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September 23, 2014
apple-beats-music
There was considerable fascination over Apple's decision to buy Beats Electronics in a multibillion-dollar deal earlier this year, and much of it centered on the strength of the Beats brand. Now it appears that Apple may not be that enamored of the name. Rumors are circulating that it may rebrand the Beats Music streaming service. There's even a chance it will shut it down. [More...]

September 23, 2014
Just as businesses used to fool themselves into believing they controlled the customer conversation, many businesses today think they define the customer experience. They think that by assembling the right combination of processes, environment and people, they can develop an experience that will delight the customer. The B2B customer, however, typically has a well-defined experience in mind. [More...]

September 23, 2014
Blackberry Passport
BlackBerry is about to present its Passport to the business world -- a smartphone that costs less than rivals, while offering more screen real estate and a physical keyboard. The only hitch, in the words of tech analyst Roger Entner, is that "oh my god, this is ugly." Well, "pretty is as pretty does," BlackBerry might fire back. It's clearly going for functionality, not sex appeal. [More...]

September 23, 2014
ebay-phishing
eBay users should be on high alert for phishing scams designed to rob them of their credentials. eBay reportedly is riddled with scam listings that redirect shoppers to fake log-in sites. One measure users can take to protect themselves is to double-check the URL bar before entering their username and password to make sure they're still on ebay.com rather than on a cybercriminal's look-alike page. [More...]

September 22, 2014
Intrigue is thick surrounding EMC these days. The story line goes something like this: An activist shareholder is pressuring EMC to sell itself to companies that might be interested in acquiring the data storage giant. The list of possible suitors is short -- the two names that keep circulating are HP and Dell. EMC apparently has been discussing merger possibilities with HP for a year or more. [More...]

September 22, 2014
Jive Software recently unveiled upgrades to its Summer Cloud release of its two flagship products -- the Jive and JiveX communication and collaboration suites. There has been a slew of improvements to both suites, ranging from better UIs, mobile optimization and third-party integration to new community management tools. In particular, there has been a great deal of energy around JiveX. [More...]

September 22, 2014
iphone-6-iphone-6-plus
Apple enjoyed a spectacular opening weekend of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales, and if it can just keep up with demand, it's not likely there will be a slowdown any time soon. "This is not just a weekend sales story -- this is a multiproduct, multiyear growth story," suggested tech analyst Trip Chowdhry. "Innovation is back at Apple after three years of pause, and we are entering a new era." [More...]

September 22, 2014
The U.S. government is about to embark on a major IT program dealing with personal health records. The program is being launched by the U.S. Department of Defense, which issued a request for proposals to health IT providers late last month. The initiative is expected to support medical readiness for DoD's military personnel, as well as its beneficiaries and health system personnel. [More...]

September 19, 2014
home-depot
Home Depot has uttered the warning to its customers that every retailer must dread: Carefully check your credit card transactions. The theft of payment data that lasted for at least five months may have affected up to 56 million customers, making the Home Depot breach potentially worse than the one that devastated Target last year. Company officials are now scrambling to control the damage. [More...]

September 19, 2014
larry-ellison-oracle
Larry Ellison is handing over Oracle's CEO reins to a pair of successors, but whether Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will pull them in the same direction is doubtful. Hurd is the wild card, suggested former Oracle exec Jeff Seabloom. "Safra is trusted and really, really gets it," he said, while "Mark has a history of 'tension' with sales teams ... . No secret -- he sometimes is a lightning rod." [More...]

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