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Military Tweets News From War Zone

Last month, the Pentagon began using a newly opened Twitter account to deliver on-the-ground news of events in Afghanistan, and the channel has begun to pick up traction. Like all Twitter messages, the military dispatches are short and to the point. A recent tweet, for instance, reported that "Afgha...

Windows 7 Starter Breaks Away From App Restrictions

In a departure from what it did with Windows XP and Windows Vista, Microsoft has decided to give users of Window 7 Starter on small notebook PCs -- netbooks -- the ability to run as many applications simultaneously as they would like. The original plan had been to limit users of the Windows 7 Starte...

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Riding Out the Storm: Q&A With Information Builders CEO Gerry Cohen

Business Intelligence has evolved considerably in the last several years. At one time the domain of PhDs or other highly trained employees, it has become accessible to the masses. Indeed, one of the competitive differentiators among the vendors in the market -- from the huge stack players to the sma...

Obama Outlines Serious New Cybersecurity Strategies

President Barack Obama held a press conference on Friday to announce the creation of a new White House office of cybersecurity, helmed by a chief who will report to the National Security Council and the National Economic Council. That person has not yet been named, but speculation is rampant that it...

Inventory Management on a Shoestring

Fidelitone Logistics works with large retailers to manage their inventories and ship consumer goods worldwide. Mike Schoenfeld, an executive VP at Fidelitone, recently gave a group of executives from a venture capital firm a tour of the company's operations. No, the VC model hasn't changed so radica...

Time Warner Unburdens Itself of AOL

Time Warner is officially releasing AOL from its parentage. A year after announcing its intention to separate from the struggling unit, Time Warner said Thursday the time had come. The company, which owns 95 percent of AOL, will buy out the 5 percent stake that Google owns -- and has already said it...

Avaya Steers Toward Fertile Mid-Market

Avaya is redoubling its efforts to gain traction in the mid-market, a neglected but potentially very lucrative niche for contact center providers. To that end, Avaya has acquired Agile Software, the company from which it had been OEM-ing its main mid-market solution, Avaya Contact Center Express. Wi...

Rumor: Microsoft Betting Big Bucks on Bing

There are more signs that the unveiling of Microsoft's revamped Live Search -- codenamed "Kumo" during its development phase -- is at hand. It's been widely speculated that Steve Ballmer will introduce it this week at the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference. Rumors about the launc...

The Cloud’s Mix ‘n’ Match Muddle

Cloud computing is a hot tech growth category that shows no signs of cooling. These are still early days, though, and companies that are experimenting with this computing model are doing so in a piecemeal fashion, or on a case-by-case basis. The result, for some firms, is a mishmash of IT functiona...

Microsoft Ditches EC Oral Hearing Plans in a Huff

Microsoft has withdrawn its request for an oral hearing over the latest antitrust charges levied against it by the European Commission. An oral hearing in the case is voluntary, and whether one is held should, theoretically, not impact its outcome. However, the EC's apparent inflexibility in accomm...

No More Mr. Nice Guy for Craigslist

After weeks of striking a conciliatory and cooperative tone, Craigslist is going on the offensive in the controversy over its erotic services section. Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster filed a complaint in a federal court in South Carolina, seeking declaratory relief and a restraining order against the ...

The Supply Chain Gang, Part 2: Man vs. Metal

Recent developments in robotics are promising to reshape supply chain fundamentals. Specifically, robotic devices are improving warehouse operations to a degree unforeseen only a short while ago, by automating a slew of repetitive, difficult and usually monotonous tasks. Applying this technology t...

Will Kumo Find Google’s Search Soft Spots?

It's difficult to imagine Google -- the market maker and breaker of all things online-search related -- ever being dislodged from its perch as king of the hill. If there were a company that could do so, it would most likely be another market maker -- say, Microsoft. To be sure, Microsoft has made a ...

Facebook Knocks Down Another Single Sign-On Hurdle With OpenID Adoption

Facebook is adding support for OpenID to its Web site, allowing users access to the social media sign-on platform. Facebook is the standard's largest relaying party -- that is, the largest Web site accepting log-ins from OpenID. The move is beneficial to Facebook because a great many of its users ar...

The Supply Chain Gang, Part 1: Robots on the March

Zappos, online shoe emporium extraordinaire, has been expanding its line of merchandise in recent years -- offering clothes, watches and other jewelry, and even housewares. For the consumer, the shift has appeared effortless -- just more categories to explore on the Web site. Behind the scenes, thou...

AT&T Floats New Data Storage SaaS Play

AT&T is expanding its cloud computing product line with a storage play aimed at enterprise users who want to access data via their laptops, smartphones and other Web-accessible devices. Called "Synaptic Storage as a Service AT&T," it is a joint offering with EMC that gives users access to th...

AT&T Floats New Data Storage SaaS Play

AT&T is expanding its cloud computing product line with a storage play aimed at enterprise users who want to access data via their laptops, smartphones and other Web-accessible devices. Called "Synaptic Storage as a Service AT&T," it is a joint offering with EMC that gives users access to th...

AT&T Floats New Data Storage SaaS Play

AT&T is expanding its cloud computing product line with a storage play aimed at enterprise users who want to access data via their laptops, smartphones and other Web-accessible devices. Called "Synaptic Storage as a Service AT&T," it is a joint offering with EMC that gives users access to th...

Building a 21st Century Platform: Q&A With Consona CEO Jeff Tognoni

Consona offers a line of enterprise resource management and customer relationship management software that is made up of parts that are more recognizable than the whole. Remember Onyx? It belongs to Consona. Same with Knova and, more recently, SupportSoft. Over the last few years, Consona has been s...

Amazon Takes One Small Step Toward Monetizing Online Content

Amazon has opened another front in its push to establish the Kindle as the dominant e-reader in the market. The company is allowing bloggers to offer their posts in a subscription format via the Kindle store. The program is currently in beta. Bloggers can sign up for an account right now, however, b...

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