The site's uncertain fate serves as a reminder that SMBs should carefully consider the viability of cloud storage and backup services they use -- or they could lose important company data.
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Natalie Gagliordi is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Louisville, Kentucky, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously worked as the editor of Kiosk Marketplace, an online B2B trade publication that focused on interactive self-service technology, while also contributing to additional websites that covered retail technology, digital signage hardware and mobile payment trends. Natalie attended George Washington University, where she studied communication sciences, and also the University of South Florida, where she received a B.A. in News-Editorial Journalism.
Mobile credit-card reader will now be offered as an accessory with small-business wireless plans in the United States.
IT services giant offers cloud-hosted servers, backup and disaster recovery services through its army of business partners and VARs.
Certain TechStars, Global Accelerator Network companies could receive $60,000 worth of cloud computing and storage capacity at no cost for up to two years.
Startup Signature Labs release iPhone application that lets retail stores personalize mobile shopping for specific customers.
Switching to cloud services can save money but it doesn't negate the need for high-level IT strategy and management.
New laser printers and multifunction devices are targeted at SMBs that produce their own marketing collateral or that require professional-quality color output.
OneDesk collects feedback and ideas from internal sources and social media; a new API allows it to integrate with apps from NetSuite, Oracle, SAP and Salesforce.com.
IDC research suggests SMBs are adopting the 'bring your own device' concept quickly, helping them gain productivity and efficiency advantages against larger enterprises.
Xactly Express for SMB integrates with Salesforce.com and is targeted at small companies with limited in-house compensation administration resources and expertise.
An end-to-end energy management system from EnTouch Controls is designed in use in restaurants, retail stores and small offices.
A new site called inflite.com, currently in beta, is focused on hosting blogs written by small-business owners and professionals and boasts tight links to Twitter, LinkedIN and Facebook.
The Web-based TripIT for Business application now includes more features that help travel arrangers and financial sorts manage travel expense trends and forecasts.
SmartRecruiters offers a cloud-based recruiting applications that integrates with social networks and third-party recruiting services.
There is a lot more at stake than 'just' freedom of expression, so the small business community -- especially those with a technology bent -- need to stay abreast of this issue.