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John Foley is director, strategic communications, for Oracle Corp. and a former editor of InformationWeek Government.
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posted in March 2008

Helpstream Helps Those Who Help Themselves

3/26/2008
Self-service customer support sounds like an oxymoron, but Helpstream insists that it doesn't have to be. The company, which recently secured $8.6 million in series B venture funding, has developed help desk and customer support software that brings together communities of users to assist each other.

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Web 2.0 Development For The Common Man

3/25/2008
Talk about tilting at windmills. WaveMaker CEO Chris Keene is challenging Microsoft's Visual Studio while simultaneously pointing out the drawbacks of Java development. Keene may be suffering delusions of grandeur--or perhaps he's onto something.

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The Google Of Peer To Peer?

3/21/2008
Tiversa, a five-year-old company based in Pittsburgh, specializes in knowing what kind of content is being shared over peer-to-peer networks. Until now, it's concentrated on helping businesses find and fix data leaks caused by file-sharing users. But Tiversa's got other plans for its technology, including working with advertisers to understand and respond to user activity on P2P networks.

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PacketTrap Goes Pro

3/17/2008
Network management startup PacketTrap has introduced a professional-grade version of its pt360 Tool Suite for network monitoring and diagnostics. The product is aimed at midsize companies, but seems to have caught on with some large corporations, too.

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Splunk CEO Explains Platform Strategy

3/11/2008
Splunk has introduced a new version of its IT search engine, one that exposes APIs and common services so users, developers, and partners can tie in their own applications. "We're opening up the basic platform," says CEO Michael Baum.

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Chronicle Of A Startup: The Funding Question

3/5/2008
I got good advice from Silicon Valley investors about Project Melville, my stealth-mode Web business, but no money. Everyone agreed my best bet is to bootstrap it. In other words, don't quit my day job, eat brown bag lunches, and pull in a few friends as roll-up-your-shirtsleeves partners.

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Software 2008's Innovation Showcase

3/4/2008
Event planners for the Software 2008 conference, to be held April 29-30 in Las Vegas, have extended the application deadline for companies interested in participating in the event's Innovation Showcase. The Innovation Showcase has emerged as one of the premier venues for startups and established software companies alike to unveil compelling new products and services.

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Google's Iowa Data Center Emerges

3/4/2008
On the site of a former drive-in movie theater in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a new Google data center is approaching the midpoint of a two-year construction project. The data center will eventually house thousands of servers, in effect becoming Google's Midwest nerve center.

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Marc Andreessen On Barack Obama

3/3/2008
On his Pmarca blog today, Marc Andreessen comes out in support of Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Andreessen bases his endorsement on a private 90-minute meeting last year in which, he says, Obama "grilled him" on the impact social networking would have on politics.

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InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
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