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Open Source Helps eBay Process $2000 Per Second
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
The huge Internet auction house uses a small Sri Lankan firm's open source enterprise service bus--a little known but crucial piece of software.
Google Acquires 1,000 IBM Patents
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Search giant is tight-lipped about the purpose of the transaction, but the filings cover everything from chips to databases.
Microsoft: Thousands Of IT Jobs Going Unfilled
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Software maker wants Congress to raise cap on green cards so it can import more hi-tech help.
7 Hottest Features In Windows Phone 7 Mango
Slideshows  |  7/27/2011  | 
Microsoft this week shipped its Windows Phone "Mango" update to phone makers--adding key features to the smartphone OS that Microsoft is pitting against Apple iPhone and Google Android. Check out this visual tour of seven significant new functions.
Gmail: A Cure For Outdated Email Addresses
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
Google's social marketing campaign targets users of,, or email with an "intervention" to save friends from "embarrassingly out-of-date" email addresses.
Facebook For Business Debuts, Watch Out Google?
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
Not a new service; rather, it's a portal to help businesses understand social marketing.
Dell Offers OpenStack Infrastructure-As-A-Service
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
Reference architecture for cloud developers to manage IT resources in OpenStack.
Windows Phone 7 Mango Shipped To Phone Makers
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
Microsoft promises 500 new features in first major update to its new mobile operating system.
Microsoft And SUSE, Mozilla And Google: Strange Bedfellows
Commentary  |  7/27/2011  | 
Redmond cashes in on Linux licenses, while Mozilla creates a new open source mobile operating system.
Microsoft, Capgemini Partner On Azure Services
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
Redmond looks to consultants to drive adoption of its Windows Cloud platform in vertical industries.
3 Ways To Manage Underperforming Technology
News  |  7/26/2011  | 
Applying a people approach to technology could help boost performance. Here are three ideas for remediating the laggards.
Microsoft Back In Bed With SUSE Linux
News  |  7/26/2011  | 
In controversial deal extended to the tune of $100 million, Microsoft resells SUSE Linux services and pledges not to sue on patents.
Android Legal Troubles Benefit Windows Phone
Commentary  |  7/26/2011  | 
Some phone manufactures are having second thoughts about using the open source Android platform, given aggressive legal actions by Microsoft and Apple.
RIM And Cisco Feel The Pain
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
BlackBerry-maker slashes 10% of workforce. But bigger problems loom: Has RIM missed the application boat?
Cisco's Math In HP Server Battle Questionable
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
Just how much progress has Cisco made against HP? Take a close look at the numbers.
The Small Revolution Of The Data Center
News  |  7/25/2011  | 
Financial services firms are rethinking how--and why--they build data centers, turning traditional data center models on their heads.
Windows Phone 7 Mango Finalized, Phones Coming
Commentary  |  7/24/2011  | 
Microsoft's big update to its mobile phone platform is released to manufacturers. Will Nokia deal bear fruit?
IBM's Unsexy Secret To Profits: Middleware
News  |  7/22/2011  | 
One telling statistic from IBM's big quarterly windfall: This unsung category drives 64% of the company's high-margin software revenue.
Verizon, Microsoft Results: More Consumerization To Come
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
Still trying to ignore consumer IT in the enterprise? This week's news should make you wake up.
5 Big Takeaways From Tech Earnings Season
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
Most of the bellwether vendors reported solid revenue and profit growth in their latest quarters, suggesting that the tech economy is back on track.
Microsoft Windows Sales Stall In Tablet Headwinds
News  |  7/22/2011  | 
Quarterly revenue from flagship OS sags as computer users embrace Apple iPads.
OpenStack Founder's Startup, Piston, Eyes Private Cloud Security
News  |  7/21/2011  | 
With $4.5 million in funding and part of the NASA Nebula cloud brain trust, Piston jumps into the private cloud software market.
Microsoft Posts 30% Gain In Quarterly Profits
News  |  7/21/2011  | 
Xbox and search advertising up sharply, but Windows sales off amid tablet competition.
iPad Still Dominates Android In Enterprises
News  |  7/21/2011  | 
Despite the steadily growing number of Android activations reported by Google, data from Good Technology suggests enterprises remain focused on Apple's iPad.
Can Microsoft Tame Lion's Biggest Threat?
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
Windows 8 may not be enough. Tablets have quickly changed the rules of computing for Microsoft.
OS X Lion Makes Windows 8 Too Late
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
Apple and Microsoft race to '"tablify" their desktop operating systems. Guess who's winning?
Apple Records Fantasy Results, Releases Lion
Commentary  |  7/20/2011  | 
Apple's bubble does not look to burst anytime soon, although the tablet rivals just keep trying.
Microsoft Azure Does Big Data As A Service
News  |  7/20/2011  | 
"Project Daytona" tools let researchers use Windows Azure cloud platform to crunch data, and some tech from archrival Google plays a part.
HP Tools Bring Developers, IT Operations Closer
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
Three new Application Lifecycle Management suite modules offer additional intelligence, service virtualization components.
Mozilla Makes Up With Enterprises
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
After alienating corporate IT departments with its rapid release policy for Firefox, Mozilla wants to patch things up by re-establishing a group to handle enterprise concerns.
Temenos, Microsoft Bring Azure Clouds To Mexico
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
Six microfinance institutions are using the cloud system, and Microsoft and banking software provider Temenos are expanding to Africa, Southeast Asia, and other emerging markets.
Hotmail Bans Guessable Passwords, Like 'Password'
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
12345 won't cut it anymore, either. Microsoft Hotmail users must get more creative--and secure.
IBM's Q2 Sales Spike On Cloud, BI Demand
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
Cloud computing, business intelligence, and efficient infrastructure technologies run hot for Big Blue as enterprises look to weather economic uncertainty.
IBM Profits Jump 11% In Second Quarter
News  |  7/18/2011  | 
Big Blue raises guidance on strength of solid growth across full range of enterprise IT offerings; BI and cloud technologies star.
Private Cloud Cuts Costs, Speeds Provisioning
News  |  7/18/2011  | 
L&T Infotech has slashed provisioning time from five days to less than 20 minutes and substantially increased server utilization.
Microsoft To Launch Social Networking Site?
News  |  7/18/2011  | 
Leaked "Tulalip" project may be a response to Google+, but for now Redmond is playing it coy.
Google Elevates Summer Heatwave
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
Google's success with consumers should cause businesses to take note. Android, Chromebook, and Google+ all have potential to disrupt enterprise IT, and possibly in very good ways.
Mozilla's Web-Only Operating System Layer
Slideshows  |  7/14/2011  | 
Essentially a stripped-down browser, the Mozilla web-only operating system layer has much in common with Google Chrome.
Apple Lion, App Store Moves Business User Friendly
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
The updated Lion operating system and new business app store represent significant advances in Apple's enterprise strategy.
Users Outraged Over New VMware Pricing Policy
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
Licensing costs will skyrocket to indefensible levels under new method of charging for memory usage.
rPath Donates Pushbutton OpenStack Appliance
News  |  7/13/2011  | 
The ready-to-run appliance uses staff time and technology donated by rPath for a test cloud based on equipment from Rackspace.
VMware Strengthens Cloud Support With vSphere 5
Commentary  |  7/12/2011  | 
VMware's pricing problem: As Microsoft and Citrix build functionality, customers may choose cheaper products that are "good enough."
IBM Debuts Lower Cost $75,000 Mainframe
News  |  7/12/2011  | 
New zEnterprise System model links apps on blades to data on the mainframe.
InformationWeek Today: Mobile In Space, BYTE Relaunches
Commentary  |  7/11/2011  | 
Android rides on Atlantis, Microsoft nabs mobile money, and we reintroduce an old tech friend--BYTE.
Microsoft Squeezes Android With Patent Fees
Commentary  |  7/7/2011  | 
A pending agreement with Samsung could net Microsoft about as much per Android handset shipped as it gets for a Windows Phone device.
7 Ways Facebook, Microsoft Can Partner Beyond Skype
Commentary  |  7/7/2011  | 
The social and software behemoths can find plenty of other ways to take aim at Google and Apple.
Will Nokia Brand Disappear By 2012?
Commentary  |  7/7/2011  | 
One watcher of vanishing brands predicts that two mobile names--Nokia and Sony Ericsson--will depart by the end of next year.
Facebook Adds Video Calling, Group Chat
News  |  7/6/2011  | 
The Skype-powered Video Calling service looks easy to use but only supports one-to-one conversation. Google+ competition looms large.
iPad's Latest Threat To Windows? Retail Systems
News  |  7/6/2011  | 
With Windows Embedded POSReady 7, can Microsoft fend off Apple's creeping presence in point-of-sale gadgets used by retailers and hospitality merchants?
Google Goes Missing In Lodsys Litigation
News  |  7/5/2011  | 
Android developers continue to ask when Google will come to their defense as Apple has done for its developers. They may have a long wait.
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