News & Commentary
posted in January 2005
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MobiTV Expands Into The Midwest
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
Idetic launches its television service for the wireless phone in three Midwestern states.
Tivo Takes The Platform Plunge
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
Tivo wants outside developers to turn its digital set-top box into a home entertainment platform--and to turn up the heat on the company's competitors.
Cisco And HP Integrate Cisco Switches Into HP Blade Architecture
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
Companies claim the move will enable customers to optimize network and blade system performance, reliability, and ease of ownership.
Time Warner Cable Plans To Carry AOL
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
Time Warner Cable plans to offer America Online's services and a customized version of its portal in a deal that's expected to boost the cable company's Internet business and expand AOL's advertising footprint.
Russians Say Windows XP SP2 Vulnerable
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
A Russian security firm spots vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and takes the unusual step of producing its own patch for the bug.
Citigroup Sells Travelers Unit To MetLife For $11.5 Billion
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
Move may signal the end of the "financial supermarket" that provides banking, insurance, and investment services.
App Makes Car Dealerships Easier To Manage
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
The Cobalt Group has updated its Prospector CRM application and made it more compliant with dealer-management systems.
StorageTek Tailors Management To The User
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
Ease-of-use enhancements support the needs of professionals from systems administrators to CIOs.
Business Objects And MicroStrategy Debut Business-Intelligence Upgrades
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
Providing a broader range of users with access to more data sources is the central theme.
Watchfire Launches Online Risk Management Platform
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
WebXM 4.0 features new enterprise Web application security module.
ACS To Open Second Operations Center In China
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
New center will add finance and accounting services to ACS's business-process-outsourcing offerings in the Asia-Pacific region.
MIT's Media Lab Europe To Fold
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
A partnership between the Massachusetts of Technology and the Irish Government, it will be phased out over a period of months.
CipherTrust Uses Reputation To Catch Spam
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
TrustedSource 3.0 tracks 50 million IP addresses, then uses that data to detect spam.
Firefox 1.1's Release Pushed Back To June
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
The next version of the popular open-source Firefox will likely show up in June, not March as earlier expected.
Apple Launches Faster PowerBooks With Drop-Protection
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
Apple beefs up its business-class PowerBook notebook line by adding more memory and faster processors.
MSBlast.b Hacker Gets 18 Months In Jail
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
A federal judge has sentenced Jeffrey Lee Parson, a teen hacker who created 2003's MSBlast.b worm.
Apple Edges Google In Branding Survey
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
Apple Computer, riding renewed name recognition from its iPod music player, has moved into first place in a poll of branding professionals.
SBC To Buy AT&T For $16 Billion
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
The deal, which combines a large regional phone company with the nation's largest supplier of business-communications networks, could kick off more mergers.
Researcher: Wireless To Continue Taking Wireline Revenues
News  |  1/31/2005  | 
Wireless will continue to take business away from wireline services, forcing telecom operators to find other sources of revenue, an industry analyst says.
Goodbye, Verizon Wireless, Goodbye
Commentary  |  1/31/2005  | 
Dear Verizon Wireless: There's no easy way to tell you this, so I'm just going to come out and say it. I have left you for another wireless company. And I'm taking the kids.
DocuPen: A Scanner The Size Of A Toothbrush
News  |  1/30/2005  | 
The DocuPen is designed to scan 8.5" wide pages in black and white without any computer assistance. It connects to the PC via USB for download and for battery recharge. It can store about 100 monochrome pages before you have to dump its 2Mb flash memory to disk.
Compuware Automates More Java Development
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
A new release of OptimalJ allows developers to model the series of application screens users will interact with.
Help For Health Care
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
President Bush is pressuring the health-care industry to expand its use of IT. But where will the money come from?
Secret CIO: Tech Advances Keep Travelers Connected
Commentary  |  1/28/2005  | 
The daily grind keeps us from appreciating the changing horizon.
Blade-Server Market Heats Up With Services
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
Hewlett-Packard offers new switching capabilities; Dell has assessment services
Web Services On Tap
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
Services-oriented architecture lets companies change processes to support business
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  1/28/2005  | 
Sun Releases Code
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
Company plans to make OpenSolaris available to anyone interested by midyear
Homeland Security To Test RFID At Borders
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
Department wants to track visitors entering and leaving the United States
Google API Extends Advertisers' Control
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
More companies see advantages in paying for search marketing
Scalix Launches Channel Program For Linux Groupware
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
Scalix has launched a global partner program for its Linux-based groupware alternative to Microsoft Exchange.
MyDoom Turns 1, Impact Grows
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
One year after the debut of the MyDoom worm, security experts are characterizing it as the first worm to demonstrate the staying power and technical know-how of hackers.
Yahoo Launches Mobile Text-Message Search
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
Yahoo Inc. is providing mobile text messaging with local search, joining rival Google Inc. in targeting the growing popularity of cellular phone messaging.
Procter & Gamble To Buy Gillette For $57 Billion
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
The mega-acquisition combines two IT-savvy companies, each with aggressive RFID initiatives under way.
Security Techs Go Begging For A Clear Safety Strategy
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
As the United States struggled to adjust to its dark new reality following the terror attacks of September 2001, one of the first phenomena to rise from the rubble was a booming security-technology market that today remains in runaway expansion mode. But all that activity hasn't yet translated into an effective vision for enhancing public safety, some industry experts say.
Business Technology: Defining The Business You Want To Be In
Commentary  |  1/28/2005  | 
Concluding our three-part series on a new way of thinking about business technology, Bob Evans warns, "Companies that profess that IT doesn't matter or is simply wasteful overhead that needs to be gutted will grow increasingly isolated, sluggish, backward, and irrelevant."
Mergers Benefit Bottom Line
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
NeoScale Helps Secure Data On Tape
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
Its new appliance offers hardware-based encryption and works across a variety of tape devices and backup software.
Gartner: Microsoft Anti-Piracy Plan Raises Security Risks
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
Microsoft's new anti-piracy measures mean some Windows users won't get software updates. Experts predict hackers will have a field day attacking unprotected PCs.
Fine Lines: Copyright Complexities
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
When dealing with RSS, you give up some of your copyrights, Scoble says.
Lotus Advances
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
IBM unveils technology to improve server performance and integrate applications
IBM-Corio Deal Makes ASPs Ripe For Picking
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
Other ASPs are expected to look for buyers in the wake of $182 million buyout
MicroStrategy Reports Mega-Earnings
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
Earnings of $24.5 million and sales of $71.6 million blow past the predictions made by analysts who follow the BI firm.
Computer System Credited With Saving Would-Be Drowning Victim
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
A computer-vision system in a public pool spotted an unconscious swimmer and alerted lifeguards, who rescued him. The swimmer fully recovered.
Microsoft Works On Open Formats With Massachusetts State Officials
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
The head of the state of Massachusetts' Office of Administration and Finance said recently that he is formulating a policy around "Open Formats," and Microsoft moved to explain the situation this week.
Product Roundup: Vendors Attack Security On All Fronts
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
A spate of announcements this week from a variety of security vendors big and small shows just how intricate the security problem can be.
Rollins Directs Dell's Manifest Destiny
News  |  1/28/2005  | 
Dell's president and CEO outlines the company's strategy for becoming a "broadly based and broadly acknowledged IT company."
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