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Salesforce.com kicked off its 9th Dreamforce conference with a slew of new features, services and products, as well as an offering that represents a surprising shift for the cloud-evangelizing company: the ability to store data on premises for security-conscious companies. Although lost somewhat amid the higher sex-appeal social and Chatter-related changes, this latter development is definitely... (more...)

Hurricane Irene caused havoc up and down the East coast over the weekend.  It caused major flooding, power outages, and some loss of life, but we should consider ourselves lucky we didn’t have another Katrina on our hands.  That fateful storm struck 6 years ago, and we all know the damage and chaos it caused.  The storm hit during what was supposed to be the Community Action Partnership’s... (more...)

It takes a while to develop real world influence. While some people will tell you that the best measure of influence is whether or not people will take your call, there are other things that can shape the world we operate in. The depth of one’s influence has something to do with changing the way that things get done. It’s interesting to note, for example, the Tim Berners-Lee developed the... (more...)

Philanthropy among Arab Americans is increasing, according to a report in New America Media; and The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) is a big part of that increase.  The Dearborn, Mich.-based group, which is a project of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), is the first national giving program in the Arab American community.  This doesn’t... (more...)

Salesforce.com is riding the crest of wave after wave of good news as it starts Dreamforce, its annual convocation for customers, prospects, the press and analyst communities. Forty thousand people are expected in San Francisco for the event at some point in the week. In a sign of how big this event has become, last night I saw work crews closing down Howard Street by the Moscone Center. ... (more...)

If you subscribe to the notion that any growth in jobs is good, then today’s report from ADP will be encouraging. The payroll processor said 91,000 new private sector jobs were created in August. That’s still less than the 100,000 economists were expecting, and it’s about a third of what the U.S. needs each month to bring down the unemployment rate.  The company, and Macroeconomic... (more...)

Gmail has been the target of recent hacking attacks. Here are four tips to bolster security for your Google account information

About a month ago I received an email from Blizzard Entertainment stating that a new World of Warcraft account had been started using my personal Gmail address. Someone with the user name of “Zhang” was hoping to do a little night elf adventuring using my data. I got on the phone with Blizzard right away, and they cancelled the account faster than you can say Ogrimmar.

Militants feared to be using encrypted channels

Pakistan’s notoriously censorious telecoms authority has reportedly asked the country’s ISPs to block commercial VPN connections as a way of stopping militants from communicating in secret.

Clampdown on proxy services

Pakistan’s notoriously censorious telecoms authority has reportedly asked the country’s ISPs to block commercial VPN connections as a way of stopping militants from communicating in secret.

If you subscribe to the notion that any growth in jobs is good, then today’s report from ADP will be encouraging. The payroll processor said 91,000 new private sector jobs were created in August. That’s still less than the 100,000 economists were expecting, and it’s about a third of what the U.S. needs each month to bring down the unemployment rate. The company, and Macroeconomic... (more...)