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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in November 2007
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Join Us Tuesday For GridTalk With Linden Lab VP Joe Miller
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Joe Miller, Linden Lab vice president, platform and technology development, will be our special guest for GridTalk, where we'll talk with him about Windlight, new Second Life technology that makes the world more beautiful and realistic.

AMD Pulls The Plug On Quad FX Enthusiast Platform
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The desktop platform was AMD's attempt to hold gamers who might be tempted to move to Intel's quad-core processors.
Facebook Tempers Beacon Ad Features, Users Respond
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Actions taken on external Web sites will continue to appear at the top of a Facebook user's News Feed, but only if they opt-in.
FBI's 'Bot Roast II' Leads To Alleged New Zealand Mastermind
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The teen's botnet group is responsible for taking control of more than 1 million computers through the use of malware, the FBI alleges.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 Fall Update Set For Release
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The changes include new parental controls that let parents set limits on the amount of time their children can spend playing Xbox games during a given period.
TiVo Patent Upheld In Suit Against EchoStar
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Despite an endorsement from the USPTO, a decision on the infringement case by the U.S. Court of Appeals is still pending.
Google's Android Could Provide Sustenance For Mobile Linux
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Google's Open Handset Alliance and its use of Apache V2 public license, could prove as a proof-of-concept for some companies, ABI analysts suggest.
Winners, Losers In Google's 700-MHz Spectrum Plans
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Google's entry into the spectrum auction could be a boost to companies like Frontline Wireless, which aims to build out a hybrid private/public network.
Google Commits To Wireless Spectrum Bid
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The winner of the auction will have to pay at least $4.6 billion for the so-called "C Block" portion of the spectrum.
BlackBerry 9000 Details And Image Leaked
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Details and specs of the much-anticipated, touch screen iPhone killer, the BlackBerry 9000, have supposedly been leaked. Let's take a look.
Z4 Sues Microsoft Over Windows Vista, Office
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Fresh off its $142 million court victory, z4 Technologies claims Microsoft still violates patents it holds for technology that blocks attempts to use a single password.
Cellphones Don't Kill. People Do
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
A strange story about a South Korean construction worker being killed by his exploding cellphone battery has been cleared up. It seems he was killed by a coworker who then framed the cellphone for the murder.
Asterpix To Debut Hyperlinks For Video
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The company's technology shows a flashing circle or a dotted rectangle that lets users navigate through the video and get information on objects displayed on the screen.
Zumobi Talks Widgets And Mobile 2.0
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
A few weeks ago I sat down to discuss Mobile 2.0 with handset giant Nokia at Mobile Internet World. This time I wanted to deepen the conversation and cover mobile widgets with Beth Goza, senior marketing manager at startup Zumobi. Guess what, widgets are key to bringing Web 2.0 to the third
Police Claim Exploding Mobile Phone Did Not Kill South Korea Man
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Yesterday the blogosphere exploded with news that an exploding cell phone may have killed a man in South Korea. Now police claim the combustible handset did not play a role in the man's demise. What gives?
Apple To Kill Boot Camp Beta Dec. 31
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The utility represents a bold move by Apple to lure Windows users who aren't prepared to toss their favorite applications just so they can own a Mac.
Poor Performance Plagues Mobile Web Sites
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Google, Facebook, MapQuest, and other Web sites are struggling to perfect their mobile offerings, says Keynote Competitive Research in a new report.
A Multilayer Approach To Reducing Data Center Heat
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Emerson Network Power's Cooligy is working with server manufacturers to integrate its close-proximity cooling techniques into "off-the-shelf" products starting next year.
Verizon Adopts LTE For 4G Wireless Platform
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
LTE lets Verizon adopt a common access platform with Vodafone to provide services worldwide based on the technology.
Microsoft Releases Final Version Of Exchange Server 2007 SP1
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
SP1 features improved support for Windows Server 2008, tighter integration with Office Communications Server 2007, and better mobile device security management.
European Union Moves To Open Its GSM Networks To Advanced Standards
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The European Commission has estimated that free access to the 900 MHz frequencies will cut costs by 40% and achieve a 40% gain in coverage as well.
California Plan To Outsource E-Mail Service Raises Privacy Questions
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
On Wednesday, I broke the news that California is weighing a plan to hand off the hosting of e-mails--to, from, and between state workers--to either Google or Microsoft. Is everybody comfortable with that?
Will Open Networks Force Apple To Unlock The iPhone?
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Almost milliseconds after Verizon Wireless said it will open its networks to outside devices starting next year, I was swarmed with e-mails asking me if the iPhone would soon be able to run on Verizon's network. At first, I said no. EDGE phones don't run on CDMA networks. Then, I thought through the question again.
Eye-Fi Points To The Future Of Web-Based Products
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The Eye-Fi Wireless SD card for digital cameras reduces a Wi-Fi card to fit on an SD flash storage card, with room left over for 2 Gbytes of storage. But amazing as that is, the most interesting thing about Eye-Fi is the way it works the network.
Will The Verizon Decision Translate To Wireless Growth In 2008?
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
2007 is quickly winding down and its time to start looking ahead to the new year. So far, location-based services and GPS look to be the big trends for 2008. To get a broader perspective, I sat down with noted technologist and trend prognosticator Mark Anderson of
Nearly 450 Phones Ready For Packet8 MobileTalk International Calling Service
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
VoIP provider 8x8 launched the low-cost international long-distance mobile calling service less than two weeks ago.
bMighty bMobile Virtual Expo Set To Debut
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Next Tuesday, December 4, is venturing into the new arena of online events with the launch of bMighty bMobile, A Virtual Expo. It's the place to be -- right on your desktop!
California Looks At Google Or Microsoft As Its Hosted Software Supplier
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
A move to hosted e-mail and other services would affect a quarter of a million state workers and create a multimillion-dollar revenue windfall for either company.
Verizon Begins Selling XV6800 Smartphone
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The business-oriented phone operates on the third-generation EVDO network, capable of delivering download data rates of up to 2.4 Mbps.
FCC Postpones Decision On New Regs For Cable TV
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
A split among commissioners has caused the FCC to seek more data on the structure of the cable TV industry before it acts on new rules.
Online Holiday Shopping Surged 26% On Cyber Monday, Analysts Estimate
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
Web traffic peaked on Thanksgiving as sales reached $733 million on Cyber Monday this year, according to surveys from Hitwise and comScore.
South Korean Man Killed By Exploding Mobile Phone
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Sure, we've all heard about mobile phones that explode, but this time the exploding phone actually killed someone. Are mobile phones becoming less safe?
AMD Sees Growth In Specialized Chips
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
While AMD is certainly not proclaiming the death of the standalone processor, the company believes it is at the end stages of the "one size fits all" computing model.
IBM Unveils Tivoli Customer Experience Management Software
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The software will give service providers a clearer picture of network usage patterns and customer behavior.
Google Talks Up Enhanced Mobile Google Maps And Location Services
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
As if we needed another sign that location will be the hot topic for 2008, Google today announced a significant upgrade to its Google Maps for mobile application called My Location. In order to get a better handle on the upgrade, I sat down with Steve Lee, product manager, Google Maps for mobile, to discuss Google's plans for location applications.
Lenders Plan Database To Help With Foreclosure Mess, But Will Things Really Change?
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Mortgage lenders on Tuesday committed to a doozy of an IT project: they'll build a database on every foreclosed property in the United States to help cities untangle the foreclosure mess. Good. The guilty party is finally starting to show some responsibility for the subprime mortgage crisis.
TiVo Signs NBC Universal For Viewer Research
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Demand for such information is increasing as more people use DVRs that make it possible to skip commercials.
What Does Verizon's "Open Move" Mean For Smaller Companies?
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
Verizon challenged the way America does wireless today when it announced that it plans to open its wireless network to third party mobile devices, software, and applications. If other carriers are forced to follow suit, what might that mean to small and midsize companies' mobility plans?
Dell To Sell Google Search Appliance, Google Mini
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Previously, Google operated its own manufacturing and assembling operation for its yellow rack server while Super Micro Computer manufactured the Google Mini.
The Cost Of Data Loss Rises
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Other costs include reputation fixes and customer support in the form of information hotlines and credit monitoring subscription for victims, according to a new survey.
University To Make Students Carry GPS Mobile Phones
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
For those of you who thought I was jumping the gun with location and GPS, check this out: Montclair State University will require its students to buy and carry a special cell phone equipped with GPS. Is this a sign of things to come?
Verizon's Open Move Hastens Wireless Market Transformation
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
For some, Verizon's attempt to portray itself as a fully open carrier is a ploy to discourage the FCC from imposing more restrictions on the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction.
Hollywood Writers, Producers Strike Heats Up ... On The Web
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Viewers have ample opportunity to understand the points that negotiators are hammering out, thanks to video sites and blog posts.
Firetide Mesh Network Connects Workers On 2,275-Ft. Dubai Tower
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Workers ran into communication issues since their walkie-talkies stopped providing reliable service as the skyscraper grew taller.
Open Verizon On The Horizon: A 'Domino Effect'
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
The carrier's move could result in an ecosystem of specialized devices that use the network to serve different types of mobile users, analysts suggest.
Real Zune Now
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
New models of Microsoft's Zune media player prove that Microsoft is still Microsoft: It's one of the best companies in the world at doing the difficult job of learning from its mistakes.
Google Reportedly Plans To Offer Online Storage Service
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
The product would be a kind of umbrella service for the storage Google already offers with some of its Web-based applications, such as e-mail and photo sharing.
Verizon Shocks Wireless World By Promising To Open Its Network
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Verizon Wireless plans to publish technical standards next year that software developers can use to design products that will interface with the carrier's network.
iPhone Ready For Paris Debut, Sales Rules Challenged In Germany
News  |  11/26/2007  | 
A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in a Hamburg court on Deutsche Telekom's appeal of the injunction won by Vodafone that forced the unbundling of the iPhone.
Business Security Lessons From 60 Minutes
Commentary  |  11/25/2007  | 
Nice piece on information security on this week's 60 Minutes, with Lesley Stahl being walked through venues from wireless network vulnerabilities to stolen credit card number auctions.
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