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Google Launches Google Video For Business
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
The company is using its Google Apps business to provide the infrastructure necessary to search videos, restrict access to them, rate them, comment on them, and download them.
Start-Ups Bring Google's Parallel Processing To Data Warehousing
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Aster and Greenplum have made Google's MapReduce compatible with SQL for use in the parallel data warehousing systems based on open source PostgreSQL.
Zi Renews Nokia Contract
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
The multiyear contract to provide its text products to Nokia calls for a 100% increase in first year revenue over the existing contract, the company says.
Microsoft To Acquire Ciao Shopping Portals For $486 Million
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Ciao operates in seven European languages and countries, and recently launched a beta site aimed at the U.S. market.
Electric Cars: Inside Chevy Volt, Tesla Roadster
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Check out our image gallery with pictures of GM's upcoming Chevy Volt hybrid, and Tesla Motors' groundbreaking all-electric Roadster.
Smartphone Apps For The Rest Of Us
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Even if you use Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon -- or don't have an iPhone for your AT&T connection -- you can still get games, music, location-based services, and other mobile content on your phone. Here's how.
SaaS Doubts Boost Remote Infrastructure Services
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Chiquita Brands, a SaaS believer, taps remote management services provider for e-mail chores.
No Blueprint Yet For Private Clouds
Commentary  |  8/28/2008  | 
Many people don't like the concept of "private clouds," including my colleague John Foley and Sam Johnston ("The case against 'private clouds' "), since by definition cloud computing involves letting people plug into shared IT services in data centers that aren't their own. As oxymorons go, though, private cloud computing doesn't st
Cisco To Buy PostPath For $215 Million
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Privately-held PostPath, which develops and provides e-mail and calendaring software, will enhance Cisco's WebEx product line, the company said.
Micosoft's SQL Strategy For Massive Data Sets
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Cloud computing service providers like Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo are all hard at work on a new generation of parallel data processing tools that will make it easier for each company to store and analyze enormous data sets such as search logs and click streams.
Dell Explains Cloud-Computing Trademark Attempt
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The computer maker can appeal the Patent Office's rejection of its trademark application for the commonly used term.
SaaS Doubts Give Remote Infrastructure Services Life
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Remote managed services are a stepping-stone toward cloud computing for companies with economic, legal, or security concerns about software-as-a-service, a Gartner analyst says.
QuickBooks Comes To iPhone, BlackBerry
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The application will enable customers to get an up-to-date view of their finances from a smartphone.
6 Video Cameras For YouTubers
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
We look at compact digital video cameras that make shooting and uploading video clips to YouTube a snap: The Flip Mino, Creative's Vado, RCA's Small Wonder Traveler, DXG's 567VTo, Kodak's Zi6 and JVC's GZ-MS100U.
HP Closes $13.9 Billion EDS Acquisition
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The deal creates the world's second largest IT services and outsourcing vendor, trailing only IBM.
Nokia Rolls Out Pair Of N Series Smartphones
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
The Nokia N85 and N79 pack integrated Wi-Fi, 3G capabilities, built-in GPS, and robust multimedia functionality over a Symbian operating system.
IBM Wins International Services Deals
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
Contract wins in India and Russia boost the company's global outsourcing unit.
Q & A: Futurist Ray Kurzweil
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
We caught up with the visionary inventor at SpeechTek 2008, where he talked with InformationWeek about speech technology, his new cellphone reading machine, and two new movie projects.
Microsoft Photosynth Buckles Under Demand
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
The 3-D photo-stitching service slowed to a crawl after receiving more than 286,000 image uploads on its first day.
Apple MobileMe Reportedly Vulnerable To Data Loss
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
Sniffing public file sharing folders is the latest in a string of problems that has plagued the service, which replaced Apple's .Mac service.
Solar-Powered Nanotech-Purified Air In Medieval Churches
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
Tiny gold particles found in medieval gold paint reacted with sunlight to destroy air-borne pollutants, one researcher found.
Independents Seize On Success Of Microsoft's SharePoint
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
Suppliers like Day Software look to enhance SharePoint's capabilities, or, in cases like open source Alfresco Software, seek to replace it. Gets Sharp Rise In 2Q Net Income
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
Most of's customers continue to come from the Americas, which represented 72% of its customer base.
SaaS Company Replaces Microsoft SQL Server With Oracle
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
Oracle, which has been relatively quiet about cloud computing, is touting a deal to support CaseCentral's software-as-a-service business.
IBM Invests $300 Million In Backup Centers
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
Big Blue aims to keep its customers safe by employing cloud computing standards.
CIOs On Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  8/19/2008  | 
The recent rash of outages at Amazon, Citrix, and Google were a warning sign to CIOs contemplating the move to cloud computing, but service availability is just one of the things to worry about. Privacy, data security, and vendor lock-in are on their watch list, too.
HP Sees Blades, Notebook PCs Sell Fast In 3Q
News  |  8/19/2008  | 
Another hot product area for HP is its enterprise servers and storage unit, which saw revenue rise 5% to $4.7 billion. To Acquire InStranet For $31.5 Million
News  |  8/19/2008  | 
The purchase of a customer-service technology software provider is the largest acquisition to date for the software-as-a-service vendor.
MobileMe Users Get 60 Free Days
News  |  8/19/2008  | 
The latest freebie comes in addition to a previous free 30 days of service Apple doled out to subscribers.
Dell Ponders Rejection Of 'Cloud Computing' Trademark
News  |  8/18/2008  | 
The examining attorney for the Patent Office made an initial refusal of Dell's request, saying the term was too generic to be acceptable as a trademark.
Microsoft Windows To Support Blu-ray HD Content
News  |  8/18/2008  | 
In the HD wars, Microsoft initially placed itself in the HD DVD camp by introducing an external disc player for its Xbox 360 console capable of playing the Toshiba format.
Unisys To Manage Republican National Convention IT Services
News  |  8/18/2008  | 
The company will oversee computer operations for the political convention, which is expected to draw 45,000 delegates, volunteers, news reporters, and other guests.
Getting Fit Online: Your Guide To Web Workouts
News  |  8/18/2008  | 
Has watching nonstop Olympics coverage left you flabby, but eager to get fit? A variety of online workout sites, gaming systems like Nintendo's Wii Fitness -- even Apple's iPhone -- can motivate and whip you into shape.
Video-Game Industry Sales Slow In July
News  |  8/15/2008  | 
Still, the industry as a whole is on track to achieve record-breaking revenues of more than $22 billion for the year, according to analyst researchers with NPD.
Outages Force Cloud Computing Users To Rethink Tactics
News  |  8/14/2008  | 
IT departments scramble to devise backup plans following service disruptions at Amazon, Citrix, and Google.
Intel Unveils Smaller Solid-State Drive For Mini-Notebooks
News  |  8/14/2008  | 
The mini-notebook market is expected to show strong growth over the next few years with worldwide shipments on pace to reach 5.2 million units this year.
Online Video Sales Expected To Reach $4.5 Billion By 2012
News  |  8/13/2008  | 
However, an In-Stat consumer survey found 54% of respondents favor purchasing physical disks when they buy movies or TV shows.
MIT Develops Realistic 6-D Imaging System
News  |  8/13/2008  | 
The images, which have a full 3-D appearance, also react to their surrounding environments and can produce shadows and highlights.
As Google Goes Down, Private Clouds Go Up
Commentary  |  8/13/2008  | 
I've already made the point that there's no such thing as "private clouds." It's an oxymoron because cloud computing, by definition, happens when people plug into IT services offered from data centers that aren't their own and that are shared by others. That said, cloud architectures will indeed be popular in corporate data centers, even if we disagree on what you call them.
IBM Plans Virtual Green Data Center In Second Life
News  |  8/12/2008  | 
IBM plans a rich-media Webcast on Friday to promote the center, which sits behind a private firewall in IBM's "green spot" in Second Life.
MobileMe Suffers More Outages
News  |  8/12/2008  | 
In the latest snafu for Apple's wireless syncing program, users couldn't access e-mails for hours on Monday.
Oops, Gmail And Google Apps Did It Again (Malfunctioned)
Commentary  |  8/11/2008  | 
Reinforcing the notion that August 2008 may be the month that the cloud went down, GMail (which had problems just last week) is apparently having problems again. Upon my attempt to send an email, the Gmail part of Google Apps responded with "Oops.... the system encountered a problem (#796)." Then, in the below sc
OK, I Take It Back. Maybe It's The Month The Cloud Went Down
Commentary  |  8/11/2008  | 
OK, my apologies. Last week, between parts of Google's Gmail and Google Apps services going down and Citrix's GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar experiencing failures as well, I wondered whether it was the week that the cloud went down. Apparently, the cloud is still sputtering this week, this time with the lights going out at LinkedIn.
Small, Midsized Firms To Spend $280 Billion On Technology By 2012
News  |  8/11/2008  | 
Businesses with five to 99 employees will represent 32% of information and communications technology spending this year alone, according to a Compass Intelligence report.
Star Trek Online Game Footage Unveiled
News  |  8/11/2008  | 
The footage, introduced at a Star Trek convention by actor Leonard Nimoy, showed Federation Starships battling Borg vessels and other hostile races.
Microsoft To Sell Money Plus Online Only
News  |  8/8/2008  | 
Microsoft will continue integration of Money Plus with the MSN Money online service, which provides stock information and access to financial experts, as well as tips.
Virtual Iron Goes Green, Update Highlights 'LivePower'
News  |  8/8/2008  | 
Version 4.4 of the company's marquee virtualization product can realize quick energy savings as underutilized virtual machines are consolidated onto a few hosts.
The Week The Cloud Went Down? First GMail, Then Citrix's GoToMeeting
Commentary  |  8/8/2008  | 
The upside of being the 800-pound gorilla of cloud computing (Google) is that every time cloud computing gets good press, you get mentioned and you get a tad more traction and credit for being one of the "cloud computers." The downside is that when part of your cloud computer goes down like a part of Gmail and Google Apps did on Wednesday of this week (Aug. 6), everyone is quick to pile on. But Google wa
Private Clouds Take Shape
News  |  8/7/2008  | 
Corporate data centers take a best-of-both-worlds approach, adopting technologies and practices of public cloud infrastructures from the likes of and Google.
AT&T Uses Its Hosting Experience To Reassure Customers That Cloud Computing Is Safe
News  |  8/7/2008  | 
Vendor aims its managed computing, networking, security, and storage service at big organizations -- including the Olympics.
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