Calif. PUC Files Appeal To FCC's Vonage Decision -- Maybe
Setting itself up for a potential regulatory flip-flop, the California Public Utilities Commission has filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit challenging the FCC's recent decision to exempt Voice over IP provider Vonage Holdings from state-by-state regulations -- a petition that the CPUC itself may seek to overturn when new commissioners come on board Jan. 11.
Sprint's Wholesale Cell Phone Business Gets Popular
The missing piece in the bundles that telecommunications companies offer consumers is typically cell phone service, which may explain why Sprint Corp. is becoming popular as a reseller of its cell phone service.
The Toughest CIO Job In The World
Imagine being the CIO of a newly created company with 180,000 employees and an annual budget topping $40 billion, including $226 million earmarked for enterprise technology investments. Task One: combine 22 diverse companies of size into a single enterprise with a unified architecture. Task Two: Help create imaginative use of technology to thwart terrorism.
Sprint, Nextel Agree To Merge
The deal, valued at $35 billion, will create a large wireless service provider to compete with wireless rivals Cingular and Verizon.
E-mail's Presidential Payoff
If you thought technology played a crucial role in last month's presidential election, that was only the beginning. Politicians have built a permanent onramp between the campaign trail and the information superhighway and will plan future campaigns mindful of what worked (or didn't work) in 2004. The future of campaigning isn't about how much technology a candidate has access to but how he uses that technology to outsmart his opponents.
The government is increasingly enlisting businesses to help fight terrorism, drug counterfeiting, and fraud. This means getting airlines, drug companies, financial service providers, defense department contractors, and telecommunication companies to invest in technology, the right technology. My December 13 feature entitled "Uncle Sam's Guiding Hand" addresses this issue in depth, but here's a preview of some key issues.
Penguin Announces Linux Cluster-In-A-Box
Penguin Computing has unveiled new Linux-based blade servers that can be configured as a "cluster in a box," offering a dense package when combined with Scyld Beowulf Linux clustering software.
Treasury Picks AT&T For IP Network
A new high-speed, IP-based network will connect more than 1,000 domestic locations and tens of thousands of users in the United States and overseas.
A Phone Number For Life
A New England telecom-services provider pushes on the telecom market with one-price lifetime voice-over-IP package
Firefox Users Don't Click
Report says Firefox users click through to Web site ads four to five times less often than do users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
Apple Releases Major OS X Security Patch
Apple Computer has posted security updates for Mac OS X covering 17 issues, including fixes for a bundled version of the Apache Web server and its Safari browser.
SmartAdvice: Consider Business-Activity Monitoring, But Stick With Proven Technologies
Now's the time for a midsize company to implement business-activity monitoring, but don't be too innovative since the technology is rapidly changing, The Advisory Council says. Also, consider organizational and security issues before selecting log-analysis software; and evaluate your needs before deciding whether Solaris or Linux will suit better than Windows.
Opsware To Acquire Rendition In $33 Million Deal
The combination should result in an IT-automation system that automates the management of server, software, and network components, as well as the operations life cycle of some Web-based apps.