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posted in March 2011
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Salesforce.com, Radian6 Deal Validates Social Media Monitoring
News  |  3/31/2011  | 
Competitors say there is growing interest in technology that lets sales, service, and marketing professionals monitor and respond to social media comments.
BYTE Mobile Radio Digs Into The Week In Mobile
News  |  3/31/2011  | 
More AT&T news, disappointing PlayBook rumors, and no iPhone 5 till fall
Social Learning A Hit At Classic Residence
News  |  3/31/2011  | 
Taleo Learn is being used by employee groups within the operator of retirement communities to train and educate each other.
Google App Engine Adds New Features
News  |  3/31/2011  | 
Java and Python software development kits get upgraded as Google refreshes its platform-as-a-service offering.
Microsoft Files Antitrust Complaint Against Google
News  |  3/31/2011  | 
The formal complaint with European Union regulators says Google is not playing fair in capturing the lion's share of ad revenue from search.
Research: AT&T, T-Mobile Business Customers Not Thrilled But See Upside
News  |  3/31/2011  | 
Our survey shows polarized views on whether the government should let the deal go ahead.
Where Are All the Honeycomb Apps?
Commentary  |  3/31/2011  | 
The Motorola Xoom hit the market more than a month ago, yet there are still only a few dozen applications optimized for Android 3.0 Honeycomb. What gives?
ShareFile Adds Native Android, Apple Apps
News  |  3/31/2011  | 
The file sharing and storage vendor used PhoneGap to build the optimized mobile applications, with BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and tablets to follow.
Telligent Connects With Microsoft Lync
News  |  3/31/2011  | 
The beta version of the company's community software includes presence, chat, VoIP, and the capability to initiate videoconferences from inside Lync.
Montana Reinstates Electronic Health Record Incentives
News  |  3/31/2011  | 
Intense lobbying from the governor and healthcare providers led the state legislature to overturn previous rejections of federal EHR funding.
Microsoft Touts Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Success
Commentary  |  3/31/2011  | 
The WP7 app store is an unparalleled hit, Microsoft says, but it still won't say how many handsets it has sold.
Does Your Phone's Remote Lock Feature Actually Work?
Commentary  |  3/31/2011  | 
One of the features that most smartphones support is the ability to remote lock and remote wipe your device in the event it was stolen or lost. Just because your phone has that feature though doesn't mean it actually works.
Google +1 Adds Social Element To Search
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
Facebook is the target as the company builds a social network around search results that lets people share recommendations for websites and online advertisers.
Paul Allen: Bill Gates Is A Traitor Who Eats Chicken With A Spoon
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
Microsoft co-founder won't likely get dinner invitations from his former partner after stinging new memoir is published.
IBM Connects With Social Software
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
Jeff Schick, IBM's vice president of social software, gives a tour of the company's various social media applications and how he uses activity streams and communities throughout the day.
Salesforce.com Acquisition Points To Marketing Ambitions
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
Radian6 brings social media monitoring capabilities to the SaaS-vendor’s CRM suite, but Marc Benioff makes no bones about the broader application potential.
Oracle's Itanium Dump Could Spark M&A Frenzy
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
Teradata and SAP will be attractive targets if Oracle's rivals believe Larry Ellison is going to keep his best software to himself.
Why Dell Is Wrong About The iPad
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
A Dell executive recently lambasted Apple's iPad as too expensive for business technology users. His math doesn't add up.
Google Launches In-App Billing On Android Market
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
Feature provides more ways for developers to make money, combats piracy, and reduces the number of apps in the online store.
SMBs Boosting IT Spending, Hiring
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
Small and midsize business technology budgets are growing at the fastest rate since 2009, while one in three firms said they plan to hire IT staff during the next 18 months, according to a Spiceworks survey.
Google Settles FTC Privacy Suit Over Buzz
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
Internet giant agrees to 20 years of third-party audits, as well as implementing programs to protect users' personal data and contacts.
Direct Project Rapidly Advancing Health IT Interoperability
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
More than 60 healthcare and health IT organizations are supporting the federal government's push for authenticated, encrypted health information to be shared with trusted recipients over the Internet.
QuickOffice For Tablets Brings Documents, Clouds Together
QuickOffice For Tablets Brings Documents, Clouds Together
InformationWeek Videos  |  3/30/2011  | 
QuickOffice is now shipping on Android 3.0, using the application framework. It also runs on IOS 4.3. Both apps let users share documents between clouds (Dropbox, Box.net, Google Docs, SugarSync and more).
Oracle, Moffitt Collaborate On Cancer Informatics System
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
Moffitt Cancer Center is using Oracle technology to build a scalable, secure data analysis platform to support personalized cancer care and research.
Cisco To Acquire NewScale For Cloud Self-Provisioning
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
The addition of a service catalog and self-service portal will make Cisco into more of a private cloud supplier.
Salesforce.com To Buy Radian6 For Social Media Monitoring
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
Radian6 makes tools to monitor and analyze comments from 150 million websites, social media sites, blogs, and discussion forums.
Amazon's Cloud Drive: First Impressions
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
We take Amazon's new Cloud Drive music-streaming service for desktop browsers and Android handsets out for a spin.
End Of The Road For Symbian In 2012
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
When Nokia decided to partner with Microsoft and use Windows Phone as the platform for its cell phones, many questioned what would happen to Nokia's existing products, Symbian, Meego and Qt. Nokia has confirmed that Symbian will last be used in smartphones in 2012.
Mitel Unveils New Version Of Its Unified Communications System
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
Advances are coming fast and furious in the Unified Communications (UC) marketplace. Trying to keep pace with competitors, Mitel announced the Mitel 5000 Communications Platform (5000 CP) version 5.0.
AppMakr Adds Social Networking To App Development
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
What would you pay somebody--or a firm--to develop a mobile application for your business? I'm talking about an app that lets your customers use their smartphones to get news about your company, check out promos, and browse through products.
FuzeBox Brings iPad 2, Android 3.0 Tablets Into Video Meetings
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
The latest version of Fuze Meeting now supports Honeycomb and iPad 2 tablets as full video participants that can provide as well as receive video within full conferencing experiences. Let the productivity begin!
Internet Pioneer Paul Baran Dies At 84
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
Baran helped develop key technology for the modern Internet and went on to launch seven companies, five of which went public.
RIM PlayBook To Get Native Email Eventually
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
Research In Motion has confirmed that a software update will add email, contacts, and calendaring applications to its tablet, but until then a BlackBerry is required for PIM.
Kerio Launches Cloud Collaboration For SMBs
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
Workspace offers Web-based collaboration, file sharing, and document management tools based in part on social media principles.
IBM To Support Australia's National Broadband Plan
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
$205 million deal calls for Big Blue to provide government-backed NBN with key software and consulting services.
HootSuite Secure Profiles Curbs Inappropriate Comments
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
A version of an "Are you sure?" button called Secure Profiles is designed to prevent employee mistakes and misfires from ruining a company's reputation.
Consona Adds Social Media To Knowledge Management
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
KM v8.0 captures information from a variety of sources such as social media, blogs, office suites, and other repositories to empower customer service to support clients.
Global CIO: Will CIOs Sit Out The Opportunity of A Lifetime?
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
Mobile and social look bigger than the initial Web surge when it comes to changing companies' relationships with customers. Innovators like Vail CIO Robert Urwiler are testing the edges.
Windows Phone 7 Predicted To Beat Apple iPhone
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
Google's Android will be in first place, but Microsoft's WP 7 platform will come in second with 20% of the worldwide smartphone market by 2015, according to IDC.
Aetna Taps Healthline For Patient Portal
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
Insurers and healthcare providers are increasingly using Web portals to comply with meaningful use, give patients ready access to medical data and other relevant information.
IE9, Multitasking Coming To Windows Phone 7
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
"Mango" update for Microsoft's mobile OS is next in line after "NoDo" copy & paste patch is fully released.
Medicare Previews EHR Incentives Attestation System
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
Healthcare providers and hospitals are being prepped to apply for Medicare meaningful use funds starting April 18, said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Workday Extends Cloud Integration Options
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
Platform as a Service provides an ecosystem for linking ERP to payroll, recruiting, benefits, time-tracking, and other systems and third-party providers.
Java Inventor Joins Google
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
James Gosling comes aboard as his former employer, Oracle, battles Google over the use of Java in Android.
HP Makes Green SMB Push
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
The vendor announced several green initiatives at a recent conference in San Francisco, some of which are aimed at SMBs.
Tabula Raises $108 Million For Programmable Chips
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
The programmable logic semiconductor designer notched one of the largest venture capital rounds ever for a private chip company.
Zultys Enhances Unified Communications Solution
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
Increasingly, many small and medium businesses are relying on Unified Communications (UC) systems to support their core business functions. Consequently, Zultys Inc. improved the desktop video, mobility, connectivity to Microsoft applications, and integration with Salesforce.com features available with its MX UC solution.
Cell Phone Health Risk To Bones
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
There have been on again, off again reports that cell phones cause brain cancer. Now the latest information is the radiation emitted by cell phones is causing a reduction in bone density.
Looxcie Brings Convenience In Wearable Camcorder
Commentary  |  3/28/2011  | 
This Bluetooth videocamera headset might not bring the innovation of the Flip camera, but it's great for instant video sharing, and convenient wearing.
Lenovo Boosts Workstation, Desktop Performance
News  |  3/28/2011  | 
The ThinkStation E30 and ThinkCentre M81 are targeted at creative, engineering, and financial professionals.
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