News & Commentary
posted in December 2007
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EMC To Buy Document Sciences For $85 Million
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
EMC has offered Document Sciences' xPression product suite since May 2005 on its EMC Documentum 5.3 platform.
Blogging and Smaller Businesses: Good for Some, Not All
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
Is your New Year's resolution to start a blog? For many smaller businesses, blogging can be an effective, cheap marketing tool. But for others, it's a waste of time.
The Rise Of The Two-Screen TV Audience
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
Startup Jacked.com is building a business around people who use a PC, laptop, or cell phone at the same time that they're watching TV. These so-called "two screeners" may represent the rising class among TV viewers.
"Entitled" Younger Workers Could Be Advantage For Small Firms
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
No surprise, but it seems Generation Y workers expect more workplace perks than their more mature colleagues. Actually, though, that opens an opportunity for smaller firms with more flexible HR policies.
E-Mail Is The Center Of The Universe
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
Seems that way sometimes, doesn't it? Well, a Canadian outfit called Kryptiva aims to make it almost literally true with a Collaboration Suite that links file sharing, application sharing, and instant messaging to your Outlook inbox.
SWsoft Reborn 'Parallels,' Seeks Broader Virtualization Future
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The company is expected next year to launch its own hypervisor product that will work in conjunction with its Virtuozzo server software.
Chinese Chipmaker Licenses IBM Technology
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
SMIC will use IBM's 45-nanometer technology in graphics chipsets and advanced mobile phones.
Electricity Costs Attacked Through XML
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
By implementing an in-house XML-based settlements system, a California consortium is lowering the cost of power distribution.
Three New Year's Resolutions For CIOs
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
It's the week before the new year, when we try to distance ourselves from that lingering platter of holiday cookies and contemplate what we'll do next year to live simpler, leaner, easier lives. For many CIOs, that will include taking a second look at 2008 IT spending plans.
BlackBerry Maker Proposes An Angular Keyboard For Mobile Devices
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
Apple stole the show this year by introducing its touch-screen-only iPhone. But mobile innovation doesn't stop there. Many device makers are stepping up their game, including Research In Motion, which, according to a recent patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is proposing an angular keyboard for (what appears to be) future BlackBerry smartphones.
Japanese Carriers Seek Pole Position For Apple's iPhone
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
DoCoMo's relationship with Google may give it an edge over Softbank and KDDI, local reports suggest.
NetSuite Raises $185.4 Million In IPO
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
Based on its IPO price, NetSuite's market capitalization is about $1.5 billion. Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison remains the majority stockholder.
Top Five Open Source Stories Of 2007
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
It's been a landmark year for open source, and in so many different ways that even a casual survey of the year's events will range far and wide.  Here's a quick rundown of what to me were the top five open source events of the year -- not an exhaustive list, of course, but the things that best reflected how important and widely entrenched open source software (especially Linux) has become.

Netgear Expands ReadyNAS Line Of Storage Products
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The new products stem from Netgear's $60 million acquisition of Infrant, which was announced in early May.
Verizon's Transfer Of New England Lines Gets A Busy Signal
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
Officials in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont oppose a plan to hand over older operations to FairPoint Communications.
Antigua Wins Another Round In Online Gambling Fight With U.S.
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
A panel weighing Antigua's complaint that the online gambling ban violates free trade agreements said Antigua has no effective trade sanctions against the United States.
Impatient Consumers Visit Holiday Shipping Web Sites
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The Tuesday and Wednesday before Christmas continue to be the peak days for visiting shopping and shipping sites, according to Hitwise.
Apple's Antipiracy Patent Similar To Microsoft's WGA
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The application, titled "Run-Time Code Injection To Perform Checks," describes a DRM system that validates the authenticity of the software maker's products.
Have You Sent Out Your E-Greeting Yet? You Should
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
The holiday season offers smaller businesses an easy, cheap way to do some effective networking: the e-card. And if you put a little thought into yours, it could get you noticed.
Intel, STMicroelectronics Delay Launch Of Flash Memory Company
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The companies said the revised financial terms would give Numonyx a similar level of net cash as the original deal, with lower debt.
U.S., Japan Extend Patent Cooperation
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
When one country rules that an applicant has a patentable claim, the applicant can request fast-track examination through both countries and obtain patents faster.
Amazon Reports Strong Sales; Apple, Nokia, HP Were Best-Selling Computer Products
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
Amazon said its customers ordered over 5.4 million items, or 62.5 items a second, when sales peaked on Dec. 10.
Why New Year's Resolutions Don't Work
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
Campaign Visualizations: The Bad and the Ugly
Commentary  |  12/24/2007  | 
I wrote last week about a set of New York Times campaign visualizations that caught my eye. They met my "good" criteria: data-appropriate, designed to communicate rather than (merely) show off. The good is often contrasted with the bad and the ugly. Let's check out examples and then look at a TIBCO-Spotfire demonstration site.
A Firewalled Facebook
Commentary  |  12/22/2007  | 
IBM Plans To Buy Solid Information Technology
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
IBM plans to fold the in-memory database vendor into its information management software division. Solid's technology can be used in speeding up business intelligence software.
McKesson Migrates To Linux As Boost To Patient Safety
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The health care services company moved 50 of its 70 applications to Linux over the last two years and will complete the process with the remaining 20 within a year or two.
Don't Let Self-Improvement Tools Be Used Against You
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
'Myware' that tracks everything we do can be enormously helpful, but it can also be used to spy on us. The big challenge will be to figure out how to get the life-improving benefits without destroying privacy, says columnist Cory Doctorow.
Online Holiday Shopping Spikes In Last Full Week
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Sales are expected to remain strong due to late-season shipping deals and the ability to buy online and pickup the merchandise at stores, an analyst firm said.
Defense Spending Bill Shifts Tech Priorities
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The war on terror has spurred spending on advanced technologies, but also has shifted money away from pure-play IT projects, says Input.
iSuppli Lowers Forecast For 2008 Global Semiconductor Revenue
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
iSuppli had predicted a 9.3% jump in revenue, but is now only expecting revenue to increase 7.5% to $291.4 billion in 2008.
Are Cell Phones Replacing Landlines?
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
It's not uncommon for a household to bypass landline phones and use cell phones as the primary means of communication inside and outside the home. In fact, U.S. households are forecast to spend more on cell phone services than landline services this year.
RIM Up, Palm Down, As Smartphone Market Heats Up
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Palm is getting squeezed by RIM's BlackBerry device for business users and by Apple's iPhone for consumers, one analyst says.
Dell Inks Deal With European Retailer Tesco
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The importance of how a computer looks has made retail stores more crucial than ever for Dell and other manufacturers.
NXP Semiconductors Acquires GloNav For GPS Expertise
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
NXP says GloNav's technology will let it offer a broader connectivity suite to the mobile phone market.
Hi-Def Surprise: Widespread Consumer Unhappiness With HDTVs
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The dirty little secret of HDTV is that as many as 20% of sets are returned to retail outlets in some areas.
Sharp, Toshiba Collaborate In LCD TV Market
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The partnership between the two rivals is a reflection of the increasingly competitive LCD TV market.
Intel: Apple Likes Our Mobile Device Chips, Hungry For More
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
According to word from Intel, Apple will be relying on the processor company more and more in the future. In fact, Apple has committed to Intel's Menlow Mobile Internet Device platform and
Miracle on Westgate Drive
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
I have a home office, so when someone pulled up in a Budget rental truck, my first thought was, "Wrong house. We're not moving." Much to my surprise, it was the FedEx delivery person. How brilliant is that?
EU Internet Gaming Companies Seek Formal Probe Of U.S. Trade Practices
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The Remote Gambling Association charges that the United States goes after European online gambling companies while ignoring U.S. online gaming operators.
IBM Acquires Developer Of High-Speed Databases
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Solid Information Technology develops databases that are stored in a computer's high-speed RAM, bypassing the hard drive.
Dell To Buy The Networked Storage Company
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The U.K. company specializes in helping businesses make the most out of their storage infrastructure.
The Top 5 Mobile Stories Of 2007
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
This year has been a heck of a ride in the world of mobility. We've seen success and failure, love and hate, and tons of new technology. Here are the five biggest stories of the year. I'll bet you'll never guess what number 1 is.
Microsoft Launches Zune Diagnostic Tool
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The tool gathers data to help decipher USB and wireless sync connection problems with Microsoft's portable media player.
The First Chink In Microsoft's Linux Patent Armor
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
And so Microsoft has finally agreed to give the Samba Team the protocol information it needs to allow systems that use Samba to interoperate as completely as possible with Windows Server machines. Based on the information Groklaw has provided about the agreement, it looks like this might be the first of many solutions to Micros
What's better for a business iMac: Bigger or faster?
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
When youre specing out a new Mac, sometimes bigger is better. Sometimes faster is better. Sometimes it doesnt make a difference.
Your Customer: The New Insider Threat
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The bad guys could be recruiting your customers, too
Red Hat CEO Stepping Down
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
Jim Whitehurst, former chief operating officer of Delta Air Lines, has been named by the board to replace Matthew Szulik as president and CEO.
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