News & Commentary
Content tagged with Government posted in November 2007
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Egads! IBM Embraces Solaris For The Mainframe
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
If nothing else, the mutual pats on the back represent a considerable thaw in the often-chilly relations between Sun and IBM.
USAID Server Hacked To Serve Pornography
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The compromised server was associated with USAID's Tanzania subdomain, Tanzania.usaid.gov.
Facebook Tempers Beacon Ad Features, Users Respond
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Actions taken on external Web sites will continue to appear at the top of a Facebook user's News Feed, but only if they opt-in.
FBI's 'Bot Roast II' Leads To Alleged New Zealand Mastermind
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The teen's botnet group is responsible for taking control of more than 1 million computers through the use of malware, the FBI alleges.
Generation 'Y' Loves Google, Telecommuting, Survey Finds
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The interns polled said they also place a high priority on information security and balancing security against usability.
TiVo Patent Upheld In Suit Against EchoStar
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Despite an endorsement from the USPTO, a decision on the infringement case by the U.S. Court of Appeals is still pending.
The Incompleteness Theory Of Open Source, Continued
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
After my last post about how "failed" open-source projects aren't really failures at all, a colleague of mine provided me with more perspectives on that situation. The very way open source works, he claimed, is like an amortization of risk against failure in software development.
BlackBerry 9000 Details And Image Leaked
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Details and specs of the much-anticipated, touch screen iPhone killer, the BlackBerry 9000, have supposedly been leaked. Let's take a look.
Google Wants It All When It Comes To Wireless
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Google put months of speculation to rest today by officially announcing that it will bid in the FCC 700 MHz spectrum auction come January. It might eventually have its own mobile platform, offer all kinds of
Cellphones Don't Kill. People Do
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
A strange story about a South Korean construction worker being killed by his exploding cellphone battery has been cleared up. It seems he was killed by a coworker who then framed the cellphone for the murder.
Asterpix To Debut Hyperlinks For Video
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The company's technology shows a flashing circle or a dotted rectangle that lets users navigate through the video and get information on objects displayed on the screen.
Could Linux Help Bring Both Koreas Together?
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
People in South Korea speak of folks in North Korea more as lost brothers than bitter enemies. Over the years the two have made various rapprochements, but now it looks like North and South are teaming up on a whole new kind of joint project: a Korean-language Linux distribution.
Motorola's CEO Calls It Quits
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Some would say it is about time. After a troubling year for its handset business and massive shareholder pressure, Motorola's CEO Ed Zander has agreed to vacate his chair at the end of the table. He'll hand it over to Motorola chief operating officer Gre
Tibco Makes Its Low-Latency Messaging Software A Bit Faster
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The latest upgrade of Rendezvous targets service-oriented architectures built by financial services companies.
Cyber Gang Mastermind Arrested
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Sophos: A teenager from New Zealand, believed to be the brains behind an international cyber gang, has been arrested
Zumobi Talks Widgets And Mobile 2.0
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
A few weeks ago I sat down to discuss Mobile 2.0 with handset giant Nokia at Mobile Internet World. This time I wanted to deepen the conversation and cover mobile widgets with Beth Goza, senior marketing manager at startup Zumobi. Guess what, widgets are key to bringing Web 2.0 to the third
Police Claim Exploding Mobile Phone Did Not Kill South Korea Man
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Yesterday the blogosphere exploded with news that an exploding cell phone may have killed a man in South Korea. Now police claim the combustible handset did not play a role in the man's demise. What gives?
Yahoo Updates Widgets For HTML And Flash Developers
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Version 4.5 also brings new features for consumers, including features for users to rate, tag, and share.
Analytics Brief: Disruptive By Any Name
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
We look at three technologies -- Windows Vista, ILM, and virtualization -- and find that the most disruptive one is turning out to be the no-brainer of the group.
Delays In Product Searches, Check-Outs Plague Holiday Shopping Sites
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
While multi-hour Web site meltdowns are now rare, slowdowns in product search, cart loading, and check out still left many shoppers stuck this week.
AMD Opens Bangalore R&D Center
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
When you get CEO Hector Ruiz to fly into India to open up a new engineering facility, you know AMD is getting serious about 45nm quad-core chips.
Microsoft Rumored To Release A Windows Mobile Update
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Although there aren't many details currently available, word on the street is that Microsoft has previewed an update to its smartphone operating system, Windows Mobile 6, to the lucky few attending the annual Mobius conference.
Focus on Operational BI: Q&A With Information Builders' Gerald Cohen
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Despite industry consolidation, business intelligence is not a commodity utility, insists Gerald Cohen, CEO and founder of Information Builders. Among the largest independent BI vendors remaining, the company focuses on operational BI, and as Cohen explains, that means looking beyond data warehousing and conventional reporting and delivery methods.
Product Info Key To Online Retail Success, Survey Finds
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Shoppers are more likely to spend time browsing and purchasing from Web sites with complete and compelling product information, analysts with WebCollage found.
A Multilayer Approach To Reducing Data Center Heat
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Emerson Network Power's Cooligy is working with server manufacturers to integrate its close-proximity cooling techniques into "off-the-shelf" products starting next year.
Asus Makes Good On Open-Sourcing Eee's Code
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The other day I posted about how Asus had apparently not released all of the source code for its Linux-based Eee PC, and I branded it a goof that would be rectified soon. Looks like that was indeed the case: Asus has fixed its mistake.

Will Open Networks Force Apple To Unlock The iPhone?
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Almost milliseconds after Verizon Wireless said it will open its networks to outside devices starting next year, I was swarmed with e-mails asking me if the iPhone would soon be able to run on Verizon's network. At first, I said no. EDGE phones don't run on CDMA networks. Then, I thought through the question again.
AT&T CEO Says 3G iPhone Will Be Available Next Year
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The 3G iPhone has been naught but a rumor until AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson opened his mouth recently and spilled the beans. Oh, how Steve Jobs must be fuming right now. All Stephenson would commit to is "next year", but that's enough for many.
Verizon Wireless Picks LTE With Vodafone For 4G Technology
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Verizon Wireless officially dropped another bomb this week. Though the move was widely speculated about several months ago after a Vodafone executive made some comments about the two companies' plans, Verizon made it official this morning. CDMA and its 4G derivative UWB are out. L
Bigger Things to BI than Vendor Acquisitions
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The BI platform is critical; it's what the business users see, touch, and interact with. Fail to get that right and the data warehouse is data wasteland. So yes, how BI buying will change as a result of industry consolidation is an important matter... But let's spend more time thinking about how to make BI relevant beyond power users.
Making $1M a Month
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
One infamous cybercrime scam netted two perpetrators a cool million a month
Cyber Spys Threaten National Security
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
McAfee: Cybercrime economy grows as more sophisticated threats target personal data, online services, and social networking applications
Micron Unveils Family Of Solid-State Drives
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
Under the new RealSSD brand, Micron will make 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch solid-state drives for notebooks and desktops.
IBM Warns Of Lotus Notes Vulnerability
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The flaw exists because Lotus Notes displays an icon associated with the attached file's extension rather than its MIME Content-Type header.
Will The Verizon Decision Translate To Wireless Growth In 2008?
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
2007 is quickly winding down and its time to start looking ahead to the new year. So far, location-based services and GPS look to be the big trends for 2008. To get a broader perspective, I sat down with noted technologist and trend prognosticator Mark Anderson of
Why Verizon Wireless Opened Its Network
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
A few years ago, I attended an analyst meeting at Verizon Wireless. One of the analysts asked about the future of adult content in mobile data services. There was a hush over the room -- you could hear a pin drop. Then CEO Dennis Strigl hesitated and said, "That will never happen while I'm CEO. It's our network and we plan to supervise everything that runs on it that we feel is in the best interest of our subscribers." Why did Verizon Wireless change course?
Super 3G In The Hands Of 24 Million People Predicted By 2012
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
A new report by Juniper Research forecasts that by 2012, nearly 24 million subscribers worldwide will be using services based on a cellular technology called Long Term Evolution, or LTE, which is often referred to as "super 3G." That means in the next couple of years wireless carriers and mobile device makers will have to step up their game, especially in the United States.
Overstock.com Divulges Secret To Its Cyber Monday Success
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
CEO Patrick Byrne credits the success of his new Web site to a move away from offshore outsourcing and the investment in "expensive" Java developers.
The So-Called 'Incompleteness' Theory Of Open Source
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Sourceforge.net, the premier repository for open-source software, has more than 160,000 projects registered. Many of them will never reach the 1.0 revision marker. But is that really a bad thing?
bMighty bMobile Virtual Expo Set To Debut
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Next Tuesday, December 4, bMighty.com is venturing into the new arena of online events with the launch of bMighty bMobile, A Virtual Expo. It's the place to be -- right on your desktop!
California Looks At Google Or Microsoft As Its Hosted Software Supplier
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
A move to hosted e-mail and other services would affect a quarter of a million state workers and create a multimillion-dollar revenue windfall for either company.
Intel Releases Apple Leopard Toolset Upgrade
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The new compilers contain auto-parallelizing capabilities and new application programming interfaces for building multithreaded applications.
South Korean Man Killed By Exploding Mobile Phone
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Sure, we've all heard about mobile phones that explode, but this time the exploding phone actually killed someone. Are mobile phones becoming less safe?
Google Talks Up Enhanced Mobile Google Maps And Location Services
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
As if we needed another sign that location will be the hot topic for 2008, Google today announced a significant upgrade to its Google Maps for mobile application called My Location. In order to get a better handle on the upgrade, I sat down with Steve Lee, product manager, Google Maps for mobile, to discuss Google's plans for location applications.
Google Adds Locator Feature To Mobile Maps Application
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Google made a new beta version of its Mobile Maps application available to certain smartphones today. The biggest improvement of the application comes with its My Location feature, which uses cell tower information--and not on-board GPS--to determine user location. Watch our demo here.
Oracle Hasn't Wasted Time on ECM Middleware
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
In the wake of Oracle's acquisition of Stellent, enterprise content management (ECM) was firmly on the agenda at Oracle OpenWorld. Or rather, Fusion Middleware was firmly on the agenda, and ECM was discussed as an integral part of it... Stellent the brand is no longer. The acquired functionality has already been repositioned and in some cases rearchitected as a set of services...
Motorola Loses The Number Two Spot To Samsung, Has Clearly Lost Its Mojo
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
More bad news for Motorola. Plagued by a tough year all around, Motorola slipped from the world's second-largest supplier of mobile phones to the third, according to third quarter figures released yesterday. In comparison, Nokia increased its lead and sold nearly three times as many devices as Motorola. Can Moto turn it around and get its moj
AccuTech Chooses Arcot
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
AccuTech Systems finds Arcot Systems's RiskFort a bulwark against online fraud and identity theft
(How) Has Open Source Data Warehousing Developed?
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
Given the strengths of open source database management systems, open source seems like a natural platform for data warehousing. We've seen a number of success stories over the years — Travelocity, O'Reilly, FTD, and Frontier Airlines — but the roster of case studies is mighty thin... I'd like to hear from actual users and developers for a report I am planning on open source (based) data warehousing.
TiVo Signs NBC Universal For Viewer Research
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Demand for such information is increasing as more people use DVRs that make it possible to skip commercials.
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