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White House Reveals Plans For ExpertNet Wiki
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
The online tool will allow U.S. officials and policymakers to solicit input about decisions they're making from experts outside the government and from the general public.
Facebook Holds Commanding Lead In Search
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
The social network held four of the top 10 terms searched in 2010 and recorded more site visits than any other Web property, reported Experian Hitwise.
The Wi-Fi Tech Conference Challenge
Commentary  |  12/29/2010  | 
For those of us who see wireless LANs rapidly displacing wired Ethernet as the client access protocol of choice, there was a rather disturbing article in the NYT highlighting the high-profile Wi-Fi meltdowns at various tech conferences over the past year. Most of us are familiar with some of those embarrassing moments, such as the one depicted in the article of a frustrated
Top 10 Government IT Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Federal agencies will deliver on current IT projects, like cloud computing and data center consolidation, while tackling open government, cybersecurity defense, and privacy in the post-WikiLeaks era.
High School Settles Facebook First Amendment Case
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Florida student said her free-speech rights were infringed when she was suspended for criticizing a teacher on the social network.
NATO Taps IBM To Build Private Cloud
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will test using the cloud to consolidate and modernize its IT resources.
Share Your Thoughts On IT Risk Management
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
"In today's interconnected world, filled with increasingly sophisticated yet generally anonymous malefactors, IT must have a risk management program." Most of us have heard this so many times it goes in one ear and out the other, making about as much impression as your grandmother's homespun advice to always brush after meals and never run with scissors. But we all know grandma was right.
Epic Keeps Top Spot In Healthcare Software
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
KLAS' year-end report also cites Siemens, Cerner, and McKesson for making strong improvements in the health IT industry in 2010.
Motorola Mobility Buys Cloud Service Provider Zecter
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Technology that lets users share media among mobile devices, PCs and tablets will be incorporated into Motoblur, said the phone maker.
Twitter Acquires Fluther Engineering Talent
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Announcement made that four engineers and a designer -- including the startup's founders -- will move to Twitter, just as a study details the microblogging site's changing usage patterns.
Incoming House Leadership Interested In IP Reform
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Congress will get a new tech-related subcommittee that looks at intellectual property and the Internet when the House of Representatives' new Republican leadership is sworn in next month, indicating that the next Congress will likely have a renewed interest in IP issues.
To Change CRM, Embrace The Social Cloud
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Deep customer engagement through social media is the hallmark of a leading-edge customer service operation.
National Archives Accelerates Declassification Project
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Cross-agency collaboration, public engagement, and improved technology key to processing a backlog of 400 million pages by December 2013.
Acquisitions Cap Hot Year for HR Apps
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Lawson and Epicor buy human resource applications vendors -- just two more signs of a growing market.
Census Hampered By IT Problems
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Significant technology issues led to a peak backlog of 12 million forms that were delayed in processing, found the Government Accountability Office.
Social Media Critic Moving To Facebook
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Google user experience researcher Paul Adams has been vocal on the shortcomings of social networks.
Defense Department To Update Disaster Aid Site
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
The All Partners Access Network Web site will get improved navigation, registration, and search when it's upgraded on Dec. 30.
Enterprise Software Realignment: Oracle Vs. Everyone
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
Ellison is talking Oracle into a corner with SAP, HP and IBM while ignoring Microsoft to his peril. Meanwhile, Philips may put Oracle in the middle of Infor's target.
White House Launches Foreign Aid Dashboard
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
Like other federal dashboards, the new site provides transparency on how the U.S. government is investing money, this time overseas.
Top 10 Software Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/17/2010  | 
In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
Medicare Expands Analytic Tools To Fight Fraud
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will use predictive modeling to identify fraudulent billings before they are paid.
Google, MySpace Renew Search Deal
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
Contract terms cover display and search advertising, but no longer include guaranteed payments, say reports.
FUD Strikes Chrome OS
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Chrome OS is one of those rare Google products that's accompanied by almost universal skepticism. In fact, their Cr-48 laptop proof-of-concept was on the received a fair amount of opprobrium. Admittedly the hardware isn't close to the elegance of a MacBook Air, but the objections primarily focus on Chrome's operating model, not the device. The complaints fall into four categories:
JCPenney Sets Up Shop In Facebook
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
Retailer is the first major retail chain to launch a fully integrated store on its Facebook page.
Five Ways To Fool A Twitter Sentiment Tool
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Do sentiment-analysis tools pass the accuracy test? Here are five tests along with results using freely available products.
Walmart Extends Teradata Mega Deal
Commentary  |  12/15/2010  | 
Retailer will refresh its data warehouse technology and tap Teradata expertise, but there's no word on whether HP Neoview will be replaced.
Air Force Blocks Web Sites With WikiLeaks Content
News  |  12/15/2010  | 
Personnel can't access major media outlets that published the full leaked embassy cables.
Facebook Ranked Best Place To Work
News  |  12/15/2010  | 
Southwest Airlines, Bain & Co., General Mills, and Edelman also on's list of top employers, based on staff feedback.
SAP Goes On Demand
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
The prospects for the company's technology and multi-front, hybrid strategy look good. Now it's a matter of market execution.
Facebook Posts Top 10 Status Trends
News  |  12/14/2010  | 
Social network users were most interested in the World Cup, movies, and communicating one-on-one with their friends, according to the most common topics of 2010.
Add Derived Data To Your DBMS Strategy
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
Do you have a plan for managing more than just raw data? These five kinds of data can change the demands on your database management system.
Top 10 Government Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/13/2010  | 
In 2010, the government turned to technology as a way to cut costs and improve efficiencies, an approach that worked in some cases but backfired in others. Like their associates in the public sector, government executives and IT professionals saw some big wins -- and headaches -- over the past 12 months. In some cases, cities or agencies were able to save money and boost productivity by adopting technologies such as cloud computing, by centralizing contracts, and reducing energy consumption thro
Postal Service Names CIO
News  |  12/13/2010  | 
Ellis Burgoyne, who started his USPS career 32 years ago as a letter carrier, was promoted as part of an overhaul of the agency's executive team.
EHR Adoption Crosses 50% Threshold
News  |  12/13/2010  | 
Government survey finds that a slim majority of physicians are now using electronic health records or electronic medical records systems.
HP Denies Neoview Cut, Hires SAP Exec
Commentary  |  12/13/2010  | 
Appointment fuels speculation on impending acquisitions. Internal memo underscores commitment to business intelligence and analytics.
Gulf Oil Spill Tops 2010 Twitter Trends
News  |  12/13/2010  | 
World Cup-related subjects took three of the 10 spots on the list of the most common tweets of the year.
Foursquare Unwraps API Version 2 Beta
News  |  12/10/2010  | 
Latest iteration uses OAuth2, not XML, to improve server responsiveness.
Most Twitter Accountholders Rarely Tweet
News  |  12/10/2010  | 
While 8% of American Internet users have accounts, only about half use the site frequently, finds Pew study.
Standards And Storage As Steps To Efficiency
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
Local, state, and federal agencies are implementing new technologies and tactics in their pursuit of data center consolidation.
Data Center Consolidation Gets Under Way
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
Federal agencies must eliminate 800 data centers over the next five years. Here’s how they plan to do it.
Standards And Storage As Steps To Efficiency
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
Local, state, and federal agencies are implementing new technologies and tactics in their pursuit of data center consolidation.
Flock Browses All Your Social Connections
Slideshows  |  12/9/2010  | 
Years before the social networking oriented RockMelt browser there was Flock. Now Flock 3.5 shows that the original social networking browser still has strong features that should interest users looking to integrate social networking into their Web browser. Flock works with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, newsfeeds and, new in this release, LinkedIn. The newest Flock browser is also now based on the Google Chromium engine, providing a faster and more streamlined browsing experience. A social
Data Center Consolidation Gets Under Way
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
Federal agencies must eliminate 800 data centers over the next five years. Here’s how they plan to do it.
Twitter Expands Places Dataset
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
Partnership with services including TomTom, Zagat, and Gowalla allows users to tweet about more locations.
Android Users Gorge On Mobile Data
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Data from a new study indicates that users of Google's Android mobile operating system consume more mobile data than users of Apple's iPhone.
Twitter VP Of Product Resigning
News  |  12/8/2010  | 
Jason Goldman to take an advisory role for the microblogging company at month's end.
What's Next And What's Missing From SAP
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Influencer Summit offers window on what's coming in mobility, analytics and in-memory functionality. But is the social networking strategy missing in action?
USDA Taps Microsoft Cloud For 120,000 Workers
News  |  12/8/2010  | 
As part of its IT modernization strategy, the federal agency has turned to Microsoft and Dell to provide e-mail and other online applications across its operations.
40 Tech Gifts For The Holiday Season
Slideshows  |  12/7/2010  | 
When it seems like the techie in your life already has every next-generation gadget and gizmo on earth, just the thought of finding them a good gift can make you wince with expectant agony. But no one actually has everything, and there's bound to be something out there that will tickle their tech fancy. From TVs to smartphones, green gadgets to slightly goofy gadgets, jaw-dropping sound to peaceful wake-up calls, here are 40 ideas for the holidays or any other gift-giving occasion. Prices are ro
Tumblr Access Seesaws Following Major Outage
News  |  12/7/2010  | 
Routine maintenance took the blogging site offline for a day, just as it struggles to increase capacity to meet growing demand.
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