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  • The upside of shadow IT

    Posted April 23, 2012 - 9:55 am

    First, a scary statistic: Gartner predicts that in less than three years, 35% of enterprise IT expenditures will happen outside of the corporate IT budget. Employees will regularly subscribe to collaboration, analytic and other cloud services they want, all with the press of a button. Others will simply build their own applications using readily available cloud-based tools and development platforms.
  • Oracle tells court about patent victory

    Posted April 23, 2012 - 9:06 am

    Oracle scored a victory in its battle with Google, as the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) decided to uphold a Java patent it had previously rejected, according to a court filing.
  • Apple sued in California over touch patent

    Posted April 23, 2012 - 8:32 am

    Apple products using touch technology infringe on a patent owned by the Pennsylvanian company FlatWorld Interactives, the company alleged in court documents filed on Friday. FlatWorld asked for a permanent injunction that Apple stop infringing, and for sufficient compensation for the infringements, the company's attorneys said.
  • From IT to ET: Cloud, consumerization, and the next wave of IT transformation

    Posted April 23, 2012 - 7:32 am

    Businesses, schools, and governments desperately need tech-savvy managers who can innovate quickly, operationalize effectively, and keep their organizations competitive. IT is being replaced by "enterprise technology" -- technology that's no longer confined to offices and office workers, but is embedded throughout the enterprise.
  • China takes tougher stance on online pirated content

    Posted April 23, 2012 - 6:45 am

    China's Internet firms will need to better screen their websites for unlicensed digital works or be held responsible for infringement, according to a proposed judicial interpretation from the country's supreme court.
  • IBM on path to cut internal apps by 85%

    Posted April 23, 2012 - 6:08 am

    IBM has reduced its number of internal applications by 70%, but it's not enough for CIO Jeanette Horan.
  • Vodafone offers $1.68 billion for Cable & Wireless Worldwide

    Posted April 23, 2012 - 5:19 am

    Vodafone has offered to acquire Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW) for £1.04 billion (US$1.68 billion), as it aims to strengthen its enterprise offerings and network holdings, the company said Monday.
  • Negotiations over Megaupload data to start this week

    Posted April 23, 2012 - 1:03 am

    Negotiations over how to preserve 28 petabytes of data from Megaupload are set to begin on Thursday, according to the file-sharing site's attorney.
  • IDC: big data skills crisis needs vendor action

    Posted April 22, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    Enterprise IT departments are struggling to take advantage of the benefits big data can bring due to a lack of skills in the marketplace, according to IDC research VP Susan Feldman.
  • Why Google should be allowed to 'harvest' your Wi-Fi data

    Posted April 22, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    The FCC cleared Google of wrongdoing in the so-called 'WiSpy' case. It was the right call, says columnist Mike Elgan, because Google did nothing wrong.
  • IT admins ready to chuck it in

    Posted April 22, 2012 - 7:12 am

    Almost three quarters of IT administrators have considered switching careers due to job stress.
  • IT outsourcing deals slow from hangover effect

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:47 am

    Analysis of IT and business process outsourcing transactions in the first quarter reveals a sharp decrease in number and value of contracts signed. As deals get smaller and shorter, contract restructuring and expirations now dominate the IT service provider landscape.
  • Lawmakers question FAA on privacy protections around drone use

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:42 am

    Two senior lawmakers are asking the Federal Aviation Administration to explain how the agency will ensure that privacy rights are protected when it issues drone licenses to government, law enforcement and private organizations.
  • Wellcome trust CIO: Olympics will be a 'non-event' for IT

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:36 am

    Enterprises officially have 100 days to prepare for problems that might arise when the Olympic Games descend on London, but Wellcome Trust CIO Mark Bramwell believes that it might be a “non-event” for IT departments.
  • Social predators still gaming the system on Facebook

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Despite an increasingly severe crackdown by the ubiquitous social network, malicious activity and spam on Facebook are still both widespread and profitable, according to Barracuda research scientist Daniel Peck.
  • How to make video marketing work for your business

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:14 am

    You've all seen --and envied--that viral video that gets millions of views seemingly overnight, the one everyone talks about for days. But does getting millions of views on YouTube translate into getting millions of dollars, or even thousands of dollars, in sales? And does adding video to your website or product pages really improve your search engine rankings and make people want to do business with you?
  • Five tech companies going green for Earth Day

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:12 am

    For the past 42 years, environmentalists have used the Earth Day to promote greener living and conservation. The date--Sunday, April 22 this year--has also become a popular one for companies looking to show off its environmentally-friendly products.
  • Venture capital poured into enterprise software in Q1

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 6:04 pm

    The buttoned-down IT industry outshone flashy consumer Internet startups at raising money in the first quarter, logging a big increase in U.S. venture capital investments, especially in enterprise software.
  • Wall Street Beat: Mixed tech earnings earn tepid reaction

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    Some of the biggest names in IT reported mixed results this week for the first quarter, leading to a dip in tech stocks Friday even as some major indexes showed gains for other sectors.
  • YouTube must filter content, rules German court

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 12:52 pm

    YouTube must filter content uploaded by users a German court ruled on Friday.
  • Nokia patent case loss in Germany leads to squabble about what ruling means

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    Nokia has lost an intellectual property case against IPCom in Mannheim, Germany, but the verdict will have little effect because existing phones aren't infringing on the patent, Nokia said Friday.
  • Is Canonical in ISV trouble?

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 10:32 am

    Canonical is calling for more app developers again. Is this an area where they are weak?
  • Apple pursues ban on altered Samsung Galaxy tablet in Germany

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 9:43 am

    A Düsseldorf court has set a date to hear an appeal from Apple, which is seeking an injunction preventing Samsung Electronics from selling a tablet modified to beat an earlier injunction, a court spokesman said on Friday.
  • Are zombies sucking the life out of your data center?

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 9:19 am

    If your organization operates its own servers and switches, it's likely that a percentage of them are zombies--steadily gobbling up resources but doing no work. Cleaning up a zombie server infestation takes good management and stringent documentation.
  • China Mobile first-quarter profit rises 3.5 percent

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 8:25 am

    China Mobile's first-quarter net profit rose 3.5 percent year on year, despite growing competition from rivals, the company reported Friday.
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