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Novell means to create an open source apps store chockablock with free software that can be uploaded in a click, according to PC Pro. The British publication talked to Novell’s VP of business development Holger Dryoff. Apparently it’s aimed mostly at the netbook market where Novell pla...
The initial response to Bing, Microsoft’s new 10-day-old search engine, is favorable. According to comScore, Microsoft’s share of U.S. searches was up two points from 9.1% to 11.1% after a week and Microsoft’s penetration of daily searchers went from 13.8% to 15.5%. Now the trick is to...
With over 50,000 pages, Wellesley’s website serves as the primary informational source for prospective students and their families and for students, faculty, staff and alumnae. So, over a year ago, the college’s president and entire senior staff launched a strategic overhaul of their w...
Rather than try to get the throngs of immovable Outlook and Office users to switch to Gmail and Google Apps, it’s going after Exchange with a new Apps Sync for Outlook plug-in that lets Outlook messages, contacts and calendar appointments sync with the $50-a-seat Premier Edition of Goo...
Money is being made with Open Source. Some make spectacular money by exploiting Open Source (Google, Apple) and some things wouldn't even exist without it (Internet, Software as a Service, Cloud Computing) - so it really boils down to finding the right business model.
Acer could be the first of the big PC vendors to peddle an Android netbook. It means to start selling such a device in Q3. It has not said what the widget will cost or what portion of its output will be dedicated to the Google OS. The company is also supposed to be putting Moblin, the ...
Google has hauled out a next-generation yellow enterprise Search Appliance based as usual on a customized firewall-protected Dell PowerEdge rack server. The Linux-based widget is supposed to have a new architecture and new software as well as new hardware but is still years behind bein...
Google, Yahoo, Apple and other big high-tech firms are under investigation by the Justice Department for “negotiating the recruiting and hiring of one another’s employees,” according to the Washington Post. That’s collusion and a nasty antitrust problem for them if true. The paper, whi...
The Java Persistence API (JPA) is the enterprise standard for accessing relational data in Java. JPA provides support for mapping Java objects to a database schema and includes a simple programming API and expressive query language for retrieving mapped entities from a database and wri...
Google has a new open communications and collaboration platform up its sleeve that the public won’t see for a few months called Google Wave. It combines features of e-mail, instant messaging and document sharing. Conversations, so to speak, wouldn’t be conversations any more; they’ll b...
Google Translate now works in Gmail. In 41 languages; 98% of web users reportedly speak one of them. Google Translate is better than Babelfish, but machine translation still has a ways to go, as Google admits. “Message Translation” is under “settings” in the “Lab” section in standalone...
Qt Software has completed its plans to release the Qt source code repositories to the developer community. This news opens the door to software engineers who want to help guide and shape the future development of Qt with code contributions, translations, examples, and other offerings.
Despite last week’s report that Microsoft wouldn’t even show up, it’s now said that it’s going to its antitrust hearing in Brussels next month. It’s reportedly going to paint Google, which is one of the complaints, as the boogeyman to spook a European Commission already worried about G...
Larry Augustin, who hasn’t had a honest job since VA Linux hit the wall and he took his IPO winnings and turned venture capitalist, is now interim CEO of SugarCRM, the commercial open source CRM ISV. The founding CEO John Roberts resigned the post and his board seat to chase other oppo...
Sniffing the presence of that exotic – but not exactly uncommon – fauna known in antitrust law as an interlocking directorate, the Federal Trade Commission has opened a “confidential” inquiry into the composition of the boards of Apple and Google, according to the New York Times. The c...
Sun has made a new open source OpenSSO Express release available to provide scalable federated single sign-on for organizations using Google’s Apps Premier Edition as their collaboration and messaging service.
"Casualties? Java and MySQL for sure, and perhaps Sun's hardware business," says CyberTech Rambler; "Oracle can utilize Sun's Solaris and Java platforms....However the future of MySQL has not been mentioned and may not be so rosy," notes Steve Kennedy. The blogosphere is abuzz with new...
Yahoo is going to be laying off a few hundred people perhaps on April 21 when the company posts its Q1 results, according to several press reports. The All Things Digital blog suggests whole units could go. They will be the first major labor cuts since CEO Carol Bartz got there in Janu...
Cisco says it’s going to put an R&D center in South Korea and invest upwards of $2 billion in the country over the next five years including $500 million in loans and investments in local IT and communications concerns. It’s planning to raise a $40 million investment fund. Separately, ...
Intel says that its many-core supercomputer-like x86 Larrabee GPU chip, a challenge to Nvidia and ATI, has seen first silicon and is currently in debug. The widget is expected to hit volume production early next year. Now all Intel needs is multi-threaded streaming vector software that...
Google's stock briefly bounded past $400 in after-hours trading Thursday for the first time since last October on the strength of its Q1 earnings performance. When last seen, however, it had given back some gains after punters realized that the head of its global sales Omid Kordestani ...
Google Docs has a new feature called Insert Drawing that can be used to create and insert four-color drawings into documents, presentations and spreadsheets. Google’s talking about line drawings, freehand scribbles and text labels and is offering a bunch of shapes that that can be resi...
Google is going into the venture capital business with a $100 million fund to start, a year-one down payment apparently on millions more to come. Google Ventures will be run by William Maris, founder of web hosting pioneer Burlee.com and an ex-portfolio manager for AB.
The European Commission is waving a big stick at Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft and threatening to crack down on consumer profiling by online advertisers on the supposition that “basic rights in terms of transparency, control and risk are being violated.” In ...
The Wall Street Journal, flourishing its unidentified sources, said Thursday afternoon that the price IBM is willing to pay for Sun had drop from between $10 and $11 a share to between $9 and $10 and that Sun is willing to accept the cut - yeah, like it wouldn't - provided IBM gives it...
HP may dump Windows for Android in some of its netbooks, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper says HP’s got programmers testing the freebie Linux-based cell phone operating system for a potential netbook and hasn’t decided yet whether to market it.
Google is going to start turning all that information that it’s gotten from people’s search preferences into behavior-based ads under a program announced last week that’s based on widgetry Google acquired when it bought DoubleClick last year for $3.2 billion. The program, which has pri...
Google’s Chrome browser has been through 29 updates since it launched six months ago. It’s also one of the only Google products to escape beta. Now Google has “forked” Chrome into a stable release and a flakier developer-oriented next-generation release that will wear the beta label. G...
When Wall Street Journal writes, they have their reasons. A couple of days ago they wrote that IBM wants to buy Sun Microsystems for $6.5B. To me, this is sad news. People will be laid off and some software will cease to exist.
Greenplum claims to have created the lightening-fast flow of data into its database for large-scale analytics and data warehousing. It says it’s getting loading speeds of over 4TB an hour in production with a negligible impact on concurrent database operations.
Questions are flying around the Web in the wake of yesterday's reports that IBM is interested in buying Sun for $6.5BN. They include "Has Jonathan Schwartz finally found success?" (Therese Poletti) and "Why isn't Cisco buying Sun?" (Lawrence Walsh).
When Sun announced its Open Cloud Platform today, developers around the world with an interest in cloud computing gained from the arrival on the scene of a powerful new force in favor of cloud architecture that is interoperable and open. According to Sun's Sr. VP of Cloud Computing, Da...
The current economic situation has created a difficult time for business, but some industries continue to do well and pose significant opportunities. In IT also some technologies which help industries to drive efficiencies and profitability like Unified Communications, Virtualization a...
Apple has provided some key new APIs to developers, include a mapping API which gives third-party applications access to Google Maps data and allows turn-by-turn navigation. Location-based applications and services are already looming as the next big thing in mobile applications, and A...
This is a story about creating a user interface easily, or better yet, about having good user interfaces without working for them.
OpenSocial defines a common API for social applications across multiple websites. Built from standard JavaScript and HTML, developers can create applications with OpenSocial that access a social network’s friends and update feeds. By using a common API, developers can extend the reach ...
I'm also realistic, most users who have deployed to the cloud have written their applications specifically for the Amazon Web Service API, making it currently the De facto standard. So it occurred to me, that a potentially big opportunity might be to create an open universal EC2 API ad...
A BoF ("birds of a feather") session on Cloud Computing API was organized at Open Grid Forum 25 in Catania (Italy). The session focused on the charter and the creation of a Group inside OGF to work on the development of an API specification for the dynamic deployment, using an appropri...
VMware continues to make noise around its forthcoming vCloud API initiative. According to an announcement last week VMware has developed a new API aimed at offering service providers with the ability to easily migrate between public and private VMware-based clouds.
Clear Toolkit is a framework for developing enterprise Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex and Java. It includes Eclipse plugins, enhanced Flex components and solutions for automatic data synchronization for AIR/BlazeDS applications. Now it's been open sourced under the MIT lice...