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Microserver Standard

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By Stephen Shankland CNET News


Posted on ZDNet News: Oct 30, 2009 5:23:55 AM

In September, Intel introduced its idea of tiny 'microservers'. Now the company wants to make the design into a standard others can use, too.

The chipmaker will offer its design specification to the Server System Infrastructure Forum by the end of the year, said Jason Waxman, general manager of Intel's high-density computing group. If the group's board votes its approval for the specification, group members may use the designs royalty-free, he said in a meeting with reporters in San Francisco on Thursday.

The computer industry is in constant tension between proprietary designs and standards that anyone may use. The former can mean tidy profits for companies, as long as the technology is widely adopted, but the latter can spur broader adoption. Intel's primary business, selling processors, benefits more from the latter when it comes to cultivating a new se…

iPhone China

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It could be the Year of the iPhone in China, as Apple officially started selling its iconic smartphone in the world's largest mobile market Friday night.

While China saw nothing near the frenzy of the first iPhone launch day here in the U.S., crowds there did honor the tradition of lining up for the phone many hours in advance at several locations. A few hundred people queued up in the rain and cold outside The Place shopping center in Beijing, for example. There, Zhi Xianzhong became the first person to get the iPhone from Apple partner China Unicom after waiting 7 hours and 40 minutes, according to China Daily.
As expected, China Unicom, the country's second largest telecom operator after China Mobile, is selling two versions of the iPhone in China under a three-year deal with Apple. But cost could prove to be a deterrent. Prices range from 4,999 yuan (about $732) for the 8GB 3G model to 6,999 yuan (about $1,025) for the 32GB 3GS phone (sans contract).

Mobile surge in traffic says Opera

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Global mobile data traffic continued to surge in September, Internet browser firm Opera said on Tuesday.


Data traffic through Opera's mobile browser -- which packages up to 90 percent of the data to save network bandwidth -- rose 8.7 percent in September from August, Opera said.

The mobile Internet market has boomed since 2007 introduction of Apple's iPhone, which has increased all handset makers' focus on Internet usage on the phones.

Wireless operators are keen on raising revenue from Internet browsing and the social networking boom as revenue from traditional voice calls is declining, but they are facing increasingly congested networks.

This is helping browsers like Opera, which package data and send only a small amount through wireless networks.

Opera, the most popular mobile browser, said in its monthly mobile Internet report that packaging of data enables mobile Internet users in total to save $8.1 billion a year in top 10 countries alone.

Data traffic on mobile oper…

Website Development

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Customer drivenwebsitedevelopment "Most of my customers feel helpless when it comes to web development" Where the problem begins. When a client contacts with a media firm there first initial comment is no control over their website. Why does this happen? Lack of understanding about what a client wants on their website. Poor communication with Developer and Designer.




Contractor controlled website. Meaning I will build you a website but you will spend thousands of dollars to keep it up to date, which I am the key master. How do you watch for these pitfalls? Communication is key any type of relationship both personal and professional. Communicate your ideas on a regular basis either in E-mail or over the phone. Preferably over E-mail.

Contracts are nightmares especially when you have exceeded your development control and the process has begun. Feature creep (adding what was not already pre-cost analyzed) costs clients more in revenue than the entire project. Every website sho…

Discount Shopping and Herbal Products at Ecomshoppers

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Ecomshoppers is where you will find discount shopping, generic drugs and numerous items all at discount prices. All generic drugs are FDA approved, no prescription is neccessary and shipping is included in price.


Ecomshoppers.com is a professionally managed generic drugs distributor that supplies only the top quality safe generic drugs to its customers worldwide. You will save up to 70% by buying generic medications instead of brand name. Our generic medications are manufactured on government certified facilities and meet or exceed the highest US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Free worldwide shipping and no prescription for over the counter medications

High Risk Credit Card Processing at Ecomtechnology

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High Risk Credit Card Processing


eComTechnology is a eCommerce company with a diverse range of products and services, including a very secure and reliable multi-currency platform for credit card processing, market leading fraud minimization systems and premium support services for the sustainable future.

We do Travel, Credit/Debt Collection, Electronics, Timeshare, Mail Order, Telephone, High Risk, High Volume, Real Estate, Replica Products, Herbal Supplements, Financial Consulting, Calling Cards, Phone Cards, VOIP, Telecommunications, High Volume, Telemarketing, Escort Merchants, Dating, eBook & Software, Event Tickets,Prepaid Debit Cards, Offshore.

Asia, United States, Canada or based in Europe inquire or apply onsite today at eComTechnology and in most cases you can be processing in less than 5 days through your own virtual terminal or gateway.


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Social Games

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What's former MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe up to these days? He wants to be the next big name in the social-gaming craze, we hear.


In late July, TechCrunch floated a report that DeWolfe was hitting up big private equity outlets to amass cash, at least $100 million, for a new venture that would involve "a roll-up of an Internet industry vertical," but TechCrunch didn't specify what that sector was. Three months prior, DeWolfe had been ousted from the troubled MySpace and replaced by former Facebook executive Owen Van Natta.

Former MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe

(Credit: Michelle Meyers/CNET) Now, several well-placed sources have told CNET News that DeWolfe intends to make a move in social gaming, a red-hot space currently dominated by the Mark Pincus-headed Zynga, and that his "roll-up" plans involve buying up a number of smaller social gaming companies so that he and Pincus can go directly head-to-head.

Multiple sources have indicated that DeWolfe is working on thi…

USB 3.0 motherboard

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This Is the First USB 3.0 Motherboard


Intel might be dicking around on USB 3.0, but Asus ain't. The Xtreme Design P7P55D-E is apparently the very first USB 3.0 motherboard. It's an Intel P55-based mobo that uses a third-party USB 3.0 controller for a pair of ports.

It has 10 USB 2.0 orifices too. Personally, I'd just wait for a full USB 3.0 board, where every port's USB 3.0. Otherwise, you're just gonna feel cramped and then dumb, when you have to buy another board. If you must have the 3.0 now this slab supports CrossFire and SLI with a pair of PCIe x 16 slots, a pair of Gigabit ethernet ports, and eSATA. Of course, there's no price or date for this thing yet, which makes it a little less exciting, perhaps. As exciting as gimped USB 3.0 motherboards can get, anyway.


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global regulatory body approved a new multilingual address system

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A global regulatory body Friday approved a new multilingual address system which it said would open up the Internet to millions more people worldwide.


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced an end to the exclusive use of Latin characters for website addresses.

In future it will be possible to write an entire website address in any of the world's language scripts.

With the introduction of "internationalised" domain names (IDNs), scripts such as Chinese, Korean or Arabic will eventually be usable in the last part of an address name -- the part after the dot, as in .com and .org.
At present, technological restrictions mean all domain names end in letters from the Latin alphabet.

"This is only the first step but it is an incredibly big one and a historic move toward the internationalisation of the Internet," said Rod Beckstrom, ICANN's president and CEO, in a statement following a six-day conference in Seoul…

US boots up new unified cybersecurity center

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US boots up new unified cybersecurity center


18 hours ago US Homeland Security SecretaryJanet Napolitano cut the ribbon on Friday on a state-of-the-art unified command center for government cybersecurity efforts.

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) brings together various government organizations responsible for protecting cyber networks and infrastructure and private sector partners.

"This will be a 24/7, 365-day-a-year facility to improve our national efforts to prepare and respond to threats and incidents affecting critical information technology and communications infrastructure," Napolitano said.

She said the NCCIC will serve as the "central repository" for the cyber protection efforts of the civilian side of the federal government and its private sector partners.

Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the NCCIC was the head of the US military's "cyber command," Lieutenant General Keith Alexander, director…

Google Operating System coming

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NEW DELHI: To tap the fast growing web and personal computers market, internet giant Google is working on an operating system, a move that is likely


to pose a stiff challenge to Microsoft's dominance.

"We are working on an operating system... we feel, when other operating systems became part of the Web, the world was not connected the way it is today," Google Global Sales Operations and Business Development President Nikesh Arora said.

"Whether our operating system replaces the existing ones, I don't know. Customers will choose that," he said, while speaking at the HT Leadership Summit here.

In July, Google announced plans to launch its own operating system for personal computers. The planned open source 'Google Chrome Operating System' is expected to be available in the second half of 2010.

Microsoft has about 90 per cent share in the global market for operating systems.

"Google Chrome Operating System is an open source, lightweight oper…

When Is It Time to Keep Your Mouth Shut?

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When Is It Time to Keep Your Mouth Shut?


When leaders think they're trying improve the quality of other people's good ideas, they're often just trying to prove how smart they are: By Marshall Goldsmith

A classic interpersonal challenge that I often see in brilliant, gifted, successful people is the desire to "add value," especially to other people's great ideas. These leaders are likely to display their brilliance continually by adding their input at the expense of others'.

This occurs quite often. For instance, imagine you are an entry-level employee, and I am your manager. You come to me with an idea that you think is great. You have been working on this idea for months, and are really excited about what you have developed. I like the idea.

Rather than saying, "Great idea!" and letting it go, I must show my brilliance and tell you: "That is a very good idea. Why don't you add X to it, and it will be much better?"

This could w…

Uk threatens internet connection for file sharing

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WATFORD, England (Reuters) - Britain is to push ahead with a law to clamp down on illegal file sharing, that would start with a series of warning letters and could result in repeat offenders losing their Internet connection.

The proposals, which were set out by Business SecretaryPeter Mandelson, have followed a high-profile campaign from artists such as Lily Allen and James Blunt, and follow France's move to ban illegal peer-to-peer sharers for up to a year.
The rules could disappoint some of the artists and executives who have campaigned for the law, however, as the government does not plan to introduce the disconnection element of the law for at least a year, once the bill has passed.
Under the British proposals, the new law could be passed by April and rights holders such as music companies and Internet service providers would work together for over a year to send letters to those who are uploading illegal content.

The government hopes that the warning letters will prompt many …

Sun cuts 3000 Jobs

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Sun Microsystems slashing up to 3,000 jobs, 10 percent of staff, as it awaits Oracle takeover


Sun Microsystems Inc. plans to eliminate up to 3,000 jobs, or 10 percent of its worldwide work force, as it awaits a takeover by Oracle Corp., a deal being held up by antitrust regulators in Europe.

The layoffs Sun outlined Tuesday in a regulatory filing are the latest in a series of job cuts at the world's No. 4 server maker.
Sun, a dot-com-era star, was banking on the $7.4 billion deal with Oracle as a lifeline after a decade of financial struggles. As delays have mounted, Sun has had to fend for itself, losing ground to rivals, including IBMCorp. and Hewlett-Packard Co., which have exploited uncertainty about the deal to poach customers.

Sun's losses are mounting too: It lost $2.2 billion in the last fiscal year, which ended June 30.


Microsoft Office Accounting ends

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Starting November 16, Microsoft is ending distribution and sales of its Microsoft Office Accounting product. Company officials began notifying customers of the decision on October 30.

All Microsoft Office Accounting products in the UK and North America are affected by the decision, including Office Accounting Express, Office Accounting Standard, Office Accounting Professional, Office Accounting Professional Plus, Office Accounting 3-user and Small Business Accounting.


VOIP Sales are climbing

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Maybe there is something to this idea that, in a recession, Voice over IP service is an affordable alternative to traditional telephone service.


In the first half of 2009, VoIP services brought in nearly $21 billion in revenue, with both residential and business services looking healthy and poised for even more growth for the second half of the year, according to a report by market research firm Infonetics Research.

Residential voice services still brings in the majority of revenue, with the number of subscribers growing 14 percent from the end of 2008 through the first half of ‘09. On the business side, the research firm said it expected IP Centrex and hosted unified communications service revenue to grow 26 percent year-over-year.

But the current sweet spot, at least in North America, is small businesses with fewer than 100 employees. In the first half of the year, roughly two-thirds of all IP Centrex seats sold went to small businesses.


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Chirac investigated

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A DECISION by an investigating judge to send Jacques Chirac, a former president, to stand trial in a court is without precedent in modern French history. Mr Chirac is accused of “misappropriation of public funds” during his time as mayor of Paris. The decision comes in a month in which the entrails of France’s one-time ruling elite have been spilling out. A former interior minister, Charles Pasqua, was this week sentenced to a year in prison (and a suspended sentence of two years) for involvement in arms trafficking to Angola. A former prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, has also been tried in connection with a smear campaign and is awaiting a verdict.
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Panama Financially

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The country’s business and political leaders insist its financial system has become a paragon of integrity, and that Panama is being unfairly targeted by rich countries starved of revenue by the recession. “The US is the biggest tax haven in the world,” says Juan David Morgan, a lawyer, noting that America exempts foreigners from levies on interest. “But they want to scapegoat us because we’re visible and have a canal. It’s a double standard.”


Panama is indeed now far removed from its erstwhile financial free-for-all. Its banks are highly regulated. Opening an account requires a week of bureaucratic procedures and a respected watchdog agency monitors large transactions. Panama ranks fourth among 30 countries surveyed by the Financial Action Task Force (a body set up by the Group of Seven countries) in carrying out anti-money-laundering measures. And it taxes domestic economic activity fairly heavily, although it does leave foreign-sourced income untouched.

However, Panama has made no …

Wii Sales Drop

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According to Nintendo, global sales of the once popular Wiigames console have slumped 43% during the first half of the fiscal year (H1 ‘10).


Figures released by Nintendo show that in the six months to the end of September 5.7 million Wii consoles were sold, compared to 10.1% a year ago (H1 ‘09). At the same time, global game sales have fallen by 6%. 76.2m Wii games were sold during H1 ‘10 compared to 81.4 million for H1 ‘09.
Speaking to JapanesenewspaperMainichi Shimbun, Nintendo’s CEO, Satoru Iwata said that “Wii has stalled,” and that “We were unable to continue to release strong software.”
Overall, this is pretty bad news for Nintendo which as seen a 52% drop in net profit during H1 ‘10, down to $721 million. The company has also cut net profit forecasts for the ‘10 fiscal year by 23%, down to $2.5 billion.


(US-CERT) flagged BlackBerry spyware app

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The United StatesComputer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) has flagged the release of a free BlackBerryspyware application that allows an attacker to call a user’s BlackBerry and listen to personal conversations.


The application, called PhoneSnoop, was publicly released as a proof-of-concept. It was first discussed at the Hack-in-the-Box security conference this year.


Internet addresses running out

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What’s happening is the original Internet numbering system — which assigns addresses such as 192.168.1.1 — is running out of numbers. IPv4 is a 32-bit system with four billion possible combinations. “That sounds like a lot of numbers, but it really isn’t when you think about the size of the globe and the number of devices being connected these days,” Curran says. In fact, we’re due to run out of numbers within 700 days, he warns. IPv6, with 128-bit addressing space, enables “numbering of all of the molecules in the galaxy,” he says.


As soon as the last IPv4 number is used up, every new device or site that comes along after that uses IPv6. Don’t loose too much sleep over your systems, however. Industry planners have been aware of this matter since the 1990s. Most hardware and software has been ready for IPv6 for some time.


Krab Krawler blocks Twitter Malware

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Kaspersky unveiled a new tool on Thursday called "Krab Krawler" that analyzes the millions of tweets posted on Twitter every day and blocks any malware associated with them.


The tool looks at every public post as it appears on Twitter, extracts any URLs in them and analyzes the Web page they lead to, expanding any URLS that have been shortened, Costin Raiu, a senior malware analyst at Kaspersky, said in an interview.

The company is scanning nearly 500,000 new unique URLs that appear in Twitter posts daily, he said. Of those, anywhere between 100 and 1,000 are malware attacks. Twitter has also been targeted by the Koobface virus which posts malicious links from infected users' accounts.

About 26 percent of the total posts contain URLs, and many of those lead to spam sites that are marketing products or services and aren't considered malware, according to Raiu. Tens of thousands of different accounts are posting spam links, most likely from accounts created by bots,…

Fertility Plummeting

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This week we focus on some astonishing figures that will probably do more to improve lives in developing countries than anything else going on now. Fertility rates are plummeting. Developing countries are making in 20 years a demographic transition—from five children per mother to two—that took more than a century in developed countries. It is the consequence of greater prosperity, and also the cause of it, as falling numbers of dependents allow workers to get richer.

CIOs Spending on IT

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One of the easiest levers for CIOs to pull when they need to save money in the IT budget is to push off the purchase of new hardware from one budget cycle to the next. And, the biggest hardware lever to pull is typically the one for new desktop and laptopPCs for end users, because of the sheer scale involved.


On October 6, TechRepublic polled its 90-member panel of U.S. IT executives and asked, “Has your IT department done anything to delay its PC refresh cycle in 2009?” The jury, made up of the first 12 respondents, came through with three only “Yes” votes and nine “No” votes.

It was a surprise that this number wasn’t higher, since U.S. organizations have been under intense budget pressure in 2009 from the stagnant economic climate. The fact that only 25% of the jury reported a delay in PC upgrades could also mean that some of them have already used this lever in the last couple years and can’t keep doing it indefinitely, or it could mean that many of them don’t ha…

Facebook attacks

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Thumbs UpThumbs Down+3232Virus hunters are raising the alarm for a large-scale spam attack that uses fake Facebook password-reset messages to trick PC users into downloading a dangerous piece of malware.


The malicious executable is linked to the Bredolab botnet, which has been linked to massive spam runs and identity-theft related attacks.



Sprint losing customers

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Sprint Nextel is still losing customers, the company said Thursday as it reported a third-quarter loss.


Sprint's losses widened to $478 million, or 17 cents a share, during the quarter that ended September 30, from a loss of $326 million, or 11 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue fell nearly 9 percent to $8.04 billion.

Results were slightly worse than analysts had expected. Analysts had been looking for Sprint to report a loss of 15 cents per share on revenue of $8.09 billion.

Sprint continued to lose customers, as it has for several quarters. But it lost fewer customers than analysts had expected. Sprint lost a total of 801,000 subscribers in the quarter. Analysts had expected the company to lose 870,000 so-called post-paid customers.

Meanwhile, Sprint competitors AT&T and Verizon Wireless added 2 million and 1.2 million customers, respectively.



Moving to 64 bit

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The official release of Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)'s Windows 7 last week could mark the beginning of a turn toward 64-bitcomputing in the business sector as companies embark on long overdue upgrades to a new operating system.


According to a recent study, 80 percent of US respondents feel there are unspoken rules about mobile technology usage, and approximately 69 percent agreed that violations of these unspoken mobile manners are unacceptable.

The consumer market has been trending from 32-bit systems toward 64-bit computing for the past several years, with chipmakers like Intel (NSDQ: INTC) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) introducing 64-bit processors for the mass market as far back as 2003.

To date, however, enterprises have held off on the architecture due to concerns about cost, compatibility, and the notion that 64-bit computing is overkill for most office apps.


Uk Guardian Hacked

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In what is being described as a “deliberate and sophisticated crime,” the Guardian newspaper in the U.K. says the careers section of its Web site was hacked, exposing sensitive data belonging to about half a million users.


According to a note posted online by the Guardian:

The police remain anxious to keep information about the apparent theft to a minimum, in order not to compromise their investigations, but did agree with us that we could inform those users who may be affected. We stress our regret that this breach has occurred. This is apparently a deliberate and sophisticated crime, of which the Guardian is a victim in addition to some of our users.

It is clear that only a minority of Guardian Jobs users are at risk. Some of the data which appears to have been stolen is up to two years old. We have emailed the approximately half a million users whose data may have been compromised. This is out of the total of 10,328,290 unique users the site has per calendar year…

Daily Newspapers Circulation Falls 10%

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MORE bad news for America's newspaper industry. In the six months to the end of September, daily circulation fell by 10.1% to 30.4m compared with the same period in 2008. All of the top 20 papers have seen their circulation plunge, with the exception of the Wall Street Journal. The Journal now has the biggest circulation in the country, surpassing USA Today, which suffered an enormous 17.5% drop in readership over the same period. Paying readers are now turning to the internet to get the news free.
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LA outsources to Google

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Los Angelesoutsource the city’s e-mail system to Google


The Los Angeles City Council today voted unanimously to “Go Google,” approving a $7.25 million contract to outsource the city’s e-mail system to Google’s cloud and transition some 30,000 city employees to the cloud over the coming year, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Clearly, this is a big deal for the city of Los Angeles. But this vote is also monumental for cloud computing as a whole, which has gained popularity and widespread interest but still relatively little adoption as companies – and municipalities, apparently – weigh the anticipated cost benefits over the unknown risks that might come with system failures or data breaches.


Online Shopping

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Every technology has its boons and banes, but online shopping is full of advantages. In every day's hectic schedule its almost impossible to spend time on shopping. This process is time saving, you just need to visit website and buy product online and in less time we get best of all. Plenty of shopping portals are available over the net that offers the facility to buy products online . Buyer can directly visit the website, by using Internet Search Engines. While, some portals provide online shopping without any registration, but some might ask you for a permanent shopping account, which asks for your contact number or e-mail address. After the transaction is being done, a message will be delivered via e-mail or SMS. Online shopping trends are showing a consistent rise due to the great response from people. In the coming year, the numbers suggesting the development of the online shopping trends are expected to rise alarmingly
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Adobe Flash Builder for Force.com

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Businesses who have already taken the plunge into the Salesforce cloud will find something new this morning: Adobe Flash.




The two companies today announced an alliance that brings the power of the Adobe Flash platform to the Salesforce’s Force.com, where developers build - and many times share - business apps for the cloud. Through the partnership, the companies said they are are offering developers a way to build rich Internet applications in the cloud.



The apps built using Adobe Flash Builder for Force.com can easily be deployed to users through the browser using the Adobe Flash® Player or directly to the desktop via Adobe AIR. In a joint statement, the companies further said:

This tight integration enables client-side data management and synchronization between cloud and client, simplifying the development of applications that seamlessly run online or offline across operating systems and devices, while taking full advantage of the proven scalability, security an…

Another Pandemic Thought

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Increased demand during a severe pandemic could exceed the capacities of Internet providers’ access networks for residential users and interfere with teleworkers in the securities market and other sectors, according to a DHS study and providers (see figure below). Private Internet providers have limited ability to prioritize traffic or take other actions that could assist critical teleworkers. Some actions, such as reducing customers’ transmission speeds or blocking popular Web sites, could negatively impact e-commerce and require government authorization. However, DHS has not developed a strategy to address potential Internet congestion or worked with federal partners to ensure that sufficient authorities to act exist. It also has not assessed the feasibility of conducting a campaign to obtain public cooperation to reduce nonessential Internet use to relieve congestion. DHS also has not begun coordinating with other federal and private sector entities to assess oth…

DeepDyve Search Engine

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DeepDyve, a search engine that specializes in indexing the contents of documents published deep into a Web site, is announcing a Netflix-like service that allows users to “rent” documents such as medical journal articles on a per-use basis.


The company says that there’s a market of more than 50 million “sophisticated consumers and professionals” known as “knowledge workers,” who use the Web for research but that some of the best information for them is only available through expensive subscriptions that traditionally serve the academic or corporate worlds.

DeepDyve has aggregated more 30 million journal articles that it is “renting” for 99 cents for 24 hours. There are also two subscription models - a $10 plan that provides access to 20 articles per month with viewing times of seven days or a $20 unlimited plan - read as many articles as many times as you’d like.


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