results, based on the context of your search terms.
  • With IE9, Microsoft Is Betting on the Power of Chips, HTML5

    Posted April 13, 2010 - 4:41 pm

    Microsoft vows that Internet Explorer 9, now in its early "platform preview" stage, will help businesses better utilize Windows and hardware with GPU-powered HTML5 for richer video and graphics. All businesses, that is, except those running Windows XP, which will not be supported by IE9.
  • VMware’s SpringSource boosts cloud computing plans with acquisition

    Posted April 13, 2010 - 3:44 pm

    SpringSource, the enterprise Java vendor recently bought by VMware, announced an acquisition Tuesday that is designed to boost VMware’s cloud computing plans in the platform-as-a-service market.
  • How Not to Build a Cloud

    Posted April 13, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Six no-no's for cloud computing planning in your enterprise. From legacy software to outdated metrics, these potential pitfalls deserve careful consideration.
  • Cloud Computing Doesn't Equal Hosting 2.0

    Posted April 13, 2010 - 3:38 pm

    Build cloud apps, not apps in the cloud, says Bernard Golden. Here's a look at why if you treat cloud computing like hosting 2.0, you'll suffer.
  • IBM ties Salesforce.com, UPS to LotusLive

    Posted April 13, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    IBM is integrating its LotusLive SaaS (software as a service) collaboration suite with a range of other business applications and services, including Salesforce.com, UPS shipping, Skype and the Silanis e-signature service.
  • European Union, France to consult on net neutrality

    Posted April 13, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    The European Commission will launch a public consultation on the issue of network neutrality this quarter, Neelie Kroes, commissioner for the digital agenda, said Tuesday.
  • Alcatel-Lucent prepares mobile advertising push

    Posted April 13, 2010 - 8:43 am

    Alcatel-Lucent is entering the mobile advertising market with Optism, a hosted platform for mobile operators that will let them send personalized ads to subscribers, the telecom vendor said on Tuesday.
  • Twitter to start pushing advertising to users

    Posted April 13, 2010 - 5:40 am

    Twitter on Tuesday introduced a new service called Promoted Tweets, which will let companies send ads in the form of ordinary messages, according to a blog posted by co-founder Biz Stone.
  • Interop Planning Guide: Cloudy forecast

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    To say that this year's Interop will feature a lot on cloud computing would be an understatement. Of course, cloud computing is only one of the many topics experts at Interop are due to discuss this year. If you're not interested in the cloud, you can always attend sessions on virtualization, mobility, VoIP and more. This Interop Planning Guide should help you pick out the most interesting sessions with the most relevant speakers to match your area of expertise.
  • Multi-tenancy in the cloud: Why it matters

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 9:22 pm

    Whether an IT organization is going with public or private clouds, it's important to understand the nuances of multi-tenant architecture. For public clouds, IT managers need to understand the degree of multi-tenancy supported by whichever vendor they are looking at. For private clouds, the entire responsibility of designing a multi-tenant architecture rests with the IT managers.
  • Virtualization and cloud security modeled on NAC

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 9:20 pm

    Virtualization and cloud computing have disrupted the security industry to its core. We have not quite figured out how to deal with very dynamic infrastructure while most security is implemented in a mostly static ring of devices surrounding the resources they protect.
  • Opera Mini browser approved for the iPhone App Store

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 9:01 pm

    Apple surprises everyone but Opera Software by approving the Opera Mini web browser for the Apple App Store.
  • How security professionals monitor their kids

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 8:38 pm

    Cell phones, texting, IM, email, Facebook, MySpace--kids are interconnected today in ways hardly imagined two decades ago. But these technology-based communication platforms also enable new forms of an age-old parenting strategy: monitoring your kids. Who are they talking to? What are they talking about? Are they going where they said they are going?
  • Adobe vs. Apple is going to get uglier

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 5:36 pm

    You think things are bad now between Apple and Adobe? Just wait until the lawsuit.
  • Twitter vs. Developers: What's the Damage?

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    When Twitter purchased Atebits, maker of the Tweetie app, it slapped the face of loads of third-party developers who had helped rocket Twitter to a raging success. More than 70,000 applications have been created to allow users to tweet on the go, geotag, shorten URLs, post pictures and more, and now that Twitter has made its "official" Twitter for iPhone app -- as well as one for RIM's BlackBerry -- the microblogging service may be biting the hand that fed it and rotting relations with developers.
  • Cloud computing, virtualization top Interop agenda

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 4:11 pm

    In this Q&A with Interop general manager Lenny Heymann, we discuss the major themes of this year's show, the impact of cloud computing on the enterprise and how the rise of the iPad might affect IT.
  • Why Salesforce.com Chatter Matters

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 3:56 pm

    Everybody knows that social networking sites are great for consumers and trend-followers. What's all this noise about Salesforce.com's Chatter for business?
  • Malicious Facebook ad redirects to fake antivirus software

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 3:45 pm

    A malicious advertisement has been found within an application for Facebook that redirects users to fake antivirus software, according to a security researcher.
  • Salesforce.com, VMware set to launch 'VMForce'

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Salesforce.com and VMware are forging a high-profile partnership, according to a Web site announcing an April 27 event being held by the companies.
  • Milan judge: The Internet is not a lawless prairie

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    A Milan judge Monday explained the reasoning behind his decision to convict three Google executives of violating Italy's privacy law by allowing the posting of a controversial bullying video, saying the Internet is not a lawless prairie and the executives are criminally responsible because their company benefitted financially from the offense.
  • Google acquires UK visual search engine startup

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    Google has acquired a two-person U.K. startup called Plink that scored a hit with a mobile phone application that identifies artworks and enables users to buy a print.
  • Free LinkedIn tool matches users to job openings

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 11:03 am

    If you're on the hunt for a job, here are two tips to ensure your profile appears as a match for LinkedIn job posts.
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