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  • Opinion: The footballer, the mistress, and the social network

    What does the case of the super-injunction-toting, Twitter-baiting footballer mean for freedom of expression on the internet?

  • Opinion: Day 22: What If You Can't Connect to Google Docs?

    We have gotten through three weeks of 30 Days With...Google Docs. We are entering the home stretch of the project, and we haven't addressed one of the most crucial questions to ask when considering Google Docs--what do you do when you can't connect to Google Docs?

  • Opinion: Supply Chain in the Cloud - Looking Beyond TCO

    I have had a significant number of conversations recently about cloud, and how it applies specifically to the supply chain. OK, not all that surprising, after all, along with mobility, cloud is very much at the apex of the hype cycle. Yet if one looks beyond the hype, cloud offers the potential to not only transform how supply chain organizations procure IT capabilities, but also to fundamentally change how they manage business processes. Certainly I do not wish to 'over-egg' the omelet here, or suggest that this will happen tomorrow, but it is coming -- and perhaps faster than we might appreciate.

  • Opinion: Amazon Trade-in: The Best Deal for Selling Used Gadgets?

    You might've heard that Amazon has expanded its trade-in program, and will now pay for used gadgets with gift cards. What you might not know is that Amazon isn't the only retailer who buys back old electronics.

  • Opinion: Oracle Cross-Channel Commerce Platform

    In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that -- when used in tandem -- have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.

  • Opinion: A Fly in the Ointment: Pricing Algorithms Run Amuck

    I'm starting a large research project on pricing. So naturally Ron Kleinman's April 24th post on the ARTS's (Association for Retail Technology Standards) Linkedin Group, "When pricing algorithms collide...it isn't pretty", caught my eye. It reminded me of the value of business rules in pricing, the common sense these rules should instantiate, and the danger of running algorithmic price optimization in a "lights out" fashion.

  • Opinion: Oracle Cross-Channel Commerce Platform=Retail+Siebel+ATG

    In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that -- when used in tandem -- have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.

  • Opinion: Amazon Adds Electronics to Trade-In Program

    Amazon has expanded its product trade-in program to include electronics, so if you're saddled with obsolete or unwanted gadgets -- including tablets, smartphones, MP3 players, digital cameras, GPS units, and more -- you can unload them for Amazon.com gift certificates.

  • Opinion: Google Won't Dabble in Facial Recognition Search System

    Google will not be building a facial recognition search system, even though facial recognition technology is quickly advancing. According to The Telegraph, Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, believes the "surprising accuracy" of facial recognition technology is "very concerning."

  • Opinion: Day 18: Google Docs Translations Don't Make Sense

    One of the features touted by Google for Google Docs is the ability to easily translate documents into 53 different languages. For day 18 of 30 Days With...Google Docs I decided to put those translations to the test.

  • Opinion: Getting the nation online

    500,000 web newbies have logged on since August last year – giving hope to the national campaign fighting to get everyone online by 2012.

  • Opinion: Day 17: Uploading Folders of Data to Google Docs

    I need access to my files. 17 days into the 30 Days With...Google Docs process may seem a bit late, but with each passing day I am finding more and more that I need all of the files I normally work with in my Documents folder in Windows 7 on my local computer to be available to me in Google Docs.

  • Opinion: Bing, Facebook Deepen Ties, Threaten Google +1

    Microsoft has unveiled a deeper conglomerate of Bing and Facebook that harvests the power of the social Web, one year after forming a partnership to take "social search" to the next level.

  • Opinion: Day 16: Forms, Surveys Made Simple in Google Docs

    Here we are on day 16 of the 30 Days With...Google Docs project. Having spent the last couple days describing the Discussions feature, and describing the pros and cons of my experience trying to use Google Docs Discussions, we are now going to move on and look at the forms feature of Google Docs and some of the ways it can be used.

  • Opinion: Baby Named After Facebook 'Like' Button

    An Israeli couple has reportedly named their baby daughter "Like," after Facebook's Like button.

  • Opinion: Dropbox Drops the Ball on Data Security

    Dropbox, a provider of cloud-based data storage services, is in hot water with the Federal Trade Commission over claims that it lied and intentionally deceived customers into believing that their data is more private and secure than it really is. Whether Dropbox was deliberately misleading, or just failed to clearly communicate policy changes, the complaint filed with the FTC illustrates concerns over online data security.

  • Opinion: EMC - Box Alliance Provides Needed Cloud Safety Net

    EMC and Box.net announced a deeper partnership that gives customers a stepping stone to embrace the benefits of the cloud without risking it all. The hybrid approach of EMC Documentum combined with Box.net in the cloud delivers both peace of mind and flexibility at the same time.

  • Opinion: Moving to the Cloud Isn't for Everyone: What to Consider

    Turning to Internet services instead of in-house servers appeals to companies seeking lean, mobile operations. The "cloud" is a hot buzzword, but moving the bulk of your infrastructure and data there isn't right for every business. Most small companies plug along with a mix of on-site and off-site hardware and software. For some organizations, maintaining in-house servers is crucial.

  • Opinion: Simple Hack Brings Hulu to Motorola Xoom

    No matter what brand you have, tablets are pretty cool. They're pretty useful for not only mobile-style gaming, but productivity such as checking e-mails. One really beneficial use that some tablets are still lacking however are TV or movie-streaming apps, such as Hulu.

  • Opinion: Netflix, Miramax Sign Deal - Finally, Decent Programming

    If you've exhausted the decent content on Netflix Instant Watch and are now relegated to endless low-budget horror sequels and the straight-to-DVD dregs, here's some good news: the long-awaited deal between Netflix and Miramax has been sealed, and classic content is on its way.



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