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Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in October 2008
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Harvard Refuses To Open In-Copyright Books To Google
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
In a letter to Harvard library staff, director Robert C. Darnton said the ramifications of the settlement were too unclear for Harvard to commit to participating in the Google project.
VC Drought? 70 Million Exceptions To The Rule
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Anxiety is high in Silicon Valley over an anticipated decline in VC funding, but investment money hasn't dried up yet. In the past few days, a handful of startups have pulled in $70 million.
Drupal Takes Home 2008 Overall Open Source CMS Award
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Drupal cleaned up for the second year in a row in the 2008 Open Source CMS Awards, taking home both the Overall Open Source CMS Award and the Best Open Source PHP CMS Award. This marks the first time in which a content management system has ever won the overall award in back-to-back years.
Sprint Finalizes Early Termination Fee Policy
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The telecom said its $200 fee will be reduced by $10 per month after month six, but the new policy will only affect contracts signed after Nov. 2.
Salesforce.com Plans Hosted Web Site Service
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Force.com Sites, to be announced at Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference Monday, is an aggressive effort to move beyond its roots in on-demand sales force automation software.
Phillies Parade Live Online
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Major League Baseball on Friday scheduled an all-day Phillies Webfest.
Flash Memory Market To See First Revenue Decline This Year
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Flash memory chips are used in PCs, but nearly 80% of the chips sold each year end up in personal media players, storage cards and USB flash drives.
'Linux-Haters Blog' Signs Off
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
As of last Saturday, the infamous Linux Hater's Blog has signed off. Seekers of curmudgeonly wisdom about Linux cleverly disguised as flaming bile will have to look elsewhere. And, strangely enough, I already miss him.

NIST Seeks New Hash Algorithm
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
NIST is wrapping up accepting submissions for a new cryptographic one-way hash algorithm today. NIST's competition follows a tradition of peer review, public discussion, and acceptance of algorithms that brought us DES, SHA, and AES. The selection process won't be complete until 2012, but final selection should addresses weaknesses in the hash algorithms used today.
Sprint Won't Sell Nextel iDEN Network
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The plan now is to partner with Motorola and move the iDEN spectrum out of the 800-MHz band in a way that will accommodate public-safety networks.
Google Makes Scanned Documents Searchable
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Using optical character-recognition technology, Google will make the converted text of scanned PDFs available on its search results pages via the "View as HTML" link.
AT&T Hands Out Free Wi-Fi To iPhones, BlackBerry
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
After several false starts, iPhone and BlackBerry users now have unlimited free wireless access to AT&T's nearly 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.
IBM Sues Apple-Bound Microchip Expert
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Big Blue says Mark Papermaster's bolt to Cupertino violates a noncompete agreement.
Obama's Online Answer Center Fields Tough Questions
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Everyone is worried about the economy. But surprisingly, the economy isn't the subject of the top three questions people are asking online at an "answer center" run by Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Visitors are most interested in whether Obama is a Christian and a patriot, and they want to know his position on women's issues.
Google-Yahoo Deal May Be In Jeopardy
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The Internet companies may abandon their ad-sharing agreement in the face of government scrutiny.
Windows 7 Upgrade Chaos Looms
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Businesses that plan on skipping Vista to move directly from XP to Windows 7 could face application-compatibility headaches.
Is Linux The Quick-Boot Miracle Fix? Don't Bet On It
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Will demand for quick-booting PCs give Linux a leg up on Windows? That's how some folks see it, but I'm not one of them.
Indexable versus Iterable Collections
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
The C++ standard template library design emphasizes collections that support generic iterators. In this post I propose an alternative design approach for collections that uses generic indexers.

HSBC: Green IT for a Greener World
HSBC: Green IT for a Greener World
InformationWeek Videos  |  10/30/2008  | 
Carbon neutral since 2005, HSBC exemplifies how reducing an organizationís carbon footprint is good for the environment as well as for the bottom line.
Google's Gmail Gets SMS Messaging
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google's implementation of computer-to-phone SMS includes a particularly helpful feature since it assigns the Gmail sender a persistent pseudo-phone number.
IBM Positions ILOG's Rules Engine To Head Pack
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The former market leader was Fair Isaac, whose rules processing system was a favorite of credit card companies and insurers.
Linux Headed For More PCs Than Windows
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Think Windows is hot? HP, Lenovo, Asustek, and other PC makers are developing computers that can give people access to basic functions, such as e-mail and Web browsing, in less than 30 seconds.
Intel's $11.5 Million Taiwanese Investment Puts Moblin OS In Netbooks
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The chipmaker's partnership with VMax could help set the stage for a wide rollout of WiMax-capable machines running on Linux in the country with PC makers Asustek and Acer to benefit.
MasterCard Strengthens Its Mobile Services
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The company is offering the ability to provision a customer's PayPass account over the air, which could lead to more phones capable of contactless payment.
Google Updates Chrome To Version 0.3.154.9
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google on Wednesday released a new version of its Chrome browser, the third Chrome beta release.
Microsoft Stakes Its Place In The Cloud
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Microsoft lays out concrete plans for cloud computing, but this vision doesn't come with a delivery date.
Google Defends Gmail Uptime, Bolsters Google Apps
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google extends its premiere edition SLA to other products to disperse any cloud hanging over its cloud computing capabilities.
Taylor and Raden Define Decision Management
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Opening the second day of the Business Rules Forum, James Taylor and Neil Raden gave a keynote about competing on decisions. First up was James, who started with a definition of what a decision is (and isn't), speaking particularly about operation decisions that we often see in the context of automated business processes... Neil dug further into the agility imperative: rethinking BI for processes...
Dell Refreshes XPS One Entertainment PC
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The latest model offers a 24-inch, 1,080p high-definition display, JBL dual stereo speakers, and an optional Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT card.
Radus Unveils Glossy Personal Media Hub
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The startup aims to provide a consistent user experience for online media consumption, whether that involves reading news feeds, sharing content, blogging, or watching videos.
Apple Updates MobileMe
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The company's wireless syncing service has been getting upgrades to improve mail, calendar, contacts, and overall performance, Apple said.
Informatica To Offer Salesforce.com Integration Service
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Informatica's Web-based service, to be announced at the Dreamforce conference next week, will let companies synchronize data between Salesforce CRM and onsite applications.
'Motorolandroid': Another Open Source Proving Ground
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Even if there won't be any Android phones from Motorola for at least a year, it might well be one of the best things that's happened to Motorola in a long time. It also may well be the best thing that could have happened to Android, since it'll put the OS right in the line of fire of the non-smartphone-buying public.

Smaller Business SaaS Still In Early Adopter Phase
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Despite bullish predictions that the market for SaaS is ripe and small and midsize businesses are embracing subscription-based applications and IT services, the market for may still be in the early stages, which means lots of opportunity.
AT&T, Lenovo Offer Subsidized Laptops
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Customers will be able to get up to $150 off a laptop with embedded 3G modem if they sign up for a two-year data plan with AT&T.
Netflix To Stream Via Xbox And Tivo
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Subscribers to the online move service will be able to watch videos instantly through a range of devices.
Deep Linking Now Possible With YouTube Vidoes
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Sharing videos via YouTube is what the fun is all about. Sometimes, however, the "good part" is somewhere in the middle of the video, and you have to sit through minutes of tedium to reach the money shot. No longer. Google has created a way for people to link to specific times within their videos, meaning you can jump straight to the action.
Will Microsoft Shake Up Cloud Computing SLAs?
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
For Microsoft, which announced its cloud computing platform this week, it seems like service level agreements don't just mean uptime. That thinking could shake up the industry.
Tibco Unveils 'Network Analytics' For Spotfire
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The add-on, which is sold separately, offers a whole new layer of interactive visual analysis on the business activity monitoring suite.
WiMax Coming To Remote Regions Of Vermont
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
FairPoint, Nortel, and Airspan Networks are investing in building out the 3.65 GHZ spectrum to help spur the use of fixed WiMax in many regions.
Windows 7 Could Debut In 2009
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Numerous signs point to the possibility of an early arrival for Microsoft's next operating system.
Crisis Survival Kit: 5 Ways To Increase Revenue From Current Customers
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Hanging on to your customers is crucial in these tough times, but just keeping them isn't enough. Growing revenue from your existing customers will help keep your business afloat by offsetting, in part, the inevitable slackening of orders and departure of other customers.
Smaller Businesses Have IT Envy, See SaaS As Solution
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
How do smaller businesses use and manage IT? Not surprisingly, smaller organizations struggle to compete with larger enterprises and often don't know how to gain access to the high-quality IT services that could offer competitive parity or advantage. But hosted services may open doors previously closed to smaller organizations.
Opera Preps For More Browser Battles
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
In an interview, Opera's CEO discusses the Web browser's fight for market share, how important the mobile space is, and why Google's Chrome has been good for Opera.
GE Will Use SaaS To Manage 500,000 Suppliers
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The electronic firm's partnership with Aravo's Web-based software service is the latest example of how even the largest of companies are getting comfortable with SaaS.
Cloud Computing Tools For Managing Amazon, Google Services
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Getting the most out of Amazon's Web Services or Google's App Engine requires the right tools. We run down the benefits of Elastra, Coghead, Heroku, Enomaly, and Hyperic CloudStatus.
Is The Cloud The End Of Microsoft?
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
As InformationWeek covers Microsoft's revelations at its Professional Developer Conference this week, it's becoming clear that Microsoft's top brass know they aren't in the same business they were just a few years ago. So is this the transitive stage that spells the end of Microsoft's dominance of the software industry?
Wayback Machine
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
It is interesting to look back at one's own code from years ago. It's like having one's own Wayback Machine.

Google Apps Looks To The Future
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
In the wake of yesterday's announcement of Labs for Google Apps, I just happened to get a chance to sit down with a Google project manager on the apps enterprise team. He offered some insight into the company's plans to differentiate its products.
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