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posted in June 2011
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Telco Moves Into Cloud Services
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Dimension Data, a unit of Japan's NTT, picks up operational expertise and a software stack by acquiring infrastructure as a service and managed hosting services provider OpSource.
How To Meet An IT Exec's Need To Know
Commentary  |  6/30/2011  | 
Shameless self-promotion can be a good thing when it also provides IT managers with useful resources. InformationWeek Healthcare's upcoming IT Leadership Forum does just that.
Post-Amazon California: 2 Ways SMBs Can Adapt
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Amazon.com is dropping its affiliate program in California, stripping some smaller businesses of a significant revenue stream. Here's two ways online retailers can keep the registers ringing.
Google+ Stops Invites Citing 'Insane Demand'
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
People seeking to try out Google+ have turned to eBay to purchase supposed invitations.
How Kraft Foods Listens To Social Media
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Your morning banter about bacon on Twitter? Kraft's using it to decipher consumer trends and develop product ideas.
Smartphones Outsell Feature Phones For First Time
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
From March to May, 55% of people who purchased new mobile phones in the U.S. bought a smartphone, according to Nielsen.
Feds Can't Track Value Of Data Center Consolidation
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Facing a mandate to consolidate data centers, many government IT staffs don't even have standard metrics to prove efficiency, survey says.
Software Licensing Sticks You With Legacy Of Crazy
Commentary  |  6/30/2011  | 
In no other industry do manufacturers enjoy so much freedom to write one-sided rules and get low-level employees to agree to them. But there's hope.
RIM Employee Blasts Leadership In Letter, RIM Responds
Commentary  |  6/30/2011  | 
A well-placed manager at Research In Motion has published a letter to the company's executives, beseeching them to make the bold decisions needed to save the company. Late Thursday, RIM responded.
LinkedIn Groups Widgets Headed For Apps, Sites
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Groups API lets applications and websites connect to LinkedIn Groups industry discussion boards.
How Mobile Tech Can Fight War On Diabetes
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Two ONC-funded Beacon Communities will pilot a mobile health campaign to aid in diagnosis and treatment of the prevalent chronic illness.
Office 365: 6 Questions SMBs Should Ask
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Weighing Google Apps' lower price versus Microsoft's familiarity? Consider these key factors for deciding which cloud suite fits your business.
EMR Safety In Spotlight After Baby's Death
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Despite a Chicago-area baby's death from a drug overdose, health IT advocates say EMRs are still superior to paper charts.
Apigee: A Speed Lane To Safer Mobile Purchasing
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Apigee's API management system makes it simpler for even small companies to implement PCI-compliant APIs--a vital requirement for mobile commerce transactions.
Is There An Online Backup Price War?
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
CrashPlan Pro debuts with both unlimited data and unlimited PC plans as SMBs sift through an increasingly crowded field of online backup players for the right mix of capacity and price.
Firefox Upgrades Too Fast For Enterprises
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Mozilla mulls how to make its Firefox update strategy more business-friendly, but one exec tells enterprises to accelerate software deployments.
Lingotek Brings Translation To Social (And Vice Versa)
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
The system uses crowdsourcing to provide translations, and integrates with Jive, Drupal, and Oracle Content Management to handle social content.
Using Incognito Windows in Google Chrome
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Use this tip to hide your website history in Chrome.
How To Save Documents Directly to Dropbox in Windows 7
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Here's how to save MS Office documents directly to Dropbox.
Government CIO: Three States Name Top Tech Execs
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
California, Hawaii, and Vermont all have new faces at the top of their IT departments, the first ever for Hawaii as part of an effort to modernize its aging computer systems.
Close Suspended Background Apps in iOS 4
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Here's how to close a suspended app in iOS 4.
HP TouchPad Review: OS Beauty Vs. Design Bulk
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
HP's TouchPad won't make you put down your iPad 2, or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but it will make you wish those tablets had the TouchPad's software innovations and user experience.
Office 365 To Get Skype Integration
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Microsoft will tie Lync Online with the VoIP platform to make it easier for users of either service to communicate with each other.
Cisco Launches App Store For Its Cius Tablet
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
AppHQ lets enterprise IT personnel control app acquisition, installation, and management on Cisco tablet hardware.
Facebook, The New Malware Vector
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
Misplaced trust on the social networking site opens the door for phishers and scammers, and mobile devices could be their next malware distribution channel.
RIM's QNX Problem: Superphone Needed, Clock Ticking
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
Research in Motion is said to have shelved plans for a 10-inch PlayBook, to ship a QNX-based BlackBerry sooner. This is exactly what RIM needs to do.
Cloud Computing: Faster Acquisition Key To Recognizing Value
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Alongside other, similar efforts, a new federal working group is aiming to streamline IT acquisition cycles to facilitate the government's move to the cloud.
Should Your Enterprise Buy Cloud Insurance?
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
IEEE's CIO suggests that FDIC-style insurance may be one way to allay fears among enterprises about the security risks involved with cloud computing.
Office 365: 5 Factors That Swayed One Enterprise
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Hendrick Automotive chose Office 365 over Google Apps and other alternatives. The IT director explains why.
Microsoft Reaps Spoils Of Google Health's Demise
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Microsoft and Google are working behind the scenes to let users of the soon-to-be-retired Google Health site transfer electronic personal health records to Microsoft HealthVault.
Social Media Gets Respect From C-Suite
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Study sponsored by Jive shows executives are exploiting social media for work (or, at least, they think they are), perhaps even more than "millennials."
Updated Toolkit For Health Information Exchanges Arrives
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
eHealth Initiative offers several best practices in the latest version of its health information exchange toolkit.
How To Interview For VP: Expert Advice
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
Increase your chances of landing a VP role using these interview tips and tactics, culled from years of vetting senior IT managers.
Congress Enters Web Videoconferencing Age
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
House of Representatives members now can use Web-based Skype and ooVoo services to conduct official business over the House Wi-Fi network.
Office 365 Vs. Google Apps: Evaluating Email Security
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
What have the cloud suite rivals done to address enterprise email security and related concerns such as compliance?
Air Force To Launch Tactical Spy Satellite
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
The ORS-1 satellite is the first in a new program aimed at getting reconnaissance images and data to warfighters from space more quickly.
5 Reasons Why Google Health Failed
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
What doomed Google's online personal health record system? For starters, consumers haven't bought into the basic idea.
Verizon's LTE 4G Galaxy Tab Priced At $529
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
You can now order the 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which will ship in four to six weeks and cost only a few dollars more than the Wi-Fi version.
How To Set Up New User Accounts In Win 7, Vista
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
If your family shares one or more computers at home, take a cue from the office and set up multiple user accounts.
Sprint Refocuses WiMax For Business
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Fighting a losing battle against Long Term Evolution, Sprint pushes WiMax as quick way to provide broadband to branch offices.
DotCloud: The Cloud's New Developer Hotshot?
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
What does the winner of Structure 2011's startup competition have that Google App Engine, Force.com, and Heroku don't?
HP TouchPad Tablet: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  6/28/2011  | 
The newest competitor in the tablet wars has finally arrived. HP's TouchPad running WebOS is a very compelling hardware and software combination that proves easy to use. It's not completely polished, however. Here's a look at the star features.
Hadoop Big Data Startup Spins Out Of Yahoo
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Startup Hortonworks will bring developers, plus a capital infusion from Yahoo, to speed up development of the open source code for big data analysis.
Why One SMB Uses Google And Microsoft Apps
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Model Metrics has some good reasons for keeping Microsoft Office licenses, even though it dumped hosted Exchange in favor of Gmail and it uses other Google Apps.
Google Unveils Google+ Social Networking Project
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
To compete with Facebook, Google aims to provide intimacy rather than scale, at least initially. Will users like Google's privacy options?
Fring Tops Facetime On iPad
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
Fring's free video chatting software lets iPad users to chat with up to four different people at once.
Microsoft Demonstrates Office 365 Collaboration
Microsoft Demonstrates Office 365 Collaboration
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/28/2011  | 
Office 365ís online services let teams of workers share and edit documents, schedule meetings, and collaborate in real time.
Humana, Allscripts Target EHR Costs
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Humana helps subsidize physicians interested in implementing Allscripts' EHR system.
Quickly Delete Multiple Photos From RIM PlayBook
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Here's how to batch delete BlackBerry photos.
Office 365: 7 Missing Features For Enterprises
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
With its new cloud-based suite, Microsoft is striking back at Google Apps. But consider these shortcomings in key areas.
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