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Wikipedia Passes the 3 Million Article Mark

Wikipedia Passes the 3 Million Article Mark

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, got its three millionth article in English tonight. The family of sites as a whole has more than 13 million articles in more than 260 languages, not counting discussion pages and other errata.

Wikipedia’s millionth article was about a train station and the two millionth was on a Spanish TV…

Google Apps Gives Businesses Better Email Controls

Google Apps Gives Businesses Better Email Controls

When Google Apps left beta back in July, Google announced that it would be adding a set of enterprise-specific features to make Premier Edition more attractive to businesses. Today Google has made good on that promise by supporting email retention and delegation for Apps customers.

Gmail is an awesome Web mail program, but it was missing some…

While Health Reform Debate Rages, Oracle Caters to Insurance Companies

While Health Reform Debate Rages, Oracle Caters to Insurance Companies

Timing is everything. That’s a saying that enterprise software giant Oracle has apparently not taken to heart, because today, in the middle of hysteria by both sides of the reform debate, the company has unveiled Oracle Revenue Management and Billing for Health Insurance.

A B2B vendor might not care to tiptoe around health IT issues, since they…

Happy Birthday Business Computing, You’re 28 Today

Happy Birthday Business Computing, You’re 28 Today

The IBM PC, the machine that helped launch the original revolution in business computing, burst onto the scene 28 years ago today.

Though it was far from the first personal computer available for purchase, IBM’s original 5150 model quickly became the gold standard for business computing, and helped to transform our notions of communication and…

Enterprise Platform Socialcast Opens Up An API

Enterprise Platform Socialcast Opens Up An API

Socialcast has released their official API today, opening up their real-time enterprise collaboration platform to developers for the first time.

Socialcast’s basic collaborative feature set isn’t in dire need of enhancement through an API. But what it will definitely bring is a higher level of customization and better access to the real-time…

Oracle Unveils Virtualization Templates

Oracle Unveils Virtualization Templates

Oracle has upped the ante when it comes to virtualization with the release of three new tools for building virtual infrastructure in the enterprise.

Oracle’s new offerings are graphical utilities that allow both end users and ISVs to create pre-packaged virtual machines, and they’re free to boot. One is open source and based on Oracle…

Microsoft & Nokia: Not Just Office, It’s the Whole Mobile Enterprise

Microsoft & Nokia: Not Just Office, It’s the Whole Mobile Enterprise

Yesterday news broke that Microsoft and Nokia were announcing a partnership that would take Office outside of Windows Mobile for the first time. But after today’s press conference, it’s clear that this isn’t just Word, Excel, and PowerPoint slapped onto Nokia smartphones: the world’s largest cellphone maker will now support a whole slew of key…

Microsoft & Nokia to Announce Mobile Version of Office

Microsoft & Nokia to Announce Mobile Version of Office

For those who’ve bemoaned the lack of cross-platform mobile support for Microsoft Office, a ray of hope is on the horizon. Microsoft is expected to announce tomorrow a partnership with Nokia to include Office support on its mobile devices.

Currently the only devices that have native versions of Microsoft Office are those running Windows Mobile…

The Top 12 Options for Web Content Management

The Top 12 Options for Web Content Management

Gartner has published its Magic Quadrant for Web content management in 2009, to help CIOs and IT decide just what will meet the needs of the enterprise. Web software is now the fastest growing sector of the enterprise content management market, according to Gartner, and was valued at more $3.3 billion last year.

This annual report identifies…

Why The Brain Behind Hadoop Left Yahoo

Why The Brain Behind Hadoop Left Yahoo

Earlier this morning the Internet was buzzing with news first reported by The New York Times Bits blog: Doug Cutting was leaving Yahoo. In specific, he was leaving Yahoo for Cloudera, a small startup.

Cutting was one of Yahoo’s best and brightest, especially in the area of search and software infrastructure. He got to work on the largest…

VMware Acquires SpringSource for $420 Million

VMware Acquires SpringSource for $420 Million

Leading virtualization company VMware announced today that it’s acquiring SpringSource for $326 million in cash, plus another $58 million worth of stock and options. SpringSource will retain its executives and become a division within VMware.

SpringSource is used in many top companies to manage the full lifecycle for Java applications in the…

Microsoft Employees Want Your Ideas for Improving Office

Microsoft Employees Want Your Ideas for Improving Office

Ever wish you had the ear of the employees who work on Microsoft Office? For all those whose work lives and breathes Office, here’s your chance to make yourself heard. Two enterprising Microsoft employees have created MakeOfficeBetter.com, an unofficial outlet for ideas that will improve the world’s most popular office suite.

Like the White House…

Nine Awesome iPhone Apps for Business

Nine Awesome iPhone Apps for Business

Maybe it’s odd to be recommending iPhone apps right now, with the house of cards that is the confused App Store policy falling down on Apple’s head. But business users, we know you’ve got no time for listening to the woes of developers. You need to get things done.

From file sharing and mobile meetings to serious data analysis and business…

Google Apps Tries to Hook ’em While They’re Young

Google Apps Tries to Hook ’em While They’re Young

Google has given free versions of Apps to colleges and universities for two years now. But as part of the “Going Google” campaign, they’ve pushed extra hard on educational institutions to adopt Apps. Why?

Even if the core of Google’s strategy has been to entice paying enterprises over to Apps, giving away professional-quality email hosting and…

Team Apart: Real-time, Browser-based Collaboration & Meetings

Team Apart: Real-time, Browser-based Collaboration & Meetings

Team Apart is an online meeting space and collaboration tool launched in private beta today. The software includes a browser-based video/audio conference, a text notepad, and a whiteboard for drawing. All of these options are updated in real-time for conference attendees, and the conference space can persist over time.

Obvious competitors for…

Office.com: The Future Home of Microsoft Office 2010 Online

Office.com: The Future Home of Microsoft Office 2010 Online

The news of Microsoft Office 2010 confirmed what many suspected: Microsoft will be offering a free online version of Office to compete with all of the SaaS suites out there. Thanks to some WHOIS sleuthing by istartedsomething, we now also know where it will reside. Office.com is likely to be the home of the SaaS Microsoft Office.

Network Hippo Wants to Kill Your CRM

Network Hippo Wants to Kill Your CRM

Network Hippo is a new startup taking direct aim at the open source and SaaS CRMs so popular with small business. On top of contact management, it adds the ability to handle documents, manage tasks and business deals, and rate the strength, importance and opportunities for each relationship listed in your network.

Network Hippo is a project of…

MobileIron Shows ROI for Enterprise Mobile

MobileIron Shows ROI for Enterprise Mobile

After 18 months in development, MobileIron’s virtual smartphone platform is ready for the spotlight. It’s one of the few startups that focuses solely on mobile technology for the enterprise, and with almost $9 million in venture funding, it is a serious play at giving IT a better handle on smartphones.

MobileIron is not an app development shop or…

Postling: Etsy Founders Do Social Media for Small Business

Postling: Etsy Founders Do Social Media for Small Business

Half of the team that founded Etsy, along with a former Etsy and Amazon.com product manager, have quietly launched a new startup. Postling is a centralized platform for small businesses to publish to the social Web.

The pitch is that it’s a single place to do all your social media work. If you’re thinking it sounds like a clone of other…