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Microsoft reorganization leaves Dynamics in a sweet spot

Microsoft's sweeping company reorganization may have some insiders feeling jittery about the future, but it's doubtful that the vendor's Dynamics business applications division or its customers need to worry.

Chrome rich notifications go live for all Windows users; good luck using them

The upgraded notifications should send interactive pop-ups to your desktop, but we couldn't get them to work.

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Microsoft switches up CRM Online licensing model, aims at Salesforce.com

Microsoft is rolling out a more flexible licensing policy for its CRM Online application that could make it more competitive with the likes of Salesforce.com, but in one instance it also introduces a price increase.

Get a disposable email address from MailDrop

Need to complete a Web registration but don't want to give out your address? This free service offers a simple alternative.

Box launches comprehensive Salesforce app

Salesforce.com customers now have access on the company's AppExchange marketplace to an application that delivers the full functionality of the Box cloud storage and file sharing service within Salesforce.com's CRM suite.

Apple expands iWork for iCloud beta to developers with free accounts

Apple has begun expanding its iWork for iCloud beta, inviting developers free accounts to start testing the in-browser versions of Apple's Pages, Keynote and Numbers applications.

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Yahoo buys Xobni; some products have a year to live

Yahoo has bought Xobni, which specializes in organizing user address books. Most of Xobni's products will be phased out in a year's time.

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Google Reader is dead, but Feedly will help you love again

Google Readers is RIP on July 1, but after extended test runs with various Reader competitors we've found the perfect replacement in Feedly.

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Oracle 12c database coming 'within two weeks,' middleware launch on deck

Oracle's long-awaited 12c database has apparently received a firm launch date, with a company executive stating that it will be released "within the next two weeks."

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Get more out of Google Earth with these tips for power users

Google Earth users can do more than just fly around a virtual globe. The free mapping application can display real-time weather, help compose photographs and measure distances much more easily than its Maps cousin.

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Hey, big buyer: Online shoppers prefer iOS, Forrester reports

iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch owners are 30 percent more likely to use their device to make purchases online than those using gadgets running Android, according to a new report from research firm Forrester.

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Microsoft adding collaboration, more Office to Office Web Apps

Microsoft said Thursday that it plans to bring collaborative features to Office Web Apps, a feature that Google Apps has banked on for some time.

Oracle forums upgrade raises a ruckus among users

Oracle's recent upgrade to its online forums has divided the portal's many users, with some saying the update brings welcome changes but others claiming it is bug-riddled and inferior to its predecessor.

CIOs bemoan lock-in and the 'false flexibility' of the cloud

Despite the promise of portability from service providers, the reality of the cloud for big customers is a similar type of lock-in as they experience with on-premise apps vendors such as Oracle and SAP, two CIOs said Tuesday.

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How to use Facebook hashtags safely and effectively

Following in the footsteps of Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr and other social networks, Facebook finally gets hashtags. Here's what you need to know about the new feature and its privacy implications.