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EFF lays out plan to end online harassment

The <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/01/facing-challenge-online-harassment">Electronic Frontier Foundation</a> (EFF), the non-profit digital rights advocacy group known for its strong public stances on topics like Net Neutrality, piracy and privacy, on Thursday expanded its focus with a <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/01/facing-challenge-online-harassment">blog entry</a> identifying online harassment as a digital rights issue that stands in the way of true freedom of speech.

Written by Matt Weinberger09 Jan. 15 13:21

Salesforce connects SharePoint files to its cloud with new tool

<a href="http://www.salesforce.com">Salesforce</a>, the not-so-little cloud CRM company that could, is furthering its play to bring everybody everywhere into the fold with the launch of Salesforce Files Connect, a new tool that brings files from on-premises Microsoft SharePoint into a company's  cloud workflow. 

Written by Matt Weinberger18 Dec. 14 00:11

Box unveils a new partner program to boost customer trust

A lot of businesses trust cloud sync-and-store provider Box, but they trust a lot of other solutions, too, for things like identity, data loss protection and digital rights management.

Written by Matt Weinberger10 Dec. 14 01:36

Startup Trustev wants to fix Internet comments with digital fingerprinting

<a href="http://www.trustev.com">Trustev's</a> main business is in what it calls "digital fingerprinting" -- an anti-fraud technology for e-commerce that can identify known credit card scammers and block them so thoroughly and completely that they would need an entirely new computer to mess with the business. Would-be fraudsters get turned away, and real customers don't even know they're being screened. (Radio Shack already uses it to protect online transactions.)

Written by Matt Weinberger09 Dec. 14 04:12

IBM Watson Analytics now open for business

IBM Watson, apparently not content with its Jeopardy winnings, is looking for work. After a lot of buildup, Watson Analytics, the natural language business intelligence tool based on Big Blue's famed AI, is now available in beta under a freemium model where it's free to get started -- but the really powerful analytics are going to cost you.

Written by Matt Weinberger05 Dec. 14 07:52

Silicon Valley's H-1B immigration position has some holes

In November, <a href="http://www.vox.com/2014/11/20/7250255/immigration-reform-obama-executive-action">President Obama outlined a sweeping executive order that would overhaul the immigration system</a> with provisions that would provide work permits for up to five million undocumented workers and provide for more software engineers and entrepreneurs to work in the U.S. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley has been pushing for immigration reform for many years, claiming a labor shortage at a crucial period of market growth.

Written by Matt Weinberger05 Dec. 14 04:42

Dropbox for Business becomes a platform with new API

Dropbox, the sync-and-share startup so popular it essentially created a market category, is finally, finally opening up to become an enterprise platform with the launch of a new Dropbox for Business API that enables team-level app management and integration with third-party services.

Written by Matt Weinberger04 Dec. 14 01:37

Salesforce and Atlassian team up to help startups give back

Cloud CRM provider Salesforce has long distinguished itself from other Silicon Valley heavyweights by refusing to move its corporate headquarters and offices from San Francisco itself, even as titans like Google, Facebook and Yahoo sprawl their offices all over the East Bay and the Peninsula that sits to the south.

Written by Matt Weinberger03 Dec. 14 02:50

Microsoft study finds everybody wants DevOps but culture is a challenge

Everybody wants to join the DevOps movement. Everybody wants their developers and their operations people to work more closely together and take advantage of greater internal IT harmony with the result of higher agility and a faster time to market.

Written by Matt Weinberger26 Nov. 14 07:47

WebRTC close to tipping point as Cisco, Microsoft announce products

It was all the way back in the Spring of 2011 that Google released <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebRTC">WebRTC</a>, its nascent real-time, browser-based, HTML5-powered, no-plugin-required video chat project to the public. In the three and a half years since, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the W3C have been working together to try to formalize the standard, prepare the stable 1.0 release, and get it ready for prime time.

Written by Matt Weinberger22 Nov. 14 01:07

Uber scandal highlights Silicon Valley's bad behavior

Car service app Uber found itself in trouble again when top executive Emil Michael was caught at a dinner party suggesting that the company hire opposition researchers to dig up dirt on the (predominantly female) journalists who have been asking uncomfortable questions about the crazy successful car service startup caught up in scandal after scandal.

Written by Matt Weinberger20 Nov. 14 01:32

Evernote's quest to change the world through productivity software

In early October, Evernote CEO Phil Libin debuted new features designed to make the immensely popular note-taking software <a href="http://www.citeworld.com/article/2691236/social-collaboration/how-evernote-will-become-a-full-fledged-collaboration-platform.html">friendlier to the enterprise</a>: Work Chat, Context and presentation mode.

Written by Matt Weinberger19 Nov. 14 04:00

Microsoft: 'Nobody loves developers more than us'

Last week, Microsoft made huge waves when it announced that its long-proprietary .Net application framework was now available as open source, completely rocking the Redmond, Wash., giant's cross-platform strategy and public image, all in one fell swoop.

Written by Matt Weinberger19 Nov. 14 02:42

Privacy is the new killer app

A funny thing is happening in the wake of the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2490179/security0/security0-the-snowden-leaks-a-timeline.html">Edward Snowden NSA revelations</a>, the infamous <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2601905/apple-icloud-take-reputation-hits-after-photo-scandal.html">iCloud hack of celebrity nude photos</a>, and the hit parade of customer data breaches at <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2490637/security0/target-finally-gets-its-first-ciso.html">Target</a>, <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2844491/home-depot-attackers-broke-in-using-a-vendors-stolen-credentials.html">Home Depot</a> and the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2845621/government/us-postal-service-suffers-breach-of-employee-customer-data.html">U.S. Postal Service</a>. If it's not the government looking at your data, it's bored, lonely teenagers from the Internet or credit card fraudsters.

Written by Matt Weinberger15 Nov. 14 02:37

Hey Samsung: Not everybody has to be a platform

It's easy to see why everybody wants to be a platform these days. Just look at Apple: By owning both the hardware and the operating system, it gets total control over what developers build on its platform -- and a sizable cut of the revenues besides. In return, developers get an unmatched distribution channel directly to customers' devices. As Apple extends to new devices, those developers get to come along.

Written by Matt Weinberger14 Nov. 14 01:32