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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

 Pingdom 

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.

IBM Agrees To Help Build Broadband Network Over Power Lines

IBM has partnered with International Broadband Electric Communications (IBEC) on a $9.6 million agreement to have Big Blue install Broadband over Power Line (BPL) networks at electric cooperatives through out the eastern U.S.

The concept of broadband over power lines has widely been thought of as a dead end idea but with IBM’s backing it is now being resurrected.

IBM Gets More Social Than Ever

IBM has opened a social software research center dedicated to helping customers and partners better collaborate on a global scale. The center is headquartered at Cambridge, and staff will work closely with university faculty and students, as well as corporate partners.
 

Google and IBM Come Together for Cloud Computing
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Google and IBM began their alliance a couple of years ago in a rather unusual way. IBM CEO Sam Palmisano called up Google CEO Eric Schmidt and asked about distributed computing. Google wanted no part in the matter, but something apparently sparked its interest since the companies began a partnership at that time.

The Apple Of Your Eye Is a Trick
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Lots of studies have shown that subliminal advertising doesn’t work—at least it doesn’t work as a direct cause of desired behavior. For example, imperceptibly flashing a hot dog in front of an audience does not increase hot dog sales. A recent study from Duke, though, says Apples might make you more creative.

Enterprise Software Up Google’s Alley?

Google is the king of advertising, and it’s made moves toward productivity software, with Gmail and Google Docs. But what about enterprise software, the stuff that powers businesses, even large ones? Does Google harbor ambitions to be an enterprise software player?

eComm 2008 is Coming Up

I noticed that eComm 2008 is coming up, 3/12-14.

Take a look at what Martin Gedd, on the advisory board, said on his blog:

Oracle Closes BEA Deal For $8.5 Billion

The valuation comes as Oracle and BEA agree on terms that will have Oracle pay $19.375 per share in cash for outstanding shares in the web application company.

How Long Will Your Agency Relationship Last?

Research shows that half of the agency/client relationships out there last less than two years.

This is from a sample of about 140 companies with an annual marketing spend of at least $2 million, including Citibank, General Mills, IBM, GE, and ESPN.

After nearly 15 years in agencies, this percentage sounds about right. But where the research tries to determine why this is the case, I take issue with it.

IBM, Yahoo Update Free Enterprise Search

The IBM Omnifind Yahoo Edition enterprise search product received some tweaks and improvements to its functionality.

Tigers Need Computer Infrastructure Too

IBM and Cisco did their part to make it easier to care for the big cats and several other species residing at North Carolina’s Carnivore Preservation Trust.

Profitable Niche Publishing Business Models
Via TC, I discovered IBM released a report on how the they think the $550 billion global ad market might change in the coming years. The predictions look bleak for most ad agencies and traditional media gatekeepers, but good for niche publishers who have a solid stream of attention:

IBM: End Of The Advertising World

There won’t be unstoppable viruses, implacable zombies, or nuclear weapons involved in the end of the advertising world as we know it (though I think I just wrote the logline for next summer’s blockbuster), but the times will be a-changin’ for advertising through the next five years.

Microsoft Issues Free Enterprise Search Challenge

Search Server 2008 Express arrived as a free download from Microsoft, which launched the release candidate during a California conference.

IBM Turning Discarded Silicon into Solar Panels

There’s a lot of waste in the computer industry. IBM has developed a solution that takes scrap silicon disks and makes them into solar panels.

Computer chips are made of silicon wafers that have to be perfect to be usable. Imperfect wafers are thrown away after sensitive data is removed. Now, with a new process by inventor Eric White, they can be reused and made into solar panels.

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