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Twitter to promote app downloads in mobile timelines

Twitter's new mobile advertising suite lets companies pitch their mobile apps in promoted tweets or place ads inside other apps.

By Loek Essers | 18 April, 2014 20:46

Tags: mobile applications, services, twitter, mobile

Report: Oracle pushes back against Oregon officials over troubled health care site

Oracle is gearing up for a fight with officials in Oregon over its role developing an expensive health insurance exchange website that still isn't fully operational.

By Chris Kanaracus | 18 April, 2014 02:24

Tags: business issues, services, legal, health care, software, industry verticals, IT management, Safra Catz, Oracle

Net neutrality ruling complicates US transition to IP networks

The transition from copper-based telephone systems to IP networks in the U.S. could become swept up in political fallout as the FCC figures out how to regulate such networks in ways that will appease the courts.

By Grant Gross | 17 April, 2014 04:18

Tags: telephony, telecommunication, Bob Quinn, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Public Knowledge, Jonathan Banks, Larry Downes, 3g, 4g, Tom Wheeler, USTelecom, at&t, voip, Harold Feld, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, Matt Wood, broadband, free press, regulation, Jodie Griffin

Tata revenue, profit up on strong outsourcing demand

India's largest outsourcer, Tata Consultancy Services, is boosting hiring and offering wage hikes after reporting strong revenue and profit growth in its recently concluded fiscal year.

By John Ribeiro | 16 April, 2014 23:58

Tags: business issues, offshoring, services, outsourcing, financial results, Tata Consultancy Services

India's Infosys posts strong revenue, profit growth

Indian outsourcer Infosys reported revenue and profit growth in the first quarter, but is still troubled by strong staff attrition and key management changes.

By John Ribeiro | 15 April, 2014 20:01

Tags: business issues, offshoring, services, infosys, outsourcing, financial results

Google's Titan drone purchase about more than Internet access

Google has confirmed its acquisition of drone maker Titan Aerospace and hinted that the technology could be used for a lot more than providing Internet access to remote parts of the world.

By Zach Miners | 15 April, 2014 09:05

Tags: services, Internet-based applications and services, Google, Titan Aerospace, social networking, internet, social media, search engines

Report: Facebook about to enter e-money market in Europe

Facebook is mere weeks away from becoming a registered e-money firm in Ireland, the Financial Times reported.

By Loek Essers | 15 April, 2014 01:31

Tags: services, e-commerce, internet, Facebook

Microsoft to live stream Build keynote today

Microsoft will webcast the opening keynote address from its Build developers conference today starting at 8:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. ET).

By Gregg Keizer | 03 April, 2014 02:12

Tags: smartphones, Windows, Nokia, bing, software, operating systems, Windows Phone, App Development, Apple, consumer electronics, skype, Microsoft experiences maintenance outage on deadline day

The U.S. government's flagship health insurance exchange website,, was temporarily shut down Monday, the deadline for people to sign up for health coverage under the new law.

By Chris Kanaracus | 01 April, 2014 04:06

Tags: Government use of IT, CIO role, it strategy, health care, software, industry verticals, IT management, government, Barack Obama, Oracle, services

Cointrust CEO says his technology can take Bitcoin mainstream

Serial entrepreneur Steve Kirsch's latest venture, Cointrust, is creating technology he says can turn Bitcoin into a mass-market currency.

By Chris Kanaracus | 27 March, 2014 18:14

Tags: popular science, services, Bank of America, Mt. Gox, consumer electronics, security, Wells Fargo, Cointrust, mobile

Driving innovation at Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Investments is one of the world's largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $4.7 trillion, and it didn't get there by using yesterday's technology. In fact, the company has a standalone group, Fidelity Center for Applied Technology – more commonly referred to as Fidelity Labs -- whose job it is to take the long view, to examine technologies years before they become mainstream and help the firm get a leg up.

By John Dix | 27 March, 2014 14:28

Tags: unified communications, Fidelity, Configuration / maintenance, Networking, hardware systems, wireless, finance, cloud computing, internet, Data Center, industry verticals, Pebble, Cloud, Web 2.0, software, social media, collaboration, Internet-based applications and services, applications

Reforms promised, officials removed following audit of troubled Obamacare site built by Oracle

A newly released, independent audit of Oregon's disastrous Obamacare website implementation takes both state officials and site contractor Oracle to task, saying each side contributed to problems that have generated a political firestorm in recent months.

By Chris Kanaracus | 21 March, 2014 19:22

Tags: business issues, Government use of IT, layoffs, CIO role, industry verticals, IT management, Edward Screven, Oracle, John Kitzhaber, services, it strategy, health care, software, First Data, government, Safra Catz

Public safety truck overcomes wireless interoperability problems

Australia’s National Safety Agency (NSA) has built a mobile command centre that overcomes interoperability problems which have historically hindered coordination between different public safety and law enforcement bodies during major disasters.

By Adam Bender | 20 March, 2014 13:30

Tags: communications, interoperability, Emergency Services Integrated Communications (ESIC) vehicle, wireless, radio, mobile, truck, public safety

Startups flock to Web RTC for browser-based videoconferencing

A band of startups at Enterprise Connect is trying to cash in on Web RTC browser technology for peer-to-peer Internet audio and video calls.

By Tim Greene | 19 March, 2014 22:00

Tags: unified communications, LANs & Routers, Networking

'Cake Boss' bakery uses unified communications to streamline sales

Carlo's Bakery knew that in order to get ready for some rapid expansion it needed to upgrade its traditional PBX. And replacing it with a unified communications system brought new options ranging from video cake consulting to in-queue sales when the line of customers backs out the door onto the sidewalk.

By Tim Greene | 19 March, 2014 22:00

Tags: unified communications, Line, LANs & Routers, Networking

Microsoft's Lync surging as PBX choice in North America

Microsoft's Lync communications platform is making big gains as the IP PBX of choice, particularly in North America and particularly among larger businesses, Enterprise Connect attendees were told.

By Tim Greene | 19 March, 2014 12:55

Tags: unified communications, LANs & Routers, Networking, Microsoft, beca, nsa, Avaya

BYOD is fraught with legal peril, audience told

Businesses worry most about security when it comes to bring-your-own-device programs, but the legal ramifications of letting employees use personal smartphones and tablets at work can be just as threatening, attendees of Enterprise Connect were told.

By Tim Greene | 18 March, 2014 18:17

Tags: unified communications, BYOD, consumerization of IT, Networking, wireless, anti-malware, IT management

Cisco, Google make nice on videoconferencing

Owners of Google Chromebooks will be able to quickly join Cisco Webex conferences with an application demonstrated for the first time today at Enterprise Connect.

By Tim Greene | 18 March, 2014 18:17

Tags: unified communications, LANs & Routers, Google, Networking, videoconferencing

Unify sets timetable for launch of its Project Ansible unified communications service

Unify has set a timetable for the launch of its Project Ansible unified communications product, with beta testing scheduled for May.

By Peter Sayer | 17 March, 2014 17:34

Tags: unified communications, instant messaging, telecommunication, ios, Android, internet, Android OS, consumer electronics, voip, Mobile OSes, Mail, Telephony/conferencing, smartphones, e-mail, software, social media, collaboration, video, Internet-based applications and services, applications, Networking, iPhone, Unify, mobile

Microsoft's Surface 2 challenges iPad with support for LTE broadband

Users of Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet no longer need to be tethered to Wi-Fi networks for connectivity with the availability today of a new model that supports LTE broadband.

By Tim Greene | 17 March, 2014 16:14

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, PC, Microsoft, Networking, at&t, hardware systems, wireless, Data Center, Best Buy, Apple, skype

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