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Jitterbit  and salesforce.com announced that Jitterbit's open source integration suite is now available through salesforce.com's AppExchange and can integrate directly with Salesforce implementations. With Jitterbit, users and developers can quickly and affordably connect and transform customer data from a variety of data sources and formats into Salesforce. An open source integration solution, Jitterbit addresses the problems of cost and complexity associated with connecting applications, data and partners.  Jitterbit Community Edition is immediately available for free download and deployment at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange . When it comes to integration, customers have had limited options, currently relying on expensive, complex and proprietary solutions that require specialized technical staffing. Jitterbit allows users to integrate their data "out of t... (more)

IBM Launches "Open Standards" Initiative

IBM has announced a new initiative to help start-up companies in emerging markets -- China, India, Russia, Brazil -- more quickly and easily develop solutions based on open standards technology. For the first time, developers will get instant access to IBM's hardware and software portfolio, free of charge, from their desktop that will enable them to gain new skills and build open solutions in half the amount of time and at one tenth of the cost. IBM will also roll out more than 40 different virtual enablement workshops through the IBM Virtual Innovation Center that will expedite l... (more)

OSDL' s Cohen Rejects Microsoft Offer

        Martin Taylor          Stuart Cohen It’s been widely reported this week that Microsoft’s Martin Taylor contacted OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen to discuss Microsoft’s idea to co-sponsor some research about the relative benefits of Windows and Linux. The two did in fact meet at LinuxWorld Expo to discuss the matter. But Cohen says he rejected the notion on the theory that some research house would run up a 100-page report in which Linux positively glowed and Microsoft would put a $100 million ad campaign into propagandizing the one-sentence shortcoming  found &nda... (more)

Google Gets Feisty

Google introduced a Sidebar panel in its online beta recently that personalizes desktop search with live information such as a real-time stock ticker, weather reports, news stories, and blog updates. It is self-learning, indexes past Internet use and is supposed to anticipate user preferences. In the process Google collects information on user behavior, reopening the confidentiality issue. The so-called Google Desktop 2, a follow-on to the desktop search widgetry Google released last fall and borrowing from Apple's Dashboard and Yahoo's Konfabulator programs, can search network ... (more)

Google Apparently Suffers Kai-Fu Loss

Google was hoping to knock the stilts out from under Microsoft and get Microsoft's case against it and its hireling, ex-Microsoft VP Kai-Fu Lee, moved to California, where it fully expected the California court to throw out Lee's signed non-compete because California doesn't recognize non-competes. Except, before he heard any arguments last Friday, California federal judge Ronald Whyte tentatively sent the case back to the state of Washington, where Microsoft lodged it and where it's gotten a temporary restraining order restricting Lee's activities on behalf of Google until the t... (more)