News & Commentary
Content tagged with Government posted in February 2007
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FAIR USE Act Aims To Clarify Copyright Limits
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The legislation would amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act so that teachers, libraries and certain individuals could circumvent DRM locks.
Black Hat 'RFID' Compromise Is A Win For Security
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The deal between HID and IOActive shows how delicate a line security researchers walk when they seek to present their work to the public.
Sybase To Launch Secure Mobile IM And Presence For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere today announced a solution that will add secure mobile instant messaging (IM) and presence to its Information Anywhere mobile e-mail platform. IAnywhere's new mobile IM system will ship by the second quarter and will also be available as a standalone offering. Get ready for some mobile IM on your BlackBerry.
Spectrum, Here! Get Yer Spectrum, Heeeere!
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
According to an analyst over at Pyramid Research, 3G spectrum has been highly overpriced, while
T-Mobile, Nokia Launch New Music-Themed Cell Phone, Yo
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Last night at the midtown Manhattan club Arena, T-Mobile hosted members of the tech press, socialites and other sparkling members of NYC's digerati to an ear-shattering launch party for its newest handset. The Teddybears and Twista were in da house. Oh, and so was the Nokia 5300.
Google Mashup Helps You Avoid Traffic Backups
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The search engine company debuts an add-on to its Google Maps application for a handful of metro areas.
CRM Comes to Google Business Apps
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
One company is adapting its Web-based enterprise customer relationship management software to fit Google's Apps Premier Edition.
IBM Partners With Google For Business Web 2.0 Push
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
WebSphere Portal 6 and Portal Express customers can get Google Gadget Portlet for free starting in April.
Models Take the Danger Out of Prediction
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Predictive modeling isn't a crystal ball, and despite the efforts of Business Objects, Hyperion, Microstrategy and SAS to get predictive modeling into mainstream BI tools, there are many other reasons for its lack of success... Predictive modeling is different from using predictive models... Automating decisions with predictive models is a good idea, especially when those decisions are numerous and each one has a farily low risk of error.
Oracle on HP and Intel Claims New Database Record
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
For those keeping score, the Oracle/Intel/HP system is 1.5% faster than an IBM system, which was bumped down to second place.
Researchers Stuck in the Middle
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
Want to be a security researcher? You're a better person than I am
Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
According to The Washington Post, Google this week held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several gov
JasperSoft Offers Business Intelligence On MySQL Database
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
JasperSoft launches a suite of reporting tools for the open-source database.
IBM Launches High-Performance Computing Initiative
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
IBM works with Microsoft and other application vendors to expand the use of its hardware in computer clusters and mainframes.
AOL May Buy Mobile Advertising Firm Third Screen Media
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, AOL is in talks to buy mobile phone advertising provider Third Screen Media. Does that mean mobile advertising is about to take off?
Web Analytics Vendor Adds Data Visualization
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
On-demand Web analytics service provider Omniture has launched Discover 2.0, a visual data exploration tool designed to uncover business opportunities, new customer acquisition strategies and ways to drive more revenue from online marketing campaigns. Complementing Omniture's SiteCatalyst Web analytics service, Discover 2.0 is said to support unlimited segmentation of online customers and site visitors.
Wireless Apps Galore At New York Mobile Monday
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
Last night I had the pleasure of attending Demo Night at the monthly meeting of the New York City chapter of Mobile Monday (or MoMo for those of you in the know). Mobile Monday is an informal social club of mobile enthusiasts -- everyone from industry insiders to developers to aspiring entrepreneurs to mobile geeks -- who meet once a month to talk about all t
Verizon Wireless to Launch Mobile TV Service March 1
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
Some keen-eyed spies have found coverage maps and other information on Verizon Wireless's Web site that confirm a March 1 launch for its V CAST Mobile TV service. Too bad most major markets are left off first round of cities
Cingular and Motorola Offer Gold RAZR
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
While the new gold color sure is purty and would tempt Bond villain Auric Goldfinger himself (and probably Lindsay Lohan), Motorola and its carrier partners should be working on new, innovative handsets and stop with the endless parade of facelifts to a has-
Microsoft Wants to Take BPM Mainstream
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
To bring business process management technology to midsized and smaller enterprises, Microsoft has partnered with vendors specializing in modeling, business rules and human workflow.
Not Quite Live from Gartner BPM - Day One
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
I'm sharing impressions from here at Gartner's Business Process Management Summit in San Diego. Gartner likes to sell futures on technology. Simon Hayward presented a chart on BPM value realization over time, with three curves. Today the "productivity" curve is highest. In 2012 the "visibility" curve overtakes it. In 2017... I'll be dead by then. Does this kind of chart really advance the ball?
Vista, Infrastructure and BPM Top IT Concerns
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
What are the three most important priorities for IT organizations in 2007? GCR (formerly Gartner Custom Research) put this question to more than 1,000 IT professionals and determined that Windows Vista, core infrastructure and business process management are among the top concerns, eclipsing interest in security and hardware upgrades.
Sun Enlists In Free Software Foundation
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
As an FSF patron, Sun joins the likes of Intel, IBM, HP, Google, MySQL, EMC, and JBoss.
DoCoMo And McDonald's To Allow Mobile Payments For Big Macs
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Japan's leading wireless carrier, NTT DoCoMo, signed a deal with fast food company McDonald's that will let DoCoMo subscribers buy food at the restaurant chain by using their mobile phones. Do you want fries with that mobile payment?
One Third Of Americans On The Web Have Used Wireless Internet
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
According to a new poll from the Pew Internet Project, one-third of U.S. Internet users have connected to the Web using a wireless network. The survey found that 20% of U.S. Internet users now have wireless networks in their homes. Just more signposts that wireless data, and not just voice, is going mainstream.
Oracle Ships Free Information Life-Cycle Management Tool
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
The software download can help companies move information accessed infrequently to lower-priced hardware for long-term storage.
Motion Computing Intros New Tablet For Health Care
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
The new Microsoft Windows Vista-based C5 Tablet PC for health care workers from Motion Computing is the epitome of mobile computing. It even has a handle to help docs and nurses on the go carry it around. Its bevy of wireless features is missing one spicy ingredient, though.
Rest In Peace, BenQ Mobile
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
The former Siemens mobile phone division, once one of the top global makers of handsets, has completely and utterly imploded. All its remaining employees will need to look for other employment and its assets will be sold off in pieces to appease creditors, to which it owes $1.16 billion.
Altosoft Unveils Business Optimization Suite
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Altosoft's upcoming operational business intelligence product uses data drawn from business processes.
Microsoft Challenges Adobe With Publisher Partnerships
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
In a war of digital readers, Microsoft is using its Windows Presentation Foundation technology to block out Adobe's Flash and PDF software.
Google Gets Hand In Trademark Dispute
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Previously critical of the search engine, the Electronic Frontier Foundation supports Google's argument that sponsored links do not constitute infringing uses of trademarks.
Field Report: Nuclear Fuel Supplier Tightens Database Security
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Keeping tabs on enriched uranium? Challenging. Keeping track of database integrity for SOX? Piece of cake.
How a Smarter Database Can Protect Your Data
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Databases and networks can't tell if hackers and insiders are pilfering data. Appliance and software-based solutions offer intelligence that helps spot suspicious activity.
Enterprise Applications Likely To Trip On Daylight-Saving Change Without Updates
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Server log files from electronic events, such as financial transactions, might be reconstructed and will tend to be off by an hour, a Forrester analyst reports.
With Google Apps Premier Edition, Who Needs Microsoft?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
The software-as-a-service notion took a big step forward today with Google's announcement of its online productivity software. Such hosted solutions--available anywhere there's an Internet connection--are exactly what the mobile enterprise needs.
IBM Issues Patch For DB2 'Viper' Security Flaw
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
The flaw in one of the latest releases could allow local users to write to, or alter, any file on a company's system.
Smartphone Users Have Longer Workdays, Make More Money, And Want More Time Off
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
According to new findings from researcher Digital Life America, smartphone users work longer and earn more money than those who don't use such devices. The study found that 19% of smartphone users work more than 50 hours a week and that their average household income is $94,000 a year, roughly 50% higher than the U.S. national average.
Study: iPhone Too Darned Expensive
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
The results of an online survey conducted by market research firm Compete show that only 1% of people interested in the iPhone would pony up $500 for it. Drop the price, though, and 60% of respondents said they'd leave their current wireless carriers to get it.
The Top Five Reasons BlackBerry Is Still The King Of Mobile E-Mail
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
Everyone from Microsoft to Nokia has tried to kill Research In Motion's BlackBerry smartphone platform. But after almost four years of nonstop effort, BlackBerry is still on top. Not even a massive lawsuit from holding company NTP managed to slow down BlackBerry in the eyes of the business world. In fact, since then, BlackBerry has expanded beyond t
How Rich Internet Apps Will Improve BI, ERP
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
Do you think rich Internet apps (RIA) are just a concern for consumer Web sites? Think again. RIAs will soon make their mark on the enterprise, making complex software such as ERP and BI systems more accessible to ordinary business users. SAP, for one, has licensed Adobe Flex for its analytics platform and for the NetWeaver Visual Composer development tool.
What Happened To YouTube's Copyright Filter Initiative?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
After almost four months of nonstop talk, it appears that YouTube has licensed copyright filtering technology from AudibleMagic. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Google will soon unveil the filtering technology as its solution to problems with copyrighted material. So, what happened to Google's internal efforts on filtering?
Sometimes, You Should Ask and Tell
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Spotting suspicious behavior - and reporting it - is the key to stopping insider attacks
Hummingbird Users Shown Easy Path To Open Text ECM
News  |  2/22/2007  | 
Open Text plans to make it easy for Hummingbird users to add Livelink capabilities to their content management systems.
Three Easy Ways To Make Sure Your Smartphone Survives The Daylight-Saving Transition
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Everyone is aware that in the U.S. daylight-saving time is coming three weeks earlier this year, on March 11. But did you know your smartphone applications and operating system could be affected by the daylight-saving time bug, just as easily as desktop software programs? Here are some suggestions to keep things running smoothly.
Blogger Rails Against Nokia, Suggests It Pull Out Of U.S. Market
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Ricky Cadden has many valid points in his explosive rant against Nokia and its lack of cool 3G handsets and any sort of strategy to expand in the U.S. market.
S.D. Police Department Adds Treos To Its Arsenal Of Crime-Fighting Weapons
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Unless you regularly watch "24", the word smartphone may not be the first thought that pops into your head in connection with public safety and crime-fighting tools. The San Diego Police Department, though, is making the Treo 700w standard equipment for select officers.
Predictive Analytics: The Next Killer App?
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
At this week's TDWI Executive Summit, CIOs and IT leaders cast their votes on what BI innovation would have the biggest business impact in the next few years. The most highly ranked item: predictive analytics. Given the perceived value of predictive analytics, why does it seem to have had such lack luster success to date? I suspect the answer is part cultural and part technological.
First Woman Named Winner Of Prestigious Computing Award
News  |  2/22/2007  | 
Frances Allen, an IBM Fellow Emerita, receives the tech industry's equivalent of a Nobel Prize in computing.
No 3G Support For Centrino Santa Rosa
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
It looks like Intel has flip flopped on its earlier support for built-in 3G. Intel in September said it planned to offer support for both Wi-Fi and 3G HSDPA networks in the next-generation of the Centrino mobile notebook platform, code-named Santa Rosa. But the company has since reveresed that decision. So why no 3G?
Apple And Cisco Make Up After Brief iPhone Fight
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Yesterday Apple and Cisco Systems agreed to end their fight over the iPhone trademark. Not only did they settle, but Apple and Cisco said they plan to work together to make sure their respective iPhone products will work together for "consumer and enterprise communication."
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