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Latest Tools for Keeping Middleware from Gumming Up the Cloud

Latest Tools for Keeping Middleware from Gumming Up the Cloud

One of the unanticipated problems of moving businesses’ data centers and desktops into cloud-based deployments surrounds middleware, the class of software whose job is to enable better connections between users and their applications by way of messaging. For several years, enterprise application integration (EAI) has been a hot architectural…

Some Thoughts on the Passing of Dan McCracken (1930 – 2011)

Some Thoughts on the Passing of Dan McCracken (1930 – 2011)

There is a missing characteristic to most of what is published today on the subject of computing. At some point in time, as a matter of course, we stopped treating the subject with respect and reverence, and we started adorning it with buzzwords, marketing promises and metaphors borrowed from the self-help department.

What Daniel D. McCracken…

Analysts: Android Development in a Less Open World After Google + Motorola

Analysts: Android Development in a Less Open World After Google + Motorola

The most open thing going on in the Android realm today may be warfare. Today’s announcement of Google’s intent to acquire Motorola Mobility, the producer of many Android phones and a prominent contributor to the Droid brand, points to a new and severely altered landscape for mobile apps where absolutely every platform is controlled by a principal…

Google Plus API: ‘We Ask End-user Permission’ for Personal Info

Google Plus API: ‘We Ask End-user Permission’ for Personal Info

Ever since Google’s latest social platform, Google+, began limited testing in late June, the question among both prospective developers and prospective members has been, how will it compare to Facebook with respect to privacy? Although Facebook has taken incremental steps to help its users protect the data they may intentionally or inadvertently…

Can AT&T Grab T-Mobile Plus Qualcomm’s 700 MHz Spectrum?

Can AT&T Grab T-Mobile Plus Qualcomm’s 700 MHz Spectrum?

Last Monday’s suspension by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission of the 180-day countdown clock for the review of AT&T’s proposed purchase of wireless spectrum from Qualcomm, was another signal that regulators for the current administration may not be as permissive about acquisitions as those for the prior one. Now, as The Wall Street…

Research: Half of Cloud Clients to Change Privacy Policy by Q4 2012

Research: Half of Cloud Clients to Change Privacy Policy by Q4 2012

Research firm Gartner’s release earlier this week of an update to its venerated “Hype Cycle” cast a long shadow that hid a startling prediction: At least half of all organizations that host data on behalf of clients will change, or be forced to change, their privacy policies by the end of next year.

The increased awareness of security breaches…

Where Things Stand (Assuming Things Remain Standing)

Where Things Stand (Assuming Things Remain Standing)

The twentieth anniversary of the World Wide Web was celebrated worldwide a few days ago, which says something quite compelling about the state of the Web itself. As ReadWriteWeb Editor-in-Chief Richard MacManus personally verified two years ago by interviewing the guy who thought up the thing in the first place, the Web was established in…

Progress on HTML5 Microdata Could Revolutionize Web Queries

Progress on HTML5 Microdata Could Revolutionize Web Queries

The original, grand scheme for the Web was that information would be served up on multiple sites that would all link to one another. The world would be one, big encyclopedia. As it turned out, informational and educational sites have become massive repositories of articles and markup, some of which compete with one another; and news sites such as…