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 John Foley

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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 April 2008

Proclivity's Prediction Software Is In Style

Proclivity Systems, which predicts trends with its e-commerce "predictive engine," is looking like a trendsetter itself. The New York startup has moved into Fifth Avenue office space, and upscale retailer Barneys New York is a reference customer. Founder and CEO Sheldon Gilbert recently took a break from selling software to be photographed for Men's Vogue.

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Microsoft Finally Concedes On Windows-Linux Management

Microsoft's announcement of Linux extensions for Systems Center settles an old debate I once had with Bill Gates. Four years ago, I suggested Microsoft could do a better job at cross-platform management, but Microsoft's chairman wouldn't hear of it. Now, the company is doing just that.

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Vidyo Named Best Startup Of Interop

Vidyo, which began shipping its videoconferencing-over-IP system in March, has just won the startup category in this year's Best Of Interop competition. Vidyo promises to make low-cost, high-quality videoconferencing an option for more companies.

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Yodle Gets Google Seal Of Approval

Online ad firm Yodle has become an authorized reseller of Google AdWords. Yodle specializes in helping small, local businesses -- beauty salons, landscapers, and limo companies, for instance -- place online ads and convert them into customers.

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Google Veteran To Start Venture Fund

David Hirsch, one of the guys who helped establish Google's New York City presence, is about to launch a New York-based venture angel fund that invests in tech startups. Hirsch's Metamorphic Venture will focus on interactive media and mobile technologies.

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Microsoft Versus Salesforce-Google

Microsoft senior VP Chris Capossela was spitting bullets yesterday when asked about the recently announced Salesforce For Google Apps. "Opportunistic," "uninteresting," and "publicity stunt" were just some of the terms he used to describe the competitive move.

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10 Tips For Starting A Startup

Budding entrepreneurs mingled with startup veterans at a meeting this week hosted by the Pittsburgh chapter of TiE, a national association that promotes entrepreneurship and innovation. You could read volumes on how to start a company, but nothing's more valuable than talking to people who have done it. Here are some do's and don'ts from the TiE meeting.

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Open Source For Wall Street

Open source software company Marketcetera has secured $4 million in Series A funding. The startup is developing a software stack, due for general release later this year, for automated financial trading.

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New Capacity Analyzer For VMware

VKernel was launched last year to help IT departments track usage of VMware servers and charge business units for the virtual resources they consume. The startup's Capacity Bottleneck Analyzer, which handles the first part of that problem, is due to ship later this week.

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Mojix To Push RFID Limits

After four years of development, Mojix is about to introduce an RFID system that promises to overcome some of the technical barriers that have hampered RFID's adoption. The company claims its Mojix Star system is more accurate and works at greater distances than other passive RFID systems.

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What's In A Name? That Which We Call A Rose ...

In uttering those words, Shakespeare's Juliet makes the point that a name is less important than the person or thing it represents. If so, why are so many startups changing their names? Something is rotten in the state of California.

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Everything You Need To Know About Tech Startups

Venture capital firms invested $29.4 billion last year, pumping $5.3 billion into software companies, $4.6 billion into Internet companies, and billions more into telecom, IT services, and networking companies. How can you keep up with all the new ideas, product development, and emerging companies on the receiving end of that money? Here's my list of online resources.

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