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How Will Sean Maloney's Stroke Affect Intel?
Commentary  |  3/2/2010  | 
I called Intel to see if I could get some more detail about the condition of Intel executive vice president--and potential future CEO--Sean Maloney, who suffered a stroke earlier this week. Other than noting that he's expected to fully recover, Intel is being very careful about what it's saying. (It's still being a heck of a lot more forthright than Apple was in the wake of CEO Steve Jobs's liver transplant.) I got a few tea leaves from Intel beyond its public statement, so read on.
Looking for a Virtual Receptionist?
Commentary  |  3/2/2010  | 
Communications has become the lifeblood of small and medium businesses, however, these companies have struggled to deliver the latest features to their employees. In response, j2 Global Communications has taken a cloud computing approach to deliver its eVoice business communications service.
Will HP Buy Struggling Palm?
Commentary  |  3/2/2010  | 
Hewlett-Packard does sell smartphones-just not very many of them, and the numbers are shrinking: $25 million in handheld sales for the quarter ended Jan. 31 versus $57 million in the year-earlier quarter. So now that Palm's stumbling fortunes raise doubts about its ability to survive on its own, would it make sense for HP to jumpstart its smartphone business by buying Palm?
HIMSS: Meaningful Use Goes Over The Top
Commentary  |  3/2/2010  | 
Remember the regulatory rash that broke out several years ago, when every software vendor had just the balm for your HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI, and other compliance problems? At this week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Atlanta, the new compliance is "meaningful use" of electronic medical records, with vendors appealing to healthcare providers and other customers anxious to get their hands on the $793 gazillion (or thereabouts) in promised governmen
Apple: HTC Is Stealing From Us
Commentary  |  3/2/2010  | 
Today Apple filed a lawsuit against competitor HTC. Apple says that HTC is infringing on 20 phone-related patents and CEO Steve Jobs notes that the company is going to act to protect its intellectual property.
Global CIO: SAP's Weakness Is Customer Execution, Exec Says
Commentary  |  3/2/2010  | 
But that view's different from Chairman Plattner's, who recently said innovation's been lacking. What's the real issue for SAP?
Stalker App Crosses Privacy Lines
Commentary  |  3/2/2010  | 
There is a new app that allows you to take a picture of someone and get personal information on them from various social networks. It does this using facial recognition and then matches it against photos on sites like Twitter and Facebook. You can begin to see the possibilities.
My Brush With Sentiment Analysis, Open Source BI and Celebrities in Vegas
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
At TDWI in Vegas last week, I caught a presentation by Bill Baker (formerly of Microsoft, now of Visible Technologies) on social media and sentiment analysis... I also welcomed Pentaho to my BI Bake Off for the first time... And it wouldn't be Vegas without celebrity sightings!
Leaving InformationWeek SMB, And Introducing Enterprise Efficiency!
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
As regular readers of InformationWeek SMB may have noticed, I haven't been around much lately. That's because for the past few weeks, I've been hard at work at a brand new TechWeb "skunkworks" project called Enterprise Efficiency, or E2, which launched last Friday.
Tips For Getting Money To Fund Health IT Projects
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
The government's HITECH stimulus programs promise to reward healthcare providers billions of dollars for the meaningful use of health IT. But those financial incentives don't begin kicking in till 2011. In the meantime, there are ways to get outside funding to help with your initial technology investment.
Small Business Employment On The Upswing
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
According to new data released by Intuit, U.S. small businesses employed more people in February than the month before, continuing an 8-month trend of rising SB employment.
As Government Opens, Ideas Pour In
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
Over the past three weeks, 36 federal agencies and departments have deployed crowd-sourcing technology to let the public weigh in on their open government plans. So far, nearly 1,200 ideas have been posted, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Mathias On Mobility: Skype & Verizon Are Path To 4G
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
The landline/Internet communications services we so depend upon will be available in the mobile world sooner rather than later.
Google Sync Down, Affecting iPhone, WinMo, S60
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
Google Sync, which lets users sync Google's Gmail, calendar and contacts data with their smartphones, is apparently experiencing a glitch. Google has acknowledged the issue and says it is working on a fix.
Akami Optimization Boosts AppRiver Mobile Email Performance
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
Test results indicate up to 50% boost in mobile email performance from Akamai-optimization of AppRiver Secure Hosted Exchange solution.
Announcing The Launch Of Enterprise Efficiency!
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
I can't tell you how excited I am about the launch of Enterprise Efficiency, unique new community where CIOs and other business technology leaders and executive decision makers can share peer guidance, news and analysis, and best practices on the strategic uses of technology in the enterprise.
iPad's Arrival May Be Delayed A Month
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
Scuttlebutt leaking from China indicates a possible hiccup in the impending launch of Apple's iPad. According to sources, a manufacturing snafu has seriously constrained the number of units that will be available, and could push the iPad's debut from March to April.
Microsoft Reaffirms No WinMo7 For WinMo6.5 Devices
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
Microsoft said from the start that Windows Phone 7 would not be compatible with older devices running Windows Mobile 6.5.x. This didn't stop the blogosphere from keeping its fingers crossed that Microsoft's latest mobile platform could trickle down to older phones. To quell rumors, Microsoft has laid down the law.
eBay Kills A Data Center
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
On a dark and stormy San Jose morning, a busload of eBay IT employees plus one axe set out for Sacramento to kill an 8-year-old data center. Later, the team leader shared the gory details: "I reared back and drove an axe through the final remnant of this once complex, powerful and archaic beast of a data center."
Google Wants Android Users To Upgrade To V2.1
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
It looks like Google may be trying to get all of its Android devices in the hands of consumers upgraded to the latest release, 2.1. This should be welcome news to those who have a device with the older 1.6 or even 1.5 release. The bad news is that some devices will require a total wipe first, and that personal data and applications will have to be reloaded.
Dresner Taps the BI 'Wisdom of the Crowds'
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
When Howard Dresner recently pinged me about his new "Wisdom of the Crowds" Business Intelligence Market Survey," I thought it might have something to do with James Surowiecki's book of the same name. Turns out he's just tapping into your experience and wisdom, not further explaining the strength-in-numbers phenomenon...
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