Technology first made popular in the video gaming landscape is poised to enter the enterprise by powering training and other tools that can help companies cut costs, meet the needs of younger workers and help fulfill "green IT" requirements, according to Forrester Research.
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Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose campaign in recent weeks has stepped up its effort to better embrace Web 2.0 tools, this week relaunched the McCainSpace social network.
Kristin Armstrong, who won an Olympic cycling gold medal on August 13, this week said that Google Earth played a critical role in her training for the event.
Amazon's Web Services operation Thursday launched a persistent storage service for its <a href="http://www.amazon.com/EC2-AWS-Service-Pricing/b/ref=sc_fe_l_2?ie=UTF8&node=201590011&no=3435361&me=A36L942TSJ2AJA">Elastic Cloud Compute</a> (EC2) cloud computing service.
IBM's Rational Software unit today unveiled a development tool that can scan and check code as it's written to uncover errors before they make their way further into the development life cycle where fixes are far more costly.
At the request of its SharePoint and Office product development teams, Microsoft's Office Labs operation has created and is testing a prototype of an internal social network that can provide employees with feeds and updates about their colleagues.
Hewlett-Packard's business intelligence unit Monday announced a new release of its Neoview data warehouse that promises to solve one of the most vexing problems of operational business intelligence -- balancing a high-volume of short queries, like those from customer service representatives focused on a single customer, with larger, analytical jobs such as a comprehensive analysis of company operations.
Stymied by a lack of user interest in Microsoft Vista, many North American developers are still not targeting the new operating system when writing new applications, according to a survey released today. The survey did find some growth in Vista development will come in 2009.
Microsoft is aiming to use the Internet as a hub to "mesh" data, devices and applications that are always updated and available from anywhere. Microsoft's new Live Mesh, which it announced as a limited technology preview Tuesday and planned to detail further here at the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, combines hosted services for storage, sharing files and peer-to-peer connections to allow multiple different devices to work together and users to access updated applications from anywhere, the company said.
"It's not your children's games."
LinkedIn is taking its professional social networking site mobile. The company Monday is launching a beta version of a new site that will allow users to look up profiles of other users and keep up to date with their network from mobile devices.
Business Objects founder Bernard Liautaud resigned as chairman and chief strategy officer at the company following the closing of its acquisition by SAP earlier this month.
Oracle touted its pending acquisition of BEA Systems as a way to gain a middleware stack that will provide better value than those from rival Microsoft and popular open-source alternatives.
Several Facebook users said Wednesday's announcement that they can now completely turn off the site's controversial Beacon advertising system is not enough to allay their privacy concerns. The social networking firm has been slammed by a firestorm of criticism over privacy concerns about the Beacon system, which was released last month.
In his 1997 book Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation, author Don Tapscott predicted that the children of baby boomers would make up an enormously influential group as the first generation to grow up surrounded by high-tech tools and toys.
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