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posted in November 2012
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Feds Pull Plug On 'One Stop' Cloud Portal
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
The General Services Administration plans to decommission Uncle Sam's Apps.gov site, which was supposed to make it easy for agencies to acquire software as a service.
IT Tools Help Turn Research Into Clinical Practice
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Federally sponsored apps aim to harness EHRs to jumpstart medical research in community practice.
Celtics, Nets Score With Unified Communications
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
NBA teams' IT executives explain how and why they decided among on-premises, hybrid and hosted technology services.
SAS Acquires rPath Assets To Boost Cloud Services
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Analytic vendor SAS buys automation technologies, hires key staff to bolster its rapidly scalable cloud delivery capabilities.
Avoid Vague Social Media Policies
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Recent National Labor Relations Board decision reminds employers that employee speech related to terms of employment is protected.
Cisco Pledges SDN Openness With Cariden
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Cisco insists it's been "open" about software-defined networking and will stay that way after its latest acquisition.
Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Apple is now selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 5 starting at $649. Make sure you know the pros and cons involved in buying an off-contract device.
EHRs Can Thwart Prescription Drug Abuse, Says Study
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
New government-sponsored report suggests embedding access to state-level substance abuse data in physician and pharmacy systems.
SMS Text Messaging Has 20th Birthday Monday
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Who invented texting? Who sent the first text and what did it say? Why 160 characters? These and more fun questions are answered on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first short message service (SMS) text message.
National Archives Picks Google Apps For Government
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
$7.2 million contract awarded to Unisys.
Hire A Data Science Team, Not A Data Scientist
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Assembling a group of talented people with diverse skills is the best way to meet your data science needs, says Deloitte director.
NASA Mars Mission: No Little Green Men -- Yet
Slideshows  |  11/30/2012  | 
NASA debunks rumors of new evidence of life on Mars, but its Curiosity rover continues to make many smaller discoveries. Some of NASA's latest images raise interesting questions.
Safety, Technology, Anger And Hope
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
America's patient safety record is a source of embarrassment that angers both clinicians and patients. The right IT tools can help mitigate the danger to life and limb.
Microsoft Defends Hiring Foreign Workers
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Microsoft says it has 34% more open engineering positions than this time last year, and can't fill them all domestically.
Dwolla Shakes Up Online Payments
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Online payment darling Dwolla adds three new services as it tries to speed up merchant and consumer acceptance of its electronic transactions.
Apple iTunes 11: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  11/30/2012  | 
Take a closer look at Apple iTunes 11 and see how the venerable music application and e-commerce interface has been redesigned for the better.
5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS holds plenty of potential, but so far consumers aren't loving the radically redesigned desktop. Microsoft should consider these changes.
Apple To Sell iPhone 5, iPad Mini In China
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Sales of Apple's latest tablets kick off December 7 in China, with the iPhone following December 14.
Microsoft Scroogled Site Challenges Google Shopping Honesty
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Are you getting Scroogled? What does that even mean? Microsoft wants you to believe Google Shopping is a rip-off and has dedicated Scroogled.com to explaining it all. (Hint: Bing is a much safer place to holiday shop.)
Gaza Ceasefire Doesn't Hold Online: New Anonymous Hack
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
War of words and hacked websites continues, even as the Palestinian territories receive upgraded state status from the United Nations.
Unlocked iPhone 5 For Sale At Apple
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
You can now buy an iPhone 5 from Apple with no carrier contract committment. There is no CDMA support and what LTE support they have is unclear. The phone should work on AT&T and T-Mobile, but perhaps not on Verizon and Sprint.
Ballmer: Hardware Key To Microsoft's Future
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Facing tablet pressure, Microsoft CEO tells shareholders that company needs to bring hardware and software together to speed up innovation.
Internet Explorer Ad Attacks Hard-Core IE Hate
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
A new Microsoft ad for Internet Explorer entitled "Do you know this guy?" shows an IE-hating, "IE Sucks"-tweeting, basement-dwelling techno-geek finally moved -- a little -- by the progress made by Microsoft's web browser.
SugarSync 2.0: More Convenient, More Enterprise Focus
SugarSync 2.0: More Convenient, More Enterprise Focus
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/29/2012  | 
SugarSync CEO Laura Yecies gives us her elevator pitch, focusing specifically on ease of use improvements to the product in version 2.0.
Amazon's Vogels Challenges IT: Rethink App Dev
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Amazon Web Services CTO says promised land of cloud computing requires a new generation of applications that follow different principles.
ClearStory: The Convergence of Big Data Analytics
ClearStory: The Convergence of Big Data Analytics
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/29/2012  | 
ClearStory CEO Sharmila Mulligan gives the elevator pitch on her company, explaining that it buffers business users from the technical aspects of data analysis, while providing a deep look at disparate data types.
Google Counters Amazon's Storage Price Cuts
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Google cut storage prices by 20% at start of week, and then slashed another 10% in response to Amazon's price drops. Is there a storage price war going on in the cloud?
Dwolla Builds Mobile Payment Network Of The Future
Dwolla Builds Mobile Payment Network Of The Future
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/29/2012  | 
Little Dwolla, barely two years old, with all of about 40 employees in the technology hotbed of Iowa, has big intentions. It has created a modern payment network, and it aims to change how money moves. Dwolla CEO Ben Milne explains how.
How To Outsource Your Life With Exec
How To Outsource Your Life With Exec
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/29/2012  | 
BYTE tried out Exec's business concierge service at the W Hotel, for only $25/hour. Exec co-founder and CEO Justin Kan appeared on InformationWeek's Valley View to give us a deeper dive into the tech driving the service and how he plans to expand.
Kaggle Crowdsources The Data Scientist Problem
Kaggle Crowdsources The Data Scientist Problem
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/29/2012  | 
Kaggle CEO Anthony Goldbloom describes how his company uses crowdsourcing to bring data scientists to organizations that need them, using competitions to spur innovation.
Windows Phone 8 Keeps Growing Up
Windows Phone 8 Keeps Growing Up
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/29/2012  | 
Microsoft Windows Phone Sr Product Manager gives us a deeper dive into the features of Windows Phone 8, discusses Microsoft's approach to apps and developers, and shows off some of the newest hardware from Nokia, HTC and Samsung.
10 Essential Android Apps For Work, Home
Slideshows  |  11/29/2012  | 
Do you use your own Android phone at work? These 10 apps go the distance between home and office.
GE Isn't Running An Industrial Internet Charity, Folks
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
GE CEO Jeff Immelt expects strong revenue growth from new software products and services that tie machines to the Internet to allow better data analysis.
Microsoft Reveals Details of Intel-Based Surface
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
The Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro from Microsoft will look like the ARM-based Surface RT, only slightly thicker and heavier. On the other hand, unlike the RT, it will be able to run existing Windows apps. It will start at $899 and be available in January. These tablets are based on Intel Ivy Bridge chips, and so do not have the superior battery life of ARM or Intel Clover Trail systems.
911 Centers Not Ready For Mobile App Era
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Some of the latest public safety apps offer to let you send texts, photos and even videos to 911 centers. There's just one problem: They don't work. According to the National Emergency Number Association, 911 centers still live in the telephone era, not the Internet and smart phone era.
Big Data And Analytics Expertise: Beg, Borrow Or Steal?
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
Demand for big data and analytics experts is on the rise, but it will take years for the supply to catch up. Here's how to cope.
Valley View: Windows Phone 8 Up Close
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Our most recent episode of Valley View took a deeper look at Windows Phone 8 with Microsoft's Greg Sullivan and checked out some intriguing startups. See all the highlights.
Semantic Databases: Destiny Or Distraction?
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Here's how to decide where flexible semantic technologies can replace more rigid relational systems.
Storage Virtualization Gets Real
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Four business scenarios illustrate how small and midsize companies can reduce costs, improve disaster recovery and more via storage virtualization.
T-Mobile May Score iPhone Next Week
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Is the time right for T-Mobile to launch the iPhone? At least one analyst thinks so.
Microsoft: Google Shoppers Get 'Scroogled'
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Microsoft says consumers should use Bing because Google Shopping's pay-to-play program skews results.
LinkedIn Launches Ads API
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
LinkedIn Ads API opens the door for a new class -- and a new scale -- of B2B social advertising and marketing campaigns on the site.
Inspector General Slams Medicare Oversight Of EHR Program
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Office of Inspection General asserts that lack of prepayment audits of Meaningful Use leaves the Medicare program vulnerable to abuse.
Wireless Carrier Rankings: AT&T Vs. Verizon
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Verizon outscored its rivals in Consumers Reports' annual rankings of wireless network operators, but not in every category.
Do Patient Portals Ramp Up Cost Of Healthcare?
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Kaiser study finds patients who use portals more likely to use healthcare system, but long-term health benefits could outweigh greater use of services.
Microsoft's Windows 8 Numbers Meaningless
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
Microsoft says it has sold more than 40 million Windows 8 licenses, but the information is worthless in absence of key data the company won't divulge.
Workday Posts Strong Start As Public Firm
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Workday post-IPO financial results exceed expectations and it sets lofty goals for market share gains against Oracle and SAP.
Microsoft Windows Phone 8, Dwolla and More on Valley View
Microsoft Windows Phone 8, Dwolla and More on Valley View
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/28/2012  | 
On Valley View, we took a deep dive into Windows Phone 8 with Microsoft Senior Product Manager, Greg Sullivan. We also talked with Ben Milne, CEO of e-payments upstart Dwolla, and Justin Kan, CEO of Exec. Also see our elevator pitch segment.
Windows Phone 7 Users To Get Cosmetic Update
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Users of Windows Phones prior to the new generation of devices will not be upgraded to the new operating system, Windows Phone 8. Instead, they will receive an update early next year that makes their OS look like Windows Phone 8, but not get any of the other new features.
Amazon Web Services Slashes Storage Prices
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
At its first developers conference, Re:Invent, Amazon features customers like Netflix and NASDAQ and disses its software firm rivals.
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