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Yahoo Tests Infinite Browse Search on Yahoo News

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Chris Boulton.

Yahoo is well into its integration with Microsoft to make Bing its algorithmic search engine, but the Internet company is still responsible for the search user interface.

Yahoo Aug. 6 said it is previewing Infinite Browse, a new module for Yahoo News that adds relevant search content, such as images, videos and slide shows below news stories.

Because it is only being flight tested with a small number of users, most folks won't see it on Yahoo News, so the company provided this screenshot of the feature.

IBM pushes cloud research in Poland

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

An agreement between IBM and Poland's Wroclaw University of Technology will see the creation of the country's first university cloud computing centre.

The deal is part of IBM's global multipurpose cloud computing centre initiative, which is open to all institutes of higher learning. The objective is to support the teaching of cloud technologies as well as basing the centre's everyday work on cloud systems.

The Wroclaw centre will offer at least 10 cloud-based courses to more than 1500 students. The new curriculum will be based mainly on IBM Tivoli software, IBM officials said.

The View from the CRM C-Suite

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Lauren McKay.

Where do you see the market going over the next few years?

Cisco Debuts FabricPath

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Cameron Sturdevant.

Time to rethink the PC

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author:  John Zyskowski.

For as long as many people can remember, desktop PCs have been a fixture on the office desktop, right there next to the phone, stack of yellow sticky pads and vinyl-covered can full of pens.


Office automation by means of client/server computing — with the desktop PC in a starring role — started going mainstream about a quarter century ago. And from that point on, information technology managers and budgeteers in charge of buying and taking care of those desktop computers have been plotting ways to make them disappear. Or, if not that, trying to minimize the costly problems the computers create.

5 ways to ease desktop PC-induced pain

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: John Moore.

It didn’t take long after the desktop PC earned a regular seat at the enterprise technology table in the early 1990s for agency managers to realize that PCs can be a real drag. Buying, managing, backing up, fixing and securing PCs are expensive, time-consuming tasks that spawn a seemingly never-ending ordeal.

The problem must be tougher than they thought because they’re still trying to fix it. Here is a rundown of what has been working, what hasn’t and what might work in the future.

5 agency-tested desktop fixes

Fix #1: Desktop Outsourcing

HDS applies cloud utility model to in-house storage

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

According to Miki Sandorfi, chief cloud strategist at Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), an important attraction of cloud computing is the idea of delivering IT on a just-in-time, pay-per-use basis. This allows the alignment of IT resources with business needs.

As a storage company, HDS naturally sees enterprise data storage as a core aspect of virtualisation and of cloud more generally. But perhaps unlike some of its competitors, the company thinks storage should be deployed or a pay-per-use basis where appropriate.

Zscaler Cloud Security Offers Secure Web Gateway Features

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Matthew Sarrel.

Zscaler’s self-named cloud security service provides organizations with security covering integrated Web, instant messaging, peer to peer, Webmail and SMTP-based e-mail, and it does so without any on-premises hardware or software installation requirements. Rather, the Zscaler service spreads its proxy and relay load across the company’s 40 data centers and presents administrators with a rich, flexible, Web-based management interface.

Microsoft, Salesforce.com Conflict Suggests Future Cloud Battles

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Nicholas Kolakowski.

Mobile Cloud Making Impact on Midmarket Businesses, Report Finds

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Nathan Eddy.

Mobile cloud applications are set to make deep inroads into the small and midsize business market, according to a cloud computing research report from IT research firm AMI-Partners. The research suggested that the expansion of mobile cloud (the use of mobile applications hosted by third-party providers) is being driven by the rapid growth in the number and utility of cloud applications, and by the cost savings and relative ease of use they offer. Above and beyond application provider revenues, telcos are expected to generate additional mobile data-driven revenues as well, the report concluded.