News & Commentary
Content posted in February 2005
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Yahoo Introduces Search APIs and Developer Network
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
Seeking to gain a foothold with software developers, Yahoo delivers set of APIs to help developers build applications that leverage its search functionality.
Trusting Consumers And Risk-Averse Merchants Help Explain Online Sales Growth
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
VeriSign reports that, despite a rise in threats, online commerce continues to thrive.
IBM Turns To ISVs And Resellers To Charge Up Sales
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
The company announced several initiatives, such as giving resellers access to industry specialists and providing volume discounts to smaller customers.
Blogging Simplified
Commentary  |  2/28/2005  | 
Web Crossing, Inc., an enterprise collaboration software company, today introduced SiteCrossing, a hosted Web site service offering blogging and collaboration tools for individuals, as well as small- and medium-sized businesses.
I2 Technologies Gets A New CEO
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
The vendor taps Michael McGrath, a board member for eight months, to lead the company.
Symantec CEO Takes On Microsoft, Again
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
John Thompson tells government IT executives that Microsoft's security efforts won't help in heterogeneous computing environments.
Firefox Continues To Chip Away At IE's Share
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
Mozilla's Firefox keeps eating into Microsoft's massive lead in browser usage.
Mobile Text Message Spam Doubles
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
Spam accounts for close to half of all text messages sent to cell phones, a percentage that has more than doubled in just one year.
SAP Buys Retail-Management Software Company
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
SAP hopes to gain ground in the retail sector by buying Retek, a vendor known for its demand forecasting, merchandise planning, inventory management, and other retail-specific applications.
Mozilla, Firefox Open To Attack
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
Hackers can grab control of computers by taking advantage of vulnerabilities in both the Mozilla browser suite and the Firefox standalone browser.
AIM Syncs With Outlook
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
America Online releases a beta version of AIM Sync, a service that integrates AOL's instant messaging client with Microsoft Outlook 2002 and 2003.
Plumtree Adds Financial-Services Companies To Customer Roster
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
First Franklin and Banknorth Insurance will implement portal software for business intelligence and claims processing.
LCD TV Sales Booming
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
A lot more of the world is watching television through LCD displays, according to a new report from research firm DisplaySearch.
New Iomega DVD Burner Offers 4x Double-Layer Recording
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
Iomega Corp. announced on Monday the availability of the Iomega Super DVD Writer 16x16 Dual-Format USB 2.0 Drive.
IBM Tops Booming Server Market
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
It's looked like boom times are here in the server market, judging by the latest market-share numbers. The worldwide server market grew 5.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2004, generating $14.4 billion in revenues, according to just-released figures from market researchers IDC.
EDS Officials Won't Confirm UK Contract Award
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
The 10-year contract to develop and host intranet applications for the U.K. Ministry of Defense is reportedly worth nearly $8 billion.
New iPod Shuffle Accessories Protect, Extend Player
News  |  2/28/2005  | 
XtremeMac announced today some 13 new accessories for Apple's iPod Shuffle music player that provide provide different options for listening and improve the device's usability and durability.
Rob Enderle: Man With A Death Wish
Commentary  |  2/28/2005  | 
Analyst Rob Enderle has been writing a lot of columns recently dissing Linux and open source, but that's not the message I take away from those columns. The message I take away is that you can't solve security problems by installing a product.
Low-Cost Camera Takes High-Quality Pictures
News  |  2/26/2005  | 
Advanced features and high-megapixel CCDs tend to drive up digital camera prices. But Concord Camera Corp. makes an exception to that rule with a new camera that combines a 6-megapixel CCD with great features at a breakthrough price of $230.
New Phone Will Let You 'Slap' Caller
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Samsung plans to release in March a mobile phone that lets you zap, slap or tickle the person you're talking to over the phone.
Privacy Is The Best Policy
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
The angry reactions to ChoicePoint's revelation that its database of personal consumer information had been compromised led politicians, in bandwagon fashion, to promise committee hearings and offer up improved legislation to enforce stricter privacy measures on companies dealing with consumer data. But maybe they're on to something. A recent survey revealed the deep ambivalence Americans have about computers' ability to safeguard such sensitive information as medical records. Sensing the potent
Designed To Cut Time
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Cost pressures and other factors are forcing the apparel industry to modernize its technology
SmartAdvice: Telecommuting A Boon With Proper Safeguards And Training
Commentary  |  2/25/2005  | 
Make telecommuting a privilege and focus on training and security for a successful experience, The Advisory Council says. Also, look for range of services and experience from a data-center-relocation services provider.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  2/25/2005  | 
EDS Aims to Keep Riding Shotgun For GM
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Global IT capabilities are part of EDS's pitch to continue relationship with automaker
Xen App Enlightens
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Virtualization tool helps companies get more from servers; 64-bit support coming soon
Eclipse Development Tools Are On A Roll
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Addition of Borland and others to Eclipse board eases fear of IBM control
Microsoft Raises Database Stakes At Low End
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Vendor is under pressure from Oracle, IBM, and open-source products
Check Those Credentials
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
CSC gets contract to help TSA screen applicants seeking to transport hazardous materials
AMD Innovates But Still Can't Crack Dell
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Chipmaker demos new dual-core versions; Dell says it will stick with Intel
IT Spending By Auto-Parts Makers Expected To Increase This Year
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Pressure to cut costs is driving steps to eliminate disparate legacy apps and implement companywide ERP systems.
The Spyzilla Project?
(Or, A Modest Proposal...)
Commentary  |  2/25/2005  | 
Microsoft almost pulled a fast one on me today. As usual, those sly foxes love to play the fools, only to turn the tables when you least expect it. I eventually saw through their brilliant subterfuge, but it was a near thing.
Opera To Beef Up Browser Security
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Opera Software ASA released the second beta version of the next release of its desktop browser, which includes a new anti-spoofing feature.
Microsoft Signs 'Final Fantasy' Creator For Xbox
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Microsoft has hired the creator of the popular "Final Fantasy" video game to develop games exclusively for the next Xbox.
CA Simplifies Output Management For The Mainframe
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Computer Associates International Inc. plans to launch next week an upgrade of its output-management software for the mainframe.
The Observer: Adjust Expectations To Maintain Greatness
Commentary  |  2/25/2005  | 
When things are going well is the time to look ahead and plan ahead, says Lou Bertin.
Thunderbird, Mozilla Updates Next In Line
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Mozilla Foundation outlined the near-term road map for updates to that browser, as well as the Mozilla suite and the Thunderbird E-mail client.
Business Technology: Security, Microsoft, And High-Stakes Poker
Commentary  |  2/25/2005  | 
Microsoft is playing high-stakes poker with its customers over the security of its products and technologies, and so far, Bob Evans says, the company's raises and bluffs have held up. But the other players are getting tired of the game, and Microsoft might find that dominating such a game will be little more than a Pyrrhic victory.
Informatica Shows Shifting Product Strategy
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
By combining data integration, analytic, and metadata management in one package, Informatica hopes to bypass competition with key BI partners.
Security Firms Follow Unwritten Code When Digging Up Dirt On Each Other
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
While vulnerabilities within security products are rare, researchers follow an unwritten protocol for responsible disclosure.
Research: Bad Data Thwarting Data Warehouses
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Many companies are focusing explicitly on identifying, extracting and loading data, and not enough on assessing their data quality, Gartner says.
Research: Bad Data Thwarting Data Warehouses
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Many companies are focusing explicitly on identifying, extracting and loading data, and not enough on assessing their data quality, Gartner says.
Senators Vow New Laws In Wake Of ChoicePoint Debacle
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Federal lawmakers have joined the outcry against identity theft, calling for stricter controls on data profilers after ChoicePoint's database was hacked.
Spoofer Mocks Microsoft's Licensing Effort
News  |  2/25/2005  | 
Microsoft's attempt to demystify its software licensing in the U.K. has already caused one satirist to send up the Redmond, Wash.-based developer in a spoofed Web site.
Securing Government IT: Your Tax Dollars Not At Work
Commentary  |  2/25/2005  | 
Securing our federal IT systems and networks is so important that spending tax dollars to educate some 125 federal chief information security officers about the latest in cybersecurity-and to get them to collaborate-seems like a sound investment. That's not the case, however.
RFID, Fast Follower Strategies Don't Mix
Commentary  |  2/25/2005  | 
The most common reaction to RFID in the retail industry appears to be apprehension. That's not a reason to stand still, however. RFID is not a technology that lends itself easily to a "fast follower" strategy, due to heavy infrastructure, as well as business process and application, requirements.
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