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Content posted in December 2009
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Court: Microsoft Must Pay Law Firm $5.6 Million
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
An appeals court orders the software giant to pay a law firm that had opposed it in antitrust litigation.
Twitter Buys Out Mixer Labs
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
Microblogging service acquires developer of the GeoAPI location mapping tool.
NORAD Tracks Santa On Google Earth
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
The aerospace command uses Internet to follow Kris Kringle's progress throughout Christmas Eve.
Eight Apps For The Motorola Droid
Commentary  |  12/24/2009  | 
Traveling during the holidays? Droid owners might find their holiday adventures somewhat eased by loading up their device with some helpful apps for the season. Here are eight apps that range from shopping assistants to package tracking and keeping tabs on flight info.
BlackBerry Outage Sparks User Revolt
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
Internet forums were abuzz over second service disruption in as many weeks.
iPhone Vs. Droid - 3G Shootout
Commentary  |  12/24/2009  | 
We've all seen the knock-down-drag-out advertising battle between Verizon and AT&T in the last few weeks with Verizon claiming a far superior 3G coverage map while AT&T fired back with a faster 3G network. Investment banking firm Piper Jaffray decided to put the speed claims to the test. Armed with an iPhone and the Verizon Droid, they set off in New York to see who was the speed king.
FTC Asks Google For More Info On AdMob Buy
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The FTC request means there will be a delay in Google's acquisition of the mobile ad company, Google says.
Broadcom Unveils Netbook Video Decoder
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The Crystal HD video decoder boosts performance on netbooks using Intel's latest N450 Atom processor.
Google Nexus One Android Phone Fully Revealed
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
Leave it to the guys over at Gizmodo to score some one-on-one action with the most talked-about device of December 2009 -- the Google Nexus One. They spent some serious time with it and come away impressed. Oh, and the spec list leaked, too.
Truthing Up
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
I've been reminded recently that a few of the leading technology brands have added expert counsel -- lawyering and PR-ing up -- to deal with emerging public policy issues. I wonder why they don't just tell the truth.
Apple Display Suit Dismissed
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The lawsuit claimed that Apple knowingly sold iMacs with defective displays.
Samsung, Kodak Negotiate Patent Settlement
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
A proposed agreement calls for Samsung to deliver an undisclosed payment to Kodak, as well as a cross-licensing deal.
Vonage Offers VOIP For iPhone, BlackBerry
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Voice-over-IP calling applications enable smartphone users to make lower-cost international calls.
Hospitals Cut Costs With BI Software
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Two hospitals in Florida and California are using business intelligence and analytic software to corral costs and aid clinical reporting.
3Com Earnings Grow, Sales Slip
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Positive earnings bolster the network switching, routing, and security firm ahead of its acquisition by HP.
Android Apps Arcade Now Open In Facebook
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
If there's one thing to be said about 2009, perhaps it should be called the "Year of the Apps Store." It seems like every entity out there launched a mobile apps store. Helping aid in the discovery process, Mplayit has platform specific stores that can be browsed from within Facebook.
Acer Intros TravelMate Timeline Laptops
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The notebooks target mobile professionals by offering Windows 7 Professional, up to 8 hours of battery life, and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Soyuz Crew Arrives Safely At Space Station
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Astronauts and cosmonauts embark on construction and scientific research mission.
iPhone 2010 May Have 5MP Camera
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
The current supplier of camera chips for Apple's iPhone, OmniVision Technologies, says it got a whopper of an order from Apple for 2010. Not only will it supply Apple with 40 to 45 million imaging sensors, they will rate 5 megapixels.
Microsoft Word Gets Facelift
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Court-ordered patch removes custom XML tools from Office 2007 components.
Coming Soon from SAP BusinessObjects
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
The tricky thing about events like the recent SAP Influencer Summit in Boston is that some attendees want broad, high-level insight, and others, like me (and readers like you) want much more detail... The company did share some of the most noteworthy improvements due in future releases of SAP Business Objects software.
Blackberry Service Down (Again)
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Users complain of e-mail service that is slow or non-existent.
i4i Lawsuit Means Nothing To Most Office Users
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
The Web is buzzing over Microsoft's defeat in a major patent lawsuit involving its Office software. How will this affect your business? With very few exceptions, it won't.
Acer Launching Up To 10 Smartphones In 2010
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
Acer has plans to launch between eight and ten smartphones in 2010. They will be a mix of Android and Windows Mobile phones, with Android being the heavier part of the mix.
Intel's vPro Reshapes Remote Desktop Support
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Chances are good that you have never heard of Intel's vPro technology. If your company relies upon remote support technology, it's time to get acquainted with it.
Apple Fixes iMac Flicker -- Or Not
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Apple has released a firmware update for the new 27-inch iMacs which is supposed to address the kind of screen flickering and image corruption users have been complaining about. It's not clear if the update solves everybody's problem, though.
Netbook 2009 Revenues Soar
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Revenue for netbooks was $11.4 billion, up 72% year-over-year, as every other mobile PC category fell.
3D Printer Builds Artificial Blood Vessels
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
The goal is to custom-build tissues and organs for transplant, using the patient's own cells and 3D medical printers.
Verizon Sees Advanced Apps On LTE Network
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Developers will find Verizon's 700-MHz Long Term Evolution network friendly to classes of applications never before available on wireless networks, the company says.
Microsoft Word Sales Face U.S. Ban
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Appeals court says software maker must halt distribution of popular program unless patent-friendly changes are made.
Sprint, LG, Microsoft To Intro WinMo WiMax Phone?
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Sprint has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, January 6 -- the day before the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off. LG and Microsoft factor large in the presentation, and Brooke Shields is involved, too. What could they possibly be announcing?
Top Facebook Updates: Lady Gaga, Farmville, H1N1
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Social networking site says 2009's top memes reflect members' broad array of interests and worries.
Barnes & Noble Fixes Nook Software
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
The update addresses performance problems including slow page turning and poor formatting of e-books.
HP Probes 'Racist' Webcam Claim
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
YouTube video appears to show company's facial recognition technology only works with white people.
Apple Updates iMac Firmware
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
The release fixes display problems with the 27-inch iMac's graphics cards.
Study: Texting While Driving Is Dangerous
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Drivers can be substantially more distracted by texting than talking on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.
Meru Networks Files For IPO
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
The 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions provider primarily serves the enterprise wireless market.
iPhone 2009's Top Phone
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
According to Nielsen's data, the iPhone was the top-selling phone in 2009. Three BlackBerries, four LGs, and one Motorola and Samsung also made the list. But which Motorola? The Droid?
Q & A: Army CIO Advances Consolidation Effort
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Cloud computing and powerful mobile devices are part of Jeffrey Sorenson's plan to centralize Army IT and make it more consistent for soldiers deploying from bases to the battlefield.
Tap Tap Sales Hit $1 Million Per Month
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Tapulous chief says Tap Tap Revenge and other games put startup on pace for $12 million in annual revenue.
Google's Wave Tells The Story Of 2009
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Google Wave hasn't quite caught on yet, at least, not with anyone I know. I've played with it a bit and have found it to be an interesting concept, but not full of much real value so far. That hasn't stopped a number of people from putting it to interesting use. This video is one of them.
GM Taps Former Microsoft M&A Chief
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Chris Liddell's hi-tech experience could bolster automaker's emphasis on smart vehicles.
Google and the Meaning of Half Open
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Google is half open: the conclusion I draw after reading product management SVP Jonathan Rosenberg's "The Meaning of Open." For all the pride and confidence and even wisdom conveyed in the essay, Google's core, its strategic direction -- Rosenberg's own product management brief -- is rightly closed rather than community-driven.
Gallery: Terremark Readies Secure Cloud Data Center
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
A new data center complex under construction in northern Virginia is protected by armed guards, bomb-sniffing dogs, and blast-proof walls.
iPhone To Verizon Rumors Back
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
It looks like the iPhone may yet head to Verizon despite some differences of opinion between the nation's largest carrier and Apple. Verizon has been beefing up their network to handle iPhone traffic in the event the Apple-AT&T exclusivity agreement ends.
LaCie Unveils Its Latest USB 3.0 Storage Appliance
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
The USB 3.0 storage market continues to expand, with LaCie introducing a new RAID storage device the incorporates the new high-speed standard.
Verizon's Bright Idea: Shaft Users, Make Money
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
Can Verizon infuriate its Blackberry users by shoving a "preferred" search provider down their throats? Yeah, there's an app for that.
Hail And Farewell, Part Two
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
For my last blog on open source, I've peered ahead -- inasmuch as anyone in this business can look ahead -- and made a few careful guesses as to what awaits us in both the open source and proprietary worlds.

Fujitsu Offers Laptop With Latest Intel Atom Chip
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Intel's refreshed Atom platform is expected to boost battery life in netbooks, but is not expected to boost power.
Verizon Updates 4G LTE Device Specs
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
The specifications will help developers design products and services that will run on Verizon's Long Term Evolution network.
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