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"Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com from 2003 to 2009, and now CEO of the on-demand identity and access management service, Okta. "This shift fundamentally requires them to rethink their IT infrastructure and how their employees access it," McKinnon added. "Okta," he continued, "is the only enterprise class, on-demand service purpose built to help customer secure and manage their entire cloud services network and the people who need access to it, with no professional services required." McKinnon was commenting on the day that he and his team launched a new on-demand service to accelerate the secure adoption of Cloud Apps. Pandora, LiveOps, Enterasys, FusionStorm, and AMAG Pharmaceuticals are the first to roll out Okta identity... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 New York Expands Technical Program

Due to a record increase in the number, quality and breadth of submissions to the Conference Advisory Board, the organizers of 8th Cloud Expo (June 6-9, 2011) - Cloud Expo New York 2011 - have extended the technical program through the addition of an all-new "Telcos in the Cloud" track - to complement the already extensive selection of tracks, including "Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing," "Federal/Government Cloud Computing," "Real-World Virtualization,"Cloud Security & Performance," "The Cloud in Practice: Case Studies," and the always-popular "Hot Topics" track. Because the sheer quantity and quality of submitted sessions has outstripped the ability to assess each one fully and fairly - there have been a staggering 1,300 submissions thus far, for just 150 or so slots - the deadline for submitting speaking proposals to the conference is also being extended too, unt... (more)

Obama Endorses the Value of U.S. Social Technologies

"We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living." With this one sentence, spoken Tuesday during his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama ushered in once and for all the Age of Sociotechnology, the age that recognizes the importance of the interaction between people and technology in both workplaces and society. Obama recognizes perhaps better than anyone in America the extent to which technology nowadays is socially constructed and society is technically constructed. "We are the nation...of Google and Facebook" - those eight words may well go on to become the most significant President Obama has ever uttered to date. For better or for worse, it would seem that the destiny of the U.S.... (more)

Google’s Knowledge Graph Bringing Semantics to the Masses

With Facebook’s IPO upon us, the timing of Google’s latest press blitz should probably be regarded with a healthy dose of suspicion, but the unveiling of the Knowledge Graph is an important step in Google’s journey — and a reaffirmation of values diluted by recent dalliances in social networking. Writing for The Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal perhaps describes it best; “To me, this update is the epitome of what Google does best. The graph makes the process of Googling something faster, easier, and better. The corporate imperative to keep people searching on Google in the face of renewed competition matches up very nicely with consumers’ desires for the best, fastest search experience. That hasn’t always been the case with the company’s social search integration, so this update feels so refreshing. It’s like a friend in the midst of a midlife crisis returning the Porsche... (more)

Ulitzer Launches Google Buzz News Topic

Google Buzz "new media" topic launched on Monday on Ulitzer with recent news, articles and blog entries contributed by more than 10,000 Ulitzer published authors. Google Buzz is a social integration and messaging tool by Google, designed to integrate into the company's web-based email program, Gmail. Shared links and messages show up in the user's inbox. Buzz focuses on integrating photos, videos, and links as part of the "conversations" aspects of Gmail like conversation threading. Ulitzer Live! New-Media Conference & Expo The first "Ulitzer New-Media Power Panel" took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Streamed live to 60,000 viewers via SYS-CON.TV, the panel was moderated by Jeremy Geelan. Geelan's guests in the first power panel were Ian Thain and Tim Crawford. Ulitzer Live! New-Media Conference & Expo will debut on June 14, 20... (more)

Chinese Hackers Pinched the Tollgate on Google’s Cloud

Google Session at Cloud Expo Those unidentified but allegedly Chinese hackers who got into Google's repository in December got access to the code for the software that authenticates users of Google's Gmail and calendar and other online apps according to the Wall Street Journal, which quoted a "person familiar with the matter." So far Google has only vaguely alluded to some unidentified "IP" being lost. The hackers compromised a workstation used by a Google engineer through a seemingly innocent Microsoft Messenger instant message that connected to what the New York Times called a poisoned web site. The intruders apparently knew who to target because they had access to Moma, Google corporate directory, which describes employees' jobs. The breached system, known as Gaia (after the Greek goddess Earth), does not store the actual passwords or other user information, the ... (more)

Google To Kill Direct Google Phone Sales

Having alienated carriers like Sprint and Verizon by trying to sell its Android-based Nexus One phone direct to the consumer from its google.com/phone online store - Google's attempt to change the traditional cell phone sales model - it's killing the four-month-old store, describing it as merely "niche channel for early adopters," meaning its sales have been paltry. It swears it's because "many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from." Google was trying to sell a Nexus One for $529 without a contract or a subsidized $179 with a two-year T-Mobile contract. T-Mobile was the only carrier to back Google's play. Although Verizon and Sprint canceled their Nexus One phones earlier this month, Google says it's going to push the HTC-made Nexus One through other people's retail stores and u... (more)

Consumer Watchdog to Follow Google's Dangerous Dominance Over the Internet

Santa Monica, CA - Consumer Watchdog today formally launched its new Website, Inside Google, to focus attention on the company's activities and hold Google accountable for its actions. The sites' URL is http://insidegoogle.com. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group is launching Inside Google to educate the public and opinion leaders about Google's dangerous dominance over the Internet, computing and consumers' online lives.  Inside Google's blog is authored by experienced consumer advocates and journalists working to expose the "black box" at Google with an eye towards holding Google engineers accountable to social mores, ethical customs and the rule of law. "Google  advocates openness and transparency for everyone else, but when it comes to their own activities, the company is extremely secretive," said John M. Simpson, consumer advocate with Consumer Watchd... (more)

[Updated] Google Twists in the Wind over Beijing

Google's quixotic and poorly executed attempt to do business in China on its terms rather than the Chinese government's has suffered another serious setback. Google's Internet Content Providers (ICP) license to run google.cn expired on Wednesday and the Communist regime told the company it won't be renewed if Google keeps automatically redirecting google.cn search traffic to its uncensored Chinese language site in Hong Kong. That's where Google unilaterally retreated to in March after the government called its bluff on leaving the country if search was going to be censored. Now Google hopes that if it puts up an intermediate "landing page" where users have to click on the message "We have moved to google.com.hk" it won't get kicked out of the largest, fastest-growing Internet market in the world on its ear. If the gambit doesn't fly, well, as its general counsel Davi... (more)

Google Cloud Client Almost Here

The rumors are approaching consensus that a pair of new netbooks running the Google Chrome OS may/will be available early in the New Year.  The details of the specs and marketing plans are still a bit vague, but we do know that they will run the Chrome OS, which is best imagined as the Chrome web browser and the Linux operating system grafted together. We think that they will be called "Smartbooks".  We have a persistent, unconfirmed notion that they will be Google-branded.  And, we suppose that Google may sell them directly, possibly supplemented by other channels.  After the Google Nexus One smartphone fiasco, though, the odds of Google branding and selling them directly are far from certain. If you believe a lot of what has been written so far, you might think that Smartbook is a misnomer.  Much of the reporting about the Google netbooks refers to them as "web-on... (more)

China Gives Google-Motorola Merger Conditional OK

China's antitrust regulators gave Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility the nod Saturday provided Google's Android operating system remains open and free-of-charge for the next five years. The "free" stipulation apparently doesn't apply to applications or services, but it remains to be seen how that works out. Google will have to report about its compliance with the terms to a Chinese monitor. "At the end of the five years, the Ministry of Commerce will continue to assess the state of the Chinese smartphone operating system market," the agency said on its web site. Google's relationship with China has been tense since it moved its Chinese search operation to Hong Kong complaining of censorship. There's also the little matter of China reportedly hacking its computers and stealing its secrets. China was the last approval the giant deal needed so it m... (more)