News & Commentary
posted in December 2006
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John Edwards Does YouTube. This Could Get Interesting
Commentary  |  12/29/2006  | 
Count on political Internet video to get a lot more exciting than Democrat John Edwards' announcement posted this week. What if the Kerry Swift boat controversy of the last presidential campaign played out on YouTube? It all might even get hot enough to spark some interesting business uses of Internet video.
In Focus: Our Top-15 Stories of 2006
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
Practical advice once again trumps trend stories and news analysis in Intelligent Enterprise reader appeal. Check out some of our most insightful stories of 2006.
AT&T Concessions Bode Well For Consumers And Businesses Alike
Commentary  |  12/29/2006  | 
The long dragged-out battle over net neutrality took a decisive turn last week. Anxious to push through the largest telecom deal in U.S. history by the end of the year, AT&T made some serious concessions to the critics of its proposal to buy BellSouth. Most notably, the telecom giant assured members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it will not discriminate--either positively or negatively-
Apple Gives Steve Jobs Clean Bill Of Health In Options Probe
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
A directors' committee cleared Jobs but said the company will restate financial data and take an $84 million charge.
Yahoo Closes News Forums
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
The company plans overhaul of message boards linked to individual articles on the portal's news site.
CES: Digital Content Roils Media Landscape
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
"The proliferation of formats and the desire to interconnect everything ends up creating a mad scramble," says Analog Devices' Bill Bucklen.
Microsoft Claims Vista's Aero Interface Doesn't Slow PCs
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
Principled Technologies, which conducted the research for Microsoft, is offering a download of the report.
Microsoft Says No Favorable Coverage Expected In Laptop Giveaway
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
Recipients encouraged to disclose receiving the expensive computers, which were intended to solicit "valuable feedback" from the influential tech bloggers, says company
Exchange 2007 Drops Outlook Rights
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
Unlike in previous versions, Exchange 2007 doesn't include Outlook client access licenses -- except for companies that have bought into its Software Assurance upgrade program.
FCC Plans A Vote On AT&T-BellSouth Merger Concessions
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
AT&T takes a more conciliatory stance in its rush to win regulatory approval before Congress changes hands in January.
France's Space Agency To Post UFO Database
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
Archive of 1,600 reported sightings will be available online by February.
Hackers Spam 'Happy New Year' Worm
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
Security experts warn against opening New Year-related messages to ward off this fast-moving worm, which disables Windows firewall and several security programs.
Software as a Service Meets Business Intelligence
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Hosted systems can expand access to analytic information. But Ventana Research recommends evaluating SaaS models for particular business needs and to determine how they can work together with internally deployed BI applications.
Brief: Google Prevails In Patents Case Over Its Toolbar Interface
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
The judge threw out HyperPhrase Technologies' suit after ruling that the Google products in question performed "different functions in a different way to achieve a different result."
Survey: Online Holiday Shoppers More Satisfied With Retailers This Year
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
In the aggregate, shoppers were slightly more satisfied with apparel Web sites than with mass merchants and electronic retailers.
LCD-TV Market Expected To Cool, But Still Hot
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Manufacturers are expected to increase supply and decrease price of large televisions.
Microsoft, AMD Send Free High-End Laptops To Select Bloggers
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Giveaway triggers debate over ethics and whether the companies are really offering bribes. The ensuing publicity reportedly has prompted Microsoft and AMD to reconsider the gift.
iPod Dominated Holiday Shopping Season
Commentary  |  12/28/2006  | 
Wikipedia Founder Plans Search Engine
Commentary  |  12/28/2006  | 
First Exploit Of Windows Vista Spotted
Commentary  |  12/28/2006  | 
Ready To Demo: A $150 'Complete' Laptop
Commentary  |  12/28/2006  | 
Can-Spam Law 'Big Disappointment'
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Nearing its third anniversary, the law hasn't slowed the rising tide of junk e-mail, says spam researcher.
Giving Tech A Sporting Chance
Commentary  |  12/28/2006  | 
Not being much of a sports fan -- sorry, guys -- I've always been a bit bemused by the lengths to which players will go in order to win for their fans, their teams, and (probably most importantly) their prize money or huge salaries. It seems to have gone from such traditionally accepted means as fixing games (as immortalized in countless boxing films) to taking unpleasant medications that will both increase your muscle mass and shorten your life span -- and now, to using technology to gain an ad
Report: Earthquake-Damaged Asian Networks Will Be Slow To Recover
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Tuesday's earthquake off Taiwan damaged communications facilities in the Asian and Pacific region; recovery will likely take weeks, says monitoring firm.
Brief: Personal Information Showing Up On Google Notebook Search
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Links revealing the sensitive data were found on Digg.com.
Microsoft: Vista's Secure, Not Perfect
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Disclosure of a zero-day vulnerability doesn't alter the claim that Vista is the safest Microsoft operating system so far, says company's security manager.
Kaspersky Adds Vista Support To Consumer Antivirus
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
The company becomes the latest security vendor to add support for Microsoft's new operating system.
Are You A 'User'?
Commentary  |  12/28/2006  | 
OK, so you don't have any vacation time left, and you're working today (or maybe you're not working and you love InformationWeek so much that you can't keep away). Regardless, I need your help. I want to know about your experiences with user groups: what you think of them, if you belong to any, and how much of an impact they ultimately have on the technology you purchase, use, and manage every day. But first, let me tell you about my experiences with user groups ...
Why Bloggers Will Never Replace Reporters
Commentary  |  12/28/2006  | 
What do you get when you fly in 14 celebrity bloggers to interview Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (and give them a free Zune as a party favor)? Pretty much a group kiss-up, apparently.
Alliance Data Systems To Acquire DoubleClick's Abacus
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Alliance says its second purchase from DoubleClick will enable it to market services to 80 private-label credit card retail clients.
Review: BlueTie Does Collaboration On Demand
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
This "meat-and-potatoes" collaboration service offers enough services and administrative features to be taken seriously.
Get A Second Life
Commentary  |  12/28/2006  | 
Now that 2006 is fast slipping away, everyone has turned on their nostalgia and is eagerly looking back at the "top" stories of the last 12 months. I usually find these kinds of pieces interesting, but instead, I want to look at what I think will turn into one of the top trends of 2007.
iPod Dominated Holiday Shopping Season, Web Researcher Says
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
New iPod owners flocked to Apple's site Christmas Day, increasing traffic by 413% over the same day last year.
Chinese Hackers Launch New Office Attack
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
Popular Christmas PowerPoint slide show circulating by e-mail contains a security threat developed by paid-for-hire hackers.
Samsung's 1-Gbyte DRAM Chip To Appear In Portable Devices Next Year
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
The memory utilizes 80-nanometer process technology and is aimed at handset applications, digital cameras, portable media players, and portable gaming products.
Monster Elects Former SEC Commissioner To Board
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
Philip R. Lochner Jr. also named to the special committee investigating the company's stock option practices.
Poll Shows Strong Job Market In 2007
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
Workers should cheer companies' intentions to boost both hiring and salaries in the new year.
Asian Net Access Improves Slightly After Quake
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
According to the Internet Traffic Report Web site, Asia's average connectivity index climbed to 51 by midday Wednesday, up from 43 earlier.
Phishers' Latest Platforms: VoIP, SMS
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
Symantec has also accumulated evidence that shows some phishers are collecting user names and passwords fast enough to defeat two-factor authentication number generators and are using one-time, quickly disposed URLs to avoid site blacklisting, a common anti-phishing technique.
Chess Player Banned 10 Years For Cheating With Bluetooth, Computer
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
The All India Chess Federation slapped the 10-year sanction on a player who had been using a Bluetooth device stitched into a cap he typically pulled down over his ears.
2006 Declared Year Of The Zombies
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
On average, spam accounted for 87% of e-mail traffic this year, a 30% increase over a year ago.
U.S. Judges Approve $2.45 Billion Nortel Settlement In Accounting Scandals
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
The settlement, announced Tuesday, calls for Nortel to pay $575 million in cash and the remainder in Nortel shares currently valued at about $1.65 billion.
Netflix, Amazon Take Top Honors In Holiday Season Shopping Experience Survey
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
L.L. Bean, QVC, and Apple also scored high, while the top 10 worst sites for customer satisfaction included Costco, CompUSA, Toys "R" Us, Macy's, and Wal-Mart.
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