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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in June 2007
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My iPhone Diary: A Thrill-Packed Friday Night Search For Steve Jobs' Latest Brainchild
Commentary  |  6/30/2007  | 
This journal of my Friday-night search for an iPhone has everything you look for in summer entertainment: suspense, fast driving, crime, sex, Eastern mysticism, finance, humor, and adventure.

AT&T To Buy Rural Wireless Provider For $2.8 Billion
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Dobson, based in Oklahoma City, markets its wireless service under the Cellular One brand.
GPLv.3: 'A Great Improvement'
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
After an unprecedented drafting process, users can modify the free software on their personal and household devices and extend compatibility with other free software licenses.
Premium Mobile Content Set To Double In Four Years
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Content for mobile devices like cell phones will top $44 billion in 2011, more than double the nearly $20 billion that'll be generated this year, iSuppli predicted.
AMD Preps Barcelona Amid Clock-Speed Concerns
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
It's a good news, bad news kind of day for AMD. On the plus side, the scrappy semiconductor vendor is confirming it will ship its quad-core Barcelona processors in August. However, clock speeds of the initial crop won't exceed 2.0 GHz, which is well short of what many had expected for what'll mark the debut of AMD's new "10h" architecture.
Should The iPhone Make Telcos Tremble In Fear?
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
The iPhone is a stylish gadget, but it kowtows to the established telecom industry, Slate Magazine argues. But Slate dangles an intriguing possibility as an afterthought: Is the iPhone a Trojan horse?

Can Microsoft Office Front-End Your Business Processes?
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Microsoft is set to kick off an Office-for-business-processes strategy, focusing on composite apps called Office Business Applications, or OBAs, starting next month.
Video: The Daily Show Looks At iPhone-Mania
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
Correspondent Rob Riggle will do anything to get his hands on an iPhone in this funny, raunchy short video.

Getting My Hands On An iPhone -- I Hope
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
What are you doing this weekend? As I write this, it's Friday morning, and I'm hoping I'll be working this weekend, posting image galleries and writing reviews of the iPhone. Of course, to do that, I need to get my hands on an iPhone.

Mobile WiMax Commercial Launch Planned For Northeast Region In August
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Horizon Wi-Fi, a well-financed startup, has installed towers in nine Northeast cities and is testing the service in each city with initial users.
Ajax Tools May Power Web Apps For iPhone
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
The developer blogger community is speculating that a handful of Ajax tools may emerge as the only entry for third parties to the iPhone, via the Safari browser window.
LogMeIn To Launch Remote Support Software For Smartphones
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
A preview is available next month initially for the Palm Treo 700w/wx.
Making Work More Like EVE Online
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
IBM ponders how enterprises can be rewired to be more like games, particularly massively multiplayer online games like fantasy-themed World of Warcraft.
Verizon Wireless Tries To Counter iPhone Frenzy With Store Stunt
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
Verizon said its stores and kiosks will stay open until 9 p.m. Friday so customers can 'test drive' and purchase any of its 18 multimedia music devices.
The Only Thing That Matters About The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Yes, there's a lot of hype about the iPhone. Yes, it's a very expensive piece of equipment. But neither of those things really matter. The only thing that really matters is: How good is it?

MP3.com Founder Michael Robertson Says iPhone Will Flop
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
"I think it's going to be a flop. It's beautiful, no doubt, but people need the tactile feedback of keys."--MP3.com, Linspire, and SIPphone founder Michael Robertson. Who the heck is Robertson to speak? For those whose memory of the first Internet bubble is hazy--of the mid-1990s, like the '60s, one can say that if you remember them, you probably weren't there--Robertson reportedly walked away with $
'Push' E-Mail Service For iPhone Pops Up
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
Visto's Mobile product includes support for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino.
The iPhone's Achilles' Heel: AT&T's Slow Edge Network
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
The Edge network can be painfully slow; it generally operates at between 75 and 135 Kbps.
InformationWeek Gets Voice In Second Life -- Sort Of
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Recently, I checked on an obscure corner of my vast Second Life real-estate empire, and by gosh, voice is working there. I was excited -- I've been impatient to start incorporating voice into my regular Second Life usage.

A Preview Of This Summer's Tech Toys
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Perhaps it was because the humidity was so high in New York that it felt like I was swimming through Manhattan's streets, or perhaps it was because my thoughts were drifting longingly to summer vacations by the beach, or perhaps because my cell phone recently took a disastrous dip in the Atlantic Ocean -- but I couldn't help noticing a trend toward water-resistant technology at the Digital Experience press event last night.
Linspire's Michael Robertson: Why I Love MP3 Music Lockers But Hate DRM
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
The MP3.com and Linspire founder talks about his current ventures AnywhereCD and SIPphone, and why he thinks the Symbian-powered Nokia platform beats the iPhone hands down.
Don't Get Greedy: Only Two iPhones To A Customer
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
Apple says customers buying the iPhone through one of its 164 retail stores in the U.S. will be limited to two on a first come, first served basis.
GM, Boeing Faced Uphill Battle To Reach Global Identity Management
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
Managers from two multinational companies share their tips on connecting employees, parts suppliers, other business partners, and outsourced software developers.
Samsung Unveils Mobile TV Chipset
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
Multistandard support means handset users will be able to choose which broadcasting services they want to use without changing their mobile application.
Review Scorecard Reveals That EDGE May Ruin The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Are you desperate to see how well the iPhone is coming out in early reviews? Do you need a comprehensive scorecard? Well, look no more.
Intel Offers Tools, Cables For Building High-Performance Computers
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The company revealed its Cluster Ready program and Connects Cables products at the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany.
Google Helps Nonprofits Conquer Google Earth
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The project also includes online forums to enhance communications and connect interested users of Google Earth with experienced developers.
PacificNet To Sell TiVo In China
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
TiVo products and services would be distributed in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and other major cities through PacificNet's subsidiary iMobile.
Hackers Take Over MySpace Pages To Build Bots
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
Malicious code embedded in about two dozen MySpace pages downloads the dangerous FluxBot onto victims' machines.
Microsoft Plans E-Mail, IM, Blog, And Photo Sharing Suite
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The common theme for the Windows Live suite is that all of its apps combine a rich Windows client application with Internet services that add power to those apps.
Relaunching Our Discussion Group In Second Life
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
I'm very pleased to report that we're teaming up with one of the best virtual-worlds news blogs, Metaversed, to beef up our ongoing discussion group in Second Life.

Accused Spammer To Decide Fate Of Anti-Spam Crusader
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
Cruise.com has until the end of the week to decide whether to collect $330,000 in damages for being called a "spammer" by Mark Mumma, or seek a new trial.
Google And Yahoo Add Photo Features
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The two search engines upgrade their respective online photo services to give consumers a more integrated experience.
T-Mobile Launches Home-Based Wi-Fi Calling Service
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The UMA-based service is aimed at consumers who have dropped or are thinking of dropping their home landlines.
LinkedIn's Plan To Open Platform Is But A Step
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Business social networking site LinkedIn is going to be following in the footsteps of Facebook by opening up APIs over the next several months. Facebook's move has bolstered already skyrocketing membership and led to a ton of new applications. But what does this big step mean for LinkedIn and for social networking in business? Just like everything else in the Enterprise 2.0 world, business social networks won't get used unless they can do something better than e-mail and other apps.
Universities, Businesses Agree On Guidelines For IP, Shared Research
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
Team announces a new set of guidelines that will continue to encourage research sharing, while adding licensing terms and conditions.
How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system is a mighty paradox. On the one hand, it's more robust and feature-rich than any of its predecessors. For the most part, it's also more secure and is immune to many pretty sophisticated takedown attempts. But it's got one nasty Achilles' Heel, which'll enable you to crash the OS in under 10 seconds.
iPhone Debate: Buy Or Wait?
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Friday is almost upon us and there seems to be no way to avoid the absurd iPhone hype. Just this morning I received a pitch from VeriSign's PR agency, Weber Shandwick, that posed the question, "Will the iPhone crash the Internet?" (No, apparently. The question was just to get me to read the pitch.) Resistance, it seems, it futile. So in the spirit of Stephen Colbert's Formidable Opponent segment, it's time to debate myself about the pros and cons of buying an iPhone. Feel free to join in.
iPhone To Cost $2,000 To $6,000 Over Two Years
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Wired has the breakdown: The 8-Gbyte iPhone for $599, plus $36 activation fee, plus $220 a month for the highest-priced, highest-usage plan. The 4-Gbyte iPhone with the basic plan, at $60 a month, adds up to about $2,000 over two years.

Meet The People Waiting In Line For An iPhone
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
A small group of people began forming a line in New York City on Monday to ensure they'll be among the first to get their hands on an Apple iPhone.
IBM Unveils Second-Generation Supercomputer
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
With Blue Gene/P, IBM is targeting commercial research, such as in the oil and gas industry, as well as financial services organizations.
New EarthLink CEO Says He May Use Pruning Shears
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
Huff says he will spend the next 60 to 90 days reviewing EarthLink's current lines of business, but doesn't know where the company will end up in terms of overall strategy.
IBM Makeover Pursues Personalization In Revamped Site
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
The company used fundamental techniques for improving the navigation of what is sometimes viewed as an opaque, 3 million page site.
Internet Radio Observes Day Of Silent Protest
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
The intent of the protest is to demonstrate what will be heard on July 15, the date that 17 months of retroactive royalty payments are due.
C'Mon, Apple, Give Us Mac Users Some Love
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
With iPhone hype building to a frenzy, Mac users are feeling neglected and unloved. I can't remember Apple's last interesting Mac announcement. Instead, Apple's been giving its love to the mobile phone crowd, and even Windows users.

EarthLink Names New CEO
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
Rolla P. Huff has been named president and CEO of the Internet service provider, on the heels of a $30 million first-quarter loss.
Lawrence Lessig Takes On An Even Bigger Problem
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig has for a decade worked in the area of that great oxymoron, "intellectual property," but last week he announced that he will no longer focus on IP issues. He isn't leaving "the movement," he wrote in his blog, ". . . but I have come to believe that until a more fundamental problem is fixed, 'the movement' can't succeed either." The problem? The corruption of the political
European Regulators Pick Nokia's DVB-H Mobile TV Standard
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
The decision, which may require additional approvals, strengthens the move to the Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld standard, which also has strong support in the U.S.
Is Silence Golden?
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Since a bunch of badly disguised radicals trespassed on a merchant ship and tossed some of its cargo into the waters of Boston Harbor, people have come up with imaginative ways to protest laws that they see as unfair, unjustified, or wrong.... OK, that's a pretty hokey opening. I apologize. But it was the best way I could think of to introduce the topic of the "Day of Silence" that is being held today by a group of U.S.-based Webcasters.
Sun Aims High With Constellation Blade-Based System
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
In terms of density, the system designed for high-performance computing packs a maximum of 1.7 petaflops of computing power in a 48-blade rack-size chassis.
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