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Dotcom Suits Up for Another Round in File-Sharing Wars
November 1, 2012
Alleged digital pirate and German Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom on Thursday announced plans for Mega, a service that would replace his shut down file-sharing website Megaupload. The new Mega -- besides dropping a few letters form the name of the service -- will reportedly avoid any dealings with the United States.
Iceland: Where Citizens Govern via Facebook
October 27, 2012
Iceland recently drafted a new constitution, a noteworthy event for two reasons: first, because new constitutions aren't all that common and second, because citizens were invited to participate via social networking sites. While not Iceland's most pure example of crowdsourcing, the constitutional update made extensive use of public input.
Icelanders Give Crowdsourced Constitution Warm Reception
October 23, 2012
Voters in Iceland have responded favorably to the government's offer to let them participate in drafting the nation's new constitution. The idea to let citizens chime in online, namely via Facebook and Twitter, was hatched by 25 people on the Constitutional Council, which was tasked with devising a new constitution.
Box Embed Tools Tear Down Content Walls
October 9, 2012
Box on Tuesday unveiled Box Embed, a new HTML5-based framework, at its Boxworks 2012 conference in San Francisco. This lets users embed Box's various features -- uploads, search, comments, sharing and file edits -- easily in their website, forum or blog. The company also announced that 10 enterprise software partners, including Oracle, SugarCRM, NetSuite and Zendesk, will use Box Embed in their apps.
White House Mobilizes Devs for App Upgrade
September 5, 2012
The White House launched new versions of its mobile app Tuesday, releasing the app source code along with the new version in an invitation for developers to tinker with the revamped iOS and Android apps. The apps, which have been rebuilt from the ground up, now feature live video streams of White House events and access to 99 percent of the content on Chatter Unlocks Doors to Enterprise Collaboration
May 25, 2012 is adding more functionality to its Chatter tool -- in this case, real-time communication capabilities. The two new features soon to be available are Chatter Messenger and Chatter Screensharing. Chatter Messenger is an instant messaging application to be used within the Chatter application. When it launches as part of's Summer release in a few weeks, it will give users live chat functionality.
Tiny Welsh Burg Paints the Town Wiki
May 21, 2012
Monmouth, Wales, has become the first "Wikipedia town," making it an area of international interest as it informally redubbed itself "Monmouthpedia." The Saturday event was attended by 70 to 75 people, said project leader John Cummings -- a sizable group for the area. That day, some 1,100 QR codes that Cummings, volunteers and city officials had placed on various points of interest around the town went live.
Sapphire Now: It's a Mobile, Social, Cloudy, Collaborative World
May 15, 2012
The Sapphire Now conference kicked off Monday in Orlando, Fla., with 60,000 customers, partners and employees of SAP participating, either at the conference facility or watching it online. The first day of the event offered the usual lineup of celebrity speakers -- corporate and otherwise -- with Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong featured in the morning and SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott in the afternoon.
When Wikipedia Vandals Attack
May 10, 2012
If you've been involved in a project that has been documented on Wikipedia and has earned its own Wikipedia page, it can be disconcerting to visit one day and see the page vandalized, as happened to an associate of mine recently. This incident led to a frantic email exchange. One consideration was how to deal with the problem without getting tagged as the vandal -- Wikipedia is collaborative, after all.
Social, Mobile and Collaboration: 3 Tips for Getting on the Road
April 19, 2012
"You can't get there from here." That's the classic gag about New Englanders giving road directions -- that somehow, the route that needs to be taken is so convoluted and confusing that there's no way to negotiate between two points on the surface of the Earth. Logically, we know that's not true. You can get anywhere from anywhere these days -- especially if you can rely on transportation that doesn't need to stick to the roads.
Avaya Gives Sneak Peak of Upcoming Healthcare Apps
February 21, 2012
Avaya has provided a sneak preview of several healthcare IT-based mobile applications it will be rolling out later this year. These include Avaya Mobile Activity Assistant, Avaya Flare Communicator for iPad, and other collaborative service offerings in telehealth and social media. Healthcare is one of Avaya's chief verticals, said Sanjeev Gupta, general manager of Avaya's Healthcare Solutions group.
Assange to Test His Charm on Russian TV
January 25, 2012
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has plans to host a new TV show called "The World Tomorrow." The half-hour weekly episodes are scheduled to begin airing in mid-March on Russia's English-language RT channel. It will reach some 60 million global viewers. Assange sees the series as a vehicle to discuss the issues of the day with the people who are shaping the future.
What's Good for Social Business Is Good for Social CRM
January 19, 2012
I'm ensconced at the Swan and Dolphin Hotels at Walt Disney World in Orlando this week for IBM's concurrent Lotusphere/IBM Connect shows, and all the announcements here paint the picture of a company and a partner ecosystem that is going all-in on collaboration. Big Blue's fuddy-duddy reputation is being completely overhauled, it seems.
IBM Hones Social Enterprise Tools
January 17, 2012
IBM continues to carve out its own stake in the social enterprise app space -- a market forecast by Forrester Research to grow 61 percent each year to reach $6.4 billion by 2016 -- with the beta rollout of the next release of its enterprise social networking platform, IBM Connections.
Avaya Mobilizes Smooth Collaboration in IP Office 8.0
January 13, 2012
Avaya has released its IP Office 8.0 -- the latest iteration of its trademark unified communications platform for small and mid-sized businesses. The new application comes with a number of new features, some of which focus on the company's core competency of communications, collaboration and presence.
Preaching the Gospel of Kopimism, Over and Over Again
January 5, 2012
Sweden has recognized a new religion. This might not be headline news for the open-minded Swedes, save for the belief system's atypical focus: Kopimism is devoted to technology in general and free online file-sharing in particular. The church was registered by the Swedish governmental agency Kammarkollegiet, shortly before the Christmas holiday.
Jive Software Makes Snappy Debut
December 13, 2011
Jive Software has made its debut on the Nasdaq, following on the heels of other recent tech company IPOs such as Groupon, LinkedIn and Netflix. Jive, a maker of collaborative social media software for the enterprise, doesn't have the consumer orientation of those three, but it's apparently similar enough for the market: It raised a more-than-respectable $161 million in its initial public offering.
The Leader of the Social Business Pack
June 24, 2011
There's no denying that social media is migrating from the consumer realm to the business arena. What can still be debated is how quickly this technology is making its way into the core of the enterprise, and becoming something more than marketing and sales tools. Some people -- primarily analysts, vendors and media types -- contend social media already has a prominent place within the core of business enterprises.
OK, I'll Draw You a Map - on Google
April 19, 2011
Google is rolling out access in the U.S. to a tool that has already made a mark in other parts of the world: Map Maker. As the name suggests, Map Maker allows people to create and edit Google Maps. It debuted outside the U.S. because Google didn't believe there would be much demand for it in the states, where there was already a wealth of online maps and geographical data.
The Virtual Workplace: Lean and Green
April 12, 2011
When collaborating with others in the workplace, physically being there is nice. The fact is, though, that one's physical presence almost always leaves an unavoidable carbon footprint. As an answer to this dilemma, new and emerging collaborative technologies offer a way to be there in spirit, voice and mind, without having to hop on a plane, take a cab, or print out a document.
Google Jazzes Up Docs With Livelier Collaboration Features
March 17, 2011
Google has enhanced its Google Docs product with a next-generation commenting system it is calling "Discussions." The new feature builds on Google's already strong collaboration bona fides and brings a small level of credibility to its otherwise dubious social media creds. Discussions builds on the overhaul of Google Docs last April, when the search engine moved comments to the sidebar and allowed people to reply.
SocialEyes Lets Facebook Friends Chat Hollywood Squares-Style
February 28, 2011
Rob Glaser -- founder, chair and former CEO of RealNetworks -- hopes all eyes will soon be on an app developed by his new company, SocialEyes, which is designed to bring video chat to Facebook. Like all social media services, SocialEyes can be used both publicly, for groups organized around common interests, and privately -- but this time the experience is not about static text and pictures.
Google Lassos MS Office Users With Extension Cord to the Cloud
February 24, 2011
Google has released a plug-in that connects Microsoft Office with Google Docs. Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office became available for download worldwide on Thursday. The plug-in brings multi-person collaboration through Google accounts to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. The plug-in syncs to Google's cloud so that multiple people can make changes to the same file.
The Internet and Global Project Management: It's Complicated
February 15, 2011
The cheapest available resources no longer necessarily come from the business next door. Any product or service that can be outsourced is more than likely being offered in some other region of the world for a competitive price, and it's up to consumers to decide where to spend their dollars. This means that any given mom-and-pop store may be competing against a megastore in Los Angeles, a Web startup in Santiago, and a multigenerational family business in Naples.
Wikileaks Poised to Shatter Swiss Banking Secrecy
January 18, 2011
Bank secrecy is back in the news, this time as former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer handed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange two computer discs at a high-profile news conference on Monday. Tax evaders, nefarious bankers, shady politicians, unethical business leaders, cheating celebrities, organized crime bosses: It's all on the discs, Elmer claimed.
Wikileaks Could Shatter Hopes for Greater Transparency
January 3, 2011
Rampant speculation about which major financial institution Wikileaks founder Julian Assange means to target with a document dump in 2011 has at least one U.S. bank playing aggressive defense. Bank of America executives are reportedly scouring documents for potentially damaging information, and trying to determine if any computer hard drives are missing.
War and Revolution
December 13, 2010
2011 is looking to be a relatively violent year when it comes to technology and technology companies. As I write this, there are folks calling the attacks by Wikileaks supporters a cyberwar, but I think it is more of a cyber-revolt, and the difference is important. That difference is highlighted by the now declared war between Oracle and HP.
Military Gives External Media Devices Marching Orders
December 10, 2010
In the wake of Pentagon-based U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's leaks of thousands of files from SIPRNET -- the Defense Department's internal version of the Internet -- to Wikileaks, all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces are ordering troops to stop using portable or removable media. Military personnel caught using CDs, DVDs, thumb drives or other removable media risk court martial.
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and Technology's Double-Edged Sword
December 8, 2010
Like almost everyone -- including government and law enforcement officials on multiple continents -- I'm struggling to answer this question: Exactly who is Julian Assange? is Assange merely a journalist with an altruistic desire to uncover the truth about the actions of governments and large corporations, as he would have you believe?
Wikileaks Wrangling May Be Escalating Into Cyberwar
December 6, 2010
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange looms like the mysterious British freedom fighter V atop the Drudge Report, threatening a "devastating" confidential document dump if his organization suffers any more hack attacks. Paypal says Wikileaks and its donors are pals no more. boots Wikileaks off its virtual cloud, citing vague and unconfirmed suspicions.
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