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Content tagged with Government posted in July 2008
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Alfresco Releases An Open Source SharePoint Compatible Alternative
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Alfresco, whose open source enterprise content management (ECM) software has earned it a significant following, is making more waves with the release this week of Alfresco Labs 3, an open source alternative to Microsoft SharePoint.
VMware Releases Beta 2 Of Mac Virtualization App
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The latest suite of Mac-Windows integration features new ways for protecting virtual machines with multiple snapshots and new tools for technical professionals.
The iPhone's Push App Service Appears
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
While iPhone owners may never get true background applications, the seeds are in place for the next best thing. Select developers are saying the 2.1 version of the firmware has an API for Apple's Push Notification Service.
Blade Server Use Will Be Limited Through 2012, Researcher Says
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Among the disadvantages of blade servers are proprietary technology and a lack of interoperability standards that tend to lock users to a vendor.
rBuilder: DIY Open Source Appliances
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
I blogged earlier about the growth of open source virtual appliances, which now includes outfits like Jumpbox who create value-added appliances for popular open source packages. Now comes rBuilder, for those with a bit more do-it-yourself spirit.

As Data Center Needs Grow, Microsoft Plows Into Iowa
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Its online services push requires a huge investment in new data center facilities.
EDS Denies Layoff Report, Shareholders Approve HP Deal
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The transaction, which valued EDS at $25 per share, is expected to close in the second half of 2008.
Facebook To Use Intel-Powered Servers
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The agreement includes evaluation, benchmarking, and optimization of software for Intel architecture in Facebook's growing data centers.
Microsoft Sues Mouse Maker Primax
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Microsoft accuses Primax of using several patented technologies developed for keyboards and mice.
Apple Says MobileMe's E-Mail Bugs Fixed
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The company said the service's e-mail issues have been repaired, but some subscribers are still reporting problems.
With Microsoft Midori, Platforms Take Shape In The Cloud
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The advent of browser-based thin clients like CherryPal and projects from Microsoft, Google, and others indicates that fully cloud-based computing will make its way to the masses.
Alfresco Debuts Beta Of SharePoint Competitor
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Today Alfresco takes aim at Microsoft SharePoint, the collaboration juggernaut, with the release of Alfresco Labs 3. Currently available in beta, Alfresco Labs 3 lets companies use SharePoint in an open-source environment.
Sybase, DBMS Clusters, MPP, and DATAllegro
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Sybase is a DBMS stalwart that gets far less attention than deserved. The company recently beat financial-performance estimates and has raised its 2008 sales estimate to $1.11 billion. Sybase's on-going success — the company's DBMS is much more than the parent of Microsoft SQL Server — earns the company a closer look, in its own right and as an excuse for one last comment on Microsoft's planned acquisition of DATAllegro.
Mobile Phone Market Sees Double-Digit Growth
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Vendors shipped 306 million handsets during the second quarter, a 15% increase from the year before, according to IDC.
NowPublic Lists Silicon Valley's Most Influential Web Voices
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The "crowd-sourced" list contains the most popular voices on the Web through sites like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and others.
Cuil Needs To Fix Its Technology Before It Can Get Hot
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Search engine expert Stephen Arnold believes the surge of interest in Cuil shows there's a huge pent-up demand for an alternative to Google.
Scrabulous Revived On Facebook With New Name, New Features
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Like Scrabulous, the new game Wordscraper allows players to choose seven tiles at a time to create words on a board that offers double word and triple letter points.
Thomson Reuters Replaces IM Software To Avert Wall Street Disruption
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
A U.S. District Court Judge ruled the firm had to stop using its FaceTime instant messaging after failing to make a final payment to the contractor that provided it.
Windows Mobile: We Have 18,000 Mobile Applications. Beat That, iPhone
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
This morning I received an email from the Windows Mobile press relations team. According to what I read, the number of Windows Mobile phones out in the world has doubled in the last year, and Microsoft expects its WinMo phones to outsell the iPhone, like, forever.
Mac Cloner Psystar Hires Apple-Busting Law Firm
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Defending Psystar will be Carr & Ferrell, a law firm that specializes in tech industry issues such as copyright and intellectual property law.
Boeing To Roll Out Product-Management Software Companywide
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
It's part of an effort to improve manufacturing as Boeing faces an order backlog of 3,600 planes, including the delayed Dreamliner 787.
Nokia Drops Phone Prices, Puts The Squeeze On Competitors
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Nokia has an empowering, vice-like grip on 40% of the world market for mobile phones. Even with its market-leading position, it is stepping up the pressure on its rivals, and recently cut the cost of many of its phones by about 10%. Is this the first sign of a price war?
Is Oracle Really Ready for BI and EPM?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Instead of just making a broad set of statements on the recent Oracle announcements made on July 16th, this is a little more depth and perspective that might be useful for you as you think about Oracle and their BI and performance management approach to the market... The devil is in the details of these announcements and the impact on your review or use of these products needs to be clear and precise.
Nielsen Norman Group Evaluates Intranet Portal Usability
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, a Web usability-centric column published every two weeks, focused recently on enterprise intranet portals. It's been three years since the Nielsen Norman Group last took a detailed look at the enterprise portal industry, and in its latest report, it notes that while many things have changed, certain key principals -- such as usability, governance and effectively measuri
Chinese Demand For Locally Made Chips Heating Up
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The main reason for the trend, according to iSuppli's report, is the drop in manufacturing outsourcing to China by foreign electronic equipment makers.
Dell Downplays Report Of Music Device
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Dell launched a line of MP3 music players in 2003, but poor sales prompted the company to pull the plug in 2006.
The Instinct Gets A Software Update
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Apple's iPhone 3G isn't the only touch-screen device that's selling like hot cakes, as Samsung's Instinct also has been flying off the shelves. While the Instinct was successful, many have reported data-related issues with the phone. Those problems should be fixed with the latest firmware update.
Sprint Updates Its Mobile Web Browser
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Dubbed "Sprint Web," the interface includes an adaptive homepage and a Google search bar.
MySpace Adds To Senior Executive Suite
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
MySpace, which launched four years ago, now has more than 117 million users worldwide and offices in 19 countries and 29 localized sites across the Web.
Amazon Offers Online Payment Service For E-Commerce Sites
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Checkout By Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay will compete with PayPal and Google Checkout for a piece of the online payments pie.
Consumers Spend Less, Comparison Shop Online
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The latest Consumer Behavior Report suggests prices at the pump are now a factor in how far shoppers will go to get that great deal.
Verizon To Help Government Manage Mobile Phones
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
In a deal worth up to $15 million, Verizon Business will manage and track mobile devices for the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Microsoft Prepares For Post-Windows Era With 'Midori'
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The operating system is being designed from the ground up to support Internet-based computing and multicore architectures.
British Hacker Loses Extradition Appeal
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
UFO fanatic Gary McKinnon is accused of hacking into 97 U.S. military computer systems in 2001 and 2002 and may face as many as 70 years in a U.S. prison.
Despite Buyout, Bell Canada Cuts 2,500 Managers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The company said the loss of positions will result in annual savings of about $300 million when combined with other reductions carried out earlier in the year.
Garmin's GPS Cell Phone 'Nuvifone' Delayed
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The company's first mobile phone will be delayed until 2009, but representatives said it will be rolled out with a wireless carrier or two.
Fighting Siloing In Open Source
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Another major theme recurring through the notes I took at OSCON, something echoed by many people there, is "siloing" -- or, rather, how to recognize it and do something about it.

Rural Areas Hotbeds Of Twitter Searches, Social Networking
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Lightly populated areas are more prone to fostering online relationships because of travel constraints, a report from Gaebler Ventures suggests.
Microsoft Offers In-Car Internet Search Service To Automakers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The service comes as automakers begin to embrace the Internet, starting with a wireless connection option on Chrysler models beginning next month.
T-Mobile Takes Customization To A Whole New Level With Latest Sidekick
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Last night in New York City, T-Mobile announced its new Sidekick 2008 with a bang. The update to T-Mobile's messaging device for the masses now lets users interchange the exterior shell of the device, making it more personal. It also is slightly more svelte than previous models and includes some other noteworthy tech updates.
Apple: We Fixed MobileMe
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
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Qwest Rolls Out Verizon Wireless Handsets, Services
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The Verizon service replaces the Sprint service that has been offered by Qwest since it sold its earlier Qwest Wireless service a few years ago.
Looking For Anyone In Particular?
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
In the current economic climate, hiring new people is something that's put on the back burner at many organizations -- especially if there's any threat that a "reduction in headcount" might be in the cards. But, that doesn't mean no one is hiring IT people. In fact, certain talent is still hard to find and highly sought after at some organizations.
Free Software Group Seeks To Disrupt Apple Genius Bars
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The Free Software Foundation, unhappy with Apple's restrictions on the iPhone, is urging members to overload the appointment schedule at the Genius Bars.
LG To Add Dolby Mobile Sound To Its High-End Phones
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
As a certified audiophile, I am always looking for improvements in the quality of music playback in mobile phones. To date, very few have impressed me. Looks like LG could be changing that sad song to a happy one, though, as it announced it will begin putting Dolby Mobile sound into its premier phones later this year.
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