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Bob Evans is senior VP, communications, for Oracle Corp. He is a former InformationWeek editor.
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posted in July 2010

American Airlines Goes iPhone But Flunks Alphabet

American Airlines has rolled out a new iPhone app that promises to offer everything (except on-time arrivals) from E-check-ins to seat assignments to monitoring upgrades but the, uh, fly in the ointment seems to be that it won't let you log in unless your American Advantage membership number contains at least one letter. The problem is, many don't.

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SuccessFactors Revenue Nears $200M As SaaS Grows Up

While's the unquestioned SaaS revenue leader, Taleo, RightNow, NetSuite and SuccessFactors are all closing in on annual run rates of $200 million. With SuccessFactors this week reporting 27% quarterly revenue growth to $46.8 million, these and other high-growth SaaS vendors have proven they've got industrial-strength enterprise chops.

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The Best-Paid CEOs Of The Decade: Ellison #1

Larry Ellison was the top-earning CEO of the decade across all industries, the Wall Street Journal reports, with total income of $1.836 billion. Apple's Steve Jobs came in fourth at $748.8 million. For Ellison, Jobs, and others, it's surprising-shocking?-to see how a $100 investment in each company's stock performed over that same decade.

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IBM Failed Us Big Time, Says Texas

Citing massive turnover among IBM employees, failure to back up data appropriately, and a high-profile server crash that is jeopardizing the state's ability to pursue several fraud investigations, the state of Texas has put IBM on 30-day notice of possible termination of their $863 million services contract. Texas claims 16 separate instances where IBM has defaulted on its obligations, says

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Cisco Picks Brazil As Next Frontier

With 6,000 employees and a full complement of Indian and non-Indian execs in place at its Globalization Centre East in Bangalore, Cisco has selected its "next frontier" on its journey to become a truly global company: Brazil.

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Cashing Out Via IBM, Not IPO

Two high-growth privately held firms that IBM has snapped up this year were tracking toward IPOs but instead elected to take IBM's all-cash offers. The 451 Group says the IBM-acquisition cashouts proved far richer-and quicker-for Initiate Systems and BigFix than going public would have.

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Hewlett-Packard Layoffs Could Trigger Strikes In U.K.

After narrowly averting strikes among its Enterprise Services division in the U.K. earlier this year, Hewlett-Packard could face more labor unrest there following word that 934 HP professional-services employees based in England will be losing their jobs. A union representing the HP employees is seeking for "a job security guarantee."

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iPad Gets Raves At Wells Fargo

Apple might not be targeting its iPad at business users, but businesspeople are certainly targeting it. The situation's gotten so intense at Wells Fargo that a senior VP leading an iPad trial can't get her hands on one-her boss took the one intended for her, according to

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