Will a Google partnership with Salesforce.com yield a software combination with staying power?
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Notable headlines:Ryan Naraine: Microsoft releases Office exploit isolation tool.MS Word exploit generator circulating?
Information technology is the most outsourced corporate function and more companies are looking to farm out more work. PriceWaterhouseCoopers interviewed 226 customers and 66 outsourcing service providers.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting on a forthcoming alliance between salesforce.com and Google to integrate Google's online services, such as email and IM, with the salesforce platform.
Dell says on its Direct2Dell blog that it will launch a Tablet PC after a few years of what could be called a no confidence vote by not entering the market. Ken Fisher at ArsTechnica sings the praises of his Tablet PC.
On today's podcast:Is Intel trying to torpedo the OLPC?Facebook is the prince of social media, says Dan Farber.
Nicholas Negroponte, head of the One Laptop Per Child project, blasted Intel for trying to usurp any momentum his effort is getting. Negroponte's argument delivered via 60 Minutes: Intel was pitching its wares and a cheap PC dubbed the Classmate to torpedo the OLPC effort, which needs 3 million orders to start manufacturing.
Given how many friend requests I am getting on Facebook from people who I would expect to hear from on LinkedIn, it's clear that the number two social network, trailing the massive MySpace, is poised to become the prince of social networking. By that I mean the company 23-year-old Mark Zuckerberg founded is becoming the preferred destination for the most attractive demographics--college age and beyond.
Patni Computer Systems, an Indian outsourcing company, plans to aim its services at private equity firms in a move that makes a lot of sense given the acquisition barrage in the U.S.
Notable headlines:Google, Salesforce.com reportedly in alliance.