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IBM signs up for Google desktop searchIBM has released a free plugin that makes its enterprise search technology accessible through the corporate edition of Google Desktop Search
. IBM and Google Inc. are collaborating to make it easier for office workers not only to search for local documents and personal e-mail but to delve deep into corporate databases. IBM is linking up its OmniFind
corporate search system with Google's free desktop search
for business to make it easier for users to locate information throughout an organisation that is often locked up in many separate systems.
"Getting these two products together makes sense for both of us. If you want to have a good corporate search product, you have to have desktop search."
Google wins IBM's endorsement among corporate technical managers for its desktop search product and IBM gives corporate information workers an already popular entry point into back-office databases through Google's search. Searchable data ranges from e-mail to computer files to blog postings to corporate repositories of data, images, audio or video. Much of this is not available using public Web search tools. It is hard to reach inside a company except by trawling through many different programs.
"There is a lot of information that passively sits inside an enterprise. Our intention is to provide more of an active service that gives a single view of all that information."
No money is changing hands in this loose partnership by the world's biggest computer company and the leader in Web search. But coming just weeks after a software and research pact by Google and Sun Microsystems Inc., the new deal with IBM enlists another potential ally as Google increasingly faces off with rival Microsoft Corp. on PC desktops. Prial downplayed any grand strategy in IBM's dealings with Google, but said it was part of a broader push IBM calls information as a service, which the computer company plans to make more explicit over the coming months. Users of IBM's WebSphere integration software would have access to information stored inside rival business databases and content management systems, not just those from IBM. IBM customers can use the Google-IBM search combination by buying IBM products and services and building their own in-house system or rely on IBM to create a pre-packaged system, tailored to the company's industry. Mountain View, California-based Google eschews big, formal alliances with corporate technology suppliers like IBM. That's been the traditional route less-established software suppliers have used to win corporate acceptance of their products. Google's strategy is rather to use its popularity with consumers at home to slip into offices by relying on the actions of millions of employees to each download its tools. IBM partners with Google on information service
- IBM, Google Team on Search
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Search giant Google, Inc. tipped its hand this week to Google Base
, it's much-rumored auction service that many people believe is meant to compete against auction sites like eBay or Craigslist. Google Inc. is testing a new service to let Web users publish information online. Analysts and blog commentators have been abuzz this week over purported Web page screenshots showing a new service called "Google Base." Another related service could offer online payments and would put Google head-to-head with eBay Inc.'s PayPal payments service. "Google Base" as depicted in screenshots on Google-watching sites encourages users to post details of their small business enterprises, articles on current events, automobile listings and even scientific research.
"We are testing new ways for content owners to easily send their content to Google. We're continually exploring new opportunities to expand our offerings, but we don't have anything to announce at this time."
Analysts said that if Google combines the publishing system with its Froogle shopping service and other offerings it could compete with local classified advertising on sites such as eBay, Craig's List or online shopping at Amazon.com. The site, "Search Engine Roundtable", links to a posting attributed to Google in which the company is said to be introducing a tool at a closed meeting it calls 'Google Zeitgeist'05 Partner Forum
' being held on Google's Mountain View campus. Big Waves from "Google Base"
- Google to open online market?
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IRS has refund checks for more than 5,700 New Yorkers
announced yesterday that it cannot deliver income-tax refund checks to 373 taxpayers who filed their 2004 tax returns from the lower Hudson Valley because it does not have their current addresses. The IRS could not deliver 84,290 refund checks to taxpayers in 2005, mainly because of incorrect or out-of-date addresses. The unclaimed refunds average $871 each, though some taxpayers have more than one check waiting for them. If you think you might be one of the missing owners, click on "Where's My Refund" on the front page of the IRS Web site. You'll need to enter your Social Security number, filing status and the refund amount on your 2004 tax return. Visit the site. The number of unclaimed refunds is down this year as 87,485 refunds remained uncollected at this time last year. More taxpayers asking for direct deposit of their refunds into their bank accounts, instead of having their checks mailed, is helping push down the number of unclaimed refunds. As of Friday, the IRS deposited directly into taxpayers' bank accounts more than half of all refunds for the year, with more than 52 million refunds direct deposited -- a 7% increase from last year -- for a total of about $134 billion. Still, an incorrect "address" can happen with direct deposit as well as snail mail, so taxpayers should be careful when filling out their bank account information. NYers sought for IRS refund
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The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox
browser has reached 100 million downloads only five months after hitting the 50 million mark and just a few weeks prior to the one-year anniversary of its formal release. While the browser has seen download rates spike over the past year, the adoption of the browser mainly has been a steady growth path. Between 200,000 and 300,000 downloads occur now per day. Mozilla has openly thanked its thousands of contributors worldwide for efforts that have caused adoption to go far beyond expectations.
"Their work developing and fine-tuning the Firefox browser ensures the best Web experience available. Volunteer extension developers further enrich Firefox's capabilities by enabling users to customize and enhance their browser and truly take back the Web."
Getting to the 100 million mark might be cause for celebration at Mozilla, but the organization has not been without its challenges. Most notably, the browser has had several security
flaws reported, and its marketing site, SpreadFirefox.com
, was recently brought down by hackers. A Symantec report noted that Mozilla browsers had more reported vulnerabilities than Microsoft's
Internet Explorer in the first half of 2005, but the report also noted that the Microsoft flaws were considered more serious. While pundits continually have said that the adoption rates for Firefox will slow, the ranks of Firefox users have grown, indicating that it is nibbling away at Internet Explorer's formidable market share. Gartner
analyst Ray Valdes said it is possible that use of the Firfox browser will see a significant drop once Microsoft's next OS is released and subsequent changes are made to the Internet Explorer browser.
"Much will depend on how Microsoft ties Internet Explorer to its big releases next year. They may not have planned to emphasize Internet Explorer, but I think Firefox's adoption rate is something they're noticing."
Actually, many enterprise I.T. departments are looking at Firefox as a viable alternative to Internet Explorer. This interest could product the kind of corporate endorsement necessary for the browser to keep growing, noted Valdes. Firefox Marks 100M Downloads
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Apple Computer Inc.
unveiled a version of its market-leading iPod
that plays videos and increased the iMac
computer's ability to act as a home entertainment hub by adding a remote control. The video iPod, a long-rumored product that could further spark sales of the popular brand, has a 2.5-inch screen and comes with 30 or 60 gigabytes of memory. It will sell for $299 and $399, respectively. The company also plans to offer music videos for $1.99 each at its iTunes online music store
, along with short films from Pixar Animation Studios Inc.
. It said some ABC television shows would be available on iTunes a day after broadcast for $1.99. The company unveiled the new products at a news event in California's Silicon Valley. Apple has already sold more than 28 million iPods since their introduction in October 2001 and now has about 75% of the market for digital music players. The company has refreshed the iPod line-up many times since their introduction. Apple on September 7 unveiled the iPod nano, a pencil-thin device that uses memory chips instead of hard disk drives to store songs. The new iMac computer, which the company said would stand as an entertainment hub for DVDs, music and photos, will also directly complete with Microsoft Corp.'s Media Center
. The new products come after Apple reported a fiscal fourth-quarter profit that quadrupled from a year ago as revenue rose 56% and unit sales of iPods more than tripled. Apple profit surges, but shares drop on revenue miss
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Thomas C. Schelling
and an Robert J. Aumann
won the 2005 Nobel prize for economics
for their work on game theory
, which can explain and resolve trade and business conflicts, and even play a role in avoiding war. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences gave the 10 million crown prize to Thomas C. Schelling and Robert J. Aumann for a work that has found uses in "security and disarmament policies, price formation on markets, as well as economic and political negotiations." Aumanny
was born in Germany but is an Israeli and U.S. citizen who teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Schelling
teaches at the University of Maryland. "Game theory" is the science of strategy and attempts to determine what actions different "players", such as trading partners, employers, unions or even organized crime groups, should take to secure the best outcome for themselves. Game theory work has won the Nobel before. John Nash
, whose life was portrayed in the movie A Beautiful Mind
, won the economics prize with two others in 1994.
"I think game theory creates ideas that are important in solving and approaching conflict in general"
Schelling told Reuters by telephone from his home in Maryland that he was glad to have his work recognized.
"I'm a student of cooperation and conflict, I'm not really a game theorist...I would not try very hard to make the case that what I do is economics,"
Schelling, whose career began with work on the U.S. Marshall Plan to help rebuild Europe after World War Two, has applied game theory to global security and the Cold War arms race. He has tried to explain how a taboo around nuclear weapons after the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 itself became a factor in deterring their use after World War Two, even as both sides of the Cold War amassed big nuclear arsenals. Nobel rewards "game theory"
- They know how to win Nobels
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- Los Angeles Times
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Google and Sun Announce a Joint AgreementGoogle
and Sun Microsystems
announced a broad but vague agreement to develop and distribute each other's technology in a bid to expand their markets and challenge Microsoft's dominance of computer desktops. In a case of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," Sun Microsystems and Google teamed up to take a swipe at Microsoft's desktop dominance. The deal could be a boon for Sun, which has tried with minimal success to use its open source desktop suite, StarOffice
, to put a dent in Microsoft's Office monopoly. With Google's backing and a new market approach, the latest deal is a positive for Sun, but the extent of any long term benefit is unclear.
"There should be a lot of money flowing both ways if we do this right"
He wouldn't be more specific than that, and neither would his former protégé at Sun and current counterpart at Google, Eric Schmidt. Schmidt said Google expects to drive more ad revenue from an increase in the use of its search toolbar. McNealy pointed out that Google is a Sun customer and will continue buying Sun's products. More importantly for Sun, the deal calls for Google to distribute Sun's desktop software package, known as the Java Runtime Environment, and an open source desktop productivity suite, called OpenOffice.org, which Sun founded in 1999 as an offshoot of StarOffice. Sun will include Google's toolbar search as an option in its JRE. All of the products involved in the announcement represent a threat to Microsoft's Office products. Google and Sun have separately and repeatedly said that Microsoft's time is past, while the Internet will be used as the dominant conduit for software and technology applications. That transition shifts the center of gravity away from the proprietary desktop PC and onto the open Internet. It is a vision Sun has been espousing for years, and it's one that the company paid dearly for as the dot-com implosion reverberated. Sun has made a comeback of sorts this year, making a couple of large acquisitions and vocally touting its resurgent positioning. Microsoft, has run into difficulties, as Google has taken its status away as the premier standard bearer in the tech industry. Google still bills itself as a lowly search engine, even as it assembles an impressive array of new technologies to rival Microsoft, including e-mail and desktop search. Sun has typically been known as an enterprise-computing company, focusing its development and products on expensive, powerful servers and its own operating system for data-intensive number crunching. Still, just as Microsoft's Office program is used in the workplace, it can also be used in the home. The same is true of Sun's StarOffice software, which consists of word processing, spreadsheet, graphic design, presentation, mail reader, calendar and other features. New alliance sees opportunities vs. Microsoft
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Austria stuck to its position Monday, resisting Turkey's bid to become the first predominantly Muslim nation to join the European Union and forcing EU foreign ministers into a second day of crisis talks. A Turkish official today said Turkey had rejected proposed changes to its framework agreement to opening accession talks with the European Union.
"The EU has proposed some changes to the framework document. Our minister has rejected them all."
Accession talks are scheduled to open later today, but Austria has insisted Turkey be offered a partnership, not full membership.
"The responsibility is with the EU ... If there is no result, there will be no departure from here."
Officials have said that Turkey’s delegation to open EU accession talks, which is to be led by Abdullah Gul
, will not depart from Turkey until the minister has seen and approved the EU accession framework that lays out the plans for negotiations. Straw fights to save Turkey EU deal
- EU deadlock over starting Turkey talks deepens
- International Herald Tribune
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