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Today’s Scuttlebot: Smart Shoes and the Top Social Network Among Teens

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. More Scuttlebot can be found here. WNYC’s Cicada Tracker Is a Sign of the Rise of Sensor News |  With cicadas on the way, WNYC is running a novel experiment in sensor-based data journalism. – Joshua… Read more →

As ARM Chief Steps Down, Successor Talks About ‘Body Computing’

ARM Holdings, the specialist in low-power semiconductors, is looking to put computers everywhere around us, and even inside us. On Tuesday, Warren East, the company’s chief executive, announced that he would step down after 12 years at the helm. Mr. East, 51, will be succeeded by Simon Segars, 45, who has been with ARM since 1991. Mr. Segars said he… Read more →

Justice Dept. (almost) reneges on email privacy law stance, but the devil is in the details

Well, that was quick. Earlier today, the Justice Department was preparing to tell a US House committee that it needed further powers under new legislation to acquire citizen data that included Facebook and Twitter private messages, along with other online stored communications.  In what appears to be a flip-flop of substantial proportions, not least likely… Read more →

Dutch insurance giant Achmea deploys ‘ERP for IT’ to boost business performance

Gardner: Why is running IT more like a business important? Why does this make sense now? Aarnink: Over the last year, whenever a customer asked us questions, we delivered what he asked. We came to the conclusion that delivery of every request that we got was an intensive process for which we created projects. It was very difficult to make… Read more →

Adobe Q1 earnings soar as Creative Cloud subscriptions surpass 500K

As the company’s digital marketing and cloud strategies continue to unfold, Adobe‘s latest quarterly earnings report was closely watched after the bell on Tuesday. The software giant reported first fiscal quarter earnings of $65.1 million, or 13 cents a share (statement). Non-GAAP earnings were 35 cents a share on a revenue of $1.008 billion. Wall… Read more →

Why I love Lync 2013: A telecommuter’s dream come true

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the benefits of telecommuting in response to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to end work-from-home arrangements at her company. As I said in that piece, I’ve been a professional telecommuter for seven years now. Five of those were spent at IBM, and two of them were spent at Unisys…. Read more →

Samsung Speaks Up First About a Smart Watch

Tribune Media Services Samsung Electronics has made it clear that it is making a wristwatch, even as Apple is rumored to be working on a smart watch itself. It is rare for a big tech company to voluntarily reveal a future product. Young Hee, an executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, told Bloomberg News that the company had been working… Read more →

Salesforce updates Chatter, optimizes for Android, iOS officially rolled out its latest version of Chatter, an enterprise social networking system, with mobile updates that make it available on Android and iOS devices. The company’s aim was to Chatter available to all mobile devices as part of its customer relationship management push. Salesforce’s update comes just as the company is largely downshifting… Read more →

Key Google cloud partner eyes vertical solutions

A few columns back I reported that Cloud Sherpas had been named (again) as a top global integrator and migration partner for the Google Enterprise technology portfolio, including its cloud applications and infrastructure. Now, the Atlanta-based company is positioning for growth of more than 70 percent during 2013 for its Google business unit, according to… Read more →

Is there any room left for Dell?

Rumor has it that private equity investment firm Blackstone may be considering putting up a last minute bid to buy Dell that beats the price being offered by Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners. While this is great news for shareholders, it raises the question as to what the winner plans to do with the… Read more →