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On Pi, Paper Penguins and FOSS’ Regal Potential

It's been a relatively quiet few days on the Linux blogs, and it seems safe to assume that at least part of that lull is due to the mind-numbing cold affecting many of us here in the Northern Hemisphere. The jollidays are at least behind us once more, but now there's the prospect of day after day of...

ANALYSIS

Closing the Customer Visibility Circle

Whether driven by lack of product differentiation, customer demand for better service, or simply the need to improve the prospect/customer experience, companies are seeking to better understand their customers in order to more effectively acquire and retain business. Yet recent Aberdeen research sho...

Google Puts Its Foot Down With China

The discovery of a series of cyberattacks from China targeting Google and other companies has prompted the Internet giant to threaten that it may pull out of the country. Recent "highly sophisticated and targeted" attacks on Google's corporate infrastructure "and the surveillance they have uncovered...

Facebook Partners With McAfee to Chase Out the Rats It Let In

Facebook has partnered with McAfee to improve the social network's security measures. The arrangement will have McAfee remotely clean up Facebook subscribers' PCs if the social networking site detects that the computer is infected. These subscribers will also see an ad for a six-month free subscript...

Free Storage Lures Consumers to Google’s Big Desktop in the Sky

Google is continuing its march to put the desktop on the Web, with its offer to store files as large as 250 MB in Google Docs. Google is offering 1 GB of free storage for files that are not converted into one of the Google Docs formats -- such as Google documents, spreadsheets or presentation. If mo...

EXPERT ADVICE

Sidestepping Swindlers in the New M-Commerce Frontier

As the number, power and flexibility of mobile devices has increased, so has their use for shopping. In 2008, a Nielsen survey found that 9 million people in the United States "have used their mobile phone to pay for goods or services," and many more expect to do so soon. In a 2009 survey by Deloitt...

EXPERT ADVICE

Top 8 Enterprise Server Predictions for 2010

Although the enterprise server market has been among the hardest hit by the suffering economy, there is reason to be hopeful as 2009 draws to a close. I'd like to take a moment to share eight predictions of what we can look forward to in 2010 -- trends that have the potential to dramatically change ...

Jaspersoft Builds Up Its BI Brawn

Jaspersoft on Tuesday released its latest offering aimed at helping businesses make sense of the piles of data they accumulate on a regular basis. The new Jaspersoft Enterprise Edition provides organizations with a package of business analytics and reporting functionalities. It announced the availab...

INSIGHTS

The Next Big, Green Thing in CRM

News that the economy shed an additional 85,000 jobs in December is enough to put a damper on any New Year's celebration, and it was a sobering reminder as we trudged back to work in January that we are only in the early stages of a recovery. Just to review, we know that employment is a lagging indi...

Tiny Electric Cars Get a Jumbo Jolt of Hype at Detroit Auto Show

Rock down to "Electric Avenue" at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, and you might think that sales of battery-powered cars were going to take the industry higher sooner rather than later. Twenty models from automakers large and small get their own 37,000 square-fo...

VigLink Aims to Turn Hyperlinks Into Gold

A startup developer of technology that helps publishers better connect sales with affiliate marketers has closed on seed funding from First Round Capital, Google Ventures, and such individual investors as LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman. The financing for the company, VigLink, will be used to take the...

Tech Sector Primed for Comeback in 2010

The global IT market will see better days in 2010 as signs point to the beginnings of a worldwide economic recovery, according to a report from Forrester Research. Global IT spending will grow 8.1 percent, while IT spending in the United States will climb 6.6 percent, according to the study. Large e...

TSA Isn’t Telling the Whole Truth About Scanners, Charges Privacy Group

Pushback against the deployment at airports of digital image scanners that show people's naked images through their clothes is gaining steam, bolstered by the Electronic Privacy Information Center's publication of government documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The U.S. Departme...

EXPERT ADVICE

The Legal Thicket of Federated Identity Management

In this age of phishing, hacking, identity fraud, and other forms of cybercrime, answering two simple questions -- "Who are you?" and "How can you prove it?" -- is fast becoming a critical requirement for all online business activities. Moreover, solving this "identity management" challenge has beco...

EXPERT ADVICE

There’s More Than One Way to Plug Enterprise Data Leaks

Data leakage prevention is a topic that has been getting a lot of attention lately. Keeping sensitive data from leaving the network has quickly risen to the top of many IT and compliance officers' lists of priorities. DLP will likely be the first thing most organizations spend their 2010 information...

As Nexus One Goes, So Goes Android?

When Google unveiled its wildly hyped Nexus One phone last week, it described the device as more than just another Android smartphone. Rather, it dubbed the new handset as one of an emerging class known as "superphones" and "an exemplar of what's possible on mobile phones through Android," as vice p...

EXPERT ADVICE

Cloud CRM: Ready, Steady, Roll It Out

SaaS and cloud solutions continue to represent key drivers in the CRM market, up from 8 percent of the CRM market in 2005 to 20 percent of the market in 2008, according to Gartner. SaaS and cloud CRM solutions spurred the evolution of computing -- with no more software installations, no infrastruct...

Zuckerberg: Facebook Is Helping People Avoid All That Unwanted Privacy

Just a month ago, Facebook overhauled the privacy settings for its 350 million or so users and was targeted in an FTC complaint as a result -- yet company CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday suggested that online privacy has faded in importance in recent years. "When we got started in my dorm room at Harv...

Roxxxy Sexbot: It’s Not Her Looks, It’s Her Personalities

The real world has finally caught up with the concept of a sex robot, something that's been immortalized in films ranging from "Westworld" to "A.I." and the fembots of "Austin Powers." And where else but the 2010 Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas would that vision be realized in the five-foot-se...

Microsoft Asks for Rehearing as Word Injunction Takes Effect

Microsoft is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for a rehearing of its affirmation in December of a lower court's jury verdict that Microsoft infringed on patents held by a Toronto-based company, i4i. While awaiting the court's decision, though, Microsoft has scrambled to compl...

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