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  • What's Happening with ERP Today

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Today's ERP systems call for different management.
  • Ballmer: The cloud will bring new apps to law enforcement

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    A move to the cloud will enable new kinds of applications that public safety and law enforcement agencies can use to do their jobs better, Microsoft’s CEO said during its annual Worldwide Public Safety Symposium on Wednesday.
  • Twitter ablaze with tweets about Apple tablet

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    The Twitter social network is abuzz with thoughts on Apple's long-awaited unveiling of a tablet computer slated for later today.
  • China's Baidu wins copyright case over music search

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Global music labels have lost a lawsuit against China's biggest search engine, Baidu.com, which they accused of facilitating copyright infringement with its song download search service.
  • SharePoint 2010 overkill for some, Forrester says

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Microsoft's SharePoint 2010 server is growing up, but may include too many capabilities for those users seeking to meet isolated or specific requirements, according to a study by Forrester Research.
  • The Snoopy Google Toolbar

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    It turns out that the popular Google Toolbar has been keeping an eye on Internet Explorer 8 users even when it's turned off.
  • MoD staff leak military secrets on Facebook and Twitter

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 7:40 am

    The Ministry of Defence has admitted that staff leaked secret information 16 times on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter over the past 18 months.
  • Japan's Rakuten to set up Chinese e-commerce site with Baidu

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 4:10 am

    Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten took another step on Wednesday toward expanding outside its home market with a deal to jointly develop an online shopping mall in China with Baidu.com, the country most popular search engine.
  • China says no limits on Google's Android if it follows laws

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 2:10 am

    China on Wednesday said Google's Android operating system will not be blocked if it follows local regulations, after speculation that Google's threat to leave China could hurt the adoption of Android there.
  • Microsoft talks up semantic search ambitions

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    Semantic technologies help computers better understand information in order to provide better, more relevant search results
  • Questions You Need Answered Before Going Cloud

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    While cloud vendors trumpet the savings and flexibility they can provide compared to on-premise IT, they don't, as a matter of course, address key e-discovery issues. Before signing any tempting deals, experts say, CIOs must hold vendors' feet to the fire about how--and how quickly--the vendor will help meet data requests in the face of lawsuits, compliance audits, data breaches and other legal situations.
  • Maybe Google Won't Quit China After All

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    Despite its recent threats to possibly shut down its China-based operations, Google may in fact keep some of its businesses open there. According to a Fox News report, the search giant is conducting "delicate" talks with the Chinese government. The two sides are discussing ways that Google can maintain its research center, an advertising sales team, and Google's new mobile phone business in China, the report states.
  • Haiti digs out from communications disaster

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Carriers and aid workers are scrambling to rebuild communications in Haiti following the catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake near the capital city of Port-au-Prince, which left many residents with no means of communicating inside or outside the country.
  • Facebook and Twitter? Why not just put a gun to your head?

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Researchers and reporters both know one thing - if you want people to sit up and take notice, take the most popular technology of the day and somehow link it to some horrible illness or social calamity. Because Facebook and Twitter are at the top of everyone's minds these days, these social networking sites have become the root of all evil in the world, judging by the headlines.
  • Yahoo's revenue drops in Q4 and for the full 2009 year

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Yahoo's revenue fell both in the fourth quarter and in the full 2009 year, the company said Tuesday.
  • MS, HP unveil 'breakthrough' stack integration

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Microsoft Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. Wednesday announced a US$250-million three-year investment toward integrating their respective technology stacks from infrastructure to application in a cloud-driven effort the companies said "represents the most integrated technology stack in the industry today."
  • Cloud Security: Ten Questions to Ask Before You Jump In

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    The hype around cloud computing would make you think mass adoption will happen tomorrow. But recent studies by a number of sources have shown that security is the biggest barrier to cloud adoption. The reality is cloud computing is simply another step in technology evolution following the path of mainframe, client server and Web applications, all of which had -- and still have -- their own security issues.
  • Pope2you: What the Pontiff Knows About Social Networks

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    In telling priests to become more web and social network savvy, Pope Benedict XVI is offering valuable advice for businesses, too.
  • Google Reader notifies changes in sites without feeds

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    The Google Reader application for managing syndication feeds now lets its users monitor changes in sites that lack feed functionality, Google said on Tuesday.
  • Microsoft's top lawyer urges new EU laws for cloud computing

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    The European Union should update its laws to better suit cloud computing, Microsoft's top lawyer urged in Brussels Tuesday.
  • Twitter now has 75M users; most asleep at the mouse

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    The number of Twitter users has climbed to a lofty 75 million, but the growth rate of new users is slowing and a lot of current Twitterers are inactive, according to a study released today.
  • Cloud, Virtualization Gurus: What Title Is Right?

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    What do you call cloud computing and virtualization experts? Job titles for IT people with these hot skill sets remain in flux, making it harder for specialists and employers to hook up, recruiters say.
  • Remove Annoying Messages From Your Facebook Page

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Like several bazillion other users, I like using Facebook to keep tabs on what my friends are up to. What I don't like is the endless stream of "so-and-so took this quiz" and "Joe became friends with Jane" messages and "What Kind of Jedi Are You?" come-ons.
  • Surprise: Facebook Friends Aren't Real Friends

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    If you have thousands of friends on Facebook, most of them are not your real friends, reports The Sunday Times of London.
  • Google Toolbar Tracks Some Browsing When It Should Not

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    A bug in Google Toolbar has resulted in the search giant receiving information about users' Web surfing in violation of the product's privacy policy, according to an anti-spyware and privacy researcher. In a report to be released Tuesday, Ben Edelman, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School, shows that under certain circumstances the Google Toolbar (versions 6.3 and above) tracks the browser habits of Internet Explorer 8 users who have activated the toolbar's "enhanced features" even when the toolbar is turned off or disabled.

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