Stories by Heather Havenstein

Video games poised to boost corporate training

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.

Amazon launches persistent storage in the EC2 cloud

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&amp;node=201590011&amp;no=3435361&amp;me=A36L942TSJ2AJA">Elastic Cloud Compute</a> (EC2) cloud computing service.

Microsoft testing prototype of social network

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.

HP updates Neoview to better handle operational BI workloads

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.

Developers target XP over Vista by wide margin

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 to weave Web 'Mesh' for data, devices and apps

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.

LinkedIn goes mobile

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.

Facebook caves in to Beacon criticism

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.

How to recruit and retain the Net Generation

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.