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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.
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.
'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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
SharePoint's Rivals Aren't Giving Ground
Features  |  10/30/2008  | 
They're attacking this broad market with more focused products.
Can Microsoft Keep SharePoint Rolling?
Features  |  10/30/2008  | 
Its all-in-one approach to collaboration is winning over companies. But that can cause its own problems.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nexaweb Builds Framework To Migrate Legacy Apps To Web
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
In addition to Visual Basic, PowerBuilder and other scripting language applications, the company's Reference Framework can modernize some Cobol and C++ applications as well.
SAS Offers 101 on Voice Mining
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
Manya Mayes of SAS has written a helpful introductory paper on audio analytics, "Tune into the Voice of Your Customer with Voice Mining." The technology and techniques described have applications for e-discovery, intelligence, and rich-media search. Given coverage of distinctive characteristics of speech and of analytical concerns that include BI integration, Manya's paper merits a look for anyone who works with audio data.
Oracle Acquiring Haley To Bolster Government Contracts
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Oracle said it will combine the Haley policy platform with Oracle's existing ERP and Siebel CRM applications to create the first packaged software for social services agencies.
In an Economic Maelstrom, How Bad is Your Performance Management?
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
It's obvious to everyone that we are in turbulent times as economic challenges rattle the globe. The question is whether the post-mortem analysis and diagnosis of the causes and symptoms of this mess will focus on the right areas and help minimize future failures... Let's be honest. Organizations have not managed their businesses using systems to understand current performance and risk in a common, enterprisewide fashion.
Windows 7-Powered Coffee Makers On The Way
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Microsoft says its newest operating system will be used to control embedded systems.
12 Easy Ways To Cut Your Company's Tech Costs Now!
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
These days, everyone's talking about saving money on technology, but where do you start? To help, bMighty.com has put together a slide show with a dozen practical ways to shave a few bucks off your IT budget without impacting productivity.
$5.5 Million BlackBerry Fund Invests In Future Mobile Harvest
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Recipients Digby, Buzzd, and WorldMate are expected to build applications that will show up on RIM's application store next March.
SAP Global Operations CEO Cites Steep Drop In Customer Buying
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
SAP will boost sales with new software packages to help businesses weather the tough economy, McDermott said, while predicting Oracle's "Frankenstein operation" will scare off software buyers.
Google Continues Mad Scientist Act With Labs For Google Apps
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
In keeping with its preference for rapid-fire releases, Google unveiled a set of experimental features to encourage third-party developers to create enhancements for its productivity suite.
OpenOffice.Org 3 Downloads: Windows Way In The Lead
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
In what probably comes as a surprise only to people who haven't been following trends in open source recently, the vast majority of people who've grabbed OpenOffice.org 3.0 in its official release are Windows users. Out of 3-plus million downloads in the first week or so, almost 2.5 million of those were for the Win32 edition of OO.o.

Microsoft Office 14 To Include Web Apps
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
The software maker has yet to set a release date, but industry watchers say the online suite could be available next year.
First Look: Microsoft's Windows 7
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Screen shots of the Vista successor, which was distributed as a beta at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles.
Windows 7 A Good Fit For Netbooks
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Microsoft's next operating system appears slim enough to board ultraportable PCs, which are gaining in popularity.
From Here to Agility: Ron Ross on Rules
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
Ron Ross kicked off this week's Business Rules Forum with a keynote called From Here to Agility; agility, of course, is one of the key reasons that you consider implementing business rules, whether in the context of BPM or other applications... He spoke convincingly about Tom Davenport's conclusion that automated decisioning will be the next competitive battleground for organizations...
Popular Digital Media Site Has Oracle Working Behind Scenes
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Interactive One hopes to expand its Web sites next year by adding one for each of its radio stations, while consolidating physical servers from 260 down to 120.
Yahoo Introduces Social Developer Platform
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Over the coming months, Yahoo expects newly developed social applications to make the experience of using Yahoo more like Facebook or MySpace.
Microsoft's $250 Million Check To Calif. Remains Mostly Untouched
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The grants stem from a class action lawsuit filed in 1999, claiming that Microsoft overcharged for software bought between February 1995 and December 2001.
Lenovo Unveils Netbook For Education Market
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The computer maker also announced two ThinkCentre business desktops with remote power management features.
Review: HTC G1 Android Phone
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
T-Mobile is expected to sell nearly half a million Google phones by year end. Does the first Android smartphone live up to the hype?
Microsoft Office Headed To The Web
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Microsoft plans to introduce online versions of its most popular desktop applications.
Wal-Mart To Sell Discounted G1
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Customers will be able to snatch up the Android-powered handset for about $150 at 550 Wal-Mart stores.
Apple's Controversial iPhone Developer Agreement Published
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The restrictive terms of the old iPhone SDK Agreement effectively prevented iPhone developers from discussing their coding work with anyone other than project team members.
Windows 7 Beta Due In Early 2009
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Microsoft says the next version of its franchise OS will feature improved compatibility and will be more user friendly than Vista.
Google's Gmail Gets Gadgets
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
In October alone, Gmail gained emoticons for messages, Gmail for mobile version 2.0, canned responses, contact manager improvements, advanced IMAP controls, and Mail Goggles.
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