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Half of all companies will continue to use Windows XP after it retires in 2014

According to a shocking report, 48% of IT administrators intend to continue running Windows XP after Microsoft officially retires it in 2014. The "IT [sector] just really, really likes the XP operating system," says Diane Hagglund, a senior analyst at Dimensional Research, reporting on the findings of a survey of 950 IT professionals. "They say it's just that good, and don't want to mess with it."...

How To: Corporate blogging

Corporate blogging is a very sensitive issue. Companies like to try and hide behind wordy marketing and corporate communication folks. This makes for the big mistake of not allowing the top players to get their much valued and respected words in. And marketing speak is just what people don't want to hear. Steve Rubel, an SVP at Edelman PR has some ideas on how to get the most out of corporate...

Who's going to get bought out next?

Wondering which Web 2.0 company is going to cash out next? So are we, and so was Aidan Henry. Aidan wrote up a list of the biggest Web 2.0 companies that got bought out over the past year, and a list of the biggest movers that are highly targeted leaders. Among them are market leaders like Digg, Technorati, Netvibes, SimplyHired, 37 Signals, LinkedIn, Ning, and SixApart. So what will the next...

How many page views a month does a Web 2.0 company need to get an IPO?

We are in a crazy time right now as far as internet companies go. Just like 1999, they are popping up everywhere, and everyone is doing something 2.0 related. Only difference now, they are all online based applications. Well, what would it take for a Web 2.0 company to hold an initial public offering? Michael Kanellos looked into this with Opus Capital partner Ken Elefant. Ken stated that his...

Google buys the in-game ad startup, Adscape

There have been lots of rumors and buzz circulating the past few weeks on whether or not Google was pursuing Adscape, a startup -- only officially launched in February 2006 with $3.2 million in funding -- that specializes in in-game advertising. After a brief quiet period, details are starting to emerge about an agreement to acquire Adscape Media for $23 million. Could this be the next big thing...

Seven rules for Web 2.0 startups

These days it seems like anyone with an idea and some time can crank out a Web 2.0 startup, be it a service, community, one-trick-pony or ambiguously named whichamadinger. It also seems like many of these startups could use some guidance to help them find their way. With goofy names, varying user experiences and questionable goals running amok, we figured it was time to lay down some ground rules....

AOL to lay off 1,400 call center employees in mid-December

AOL announced today that they will be laying off 1,400 call center employees, fulfilling a company restructure announced back in August. CNET is reporting the ISP-cum-content portal has told employees at their Albuquerque, NM and Tucson, AR call centers that they'll be closing up shop by mid-December, while they'll be selling a third in Ogden, UT. Here's hoping AOL had a little more tact than to...