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Stories by Jon Brodkin

  • What Google bought in the past 12 months

    Google is expanding seemingly by the minute, and acquisitions are playing a big role in the search engine leader's quest to rule the technology world. Wednesday Google said it will buy a photo-sharing Web site called Panoramio and confirmed the acquisition of security software vendor GreenBorder Technologies. There are rumors Google will also purchase a provider of online RSS feeds called Feedburner for US$100 million.

  • IBM opens sales center in Second Life

    IBM Tuesday opened a virtual business center at <a href="" target="_blank">Second Life</a> that will be staffed by IBM sales representatives from around the world.

  • What a Microsoft-Yahoo merger would mean for Google

    The potential of a Microsoft-Yahoo blockbuster deal probably doesn't have rivals at Google shaking in their boots just yet, but if a merger comes to fruition Google may have to worry about its hold on the consumer search and online advertising markets.

  • SAAS adopters in for big challenges

    Use of software-as-a-service has more than doubled since the beginning of 2006 and will double again by the end of the decade, creating challenges for customers and vendors as they attempt to integrate hosted offerings with on-premise software, according to <a href="" target="_blank">research released this week</a> by Saugatuck Technology, a business and market strategy consulting firm focused on emerging IT markets.

  • Google exec says content management systems lacking

    A shortage of competition in the enterprise content management field is limiting the type of vendor innovation that makes products more appealing to customers, a Google official contended last week at the AIIM Conference & Expo in Boston.

  • Oracle details content management road map

    Oracle over the next 12 months will release five upgraded enterprise content management products that will integrate its own product line with that of Stellent, a company Oracle purchased late last year.

  • CRM for Google out of beta testing

    A customer relationship management tool designed to work with Google Apps is out of beta testing and available to the public, the makers of the product announced Monday.

  • Google's next frontier: Television

    Google is coming to your television set. The Web search giant is hiring a team of software engineers to develop products for television and is building a sales team that will secure advertising for Google's TV offerings. Google's intentions are made clear in a series of job advertisements posted on its career Web site.

  • Oracle's Hyperion may lead to more BI acquisitions

    Analysts expect Oracle's purchase of business intelligence software vendor Hyperion Solutions will lead to more takeovers in this space, with Business Objects and Cognos the most likely targets of companies looking to expand through acquisition.

  • High heat may not harm disk drives

    Temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit may not be damaging to disk drives, according to new research by Google engineers which casts doubt on previous findings linking heat to elevated failure rates.

  • Security tops managed service investment priorities

    Security is the top investment organizations plan to make this year in managed services, with storage, backup and disaster recovery coming in second place, according to survey results released this month by CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association.