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China Risks Another State-Run Search Engine Faceplant

The Chinese government is taking another stab at the domestic search market with a new service called "ChinaSo." ChinaSo was formed by merging two already-failed search engines: Jike, launched three years ago by state-run newspaper/propaganda pusher The People's Daily; and Panguso, launched by fello...

Tech Vendors Are Treating Customers Worse Than Before

Businesses depend on their customers, and it would make sense that good customer service would translate into loyalty and sales, but high-tech vendors don't seem to have gotten the message. The average customer experience rating for tech vendors fell from 58 percent to 52 percent since last year, in...

Nuclear Power, Part 1: A Smaller, Safer Future

Keeping the lights on in the global industrial world -- never an easy task -- never seems to get any easier. Nuclear energy, which provides nearly 20 percent of our nation's electricity, is at a crossroads. Can nuclear reactors -- the torrid, pulsating, heat-generating hearts of nuclear power plants...

OPINION

SAP Innovation Day – Setting a Standard for the Next 40 Years

When SAP's five founders launched the company in June 1972, it's unlikely they foresaw where the IT industry would travel in the decades to come. SAP's core business applications, including enterprise resource planning solutions, continue to support tens of thousands of companies globally -- but h...

OPINION

IBM: A Century of Innovation – and Counting

Decade by decade, celebratory gravitas tends to accumulate and peak when a subject hits the centenary. Though 100th birthdays are far more common today than they've ever been before in human history (thanks to better diets and modern healthcare), reaching the centennial milestone is still nothing to...

Oracle’s Itanium Slug Leaves Intel Bruised, HP Battered

Oracle threw a punch that left HP's knees wobbling with the announcement that it's going to stop developing software to run on Intel's Itanium processor family. Intel's future roadmap focuses on x86 processors, Oracle explained. Intel promptly reiterated its support for the Itanium processor. HP war...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Silo Busting: Q&A With EDL CEO Bill Loumpouridis

At Salesforce.com's Dreamforce 2010 conference this week, EDL Consulting showed off version 2.0 of CloudCraze, which it touts as the first e-commerce platform built natively on Force.com. CloudCraze is claimed to provide the functionality of more expensive enterprise multi-channel commerce packages ...

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HP’s Wallet-Busting Win

The insane tug-of-war between Dell and HP for enterprise storage company 3Par has finally drawn to a close. We have a winner, if you want to call it that -- the final sale price is more than double the figure Dell initially put forward when it announced its intentions to buy 3Par a couple weeks ago,...

Sharp’s Next-Gen Mobile Touchscreens: 3-D for the Naked Eye

Japanese electronics giant Sharp on Friday unveiled a liquid crystal display touchscreen that lets viewers see three-dimensional images without special glasses. That announcement kicked off speculation that the screen will be used in Nintendo's forthcoming 3DS game console, which will have the same ...

LiMo Revs Up for R2 Handset Drive

The LiMo Foundation, a consortium dedicated to creating an open, hardware-independent, Linux-based operating system for mobile devices delivered a one- two- punch to the mobile industry Thursday. First, Morgan Gillis, executive director, announced that consortium members are "moving into full commer...

Does Oracle’s Sun Deal Mean Dark Clouds for Big Blue?

If it goes through without a hitch, Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems, announced Monday, could fill significant gaps in the database vendor's offerings. In addition to getting technologies in hot areas such as virtualization and cloud computing, Oracle will get access to patents that could prove...

Panasonic Downsizes Employee Rolls by 15,000 Following Brutal Quarter

In yet another sign of the worsening global recession, Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic said Wednesday that it will lay off 15,000 employees, or 5 percent of its workforce, by March. Half of the job cuts will be made in Japan. Panasonic is the second large Japanese consumer electronics ...

CE Makers: What the World Needs Now Is Another Wireless HD Standard

Hitachi, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony have joined forces with Amimon, a developer of wireless home digital interface technology. The companies have pledged support for the creation of a new interoperable industry standard for audio, video and control that could connect multiple high-definition ...

ANALYSIS

NAND Flash in Media Players: Hot on the Heels of HDD

Unlike in the digital audio player market, the fight between NAND flash and hard-disk drive on the personal media player platform is far from over. The 1.8-inch HDD still has a firm grip on the PMP category that requires storage capacity of 20 GB or higher due to the cost per byte advantage over NAN...

The Virtualization Challenge, Part 1: Many From One

What is virtualization anyway? The short answer is, virtualization is separating the physical layer from the logical layer -- the operating systems and applications. You can virtualize pretty much any aspect of IT. "There is no universal definition of virtualization as it means many things to many p...

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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