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Iowa Health System (IHS) has announced it will utilize IBM Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS) to allow cardiology, radiology and other digital images to be shared across multiple sites and securely stored for years to help improve patient care, advance research and reduce administrative costs. Working with IBM and Bycast, IHS will establish an enterprise-wide storage system, based on IBM GMAS to address the exponential growth of IHS' imaging and other fixed content data, such as audio, video and medical documents. Fast, reliable solutions like GMAS will help IHS clinicians gain 24X7 access to medical data so they can respond quickly to changing patient conditions. And, with this new solution, IHS will be able to cost effectively establish baseline technologies and enable Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) applications and other systems to more readily a... (more)

This Week in Blogging: Bloglines Adds New Tracking Capabilities

"Bloglines is a Universal Inbox that captures all kinds of dynamic information that helps busy individuals be more productive throughout the day-at the office, at school, or on the go," said Mark Fletcher, vice president and general manager of Bloglines at Ask Jeeves, as he announced that people can now track the shipping progress of package deliveries from some of the world's largest parcel shipping companies - FedEx, UPS, and the United States Postal Service - within their Bloglines MyFeeds page. "With an index of more than 370 million blog and news feed articles in seven langu... (more)

India Software Exports Reach $17.2 Billion

The National Association of Software Companies (NASSCOM), headquartered in New Delhi,  reported Thursday that India's software and services exports grew 34.5% during the fiscal year (starting in June)  2004-2005, reaching revenues of $17.2 billion. India's IT exports are "driven by outsourcing projects, despite the campaign by the US during the presidential elections against outsourcing," the group reported. It said that outsourcing accounts for 68% of the Indian exports, and that India won 44% of the global outsourcing projects in 2004-05. S Ramadorai and Kiran Karnik, Chairman an... (more)

Microsoft Windows Vista Beta Released; Work on "Longhorn Server" Continues

Microsoft Windows Vista is scheduled to be released five years after XP debuted, and is supposed to increase the company's share of worldwide operating systems revenues from 70% to 77%, according to IDC's calculations. Microsoft is also more quietly testing the Longhorn server, which isn't due until 2007. Reportedly the server won't be called Vista. The Windows Vista beta, which is reportedly missing two-thirds of the functionality planned for the final product, the design of which had already been cut back from original plans, is initially going to 10,000 testers, expanding to 5... (more)

Yahoo! Will Pay $1BN for Chinese Auctioneer Alibaba.com

Not for Yahoo! the slow boat to China. Instead, it's going to pay $1BN to China's second-largest Internet auctioneer, Alibaba.com, and thereby gain an instant foothold in the world's second-biggest online market after the United States. "Yahoo's investment underscores our long term commitment to the Chinese market," Yahoo Chief Executive Terry Semel (pictured) said in a statement. "We believe the combination of Yahoo and Alibaba is the best approach for Yahoo to win in this region." Reuters reports this morning that the Yahoo! move is one of a sequence of recent purchases by US ... (more)