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Enterprise Sponsors and the Open Source Community: An Uneasy Symbiosis?

Not many years ago, the open source software ecosystem and proprietary models might have been thought of as incompatible. About 10 years ago, though, the two systems began converging. IBM began to support Linux, providing what many analysts described as "legitimacy" to the fledging operating system ...

Alternative-Alternative Energies: What’s Next?

Gone are the days when "fringe technologies" meant things like solar energy and wind power. Those and other alternative energy approaches have all gone mainstream, to one degree or another, and they're gaining more steam. However, the fringe is still out there -- so-called alternative-alternative en...

What’s Driving Future American Auto Development?

Hybrid cars now produced by Toyota, Honda and other mainstream automakers are veritable gas hogs, says Felix Kramer, founder of California Cars Initiative. Not that he doesn't appreciate the technology that has led to mileage ratings in the range of 40 to 50 miles per gallon of gasoline. Still, that...

What Did Blu-ray Win?

Last spring, Sony appeared to score a decisive blow in the high-definition video sweepstakes when its Blu-ray video format won the endorsement of Hollywood studios and major retailers, claiming victory over Toshiba's rival HD-DVD format. It seemed it would only be a matter of time before the buying ...

Responsible E-Disposal: Attacking the E-Waste Blight

The winter holidays are over, and brittle Christmas trees and empty champagne bottles aren't alone in many consumers' trash heaps. There are also used computers, televisions, cell phones and other gizmos that have been replaced with fancier models. Those piles may be somewhat larger than in recent y...

Negotiating the Domain Name Thicket

Warren Royal sells bobblehead dolls over the Internet. It's a specific product that demands a specific address for Internet shoppers. So, when Royal decided to get into the burgeoning bobblehead business, he decided the best way to break through the clutter of online bobblehead buyers and sellers wo...

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Tech Tools for Smart Shopping

"Smart" shopping carts have been around for a while, but until recently, they haven't managed to gain much traction. Now, some momentum is building, according to proponents of the computer-rigged market baskets that -- with a swipe of a card -- can flash an alert that a customer's favorite brand of ...

Zooming In on Digital Camera Trends

Unlike computers, software and other gadgetry, the hot brand names in digital photography never seem to change. However, what they offer continues to evolve, both in terms of features and price range. "Cameras are following the silicon curve in many ways," said Jack Gold, principal analyst with J.Go...

Carbon Trading Online, Part 2: Eco-Aware Consumers

That the term "carbon offset provider" has become part of the business lexicon may be an indicator that companies are finally getting serious about neutralizing their impact on the environment. Consumers are finding that the Internet can be a valuable resource in their own smaller-scale efforts to f...

Carbon Trading Online, Part 1: Eco-Aware Commerce

The virtual world of the Internet has become a hotbed of activity designed to ease the real-world pollution problem. The Chicago Climate Exchange, or CCX, is a regulated exchange whose members are committed to cutting their emissions. It is the only cap-and-trade system in North America for six gree...

Bundled Services: A Great Big Ball of Consumer Angst?

Are cable "bundle" customers changing channels to wireless telecom services? A recent study by the CFI Group, which focuses on measuring customer satisfaction and CRM issues, indicates they are. That is, if they can. Some can't, either because the choice is unavailable, or they have signed the optio...

Apps That Live Where the Air Is Rarified, Part 2

Some "applications" are misnomers of a sort. "Oddly enough, I'm not sure that true cloud innovation is happening quite yet at the application level," said Charles King, principal with Pund-IT. "Instead, we're seeing a variety of what people call 'cloud-enabled' or 'cloud-oriented' apps and services ...

Apps That Live Where the Air Is Rarified, Part 1

"Cloud computing is not magical, but it is more economical, more easily scaled and more easily managed," said Lance Walley, chief executive officer of Engine Yard, a hosting and infrastructure support company for Ruby on Rails applications. It's getting more so, too. That's because it's so practical...

Customer Service in the Shipping Industry: Lost in Transit?

The joke used to be on the U.S. Postal Service. Indeed, jabs about the government's mail system may have driven business to private-sector competitors like United Parcel Service, Federal Express and DHL. That was decades ago; now, it seems, some of the same companies designed to outperform the USPS...

After Their Tech Empires Are Built

What's left to do after you've earned your first billion in the technology business? For some, it's legacy building -- finding a way to make a mark of a different sort in the world. Philanthropy calls. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is perhaps the archetype with its multipronged worldwide o...

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Loyalty Lab: The Key Is to Keep Adapting

Five years ago, Mark Goldstein and three partners recognized that loyalty programs were becoming a cottage industry. Coming up with the right way to manage those programs, he believed, would be a neat trick. So would finding an effective way to lure in customers. "The toughest part of the business i...

XBRL: An Agent of Financial Reform?

Simplify. That, at its heart, is the purpose of XBRL -- extensible business reporting language. XBRL employs a common set of tags for financial terms, making reports more searchable and transparent to everyone who uses them. Designed to provide information to investors and anyone else researching fi...

VC Funding: One Green Light in a Sea of Red

For those who are hungry for some good economic news, venture capitalists apparently are seeing green in clean technology. Indeed, so-called green technology -- everything from eco-friendly auto parts to alternative fuels to smart buildings to streamlined manufacturing processes -- appears to be blo...

America’s Vexing High-Tech Immigration Problem

Immigration is becoming as nettlesome to high-tech companies as it has long been in the agriculture and construction businesses. Although technology firms don't reach into the same labor pool as do ag comglomerates or building contractors, their problems are converging. The challenge, advocates of i...

Pay Your Electric Bill Online and Plant a Tree

For public utilities, the world seems to be taking on a green hue. Their customers are the beneficiaries of an effort to preserve resources -- and save a bit of cash in the process -- as they move toward electronic bill payment, have their lights dimmed automatically, and place orders online. For ex...

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