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Thinking twice about doing business in China

As is the case in many governments with respect to their countries, the Chinese government sets the ground rules before foreign companies can do business in China.  The choice between going along with those rules or losing access to one of the fastest growing markets in the world has largely been a behind-closed-doors decision that involved no government intervention.

February 2, 2006 by David Berlind


SAP rolls out 'hybrid' CRM

SAP rolled out today its CRM on-demand application, focusing on large and mid-sized companies, for managing sales, service and marketing. The company calls it 'hyrbid' CRM, with subscription-based licensing.

February 2, 2006 by Dan Farber

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SAP hosted CRM on tap tomorrow

I'll be at the SAP Palo Alto offices for the introduction of its hosted CRM solution. Phil Wainewright speculates on SAP's challenges as a hosted service provider.

February 1, 2006 by Dan Farber


Detecting single photons

What do you do when you need to transmit a signal over a long distance, from Saturn, say, and you're low on power?  Until now, you turned the bandwidth way down, but new single-photon detectors could change that.

February 1, 2006 by Phil Windley

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Dumb idea?: Biometric hall pass for travelers

Bruce Schneier doesn't mince words about the stupidy of (a) using biometric IDs to create two classes of travelers (low risk, higher risk) and (b) privatizing the system that does it: What the Trusted Traveler program does is create two different access paths into the airport: high security and low security. The intent is that only good guys will take the low-security path, and the bad guys will be forced to take the high-security path....

January 31, 2006 by David Berlind


Someone in Congress finally flags the evil broadcast flag

Corey Doctorow: Until now, lawmakers have been reluctant to speak out against [the Broadcast and Audio Flags]. A combination of expert lobbying and technological ignorance has made Congress suicidally willing to consider proposals to break America's televisions....

January 31, 2006 by David Berlind


Are Salesforce's outages sullying the reputation of the SaaS model?

Now that Salesforce has experienced two public outtages in as many months (see yesterday's coverage and then the coverage from last month), the very fair question of whether or not the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model that drives that and other solutions is ready for the mission critical needs of enterprises is worth asking.  After all, if Salesforce.

January 31, 2006 by David Berlind


Ask and you may receive (a mashup)

Wow.  Yesterday, Berkman Center fellow David Isenberg publicized his request for a mashup that allows the public to create its own coverage map for the cellular services.

January 31, 2006 by David Berlind