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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in January 2008
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Google Revenue Rises, Social Networking Ads Fall Short
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
CEO Eric Schmidt notes that more than half of the company's search traffic is now outside the United States.
Join Us For GridTalk With Futurist And Science-Fiction Writer Karl Schroeder
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Join us in Second Life and on the Internet Friday at noon Pacific time for a live Q&A with Karl Schroeder, a futures researcher, blogger at WorldChanging.com and science-fiction writer.
Linux To Challenge Symbian, Microsoft In Mobile Phone Market
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Purple Magic is a 3G Linux reference feature phone that costs less than $100 and combines video telephony, music playback, high-speed Internet browsing, and video streaming.
Garmin Adds A Cell Phone To Its GPS Device
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The Nuvifone's built-in camera takes pictures that are automatically tagged with latitude and longitude.
Open Wireless Access Assured On 700 MHz Spectrum
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
An anonymous bidder exceeded the reserve price in the nationwide wireless spectrum auction Thursday.
Dirty, Sexy Data Centers
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Solar and wind technologies are as popular as Tom Brady and his sparkling choppers. Everybody wants some. Sadly, the green initiatives investors should be pushing for even harder are as glamorous as snaggle-toothed Nanny McPhee: data center efficiencies.
Patriots, Giants Use Video Technology To Prepare For Super Bowl
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
XOS's Coach's Command Station is used by all NFL teams to study video of their opponents and plan for various scenarios they're likely to face on the field.
Hoover's Launches Business Social Network 'Connect'
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The company markets its Visible Path acquisition as a non-intrusive way to make targeted contacts with key business people through contacts subscribers already have.
Apple Users Are Smug Control Freaks, Says Study
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Researchers from Internet ad network Mindset Media say the Mac guy in the "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" commercial is typical of Mac users: superior, self-satisfied, control freaks, perfectionists, politically and socially liberal -- and satisfied with their purchases.
Apple Delays Apple TV Software Update
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Apple says it needs another couple of weeks to finish the software upgrade that will let people rent movies directly from their televisions.
Western Digital Drops Price of 320 GB Pocket-Size USB Drive
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The software that ships with personal drives enable consumers to synchronize content on their desktop with files they take with them.
Feeling Lucky? Don't Tell Google
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Search engine spammers have ramped up their efforts to ensnare the unwary using a fake link constructed from the search engine's direct results feature.
FCC's 700 MHz Auction, Google's Open Network Plan Stalls
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The dilemma with the C block for Google is that it wants an open wireless infrastructure, but it doesn't necessarily want to operate a wireless network.
Put A Brick In It
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
"IT managers continue to place a premium on system reliability as they grapple with storage capacity concerns," started a press release in this morning's inbox. This was the key (and altogether unsurprising) data point of a vendor survey. Why do vendors bother with these blazing insights into the glaringly obvious?
Web 2.0 Gone Awry: Tracking A Pizza Online?
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
Alert! Alert! Useless implementation of Web 2.0 Technology in progress. Alert!
Windows Mobile-Based VoIP For Smartphones Offered
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Raketu says its software helps people make cheap international calls in more than 40 countries.
Innovative Ways To Manage Content Seen At DEMO
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
In what could be called Content Management 2.0, companies are showing off new ways to manage and distribute content to fixed and mobile devices.
Amy Winehouse Drives A Top EPA Official 'Nuts'
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
The deputy EPA administrator has used his latest blog to inform the public not about global warming, alternative energy, or carbon credits. Nope, he's ranting that Amy Winehouse's "incredibly self-destructive behavior" drives him "nuts." Huh?
Comverse Technologies Says Former Managers Falsified Financial Reports
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The board accuses former managers of "stock option backdating" and "earnings management."
Intel A Green Giant
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
Intel is now the single largest corporate purchaser of green power in the United States, according to the EPA.
HyperOffice Links Business Software To iPhone
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The company's collaboration tools are meant to serve as an alternative to Microsoft Exchange, which the iPhone doesn't support at the moment.
EU Backs ISPs Over Release Of File Sharing Names
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The European court said ISPs should provide police with names and addresses for criminal investigations, but don't have to give the information to private investigators or industry groups.
NXP Modem Includes All GSM Standards From Edge To LTE
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The modem uses Software-Defined Radio cellular baseband technology so handsets can be designed to support any GSM standard, frequency, or air interface.
When Superstars Falter
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
If tennis ace Roger Federer were a tech company right now, he might be VMware. Long the dominant player in his sport, he got a nasty dose of reality at last week's Australian Open. Hang on and let me torture this sports metaphor just a little longer -- likewise, VMware got knocked off its do-no-wrong perch
At DEMO, Business Organization Becomes The Key
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
A whole sub-category of the companies and technologies debuting at Demo are based around helping eliminate tiresome back-and-forth e-mail threads
Ribbit Jumps On VoIP Wagon At DEMO
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
The new service, code-named Amphibian, will become available to consumers in the second quarter of this year.
Sprint Nextel Returns To Clearwire To Rekindle WiMax Partnership
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
Despite a previous falling out, the telecom also is looking to partner with Google, Intel, and Best Buy to sweeten the deal, according to reports.
Green-For-Profit At DEMO '08
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Can green business be good business? Two companies highlighted at Demo '08 this week are foregoing the not-for-profit model. One has unveiled a smarter charger for consumer electronics, the other tracks and shares users' energy-saving actions.
Apple: The Most Hated Company On The Internet
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
I was going to post this blog about why Apple is the most hated company on the Internet first thing yesterday. But my Mac crashed and ate the post, so I spent most of the day re-doing my work. I think that might be a sign.
Rim Semiconductor Claims 40 Mbps Over 'Last Mile' Copper
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
The test represents a breakthrough because it will be attractive to carriers seeking ways to transmit IPTV over older DSL lines.
Bidding For 700-MHz Spectrum Closes In On $4.6 Billion Reserve Price
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
The bidding on the FCC auction is secret, but Google, AT&T, and Verizon are believed to be vying for a slice of wireless spectrum.
Microsoft's Muglia On Windows Server 2008, Data Center Trends
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
Microsoft senior VP Bob Muglia discusses the upcoming launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and other topics.
Helio CEO Sky Dayton Leaves Post
News  |  1/28/2008  | 
Wonhee Sull, president and chief operating officer replaces Dayton at the youth-oriented MVNO.
Perplexing Nexus
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
If I were an IT vendor like Cisco and competing with Juniper (telecom) and Brocade (storage), a new Nexus platform and accompanying OS might make a lot of sense, splitting the difference as they do between these two backbone switching markets, each so hungry for terabyte and petabyte capacities. But if I were a storage buyer, I'd probably yawn.
VMware, A $1 Billion-A-Year Company, Slips Below 2008 Expectations
News  |  1/28/2008  | 
The company's shares have more than quadrupled in value since the IPO, but the stock has dropped since November.
CME Group Confirms $11 Billion Offer For NYMEX Futures Exchange
News  |  1/28/2008  | 
Officials report discussions are in the "early stages" but the exchanges share common trading technology, which could ease integration.
Xsigo I/O Virtualization On TechWebTV
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
This is taking the virtualization thing just a bit too far! First we've got servers being virtualized, then storage, and now Xsigo, among others, (I'll come back to this) is virtualizating I/O. But that's not all: CEO Ashok Krishnamurthi was stuck in some traffic bottleneck (oh, the irony) so he left his StartupCity TV filming in the hands of marketing manager Kelly Ciccone and damn if she didn't do a great job. Virtualized interview, indeed.
DEMO: Symantec Wants Kids Involved In Online Safety
News  |  1/28/2008  | 
Symantec's Family Safety Initiative turns the usual Internet content monitoring paradigm on its head.
Full Nelson: Cisco's Nexus -- Because They Can
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
Last century when Cisco started buying companies like an Orange County Housewife with a Platinum card in Silicon factory, the fool-proof way to sniff out the acquisition's purpose was to start with the assumption that Cisco believed the acquired company would help it sell more routers.
DEMO 08 Showcases Small Business Innovations
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
Look for a handful of innovative small-business-oriented product introductions at this weeks Demo08 conference in the California desert. Just dont count on the products arriving on time or truly changing the way your company does business.
Top Tech Web Sites 2008
News  |  1/27/2008  | 
Check out our editors' selection of the most interesting, lesser-known technology oriented blogs and Web sites.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Release Postponed
News  |  1/25/2008  | 
The company insists the later date still keeps it on track to ship the database software within the original goal of 24 to 36 months after SQL Server 2005.
700 MHz Auction Takes On Texas Hold 'Em-Like Aura
News  |  1/25/2008  | 
Bidding continues Monday, but the prevailing plan seems to be "play it cautious, stick to the minimum bids, and wait for your opponents to drop out."
Apple's Math Could Point To iPhone Overstock
News  |  1/25/2008  | 
Apple remains confident that it can hit its target of 10 million phones shipped within its first year of sales, but financial analysts are wondering whether there's trouble brewing.
700 MHz Auction Bids Reach $3.7 Billion
News  |  1/25/2008  | 
The C Block of wireless specrum was bid up to $1.8 billion in the fourth round of the FCC auction, but the public safety D Block is languishing.
EMC Flash Move Catches Industry Offguard
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
Cisco executives have often said they don't need to be first to market with any technology. And we've heard EMC downplay the first-to-market advantage. Still, it's remarkably clear that EMC caught everyone flatfooted with its decision to be the first major storage vendor to add solid-state disk technology to its products.
Connecting With InformationWeek On Twitter, Facebook, And Our Forums
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
InformationWeek is slopping over the edges of our Internet domain, connecting with this new-fangled "social networking" technology all the kids are talking about nowadays. We're expanding our presence on Facebook and Twitter, getting ready to beef up our forums, and making plans to connect on other social networks as well.
IBM Turns To Linux In Desktop Campaign Against Microsoft
News  |  1/25/2008  | 
The company plans to ship Ubuntu and Red Hat versions of its "Open Collaboration Client," a combination of Lotus Notes 8 and Symphony.
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