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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in December 2007
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WiMax Royalties Could Exceed Cellular Options
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
WiMax supporters may be incorrect in claims that the technology will have lower royalty rates than LTE or UMB cellular options, says a market researcher.
IPTV To Spread In 2008
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Interest in the Beijing Olympics and user-generated content are predicted to boost IPTV adoption worldwide.
Windows Home Server Bug Could Lead To Data Loss
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The issue was acknowledged in October, when Microsoft warned "not to copy data files that contain alternate data streams to Windows Home Server shared folders."
Online Holiday Shopping Celebrates 21% Growth
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Still, price cuts and coupons produce mixed results as shopping spending overall was lackluster, according to analysts with ComScore.
Vonage Settles Patent Fights With Nortel, AT&T
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The agreement, which also involved Digital Packet Licensing patents acquired by Nortel, centered on the use of 411 and emergency calls.
NFL, Cable Giants Face Off In New Broadcast Universe
Commentary  |  12/28/2007  | 
On Saturday night, the New York Giants will face off against the powerful New England Patriots, who are chasing all sorts of historic NFL records -- most significantly, the second perfect season in league history (New England already is the first team to go 15-0 and can finish undefeated on Saturday). This game might also be billed as "The NFL vs. The Cable Guys."
Half Of U.S. Households Have Digital TVs, Trade Group Says
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
HDTVs are expected to account for 79% of DTV shipments in the United States next year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
Report Questions Future Of Qualcomm's 4G Wireless
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
Ultra Mobile Broadband is expected to go commercial in mid-2009, but none of the carriers has announced plans to test or deploy the technology.
Is Apple Planning To Launch An Ultra Mobile PC Next Year?
Commentary  |  12/28/2007  | 
We've been hearing rumors for months that Apple is working on some kind of tablet PC, most likely an ultramobile PC (UMPC) of some kind. One of my colleagues, Mitch Wagner, thinks that Apple has no plans for a tablet. Other industry insiders, like futurist Mark Anderson, think
E-Health Industry Struggling To Find Sustainable Business Models
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
An annual survey also found that the government is no longer the top provider of startup funding, as 53% of all initiatives received startup funding from hospitals.
Avoiding The Mobile Device Marketing Mire
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
I'm working from home this week while my twin boys' day care is closed for the holidays. This morning, as one child screamed about his missing toy and the other demanded a cookie for breakfast, my cell phone rang. Foolishly and without thinking (or looking at the incoming number), I answered it.
Virtual Machine Management Tools Take Center Stage
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
In addition to larger vendors, newcomers such as Embotics, PlateSpin, and Veeam are expanding their list of VM control products.
Passenger Says He Hacked Windows In New York Taxi Display Screen
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
A software engineer says he accessed a New York City cab's video display system files after seeing an error message on the screen.
China IPTV Subscriptions Miss Expectations
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The country is shy of a predicted 1.3 million mainland customers for the year but could recover with a cooperative business model, analysts suggest.
Apple Reportedly Inks Deal To Launch Fox Movie Rental Service
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
Fox reportedly also has agreed to release movie DVDs using Apple's digital rights management technology.
Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Order Processing For Cafes
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The application describes a system in which a person approaching a cafe or restaurant could wirelessly place an order that would be received by an in-store computer.
Blogging and Smaller Businesses: Good for Some, Not All
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
Is your New Year's resolution to start a blog? For many smaller businesses, blogging can be an effective, cheap marketing tool. But for others, it's a waste of time.
Japanese Carriers Seek Pole Position For Apple's iPhone
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
DoCoMo's relationship with Google may give it an edge over Softbank and KDDI, local reports suggest.
Netgear Expands ReadyNAS Line Of Storage Products
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The new products stem from Netgear's $60 million acquisition of Infrant, which was announced in early May.
Verizon's Transfer Of New England Lines Gets A Busy Signal
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
Officials in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont oppose a plan to hand over older operations to FairPoint Communications.
Apple's Antipiracy Patent Similar To Microsoft's WGA
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The application, titled "Run-Time Code Injection To Perform Checks," describes a DRM system that validates the authenticity of the software maker's products.
McKesson Migrates To Linux As Boost To Patient Safety
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The health care services company moved 50 of its 70 applications to Linux over the last two years and will complete the process with the remaining 20 within a year or two.
Online Holiday Shopping Spikes In Last Full Week
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Sales are expected to remain strong due to late-season shipping deals and the ability to buy online and pickup the merchandise at stores, an analyst firm said.
RIM Up, Palm Down, As Smartphone Market Heats Up
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Palm is getting squeezed by RIM's BlackBerry device for business users and by Apple's iPhone for consumers, one analyst says.
TransMedia Launches Ad-Free E-Mail
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The Web-based service, dubbed Glide, offers 2 Gbytes of storage with its free accounts.
Cisco No. 2 Resigns At Critical Juncture
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
Charlie Giancarlo was widely seen as the most likely successor to chairman and CEO John Chambers.
More BlackBerry 9000 Details Leaked
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
The Boy Genius Report has the scoop on the much-anticipated BlackBerry 9000 smartphone, yet again. Let's take a look at what this touch-screen smartphone promises.
Software AG Buys Parts Of Jacada For $26 Million
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The purchase leaves Jacada free to pursue its second product line, its call center solutions business, under its own name.
Are Google iPhone Apps Also Beta Apps For Android?
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
It seems that lots of Googlers are really into the iPhone, including Googler-in-Chief Eric Schmidt. Google has been launching new mobile applications specifically for the iPhone, just as the company also prepares its own Android platform. Is there a hidden connection between the iPhone and Google Android?
3Com CEO Sees Silver Lining Despite Struggles
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The latest financial filing shows the firm's gross margins were the highest recorded by 3Com in recent years.
Samba Gets Microsoft Protocol Info
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The agreement allows Samba implementations of the Windows workgroup protocols to go out under the General Public License.
FTC Approves Google-DoubleClick Deal
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
Reviewers determined the acquisition would not harm competition and that privacy concerns should be dealt with through additional guidelines.
An Easy -- and Guilt-Free -- Way to Make Room for That New Smartphone
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
With the holidays fast approaching and images of brand new electronics -- smartphones, PDAs, laptops or anything that makes it easier, or more fun, to conduct your business -- dancing in your head, there is one obvious question: What are you going to do with the old stuff?
Mac Fans More Likely To Pay For Music Than PC Users
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Mac users are also much more likely to listen to music files on their computers, according to a report from the NPD Group.
Inside Look At General Motor's OnStar System
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
GM faces a huge task in scaling its IT infrastructure to support the global expansion of OnStar and a doubling of the number of subscribers.
Web 2.0 Software Converts Cell Phone Into GPS Device
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
The software, called Fugawi Touratel, uses Assisted GPS, so the phones don't need to have the functionality built in or be connected through Bluetooth.
Consulting Group Releases Top 10 Predictions For The Wireless Industry
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
VeriSign subsidiary inCode sees HSDPA, open access, and iPhone security among its top 10 wireless trends for 2008.
FCC's 700 MHz Spectrum Draws 266 Prospective Bidders
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Google has attracted the most attention among the bidders because the search engine company has called for 'open' use of spectrum.
Wish You Could Listen To That MP3 At Home On Your Smartphone? WeBot Can Help
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
Have you ever wished you could access that one song you can't get out of your head, but realized it's on your PC at home and not on your MP3 player? Well, one startup could be the answer to your problem.
Ex-Qwest CEO Nacchio Seeks To Overturn Insider Trading Conviction
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Nacchio's defense attorneys argued that the trial judge kept a law professor from testifying on Nacchio's behalf during the jury trial.
Google's Flight Tracker: Better Than Fruitcake On The Holidays
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Google is rolling out a new search feature at the time of year when Americans need it most: A service to let you know whether your flight is running late. There are several sites on the Internet already offering that service, but Google’s looks like it’ll be easier to use when you’re on the run and accessing from a smartphone. Which is, of course, when you need that information most.

Bad News Keeps Coming For Second Life
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
The bad news keeps coming for Second Life. Linden Lab, the company that develops and operates the virtual world, released October and November economic stats yesterday, which show that total user hours in-world actually declined in November, for the second-ever time in Second Life history.

IM-History Can Consolidate All Your IMs, But Should It?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
IM-History has announced a beta trial of a new version of its Web application that collects all your instant messaging conversations into one convenient, searchable archive. That could be really great. Or it could be really scary.
Electric Sheep, A Leading Virtual-Worlds Content Company, Shears 25% Of Employees
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
The Electric Sheep Company, a leading content-creation company working in Second Life and other virtual worlds, this week laid off 20 people, or 25% of its staff. Coming on the heels of the departure of AOL from Second Life, and CTO Cory Ondrejka’s departure from Linden Lab, the events invite the question: What’s going on in Second Life? Is something wrong?

IBM, Toshiba Up Partnership On Next-Generation Chips
News  |  12/18/2007  | 
The companies have been working on technologies related to chips that would be built using a 32-nanometer manufacturing process.
Sprint Hires Telecom Vet Dan Hesse As CEO
News  |  12/18/2007  | 
Hesse faces a host of challenges, including whether to proceed with Sprint's scheduled $5 billion rollout of WiMax and how to stop customers from defecting.
Finally, an Easier Way to Retrieve Your Voice Mail Messages
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Having trouble hearing your phone messages? Are you ever in a crowded room so listening closely is not an option? Alltel rolled out a new service, so small and medium businesspersons have a new option for retrieving their voice mail messages.
Join Us Tuesday For GridTalk With The Founder Of Caledon
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
Join us for a discussion with Desmond Shang, founder of the popular Caledon group, a Victorian-themed area that's proven to be one of the most popular areas of Second Life. Many residents and businesses struggle to create compelling content in Second Life -- well, Desmond has done it, and so we can all learn from him.

Toshiba Licenses Chipset Technology For HDTVs
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
The Japanese consumer electronics maker plans to implement Rambus' XDR memory controller interface cell and memory controller within HDTV chipsets.
IBM Partners With ACI On SOA-Based Payments System
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
Joint sales and technical teams are part of the deal, which combines ACI's money transfer system with IBM's mainframe hardware.
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