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Government Is Out-Clouding the Private Sector
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Are government agencies outpacing their corporate counterparts in cloud computing? That might seem to be the case, given the recent exposure around government cloud initiatives. However, it may be that governments and corporations have different agendas when it comes to the cloud.
Apple iBookstore Admits Self-Published Authors
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Having launched its iBookstore with major publishing houses, Apple is now accepting applications from individual authors.
Supercomputer Builds 3D Model Of Gulf Oil Spill
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Simulations run at the University of Texas are helping researchers adapt the Advanced Circulation Model to map a trajectory of the Deepwater Horizon spill.
Gov 2.0: NASA, Microsoft Ready Mars 3D Views
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Users of Microsoft's virtual WorldWide Telescope will soon be able to zoom in on the surface of the red planet and take tours of areas of interest.
Private Clouds: Unassigned Territory
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
The public cloud is a given. Software-as-a-service now rings true with most IT managers and infrastructure-as-a-service is at least a familiar concept, owing to its similarity to data-center co-location and outsourcing. Private clouds, on the other hand, are much less familiar, and much more intimidating, to judge from recent feedback.
Google Completes AdMob Acquisition
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The $750 million deal will lead to better mobile ads and more free mobile content, Google says.
Gov 2.0: Washington D.C. To Launch Private Cloud
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The city known as a government tech innovator is also launching a startup incubator and pushing community involvement in app development.
Firefox Home Headed To iPhone
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Mozilla may not be able to get Firefox approved for the iPhone but perhaps it will be able to win acceptance for its personalization and synchronization technology.
EMC Settles Federal Kickback Suit For $87.5 Million
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The U.S. government had charged EMC with misrepresenting prices and illegally paying consultants to recommend its products.
Does Cloud ROI Matter? You Bet!
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Is cloud computing so interesting and innovative that business sense is beside the point? No way! The advantage to the business is why we do cloud computing. The core issue is how you calculate ROI. Follow me here...
Gov 2.0: NASA Readies Mission-Oriented Cloud Computing
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The space agency's Nebula cloud computing environment will be used to provide on-demand computing and storage to NASA scientists and engineers.
Exclusive: iPhone Woes Revealed In FCC, FTC Consumer Complaints
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Freedom of Information Act documents obtained by InformationWeek show that the Federal Communications Commission has received 72 complaints about Apple's iPhone since 2009, mostly involving AT&T. There are 450 Federal Trade Commission complaints.
Image Gallery: Microsoft's Office Web Apps
Slideshows  |  5/26/2010  | 
By themselves, the Microsoft's Office Web Apps may not reshape the computing world. In combination with other features of Office 2010, however, these humble Web services may help Microsoft to turn the tables on its online challengers, like Google.
Symantec Enhances SMB Security Suite
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
For small and midsize businesses, Symantec will offer improved endpoint security, backup capabilities, disaster recovery and messaging security this summer.
FCC Says 30 Million Report Wireless 'Bill Shock'
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
The findings of a survey released by the FCC indicate that 30 million Americans have experienced the shock of unexpected increases in their monthly mobile phone bill.
Gov 2.0: Cloud Success Hinges On Collaboration
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Microsoft says the private and public sectors must work closely together for government to realize the promises of cloud computing.
Look, Ma, No Hardware!
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
Cloud computing spells the end of the glass house, according to some radical prognostications, representing an industry imperative summed up in a paraphrase of President Ronald Reagan: "Mr. CIO, tear down this data center." Then again, some forecasters see a boom in hardware sales, and a reinvigoration of the IT discipline, connected to an embrace of the cloud. The truth, as is usually the case, is likely somewhere in the middle.
iPhone 4G Prices Revealed?
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Analyst predicts Apple will maintain current prices for the next generation of its smartphone.
Review: Microsoft Office Web Apps
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
We weigh the online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to see how they stack up as standalone productivity apps -- and against Google Apps.
Ariba Launches Cloud Trading Platform
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Buyers and sellers gain one-stop, software-free selling and procurement. IBM adds collaboration and social networking tools.
Gov 2.0: Google Readies Government Cloud
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Google has already been approved as a FedRAMP launch vendor, and now has submitted its final materials to certify its government-specific cloud.
MasterCard To Offer SDKs For Mobile Payment Apps
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
About 20 payment platforms and data services will be extended to developers via open APIs.
Microsoft Shakeup Ballmer's Last Chance?
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
CEO revamps hardware unit in what may be final opportunity to turnaround mobile and entertainment business.
Verizon VoIP Usage Soars
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Customer's use of minutes supplied by Verizon’s Global Wireless VoIP increased more than 200% last year.
Financial Services Like The Cloud, Provided It's Private
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
The panel was on "Financial Services in a Cloud Connected World." Its members were representatives of New York's big banks, a Wall Street consultancy and an industry advisory group, all assembled for the first event the morning after the CA World 2010 party at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It was time to get serious about cloud computing.
Global CIO: How Manpower CIO Makes The Cloud Real
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Denis Edwards and his IT team have a strategy for where cloud computing works best. For those types of applications and tasks, the question becomes, 'Why wouldn't we?'
Cloud 2.0: Are We There Yet?
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Cloud computing is still partly hype, part reality. Broken down into its constituent parts (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) it is a pragmatic strategy with a history of success. But the concept of "the cloud" still has some executives scratching their heads over what's real, what's exactly new about it, and how it fits into their IT plans. Is it time to move to Cloud 2.0?
Performance Monitoring Aims To Improve EHR Satisfaction
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
By monitoring system performance on the backend, an Alabama health system hopes to make its e-health record rollout go smoother for users.
Seagate Releases Hybrid SSD Hard Disk Drive
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
The Momentus XT 2.5-inch laptop drive combines a 4 GB SSD with a traditional HDD in capacities from 250 GB to 500 GB.
Is Uncle Sam a Role Model for Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
Perhaps more of an object lesson than a prime example. The fed's fits and starts around cloud computing seem typical of an organization trying to adopt (and adapt to) a disruptive new business process. What's the takeaway? Stick to the vision, and serve the customer.
Dossia Expanding EHR Platform Reach
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
The employer consortium is offering its e-health record software to other companies via the cloud and is also developing an EHR package for small and mid-size businesses.
Google Sued For Vacuuming WiFi Data
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Having admitted it 'screwed up,' Google may have to pay up. Refresh Uses Open Source, Cloud
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Updated site allows more in-depth analysis of where and how the federal government is spending money.
Cloud: Does ROI Matter?
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
Nobody asked about return on investment during the American Revolution. And, I highly doubt that Edward Jenner was thinking real hard about the total cost of ownership while he was inventing vaccination. Sure, modern democracy and immunology have value. But that value didn't become apparent until time had passed and until these concepts had proven successful. So it will be, I think, with cloud.
Android 2.2 Coming To Most HTC Phones
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
The operating system codenamed Froyo, which is expected to include tethering capabilities, will be delivered to device makers 'in the coming weeks.'
MySpace Seeks Game Developers
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
With an eye on rival Facebook's success with games, MySpace kicks off a labs program for developers.
Google AdMob Deal Gets Green Light
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
The Federal Trade Commission has decided to not to fight Google's purchase of AdMob because of Apple.
Feds Advance Cloud Adoption Plans
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
In the past two weeks alone, the government has introduced a new cloud RFQ, expanded its cloud app store, and launched a clouds standards effort.
The Cloud Calls for New Skills
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
Software-as-a-service ushered in the era of cloud computing. SaaS featured one-size-fits-all applications that customers could tap online to exploit the advantages of the cloud: availability, flexibility, scalability. But to really employ and deploy cloud computing to its fullest measure, enterprises need to learn to write their own cloud-oriented applications.
Can Government Come Together Around Cloud?
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
The Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop works to bring the government closer to adopting common standards
Barnes & Noble Announces Online Self Publishing Service
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
PubIt, planned for launch this summer, will offer works from independent publishers and writers through the bookseller's website and digital bookstore.
Dell Profits Up 52% On Strong Business Sales
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
The computer maker reported a 38% rise in revenue from servers, storage, and services sold to businesses and increased sales across all its customer segments.
Google To Sell Music Through Android Market
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
Google isn't merely taking aim at the iPhone. It has set its sights on iTunes, the technology that Apple relies on to control the flow of data on the iPhone and to limit the interoperability of competitors' devices.
How Many Virtual Machines Can Run On A Single Server?
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
How many user desktops can run on a virtualized server? From a structural point of view, this question has a lot in common with, "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" Nevertheless, I did my best to answer it in the new McGraw-Hill book, Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution. As it turns out, I was wrong.
Privacy: The Cloud's Achilles' Heel?
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
Security and privacy are both important issues in relation to cloud computing. And while it's easy to lump them together, security and privacy are really two separate issues, related but different. They need to be treated that way.
Google TV Coming This Fall
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
Having partnered with retailers and manufacturers, Google aims to succeed where others have fallen short: wedding the Web with TV.
Practical Analysis: The Slog Toward Private Clouds
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
When SaaS is removed from the picture, IT pros aren't so enthusiastic about cloud computing
Healthcare Lagging On Enterprise Mobility
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
Gartner says healthcare CIOs need to take immediate steps toward implementing a sound wireless and mobile device strategy.
Nokia Releases Spec For Mobile Apps In Cars
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen are on board with the technology specification for integrating mobile applications into automobiles.
Global CIO: Oracle Hammered By SAP For Stifling Customer Choice
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
Oracle says the all-Oracle stack cures IT complexity and cost, but SAP says that strategy leads to dead-end lock-in and dramatically less innovation.
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