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  • Why Every Site Should Have A Data Portability Policy

    Editor’s note: Today the DataPortability Project announces PortabilityPolicy.org – the result of a 16 month effort that it hopes the industry will embrace. This guest post explains what a Portability Policy is, why your site should have a one, and why you should be looking for them. The author, Elias Bizannes, is the chairperson and executive director of the DataPortability… Read More

  • 4INFO CEO: Expect More Acquisitions, Revenues Will Quintuple [Video]

    4INFO CEO Zaw Thet is trying to shed the title, “King of SMS.” The mobile advertising company dominates the US SMS market, delivering some 400 million text messages each month (its monthly rate has roughly doubled from early 2010)— but Thet is tired of his crown, or rather, he’s eyeing a different one. 4INFO is trying to position itself as the largest mobile advertiser… Read More

  • Bantam CEO Tries To Position Salesforce Chatter As Lipstick On A Pig (Video)

    Salesforce Chatter just went live to all customers earlier today, but already it is being attacked from below by smaller social CRM players. Taking a page from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff’s own playbook of getting attention by going after larger incumbents, Bantam Live CEO John Rourke likens Chatter to lipstick on a pig. The pig in question is the underlying Salesforce app which he… Read More

  • After Four Months In Private Beta, Salesforce Chatter Finally Arrives As A Public Conversation

    Salesforce’s foray into injecting social features into the enterprise world, Chatter, is finally open to the public after four months in private beta. Announced last November, Chatter leverages what Salesforce CEO and co-founder Marc Benioff calls the Cloud 2, delivering realtime access to data and information, using social sources, such as YouTube and Twitter. In Feburary, Chatter… Read More

  • American Express Open Partners With Clickable To Launch SearchManager For Small Businesses

    Clickable, the ad management platform that lets search marketers measure and track the performance of their online marketing campaigns across different search engines and advertising networks, is partnering with American Express OPEN to launch SearchManager, a product that allows small business owners to streamline search advertising and marketing. American Express is essentially… Read More

  • Semantic Web Startup Inform Technologies Lands $4 Million, New CMO

    Inform Technologies, a New York-based developer and provider of semantic web solutions, this morning announced it has secured $4 million in a Series A funding round led by previous backers Spark Capital, The Stephens Group, and The Oklahoma Publishing Company. In addition, the startup has announced that Tony Dunaif, former SVP at Internet Broadcasting, has joined the company as Chief… Read More

  • Zoho Adds Workspaces, Access Controls, Widgets And More To Zoho Wiki

    Zohi Wiki, which originally launched in 2006, is getting an upgrade today, with additional collaboration features, access controls and more. Zoho has added workspaces within Wiki to allow teams to have their own groups within organization wikis. Each workspace has its own administrative and customization options and can serve as a separate portal. Zoho has also added more in-depth access… Read More

  • Yammer 3.0 For iPhone: Now With 100% Fewer Crashes

    At the risk of pissing off our new office neighbors, I have a confession to make: I loathed the Yammer iPhone app. Don’t get me wrong, I love Yammer, and find it absolutely vital to our work. But the app was easily the least stable of the dozens of apps I have  on my iPhone. It was so bad, in fact, that I’ve been accessing Yammer through mobile Safari in recent weeks. But… Read More

  • IBM Buys Web Analytics Software Maker Coremetrics

    IBM is jumping into the web analytics software space with the acquisition of San Mateo, CA company Coremetrics. With the purchase, IBM intends to expand its business analytics capabilities with Coremetrics’ cloud-based delivery platform, which enables companies to gain real-time insight into consumer interactions internally through social and other online media networks to increase… Read More

  • Conductor Launches SEO Platform Searchlight To The Public

    Conductor, a New York-based provider of SEO measurement and optimization solutions, has publicly launched Conductor Searchlight, the startup’s search engine optimization (SEO) operating system. The platform was previously in private beta and has been used by 30 companies, including Siemans, over the past few months. Conductor markets technology which aims to empower online marketers… Read More

  • IDC Projects 19.8% PC Market Growth In 2010

    IDC reports impressive year-over-year growth for global PC shipments of 27.1% in the first quarter of 2010, which has prompted the company to revise its projection for the entire year. In light of slow but certain economic recovery, IDC now foresees 19.8% growth in 2010, according to its Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Unlike most of 2009, netbooks are no longer driving the volume as much as… Read More

  • Report: IBM In Talks To Buy Real-Time Data Compression Startup Storwize For $140M

    Big Blue is close to buying real-time data compression startup Storwize for $140 million, according to Israeli newspaper The Marker. Storwize offers a real-time data compression technology that aim to boost storage space on network storage environments. Storwize appliances are installed between the organization’s storage arrays and their network and promises two to five times the… Read More

  • Consolidation In IT Services Land: NTT DATA Buys Intelligroup For $200 Million

    Japanese IT services juggernaut NTT DATA is acquiring US-based Intelligroup for approximately $199 million in cash, followed by a second-step merger to acquire all remaining shares at the same price paid in the tender offer. NTT DATA, through subsidiary Mobius Subsidiary Corporation, will make an offer to purchase all outstanding shares of Intelligroup common stock for $4.65 per share, a… Read More

  • Box.net Moves Beyond Storage In The Cloud; Adds File Syncing To The Mix

    Cloud-based storage and sharing application Box.net is getting into the syncing game today. The startup is unveiling Box Sync, an extension of the Box.net platform that connects users’ desktops to Box.net’s cloud-based content management and collaboration platform. With the Box Sync desktop client, users can sync Box.net folders with their desktops. The new feature is intended to… Read More

  • HP Pays $12 Million For Phoenix' Virtualization Technology Assets

    Phoenix Technologies today announced that Hewlett-Packard has agreed to purchase the assets related to its HyperSpace, HyperCore and Phoenix Flip instant-on and client virtualization products. The consideration for the transaction is $12 million in cash and the closing is expected to occur this month. Read More

  • Elsevier Acquires Semantic Technology Software Maker Collexis

    Elsevier, a juggernaut of a global publisher of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, announced today the acquisition of assets from Collexis, a developer of semantic technology and knowledge discovery software. The acquisition is effective immediately and terms of the agreement are not being disclosed. Read More

  • Crowdcast Raises $6 Million For 'Social Business Intelligence' Solutions

    Crowdcast, a provider of social business intelligence (SBI) solutions, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Menlo Ventures, with participation from Alsop-Louie Partners. The company’s name is a combination of the words ‘crowd’ and ‘forecast’, and its self-declared goal is to help companies find out what their people really know about… Read More

  • Why Japan Matters: iPad Mania, Cloud Computing, And Social Intelligence

    Editor’s note: Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, really loves Japan. And if you are a startup founder or tech executive, he thinks you should too. He explains why in this guest post, culled from observations from his most recent visit. Thousands of people lined up last week to buy iPads. And, if you didn’t notice them, it’s because they were in… Read More

  • Markit Buys Website And Application Developer Wall Street On Demand

    Financial information services giant Markit this morning announced that it has agreed to acquire Wall Street On Demand, a company that has specialized in the design, development and hosting of financial services websites and applications. Wall Street On Demand is based in Boulder, Colorado, has over 350 employees and claims to provide its services to most of the major brokerage firms in the… Read More

  • Host Analytics Grabs $15 Million For Performance Management Software

    Host Analytics, a company that develops performance management software for the enterprise, has raised $15 million in Series C funding led by Next World Capital, with existing investors ATV Capital, StarVest Partners and Trident Capital participating in the round. This brings the company’s total funding up to nearly $30 million. The company’s software helps finance executives… Read More