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Tuesday - November 18, 2014
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Although Microsoft has the right to use the "Nokia" name in branding its mobile offerings, there's nothing in the companies' agreement to prevent Nokia from using it on its own line of tablets -- and that, in fact, is what it has decided to do. Microsoft appears to be moving away from the "Nokia" brand, in any case. It may be that in years to come a new batch of Nokia phones will be in direct competition with the Lumia line. [More...]

Tuesday - November 18, 2014
Facebook is preparing to plunge into the office collaboration and communication space with something it's calling "Facebook At Work," according to a Monday report. The new offering will be similar to the consumer version of Facebook, but it will allow workers to chat with each other, connect with their professional contacts, and collaborate on projects. [More...]

Monday - November 17, 2014
The U.S. State Department on Sunday announced its unclassified email system has been breached, making it the fourth U.S. government organization to have fallen prey to hackers in recent months. The State Department took down its website and unclassified email system and reportedly used Gmail for communications instead. None of its classified systems were compromised, the department claimed. [More...]

Monday - November 17, 2014
Doing business with the U.S. government is always a challenge. In addition to uncertain budgets, political infighting, and the seemingly endless procurement terms of the Federal Acquisition Regulations, there are many other special provisions that come into play in government contracting. One of them is the small business set-aside policy designed to ensure that smaller companies can participate. [More...]

Monday - November 17, 2014
LinkedIn has been a wildly successful social media business site for many years. It provides a free platform for millions of members to share professional experiences and for businesses to promote themselves. However, LinkedIn's financial success also makes it a target for lawsuits -- even suits that don't seem to make much sense. LinkedIn members voluntarily post their employment history. [More...]

Friday - November 14, 2014
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Let the gamers beware: If a company doesn't allow publication of reviews prior to the launch of its upcoming blockbuster titles, then it could mean it's not fully confident those reviews would help sales. People might have been less willing to part with $60 for Assassin's Creed: Unity, for example, if they knew the ground might inexplicably fail to support the main character. [More...]

Friday - November 14, 2014
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Does Facebook's latest massaging of its privacy practices suggest a softer, gentler attitude toward users who would like to use its network without paying for it with their personal data? Not hardly. "The reality is that firms like Facebook and Google mine every aspect of our on-site activities," said the 451 Group's Alan Pelz-Sharpe. "It's how they make money." [More...]

Friday - November 14, 2014
While most people view Salesforce.com's annual Dreamforce event as the largest user conference in the cloud industry, it is also the biggest gathering of cloud companies and their growing assortment of business partners. In many ways, Dreamforce is the best demonstration that the channel isn't dead and actually is prospering in the cloud. This year's Dreamforce was preceded by a Partner Summit. [More...]

Thursday - November 13, 2014
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Amazon and Hachette finally have reached a resolution of their long, highly publicized dispute over e-book pricing, and both are claiming a victory. Certainly the free flow of Hachette books through Amazon's channel will be a relief to the publisher and its authors. As for Amazon, dissipating some of the rancor over its punitive extra-slow delivery of Hachette titles may be priceless. [More...]

Thursday - November 13, 2014
AT&T shared plenty of powerful information and insights about growth for the company and the industry in general at last week's industry analyst meeting. The wireless, telecom, television and Internet businesses will continue to grow and to change in 2015 and beyond. Whether you are a customer, a worker, an investor or a partner, understanding how change will come will be key to success. [More...]

Wednesday - November 12, 2014
Apple reportedly has formed a dedicated sales team to pitch Apple products to CIOs, and it is working closely with app developers who have a corporate presence to sell into the enterprise. Apple's increased interest in the enterprise could be part of a long-term strategy to offset declining sales in the tablet market. For three consecutive quarters, iPad sales have fallen. [More...]

Wednesday - November 12, 2014
GT Advanced Technologies, in a document made public last Friday, alleged that it "incurred losses ... due to Apple's inordinate control over GTAT's liquidity, operations ..., and decision making." The U.S. Bankruptcy Court of New Hampshire unsealed the document, in which GTAT CEO Daniel W. Squiller accuses Apple of using a "bait and switch" strategy in its dealings with the company. [More...]

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