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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 July 2007

Marc Andreessen's Next Big Thing? Cover Your Eyes

7/24/2007
Now that Hewlett-Packard is buying Opsware for $1.65 billion (some $138 million of which goes into his pocket), Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen will be devoting more time to Ning, a Web startup for creating your own social networks. My first visit to the site was an eye opener -- as in, I couldn't believe what I saw there.

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The Promise Of Data Warehousing Made Easy

7/23/2007
Is it possible to build a multi-terabyte data warehouse in less than an hour? That's the pitch made by two-year-old Dataupia, which today revealed partnerships with AMD, Informatica, and a dozen other tech companies. But if it sounds too good to be true, well, you know.

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Adding Value Beyond 'Free'

7/16/2007
Spiceworks' customer base has more than tripled since the beginning of the year, from 30,000 to 100,000 users, a testament to the promise of ad-supported software. Its next challenge: Going from free to indispensable.

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Microsoft's Ginormous Software Business

7/11/2007
At Microsoft's annual partners conference Tuesday, attendees were barraged with numbers meant to impress them about the sheer size of Microsoft's business and the market opportunities its scale represents for them. Merriam-Webster just added "ginormous," a combination of gigantic and enormous, to its dictionary. It's a word befitting the world of Microsoft.

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New Tool For Snooping On Employees Who Blog

7/10/2007
A small company in the Rochester, N.Y., area is about to launch Web monitoring technology that's touted as a way to keep companies out of hot water as more employees author Weblogs and wikis. Experience shows that businesses are well advised to pay attention to what employees post online, but Techrigy's technology (part software, part service) sounds like corporate oversight taken a step too far.

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IT Rediscovers Novelty, The Venture-Backed Muse

7/6/2007
Bright ideas are easy to come by in the tech industry. Wrapping business models around them, and getting budget-pinched, risk-averse IT pros to buy in-that's been much harder. But after years of slamming the door on tech entrepreneurs, IT execs are once again warming up to their pitches. What's changed? Businesses, it turns out, can't live on legacy systems and cost cutting alone.

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