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  • News: Microsoft-Skype: A Win for Facebook, Loss for Google

    Microsoft announced today that it purchased Skype for $8.5 billion. After a week of speculation about a possible acquisition by either Facebook or Google, the Microsoft news has shocked the tech world and stolen Google's thunder on the opening day of Google's I/O conference.

  • Opinion: Let's Talk Social CRM Strategy

    The announcement early last week (May 2nd) of Salesforce.com's completion of the acquisition of social media analytics company, Radian6, stirred some thoughts I've had on the long term trajectory of socialytics and social CRM. I gave my overview of what I thought this acquisition meant when Salesforce.com announced its intent to purchase Radian6. (See it here) Since Salesforce.com hasn't been at liberty to divulge specific plans or to begin work with Radian6, details are still to come.

  • News: Music Beta by Google to Launch Without Licenses

    Google's long-awaited cloud-based music player, Music Beta by Google, will launch today at the company's Google I/O conference, according to Billboard. The service will be free for US users lucky enough to get an invite from Google, with priority given to those with the Verizon version of the Motorola Xoom tablet and to attendees of the I/O conference. Unfortunately, Google didn't come to a license agreement with the major music publishers -- much like Amazon failed to get publishers' blessings with the launch of the [Amazon Cloud

  • News: The Witcher 2 ready for release

    The sequel to CD Projekt Red's excellent RPG is releasing on May 17, and distributors are gearing up for its release with a variety of pre-order options.

  • News: Adobe releases new Photoshop iPad apps

    Adobe got creative juices flowing last month when it teased new iPad apps designed to work hand-in-hand with its new Creative Suite 5.5. The updated suite began shipping last week, and the iPad apps are now available in the App Store.

  • News: Most companies skimp on third-party code checks, study finds

    Despite all of the talk surrounding the importance of software quality, a study released today shows few companies are walking the secure development walk.

  • News: Microsoft hopes to bring Skype support to Xbox Live users

    Xbox live users look set to be given the ability to use Skype from within the online gaming service following Microsoft's acquisition of the VoIP service.

  • News: iPad cannibalization talk crazy, says analyst

    Apple's iPad hasn't materially affected consumer PC sales, as some have claimed, according to survey data compiled by the NPD Group.

  • How-Tos: How to surf the web more quickly in Windows 2000

    I run Windows 2000 and Ubuntu on a dual-boot machine. In Ubuntu, using Firefox 3.0, my download speed is around 6 megabits per second (Mbps); in Windows 2000, it's just 0.9Mbps. The upload speed isn't affected, and I get about 0.7Mbps from both operating systems. I've checked these figures repeatedly over several days. I use the TalkTalk Essentials package and a wired connection. Can you offer a fix?

  • News: Karelia Software launches Sandvox 2

    Karelia Software has released Sandvox 2.0, an upgrade to its visual Website design software. The new version includes more than 60 new features and enhancements designed to make the Website builder more flexible.

  • Opinion: Emergency Text Messages Coming to Cellphones

    In case of disaster, wireless carriers will soon alert your cellphone by emergency text message.

  • News: Microsoft, Skype Deal: A Consumer FAQ

    Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion, and the Windows maker says it will integrate Skype with many existing Microsoft products and services. The company also plans to maintain Skype's stand-alone clients for non-Microsoft platforms such as Mac OS X and Linux.

  • News: EMC's Tucci sees hybrid cloud becoming de facto standard

    EMC has planted its development and acquisition future in the cloud, calling for increased development of open-source Web-based applications and MapReduce technologies to help mine unstructured data.

  • LG Optimus 3D Android smartphone

    LG has released further details of its Optimus 3D handset. The Android smartphone is due to go onsale in Europe early this summer.

  • News: Lawyer chasing net pirates fined just £1,000 for data breach

    A lawyer who sent 'bullying' letters to Brits accused of illegal filesharing has been fined just £1,000 by the Information Commissioner for a data breach after claiming he cannot afford the full £200,000 penalty.

  • News: The Trouble with Coding Across the Clouds, Part 2

    Even the best cloud applications offer only one native development language for business logic. What if you really need to leverage software assets in another language? It's not as simple as just using another cloud's code.

  • News: Akamai and Riverbed team to speed hybrid cloud performance

    Riverbed and Akamai are teaming up to offer technology and services that promise to optimize WAN traffic more effectively when it travels between corporate data centers and cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) providers.

  • News: Do You Know What Your Kids Are Doing Online?

    Do you remember those public service announcements that pointedly asked, "It's 10 p.m.; do you know where your children are?" Well, in 2011 your children might be safely home, sitting in their room--but thanks to PCs, laptops, smartphones, and tablets, they can still be at risk. Now, you need to know where your children are--not just physically, but also in cyberspace.The threats they face while online are twofold:

  • News: Why Is People Search So Lame?

    Searching Google for John Q. Public in Alabama or Jane Q. Citizen in Massachusetts? Good luck. A proliferation of data brokers, people search engines, and social networks have made the task of finding a person's phone number and address via a Google search (or a search on any other major search engine) a minefield of less-than-useful links.

  • Opinion: Google I/O Mega-Conference: No Ticket? No Problem

    Google I/O, the big developers' conference sold out in record time. You're missed out on tickets, but so what? Stop kicking yourself, ignore the hype, and attend virtually. Here's all you need to know.



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