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Government Workers Seek Better IT Tools
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Less than half are satisfied with the technologies they are given to use in the workplace, according to a Forrester report
Facebook Expands Places Deals To Europe
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Social network users in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. can now get discounts by checking in at Starbucks, Mazda, and other partner businesses.
MicroStrategy Revs Up Mobile Computing
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
Transactions services and new cloud computing and data visualization options enrich the vendor's business intelligence portfolio.
LinkedIn IPO Valuation Projected To Be $2 Billion
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
The professional social networking site nearly quadrupled revenue from 2007 to 2009, but expects a slowdown in 2011 as it invests for growth, according to the company’s SEC filing.
EXCLUSIVE: Socialcast to Announce Extension to its Platform
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
On Feb. 1, Socialcast will announce Town Hall, allowing direct company forums, with Version 2.0 release to follow in three weeks.
LinkedIn Launches Targeted Ad Service
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Pay-per-click service can select users based on job title, company, LinkedIn group.
Oracle Exec Says Exadata Can Do It All
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Database executive Andy Mendelsohn tells financial analysts that Oracle has all the bases covered. Here's where the company stands on Exadata progress and disruptive threats to its database business.
Codec Wars: What About Mobile Devices And Content Sites
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Last week I commented about Google's decision to eliminate support for the H.264 video codec standard from Chrome and while I initially focused on the implications for PC users, given the growing use of mobile browsers, I wondered if the ramifications could be even more significant for them. Well, on further reflection, I'm not too worried, at least yet.
SAP Reports Record Sales, Contests Oracle Fine
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Looking past a 36% drop in earnings tied to the TomorrowNow lawsuit, SAP executives say fourth-quarter results point to strong, innovation-driven growth across industries and regions.
Facebook Credits Policy Raises Developers' Hackles
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The social network addresses concerns that the 30% cut it takes when game players use Credits will damage developers' cash flow.
Facebook Makes Credits Sole Legal Currency
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Developers must pay the social media giant a 30% cut whenever online game players use the virtual money.
Obama's State Of The Union To Utilize Technology
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are among the social networking and video platform the administration will use to connect with the public during and after the president's annual speech.
Inside Watson, IBM's Jeopardy Computer
Slideshows  |  1/24/2011  | 
IBM has spent four years and untold hundreds of millions of dollars developing Watson, a computer that can play Jeopardy. In fact, Watson answers questions so quickly and accurately that IBM challenged Jeopardy and two of the show's all-time champions to a match. Jeopardy's producers and the human contestants agreed. Taping took place January 14, and the three computer-vs.-human episodes will air February 14-16. Cynics may call it a publicity stunt, but the project has brought real advances in c
Foursquare Value Checks In At $250 Million
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Social media location site is developing tools to help local businesses connect with customers and expects to hit 10 million users by June, said site co-founder.
Inova Selects Oracle For Healthcare Informatics Platform
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
The health delivery organization hopes to advance clinical research by mining data from its electronic medical record systems.
Control Over End User Devices: Irrelevant?
Commentary  |  1/23/2011  | 
I spent some time today preparing to update our "end user device" analytics report. But it could be that what enterprises choose for their end user devices is becoming more and more irrelevant.
Firms Integrating Social Media With CRM
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
With half of businesses saying social media investments are paying off, linking data from LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to customer management is the next step, finds SugarCRM survey.
The Future of Google Docs
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
Docs has become a worthy competitor to Microsoft Office, but its future will rely less on feature parity and more on the value being added to Google's platform in the cloud.
Google Co-Founder Larry Page To Replace Schmidt As CEO
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Google on Thursday reported Q4 2010 revenues of $8.44 billion, but the bigger news was that co-founder Larry Page will take over as CEO in April, with current chief Eric Schmidt moving out of day to day leadership to become Executive Chairman.
Facebook Fields Feature Phone App
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
The social network is trying to reach the majority of mobile phone users who don't have smartphones.
Who Are The Top CIOs in Government?
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
The editors of InformationWeek Government are putting together our list of the top CIOs in federal, state and local government, and we'd like to invite our readers to be a part of the process.
Facebook Ad Spending To Hit $4.05 Billion In 2011
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
In the U.S., the social media site will garner 7.8% of the online ad market, compared with its 4.7% share in 2010, reported eMarketer's annual forecast.
White House Surveys Workers On IT Needs
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Employees are asked to help identify capabilities and gaps in workforce readiness to implement government IT reform.
EBay Profits Surge 24% In Fourth Quarter
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Excluding Skype, eBay achieved revenue of $2.5 billion for the quarter, yielding profit per share of 52 cent and beating analysts' expectations.
FEMA To Use Social Media For Emergency Response
News  |  1/19/2011  | 
Administrator Craig Fugate discusses the agency's plans to employ text messaging, GPS, and other tools for improved 'situational awareness' and disaster relief.
Netizens Are More Active Citizens
News  |  1/19/2011  | 
Pew study finds 85% of Twitter users, 82% of social networkers, and 75% of Americans donate their time to community groups.
Social Network Frenzy Signals Another Tech Bubble
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
Some say the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Groupon deserve to be measured by a different yardstick. But that's what they said about the infamous flameouts of ten years ago.
Google's Video Announcement Creates More Heat Than Light
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
Google created quite the Internet buzz last week with their announcement dropping support for the H.264 video codec standard as the default HTML5 video player in Chrome, opting instead to use technology from the open source WebM project. Although H.264 is an ITU standard for high definition video and is already widely used on Blu-ray discs, apparently it's not open enough, or perhaps as easily manipulable, for
Microsoft Steps Up Competition With Dynamics CRM 2011
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
Can aggressive online pricing make a dent in's fast growth and evolving social and mobile appeal?
Mobile, Analytics Lead Health IT Trends
News  |  1/18/2011  | 
Researchers say healthcare providers and insurers will invest heavily in business intelligence tools, wireless technologies, and cloud computing in 2011.
5 Big Themes in BI for 2011
Commentary  |  1/17/2011  | 
Business intelligence will become more visual, mobile and social in 2011. But how should you balance central vs. departmental control, and does it make sense to upgrade?
Inside Joomla 1.6: Improved Access Control, Categories
Slideshows  |  1/14/2011  | 
Open-source content management systems, such as Joomla, have proven to be effective options for many Web sites and businesses and can be found running some of the largest and busiest sites on the Web. With strong content features, the open-source Joomla has been a popular choice, despite some traditional weaknesses, especially when it came to controlling user permissions on site and sorting content. But with the recently released Joomla 1.6, the open source content management system has gone a l
What's At Stake In IBM's Jeopardy Challenge?
Commentary  |  1/14/2011  | 
Advances in assisted Q&A could find their way into medicine, legal, tech support and compliance applications.
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Celebrates 10 Years of Wikipedia
Commentary  |  1/14/2011  | 
January 15 marks 10 years of Wikipedia. Can it be? Gina Smith caught up with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales to get his perspective on these phenomenal 10 years.
Hacker Pleads Guilty To Cyber 'Sextortion'
News  |  1/14/2011  | 
California man faces up to six years in jail for charges related to stealing 230 women's online identities to access information from their email and Facebook accounts.
Worldwide Internet Use Approaches 2 Billion
News  |  1/14/2011  | 
Royal Pingdom's 2010 year-end report reveals staggering figures about the growth of social media, email, online video, spam, and the Internet overall.
4 Companies Getting Real Results From Cloud Computing
News  |  1/13/2011  | 
These companies are way past testing the cloud. They've seen the shortcomings, and still are looking ahead to what's next.
Cisco Introduces Social Customer Care Tool
News  |  1/13/2011  | 
SocialMiner provides analytics that can guide corporate response to Tweets, Facebook posts, and other social media interactions with customers.
NRF Big Show 2011: Breakthrough Technologies For Retailing
Slideshows  |  1/13/2011  | 
The National Retail Federation's "Big Show" in New York highlighted scores of cutting-edge retail technologies, from mobile devices and digital signage to point-of-sale systems and store-management applications. Tablet computers were everywhere, of course, though more often featured as a raffle prize designed to draw booth visitors and gather business card leads. Several exhibitors demonstrated iPad-native "clienteling" apps designed to help salespeople demonstrate and explain complicated (or ou
MySpace Confirms Sale Rumors
News  |  1/13/2011  | 
News Corp. is exploring options for unloading the money-losing social media property, said MySpace.
Space Mission Sheds Light On Universe's Origins
News  |  1/12/2011  | 
The European Space Agency's Planck mission has revealed never-seen data and images of cosmic objects, said NASA, which backs the project.
Social Media Users Expect Rapid Response To Complaints
News  |  1/12/2011  | 
One-fourth of poll respondents expect answers within an hour when using Facebook, Twitter to communicate with companies, finds British study.
Facebook Paid $8.5 Million For
News  |  1/12/2011  | 
The social media company acquired the URL from the American Farm Bureau Federation in late 2010.
5 Paths To The New Data Integration
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
Embedded, automatic and easy new approaches meet growing demands for do-it-yourself data analysis.
SSA Taps Lockheed For Disability System Overhaul
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
The contract, worth up to $200 million over six years, will consolidate 54 existing systems in an effort to speed the claims process.
Jaspersoft Enhances BI Web Application Integration
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
The UI framework in version 4 of the eponymous, open-source business intelligence suite allows for embedding BI into Web applications.
White House Loses Open Government Leader
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
Deputy CTO Beth Noveck's departure marks the second high-ranking resignation from the Office of Science and Technology Policy in less than a month.
Oracle Financial App Targets SAP Shops
Commentary  |  1/10/2011  | 
Prebuilt analytic application taps SAP to deliver analyses of general ledger, profitability, payables and receivables.
Ditch The IT Buffet Line In 2011
Commentary  |  1/9/2011  | 
"All you can eat" buffets are costed out predicated on averages of what most folks can eat. It's always more expensive than a la carte. If all you want is a peanut butter sandwich for lunch, you'd be foolish to shell out $14.95 for the all-you-care-to-shove-down-your-throat buffet. And if family finances were a bit rocky, paying for more than you need might be the furthest thing from your mind. The same holds true with your organization's IT spending: cash-strapped organizations are real
Socialtext Takes Pricing Hammer To Yammer
News  |  1/7/2011  | 
Enterprise social networking vendor hopes to lure competitor's customers with aggressive migration offer.
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