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Control documents at your MFP

If you're controlling document transmission processes, don't overlook your multifunction printers, advises one vendor.

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Ballmer, dead parrots, and dead deals

What part of "Yahoo doesn't want a thing to do with you" did Ballmer not get? The new lord and master of Microsoft seems to be deaf, as well as dumb, in his latest attempt to try to buy Yahoo.

Microsoft, along with billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who at 72 seems to be losing his business smarts, confirmed that they still wanted to buy Yahoo. All that Yahoo has to do, to get in on this new deal, is fire its board of directors.

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Please tell me this college business professor is an exception.

Today's US college business professors, hopefully, aren't all like the one who is teaching a Florida university's business major. Maybe a checkup of the profession is needed.

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IPO exits set unbeatable low

For the first time in 30 years, there were no public offerings from a venture backed company. Look for more VC-driven boards of privately held companies to more readily accept smaller acquisition flips, and to lose patience with entrepreneurs of stumbling companies that want to hold on for a few more years.

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End IT's data deficit

Although there's plenty of data coming out of IT, one vendor contends there's not enough useful information for IT.

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Virtualization moving to the endpoint

To date virtualization has only penetrated between 5 to 10% of servers in the datacenter. This will increase now that Microsoft Hyper-V has officially joined the fray with Citrix Xen and VMware ESX. It will also increase as IT learns how to extend the benefits of virtualization to applications and the desktop - user applications extend from the desktop to the datacenter and thus so will virtualization.

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Finding, not searching is what really counts

Enterprise search continues to lag behind commerical search because companies lack a "findability" strategy, says one researcher.

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Before Ballmer: Pretenders to Gates' throne at Microsoft

For much of Microsoft's earlier days, Steve Ballmer wasn't close to being Gates's equal, much less his heir apparent. Ballmer's first job at Microsoft in 1980 was assistant to the president -- who was Gates.

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Global News Update: Thursday, June 26, 2008

In today's podcast: Oracle announces improved profits; Yahoo defends its deal with Google; and Google finds a new CFO and Microsoft is about to launch Hyper-V.

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Pricey commodities boon to computer recycling campaigns

Commodity price hikes are making it more lucrative to recycle your old computer hardware.

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Wrong -- at the speed of light

Network admin pilot fish is called to his boss's office where he sees the recently hired IT manager — who bellows, "Why is your network so slow?!?"

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Kiss VMware's rump good-bye

A perfect storm is brewing ahead and, like a fishing captain who doesn't get that a plummeting barometer means stay at port, VMware is persisting in sailing into disaster.

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Making the Bill Gates myth grow

Are Microsoft's best days behind it? Is that a serious question? Of course, they're behind it.

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My picks for Bill Gates's 5 dumbest moves

You don't start a company at age 21 and spend 33 years at it without making a few bonehead mistakes along the way. Here are my top 5.

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'Managed print services' can rein in printer/copier costs

Are printing and copying really strategic, really "core competencies" that must be managed in-house? No? Maybe that imaging-on-paper thing is a candidate for outsourcing. It's called "managed print services."

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