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This Week: The Value of Social Business + 5 Alternatives to Skype

In the news this week Aquia released the latest version of their social business platform, Drupal Commons 1.6, KnowledgeTree took on for mobile document management and Web CMS provider MODx offered up MODx Revolution 2.1.

The Lucene Revolution event took place in San Francisco and our own Josette Rigsby spent time on the conference floor talking to attendees about enterprise search and the new Lucene/Solr certification.

As a close out to our focus on enterprise information management (EIM) we addressed the "enterprise" in enterprise content management, discussed the value of social business and publicly pondered what is more important - employee or customer communities.

And finally for those of you still worried about Microsoft's acquisition of Skype, may we suggest five great alternatives to Skype.

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Lucene Revolution Attendees Find More Uses for Search on Day Two #lucenerev

lucidLogosmall.png Day two has wrapped-up here in San Francisco at Lucid Imagination's (news, site) Lucene Revolution event. I can honestly say I’ve never seen so many computational linguists in a single location. Before lunch, Lucid Imagination managed to squeeze in eight sessions, a panel and a keynote address -- all about search. Didn’t know there was that much to discuss? Maybe you should consider attending next year.

Lucene Revolution Day 2: It's About All Data, Big & Small #lucenerev

Today is day two of Lucid Imagination’s (news, site) two-day conference, Lucene Revolution in San Francisco. Lucid Imagination, provider of commercial products and services for Apache Lucene and Solar, has managed to attract nearly 500 participants from all over the globe to learn, review case studies and network with their peers about the widely used open source search solution. The second day kicked off with a discussion of extracting value from data big and small.

Lucene Revolution Day 1: Searching for the Value of Certification #lucenerev

lucidLogosmall.pngDay one of Lucid Imagination’s (news, site) 2011 Lucene Revolution has concluded. Lucene Revolution is the only conference dedicated to the popular Apache Lucene/Solr projects. This is the second year the conference takes place in the U.S., and interest in attending the open-source enterprise search fest continues to grow -- like the data it interrogates.

Russia Search Giant Yandex Goes Public; Raises US$ 1.3 Billion

Yandex Logo.pngRussia's leading search company -- and the world's seventh-biggest search engine -- has recently completed its initial public offering, opening at higher-than-expected US$ 25 per share and raising US$ 1.3 billion in the process.

Google to Power Product Search with Sparkbuy Acquisition

Google has acquired a six-month-old electronics price comparison website called sparkbuy (news, site).

Moxie Designs Enterprise Collaboration Software for the Way Employee Work

Moxie Designs Enterprise Collaboration Software for the Way Employee WorkMoxie Software (news, site) is a relative newcomer to the social business software market compared to many other similar platforms. With its latest update today, it continues its focus on rich functionality designed for the way people work. Let's have a look.

Google Rolls Out Social Search to More Languages, Locales

Google (news, site) is fiercely protective of its search business. While Facebook, with its social media supremacy, perpetually looms over the horizon as a potential arch-nemesis, Google is continuing to add features that make search more social. The big G has just rolled out social search to more languages and locales.

Yahoo Bets $28 Million at 5:1 for More Relevant Ads

yahoo_logo_2010.jpgAdvertising platform 5:1 has been snapped up by Yahoo (news, site) to help focus on premium accounts and work with leading partners.

Bing One Ups Google with Facebook Integration

Microsoft's alliance with Facebook seems to have one endgame: Beat Google. The latest effort, announced late yesterday, ties Bing search results to the Facebook social graph.

Lucid Offers Lucene Certification

lucid_imagination_logo.jpgDevelopers seeking to demonstrate their mad skills in Apache Solr/Lucene (news, site) Search now have something new to do other than stay up at night playing first person shooters on XBox 360. Lucid Imagination (news, site) is offering the first Lucene certification -- and it's free for a few Lucene Revolution attendees.

Google's US$ 500 Million DoJ Settlement Related to Ads From Illegal Pharmacies

We earlier reported that Google (news, site) has set aside US$ 500 million from its 1Q 2011 earnings for a possible settlement with the Department of Justice for a yet-undisclosed issue. Sources indicate that this is likely due to Google's running of ads from illegal pharmacies.

Google Sets Aside US$ 500M for Possible DoJ Settlement

Google (news, site) has recently adjusted its quarterly earnings report with a hefty US$ 500 million reduction. The earlier-reported cash earning has now been earmarked for a potential settlement with the Department of Justice for undisclosed ad-related issues.

Information Management: Keep Archived Content Relevant and Compliant

Previously we’ve reported about the ways that companies can begin to access information stored across multiple data storage platforms. In a continued effort to simplify the process, Index Engines has released Collection Engine for Data Domain, which allows organizations to better understand what it is on their back up disks.

CloudMagic Instant Search for Gmail & Google Docs

Google's Instant Search is probably a love-it or hate-it feature. Some might find it confusing, while others might find it useful to see your search results as you type. Gmail doesn't have instant search built-in, but if you want lightning-fast searches, you can try CloudMagic. You get instant-search functionality for your Gmail messages, which is something akin to OSX Spotlight or Windows 7 Search-as-you-Type. CloudMagic even gives you the added functionality of offline search. We recently gave CloudMagic a try and we're pleased with the results.

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