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Thursday - November 20, 2014
BitTorrent on Wednesday announced new plans for its Sync service, including a premium subscription option, along with other new paid products. Sync, which was released in beta in July, is billed as a cloud-free file-sharing solution. Currently in version 1.4, Sync soon will graduate to version 2.0, with both an improved free version and a Pro version offered by subscription for $39.99 per year. [More...]

Thursday - November 20, 2014
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After Nokia sold its handset business to Microsoft, we all expected it would no longer operate in this space. However, the smartphone space is still one of the hottest around -- if you can figure out a way to carve out some market share. So, since Nokia still has a very strong brand name in this space, it is going to re-enter the tablet space, then the smartphone space. Tablets are the first test. [More...]

Wednesday - November 19, 2014
Information technology vendors have spotted the next big thing for serving the U.S. government market. The only questions are 1) whether federal agencies themselves have seen the same thing; and 2) if so, whether they are prepared to jump into yet another new procurement process. What the vendors have in mind is akin to the turnkey process used in the construction industry. [More...]

Wednesday - November 19, 2014
IBM on Tuesday introduced Verse, its entry into the reinventing email derby. Verse, which will be available in both an enterprise and freemium edition, integrates the many ways people communicate with each other every day -- email, meetings, calendars, file sharing, instant messaging, social media, video chats and more -- into a single collaboration environment. [More...]

Wednesday - November 19, 2014
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Uber is known for its aggressive reactions to media reports of passenger safety risks, driver abuse, and disregard of local rules. However, SVP Emil Michael's proposal -- later retracted -- to dig up dirt on PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy and other journalists sheds new light on just how much the company hates bad press. Michael suggested budgeting $1M to sully the reputations of Lacy and others. [More...]

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...]

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