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ANALYTIC REPORT: Ready To Outsmart PCI? New Techs Help IT Comply

WHITEPAPER: VoIP Best Practices

BLOG: Shakeup Bodes Ill For Windows Phone 7

WEBCAST: Cloud Platform Strategy

RESOURCES: Image Gallery: Top 12 Firefox Add-Ons

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 Thursday, May 27, 2010 


"Most software today is very much like an Egyptian pyramid with millions of bricks piled on top of each other, with no structural integrity, but just done by brute force and thousands of slaves."
-- Alan Kay 


Gov 2.0: Google Readies Government Cloud

Google has already been approved as a FedRAMP launch vendor, and now has submitted its final materials to certify its government-specific cloud.


Gov 2.0: Government Design Winners Announced

Gov 2.0: Army Competition Spurs App Development

Gov 2.0: Quit The Social Media Whining, Bureaucrats

Gov 2.0: Aspiring To Greatness In Open Government


Gov 2.0: Secrets To Social Media Success

Social media tactics to humanize government officials and call citizens to take action will foster more engagement with the public according a social media expert.

Gov 2.0: Cloud Success Hinges On Collaboration

Microsoft says the private and public sectors must work closely together for government to realize the promises of cloud computing.

Facebook Promises Less Public Information, More Control

To quell the complaints of critics, Facebook has reworked its privacy controls to make them easier to understand.

BroadVision Debuts Clearvale Platform

Clearvale gives businesses the tools and infrastructures necessary to create high-performance social enterprise networks, company says.

iPhone 4G Prices Revealed?

Analyst predicts Apple will maintain current prices for the next generation of its smartphone.

Mercedes Revs iPad Tool For Dealers

The iPad's Safari browser, rather than a custom app, is being used to deliver loan and leasing software to salespeople.

Mathias On Mobility: Paving The Real Information Superhighway

The FCC's mobile-broadband auction process is little more than the path to yet more hidden taxation.

Ariba Launches Cloud Trading Platform

Buyers and sellers gain one-stop, software-free selling and procurement. IBM adds collaboration and social networking tools.

HP Edges IBM In Server Shipments

Worldwide server unit sales rose 23% and revenue gained 6% in the first quarter, said Gartner.



Ready To Outsmart PCI? New Techs Help IT Comply

The PCI Data Security Standard is costly, complex, and rigged against the retailers, merchants, and processors that must comply with it. But those very attributes may be the most potent catalyst to bring about meaningful protection of credit card data -- not because of the PCI requirements themselves, but because PCI will drive merchants toward end-to-end encryption and tokenization.

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The iPad In The Enterprise

Our editors take Apple's new platform through its paces, in the office and on the road. Here are their (differing) assessments of what works well and what doesn't.

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VoIP Best Practices

Learn how VoIP-enabled meeting systems are revolutionizing the world of audio conferencing. This white paper explains why VOIP is fast becoming the audio conferencing technology of choice.
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Oracle Unveils Revolutionary Database Performance Technology

Discover how major technology advances make it possible to sustain maximum database performance, improve IT agility with comprehensive change management and lower IT costs through database self-management and automation.
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Shakeup Bodes Ill For Windows Phone 7

By Dave Methvin

Hoo boy. For every step forward lately, Microsoft is taking two steps back. Windows 7 has been a great success to the company's bottom line and reputation, but the implosion at the Entertainment and Devices Division (E&DD) is bringing the company back into negative-karma territory.


U.S. Gov: Pre-Paid Phones Are For Terrorists

By Eric Zeman

Pre-paid cell phones -- you know, the kind you can pick up at Wal-Mart, Target or Best Buy for $20 -- often don't require buyers to provide any sort of identification. The U.S. government says bollocks to that. Today several senators introduced new legislation that would mandate pre-paid cell users to identify themselves.

iPhone Due In June, Sky Is Still Blue

By Eric Zeman

According to AT&T employees, the company has informed them that the new iPhone from Apple is due at some point in June. As if we didn't already know this. When in June? Well, not too late, as it turns out. Will Verizon sell it?

IBM Adds Heft To Enterprise 2.0

By Alexander Wolfe

I confess that I still think of IBM as stodgy, so my head has been turned around by the leadership I'm seeing out of Big Blue on Enterprise 2.0. Two new Pearson/IBM Press books written by IBMers provide a sound intro for managers looking to get pointed in the right direction so they can help their organizations get beyond the hype and extract some real value from E2.0 technologies.

Microsoft Is Hiring In Boston

By Bob Evans

The Cambridge consolidation of NERDs is underway: Microsoft is relocating two of its suburban-Boston development groups into a new office space in Cambridge that will almost double the size of its facilities there. And about that NERD thing: that's Microsoft's own name for its New England Research & Development center.


Cloud Platform Strategy

In this editorial Webcast, we'll analyze the key IT infrastructure considerations that must be taken into account for creating private clouds in federal data centers: software/hardware environment, multi-tenancy, security, virtualization, and management tools. We'll also discuss the key role that APIs play in supporting hybrid scenarios that tap into public cloud services.

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Image Gallery: Top 12 Firefox Add-Ons

There are thousands of Firefox add-ons. Did we test them all? Nope! But, these 12 are the ones you need to make the most of your Web browsing.


Virtual Event: Merging Mobility And UC In The Enterprise

Microsoft has made the Ribbon a standard feature across all Office applications in its latest release, and it has made the Ribbon customizable. It also has made many of the Office 2010 features more visible in the Ribbon, and added some new features.


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