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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in May 2007
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Child Sex Crackdown Causes Problems For LiveJournal
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
The venerable online community LiveJournal stirred up a storm of controversy when it attempted to delete sex-themed discussion groups in the name of protecting children, and accidentally deleted legitimate literary sites and at least one psychological support journal.

Should Companies Hire People With Black Marks On Their Internet Histories?
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
An international retailer finds a great candidate to head up its store in Shanghai. But a bit of last-minute Googling turns up information about political activism against the Chinese government. Should she still get the job?

Big Carriers Chosen In Federal Telecom Networx Award
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The award means that the five chosen companies are eligible to offer their services on a competitive basis to the 135-odd federal entities.
The Razor-Blade Strategy
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Have you heard about the razor-blade strategy (also called, according to Wikipedia, the "bait and hook model")? The idea is that a company sells you a razor for next to nothing -- or gives it away for free. Great deal, right? You get the razor, and the manufacturer gets to sell you high-cost razor blades for the next few years (or, at least, for as long as you use the razor), making a lot more than was inv
Wireless Silicon Valley Behind Schedule
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The complete 40-city project is expected to cost between $100 million and $150 million to build.
VoIP Startup Jajah Buddies Up To Telecom Carriers
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Jajah's strategy is to work with telecom service providers so both companies can make money from VoIP calls.
You Can See Steve Jobs' House On Google Maps
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
There has been a lot of fanfare this week for the new Street View feature on Google Maps, a function that gives users a 360-degree view from the streets of select cities. Now users are reporting seeing all kinds of things, including Steve Jobs' house.
AT&T Offers An International Long Distance Text-Message Plan
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The plan, which will formally begin on Sunday, will let customers send international text messages for 10 cents a message, or 100 long distance text messages for $9.99 a month.
Fax Mistaken For Bomb; Director Detained For 'Shooting A Pilot'
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Yelling fire in a crowded theater ain't what it used to be. Consider the latest case of a perceived threat gone wild, which took the form of an ad faxed by a bank. One recipient in the Boston area took it to be a bomb threat, resulting in the evacuation of local stores the other day.
Linden Lab Plans Stability Improvements, Web Hooks, And Face-Lift For Second Life
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Linden Lab is working on improvements to Second Life to vastly improve Web integration, scalability, stability, and the beauty of the world, according to CTO Cory Ondrejka.

Google Goes Offline With 'Gears'
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Flanked by partners, Google offers new APIs and focuses on its plans to move further into Microsoft's desktop space.
U.S. Mobile Applications Market Forecast To Reach $9 Billion Soon
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The business mix includes custom-coded wireless packages, productivity tools, enterprise resource planning tools, e-mail, and security applications.
DOE Rolls Out Powerful ESnet For Scientific Researchers
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The optical network will serve more than 50,000 DOE laboratory staffers and scientists as well as thousands of academic researchers.
Just Because My Avatar Wears Black Socks With Sandals, That Doesn't Make Me A Middle-Aged Second Life User
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
I got a call the other day from a guy who wanted to talk to me about middle-aged Second Life users. I was insulted by the implication that I'm middle-aged, and would have told him so, except I had to rush off the phone or I'd miss Matlock.

Open Source Mapping Database For Broadband Data Recommended
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Contrary to the FCC's plans, the ITIF argues that a user-generated map would encourage public participation and generate precise local broadband data.
Palm's Foleo Fails To Wow Followers
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The Foleo is a Linux-based, large-screen companion device to the Treo that lets users create e-mails and edit documents using a 10-inch display and a full-sized keyboard.
RFID Skills Improving But Deployment Slows, Study Finds
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Among those who believe there is a shortage of RFID skills, 68% said the shortage would impact adoption, CompTIA found.
Is Second Life Just A Big Chatroom?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Intel's launching a series of presentations for developers in Second Life puts the virtual world to its best business use, as a platform for conversations with customers. And yet it got me thinking: Is Second Life just a big chatroom?

Computer GUI Revolution Continues With Microsoft Surface's Touch Screen, Object Recognition
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Microsoft's tabletop display computer may set us on the path to where we no longer need keyboards and mice to work with computers.
Apple Launches DRM-Free Music Tracks On iTunes Plus
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
More than a dozen of Paul McCartney's classic albums are also making their debut.
Apple Beware: Microsoft Awarded Web Phone Patent
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Could Apple's iPhone be at the mercy of a patent just granted to Microsoft? Could be, judging by U.S. Patent 7,225,409, "Graphical User Interface For A Screen Telephone," which was awarded to Microsoft on Tuesday. More potential worries for Apple: The patent isn't just for a phone, but for the underlying softwar
Mobile Web Turns Into An Escape From Corporate Firewalls
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
A few months ago I reported how mobile Web use was growing, particularly in the U.S. In the U.K., employees are flocking to toilets to use the mobile Web. Why? Because it's a fast and easy way to escape the prying eyes of IT managers and corporate firewalls.
Toshiba Launches Communications Server For SMBs
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
A new media application server leverages existing benefits of Toshiba's CIX-series' voice over Internet protocol systems.
The Walrus Bucket Internet Meme, Seriously
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
The Internet has become so important to society that its role in the transmission of memes may be the crucial fact of our age. Therefore it is absolutely vital to one's position in the social order to understand and be current with Internet memes. Don't you think? Which is why you should pay a great deal of very careful attention to the Walrus Bucket Saga. Because if you don't know about it, you'll be ou
RFID Provides Interactive Experience At Living Fossils Exhibit
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Singapore's largest oceanic park is using the tracking technology to create a personalized experience for visitors.
Google Adds Street-Level Pictures to Google Maps
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Initially, Street View images are available in Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. Additional cities will be covered in the future.
Linux Supporters Arrogant? You Be The Judge
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
Never one to shy away from a good argument--the mark of the employed blogger is a very thick skin--I'd like to continue the debate kicked off by my recent post, on Dell's decision to offer PCs equipped with Ubuntu Linux. My tepid post, in which I gingerly chided Dell for not caveating its Ubuntu offerings up the wazoo, while at the same time complimenting the previously direct-sales-only PC powerhouse a
Beatnik Offers Music Format For Low-Cost Phones
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
The file format is one-tenth the size of the typical MP3 file, making it possible to quickly download tunes on older digital mobile phone networks found in emerging markets.
FTC Reviews Google's Plans For DoubleClick
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Analysts suggest that anti-trust concerns will take precedence over privacy concerns during the evaluation.
Is Sex In Second Life Harmful?
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
As I worked on our report on sex in Second Life, I wondered: Is all this gettin' cyber-sweaty harmful? I decided it depends on the circumstances. But I know many of our readers will say it's just plain wrong. What do you think?

Can History Survive The Internet?
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
The Internet is a wondrous place indeed. Besides all the practical benefits that are too numerous (and obvious) to mention here, there are few limits to where your imagination combined with Web technology can take you.
T-Mobile's Parent, Deutsche Telekom, Invests In VoIP Startup Jajah
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
The investment marks the first by a cell phone service provider in VoIP and is a signal that the German company is willing to risk the cannibalization of its existing landline service.
My Week In Second Life: A Total Klutz Tries Out Building
Commentary  |  5/26/2007  | 
When I started in Second Life a few months ago, I wrote regular updates of my personal adventures. I got out of the habit of doing them, even though people seemed to enjoy them. But now they're back -- I'll do 'em every Saturday.

FeedBurner Deal Puts Google Closer To Controlling Online Publishers
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
If Google finally pulls the trigger and closes its proposed deal to buy FeedBurner, it will be one step closer to having all the tools its needs to control online publishers. Do you feel that hand near your throat?
Linden Lab Makes It Official, Lays Out Road Map For Deploying Voice
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
The company plans to start testing voice on the "main grid" -- the main Second Life service -- in "the next few weeks," according to a post on the Official Linden Blog.

Microsoft Announces Ship Date For Forza Motorsport 2
News  |  5/25/2007  | 
The video game for Xbox coincides with this weekend's running of the 91st Indianapolis 500.
Research In Motion Chief Said To Be Buying Nashville Hockey Franchise
News  |  5/25/2007  | 
Published reports say that RIM co-chief executive Jim Balsillie has bought the Nashville Predators for more than $200 million.
Avis Rent A Car Is Also Avis Rent A Wi-Fi Connection
News  |  5/25/2007  | 
For $10.95 a day, Avis customers get a small device that creates a Wi-Fi hotspot and connects to the Internet via wireless data connections provided by cell phone service providers.
Driving Toward Solid-State Drives
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
One of the more interesting conversations I had at Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) last week in Los Angeles was with two guys from Samsung. They talked about their company's push into solid-state memory as an enhancement -- and eventually a replacement -- for rotating hard disk storage on computers. Samsung isn't the only manufacturer working to develop plug-compatible flash memory-based storage. In January the five largest drive makers -- Samsung, Seagate, Fujitsu,
Join Us For Our Second Life Kaffeeklatsch -- Let's Talk Sculpties
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Join us in Second Life Friday for our regular kaffeeklatsch to discuss technology and business issues in Second Life and real life. For this session, let's talk about a major new feature introduced to Second Life Wednesday: "sculpties."

Linden Lab Needs To Bring In Professional Management
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Linden Lab is a wonderful company that's working miracles every day. But it doesn't have experience managing a booming business, and that shows. It needs to bring in people who know how to take a company from emerging startup to billion-dollar giant.

More Vendors Latch On To SaaS Model
News  |  5/24/2007  | 
Lawson, Cognos, and Sterling Commerce are just three of many companies announcing software-as-a-service offerings. Still, SaaS has only so much sizzle with customers.
Business, Consumer Coalition Calls On Congress For Universal Broadband
News  |  5/24/2007  | 
The coalition says it is "imperative" that Congress acts so the U.S. doesn't fall further behind in making broadband networks an integral part of the nation's economic and social life.
Lucasfilm To Launch Star Wars Mashup Tools
News  |  5/24/2007  | 
Fans will be able to mix their own video source material with over 250 scenes and sounds from the six Star Wars films.
Web 2.0: Workers See Friend, Employers See Foe
News  |  5/24/2007  | 
Most companies are more concerned with blocking Web site categories, such as those labeled "adult" or "gambling," than with targeting individual Web sites, a new report notes.
EU Ministers Prepare To Cut Cell Phone Roaming Fees
News  |  5/24/2007  | 
The plan calls for the new rates to be published June 29, and service providers would have a month to offer new pricing plans to consumers.
The Move To Web 2.0 Increases Security Challenges
News  |  5/24/2007  | 
As more companies deploy cool Web 2.0 technologies, careful planning is required to avoid new kinds of security problems.
Estonian Attacks Raise Concern Over Cyber 'Nuclear Winter'
News  |  5/24/2007  | 
The cyberattacks against Estonia were particularly damaging, as the country had to shut down key computer systems for their own protection.
Philadelphia Launches Wi-Fi Access Test Zone
News  |  5/24/2007  | 
Wireless Philadelphia and EarthLink are about to turn on the first portion of a planned 135-square-mile network, which is slated to be completed in the third quarter.
Networking Vendor Avaya Gets Serious About Software
News  |  5/24/2007  | 
Avaya just recently introduced new services based on communications-enabled business processes, for which the company holds 22 patents.
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