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posted in February 2011
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DataStax Preps Launch Of Cassandra Management Interface
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
OpsCenter, now in beta, will make it easier to implement the open source, NoSQL system used to manage big data at Netflix, Twitter, and Facebook, said the company's CEO.
SAP Plays Games With The Analysts
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The 'gamification' of the enterprise could make work more compelling, engaging and -- gasp -- fun.
GDC: Google Woos Game Makers
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The Web as a platform remains a work-in-progress, but Google wants game developers to climb on board.
SeaMicro Launches Low Power Server With Atom Chips
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Intel's 256 Atom N570 dual-core processors power servers optimized to run applications that process high-volumes of small Web transactions such as in online gaming and social networks.
Michael Bloomberg And The CIO Hall of Fame
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The success of this former Salomon trader and computer chief is a testament to why IT leaders should be rotated into other business roles
Porting Android Apps Won't Solve RIM's PlayBook Problems
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Growing evidence suggests RIM is looking to permit applications written for Google's Android platform to run on its PlayBook tablet. Here's why this is a bad idea.
Facebook Adds Share Capabilities To Like Button
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The functionality is expected to bolster page views and traffic for third-party advertisers and content creators.
Windows Phone 7 To Verizon?
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Published photos show an HTC device running Microsoft's new mobile operating system and bearing the U.S. carrier's logo.
Clickatell Intros Text Messaging Service For SMBs
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The company is pushing SMS as the best channel for small businesses to deliver urgent customer communications to a broad wireless audience.
Will Windows XP Really Die On Cue?
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Microsoft says Windows XP support ends in 2014, but can they stick to their guns?
iPad 2: 5 Features Apple's Tablet Won't Have
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Apple is prepared to introduce its second-generation iPad on Wednesday. Here are five features this columnist doesn't expect to see.
Hard And Soft Power In Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Soldiers and diplomats recognize the power of the stick as well as the carrot. Time for E2.0 evangelists to toughen up.
Google Gmail Messages Go Missing
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Google has been racing to restore messages for Gmail users following a service disruption on Sunday.
VA To Migrate Email To The Cloud
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The agency is seeking a contractor to move 600,000 employees to a hosted system through a project it's calling the "Big 4."
World Economic Forum Drives Health Data Initiative
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The Global Health Data Charter calls for the use of technology to overcome worldwide gaps in health information collection, availability, privacy, and analysis.
Groupon Launches Group Buying Portal In China
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The daily deal company is partnering with Tencent and Yunfeng on GaoPeng.com, hoping to take advantage of a market that could reach $2.4 billion by year's end.
Guerra On Healthcare: HIMSS Buzz Doesn't Square With Reality
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The top trends seen at the leading health IT conference -- accountable care organizations, payment reform, medical homes -- are far removed from the real issues confronting CIOs in the trenches.
Demo Show Still The Place To Be -- Or View
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Keep an eye on JetStream HD, a hardware-software combo designed to let you stream movies and other heavy content to mobile devices like iPhones and iPads.
SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Mixes Expected Upgrades, Innovative Breakthroughs
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The list of business intelligence enhancements includes long-awaited fixes as well as in-memory and real-time advances.
RIM's Byzantine Process For Playbook Development
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
With the RIM Playbook release just around the corner, RIM is hoping to get some apps in the App World before its release. A developer of iOS and Android apps thought he'd give it a go, especially since he lives near the RIM Waterloo campus. To say the process is counterintuitive or not at all straightforward though is a bit of an understatement.
Global CIO: iPad Versus Motorola Xoom: Apps Give Apple Huge Advantage
Commentary  |  2/27/2011  | 
In considering new Android and Blackberry tablets, CIOs need to focus on the numbers that matter: how many apps, and price of device.
Amazon Launches CloudFormation To Simplify App Deployment
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The service automates building virtual workloads for EC2, much like Kaavo CEO's says it does for Amazon, VMware, and other public and private clouds.
Enterprise 2.0 Launch Pad: 2010 Elite 8
Slideshows  |  2/25/2011  | 
Innovation is at the heart of software development, and it's the name of the game in the Enterprise 2.0 Launch Pad competition. Held in conjunction with both the Santa Clara and Boston editions of the 2010 Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Launch Pad produced four finalists at each site -- the best of the best applications produced and submitted to the competition that year. Best of all? Entering Launch Pad was free, and open to all software developers -- large and small -- who were building, launching
Intel Study Finds Mobile Etiquette Lacking
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The majority of Americans have seen boorish behavior with mobile devices and the number of incidents is growing.
Marketing 101: Don't Forget To Follow Up!
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
Nowadays, marketing your business is a different ball game than it was even six months or a year ago. Radio and print media are being eclipsed by social networking and e-mail messaging. But one thing hasn't changed, and it probably never will: how you follow up with prospective and existing customers.
Sun's Scott McNealy Recalls Triumphs, Near Misses
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The former Sun Microsystems CEO recollects brilliant innovations, hiring Bill Joy, and almost acquiring Apple, but talks little about missteps in a conversation with former Sun president Ed Zander at Silicon Valley's Churchill Club.
Verizon Wireless CEO Claims Strong iPhone Sales
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Most of the carrier's Apple iPhone 4s were sold via online pre-orders, which is why there were no long lines at stores, Dan Mead said.
Antennagate Redux On Verizon iPhone 4
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Consumer Reports testing of the Verizon Wireless version of the Apple smartphone find it has the same antenna problem as the AT&T version and is susceptible to dropped calls.
Google Demotes Crummy Content
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
About 12% of Web sites have become significantly less visible in Google search results sought by U.S. users due to their low-quality content.
Practical Analysis: User Habits And Making Tablets Seem More Like Beer
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
Our research shows IT pros prefer HP as the vendor of choice for tablets and other new wave computing devices, but how are they going to convince users to go along with them?
IBM Tops In Q4 Server Sales
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Big Blue led all vendors in revenue while Hewlett-Packard was number one in shipments as the industry picked up steam.
China Blocks LinkedIn
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The business social media site is the latest to be barred by the government, although partial access seems to have been restored.
Feds Pick San Francisco CIO To Push Innovation
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Chris Vein is now deputy U.S. CTO for Innovation, reporting to U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Conduit Mobile: Build Native Apps From The Web Quickly
Conduit Mobile: Build Native Apps From The Web Quickly
InformationWeek Videos  |  2/25/2011  | 
Conduit Mobile allows publishers to take any data source from an HTML site and build a native app across platforms. It's really simple to do, as we see in this demo.
SMBs Stymied By Virtualization Backup
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Virtual environments may cause disaster recovery headaches for smaller companies if not handled with same urgency as physical systems, says Acronis.
21,000 Healthcare Providers Registered For EHR Incentives
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
More than $20 million has already been disbursed in the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program in its first two months, as the parallel Medicare program prepares for its May launch.
Facebook Tells FTC To Balance Privacy, Innovation
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
In commenting on the Federal Trade Commission's plan to protect online privacy, the social media site cautions the agency not to do anything that will hinder business development.
Server Market Continues Triumphal Procession
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
Gartner says the market defied the Great Recession last year by growing 17 percent, driven by refresh cycles. But next year could be different.
Motorola Xoom Teardown: What's Under The Covers
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
The Xoom is the first shipping tablet with dual-core processors, and the first to run Android 3.0. UBM TechInsights took the device apart and found similarities to Motorola's Atrix 4G smartphone.
Bing Adds Facebook 'Likes' To Search Results
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Users will see their friends' preferences, and profile pictures, show up directly within listings on the Microsoft search engine.
Nuance FlexT9 For Multi-Modal Mobile Input
Nuance FlexT9 For Multi-Modal Mobile Input
InformationWeek Videos  |  2/25/2011  | 
Nuance, makers of Dragon (speech recognition) introduced FlexT9, which lets end users input information using the keypad, keypad trace, hand-writing and speech. It works in five languages.
LogMeIn For Android, Plus iPad
LogMeIn For Android, Plus iPad "File System"
InformationWeek Videos  |  2/25/2011  | 
LogMeIn lets tablet & mobile devices remote control PCs & Macs. This is done for support, or for remote access to systems and resources. This is a demo of the Android version and the ability to create a file system, even for offline access on iPads.
The Growth Of Android - Visualized
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
The Android Developer's Youtube channel has a cool video that lets you watch the growth of Google's mobile platform over the last two and a half years.
Apple Updates MacBook Pro Laptops
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Intel's high-speed Thunderbolt technology and second-generation Core processors, along with faster graphics cards and high-def FaceTime Webcams, are among the upgrades.
Motorola Xoom Teardown: Inside The New Android Tablet
Slideshows  |  2/24/2011  | 
UBM TechInsights, a sister company to UBM Techweb, InformationWeek's parent company, took apart the newest Motorola tablet, the 10.1-inch Xoom, the first dual-core Android tablet and the first tablet to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Inside is Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor. In fact, many of the Xoom's components are similar to those of Motorola's newest smartphone, the Atrix 4G. That's not a surprise given that Apple and Samsung, for example, share design components across tablets and smartphones; an
Amazon's EC2 Adds Zeus Load Balancer For SMBs
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud incorporates a low cost option for spreading a workload over servers from Zeus Technology.
Firm Gets 'ProActive' About Social Media Marketing
Commentary  |  2/24/2011  | 
A Wall Street veteran, Jeff Ramson saw first-hand how difficult it can be for a small, fledgling company to get noticed. It occurred to him that he could merge his traditional investment expertise with social media to help these emerging operations gain some visibility and, ultimately, traction in the marketplace. That's why he started ProActive Capital Resources Group.
Apple Releases Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Registered Mac developers can download the preview version of Mac OS X Lion from the Mac App Store.
Intel's Thunderbolt Speeds Connections
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Debuting in Apple's MacBook Pros, the high-speed PC connection technology, previously codenamed Light Peak, provides data transfer speeds much faster than USB 3.0 and FireWire.
Review: Clearvale Express Free Social Networking For Businesses
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Broadvision is providing a free, stripped-down version of its enterprise product for businesses looking for a simple way to offer social networking functionality to employees.
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