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Google 3D data enters the virtual world

This week the virtual world is opening up a new realm. Daniel Terdiman reports that Multiverse Network is partnering with Google to create a new online 3D environment for the masses, including simulations useful in a business context.

October 9, 2007 by Dan Farber

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ERP on a budget: Is it possible?

For mid-sized businesses the notion of ERP and budgets is an oxymoron, but it doesn't have to be that way if companies document all costs, consider SaaS and customize less. That was part of the message from Robert Anderson, an analyst at Gartner.

October 8, 2007 by


Graphing social patterns: The intersection of search and social

The dean of search engine analysis Danny Sullivan, editor-in-chief of Search Engine Land, gave a talk on how "social" intersects with search at the Graphing Social Patterns conference in San Jose. At this point, there isn't much intersection between search and social.

October 8, 2007 by Dan Farber


Graphing social patterns with Linkedin's Reid Hoffman

Speaking the Graphing Social Patterns conference (covering the business and technology of Facebook) in San Jose today, Linkedin founder and chairman Reid Hoffman poured cold water on the notion that a single social graph would prevail. "One graph that includes all types of relationships in one perfectly orchestrated universe is a geek, blogger dream.

October 8, 2007 by Dan Farber


Cloud Computing for Students

This morning, the New York Times carried a story on an effort to build "large data centers that students can tap into over the Internet to program and research remotely, which is called 'cloud computing.'" The problem is that even well funded universities have a tough time putting students into compute environments that give them experience writing applications that use and manage multiple machines over a network.

October 8, 2007 by Phil Windley


BMC acquires Emprisa Networks

BMC announced today the acquisition of Emprisa Networks, which provides automated network configuration, compliance and change management software. BMC had been partnering with Emprisa, and the Emprisa E-NetAware is part of BMC's new Service Automation solution, which deals with coordinating and running provisioning and updates; server and network configuration; and the packaging and deployment of software across heterogeneous systems.

October 8, 2007 by Dan Farber