Larry Dignan

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IT matters most, but there are other techs to watch - and fear

Last week, at MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference, I decided to corner Jason Pontin who is not only the editor-in-chief and publisher of MIT's Technology Review Magazine, but he's also the executive producer (for all intents and purposes) of the conference that's held annually in Cambridge, MA.

October 3, 2006 by David Berlind

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Calculating the ROI of corporate blogging

Charlene Li of Forrester is working on a framework for measuring the ROI of blogging for organization, especially those that are concerned about the possible risks of have less control over information flow. Among the benefits she cites are lower-cost public relations, reaching influential enthusiast communities, increased responsiveness to consumer concerns, improved employee innovation and productivity and improved stock price with greater visibility into the organization.

October 3, 2006 by Dan Farber

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US congressman Foley: A modern day online Jekyll and Hyde?

News.com's Declan McCullaugh has juxtaposed US Representative Mark Foley's record as one of Congress' leading opponents to online predation against the recent news that he himself was apparently an online predator (if the accounts currently being published turn out to be accurate).

October 3, 2006 by David Berlind

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ThinkFree's multi-modal Office

While checking out new products at DemoFall 2006, I chatted with TJ Kang, CEO of ThinkFree, a competitor to Zoho, Google and others trying to take on the dominant Microsoft Office franchise. He was showing off the AJAX edition his company's browser-based office suite.

October 2, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Mulesource gets behind open source ESB platform

Open source is well known as disruptive software industry force in the guise of operating systems (Linux, Solaris), servers (Apache, TomCat, JBoss), databases (MySQL, PostgreSQL) and other categories, ranging from business intelligence (JasperSoft, Pentaho) to system management (Qlusters, GroundWork).The latest project to come out of the shadows to challenge the incumbent, proprietary software vendors is Mule, a popular open source integration/enterprise service bus platform.

October 2, 2006 by Dan Farber

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YouTube to go down the tubes?

Last week, at MIT Emerging Technologies Conference, AOL Chairman and CEO John Miller predicted the YouTube would get acquired.  When asked by a Reuters reporter if that meant that AOL was considering an acquisition of video sharing site, he made it clear that he wasn't going to confirm or deny anything and simply asked the question "Does anybody believe YouTube will be independent in five years?

October 2, 2006 by David Berlind

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October 3, 2006: DRM lovers' day of reckoning?

Through its domestic and international Web sites, the Free Software Foundation is calling those who oppose digital rights management (DRM) technologies (eg: technologies found in products that are put out by Apple, Microsoft, and others) to arms in hopes of making Oct 3rd a global Day Against DRM.

October 2, 2006 by David Berlind

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Red Cross CIO Steve Cooper: Appropriate risk-taker

As part of our CIO Vision series, I interviewed American Red Cross CIO Steve Cooper, who explained how he fosters innovation and about lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, which occurred just after he joined the organization, fresh from a job as the CIO of the newly formed Department of Homeland Security. Cooper is creating a culture of "appropriate" risk-taking to foster innovation by creating “centers of excellence.

October 2, 2006 by Dan Farber

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