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Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Available as Release Candidate

Along with unveiling its new Edge browser logo, Microsoft announced the official launch date of its nearly finished Chromium-based Edge browser and made its Release Candidate available for download immediately. The latest beta edition of the browser is stable enough for anyone to use, Microsoft said...

Google Adds Kubernetes to Rebranded Cloud Marketplace

Google has announced the rebranding and expansion of its Cloud Launcher platform. Going forward, it will be known as the "Google Cloud Platform Marketplace," or "GCP Marketplace." It will offer production-ready commercial Kubernetes apps, promising simplified deployment, billing and third-party lice...

Heartbleed-Weary Tech Firms Show OpenSSL a Little Love

Remember Heartbleed? Several weeks ago, the exposure of this security bug chilled the Internet, highlighting once again that even the seemingly unbreakable can be hacked. In the case of the Heartbleed vulnerability, encrypted data was at risk of theft. Sites potentially vulnerable to Heartbleed urge...

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Open Source and the Democratization of IT

This podcast discussion centers on how the role and impact of integration has shifted, and how a more comprehensive and managed approach to integration is required, thanks to such major trends as cloud, hybrid computing and managing massive datasets. Moreover, the tools that support enterprise integ...

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There’s a Right Way to Reach the Open Cloud

There is a great deal of commotion about the cloud, and rightfully so, but the noise can be overwhelming. The market is crowded with different products and platforms from the smallest of startups to industry behemoths, a condition that is not helped by cloudwashing and other tactics designed to take...

Who’s Keeping Tabs on Tablet Security?

Forget the notebook, the netbook or the laptop; this is going to be the year of the tablet. Corporations from Salesforce.com to Mercedes-Benz and JPMorgan Chase have started equipping their executives with iPads. Meanwhile, a slew of new Android and Windows tablets have been taking the spotlight at ...

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The Open Cloud: There’s a Right Way

There is a great deal of commotion about the cloud, and rightfully so, but the noise can be overwhelming. The market is crowded with different products and platforms from the smallest of startups to industry behemoths, a condition that is not helped by cloudwashing and other tactics designed to take...

Tools for Putting Web Apps to the Cross-Browser Test

Web-based applications and cloud computing have presented new challenges for software developers. Most software makers are by no means tone-deaf to user concerns about security and usability issues, but even those software writers who are receptive to these worries must contend with hard-to-plug hol...

Is the Open Cloud Manifesto an Open Book?

A group of large and small IT companies and institutions have signed the Open Cloud Manifesto, pledging to work together to establish and promote open standards in cloud computing. Officially, there are now 38 signatories -- a group that includes IBM, AT&T, Sun Microsystems, Novell, Rackspace and SA...

Crowdsourcing – the More, the Monier?

Some 20 years after the Exxon Valdez went ashore on Prince William sound, oil still remains at the bottom of the arctic waters -- but not because those responsible for cleanup have ignored it. Rather, multiple attempts to remove the oil from the sea floor have failed. Cold temperatures have rendered...

Will Chrome Find a Home With SaaS?

It didn't take long for NetSuite to cozy up to Google. Shortly after the Web conglomerate rolled out its open source browser Chrome last month, the SaaS suite provider announced its support. NetSuite was also the first vendor to announce support for the iPhone and for Firefox 3.0, Mini Peres, NetSui...

MindTouch Sharpens Its Deki App Masher

MindTouch announced on Wednesday the latest version of its open source collaboration and collective intelligence platform, MindTouch Deki. Dubbed "Kilen Woods," it features new workflow capabilities, enterprise adapters and usability improvements. The release targets information workers, IT professi...

iGoogle Hooks Up With OpenSocial

Google has opened up a new sandbox for developers designed to entice them into building richer social networking gadgets for iGoogle. iGoogle is basically a customizable home page for individuals that uses Web-based "gadgets" to deliver content to the page. The new sandbox will let developers contin...

Who’s Winning the RIA Horse Race?

In the world of Rich Internet Applications, the battle for hearts and minds -- not to mention eyeballs and desktops -- heated up this week when Adobe Systems took the wraps off the beta version of its Adobe Integrated Runtime and slotted it for public release. Adobe AIR, according to the buzz on the...

Making Money With Open Source, Part 2: Only One Chasm

Bernard Golden is convinced there are two chasms to cross for a commercial open source company and I believe there is only one. As I wrote in my recent blog post, "There is no such thing as commercial open source," the attempt to ride the title wave of open source into a magical business domain call...

Systems Analysis Tools for an On-Demand World

The hot segment of IT operations -- the analysis and intelligence-gathering from logs and performance management data -- is showing increasing signs of an on-demand future. First, Paglo came out last month with a free and open source crawler service that scours the reams of log files and other elect...

Open Source for Business: Now More Than Ever, Part 1

Business-targeted open source software has made great strides recently, from CRM systems to business intelligence to server software. Open source software resides at all levels of the business software stack, from servers to middleware to the front end. It powers Web services, databases and mobile d...

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Sun’s Latest Quandary: Courting or Competing?

I'm not sure I get the follow-through of Sun wooing mashup artist start-ups. If anything, by Sun trying to appeal to these types of low-capital spending firms shows Sun's latest quandary -- it waited too long to compete with its customers. Microsoft has rarely passed up the opportunity to compete w...

The Web 2.0 Transformation

One of the original leaders of the open source movement, Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media, kicked off a blogosphere firestorm in late May by sending a cease-and-desist letter over the use of the term "Web 2.0," as his technical conference is trademarked by that name. The complaint has since been withd...

BEA Plans Open-Source Project To Promote Java

BEA Systems, an application-infrastructure software company, today announced plans to create an open-source project called "Beehive." Project Beehive is designed to be what the company is calling the "industry's first open-source foundation" for building service-oriented architecture (SOA) and enter...

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