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The Search For Mobile Video
Commentary  |  9/30/2007  | 
I am, simultaneously, both a consumer and creator of Web video, and as both, I'm wildly interested in the quest for good mobile video. I wish someone (including me) would rise to the challenge.
Adobe Piles On Microsoft With Online Word Processor
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The company's acquisitions and product launches are designed to form the backbone of a free online document collaboration service.
Microsoft Joins Online Productivity Battle With Office Live Workspaces
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The software lets people store, share, and collaborate on Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents online and share their desktop with one another.
Google Buys Mobile-Oriented Social Startup Zingku
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The acquisition marks the 11th company Google has purchased since it announced its intention to buy DoubleClick
Morgan Stanley Must Pay Millions For Withholding E-Mails
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority this week said Morgan Stanley has to pay $12.5 million in fines to resolve charges that it mishandled e-mail.
Motorola To Sell Embedded Unit To Emerson For $350 Million
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The cash is expected to help Motorola focus more on its ailing cell phone business.
Vista Has Failed To Push Aside Its Older Brother
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
It looks like Microsoft may be backing down, ever so slightly, from its stance that Vista is the best thing to happen to consumers and businesses since the invention of the can opener. The company announced yesterday that it's extending availability of XP for another five months to June 30, 2008. In other words, if you want XP, you can still get it.
Mobile Phone Memory Cards Expected To Generate More Revenue Than Headsets
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
ABI Research predicts shipments of removable memory cards for mobile phones should pass the $7 billion mark this year, compared with $5 billion for headsets.
Cox Telecom Worker Pleads Guilty To Sabotage, Crashing Service
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The attack caused the loss of computer and telecommunications services for Cox customers throughout Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge.
3Com To Be Sold To Bain Capital Partners; Huawei Gets A Piece
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
Bain Capital Partners plans to pay $2.2 billion in cash for the networking company, and 3Com's longtime partner Huawei Technologies will participate in the transaction.
Apple Patches The iPhone, Turns Some Into iBricks
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The iPhone V1.1.1 update, which shipped Thursday, is a giant patch, fixing issues with the device's mail service, a bug in Bluetooth, and seven bugs in Safari.
Intel, VMware Partner In Virtual Machine Migration
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The collaboration is expected to ease software migration to new servers capable of running more business applications than older machines.
New York Times Recoups After Network Failure
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
A three-hour glitch of backup systems Wednesday afternoon put the newspaper's morning print edition at risk.
Plug-And-Play USB Phone Jack Debuts
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Developed by two CLEC veterans, MagicJack turns a PC into a communications hub.
Sonic Adds Download-To-DVD Software To Qflix
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The technology makes it possible for someone to make their own copyright-protected movie DVDs at home.
Oracle, Dell, And EMC Unveil New Data Warehouse Initiative
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The Oracle Optimized Warehouse combines the Oracle Database with preconfigured hardware from Dell and EMC, with the goal of giving customers an out-of-the-box data warehouse.
Microsoft Unveils TV Networking Devices For Windows Media Center
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Microsoft opens up revenue channels on its Internet TV platform for third-party hardware makers and content providers.
Cisco To Buy Latigent To Enhance Call Center Offerings
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Latigent's products will complement Cisco's Unified Customer Contact product, which is a platform used in call centers to personalize customer communications.
Chicago Taps IBM, Firetide To Install 'Operation Virtual Shield'
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The citywide video surveillance system uses a combination of unified fiber and wireless mesh networking to make data available in real time.
Halo 3 Sales Smash Game Industry Records
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Halo 3 broke records for first day sales, for preorders, and for the number of gamers who played the game online over Microsoft's Xbox Live system on launch day.
Call Quality Remains a VoIP Stumbling Block
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
At some point, businesspersons decided that they would put up with the occasional static and dropped calls found on their cell phone lines because of their benefits. They have not yet reached that point with VoIP services.
Big Ideas Aim To Make Tech Easier, But Also Eat Lots Of Bandwidth
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Ideas range from technologies that replicate original images into 3-D virtual images that can be touched and broadband technologies that support huge amounts of data.
EQO Offers Free Worldwide IM And Text Messaging
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Mobile phone users can send messages for free to friends around the world with EQO's offering.
AT&T Secures $1 Billion U.S. Treasury Contract
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
AT&T will engineer and design TNet, as well provide the necessary equipment installation and management.
Truphone Shows VoIP, Wi-Fi, Facebook On Apple's iPhone
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
The company debuts its service by showing how the telephony software can integrate iPhone and VoIP with Facebook social network subscriber sites.
Vermont Municipal Fiber Network Is On The Road To Profitability
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Burlington Telecom started off with a small fiber network that served city buildings and now offers voice, data, and video services to city residents. Wireless is on the agenda.
Intel, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Cooperate On WiMax
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
The partnership covers future notebooks and mobile Internet devices, Nokia WiMax devices and Nokia Siemens' infrastructure equipment.
Cisco Product Rollout Aims To Boost Branch Offices
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
The new products and services include platforms, hardware modules, software enhancements, and new feature sets.
XO Blazes Trail for Cheaper Laptops
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
News this week that the so-called $100-dollar laptop (the XO) will be available to the general public at the still-friendly price of about $200 came with a number of caveats. As I wrote the other day, you'd go nuts trying to run a business on these Romper Room clamshells.
Motorola Shows Off WiMax Chipset For Mobile Devices
News  |  9/25/2007  | 
The cell phone maker expects to use the technology in its own products, as well as equipment from other mobile manufacturers starting in 2008.
Verizon Business Pushes Its Deployment Of IPv6
News  |  9/25/2007  | 
The telecom said it will complete its North America migration in 2008 and move into the Asia-Pacific and European regions in late 2008 to 2009.
Facebook Slice Could Boost Microsoft's aQuantive Unit
News  |  9/25/2007  | 
The social networking site could help boost Microsoft's recent $2.47 billion in revenue in online services, according to one financial analyst firm.
Microsoft Reportedly Eyeing Facebook Stake
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Independent of financial suitors, Facebook reportedly is developing its own advertising system that will target ads based on users' profile information.
Virtualization Desktop Startup Qumranet Debuts
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
The company was co-founded by former XenSource guru Moshe Bar and former Cisco director of engineering Rami Tamir.
Apple Warns Of Irreparable Damage From Unlocking iPhone
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Besides breaking the warranty, modified devices may become inoperable when this week's iTunes update is released, Apple said.
Starbucks To Give Away 50 Million iTunes Songs
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
The offer is good for users of Apple's iPhone, its new iPod Touch, or any wireless-capable laptop loaded with the Apple's iTunes software.
Web Meeting Service Startup Takes On Cisco, Microsoft
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Dimdim will be showcased at this week's DEMOfall 07 conference as a free alternative to WebEx or PlaceWare.
Senate Hearing To Examine Emerging Google-opoly
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Thursday's hearing could lead to a round of questions surrounding Google's market might and its business tactics, one analyst firm suggests.
Congressmen Call For Investigation On Government Cyberattacks
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Unisys, a major government IT contractor, reportedly is being investigated for allegedly failing to detect cyberattacks, and then covering up its failings.
Startup Offers Free Calls In Exchange for Eavesdropping
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
Pudding Media plans to offer free, ad-supported phone calls. The caller is presented with online ads targeted by keywords culled from the conversation through speech recognition technology.
Linksys Expands Smart Ethernet Switch Line For Small Businesses
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
The devices offer 24 or 48 ports and range in price from $199.99 for low-end switches to $799.99 for a 48-port switch with two optical slots.
IBM Eases The Way To Lotus Symphony
Commentary  |  9/24/2007  | 
I'm always pleased when companies respond to the complaints of its user base -- especially when the user base isn't paying anything for the privilege. So while it is gratifying that Apple is offering irate early iPhone adopters $100 coupons, I feel even more appreciative that IBM quickly tweaked its originally irritating registration process for Lotus Symphony.
FireEye Builds A 'Botwall' To Fend Off Botnet Attacks
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
The security company is offering an appliance that is backed up by a network that tracks botnet activity ramping up around the world.
Buy Your Child A Laptop, Give Another To A Poor Kid Free
News  |  9/24/2007  | 
The innovative laptop is currently being shipped in small numbers as the project prepares for mass production later in the fall.
Halo 3 Reviews Are In: Master Chief Rules!
Commentary  |  9/24/2007  | 
Ever since Halo 2 ended with Master Chief promising to "finish the fight" on earth, gamers have been waiting for a sequel to the epic sci fi shooter. The time has come, but has it been the worth the three year wait?
Laptops for Kids, Not for Biz
Commentary  |  9/24/2007  | 
Would you be interested in a rugged laptop that comes with a camera, built-in wireless, flash memory, an open source operating system from Red Hat, a web browser, a word processor, and more, all for about $200?
The Future Of Virtual Worlds
Commentary  |  9/21/2007  | 
Are virtual worlds like Second Life here to stay? My answer is "yes, but." Yes, but virtual worlds are part of a long-term transition which also includes the mobile Internet. Yes, but the result will be a complete transformation in how we think about being "on the Internet" vs. being "away from the computer." Yes, but Second Life might not be the virtual worlds platform of the future.
Sallie Mae Becomes Online Business With Help Of Complex Event Processing
News  |  9/21/2007  | 
The former government entity uses 35 fraud detection patterns to combat fraud and ensure student loans are processed correctly.
Apple Won't Support Unlocked iPhones
News  |  9/21/2007  | 
People using iPhoneSIMfree software to connect to alternate carriers may also find their smartphones unusable if Apple decides to break it in a future software upgrade.
PS3 Drives Petaflop Performance Of Stanford Computer
News  |  9/21/2007  | 
The PS3's computing power in conjunction with about 200,000 other computers on the network have pushed the Folding@home project beyond what organizers had hoped.
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