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posted in December 2007
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Intel, AMD Retreating In Price, Researcher Says
News  |  12/3/2007  | 
Both processor firms reported higher third-quarter revenue, in spite of the brutal price war that negatively affected each company's gross margins.
Asian Investor Targets Facebook For Early Investment
News  |  12/3/2007  | 
Telecom magnate Li Ka-shing's planned $60 million investment could help propel the social network's business in Asian markets.
Qualcomm, Nortel Team On Dual-Mode Phone Service
News  |  12/3/2007  | 
The companies are working toward a technology to launch next year that allows mobile phones to seamlessly switch calls between cellular and Wi-Fi networks.
Is Dell Readying An iPhone Killer?
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
Rumors about a new smartphone from Dell have been floating about the Interwebs since the company hired former Motorola veteran Ron Garriques earlier this year. Garriques was brought on to help Dell revamp its mobile product lineup. Now that it's been nearly a year, is Dell ready to pounce with an integrated media device of its own?
Supreme Court Rejects Case Over Pirated Nude Pictures
News  |  12/3/2007  | 
Perfect 10 argued that its online adult magazine business had been hurt by foreign sites that pirated pictures of nude models.
AT&T To Hang Up On Pay Phone Business
News  |  12/3/2007  | 
Noting that there were 2.6 million pay phones in service in 1998, but just 1 million today, AT&T said it expects "independent providers" to fill the service gap.
Phishing Jumped 300% on Thanksgiving
News  |  12/3/2007  | 
Company reports significant spike in online threats on first day of holiday weekend
Nokia Expands Device Management Software Features
News  |  12/3/2007  | 
The software, part of the Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite, gives businesses more options to support a larger range of smartphones and operating systems.
Pick the Right Content Management Approach
News  |  12/3/2007  | 
Do you need enterprise content management, Web content management or a portal with built-in content management capabilities? Take this scenario-based approach to set priorities and choose the right technologies.
IT's Value? Prove It
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
Tech managers in small to midsize companies are constantly wrestling with the need to prove the benefit of the business' IT investment. But quantifying that kind of value is not simple. But now there could be an easier way.
Russia's SUP Acquires LiveJournal Blogging Service
News  |  12/3/2007  | 
The hosted blogging service, which has 14 million users worldwide, was purchased from San Francisco's Six Apart.
Business Objects Gets Predictive With Help from SPSS
News  |  12/3/2007  | 
Filling a gap in its portfolio, BI vendor adds analytics through a partnership with a SAS rival.
Where Will You Get Your Entertainment In Five Years? Nokia Says From Your Peers
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
Nokia conducted a large study and is predicting that by 2012, 25% of all entertainment will not come from the major movie and music studios, but will have been created within one's peer group. Is the end of traditional media finally in sight?
BPMN Training Revisited
Commentary  |  12/3/2007  | 
When I launched my course "Process Modeling with BPMN," I discussed why so many people beginning to "do" business process management (BPM) were looking for training in modeling, and why that was especially needed for BPMN. Now, having delivered the training, I have a better appreciation of Business Process Modeling Notation's strengths and limitations, and what students really need to know about BPMN modeling.
Who's The Child Now, Or Wii (Why) Most Adults Don't Play Video Games
Commentary  |  12/2/2007  | 
I got the heck beat out of me a few months back, when commenters vehemently objected to my characterization of Xbox 360 gaming -- and by implication, PS2, Gameboy, and Wii as well -- as an activity appropriate mainly for children. ("If you're like me -- older than 14 -- you're curious as to what all the fuss is about," was how I put it.) Now, I've got some evidence to back up that opinion, in the form of
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