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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.
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.
Groupon Launches Group Buying Portal In China
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The daily deal company is partnering with Tencent and Yunfeng on, hoping to take advantage of a market that could reach $2.4 billion by year's end.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consumers Combine Search, Social Media For Purchasing Decisions
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Nearly half of all consumers surveyed used a combination of search and social media sites before making a buying decision, GroupM Search and comScore report.
Facebook Cracks Down On Third Party Apps
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Software developers say that the social media site is disabling their apps, including Breakup Notifier and a poker game, without warning or clear explanation.
Watson's Jeopardy Win A Victory For Mankind
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
The IBM supercomputer not only beat the quiz show's most successful human contestants, but also showed what skilled researchers will be able to do as they tackle big problems in the future.
SAP Announces Blockbuster BusinessObjects Upgrade
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Business intelligence and information management suites are synchronized and enhanced in a feature-packed release highlighting real-time analysis.
Few Businesses Use Social Media For Disaster Recovery
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Only about 25% of businesses have added social media like Facebook or Twitter to their disaster recovery and business continuity plans, a survey by Janco Associates reveals.
FBI Redesigns 'Most Wanted' Site
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
The agency has enhanced its search and other tools to improve the way people can help it locate fugitives and missing persons.
Global CIO: SAS Takes On IBM, As IT Meets Marketing
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Analytics is changing marketing, as recent M&A activity shows.
NASA Renews SAIC Service Contract For $62 Million
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
The firm will continue to support NASA's Information Technology Service Network for at least the next 8 months.
Microsoft, Athenahealth Collaborate On Amalga, HealthVault
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
The Microsoft and Athenahealth alliance will funnel cloud-based Athenahealth e-health record and practice management data to Microsoft Amalga and HealthVault platforms.
Foursquare To Host First Hackathon
News  |  2/18/2011  | 
The location service expects the 150 registered developers to build a variety of maps, mashups, and other tools using the company's new APIv2 during the day-long event.
Speech Recognition Aids Physicians, Cuts Costs
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
Healthcare providers say speech recognition technology can produce staff reductions, improve report turnaround times, and increase physician satisfaction, according to a new report from KLAS.
NFC, Pico & Audio: Mobile Chips In Full View
Slideshows  |  2/17/2011  | 
Many new mobile technology enhancements, from NFC to 4G to just plain old audio calling, are possible thanks to the silicon that makes it all so. At Mobile World Congress, there are as many chip manufacturers as any other mobile ecosystem player, and we met with everyone from Samsung to Intel to Qualcomm to Texas Instruments. Everyone's heard of them, but some of the most innovative advancements come from companies that are a bit more behind the scenes. Here are a few of our favorites from this
Mobile Wow: NTT Docomo's 3D Touchable Display & More
Slideshows  |  2/17/2011  | 
Mobile World Congress has its fair share of prototype technology, which is always a good way to get inspired about the future of mobile computing. NTT Docomo's advanced technology concepts always bring a big crowd and this year was no exception with its 3D touchable display. We also saw an interesting demonstration of remote printing from HP, and we revisited one of our favorite new technologies, the Motorola Atrix with Laptop Dock. And of course, our slide show wouldn't be complete without a ca
Facebook Refines Search Tools
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
The social networking site makes a move after competitors like Google and Greplin take steps to improve their own search capabilities.
Social Media Marketing Up 40% Among Local Businesses
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
Facebook and Google are the top outlets for promoting products online, while most who've used group buying sites like Groupon say they won't repeat the experience, according to MerchantCircle.
Seven Breakthrough Sentiment Analysis Scenarios
Commentary  |  2/17/2011  | 
Voice of the voter, voice of the customer and brand reputation management are just a few of the top applications for text analytics and information classification technologies.
HP's Half Step Back Into Data Warehousing
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
Vertica acquisition fills a big gap, but it also raises questions about Hewlett Packard's alliances and broader ambitions.
Constant Contact Buys Social CRM Developer
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
Bantam Live was acquired by the SMB-focused online marketing firm to integrate customer data collection and management across email, social media, and other channels.
Open Government May Do More Harm Than Good
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
A Congressional Research Service report suggests that the expense, information security risks, and workflow disruption may not make the Obama administration's transparency directive worthwhile.
Twitter Trends Driven By Mainstream Media
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
Traditional news outlets are more influential than bloggers and individual tweeters, says an HP Labs analysis of 16.32 million tweets on 3,361 topics sent over 40 days.
As Seen At Mobile World Congress, Day 2
Slideshows  |  2/16/2011  | 
It is nearly impossible to see every product spinning through the eight halls that make up the massive Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But not for us! This event is typically a chance for the entire mobile ecosystem to gather -- mobile operators, handset manufacturers, software providers, mobile service companies, carrier equipment manufacturers and mobile operating system vendors. Most of the new technology is incremental in nature, but it's always fun to see what new ideas pop up. What fol
Apple App Store Finally Gets Subscriptions
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
Those of you who, like me, have been wondering when you'll finally be able to ditch dead tree magazine and newspaper subscriptions in favor of your iPhone, iPad or Touch; well our days in the wilderness are about over. Apple finally announced their new App Store subscription service today, opening to all publishers a feature introduced for News Corp's The Daily <
Clicking Through Drupal 7's Features
Slideshows  |  2/15/2011  | 
When looking for examples of enterprise applications where open source products have competed effectively against expensive and complex commercial products, a good place to start is content management. Open source content management systems (CMS) have become extremely popular choices for running very large, complex, and busy Web sites. Open source CMS Drupal has made its name on that basis, by managing some very popular Web sites, including many news sites and However, in areas s
Myriad Launches Text-Based Social Networking Service
News  |  2/15/2011  | 
Users of mobile phones without data subscription plans will be able to access email, IM, and social network sites like Facebook and Twitter.
The $1 Trillion Federal IT Challenge
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
The CEOs of IBM, Dell, and other tech companies say the U.S. government can reap huge savings from IT-driven initiatives, but their ambitious plan has virtually no chance of success.
Innovation Transforms Data Warehousing
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
Technical differentiation continues to narrow among leading vendors. The next Forrester Wave will see a push into cloud-based data warehousing.
GE Healthcare Taps SAS For Patient Safety Analytics
News  |  2/15/2011  | 
Business intelligence software will analyze healthcare datasets, looking for patterns and trends that can help hospitals prevent adverse medical events.
U.S. Launches Federal R&D Dashboard
News  |  2/14/2011  | 
The beta site allows people to see investments made by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation over the last 10 years and the results of those efforts.
Micro-Funding Site Integrates With LinkedIn, Facebook
News  |  2/14/2011  | lets entrepreneurs connect to social media to seek funding from contacts.
Leading Developers Dismiss Charge That Cloud Is 'Vapor'
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
Hadoop originator Doug Cutting, NASA CIO Chris Kemp, and other cloud pioneers defended cloud computing during a CTO Forum panel and pointed to an emerging generation of enterprise applications.
HP To Acquire Analytics Specialist Vertica
News  |  2/14/2011  | 
The buyout will help HP counter IBM's recent acquisition of Netezza as analytics sector heats up.
Can The Jeopardy Challenge Help IBM Compete With Apple And Google?
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
Noted author Stephen Baker says this week's man vs. machine TV contest will help Big Blue attract the best and brightest. Early uses of the technology will show up on cell phones, he predicts.
Facebook Pages Redesign Adds Administrator Features
News  |  2/11/2011  | 
The update, mandatory in early March, mirrors recent changes to individual profiles and includes admin notifications when fans interact with or post comments to a page.
Will Apple Rock The Phone World Again?
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
Apple, which long ago ditched the 'computer' in their name, is known more as a phone cum mobile device maker and digital content distributor; and rightly so, their last earnings report showed these non-computer segments accounting for three-fourths of their revenue, with most of that coming from the iPhone. Having defined the smartphone feature set with a high bar all others must match, and with the Verizon model flying off the shelve
Gartner Ranks Data Warehousing Leaders
News  |  2/10/2011  | 
Magic Quadrant puts Teradata in the top spot with Oracle and IBM close behind. Report sees growing interest in column-store, in-memory and cloud-based technologies.
Under the Radar Conference To Prove (Again) Why CIOs Must Work With Startups
Commentary  |  2/9/2011  | 
If you think it's too risky to do business with startups, think again. Some of the biggest brands in the world are placing their IT bets with startups and the Under the Radar conference is where they get to find and vet them.
Facebook Moving Headquarters To Menlo Park
News  |  2/9/2011  | 
Social media giant takes over campus formerly owned by Sun Microsystems.
NoSQL Firms CouchOne, Membase Merge To Become Couchbase
News  |  2/8/2011  | 
With complementary strengths, the startup firms behind CouchDB and Memcached will pool efforts for the next push in big data handling systems.
Customer Intelligence Meets The Cultural Institution
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
Cincinnati Zoo taps analytics to improve attendance, increase guest spending, streamline operations and anticipate the impact of weather and seasonality.
CIA Revamps Web Site With Social Media
News  |  2/8/2011  | 
YouTube, Flicker, and interactive features figure prominently in the intelligence agency’s effort to better engage the public.
BI Licensing And Lawsuits: A Sure Sign Of Failure
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
A plea to simplify complicated and out-of-sync business intelligence software purchasing terms.
Facebook Opens Live Commenting To All
News  |  2/8/2011  | 
A company engineer details the behind-the-scenes development challenges in creating the new instant messaging-like feature.
10 Tenets Of Enterprise Data Management
Slideshows  |  2/7/2011  | 
Data quality, master data management, metadata management, data warehousing architecture and data integration: These are all pieces of the data management puzzle, but rare is the enterprise that has assembled these pieces into a cohesive and coherent picture. Get it right and you can count on clean and consistent data from transaction systems and reliable insight from business intelligence systems. It doesn't end there. Your data management strategy must also consider business processes and busi
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