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Content posted in July 2005
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HP To Stop Selling Apple iPods
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Hewlett-Packard says it has ended its high-profile deal with Apple to sell the popular iPod music player.
Cisco Threatens Web Site That Leaked Exploit Presentation
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Cisco sent a cease-and-desist letter to at least one Web site that posted a leaked copy of an exploit technique against its routers. The technique, which Cisco has been working to suppress in court, was demonstrated publicly at the Black Hat security conference.
New Windows Era
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
It's strategy time for Microsoft customers as Windows Vista goes into beta testing. So, what's your plan?
Researcher Describes How The Phishing Economy Works
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Phishers use Internet chat to communicate with each other and buy and sell victims' financial information.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
Telcos Give Bundling Another Try
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Firms are bundling telecom services, including local, long distance and cell phones, Internet, and TV. Will customers go for it?
Virus Writer Targets AV Vendors
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
A virus writer released malicious code that ridicules anti-virus vendors and the Sasser worm author.
Mozilla Goes Mobile
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Mobile-phone version of the popular Firefox browser is previewed for developers.
Symbol Technologies To Be Investigated For Patent Violations
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
The U.S. International Trade Commission launched an investigation charging Symbol violated U.S. trade practices by importing handhelds, components, and communications cradles that infringed on patents held by Intermec Technologies.
General Motors Signs Biggest Java Deal Ever
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
For Sun, the GM deal and another with General Electric are signs of a rebound
Funds Go To Older Tech Firms
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Microsoft Denies IE 7 Breaks Yahoo, Google Toolbars
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Company says problem was a bug in pre-beta versions that's fixed in Beta 1 version released last week; denies rumors that MSN search engine will be only default search in IE and pledges to support third-party toolbars and search engines. Internet Explorer.
Academics Call For Internationalizing Internet Governance
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
A group of American academics calls on the United States to help establish an international body responsible for running the Internet.
Feds To Offer Low-Cost Health-Care Software
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
But it might not be enough to spur physician adoption of E-health-record technology.
Under New Management
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
One year after assuming the CEO job at Informatica, Sohaib Abbasi assesses where the company and the data-integration market are going.
Intel Plans Low-Power And Dual-Core Chips
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Chipmaker focuses on delivering more performance while generating less heat
Cell Phones Are Next Frontier For Internet Companies
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Because people spend so much time on their mobile phones, Internet companies are jumping on the opportunity by introducing more Web-browsing features to cell-phone users.
Utilities Wrestle With IT Security Standards
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Two years after the blackout, electric companies are still developing security plans
Reducing The Data-Theft Threat From USB Memory Sticks
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Medical staffing firm uses Sanctuary Device Control to monitor every USB port on the network and set policies on the use of USB memory sticks.
Cisco Details IOS Vulnerability Spilled At Black Hat
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Even as Cisco admitted to the problems, Symantec warned that the information shared at the conference "increases the threat of exploitation."
Yahoo Toolbar For Firefox Is Completed
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Yahoo has shifted its Toolbar for Mozilla's Firefox out of beta and into final form as it posted the add-on to its site for download.
First Data Disclosure Bill Sent To Full Senate
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
The Senate Commerce Committee moves on the identity and data theft protection bill put forward by its members.
National City Banks On TransUnion Cross-Selling System
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Software analyzes criteria such as estimated income and debt-to-income ratios to help the bank decide whom to extend credit-card offers to.
Delta Seeks To Convert Browsers Into Buyers With Revamped Web Site
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
The new site lets customers reserve a flight for 24 hours before purchasing.
Wanna Be A Certifiable Linux Geek?
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
This just flew over my transom: At LinuxWorld in San Francisco next month, the Linux Professional Institute will offer free or really cheap Linux certification testing to all takers:
Review: FeedBurner Analyzes RSS Traffic
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
FeedBurner provides tools to publicize and analyze your RSS feeds, helping you maximize their effectiveness.
New Technology Increases Atomic Clock Accuracy
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology said they used a single beryllium ion to sense the high-frequency vibrations of a single aluminum ion, which could serve as a "tick" to calibrate future atomic clocks.
National Cell Phone Courtesy Month Comes Calling
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Boorish cell phone behavior is getting so problematic that cell phone providers are offering advice on how to behave.
Symantec Reports Solid Numbers, But Lowers Future Projections
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Red flags include the decline of the US dollar's value and the imminent change of its consumer-selling model to eventually adopt a software-as-a-service model.
Sybase Acquires Mobile Middleware Vendor
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
The purchase of Extended Systems gives Sybase around 2,500 enterprise customers and an expanded focus on connecting mobile applications like sales force to back-end systems.
SmartAdvice: Use Java And WebSphere To Reengineer Legacy Mainframes
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
Set guidelines that ensure easy technology transitions and migrations, The Advisory Council says. Also, to profit from RFID, rethink business rules.
The First Open-Source Keyboard
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
I enjoyed Bill O'Brien's piece on new and interesting input devices over at Personal Tech Pipeline. But he missed what may be coolest thing to happen to a keyboard since, well, since there have been keyboards: Artemy Lebedev's Optimus. When I first laid eyes on this thing about a month ago, I knew I had to have one. Why? If you have to ask, then I can't explain.
Business Objects Reports 18% Second-Quarter Sales Increase
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Growth fueled by BusinessObjects XI sales and more million-dollar contracts
AOL Launches Beta Version Of Personalized Homepage
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Consumers can use the "My AOL" feature to access America Online based on their specific interests, choosing the services and information to which they want immediate access.
Thousands Expected To Attend In-Person Graduation Ceremony For Online Degrees
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
But it's just a fraction of the 155,000 students currently attending online classes through the University of Phoenix Online
Microsoft Investigates Reported Hack of Windows Authenticity Check
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
A popular blog reports that Microsoft's online validation process for Windows has been hacked.
Sales Of App Acceleration Products Increasing
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Sales of application-acceleration products, which help ensure the delivery of applications across local- and wide-area networks, are expected to grow by over 30% this year, Gartner predicts.
Microsoft's Growth Strategy Includes Premium-Priced Windows And Office Versions
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
The company's new triumvirate -- Gates, Ballmer, Ozzie -- lays out a growth strategy that also includes making more acquisitions to enter new markets, and selling more services
Teenagers Say IM's Cool, E-Mail's Square
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Teens use IM to communicate with each other, and E-mail to communicate with large groups and adults, according to a Pew study.
Yahoo Hires Former IBM Researcher
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Yahoo Inc. said it has hired Prabhakar Raghavan to lead research areas including search and information navigation, social media, community, personalization, and mobility.
Researcher: Hardware “No-Execute” Zone Is No Big Security Deal
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Both Intel and AMD have touted the notion, which essentially means setting some areas of memory as off-bounds to prevent worms and other malicious code from inserting functions into memory and executing them. But one researcher says the scheme won’t stop all attacks.
Device Sends Music Files Back Home
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Looking a bit like an oversize runner's baton, the SoundBridge M1000 from Roku Labs is one of many product designs now available to harmonize the old and new in home audio.
Java Dives Into Real-Time Role
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Thanks to tweaks and modifications, Java is finding a home in critical applications ranging from the military to telecommunications.
Dashboarding From The Bottom Up
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
A heck of a lot of organizations are rolling out reporting and analytics capabilities to their so-called "line-of-business" workers -- those knowledge employees whose ability to make smart decisions impacts things on the operational level. In other words, the people who really make a business run. As dashboards spread to more and more folks throughout the organization, one prominent business performance management executive has some advice for companies taking on new dashboard deployments: St
Government Agency To Offer Low-Cost Electronic Health-Record Software
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
But convincing doctors to adopt the software and change the way they do business will be a challenge.
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