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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in August 2007
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Is Yahoo Working On A Cell Phone?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Earlier this week Michael Arrington at TechCrunch dropped a bombshell that has yet to be explained: Yahoo is supposedly working on a cell phone.
Cisco Announces New 802.11n Gear To Ship In October
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
The hardware would include the Aironet 1250 Series access point, a new WLAN Controller system based on its Catalyst 6500 line of switches and software services.
Microsoft Update Forces HP MediaSmart Home Server Delay
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
While no one is saying the update is fixing flaws, HP said it decided to wait until the better version of the software was available.
Google News Becomes A Publisher
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Instead of links, Google wants to carry articles from news agencies like The Associated Press to promote "the definitive original copy and give credit to the original journalist."
Six Questions About The Google Phone
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
We're all waiting for the big news next week: Will Google finally announce the Google Phone? Well, I am ready for the Google Phone. In fact, I know exactly what I want to do with it when I first get my hands on one, assuming there actually will be a Google Phone. Here is my list of questions.
Apple Cancels NBC Fall TV Lineup On iTunes
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
The rift was based on a doubling of the wholesale price Apple pays for each NBC TV episode.
When Will Anyone Actually Watch Mobile TV?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
With his post today, my colleague Eric Zeman raised a great question: Is anyone actually watching mobile TV? If by that he meant people watching video on their iPods, yes, I see many iPod users watching video. If, however, he meant people watching V CAST and other mobile TV services that stream over cellular networks...
IPod Or iPhone, Keep An Eye On Apple Next Week
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Despite the apparent focus on Apple's iPod at an event on Sept. 5, European telecom companiess are among those anxious for a chance to catch iPhone fire.
Popover Hate
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Engadget managing editor Ryan Block struck a nerve yesterday when he posted a scathing attack on keyword popovers, such as those supplied by "IntelliTXT / Vibrant Media and like ad services whose entire business depends on polluting your content, confusing your audience, and tricking them into clicking on ads that just won't go away."
Letting Crazy People Set Intellectual-Property Policy
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Three stories in the news this week demonstrate that intellectual-property policy is set by crazy people. NBC is threatening to dump iTunes unless Apple violates the laws of nature. An organization of science fiction writers is sending willy-nilly takedown notices for property it doesn't control. And Viacom pirated a YouTube video, and then sent down a takedown notice against the video's real author.

More Enterasys Execs Get Prison Terms As Government Winds Up Case
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Three executives got sentences that range from a year and a day to several years in prison.
NIST Researchers Tackle Wireless Interference Problem
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
The federal agency hopes to help companies improve factory designs and avoid blocking transmissions that make it difficult to take advantage of wireless networks.
CIOs Uncensored: When It Comes To IT, Cool Is As Cool Does
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Sure, Steve Jobs is the King of Cool--but cool is as cool does.
Jaxtr's New Twist on VoIP
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Given the recent failure of SunRocket, and Vonage's lack of profits and patent problems, you might find it odd to see VCs pouring money into yet another VoIP company.
HP And Tandberg Team Up To Improve Telepresence Offerings
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
Users are able to collaborate by linking HP Halo Collaboration Studios to Tandberg's conference room and desktop-based systems.
To Dream the Impossible Wi-Fi Dream
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
The efforts in certain cities to provide free Wi-fi access to all reminds me of the efforts to provide universal health care coverage in this country: Everyone agrees that it's a great idea; everyone knows that it would be beneficial to many; but a combination of politics and finances keep stalling those efforts. The latest Quixotic attempt to provide free Wi-fi access came in Chicago. The city wanted to create a citywide wireless Internet network but after less than two years of trying to get
Malaysia Is The Latest To Test Qualcomm's MediaFlo
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
The trial will feature 25 live content channels and test Clipcasting media, a short-format video content service that can be viewed on mobile devices after it has been stored.
Why An OS X-Based iPod Matters
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Last week, we wrote about reports that the upcoming new line of iPods would be based on OS X. Even as I wrote that, I was thinking, "So what? Why should the average iPod user care?" My colleague Antone Gonsalves provides the answer.

CompTIA Adds German Language Convergence Exams
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
The certification supports voice over Internet Protocol deployments as adoption of VoIP in Europe has increased.
Sony Unveils Video Walkman, Drops Connect Music Store
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
The media players will support a wide variety of file formats for downloading and playing music and video.
Are You Linked In Or Facing The Book?
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Lately, I've been getting two similar appeals in my business e-mail: from LinkedIn members wanting to add me as a connection, and from Facebook members adding me as a friend. So now I'm wondering: Which network should I actually take the time to cultivate?
Microsoft To Buy Corporate Group Chat Provider
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
Parlano was spun off from Swiss bank UBS with MindAlign, which is used most notably in the financial services industry by five of the top seven global banks.
Google To Follow Apple into the Cell Phone Market?
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
By Paul Korzeniowski Cell phones seem to be primary currency in todays high tech market. Now that the Apple iPhone buzz is dying down, reports are that Google, is about to become the next industry heavyweight to jump into the market. These vendors seem to think that cell phones are a good way to connect with the young, hip buyers who dictate which products are cool and which are pass
Coupons.com DRM Likened To Sony Rootkit
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
A new report suggests that the site requires users to install an ActiveX control that limits coupon printing and adds tracking data to printed coupons.
Will Google Announce A Linux-Powered Mobile Phone OS Next Week?
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
The Google Phone rumors are now in overdrive. Last week I blogged that Google could be preparing to launch the Google Phone in India. Since then more clues have floated to the surface.
Intel's Hottest Quad Core Ever: Build A QX6850 PC Without Busting Your Budget
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Here's how to roll your own computer equipped with Intel's top-of-the-line quad-core processor, along with CPU benchmarks and some lower-cost project alternatives.
Nokia's Ovi Opens Door To Music, Internet Services
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
The platform is a rebundling of Nokia services such as its N-Gage games and its Nokia Music store that sync up with existing social networks, communities, and content.
EarthLink CEO Devoted To Muni Wi-Fi And Helio
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Despite cutbacks in staff and future investments, Rolla Huff said the company is "not exiting" its marquee wireless pursuits.
Angry Blogger Sends A Love Letter To Sprint
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
Michael Arrington at TechCrunch has written what has to be one of the most scathing blog posts of 2007. The target of his ire: Everyone's favorite wireless carrier, Sprint.
Broadcom Unveils Gigabit Ethernet Switches For Unified Communications
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
The StrataXGS devices will give developers an effective tool to deploy secure unified communications infrastructures, Broadcom said.
Linux Predicted To Be Fastest Growing Smartphone OS
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Adoption of the open-source operating system in smartphones will rise at a compound annual growth rate of more than 75% through 2012, according to ABI Research.
Motorola Slaps Surging Aruba With Patent Lawsuit
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
Two of the patents use 3-D representations for wireless LAN design and management, the other two relate to WLAN switching architecture technology.
Diebold Gets Patents For Mobile ATM Technology
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
Diebold says it has received patents for technologies that let mobile phone owners do things like find ATMs, order cash withdrawals remotely, generate electronic checks, and transmit wireless payments.
WebEx Links iPhone To Outlook, Remote PCs
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
An upgrade to WebEx PCNow 3.0 remote access software will let iPhone users check their Microsoft Outlook e-mail and view the files stored on their remote Windows computers.
Amazon, Google, Yahoo, And Others Sued For Automating Their E-mail
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
The companies are accused of violating a patent on automatic message routing held by Polaris IP. The patent has a long history in litigation, but all the cases have been settled out of court.
Blocking The Ad Blockers: Formula For Success?
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
A Web site owner is protesting a Firefox plug-in, Adblock Plus, that blocks advertisements. He's doing it by blocking all Firefox users from his site, whether they're running Firefox or not. It's a gutsy move. As Microsoft with its Windows Genuine Advantage screw-up this weekend reminds us, nothing builds relationships with your customers quite like giving the impression you're calling them al
Samsung Will Roll Out WiMax In New York For Sprint
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
Sprint expects mobile Internet services to be availble to New Yorkers in late 2008.
EarthLink To Restructure, Close Offices, Lay Off 900
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
Faced with declining revenue from its core Internet-access business, EarthLink has made several attempts to diversify without much success.
5 Keys To Social Networking Success
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
Investors are flocking to fund social networking startups. How can you identify a good investment? Here are five key characteristics, backed up with real-world examples.
TeliaSonera Launches Mobile Broadband For Dell Laptops
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
The fast wireless connection is provided via the ubiquitous SIM card that is universally used by cell phone service providers using the GSM standard.
A Clean New Internet?
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
Sometimes, when things aren't going your way, the best way to handle things is to simply walk away. At least, that's the philosophy being followed by the Japanese communications ministry, which apparently intends to build a new Internet.
Coming to Your Cell Phone: Ink-free Printing
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
Remember the tantalizing promise of the paperless office? I'll believe it when I take delivery of the personal jetpack I've been waiting for since childhood*. But the idea of an inkless printer is almost as close as my next mobile phone.
KACE Launches Appliance For Managing Virtual, Physical Servers
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
The company's technology includes software for agentless deployment of physical and virtual machines from a centralized deployment library, as well as VM management support.
Extricom's Uni-Fi Alliance A Challenge To Wi-Fi Group
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
Scrambling for WLAN market share, the company aligns itself as a standards body to certify interoperability of multi-application wireless LANs, devices, PBXs, and the like.
Hanzlik Out As Wi-Fi Alliance Chief
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
No replacement has been named; Hanzlik's post has been filled on a temporary basis by Andrew Myles, manager of wireless standards at Cisco.
Unified Communications Can Cause Network Traffic Jams
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
Nearly four of 10 companies surveyed have suffered application performance problems due to the convergence of communications apps, the survey says.
IBM In $17 Million Outsourcing Deal With Danish Government
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
The pact extends an existing contract that IBM inked with the Danish government in 2003 to support its Agricultural Advisory Service.
Federal Security Officers Say Telecommuting Is Safe, But Want Better Mobile Security
News  |  8/27/2007  | 
A study reports that 83% of federal CISOs have strong interest in mobile endpoint certification for compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act.
Mobile Control For Small Fleets
Commentary  |  8/27/2007  | 
Lots of smaller companies have trucks, too. That's where Alltel's new FieldMasterPro service comes in. Designed for Windows Mobile smartphones, the subscription-based service helps smaller companies better manage their field service organizations.
Microsoft Endorses A Fix For Something It Insists Isn't A Problem
Commentary  |  8/25/2007  | 
Vista's User Account Controls prompts are something almost everybody loves to hate. Microsoft has steadfastly maintained that they're a feature that improves the product. But this week, "Microsoft has taken the very unusual step of endorsing another company's product that fixes a problem in its own operating system." The "Through the Looking Glass" saga of Vista continues.
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