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Wednesday - September 24, 2014
The power of e-commerce lies in the simplicity and ease of use delivered to customers. Giving customers the ability to quickly find a product, buy it and have it delivered -- without visiting a store or even speak with a salesperson -- lets companies sell on a massive scale with little overhead. However, behind the simple purchasing process that the customer sees is a very complex set of systems. [More...]

Tuesday - September 23, 2014
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...]

Tuesday - 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...]

Tuesday - September 23, 2014
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 rather than on a cybercriminal's look-alike page. [More...]

Monday - 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...]

Monday - September 22, 2014
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...]

Monday - 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...]

Friday - September 19, 2014
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...]

Friday - September 19, 2014
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...]

Friday - September 19, 2014
News Corp. and Google have lashed out at each other as the EU reconsiders the terms of its proposed antitrust settlement with the latter. News Corp. essentially accused Google of nefarious behavior in a letter to the European Competition Commissioner over the EU's proposed antitrust settlement with Google. Perhaps the irony of the situation hit Google hard. [More...]

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