Will cloud computing push the BRIC market to the front?

"Cloud first" markets — those where companies' first serious engagements with information technology are in the form of cloud computing — are beginning to emerge. For the BRIC economies in particular, this might mean a chance to adopt low-cost solutions that will give companies a clear competitive advantage over more established enterprises bogged down by legacy infrastructure. Many pieces are already in place, and so it is worth pondering where the real force behind our knowledge industries will wind up in the next few years.…

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Cisco’s Big Bet on Consumer Telepresence

The video phone holds an iconic place in the American technology lore. From black-and-white science fiction movies to Jetsons' cartoons, many of us were exposed to a futuristic vision of talking to far-flung friends and family through a video display. While consumers have embraced visual communication in the last few years, it hasn't been with video phones. Instead, most consumers video chatting today do it on a computer using an integrated webcam and popular software like Skype. Given this reality, is it far-fetched to start thinking about visual communication on the living room TV?…

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