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Facebook, Google & Other Tech Giants On Board White House Startup Initiative
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Today, the White House announced the launch of the Startup America Partnership as part of a national strategy to stimulate economic growth and create jobs. The initiative is being chaired by AOL co-founder Steve Case, and will receive funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Case Foundation. Carl Schramm, CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, will serve as a founding board member. 

Cyber Monday Sales Jump 19 Percent

U.S. online retail sales on Cyber Monday were up 19.4 percent over the same period last year, with the average order up from $180.03 to $194.89 for an increase of 8.3 percent, according to a new report from IBM’s Coremetrics.

Compared to Black Friday, Cyber Monday online sales were up 31.1 percent with the average order up from $190.80 to $194.89 for an increase of 2.1 percent.

Google And Microsoft Partner With The Ad Council On Teen Internet Safety

The Ad Council has launched the “Internet Safety Coalition,” in an effort to educate teens about how to be smart about what they post and share online.

The Internet Safety Coalition members include big names such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, AOL, Comcast, the Interactive Advertising Bureau, MySpace and MTV Networks, among others.

IBM Acquires Blade Network Technologies

IBM announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire Blade Network Technologies, a company specializing in software and devices for data and transaction routing.  

Blade provides blade server and top-of-rack switches as well as software to virtualize and manage cloud computing and other workloads. It counts over half of Fortune 500 companies among its customers. 

IBM to Acquire Netezza for $1.7 Billion

IBM announced it is acquiring Netezza at $27 per share or approximately $1.7 billion, to expand its business analytics initiatives.

Netezza provides analytics in a data warehousing appliance. IBM says that the combined strengths of the companies are a "key differentiator at a time when organizations of all sizes are looking to gain more insight from their business information."

 

Google, Microsoft And IBM Among Top Global Brands

IBM, Microsoft and Google are the top global brands, according to the latest report from Interbrand.

Google (#4) saw a 36 percent increase in value over last year, bringing the brand closer to rival Microsoft (#3). HP (#10) enters the top 10 for the first time, having increased brand value under a new business model and brand platform. For the 11th year straight, Coca-Cola (#1) retains its top spot as the number one ranked brand on the list.

Reported Security Vulnerabilities Reach Record Highs in 2010

According to a new report from IBM, vulnerability exposures reached record levels in the first half of the year. This info comes courtesy of IBM’s X-Force 2-1- Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report.

Over 4,300 new vulnerabilities were documented by IBM’s R&D team during this time period. This is a 36% increase from the same period last year. 55%  of the disclosed vulnerabilities had now vendor-supplied patch at the end of the period.

IBM Acquires Marketing Software Player Unica for $480 Million
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IBM has announced that it is acquiring marketing software company Unica for about $480 million in cash. IBM says the Unica will expand its ability to help organizations analyze and predict customer preferences and develop more targeted marketing campaigns.

Coming Soon: More Amazon Hardware Products, Facebook Check-Ins?
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According to the New York Times, Amazon is looking into building more hardware products beyond the Kindle, citing "people with direct knowledge of the company’s plans". These products would be aimed at making it easier to purchase Amazon content, such as ebooks, music, and/or movie rentals.

IBM Looks Into Accessible Mobile Interfaces, Google Giving up on Wave?
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IBM has partnered with the Industrial Design Centre at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay on mobile web research. The initiative will focus on development of new designs of mobile device interfaces that can be used by people who are semiliterate or illiterate, as well as individuals who have limited or no access to information technology.

IBM Closes Coremetrics Acquisition

IBM has announced the closing of its acquisition of web analytics firm Coremetrics, based in San Mateo, CA. The acquisition will boost IBM’s business analytics offerings through cloud services.

IBM Pays $1.4 Billion to Acquire Sterling Commerce from AT&T
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IBM and AT&T announced today that IBM is acquiring Sterling Commerce from AT&T for the price of $1.4 billion. Sterling Commerce provides B2B solutions for 80% of the Fortune 500.

Online Shoppers Want More Interactivity From Retailers
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Consumers want online retailers to be more interactive and offer more personalization features according to a new a survey from IBM.

The changing economy has led to a smarter consumer who uses technology to make more informed buying decisions, exchange information with others, make purchases on-the-go and shop multiple channels.

IBM CEO Dismisses Idea Of All-Powerful Google
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Believe it or not, the company that became IBM was founded in 1896, and at the moment, IBM has a market cap of around $172 billion.  So it’s not going anywhere.  And IBM’s CEO – who has been with the organization since 1973 – doesn’t think Google will become nearly the behemoth some people have predicted.

IBM Calls Internet Wild West
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There has been a 508 percent increase in the number of new malicious Web links discovered in the first half of 2009, according to IBM’s X-Force 2009 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report.

The report found an increase in the presence of malicious content on trusted sites, including search engines, blogs, bulletin boards, personal websites, online magazines and mainstream news sites.

Profit Per Employee Stats For Major Players

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IBM, MIT Attach Dollar Signs To Online Connections

Two very reputable organizations – IBM Research and MIT’s Sloan School of Management – recently collaborated on a report that’s in part titled "Value of Social Network."  And managers and employees everywhere should know that, according to said organizations, social networks can be quite valuable indeed.

Google Health Gets Handle On Real-Time Medical Data
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Never mind Santa – 365 days a year, it’s now Google that may know when you’re sleeping or awake.  The tech giant will be able to track things like heart rates and blood sugar levels, too, thanks to a partnership with IBM and help from the Continua Health Alliance.

A Dark And Dismal January For The Tech Sector

I’m tracking the dismal news on all the various blogs. This is the worst month the tech industry has ever seen. The bad news from Microsoft, Intel, IBM is all over TechMeme and TechFuga.

LinkedIn Gets Integrated with IBM Lotus
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LinkedIn announced a partnership with IBM Lotus today that will see integration between the professional social network and several IBM Lotus products.

"There has been significant demand from companies seeking to increase enterprise productivity by leveraging LinkedIn’s powerful network of professionals," said Reid Hoffman, chairman and CEO of LinkedIn. "Today’s announcement represents a step forward in addressing that need."

LinkedIn Gains A Google Veteran

While it certainly is not an exodus there have been some high profile Google executives leaving the Mountain View nest for other opportunities.