Google Checkout is gaining among e-commerce Web sites, but the largest retailers remain wary because they fear sharing data with Google, according to a survey by Cowen & Co. Cowen surveyed the top 200 e-commerce Web sites and found that alternative payment platforms are catching on.
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Accenture plans to invest $250 million in its technology consulting business. And why not?
On today's podcast:Apple reveals new iPhone battery information.Microsoft launches new IPTV platform.
Google's YouTube added a tool called Remixer that allows you to combine video, photos and music into a big mashup. YouTube posted the update and said the following:If you've ever uploaded from your cell phone, wished for an easy way to add titles and transitions, or just wanted to remix your own videos, Remixer is a great place to play.
Apple is executing a well-known strategy when it comes to the iPhone: Under promise over deliver (UPOD). Apple said in a statement today that the iPhone's battery life will have 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback and 24 hours of audio.
Microsoft updates its Internet Protocol television (IPTV) platform named Mediaroom in its latest volley into the television market. But what's most notable here is that Microsoft is aiming for Mediaroom to be an "ingredient brand.
Guest post: Christopher Lochhead, the former chief marketing officer at Mercury, was the driving force behind the concept of BTO (Business Technology Optimization), which is about aligning IT investments deeply with business goals. Now Christopher is thinking “green,” looking at what he is called Green Business Technology (GBT).
Update below: Quintura has just about everything you'd want in an alternative search engine: Solid results, a nice interface that's intuitive and social features to share searches with friends. However, Quintura (see gallery for details on how it works) isn't easy to add as a default search into your browser.
Notable headlines:Life without Google: Quintura a nice alternative. Gallery (right).
On Monday at 10:00 AM EST, I will be moderated a live videocast debate from Boston on the merits of Enterprise 2.0 between Andrew McAfee and Thomas Davenport.