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Content tagged with Government posted in June 2008
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Fatwire Expands Its Product Line And Customer Base
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Fatwire Software has strung together and impressive set of wins, most recently with the one-two punch of the introduction of its Content Integration Platform and the recent announcement that has migrated onto its Content Server product.
Lenovo Launches Its First U.S. Consumer Desktop
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The IdeaCentre K210 release follows Lenovo's launch this year of IdeaPad consumer notebooks outside of China.
Alliance Formed To Promote Macs On Corporate Networks
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Parallels and others will publish best practices for OS X and Windows interoperability, addressing issues such as integrating Macs with Microsoft's Active Directory.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.4 Bolsters Performance, Security
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Nine of the 25 vulnerabilities addressed affect the Tomcat 4.1.36, which comes bundled with Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems.
Tech Heavyweights Launch Patent Trust
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Cisco, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, and Verizon Communications are among those hoping to reduce their exposure to lawsuits.
Diablo III Formally Announced By Blizzard, Mac And PC Versions Planned
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The follow-up to 2001's Diablo II features a 3-D graphics engine that renders environments that are interactive and destructible, allowing players to create traps and obstacles.
Ride the Next Wave of Flexible 'BI Workspaces'
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Forrester Research says SaaS and in-memory options will let power users and analysts gain insight without IT bottlenecks. Embrace the trend, but beware the costs and risks.
Jackson Hole Gets WiMax Network
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Wyoming resort community's network is based on the WiMax Forum-approved Alvarion base station.
Voters In Both Parties Favor Same VP Candidate
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
No matter what their party affiliation, Americans like peanut butter, Gatorade, and Colin Powell. That's according to a company that helps big names like Wal-Mart and Gatorade with market research.
California Says Hands-Free Law Will Save 300 Lives Per Year
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Beginning tomorrow, July 1, drivers in California will be required to use hands-free devices when behind the wheel of their car. A study conducted last month believes the law will save 300 lives annually. Does this type of legislation make a difference, and how will it be enforced?
Calif. Preps For Hands-Free Cell Phone Law
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
I hate to be an alarmist, but Californians have less than 24 hours to change their driving habits... that is if you like to talk on your cell phone behind the wheel.
Dell Unveils Notebook Security Services
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The latest offerings are an expansion of the computer maker's ProSupport portfolio of services.
Federal Criminal Conviction Given To P2P Network Operator
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Department of Justice said this is the first time a federal jury has handed down a criminal conviction for P2P copyright infringement.
Microsoft Lays Out Protocol Patent Licensing Terms
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Protocols for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 are out, but it's too early to tell what impact those releases will have on the company or its partners and competitors.
Cast Iron Offers Integration Appliance For NetSuite
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
NetSuite is the latest software-as-a-service vendor supported by Cast Iron integration appliances, which are billed as supporting application integration through configuration rather than coding.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Zooming Web Pages
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
The most useful new feature in Firefox 3 is that it lets you zoom whole Web pages, making them bigger and smaller to enhance usability. Previously, you could only resize the text, which made the overall page look lopsided and funny. We'll show you how to use this new feature -- it's pretty simple, which makes this a pretty short video.
Will Rhapsody Deal Vault Verizon's V Cast Toward Success?
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
I consider myself to be a heavy music consumer. I purchase between two and five CDs worth of music each month. Even though I can download music directly to my iPhone via the iTunes Music Store, I still don't go for mobile music. What's preventing me (and everyone else) from doing so, and will Verizon Wireless's new deal with Rhapsody and Real make a real difference?
France Telecom's Latest Effort To Buy TeliaSonera Collapses
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
France Telecom and Sweden's TeliaSonera would have presented a major competitive threat to Vodafone Group and Deutsche Telekom in Europe.
NetGear's WGR614L: (Soon To Be) My Open Router
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
As soon as my next paycheck comes in, I'm seriously thinking about picking up Netgear's new WGR614L wired/wireless-G router. It's yet another of the small but growing pool of hardware devices (along with some of Netgear's own earlier routers) designed with the hacker in mind.

Avoid End-of-Quarter Buying and ELAs
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Last week I had the pleasure of keynoting at the DocTrain event in Indianapolis and also running a small session on "How to procure Content Technologies."... At the end of the session I chatted with the head of a leading US-based systems integrator who said he liked the session but would have added two key points: 1. Never buy at the end of a quarter and 2. Avoid Enterprise License Agreements.
Company Argues For Right To Read Ex-Employee's E-Mail
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
A finance company is arguing in court that it had a right to read an ex-employee's personal e-mail. Sounds crazy, right? And yet, in this world where we carry BlackBerrys to access work e-mail from home, and handle personal business over the company Internet connection, it takes a crazy person to figure out where personal life ends and work begins.
Ultra Mobile PC Buyer's Guide
News  |  6/29/2008  | 
We look at a range of versatile UMPCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) from ASUS, Gigabyte, and Samsung, Amtek, OQO, Roan Digital, Vye, and WiBrain.
How's This For A Concept?: E-Mail Less, Talk More
Commentary  |  6/29/2008  | 
It occurred to me, after reading Luis Suarez's piece in the New York Times today, that I need to free myself from e-mail in much the same way that Neo was freed from the Matrix by Morpheus. E-mail is not only destroying my productivity, it's hampering my career development.
Top Ten Reasons You Don't Need a Requirements Document
Commentary  |  6/29/2008  | 
As I said in Requirements Are Required Reading, the real reason I'm a stickler for requirements documents is that a little extra effort upfront means I have to talk to fewer people later on -- and recall, I'm basically anti-social, which means I don't like to talk to people even in the best of situations. Luckily, David De Witt was there to set me straight, with his Top 10 reasons why you don't
The iPhone 1.0 Should Be Cheap Now. Right?
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
When Steve Jobs said the iPhone 3G was going to start at $199, I immediately figured I could cop a cheap first-generation one on Craigslist or eBay. It's only logical to think Apple addicts would ditch their handsets for the latest and greatest, and that would lead to great online bargains.
VMware To Microsoft: 'Not That Much Has Changed'
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Despite the hoopla about Microsoft's upcoming release, executive John Gilmartin says Hyper-V is six to seven years behind VMware's technology curve.
Will Google Pull The Plug On 'Android?' Don't Bet On It
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
As anyone following this week's Nokia-Symbian hoopla already knows, Google is still several months away from launching its Android smartphone platform. Thanks to another open-source mobile technology initiative, however, we can get a pretty good idea of how Google expects Android to fit into the mobile-technology picture -- and, in the process, see why Google is unlikely to abandon the project.
Martian Soil Points Toward Possibility Of Life
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
NASA says the soil appears similar to that found in Antarctica's dry upper valleys and the salts it contains are another indication of the presence of water.
Progress Buys Two SOA Tool Vendors In Two Days
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Mindreef and Iona Technologies are expected to bolster Progress' portfolio which includes management tools and business process management software.
PC Market Rises On Notebook Sales; HP, Dell, Acer Hold Top Rankings
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
For the last five years, first-quarter PC shipments have grown by an average of 12%, making this quarter part of the norm, iSuppli said.
Canadian iPhone 3G Service Plans Require 3-Year Contract
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Rogers said there would be no unlimited data plans, and prices range from $60 to $115 a month.
MetroPCS' 'Open' Network Signals Single-Network Shift
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Sprint, Verizon, and Alltel phones can now be used on the MetroFlash flat-rate wireless service for a $40 a-month fee.
Google Tests Social-Networking Features On iGoogle Homepage
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Google is adding the ability for subscribers to chat with friends without having to download any extra software.
Apple To Developers: We Want Your Apps
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
The iPhone Apps Store is developers. This week, Apple sent out an e-mail to developers to let them know that they may begin uploading their applications into the store. With only two weeks to go before launch, is Apple cutting things too close?
Livelink ECM Targets The Life Sciences Industry
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Managing quality is obviously a critical issue for companies of all sorts, but few have the strict guidelines and need for process of those in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. Broadly including pharma companies, biotech firms, medical equipment manufacturers and others, life sciences companies have to balance both internal process with regulatory requirements. Managing all aspects of this can be a challenge.
Nokia Focuses On Style With Supernova Cameraphones
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Three of the new phones have exchangeable front and back colors, and all the phones feature a stylish design, bold colors, and multimedia options.
No One Gets Fired For Registering A Dot-Com
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), recommended opening the gTLDs to organizations that can afford the registration process and can prove they have the wherewithal to manage a gTLD. Many are predicting Wild West expansion of names and the death of the .com. I predict it will be risky business for domain name owners.
IBM Teams With Mars To Sweeten Cocoa Research
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The computing giant plans to sequence and analyze the cocoa genome, which lies at the heart of all the world's chocolaty goodness.
Judge Says Battle Over Founding Of Facebook Is Over
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The terms of the settlement, which involved an award of cash and Facebook stock, was ordered sealed by the judge.
Virgin Mobile Officially Buys Helio For $39 Million
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Helio has approximately 170,000 subscribers on one-year or two-year contracts who will be absorbed into Virgin Mobile's existing 5.1 million prepaid customer base.
Lessons Learned From Bill Gates
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Today is Bill Gates' last day as a full time employee of Microsoft, the company he built into a software giant. It's hard to even imagine that Microsoft was ever a small business but it had the same humble beginnings as nearly all companies. It also had an extraordinary leader in Gates and it is there that smaller businesses could learn a lot.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Phishing And Malware Protection
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Firefox 3 includes built-in warnings designed to protect you against those bad guys who want to trick you into giving up your credit card numbers, or download software infections to your PC. The browser throws up a warning when you try to visit a known crooked Web page. Take a look at how it works.
NASA Unveils 128-Screen Visualization System
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The "hyperwall-2" consists of a 23-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall liquid crystal display capable of rendering a quarter-billion pixel graphics.
NFL, ESPN Offer Stadiums For 'White Space' Spectrum Tests
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The football league suggested the FCC could use the Baltimore Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium and the Washington Redskins' FedExField in Landover, Md.
Linux On The Move Once More
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Want a phone OS? Soon enough you'll have your choice of Nokia/Symbian, Google/Android, Microsoft/Windows Mobile, Apple/iPhone ... and now a merger between Linux mobile standards groups. There's something for everyone here.

Picture Messaging Could Be Coming To The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
One of the many features currently not supported by the iPhone is picture messaging, or MMS. Considering the device's other capabilities, this is a glaring omission (and one that happens to vex me grievously). According to a spied internal AT&T memo, the 3G iPhone may support MMS after all.
Talend Unveils Open Source Data Profiler
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Open Profiler helps IT teams assess data to identify potential problems before beginning projects such as data integration or application development.
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