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posted in November 2010
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Yammer Raises $25M For Enterprise Social Networking
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
With the market for collaboration and social technologies in companies heating up, the social network will use the third round funding to triple its engineering team and increase sales operations.
Clicking Through Opera 11 Browser Beta
Slideshows  |  11/30/2010  | 
The Opera web browser, from Opera Software, has long been one of the most innovative browsers available, and has been the first to introduce many features that became common in all browsers, such as tabbed windows. With the recent released beta of Opera 11, the browser continues this tradition with several interesting new capabilities, including the ability to load plugins on demand within web pages. The Opera 11 beta also includes some features already found in other browsers, such as competing
Google Earth 6 Debuts
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
The latest update of Google's geo-software includes better Street View integration and 3D trees.
FCC To Free TV Spectrum For Mobile Broadband
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
To avert a "spectrum crisis," the federal agency has proposed incentive auctions to reallocate valuable airwave space from TV broadcast to mobile broadband use.
SMB Printers Now Have Apps
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Hands-on review shows that the approach has some merit, if using paper as an output device is not too retro for you, and if they can improve reliability.
China Cracks Down On Software Piracy
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Inspectors will sweep local and central government computers to combat rampant illegal copying of software and other goods, including DVDs, CDs and apparel.
Google Buying Groupon, Report Claims
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
By acquiring Groupon, Google would strengthen its local commerce capabilities.
Mobile Employees Should Be Aware Of Mobile Threats
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Threats targeting mobile devices are growing as the holidays get under way. Time to make sure your employees have their mobile guards up.
'Hacktivist' Claims Credit for WikiLeaks Attack
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Perpetrator says DDOS strike was in retaliation for site's disclosure of sensitive U.S. government documents to media outlets.
JPMorgan Gives Bankers iPads Ahead Of PlayBook Launch
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Before Research In Motion can bring its PlayBook enterprise tablet to market, JPMorgan is giving its investment bankers Apple's iPad to aid in their day-to-day duties.
Panasonic To Release Handheld Game Player
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
The Jungle gaming device will focus on online games and go up against offerings from Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft and Apple.
Cyber Monday Sales Jump 19%
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Online shopping gains broke records and put the retail sector on track to reach a predicted 11% growth over 2009.
Google Faces EU Antitrust Inquiry
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Investigators will be looking into claims that Google's business practices stifle competition.
Infinitec Unveils Infinite USB Memory Drive
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Dual Wi-Fi device streams files while letting a user maintain a connection to the Internet.
Uptime Software Introduces Cloud Monitoring
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Amazon EC2 specific monitoring capabilities are included in up.time, along with single view monitoring of cloud, virtual and physical resources.
Level 3 Charges Comcast Fees Threaten Open Internet
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Dustup over Netflix transmission charges emerges as the FCC prepares to rule on net neutrality.
AMD Unwraps Linux Driver For Ontario Chip
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Linux distributions beginning next year will include support for the low-power Fusion processor.
VA Pilots Digital Medical Record Retrieval
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
A contractor will collect, scan, and transmit private healthcare records with the goal of speeding Veterans Affairs' claims decisions.
White House Aligns Data Center Consolidation, Sustainability
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Office of Management and Budget and the Council on Environmental Quality will link infrastructure and carbon footprint reduction goals.
Verizon To Provide LTE Launch Details December 1
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless announced that it will hold a press conference on December 1 to share specific details regarding its Long Term Evolution network launch.
Windows Phone 7 Modified To Run Custom Apps
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
ChevronWP7 eliminates the need for a $99 annual Microsoft developer registration, but critics argue the tool will increase application piracy.
Flock Updates Social Media Browser
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Like competitor RockMelt, Version 3.5 of the Mac and Windows app is based on Chromium 7.
Constant Contact Builds Partner, Customer Bases
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Constant Contact, a provider of marketing and survey tools for SMBs, has upped the ante by integrating its product offerings with social media and marketing services from the likes of HootSuite, Yelp, and Foursquare.
BlackBerry App World Reaches 15,000 Apps
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Research In Motion has confirmed that its app store for BlackBerries has finally breached 15,000 applications.
NASA Rated Tops In Social Media Savvy
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
The space agency earned a "genius" rating from L2 for effectively using Tweetup, Foursquare, Gowalla, Flickr, and its own website.
Xbox Kinect Is Holiday Season's 'It' Gadget
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Supplies running low as consumers embrace Microsoft's hands-free gaming system.
Security Risks In iOS And Android
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Both Apple and Google are faced with security issues in their platforms that may put user's data at risk. The more computer-like smartphones become, the more they become at risk for having security holes and being the target of attackers to exploit those holes.
Nintendo Scores Banner Black Friday
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
The video game maker sold a combined total of 1.5 million Wii and DS units during Thanksgiving week.
Windows Phone 7 Gets Visual Basic Boost
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
Microsoft's release will enable VB developers to create apps for its new smartphone operating system, but the tool has limits.
Apple's 'Kinected' Kitchen
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
A series of patent and patent application assignments reveal Apple's interest in appliance control systems that combine touch screens and Kinect-style object sensing.
Ricoh Goes Green At California HQ
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
Printer vendor is installing a rooftop solar energy system on its headquarters building in California.
Apple, Google, Microsoft Chided For 'Sneaky' Installations
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
Mozilla's Asa Dotzler urges the three companies to 'stop being evil.'
iPad, Smartphones Dragging Down PC Sales
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
Gartner lowers 2010 and 2011 forecasts for global PC shipments, as Apple and other tablets and smartphones cut into conventional computer shipments.
Microsoft Xbox Gets TV Service?
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
Report says the software maker is contemplating a move that would see it join rivals Google and Apple in the Web-based, interactive television market.
Government Seizes 82 Sites In Piracy Sweep
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
Joint effort between the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice shuts down peer-to-peer networks and sites allegedly selling counterfeit goods.
Mellanox To Acquire Voltaire For $218 Million
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
The firms will converge their data center connectivity products for linking servers, storage solutions, fabric switches, and related software.
Guerra On Healthcare: Fixing Difficult Vendor Relationships
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
Collaboration, communication, and clarity are key to getting companies and sales reps to meet your hospital's IT needs.
Federal Pay Freeze Could Complicate IT Recruitment Efforts
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
Top cybersecurity and IT acquisition pros may be reluctant to take government jobs, knowing they won't be eligible for a raise for at least a year.
GAO Criticizes HUD IT Modernization Efforts
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has not yet met requirements to justify appropriated funds, nor demonstrated management capabilities to complete eight in-progress projects.
Sharp Prepping Galapagos E-Reader Launch
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
Orders for the device will be taken starting Dec. 3, while the Tsutaya Galapagos e-bookstore will open Dec. 10 for the Japanese market.
Shoppers See Bargains In Flat Panel LED TVs
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
An oversupply has led to price decreases, and deals can be found among popular 32-inch and 40/42-inch sets.
Cyber Monday Sales To Ring Up $900 Million
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
ComScore prediction follows report that online retail sales jumped 13% over the first 26 days of November.
Astronauts Return From International Space Station
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
NASA continues to press forward on its much delayed final Discovery launch to the ISS.
Dev Team Preps 'Ultrasn0w' Unlock For iOS 4.2.1
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
The iPhone Dev Team has prepared a new version of its redsn0w and ultrasn0w tools for iPhone hackers.
Toshiba Expands CT Radiology Line
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
Target CTA and Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction improve image quality while minimizing radiation dose.
Twitter Uncertainty Spooking Investors
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
Venture capital for Twitter startups has dropped 50%, largely due to confusion about the microblogging service's purpose and functions, reports CBI Insights.
Windows Phone Crushed By Android
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
Microsoft has not shared sales figures for its newly launched Windows Phone 7 platform, but one retailer says Android is out-selling WP7 15 to 1.
Black Friday Online Sales Grow By Double Digits
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
Drive to the mall or shop from home? A growing number of buyers opted for the latter on Black Friday, underscoring the need for retailers to develop a strong online presence.
Comcast Hit With Massive Internet Outage
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
Cable provider's Web service went down in Boston, Washington, D.C., and other major cities along the East Coast.
Smartphone Users Not Brand Loyal - Except iPhone Users
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
Apple iPhone users are far more loyal to their brand of choice than are users of any other smartphone platform.
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