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Could Twitter redefine 'relevance?' A talk with Salesforce's Kyle Lacy

If the Twitter platform is being leveraged by marketing service providers to determine what's interesting and relevant to people, then won't Twitter's own determinations ruin their predictions?

Salesforce connects ExactTarget's CRM platform to mobile apps

ExactTarget's existing flowcharting system for designing customer interactions--originally created for managing e-mail campaigns--was extended this week to both manage and create mobile apps.

Marc Benioff, force of nature, heralds dawn of mobile marketing

The chief of Salesforce, which is the parent of ExactTarget, would probably command the stage if he stood there for longer than two minutes. As it is, he can certainly command an audience.

Spotlight: New branch of data science industry appears all for naught

So here's my question: If a multi-billion dollar industry has sprung up overnight around the collection of data about the habits, interests, appetites, preferences and wardrobe of elementary school kids based on where they sign in with their digital IDs, then how come education isn't improving?

Connections 2014: Keys to the conference

Have intelligent tools for online communication and commerce become more effective than mass media at reaching an audience and inspiring more people in that audience to respond positively?

Cisco engineer to FCC: 'The Internet is not a highway'

If lawmakers and regulators would stop treating the Internet like a giant roadway and more like... well, a network of networks, Cisco believes, they would realize their proposed solutions are the wrong ones.

Hatch bill would give Microsoft way out of Irish email warrant trap

Microsoft could not help but violate somebody's law this time around. In an ironic twist of history, the man most responsible for holding Microsoft to the letter of the law paves the way for a resolution.

Vyatta, Brocade's open NFV platform, now includes a controller

It's called Sunshine, and obviously it follows the existing model of OpenDaylight. But for Brocade to consider it part of the Vyatta platform, it must be differentiated somehow.

Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison teases database-as-a-service

It's a fitting new moniker for the title that Larry Ellison has held for practically all of his life, and probably for several of his next ones. And his next surprise is no longer a surprise.

Spotlight: Define 'service'

The managed services industry is facing an epiphany. As services move online, it becomes easier for digital tools to register customer satisfaction levels and customer expectation levels.

Red Hat's FeedHenry buy puts a JBoss hat on different mobile platform

Choosing a mobile application development platform is an "either/or" deal, for various architectural reasons, and FeedHenry had been an attractive "or" against Red Hat's "either."

In the NFV era, Cisco bolsters its physical firewall to stay competitive

There have been software firewalls for years, and a growing number of software-based firewall appliances for NFV.  The latter threatens Cisco, and this week the network giant has responded.

Cisco aims to differentiate OpenStack with its Metacloud buy

Metacloud makes a distinguished distribution of OpenStack: one with a hosting model and a service policy attached. If Cisco runs it, it won't be a little side project any more.

Oldest malicious macros still exploit flaws in our digital society

All of a sudden, old VBA macros being circulated through old systems are causing more damage than they did last year. How come older systems are losing their security?

New intelligence tool from Dyn projects 'shape' of the net in real-time

There may not be a direct method for gauging quality of service through the Internet. But another company seeking the next best thing has created a convincing graphical weather report.

Brocade acquires alternative to deep packet inspection for MNOs

Up until now, Brocade's NFV components had been marketed as a means for accomplishing DPI with x86 servers. Now the NFV pioneer has acquired a technology that could succeed DPI.

The one-click battle for the net

We're the Internet, and they're the cable companies, says the latest advocacy group. Click one button to send a meaningless statement about net neutrality and make you feel better about yourself.

Spotlight: The apps ecosystem is profitable for whom?

The big asterisk in front of many of the reports you've read in recent days about the economy's recovery, especially in the personal revenue department, has to do with the persons in...

HP acquisition of Eucalyptus looks like attrition by consumption

Just one month after a sudden change of heart from the leader of OpenStack's chief competitor, his company finds itself swallowed by OpenStack's newest would-be champion.

Microsoft adds API management API to Azure

A new service launched on the Azure cloud platform Wednesday enables developers building business models around the sharing of data in granular bits or tabular chunks to instantly generate API portals.