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    BlackBerry's Imperfect Storm

    BlackBerry's Imperfect Storm
    One small business owner shares his misadventures with the recently released smartphone from Research In Motion The beginning of the year brought about two very traumatic and similar events that affected my small business. I had my first colonoscopy. And I purchased a BlackBerry Storm. I lost a day's worth of work prepping and getting the colonoscopy done. And I wasted ...
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    Under Investigation AT&T Blames Apple for Google Voice Rejection

    Under Investigation AT&T Blames Apple for Google Voice Rejection
    AT&T has no qualms about blaming partner Apple for app rejections Under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T has passed the blame for the Google Voice application rejection on to partner Apple. According to AT&T's spokesperson, "AT&T does not manage or approve applications for the App Store. We have received the letter and will, of course, respond to it." The ...
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    EBay Sells Part of Skype for $2B

    EBay Sells Part of Skype for $2B
    NEW YORK - EBay Inc. is trading control of the online telecommunications service Skype for about $2 billion, reversing a 2005 acquisition that many analysts considered a head scratcher from the beginning. The company famous for its online marketplace said Tuesday it is selling a 65 percent stake in the business to a group of private investment funds for $1.9 billion ...
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    Why Web-based TV Could Grow Bigger Soon

    Why Web-based TV Could Grow Bigger Soon
    NEW YORK -- You have good reason to be skeptical when someone says millions of ordinary television viewers are about to start surfing the Internet on the living room's electronic hearth. We've heard that Web-on-your-TV convergence promise for more than a decade, with ambitious efforts to make it happen including AOL TV and WebTV Networks. Each time, the optimists have ...
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    The Silver Lining: Entrepreneurialism and Innovation During a Recession

    These are tough days for entrepreneurs seeking new cash, and even for venture capital firms that may be forced to conduct triage on existing portfolios. Still, now may be just the moment to turn a great idea into a lasting enterprise. That was the take, anyway, of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who gathered in Silicon Valley earlier this year to talk ...
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    How to Not Go Out of Business

    How to Not Go Out of Business
    Have you ever thought about how banking has evolved over the past 20 years? The other day, as I maneuvered my car past the drive-up ATM, I was telling my kids about the way things used to be. Like when I had to plan ahead and make sure I got to the bank by 3 on Friday to deposit my paycheck ...
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    Online Retailers: An Early Holiday Peak?

    Online Retailers: An Early Holiday Peak?
    What began as a strong shopping season for online retailers may fizzle as cash-strapped consumers quickly exhaust tight holiday budgets. Lured by steep discounts, consumers showed a propensity to spend as yearend shopping got under way after Thanksgiving. By late afternoon on Nov. 30, the day's online sales were up 11% from a year earlier, according to online marketing firm Coremetrics. ...
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    Different Times Call For Different Strategies

    Different Times Call For Different Strategies
    We are living in times that are different from anything you and I have lived in before. Is the economy picking up? Is it in for a long-term change? What is happening around us and how can we, as small business people, adapt and succeed? Well, in different times one strategy is to can keep on doing what you’ve already done. ...
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    Facebook Ends Beacon Tracking Tool

    Facebook Ends Beacon Tracking Tool
    NEW YORK - Facebook is shutting down its much-maligned Beacon marketing program, launched nearly two years ago amid fanfare only to generate a storm of privacy complaints over the tracking of user activities at partner Web sites. Facebook agreed to end Beacon and create a foundation to promote online privacy, safety and security as part of a $9.5 million settlement in ...
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    Microsoft Unveils Courier Dual-Tablet Concept

    Microsoft Unveils Courier Dual-Tablet Concept
    Microsoft dropped a blockbuster product announcement yesterday via Gizmodo. After months of Apple-tablet rumors, including word that Steve Jobs himself is masterminding the device, it is Apple’s competitor Microsoft that has stolen the spotlight with the announcement of an upcoming touchscreen ultra-mobile device. The new device was developed with positively Apple-like secrecy. Only a handful of engineers worked on or were ...
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    Holiday Gift Guide: Top Tech Books

    Holiday Gift Guide: Top Tech Books
    SAN FRANCISCO - Your holiday shopping list probably includes gadgets, games and gizmos that illustrate how technology is changing the way we work, play and communicate. So why not throw in a few books about the people and services causing the delight and disruption? Here are a few suggestions: --- "Googled" by Ken Auletta (suggested retail price: $27.95); "Inside Larry ...
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    Apple: We Say No to Good Ideas Every Day

    Apple: We Say No to Good Ideas Every Day
    Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook delivered a rather interesting Q&A session at a Goldman Sachs tech conference on Tuesday.  In it he reaffirmed Apple's assertion that its floundering Apple TV product is really just "a hobby".  He also offered some insight into how product development works in Cupertino and said that Apple has no qualms with rejecting good ideas "every day".When ...
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    Walmart Buys Vudu to Improve Position in E-Book, Movie Business

    Walmart Buys Vudu to Improve Position in E-Book, Movie Business
    Walmart may be the largest retail chain in the U.S. and one of the biggest companies in the world, but the wildly successful ultra-ubiquitous retailer has shown signs of weakness in sales of physical media like DVDs and CDs. Competitors like Amazon.com and Apple have stolen away plenty of business with their digital downloads Walmart offers downloads of its own. In 2009 it ...
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    US to Share Internet Oversight with Other World Governments, Private Sector

    US to Share Internet Oversight with Other World Governments, Private Sector
    NEW YORK - As Internet use expands worldwide, the United States said Wednesday it will give other governments and the private sector a greater oversight role in an organization whose decisions affect how computers relay traffic such as e-mail and Twitter posts. The move comes after European regulators and other critics have said the U.S. government could wield too much ...
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    Google's Project 10^100 Finalists Unveiled

    Google's Project 10^100 Finalists Unveiled
    Last year about this time, Google launched a new program called 10 to the 100 seeking ideas from everyday people that could help others around the globe. Google reports that it received over 150,000 ideas and has chosen the best as part of a handful of finalists for the public to vote on. Out of the 150,000, ideas that were submitted ...
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    Where's the Next Industry Boom? In Cleantech, Probably

    Where's the Next Industry Boom? In Cleantech, Probably
    SAN FRANCISCO - Our economy sure could use the Next Big Thing. Something on the scale of railroads, automobiles or the Internet - the kind of breakthrough that emerges every so often and builds industries, generates jobs and mints fortunes. Silicon Valley investors are pointing to something called cleantech - alternative energy, more efficient power distribution and new ways to store ...
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    Apple-Google War Escalates

    Apple-Google War Escalates
    This week Qi Lu, the president of Microsoft’s online services division, was seen on Apple's campus.  He was reportedly meeting to discuss terms with Apple to make Bing the default search engine on the iPad and possibly even the iPhone.  That would be a blow for Google, which has enjoyed a great deal of search traffic from the iPhone.  However, it's ...
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    Ten Titanic Tech Battles for 2010

    When it comes to deciding when to cooperate with each other and when to compete, the major IT vendors have always, to one degree or another, been involved in skullduggery and intrigue. On a field level, practicality that is usually forced on the vendors wins the day, resulting in agreements to work together and higher levels of interoperability. But back ...
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    10 Tricks to Telecommuting Success

    In a century where convenience is the standard form of measurement, telecommuting is growing in popularity. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2005, more than 11 million people worked from home — that's about 8 percent of the U.S. population! And what's not to love about telecommuting? When you can work from the comfort of your home, skip commuter ...
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    Critical New Bug Found in Apple's Snow Leopard OS

    Critical New Bug Found in Apple's Snow Leopard OS
    Apple has always tried to promote an image of high quality products and boasts a slogan "It just works" - in reality, the company has its fair share of quality control issues. The release of the Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) operating system was supposed to be a momentous occasion for Apple, but was marred when it shipped with an ...
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