News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in October 2007
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Apple's Latest Switchers: Malware Writers
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The Trojan, OSX.RSPlug.A, represents one of the relatively few Mac exploits to be spotted in the wild.
'Village Phone' Initiative Aims To Improve Access In Developing Countries
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The Grameen Foundation and ITU are working to provide affordable telecom rates to users, while giving owners income to repay loans and earn profits.
Sprint's Technology Chief: Full Speed Ahead For WiMax
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
Ali Tabassi says the company is continuing its rollout without interruption in spite of the fact that Sprint recently lost its chief executive.
Business Users Want GPS In Their Smartphones
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
According to the latest J.D. Power and Associates survey of smartphone users, GPS tops the list of features that users want most in their smartphones. Looks like location is going to be one of the big wireless must-have features for mobile business in 2008.
Alcatel-Lucent Revamps Management, Will Cut 4,000 More Jobs
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
A seven-person management committee reporting to chief executive Patricia Russo has replaced a cumbersome 21-person committee.
Google Squares Off Against Facebook With OpenSocial
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
Google's upcoming APIs are expected to help build social applications that will work across social networking and other Web sites.
How To Get Gmail's IMAP, Leopard, And The iPhone Working Together
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
When I heard last week that Gmail is getting IMAP support, I was excited. My life was going to get a little easier. And how hard could it be to set up? Change a couple of settings in Apple Mail and I'd be good to go, right?

Garmin's Bid For Tele Atlas Sets Stage For Bidding War With TomTom
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The pending battle between the two rivals has been triggered by consolidation in the industry, which went into high gear in July.
Open Access Proponents Unite in Face of Google-Verizon Hook-Up
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
A group of startups, including Txtbl, Buglabs, and ZVUE, are announcing a new coalition to promote open wireless networks and devices.
Is The Web Headed For Meltdown 2.0?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
In recent months I've seen a lot of anxiety in the tech marketplace. Bloggers, pundits, and industry insiders all seem to suggest that Web 2.0 is headed for Correction 2.0. Are we in the middle of another bubble?
IBM Launches Virtualization Tools For Small Business
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The company's revised Consolidation Discovery and Analysis Tool is designed for businesses with less than 50 servers.
Cisco Shoots And Scores With NBA Deal
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The NBA will use Cisco's networking technology to deliver the league's communications and content to fans, customers, employees, and the media.
California Fire Watchers Tap Wi-Fi For Blaze Control
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The Laguna coastal "Fire Watch" system eventually will have five strategically located cameras hooked into the city's Wi-Fi network.
Google Phone (Legend) Lives
Commentary  |  10/30/2007  | 
What has become the Loch Ness Monster of the mobile phone world, the Google Phone, is once again purported to exist.
Personal Home Robot Wins iRobot's Create Challenge
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The winner can water plants, remind owners to take their medication, turn lights on and off, and control appliances.
Cisco And Satyam To Create Health Services Network In India
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
Cisco also announced that it was providing an additional $100 million in its Indian innovation program, bringing its total there to $1.1 billion.
U.S. Health Department Will Offer Some Doctors Cash To Use E-Health Records
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The pilot program aims to entice more doctors, especially those in small- to medium-sized practices, to use digitized health records.
Google Begins 'Gmail 2.0' Rollout
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The new look has been made available to about 1% of all Gmail users and is being rolled out to the rest on an ongoing basis.
Shovels As A Service In The Social Networking Gold Rush
Commentary  |  10/30/2007  | 
For this week's feature on Web 2.0 in the enterprise, we counted 17 startups that offer social networking platforms. I don't mean social networking sites (there are thousands of those), but companies touting technology for the FaceBook and MySpace wannabes.

MySpace Cofounder Lies About His Age
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Tom Anderson, cofounder of MySpace, is five years older than he claims.
Join Us For GridTalk With The Creators Of The Greenies
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Join us for GridTalk on Tuesday when our special guest will be Jonathan Himoff of Rezzables, the company behind the Greenies and about 20 other of the most popular and innovative areas in Second Life. He'll talk about business, community building, and creativity in Second Life, as well as where his company gets those crazy ideas.

No Cash Please, We're Apple
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Believe it or not, Apple has decided not to accept cash from people buying an iPhone. That's right, your money's no good at an Apple store.
Platinum Equity Adds Covad To Its Growing List of Telecom Acquisitions
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
Platinum Equity will pay $1.02 a share in cash, a 59% premium over the closing price of Covad's shares last Friday.
Broadband Providers Nix Sticks
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Testimony before a House subcommittee last week reiterated what we already knew: fewer people in the United States have broadband Internet access than in several other countries, and rural areas of the United States have even less access to broadband than urban areas. They're called "the sticks" for a reason: rural America gets this one stuck to it, too, as it does on a lot of other social, economic, and technical issues.
Expect The Worst With Your Leopard Upgrade
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
When upgrading your operating system, expect the worst. Expect that your system won't boot. Expect your favorite applications won't run. Expect that your essential documents will be deleted or inaccessible. Also, your dog will get pregnant, the milk in your fridge will go sour, and you'll wake up with a big zit on your nose and run into your high-school sweetheart later that day.

Apple's Leopard Hacked To Run On A PC
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
Hackers also have been busy opening the locks Apple closed with its most recent iPhone patch.
Startup Makes Bold Spam-Fighting Claims
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Abaca, a startup that launched at last week's Interop NY show, claims to have developed a new approach to spam filtering that guarantees a minimum of 99 percent accuracy.
Microsoft Says Sorry (Again) For Unauthorized Installs
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
The glitch occurred when Microsoft updated the Windows Desktop Search tool for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP 1+.
Skypephone Unveiled; No PC Needed To Make Calls
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
The 3 Skypephone will cost about $100 and be available in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Macau, Sweden, and the U.K.
Microsoft Wants to Stick XP on XOs
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Like an uninvited birthday party guest who shows up on the wrong date with an unwanted gift, Microsoft is "working to adapt a basic version of Windows XP so it is compatible with the non-profit One Laptop per Child Foundation's small green- and-white XO laptop."
Is Facebook One Social Network Or An Aggregator Of Social Networks?
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Last week The Economist took Facebook and other social networks to task, questioning their real value and their potential to scale. Is Facebook headed for a brick wall?
Mobile Broadband Is A Mix-and-Match Affair
Commentary  |  10/28/2007  | 
"The Future of Wireless Broadband" was the first session I attended at last week's Mobile Business Expo at Interop in New York And the first thing I learned was that the adoption of wireless broadband isn't going to be a simple matter of clear winners and losers.
Liveblogging The Leopard Upgrade
Commentary  |  10/27/2007  | 
My wife and I just got back from geek date night: A visit to the local Apple retailer to pick up a copy of Leopard, along with some other schwag, followed by dinner at Souplantation. We like to live large, my wife and I. I'm about to jump in to upgrading this system to Leopard. Bookmark this page for the thrilling play-by-play.

Facebook Is Only Warming Up
Commentary  |  10/26/2007  | 
This was Facebook's week. The golden child of Web 2.0 scored a $240 investment deal from Microsoft, launched a new mobile application for the BlackBerry, and was even rumored to hav
Predicting The Future Of Communications In Boston
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
Perennial reports of the phantom 'AppleBerry' from Research In Motion and a Google phone aren't likely to come to fruition at next week's VON show.
6 Problems With Mac OS X Leopard
Commentary  |  10/26/2007  | 
While Leopard is a significant improvement over previous Mac OS X releases, it has some notable shortcomings. IPhone users, database developers, people still running Classic Mac apps, and folks who are obsessive about backing up will find some disappointments. Read on for a roundup of six Leopard problems.

Private Firms Complete $8.3 Billion Purchase Of Avaya
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
CEO Louis D'Ambrosio looks forward to an expansion of Avaya's communications-enabled business processes portfolio under the new ownership.
Green Grid Members Open Energy Efficient R&D Data Center
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
APC and Schneider Electric's new 100,000-square foot facility is part of the consortium's charter to improve overall efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
Verizon Wireless Drops Its 'Open' Stance For 700 MHz Auction
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
Verizon's challenge to the FCC hasn't been entirely relegated to the dustbin, however, as mobile phone association CTIA has filed a similar appeal.
Vonage Settles Its Patent Infringement Litigation With Verizon
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
The VoIP software provider's litigation with AT&T is its only remaining major intellectual property dispute.
Coyote Point Unveils Equalizer Series V8.0
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
The appliances offer server cluster surge protection, add Akamai compatibility, offer Microsoft Web Outlook Access support, and provide HTTP compression.
Sure, Apple's 'Leopard' Is Overhyped -- But Here's Why It Matters Anyway
Commentary  |  10/25/2007  | 
The Apple community is giving Leopard the lite version of the hype orgy that the iPhone received four months ago. All this for a mere software dot-release. It's easy for a sensible person to dismiss the whole thing as flummery, but in fact there are some meaty new benefits to Leopard that are worth looking forward to.

LANDesk Touts Its Management Gateway Appliance For Mobile Workers
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
The SSL VPN hardware was developed in part by Avocent, which acquired LANDesk last year.
RedSky Debuts 'E911 Anywhere' At Interop
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
The company said the service works with analog, digital, IP hardphones, softphones, and SIP phones.
'CSI: NY''s Second Life Adventure Was Delightful -- But Not Revolutionary. At Least Not Yet.
Commentary  |  10/25/2007  | 
CSI: NY's episode in Second Life was a total blast. I went into it with pretty low expectations, and was delighted throughout. It was a heck of a lot of fun -- and it got Second Life right in spirit, even though the SL portrayed on the show was much faster, more stable, and had much better graphics than the real thing.

U.K. Kids Get RFID Chips In School Uniforms
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
Trevor Darnborough, whose company, Darnbro, filed for a patent on securing RFID tags to clothing, hopes other schools will be interested.
Cease And Desist? A Music Publisher Responds
Commentary  |  10/25/2007  | 
On Monday, I reported that IMSLP, a volunteer Web site that offered copies of music scores that were (or had been perceived to be) in the public domain, had gone down because of two cease-and-desist letters from music publisher Universal Edition. On Wednesday, I received a reply from UE.
Apple Launches iPhone Resource Center For Developers
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
The ADC-sanctioned site includes sections on the latest techniques for Web app design, sample code, a reference library, and video discussions with iPhone engineers.
Vonage Vulnerable To Eavesdropping Hackers
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
Security software engineers with Sipera have found flaws in Vonage's VoIP Motorola Phone Adapter, its Grandstream HandyTone-488, and its Globe7 VoIP Client.
Wireless Alliance Forms To Double WiMax Capability
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
The Smart Antenna RF Test Alliance looks to promote beamforming, which can increase the power in the direction the signal is to be sent.
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