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Content tagged with Government posted in November 2008
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Up Next: BI on Social Networks
Commentary  |  11/30/2008  | 
It's time for the BI community to treat social networks as the business-intelligence resource they are. The recent "Motrin moms" clamor and response to Mumbai terrorism prove networks' value. The value of the information that flows through these networks is indisputable. A deeper challenge is next on the agenda: optimizing that flow by better understanding the networks themselves.
Taking The First Steps With Drupal
Commentary  |  11/28/2008  | 
O'Reilly Media, in conjunction with two of the authors of its forthcoming Using Drupal book, is presenting a webcast titled "Everything You Wanted to Know About Drupal but were Afraid to Ask" on Friday, December 5.
My First Open Source Project
Commentary  |  11/28/2008  | 
I started an open source software project a couple of weeks ago, sort of. It's about as minor as something like this gets -- at least for now. But even at that scale, it's become a learning experience.

Nokia Gives Up On Japan, Starts Shipping Its Touch-Phone
Commentary  |  11/28/2008  | 
Some interesting news out of Finland this week. First up, Nokia announced that it will cease making mobile phones for the Japanese market. Second, the touch-based XpressMusic 5800 is now shipping in some markets.
Top Content Management Sites
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
FierceContentManagement last week published their list of the Top 10 content management websites. While compiling a top 10 list of this sort is always tough - what you leave off is usually just as controversial as what makes the list - I can't find fault with anything that they've included.
Researcher Trims Forecast For LCD-TV shipments
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
Given the seriousness of the global economic slowdown, iSuppli lowered its 2008 forecast for LCD-TV shipments by 6%.
On Thanksgiving, Freedom for Some, Fear for Foreigners
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
I hope you will excuse a departure from my BI-focused blogs to a more personal one, but on this Thanksgiving eve, I find myself thinking more about freedom and how fragile it is right now. If you are one of the many foreign-born BI product managers, software developers, or BI specialists I have met over the years, then you will want to read this story...
Samsung Sees Cell Phone Market Squeezed
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The company joins a long chorus line of handset makers who say the economic slowdown will cut into the growth of the global cell phone market.
Will Oracle And SAP Offer Big-Business SaaS? Sort Of
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
The question has been out there for some time: Will SAP and Oracle ever deliver software as a service to their large enterprise customers? The answer is, sort of.
History Reloaded: Changing The Past To Suit The Present
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The authors of a new report argue that revisions to the White House Web site reflect a willingness by the Bush administration to whitewash history.
Google Sorts One Petabyte Of Data In 6 Hours
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
According to last Friday's Official Google Blog, the Google Systems Infrastructure Team has sorted a record 1 terabyte of data on 1,000 computers in only 68 seconds, which breaks the previous mark of 209 seconds established in July by Yahoo.
IBM Plunges Into 'Business Event Management,' Helping Define Field
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The fairly new field of complex event processing sets parameters around a software event and triggers alerts if the rules governing it are violated.
Mac Resellers Launch Black Friday Discounts
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
Best Buy, MacMall, and even Apple itself are lowering prices on Macs, iPods, and accessories.
Apple Allows Some MacBook Videos To Play On External Displays
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
Apple released a QuickTime update that allows standard-definition iTunes movies to play over new MacBooks' DisplayPort to older displays, according to reports on Apple blogs. However, high-def movies are still blocked, which is unfair to owners of MacBooks and other systems by other vendors that use the same technology.
Panasonic, Sanyo Far Apart On Acquisition Price
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
If combined, a Panasonic-Sanyo company would rival Japan's Hitachi, which has some $110 billion in annual sales.
Apple's 'Really Fast' Ad Banned In U.K.
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
Apple was asked to drop another commercial for the iPhone 3G that promised the handset could access "all parts of the Internet."
SAP User Group Fires President
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
ASUG, which had been dealing with member complaints about SAP price hikes, said Steven Strout's departure resulted from a "strategic decision" by the board of directors.
MySpace Suicide Jurors Near Verdict
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The panel has reached a decision on three of four counts of fraud and unauthorized computer access.
Bell Canada's Takeover Deal In Danger Of Failing
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
An audit by KPMG revealed that it does not believe BCE "would meet the solvency tests" stipulated in the deal.
Apple Needs A Netbook ... Like We Need A Third Elbow
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
There's been talk here and there about how Apple needs to release a netbook-style machine to remain "competitive." It's a bad idea, and a misleading one.

Sony Ericsson Adds Facebook, Windows Live To Xperia Smartphone
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
Looks like developers have taken advantage of the SDK that Sony Ericsson made available for its Xperia X1 Windows Mobile smartphone. This week, Sony Ericsson added two more panels to the X1's user interface: one for Facebook and another for Microsoft's Windows Live.
Startups Use SaaS To Take On SharePoint
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
Microsoft's SharePoint is the T. rex of collaboration products: big, fiercely competitive, and standing atop the social computing food chain. But smaller, nimbler players are using SaaS to compete against the thundering giant.
Blockbuster Takes On Netflix, Apple With Direct-To-TV Player
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
To lure customers, Blockbuster is offering the player at no charge for people who rent 25 online Blockbuster movies in advance for $99.
Making Microsoft Office Apps Into SOA Services
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Tibco and OpenSpan are teaming up to combine functions from Office applications into a new composite that helps automate the business process.
PayPal Adds SMS Authentication Service
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
In a bid to add more security, the online payment company will offer the option of having a unique code sent to the user's cell phone prior to logging in.
Nokia's Symbian Acquisition Reportedly On Schedule
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
In preparation, Nokia said it would port its Qt cross-application framework to Symbian in a move to attract developers of other platforms.
Are Netbooks On Your Company's Shopping List?
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
If your company occasionally sends workers out of the office, you might want to consider a having a "loaner" Netbook available to keep them productive without weighing them down. Especially since holiday sales are pushing prices down below $300 on Black Friday.
Death, Taxes, And Open Source Business Models
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
To the eternal list of death and taxes, we might as well add debates about open source licensing and sales. Two recent discussions about licensing and business models got me thinking again about what's suitable to what end, and how to interpret what you see other companies doing as a model for your own work.

Opera Mini Gets Update, Lands On Android
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Version 4.2 of the Web browser can now be downloaded for the T-Mobile G1, improving speeds up to 30%, the company claims.
Dell Adds 3G Option For Mini 9 Netbook
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
The device, powered by AT&T in the United States, supports download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 Mbps.
IBM Launches New Cloud Computing Services
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
IBM has announced new services aimed at helping businesses take advantage of cloud computing. And small- and midsize-business owners that have been thinking about making the leap to the cloud will be most interested in the industry-specific consulting service that assesses the cost of building a cloud.
Fewer Than Half Of Available PCs Reused
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Transportation costs, import tariffs, and environmental legislation are among the hindrances cited by refurbished PC exporters.
HTC: We're Gonna Sell 1 Million G1's In 2008
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
Forecasts for sales of the first Android phone from HTC have been all over the map. HTC now says demand is so strong that it is doubling the number it originally projected to sell.
Samsung, InterDigital Settle Cell Phone Patent Suit
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
The multimillion-dollar arbitration involves Samsung's sale of 2G products and 3G patent licensing.
Program TiVo From Your Cell Phone
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
TiVo has launched a mobile site that lets Series 2 and Series 3 owners schedule recordings from any Internet-enabled cell phone.
Mac Office 2008: 70% Off On Black Friday
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Microsoft is offering a deep, one-day-only price cut on the desktop software.
Readers Weigh In On GM Bailout
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
I recently provided some examples of how the death of GM or another automaker could impact the IT industry. Boy, I hit a nerve. Readers e-mailed me and posted comments at the blog, and their feelings on the topic ranged from the furious to the frightened.
Online Retailers Launch Early 'Black Friday' Sales
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
With the economy in the tank, retailers have decided there's no time like the present to start the bargain shopping.
Visual Studio Users Face Patent Threat
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
A California company has filed infringement suits against Microsoft customers that use the app development software.
Apple Sued Over iPhone's Browser
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
The latest iPhone lawsuit claims Apple is infringing on a patent for how the handset navigates the Web.
Worldwide Wi-Fi Social Network Takes Off
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
WeFi's free software download enables users to connect to 10 million Wi-Fi access points around the world.
Cisco Joins HP In New Year's Cost-Cutting Shutdown
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Except for some critical teams like technical assistance, channel partner, and customer product ordering, Cisco will close shop later this year.
MySpace Suicide Case Goes To Jury
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Lori Drew's online taunts allegedly caused a 13-year-old girl to kill herself.
Verizon Snags Omnia Smartphone
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
With integrated Wi-Fi, 3G, 8 GB of memory, Bluetooth, and a 5-megapixel camera, the Samsung Omnia gives Verizon another strong touch-screen smartphone.
LinkedIn Intros Streamlined Search Engine
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Search results on the social networking site can now be refined by several categories, including name, company, school, and language.
Master Data Management Adoption Going Strong
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Worldwide revenue from master data management software is expected to reach $1.3 billion this year and more than double by 2012.
Holiday Consumer Electronics Sales Expected To Take A Big Hit
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
While consumers planned to stay loyal to their favorite brand, they expected to buy less expensive models, a survey by the NPD Group found.
Samsung Adds Its Omnia To Verizon's Smartphone Lineup
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
With just three days before Black Friday, the phone manufacturers and network operators are rolling out the new phones in furious fashion. The latest? Samsung and Verizon Wireless jointly announced the Omnia, Samsung's Windows Mobile 6.1-wielding, TouchWiz-toting, touch screen titan.
To Remain Viable, Palm Plans to Cut Positions
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
Remember Palm, the company that helped to define the smartphone market? While many may have forgotten about the company in the midst of all the hoopla about Apples iPhone and Googles Android, Palm still has a sizable customer base. The company plans significant moves to try and retain that base.
IBM Launches Cloud Computing Services
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Big Blue is introducing new products aimed at helping customers move apps to the Web.
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