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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 June 2008

Bill Gates Revealed: A Few Things You Didn't Know

6/25/2008
I've had occasion to chat with Bill Gates a number of times over the years, and there's often a point when something unexpected happens. He's been brutally honest, occasionally evasive, and surreptitiously a nice guy. As Gates gets ready to ride off into the software sunset, here are a few anecdotes that stand out.

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New Open Source Tool For Data Quality Control

6/24/2008
Talend has come out with an open source tool for assessing data quality. If you're like most companies, your customer database is junked up with duplicate names with outdated titles and inconsistent information. Talend's Data Profiler brings order to this mess.

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A Look Inside Google Pittsburgh

6/11/2008
On a recent trip to Pittsburgh to meet with tech startups, I stopped by Google's office in the Collaborative Innovation Center on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. In an interview, Google engineering manager Kamal Nigam explains why Google came to Pittsburgh and what it's doing there.

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Penguins, Pirates, Steelers, And Startups

6/5/2008
Pittsburgh is known for its sports teams, three rivers, steel-manufacturing heritage -- and increasingly for its technology innovation. The Penguins' championship bid just ended and the Pirates are in last place, but there are other reasons for "the Burgh" to cheer. A startup incubator has just opened on the city's South Side, and the Gates Center for Computer Science is under construction to the east.

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Computer Science 101: Gates And Google

6/3/2008
A corner of Carnegie Mellon University's normally quiet campus is a noisy mess these days, due to construction of the new Gates Center for Computer Science, a steel-framed building perched high atop concrete columns. The site is only a hundred yards from CMU's Collaborative Innovation Center, home to none other than Google.

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