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Microsoft Aims to Boost Internet Connectivity in US Heartland

Microsoft has unveiled an ambitious plan that would use technology found in the television white space spectrum to develop affordable broadband Internet access for at least 2 million consumers. The aim is to bridge the technology gap between urban and rural American communities. The spectrum is a cu...

Udacity Fuels Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Dreams

Online education company Udacity on Tuesday introduced a new "nanodegree" program in self-driving auto engineering. President Sebastian Thrun made the announcement. The goal is to build a crowdsourced, open source self-driving car, he said. Students will learn the skills and techniques used by self-...

TECH TREK

AC/DC Finally Brings Its Dirty Deeds to iTunes

Legendary Australian rock band AC/DC, which had long been queasy about digital formats, has released its music on Apple's iTunes store. AC/DC previously asserted that it wouldn't make individual songs available digitally because each song was part of an album. And the band didn't want to break its...

Gov’t Gives Walmart Go-Ahead to Dig Into China

The Ministry of Commerce in China has approved Walmart's bid to buy a controlling stake of Chinese e-commerce company Yihaodian, part of Walmart's bid to increase its global retail presence. Prior to the approval, Walmart already possessed a 17.7 percent share in Yihaodian, one of the fastest-growin...

TECH TREK

TomTom Takes the High Road in Apple Deal

Netherlands-based navigation device maker TomTom saw its shares shoot up Tuesday after news broke that it will supply map data to Apple, according to the Associated Press. TomTom was sparse with details on what exactly its collaboration with Apple would entail. PhoneArena.com declared the announceme...

Yahoo May Turn Loose Thousands in Massive Reorg

Yahoo may be readying for a significant change in corporate structure -- and headcount. CEO Scott Thompson is getting ready to restructure the company in a move that will entail layoffs that could number in the thousands. "The indications are that the layoffs will be massive," said David Cadden, a p...

Has Microsoft Missed the Tablet Boat?

Windows 8 tablets may have a very difficult time competing when they finally hit the market, according to the findings of a recent Forrester Research report. U.S. consumer desire for Windows tablets halved between the first and third quarters of this year, said J.P. Gownder, one of the report's auth...

Red Hat Plays a Hunch With Former Airline Exec

After almost a decade at the helm of open source software vendor Red Hat, Matthew J. Szulik is stepping down, to be succeeded at the start of the New Year by former Delta Airlines executive James M. Whitehurst as president and CEO. Szulik, who replaced Bob Young as CEO in 1999 shortly after Red Hat'...

The Real New Economy

Despite overvalued dot-coms, looming telecom woes and antitrust squabbles, the boom economy of a few years ago was also rich in ready cash, stock options and jobs, jobs, jobs. In comparison, today's economy is not pretty. Instead of endless flexibility and nonstop prosperity, workers are facing lowe...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Untangling the Web of Hosting Providers

At the height of the e-commerce craze, when hundreds of new businesses were going online every week, startups typically overbought Web hosting services. As a result, they often found themselves facing hefty bills for unused server space and unneeded features. However, in today's changed e-commerce e...

TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL REPORT

Microsoft’s Advanced-Research Division Comes of Age

Last month Microsoft hosted a summit to discuss major computing problems. The event has become an annual showcase for new research projects and for the massive dollar endowments that Microsoft's advanced-research division -- called Microsoft Research, or MSR -- provides to a worldwide network of uni...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Whatever Happened to the Recovery?

We should have been basking in the dawn of recovery by now, according to some pundits, aglow with relief that the downturn was over at last. Yet, as the United States prepares for an extensive occupation of Iraq, the U.S. government reports a deficit, and business spending stalls, the chances of imm...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

The Reinvention of E-Commerce

In some ways, brick-and-mortar companies have it easy. They can study the successes and failures of firms that came before them. When contemplating a new venture, they can leisurely peer at the practices of giant corporations and thriving mom-and-pop operations to decide which strategy to employ....

New Rule of E-Commerce: Go Back to the Old Rules

As online retailing enters the early stages of maturity and profitability becomes the rule rather than the exception, e-businesses might find they need only reset their goals rather than alter their entire approach. "A lot of what e-tailers were trying to do, in terms of customer attraction and r...

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