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Content tagged with Government posted in August 2007
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Is Yahoo Working On A Cell Phone?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Earlier this week Michael Arrington at TechCrunch dropped a bombshell that has yet to be explained: Yahoo is supposedly working on a cell phone.
Pervasive Connects QuickBooks With Salesforce.com
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
DataSynch automatically synchronizes customer, product, and order information between the two systems.
JasperSoft Upgrades Online Reporting Tools For Salesforce.com
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Jasper4Salesforce can create, manage, share and distribute reports directly from Salesforce.com.
Factories Get Wireless Help
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
NIST researching ways to help manufacturers minimize radio interference so wireless devices work better in factories.
Why Is Wall Street Punishing Clearwire?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
It would be unethical of me to offer stock tips in this space, so I'll just phrase this as a question: Why is Wall Street hammering Clearwire Corp.? After reaching a high of $33.30 on July 19, the share price for the WiMax network startup has declined 37%. And on Tuesday the stock dropped 7% "on no news whatsoever," as The Motley Fool put it.
Google News Becomes A Publisher
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Instead of links, Google wants to carry articles from news agencies like The Associated Press to promote "the definitive original copy and give credit to the original journalist."
Six Questions About The Google Phone
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
We're all waiting for the big news next week: Will Google finally announce the Google Phone? Well, I am ready for the Google Phone. In fact, I know exactly what I want to do with it when I first get my hands on one, assuming there actually will be a Google Phone. Here is my list of questions.
Apple Cancels NBC Fall TV Lineup On iTunes
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
The rift was based on a doubling of the wholesale price Apple pays for each NBC TV episode.
iPhone Impresses Europeans. Almost.
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Not all of them, obviously, but during my tip to London this week anyone within sight of my iPhone sidled up next to me quickly for a demonstration of how it worked. There were lots of oohs and aahs, quickly followed by bahs.
When Will Anyone Actually Watch Mobile TV?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
With his post today, my colleague Eric Zeman raised a great question: Is anyone actually watching mobile TV? If by that he meant people watching video on their iPods, yes, I see many iPod users watching video. If, however, he meant people watching V CAST and other mobile TV services that stream over cellular networks...
Verizon Wireless Quietly Rolling Out More V CAST TV Markets
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Verizon Wireless launched its MediaFLO-based V CAST mobile TV services back in early March to two dozen or so markets across the United States. Today, Verizon added Corpus Christi, Texas, to the list of markets, which has swelled over the past few months to 37.
The Lighter Side of Outsourcing
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Consumer confidence faltering in a sputtering economy, jobs continuing to move offshore at rapid pace… is this a time to laugh at outsourcing? Why not? As outsourcing vendors get increasingly sophisticated, and as corporate America gets increasingly greedy about the cost savings, here are a few glorious changes that we can look forward to.
Gear6 Aims To Speed Storage Access
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
For most applications, the storage industry is fairly adept at delivering requisite performance. All, that is, except for large data set processing. Think: Financial market modeling, or digital image rendering, or seismic analysis for the gas and oil industry. For these applications, thousands of servers churn away for days before the job is finished. And when there's a lot of data fetching, the speed of the storage system is critical, and in most cases, currently inadequate. Gear6 thinks it ca
IBM's Computing Breakthrough Promises Chips The Size Of Dust
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
IBM's new techniques may well lead to the use of atoms for digital storage, which could store the entire contents of YouTube -- about 1,000 trillion bits of data.
Stonebraker Raises Vertica's DW Profile
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
I had a long briefing with database legend Michael Stonebraker today, and I feel compelled to share a few highlights of the conversation. Stonebraker is known as a visionary, and he has consistently turned those visions into long-term bets through commercial startups. Today's prediction? "Sooner or later, the entire data warehousing market is going to move to column-store solutions," Stonebraker asserts, column-store being the architectural basis of his latest venture, a startup called Vertica.
Microsoft Spooning BlackBerry? I Think Not
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
The ripple effects in the mobile and wireless market continue to spread, in ever more Byzantine ways. Today Reuters reports that "Research in Motion Ltd shares rose more than 3 percent on Thursday on renewed market speculation that Microsoft Corp could be interested in buying the BlackBerry maker." This according to one analyst would be "in response to Google's recent announcement that it is interested in ma
Why An OS X-Based iPod Matters
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Last week, we wrote about reports that the upcoming new line of iPods would be based on OS X. Even as I wrote that, I was thinking, "So what? Why should the average iPod user care?" My colleague Antone Gonsalves provides the answer.

Symbian Gains Market Share Thanks To Japan
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Symbian reported a huge jump in the number of mobile phones shipping with its operating system on board. It claims the 52% increase is due to larger sales volumes in Japan.
Nokia Parties Up London
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
After the day-long confab called Go Play, Nokia hosted 400 journalists, analysts, customers and staffers at a big old bash at London's Ministry of Sound night club. Maroon 5 was rocking the house, and so were the beat mixers.
Google To Follow Apple into the Cell Phone Market?
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
By Paul Korzeniowski Cell phones seem to be primary currency in todays high tech market. Now that the Apple iPhone buzz is dying down, reports are that Google, is about to become the next industry heavyweight to jump into the market. These vendors seem to think that cell phones are a good way to connect with the young, hip buyers who dictate which products are cool and which are pass
Convergys to Deploy PCI Compliance Solution
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
Convergys to help assure PCI compliance with Opsware and Solidcore
SenSage, JIEC Partner in Compliance
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
SenSage and JIEC announced a strategic partnership
IBM Unveils Second Cell-Based Blade For High-Performance Computing
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
With a peak performance of 460 giga floating point operations per second, a single BladeCenter chassis of QS21s can achieve 6.4 teraflops, IBM claims.
End Nigh For Muni Wi-Fi?
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
The news this week -- EarthLink's retrenching, Chicago's decision to shelve (not "review," not "delay for more research," but "shelve" as in can, eighty-six, disavow all knowledge of) its prospective citywide network, and of course the usual posturing out of San Francisco -- would seem to indicate that it's difficult to divine signs of vit
EarthLink Muni Wi-Fi Head is History
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
As I reported earlier today, EarthLink CEO Rolla Huff says that his company is "not exiting" the municipal wireless business but will not invest in future projects unless the costs, and the risk, are spread across multiple stakeholders. That's a hollow claim. For evidence, take a look at this SEC filing, in which EarthLink spells out the "Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities." At the bo
Will Google Announce A Linux-Powered Mobile Phone OS Next Week?
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
The Google Phone rumors are now in overdrive. Last week I blogged that Google could be preparing to launch the Google Phone in India. Since then more clues have floated to the surface.
Google Web Toolkit Leaves Beta
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
The company estimates that recompiling applications with GWT 1.4 can result in software that has 30% less code and can run 20% to 50% faster.
Field Report: eHarmony Finds a Compatible Database
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Dating site parts ways with SQL Server 2000 after finding a more scalable, available partner.
Linux Foundation Urges 'No' Vote On Microsoft's Open XML Format
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
With voting underway, critics contend there is already an ISO/IEC standard intended for documents -- the Open Document Format.
Nokia's Ovi Opens Door To Music, Internet Services
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
The platform is a rebundling of Nokia services such as its N-Gage games and its Nokia Music store that sync up with existing social networks, communities, and content.
iWork's Play for the Small Biz Desktop
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
"Productivity suite" used to mean one thing and one thing only: Microsoft Office. Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint. Love it or hate it, most of us use Office daily to grind out bargeloads of documents, spreadsheets, email, and presentations.
Angry Blogger Sends A Love Letter To Sprint
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
Michael Arrington at TechCrunch has written what has to be one of the most scathing blog posts of 2007. The target of his ire: Everyone's favorite wireless carrier, Sprint.
Demo: Using The Nokia Music Store
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
I had the opportunity to take the new Nokia Music Store for a test drive. Will it be an iTunes challenger or an also-ran?
Open Text Keeps Up With Legal Sector
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) vendor Open Text recently announced that it will deliver a major upgrade to the acquired (ex-Hummingbird) eDocs technology for the Legal sector. Not earth-shattering, but important news nonetheless... It reaffirms Open Text's commitment to building on other repositories where sensible - in this case Microsoft - the platform that dominates Legal.
WebTrends Upgrade: The Price is Wrong!
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
What troubles me is how pricing based on "unique requirements" has become the standard operating procedure among the largest Web analytics firms - not just WebTrends. Perhaps this is just a reflection of a software space maturing and coming up with more enterprisey licensing models - "whatever you've got is what you'll pay" - but for you, the customer, this is not a good thing. I rarely meet a customer who completely understands their license or contract agreement.
Ovi Smokes! Nokia Breaks It Down
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
Today in London, Nokia unveiled a number of new handsets as well as revamped media services under the new brand name Ovi.
How To Optimize Your Mobile Website For Search
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
Welcome to Take 5, a regular feature on Over The Air where I inteview an industry insider about a pressing mobile or wireless topic. Today's guest, David Harper, is the founder of Winksite, a mobile application designed to make it easier to build mobile Websites. In this edition of Take 5, David and I discussed mobile search op
Amazon, Google, Yahoo, And Others Sued For Automating Their E-mail
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
The companies are accused of violating a patent on automatic message routing held by Polaris IP. The patent has a long history in litigation, but all the cases have been settled out of court.
Is Unlocking The iPhone Really Going To Change Anything?
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
The last five days or so have seen a spate of announcements from basement-dwelling geeks all around the planet who claim to have unlocked the iPhone. Some have used hardware and software mods, others have just used software. What does
Refurbished Equipment Redux
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
We raised some questions about the quality of refurbished devices in the Over the Air blog recently. True to form, a tidy little survey shows up after we publish saying that refurbed units just aren't that good.
Of BI, Crème Brulee and Chocolate Mousse
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
Just back from vacation in France and was wowed by something unexpected: BI for waiters! When the waiter showed up to take our order, he wielded a kind of pen-computing/Palm device, not a pad of paper. I had never seen this before - at least not in NYC-area restaurants. At my enthusiasm, the waiter proudly declared "C'est nouveau!"… "it's new!" Imagine the possibilities: When I order mousse au chocolat and it's sold out, the waiter can proactively recommend an available alternative - cr
Coming to Your Cell Phone: Ink-free Printing
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
Remember the tantalizing promise of the paperless office? I'll believe it when I take delivery of the personal jetpack I've been waiting for since childhood*. But the idea of an inkless printer is almost as close as my next mobile phone.
KACE Launches Appliance For Managing Virtual, Physical Servers
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
The company's technology includes software for agentless deployment of physical and virtual machines from a centralized deployment library, as well as VM management support.
Six Sigma and Lean Meet BPM: Q&A With Software AG's Bruce Williams
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
There are plenty of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing practitioners out there, but all too often they worked in isolation, unable to penetrate the IT domain and hard-pressed to measure and replicate success. Bruce Williams, general manager of business process management solutions at Software AG, says there's a big opportunity for companies to connect their Six Sigma or Lean initiatives with the data-gathering, execution and closed-loop-improvement advantages of BPM.
Where's the Beef in Acer's Gateway PC Buy?
Commentary  |  8/27/2007  | 
Like the Wendy's customer asked way back when: where's the beef in today's $710 million takeover of Gateway by Taiwanese computer maker Acer? Sure, the deal makes Acer the number 3 PC-maker in the world, pushing past mainland China's Lenovo (which got that big by swallowing IBM's PC business). I just don't think it's likely to have an immediate impact on small and midsize computer buyers.
Web Service To Measure Campaign Buzz On Blogs
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
The software aims at being a real-time scorecard for which presidential candidate is winning the battle of the blogs.
Yahoo Mail Adds Mobile Text, Microsoft To Its Mix
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
Yahoo plans to roll out co-branded versions of the new Yahoo Mail to carrier partners like AT&T and Verizon.
Mobile Control For Small Fleets
Commentary  |  8/27/2007  | 
Lots of smaller companies have trucks, too. That's where Alltel's new FieldMasterPro service comes in. Designed for Windows Mobile smartphones, the subscription-based service helps smaller companies better manage their field service organizations.
Alltel Lets Managers Be Puppet Masters
Commentary  |  8/27/2007  | 
For the SMB on a budget, the new FieldMasterPro service from Alltel lets managers simplify scheduling and dispatch on Windows Mobile smartphones. It's perfect for control freaks!
Kimball University: Educate Management to Sustain Data Warehouse/BI Success
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
Data warehousing and business intelligence success cannot be taken for granted. You must create an ongoing education and communication program to maintain your success and extend it across the organization.
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