Sonic Solutions featured in Bloomberg: Sears Plans Film-Download Store in Challenge to Best Buy, Apple

Sears Holdings Corp., owner of the Sears and Kmart retail chains, will start an online store to compete with Apple Inc. and Best Buy Co. in selling downloads of movies and TV shows as Web-connected devices become more common.

By Cliff Edwards

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Bridgelux featured in ZDNet: Ex storage exec talks up smart lighting technology

Once the head of storage leader Seagate Technology, Bridgelux CEO Bill Watkins now seeks to tackle the inflection point faced by the lighting industry as the world embraces more energy-efficient technologies.

By Heather Clancy

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ShoreTel featured in The Wall Street Journal: A Tough Call

Sellers of mobile devices and other high-tech communications products see small business as the hot new frontier. But so far, demand has been muted.

 Big vendors like AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are going head to head in this market, known as unified communications, as are smaller service providers and equipment makers. What they’re all offering are tools similar to what large corporations have—a mix of Internet and phone services, like customer-service applications, instant messaging and email. Many of these services and products will allow small businesses to field more mobile workers, track their whereabouts and cut back on outdated infrastructure like land lines.

By Roger Cheng

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Pentaho featured in ComputerWorld: Cloudera preps Hadoop for the enterprise

Cloudera has unveiled a new set of Hadoop management tools, called Cloudera Enterprise, that the company will offer for an annual subscription fee, it announced on Tuesday. It has also updated its open-source distribution package of Hadoop.

By Joab Jackson

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Seagate featured in Computer Shopper: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable Drive (500GB)

2010 is a tricky time to buy a speed-sensitive computing peripheral. Speedy next-generation transfer technologies like USB 3.0 and eSATA are popping up in new laptops and desktops, offering much faster transfer rates. But perennial port favorites like USB 2.0 and FireWire are still much more common, and they aren’t about to vanish from home or office computers anytime soon. So, if you happen to have a new PC with, say, a pair of speedy USB 3.0 ports, do you opt for a USB 3.0 external drive that works great at home, but is limited to USB 2.0 speeds on your office machine? And what about when new technologies emerge that may be even faster, like Intel’s Light Peak optical cable technology?

By Matt Safford

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Seagate featured in PC World: Must-Have Hard Drive Accessories

Seagate’s answer to Western Digital’s WD TV line, this $130 dock is designed to work with Seagate’s FreeAgent GoFlex portable storage line and with any other drive on your network. Insert the drive into a slot protected by a flip-open door, and access media files on your TV. Or use other external Mac or PC drives via the USB port on the back.

By Melissa Perenson

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Computer History Museum featured in Mashable: Tech Tourism: 10 Great Geek Destinations

As summer approaches, our thoughts turn to taking a break. Rather than bring you boring beaches or tacky theme parks, we’re planning pilgrimages for our inner- geek.

From the birth of Silicon Valley, to the inception of Twitter( ), we’ve pinpointed ten places across America that should be of particular interest to those with a passion for tech and social media.

 By Amy-Mae Elliott

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Vyatta featured on CSO Online: Network Security: Three open-source options

Free and open-source software (FOSS) is everywhere. Its offerings span far and wide in the technology industry. The networking space is an excellent example of FOSS, with feature-packed firewalls, routers, VPNs and even UTMs, for nearly every need. In this article I will introduce you to a few of the commercially-supported open-source network security options currently available in the marketplace today. With open-source networking you can enjoy the benefits of lower costs, greater security, flexibility, extensibility and full enterprise support. Here are three examples.

By Joseph Guarino

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Bridgelux featured in Smart Planet: Bridgelux CEO Bill Watkins: With LEDs, $100B lighting industry nears ‘major tech revolution’

When the world gets you down, start a cleantech company.

That’s the sense I got from Bridgelux CEO Bill Watkins, who reinvented his career by moving from the semiconductor industry to the burgeoning greentech one.

Watkins, who once led computer storage company Seagate Technology, says he’s hell-bent on making his new Livermore, Calif.-based company successful — and he plans on doing so by disrupting the $100 billion worldwide general lighting market with his company’s LED bulbs.

 By Andrew Nusca

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NetBase featured in Building 43: The New Marketing Weapon of Choice: Listening

When a company first starts using social media, it’s like watching someone’s dad play with his first video camera. They seem to share everything in an attempt to “engage” just to show some results. That’s not a judgment, mind you. Everyone has to start somewhere and it’s just counterproductive to be mean about it.

The most powerful thing you can use social media for is listening. “Engaging” your audience without fully understanding who they are and how they relate to you is not engaging at all–it is as irritating as the ad that won’t stop blinking on the blog you are reading.

 By Michelle Greer

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