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posted in November 2009

Black Friday FOR SMBs, Not Just BY SMBs?

Typically, Black Friday is a sales event where companies offer big discounts to consumers to spur sales the day after Thanksgiving. But in today's economy (ITE) companies are also pushing Black Friday to their SMB customers.

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Quark Promote Enters Web-To-Print Market

Buying print services over the Web isn't new, but design-software maker Quark is trying to up the ante with templates that pull together everything from brochures to business cards with a common theme. Oh, and free shipping, too.

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The New Office 2010 Beta: Is Microsoft Winning The Last War?

For most modern businesses, Microsoft Office is the standard for productivity applications. So the arrival of Microsoft 2010 -- now going into beta for release next year -- is big news. But after a couple weeks of working with the new release it seems that Microsoft has done a great job -- of winning the last war.

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Intuit Customer Manager Wants To be Your MyFirstCRM

Intuit Customer Manager, the new customer relationship management app from the small-business powerhouse behind QuickBooks, is coming out of beta. After months of free beta availability, Intuit hopes to sign small businesses with fewer than 20 employees as paying customers.

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IDC Names Top SMB Vendors

Research firm IDC calls out 16 companies that demonstrate innovation in meeting the needs of small and midsize companies in six broad areas. The list includes the usual suspects -- big vendors with broad product lines like HP and IBM -- but also a number of smaller contenders as well.

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Google Offers 16 Terabytes Of Gmail Storage!

I've been relying Gmail as my personal e-mail for more than 5 years now, and I often use it to "store" stuff that I want to be able find later. It's easy to just e-mail things to myself so I know it'll be available from anywhere. And still I'm using only 23% of the 7390 MB that Google now provides for free. Apparently, though, some people need more space, and Google is lowering its prices for additional storage -- offering 20GB for $5 a year -- and boosting available options all the way

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How HP Plans To Rule The SMB World

Vowing to overcome past problems, HP unveils its latest not-so-secret plan for worldwide SMB domination. There's lots to like, but low prices don't seem to be the company's top priority.

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SMBs Loves Them Some Virtualization

Small and midsize businesses may have been a bit late to the virtualization station, but falling prices have them moving quickly to catch up with larger enterprises. So says a recent Gartner survey of companies with 100- 999 employees.

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PayPal Opens Up And Gets Cheaper

At PayPal's inaugural developers conference here in San Francisco, PayPal reiterated its commitment to opening up its technology platform and backed up the promise with new and improved APIs and significant cuts in the prices it charges to process payments. In the long run, this could mean new ways for small and midsize companies to charge customers and even pay their own bills.

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BlackBerry Out-Innovates iPhone, Say SMBs

In a recent survey, almost half (48%) of respondents rated BlackBerry the most innovative smartphone, compared to 29% most impressed with the iPhone. No other platform, including Android, garnered more than 5%. It may not be a big deal, though, because less than a quarter (24%) say they're ready to switch smartphones.

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