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Oracle buys carrier VoIP company Acme Packet for $1.7B

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Enterprise computing giant Oracle is eyeballing a new market: telecom networks. It revealed today it just paid $1.7 billion for Acme Packet, a major supplier of gear that manages voice and data traffic on carrier networks. Acme is the world-leader in a specialized bit of gear known as the session border controller (SBC), which –

3 Big Data Opportunities For CRM Strategy

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Customer relationship management practices often don’t exploit big data effectively, analytics executive says. Are you overlooking these 3 opportunities?

Making Orange Juice Involves Up To A Quintillion Variables

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A glass of orange juice seems like one of the simplest things in the world. That might be true if you squeeze it yourself, but when you try to make it for millions of consumers, it turns out to be incredibly complex. Duane Stanford at Bloomberg Businessweek takes a close look at how Coke manages to make every

Why Legislating App Rights Is Harder Than It Seems

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Major regulation is pending that could change the future of the mobile ecosystem and the way mobile apps are made, played and paid for. And it's not all good. The Problem With App Rights Two weeks ago, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) released the APPS Rights Act, a bill pushing developers to implement self-regulatory practices that would

The Taxman Cometh For Big Data-Driven Companies

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Data-driven commerce is an economic good, not a bad, so we shouldn’t consider taxing it like carbon emissions.

Office 2013: Where Are All The Apps?

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Last week, Microsoft shipped five Bing apps for its new Office suite, offering everything from maps integration to image search. That's great, as far as it goes. But the bigger issue is the lack of apps for Office 2013, period. The question that Microsoft's latest version of Office seeks to answer is a profound one: There's still

Actually, The Hottest Thing About Sweden Is Its Tech Scene

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Spotify, Mojang and Wrapp, respectively music, games and gift services winning online markets worldwide, are among tech start-ups that have made Sweden Europe's hottest spot for investors hunting the next big thing. Attracting more venture capital relative to the size of its economy than any of its European neighbours over the past five years,

Do you need a CDO? That depends… which one?

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The IT industry new concept naming agency fouled up again.  We have two new, important C-level executive roles emerging and they have the same name!  Its no wonder corporate leaders so often fail to comprehend, or invest in, the big ideas IT people are trying to promote.  ”Cloud”, “Big data”  .. we don’t make it transparently easy and obvious do we?

Secondary Market Stupidity

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I have heard of short term memory, but this borders on amnesia. Were the buyers in this latest secondary transaction (Twitter at $10B) asleep during the Facebook IPO? Did they miss the part where lots of well intentioned "investors" bought Facebook shares at $80B, $90B, $100B, only to see the shares trade down to a

Opscode touts Facebook’s help in scaling up Chef configuration automation tool

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If you want to claim that your configuration automation tool can scale up for the biggest possible scenarios, it helps to be able to claim Facebook as a customer. And that’s what Opscode is doing with the release of the latest version of Chef. Very few companies — Google, Amazon and a few others — can claim
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