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Content tagged with Government posted in May 2008
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BlackBerry Leads, iPhone Follows U.S. Smartphone Sales
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The reason for RIM's success? It's been able to broaden the appeal of the BlackBerry to more than just professionals, an IDC report found.
Microsoft Warns Of Security Vulnerability Arising From Apple's Safari
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Unless the default Safari download location is changed, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user into visiting a maliciously crafted Web site, Microsoft said.
Laptop-Embedded Wireless Broadband Closer To Mainstream
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
New technologies and pricing due by the end of 2008 have the potential to eliminate the problems of embedded wireless 3G notebook purchases, Gartner now suggests.
Xerox Ink Expands Commercial Use Of Digital Printers
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The gel-like substance is expected to allow digital print on foil and plastic, both common materials in packaging.
Measuring Web Site Performance From The Edge
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Gomez CTO Imad Mouline says Web 2.0 applications are pushing even simple retailers to provide the same level of richness as major Web players to maintain their brand presence.
FoneLink 2.0 Targeted At Apple Macintosh Users
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The syncing software has been overhauled to improve the speed, stability, and features for the latest Mac OS X operating system.
Google's Schmidt: Mobile Internet The Future Of Advertising
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Speaking to a German newspaper, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that the mobile Internet will indeed be the next major advertising platform. According to Schmidt, the iPhone is leading the charge.
Is YouTube A Tool For Terrorist Propaganda?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
I think of YouTube as being primarily a place to watch cute cat videos. But Sen. Joe Lieberman condemns the video site for something sinister: Terrorist organizations are using YouTube to post videos inciting Arabs to kill Americans. Lieberman is demanding that YouTube put a stop to the practice.
Enterprise 2.0 Preview: Collaborative Tools Gird Wachovia's Global Push
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Wachovia is embracing Wikis, blogs, instant messaging, social networking sites, Microsoft's Sharepoint, and other collaborative tools to connect staff, cut costs, and retain and attract younger employees.
Microsoft Office Standard Challenged By India, Brazil, South Africa
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Members of a Brazilian technical committee said the process that led to OOXML's ratification was flawed, in part because not all participants were given enough time to make their views heard.
Mars Phoenix Lander Moves Arm For First Time In A Year
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
NASA said the Phoenix was instructed to rotate its "wrist," unlatch its launch lock, raise the forearm, and move it upright to release the elbow restraint.
Samsung Introduces Stylish Smartphone
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The sleek Samsung smartphone has a stainless steel body, is 13.5 millimeters thin, and features a sliding form factor.
No Answers Found In Search For Microsoft's Jim Gray
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Searches on and below the water have not solved the disappearance of the noted computer researcher and experienced sailor.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Harnessing The Web Transformation
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Get ready for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston June 9 - 12. where attendees will get an up-close look at how SaaS and Cloud Computing, Search 2.0, and social networking in the enterprise are reinventing the way companies do business.
Mozilla's Add-On Army (Finally!) Makes Its Move
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
As Firefox 3 takes its final steps towards a final release, some users are wondering whether their favorite extensions will fall by the wayside. As it turns out, most of them won't have to wonder -- or worry -- much longer.
Cell Phones' Newest Feature: Avoiding Speeding Tickets
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Trapster is a new service that allows cell phone users to alert one another about the location of speed traps. Alerts are sent in real-time to Trapster users as they approach a tagged trap. Never mind the fact that using a cell phone while speeding is probably not a good idea.
The Challenge of Mobile Analytics
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Last year everyone was talking about Web 2.0; this year it's all about the Mobile Web. Let's take a look at what this means for mobile analytics... The bottom line: Mobile analytics are relatively new; beyond infancy, but certainly not for the faint of heart. The biggest challenges are...
Qualcomm's Plaza To Enable Easier Mobile Widgets
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The company hopes its new platform-neutral widget framework will help operators drive mobile data usage.
Obama's Tech Outreach Betrays Small Glitches
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
While Sen. Barack Obama unveiled an impressively broad technology policy plan last November, his campaign still has a few glitches to work out in terms of its own use of online technology for outreach.
Firefox Or Flock? Or Both?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
With a release candidate of Firefox 3 upon us and the final version set to drop sometime in June, I'm finding myself a bit torn: Do I upgrade to FF3 once it's fully baked, or stay with my current browser?  What makes the dilemma all the tougher is that my current browser isn't Firefox 2 -- well, it is, sort of, but not really.  It's Flock, which serves as great proof of how open
Dining At the Intersection of Search and Retention
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Lawyers were well represented (you might say) at last week's Enterprise Search Summit in New York. At times, it felt more like an e-discovery conference with analytics and social-computing side-tracks rather than a search conference featuring a few e-discovery sessions... Without good search technology, sifting through the data isn't just tedious but nightmarishly expensive.
Qualcomm Lays Out Map For The Future Of BREW
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
This week at Qualcomm's annual BREW conference, the giant chipmaker gave its content delivery platform a double shot in the arm. BREW's future includes Flash integration and the ability to run widgets created with Qualcomm's Plaza initiative. Are these improvements enough to fend off the competition?
Dell Revenues, Earnings Up On Notebook Sales
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
However, the computer maker also reported that it saw "conservatism" in IT spending in the United States, which Dell expects to last through the summer.
Ultra Low-Cost Laptops: A Viable Option For SMBs?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
No one likes to spend more than they have to on a computer. And no one likes to carry around more weight than they have to. You'd think that would make a killer combination for ultra-low-cost ultra-portables like the Asus eeePC, OLPC XO, and HP 2133 Mini-Note. And now a new teeny tiny machine is on the way from Dell. But don't throw away your traditional notebook just yet.
CIOs Uncensored: An Interview With The Last CIO
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
How did it come about that Tomorrow's CIO really is tomorrow's CIO?
Mozilla Aims For Firefox 3.0 Download Record
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Given that there's no established Guinness World Record for software downloads, Mozilla is destined for the record book no matter what happens.
MokaFive Virtual Desktops: A Flexible Leash?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Virtualizing desktops is clearly an area of the enterprise that begs for IT action, but the variety of ways to go about it indicates that this technology segment is in deep ferment. Will those who have dominated the desktop so far rule a virtualized future? Perhaps, but where there's fermentation, there's also a whiff of disruption.
IBM Adds Social Networking To Rational Team Development
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Rational Team Concert is aimed at letting all participants in the development process--not just developers--collaborate.
Intel, Micron Launch High-Density Storage Chip
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The new devices are smaller than the size of a thumbnail but can store more than 2,000 digital photos or up to 1,000 songs.
VIA Launches Low-Power Nano Processor Family
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The chips could initially be used in thin and light laptops and later in sub-$500 mini-notebooks with screen sizes of less than 10 inches.
Mobile Ad Revenue To Hit $10 Billion By 2013
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
To hit that number, the industry must first solve a host of issues involving formats, pricing strategies, and standards, says a report from Heavy Reading.
Obama's 'Solution' For Bridging U.S. Science Gap: Eliminate SATs
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
The Democratic presidential candidate has found a unique way to boost U.S. students' performance in math and science -- he'd eliminate rigorous testing and let everyone into college for free. Yup, that ought to do it.
Security, the Cloud and the Data Warehouse
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
"Doesn't DW-in-the-cloud suffer from the same fundamental problem as DW-as-a-Service in that you have to pump all of your proprietary, strategic, highly sensitive data outside of the firewall onto someone else's hardware?" James Dixon posted this question in response to my last post, and it points to a fundamental criticism that has been around since the first ASP started years ago...
3G iPhone Report Of The Day: It's Delayed
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Quick, everyone panic! Apple's stock is going to tank if this one is true! German cell phone chipmaker Infineon said that it is seeing less demand for its HSDPA chips than it was expecting for some big, unnamed project (hint: 3G iPhone). Surely this means Apple is delaying the 3G iPhone's launch. Right? As Mr. Spock would say, "That's highly illogical."
Google's Marissa Mayer Sides With Simplicity
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
A typical Google search touches some 700 to 1,000 machines in Google's data centers and can return a list of 5 million results in 0.16 seconds.
3K Computers Launches Mini-Laptop
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The RazorBook 400 weighs less than two pounds and includes a 4 GB flash drive for storage and 512 MB of memory.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Behind The CIA's Intellipedia
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
To improve information sharing among intelligence agencies, the CIA turned to technologies emanating from Web 2.0, such as blogs, Wikipedia -- and Facebook.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Sony Gets Wiki With It
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Ahead of his talk at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Sony's Ned Lerner explains the advantages of having his teams use wikis and other open source enterprise collaboration applications to get the job done.
Dell Confirms It Has A Mini-Notebook
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Though details aren't finalized, Michael Dell's prototype includes three USB ports, a card reader, a VGA out, and an Ethernet connection.
'State Of The Internet' Shows Attacks, Network Speeds Up
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Attacks coming from 125 countries targeted 23 unique network ports, with the most malicious traffic coming from the United States and China, Akamai reports.
Bashing SAP, Oracle and Other 'Stackers'
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Lombardi's Jim Rudden posts an admittedly "cranky" piece about software giants like SAP crashing the business process management (BPM) party. His beef with those companies, which he calls "Stackers," is that they pursue the promise of BPM half-heartedly... I think he paints the Stackers with too broad and too black a brush. So let me offer a more nuanced view.
Open Source And Open APIs, Facebook-Style
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
The more I read Facebook's statement about opening its platform to third-party developers, the more it seems like you could interpret what they say as a promise to open just their APIs, or both their APIs and their underlying platform code.  Which one's more likely?  Better to ask: which one makes the most sense for Facebook, or any other Web compan
Nokia as a 'Software' Company
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
I'm probably the first to report that the news out of Barcelona is that cell phone giant Nokia  is transitioning from being a mobile phone company to being a software company. I'd be wrong, of course. Well, mostly wrong.

Hitachi Takes Low-Power Set-Top Box Drives For A 'CoolSpin'
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The company's latest 500 GB hard drive is expected to find its way into DVRs and other devices starting next month.
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