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Digging for Bitcoin Is a Labor of Love

It would have been reasonable for those attending Josh Bressers' session at CypherCon -- myself included -- to expect a presentation by a cryptocurrency expert. It was billed as a talk about plumbing the depths of the bitcoin blockchain. When Bressers admitted that his material grew out of a hobby, ...

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Nintendo Gambles on Gamepads

While rivals at Sony and Microsoft have long looked to create encompassing living room entertainment devices, Nintendo once again looked to what it does best -- namely to provide an immersive gaming experience. At its Tuesday press conference at E3, the company suggested that it could once again mak...

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Sony’s PlayStation Gets a Little Bookish

Sony kicked off its Monday evening press conference in advance of this week's E3 show in Los Angeles with a peek at upcoming titles for the PlayStation 3 video game console and PlayStation Vita handheld system. Sony also officially introduced several new features for the PS3, reaffirming its commitm...

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Microsoft’s E3 Message: It’s All About Games – and Everything Else

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, remains the biggest video game trade event in the world, but Microsoft proved that the electronic entertainment world could be very much in transition as the Xbox looks to continue its dominance in the living room. "Xbox has moved from being the best-selling...

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mHealth Looks Rosy at CTIA

The future of the mHealth space is, in a word, "growth," which is exemplified at this week's International CTIA Wireless 2012 trade show. Several companies are presenting their wares in the Wireless Health Pavilion, with innovations that allow consumers to monitor health remotely, track daily habits...

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Genachowski Promises Spectrum Solutions

Returning to New Orleans for the first time since the Big Easy was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the International CTIA Wireless 2012 trade show kicked off with a unified call for more spectrum. "Like New Orleans, we are moving forward," said Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA-The W...

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Burying Conventional Wisdom at The Next Web Conference

The Next Web, a network of online technology outlets, continued its annual conference Friday in Amsterdam. Heeding to Amsterdam's night life, The Next Web waited until 10 a.m. to get things started, which was probably just about as early as the sleep-deprived attendees could have hacked it. First u...

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Speakers Tussle Over Internet’s Future at The Next Web Conference

The Next Web, a network of online technology outlets, kicked off its annual conference Thursday morning in Amsterdam. One of the morning's headline speakers was Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of the social news site Reddit, whose 25-minute talk discussed the ongoing -- and increasingly litigious -- battl...

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IP&TV World Forum, Day 2: The Future

I'm attending the IP&TV World Forum, aka the Internet Protocol Television Show, at the Olympia exhibition hall in sunny London. I have been checking out technologies being deployed in Europe that we may be seeing state-side very soon. HbbTV is a hybrid television delivery system available now in...

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A Dreamforce Diary

One of the announcements Marc Benioff made in his Day 1 keynote here at Dreamforce was Database.com. The news is that Salesforce is now enabling its customers to store their data on their own hardware inside their data centers. There is a need -- or at least a demand -- for this capability, as man...

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Riding the Salesforce Wave

Salesforce.com is riding the crest of wave after wave of good news as it starts Dreamforce, its annual convocation for customers, prospects, the press and analyst communities. Forty thousand people are expected in San Francisco for the event at some point in the week. In a sign of how big this eve...

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The Morphing of CRM

There was brisk business in associated user group meetings in San Francisco before Dreamforce. For some reason, I don't understand why Dreamforce starts in the middle of the week this year, which is fortunate for two reasons: Hurricane Irene clobbered travel operations up and down the East Coast ov...

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For FOSS Firms, Data Means Dollars

"Data" -- it's the new buzzword in the open source world, according to Tuesday's keynote speakers at the Open Source Business Conference, being held in San Francisco. "The kind of data we're collecting today is way harder to store and process than it used to be," said Mike Olson, president and CEO o...

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Who Gets to Decide How the Cloud Works?

A battle to set the model for cloud infrastructure is raging, according to Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat. "We're at a fork in the road," Whitehurst told a packed room of more than 200 people at the Open Source Business Conference Monday. "Now is the time that we're going to choose the...

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