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Web 2.0 Expo: Five Companies To Watch
When it comes to pressure, the Web 2.0 Expo's Launch Pad competition is not for the squeamish. You have to be willing to expose your company's soft underside in five minutes.
Web 2.0 Expo, co-produced by O'Reilly Media and TechWeb, is a perfect venue to expose really cool technologies and innovative applications of mashups and other Web 2.0-type stuff. Past presenters at Launch Pad included Zimbra, CleverSet, TripIt, ClickForensics, JobScore, Chirp Interactive, Triggit, Sharpcast, Omnidrive, and Flock.
This year's panel received more than 80 submissions to the Launch Pad competition. Not bad considering the current economic meltdown and increased pressures to do more with less. But, hey...that's what Web 2.0 is all about.
And while venture capital has been the focus in past years, the reality of the market is that companies must gain the attention of customers. As such, the organizers at this year's San Francisco show said they wanted to narrow the field down to the essential types of technologies.
Industry experts judging this year include Anand Iyer of Microsoft BizSpark, Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb, and Matt Marshall of Venture Beat.
On then, to the five brave companies. Click on any company name to view my full description:
As if the five minute presentations and the feedback from the panel weren't enough, audience members will be asked to vote for their top choice based on the demos. Votes will be tabulated in real-time and projected live on screen at the show. The top vote-getter will be named People's Choice Winner.
To see video of some of the other exciting services on display at the show, check out David Berlind's Reviewcam coverage of Apture's innovative cloud-based hyperlinking service and Kosmix's mashup for "getting smart about something in a hurry".
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Microsoft To Enable Private Clouds With Windows Server, System Center
Private clouds will take a flexible, scalable, automated approach to data center management, drawing computing power from pools of resources, rather than discrete servers.
Should You Socialize Your Hiring?
Some midsize companies, such as MTM Technologies, are using social recruiting to attract better talent with lower recruiting costs by tapping employees' social networking contacts.
The Business Case For Social Networks
Companies are putting these technologies to work like never before. But with no hard metrics for measuring ROI, they're finding other ways to justify the expense and measure value
Web 2.0: Internet Too Dangerous For Normal People
After decades of computer security work, one researcher questions current Internet safety procedures and the vendors assigned to protect the average user.
Yahoo Rolls Out Mobile Apps
It's unclear how big a role the mobile division will play under CEO Carol Bartz as it has been difficult to monetize so far.
Forrester Slashes IT Spending Forecast
The financial system's breakdown, which has dried up companies' borrowing ability, is one of the chief reasons for the decline in U.S. IT spending.
Verizon Wireless Establishes LTE Development Center
Located in suburban Boston, the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center will test products and services designed for Verizon's 4G network.
Rackable To Acquire Silicon Graphics For $25M
In the deal, Rackable will acquire Silicon Graphics' servers and software for building x86 clusters for high-performance computing, cloud computing, and large-scale data storage.
Sprint Shows Off Instinct S30
The successor to the popular Instinct has a sleeker design, and developers will get more access to the Java APIs to create rich applications.
HTC Brings Out Snap Smartphone
The messaging-centric smartphone has an "Inner Circle" button that will let users open a filtered in-box to only show messages from predetermined contacts.
Global CIO: What CIOs Must Do To Survive The Recession
The old ways are gone forever -- CIOs must adapt to a new environment fully engaged with operations, customers, and revenue generation.
E-Books Open New Chapter For LCD Makers
Strong reception for the Kindle, the brainchild of Web retailer Amazon, is attracting a growing number of developers.
Clearwire Offers WiMAX Subscribers Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots
The Clear Spot Personal Hotspot device connects to a USB modem and provides up to eight Wi-Fi access points.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 Fails To Halt Firefox Gains
Firefox's global market share is rising; Google's Chrome browser and Apple's Safari browser showed small gains in February through March.
The State Of Security
We polled more than 400 business technology professionals to determine which threats they consider the most serious, how they prioritize their defensive efforts, and what plans they've put in place to keep their organizations' data safe in 2009 and beyond.
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- Web 2.0: Internet Too Dangerous For Normal People
- Yahoo Rolls Out Mobile Apps
- Microsoft To Enable Private Clouds With Windows Server, System Center
- Forrester Slashes IT Spending Forecast
- Verizon Wireless Establishes LTE Development Center
Virtualization At The Desktop?
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The BI Explosion
Examine the business intelligence strategies of 500 companies, including deployment drivers and challenges, spending plans, and vendor selection, in this recent InformationWeek Research report.
CTIA: AT&T Offers A Netbook For $50 If you're looking for a netbook on the cheap, AT&T has a deal for you. It is now selling a wider range of netbooks, with some starting at just $50. Of course, don't forget to add $1,440 for the cost of the necessary data plan.
CTIA: QuickOffice For The iPhone Is Awesome Today at the CTIA wireless trade show, I was able to see a demonstration of the new QuickOffice software that will be available for the iPhone later this month. Instant verdict: epic win for enterprise productivity!
CTIA: Celio Lets Your PC Become Your Smartphone Celio, maker of the Redfly mobile companion device, has trotted out some new beta software that lets you access your smartphone's applications from your PC.
Conficker's Not A Blessing For Linux In the last few days before the Conficker worm's alleged conquest of the known world on April 1, a bunch of Linux and open source blogs have ruminated about the possibility that this would be another nail in the Windows coffin. See? Windows is horribly insecure! Linux is not! Watch people defect from Windows in droves! ... And that silence you hear is me trying hard not to die laughing.
Web 2.0 Helps Protect Californians Against Toxic Substances Shell Culp, CIO of the California Department of Toxic Substances, describes how the agency uses blogs, message boards, and wikis to help protect California's citizens against dangerous chemicals. The agency uses Web 2.0 tools to support programs including the new Green Chemistry Initiative requiring manufacturers to provide a list of potentially hazardous chemicals included in products, similar to food product labeling.
Game Consoles Hit Milestones Toward What Goal? Both Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 reached sales milestones in Japan last week -- 3 and 1 million units, respectively -- but I'm not sure I understand the long-term strategy for game consoles.
Entrusting China With Our Internet A Bad Idea Greed still triumphs over common sense and the common good, despite everything we've learned from the meltdown of our financial institutions.
CTIA: First Look At RIM's BlackBerry App World RIM's take on the mobile application storefront came to full realization overnight with the launch of BlackBerry App World. I downloaded the application and took it for a spin. Instant verdict: Not bad.
ReviewCam: At Web 2.0 Expo, Kosmix Demos Its Mashup For Researching Topics I've been at Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco all day "shooting" ReviewCams of sites and services that claim to fit into the Web 2.0 category. One such demo that I captured on video (see below) is essentially a search site that's designed for especially for people who are researching topics and who would prefer to have their search results organized in a way that's conducive to learning about some subject matter rather than just wading through pages of search results. Kosmix.com may be worth a try if you want to get smart about something in a hurry (instead of looking for a needle in a haystack).
Real-World SOA: Definition, Implementation and Use of SOA with CentraSite
Web services are having a dramatic impact on improving enterprise architecture and application development practices. This paper highlights three sample case studies illustrating how Fujitsu's CentraSite delivers SOA solutions.
Forrester Consulting: Unified Communications Delivers Global Benefits
This Forrester Consulting study shows how Unified Communications (UC) makes it simpler to contact others over any device in any location, enhancing business agility, cutting costs, and boosting employee productivity. Forrester finds that UC is already delivering major savings for organizations around the world in retail banking, manufacturing and education. Download the full report for free.
Software as a Service Research Report
No longer a niche software delivery model, software as a service (SaaS) can help small and midsize companies get access to enteprise-class software functionality without having to commit enterprise-level capital resources. Download the full report for free.
The Internet & The Developing World
The evolution of the Internet has been full of surprises - surprises that have sometimes resulted in radical changes in the commercial landscape, such as the arrival of Amazon, eBay, Google, YouTube, and Skype. Could one of the next big surprises turn out to be linked to developing countries? Read the full report for free from InternetEvolution.com
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