News & Commentary
posted in April 2007
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NBA Goes Above The Rim In Second Life
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Unlike many corporate areas in the virtual world, the NBA Headquarters incorporates capabilities designed to keep fans coming back, including real-time 3-D diagrams of games as they're played.
Google Gets Personal With iGoogle
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Google also introduced Gadget Maker and seven gadget templates, including a photo gadget, a greeting gadget, a blogging gadget, a list gadget, a countdown gadget, a YouTube gadget, and a free form gadget.
Sony Apologizes For Decapitated Goat In 'God Of War' Launch
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Animal rights groups chide the European event held for one of Sony's most popular video games for the PlayStation 2.
Sometimes Steve Ballmer Just Takes Your Breath Away
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
In a USA Today interview Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is asked if he wishes consumers would get as passionate about Microsoft as they do when Apple comes out with something new. "It's sort of a funny question," he answers. "Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? I want to have products that appeal to everybody." Steve, I've got one word for you: iPod.
Vudu Signs Studios For Speedy On-Demand Movie Service
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The startup's service operates with the company's own appliance, which sits between a broadband connection and the home television.
Transparency Defined: A Look Inside VMware's IPO
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
VMware's IPO-related filings include a discussion of the competitive threat posed by Microsoft in the virtualization space, a breakout of VMware license revenue versus professional services revenue (guess which is growing more rapidly?), the hiring of a CFO from Amazon, and a decision by many customers to run all of their new apps on VMware software. While the SEC-mandated documents are a tad dry in places, they also provide an unpreceden
Band Of Bloggers Promises Uncensored Iraq Footage On History.com
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The History Channel promises that soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan will provide the site with 'uncensored news' and a 'perspective on war never before seen in history.'
Parting Shots: Q&A With Former Gartner BPM Analyst Jim Sinur
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Last week, Gartner's preeminent business process management analyst Jim Sinur announced he would join Global 360 (http://www.global360.com/ ) as Chief Strategy Officer. In this broad-ranging interview, Sinur explains the move, offers an update on the BPM market and explores the evolving convergence of BI, data, events, modeling, business process management and business rules.
Google To Launch iGoogle
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
At a brunch for journalists (where I am typing this), Google today rolled out new personalization applications and features that are scheduled to go live first thing Tuesday morning. First, the Google Personalized Home Page, previously known as IG because those two characters are at the end of the Personalized Home Page URL (www.google.com/ig), has formally become iGoogle. If you thought Froogle was a poor product name, be thankful Google rejected Yougle, Fusion, and Mockingbird for the rename
Outsourcing To Indiana: IBM To Open Hoosier Call Center
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The town of Daleville and Delaware County provided a package of incentives to IBM worth $419,000 to entice the company to locate the $2.9 million call center in the town.
The Maybe Merry Month Of May
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
This first day of the month of May, popularly known as May Day, can mean different things to different people. For many, it heralds the beginning of spring, when you can finally stop running to weather.com to see if there's yet another late snowstorm coming and can start googling phrases like "weed killer" and "swimsuit sales." For others, especially if they live in some other country, or have certain political views, it means a
Microsoft Blog Takes On .ANI Bug Post-Mortem
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
How did the animated cursor flaw, which plagued Microsoft users with wave after wave of exploits this spring, get through Vista's security? A Microsoft security guru takes on the question in a blog.
Vonage Ad Appeals To Consumers After Loss To Verizon
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
A new campaign plays on fears that Verizon's court victory over Vonage could enable Verizon to use its patent portfolio against other VoIP providers.
IBM's Hardware Rollout Targets Small Businesses Abroad
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
An IBM survey of 1,200 midmarket businesses around the world found that nearly 66% planned to change their business model within the next two years to compete internationally.
Big Apple Weighs In On Net Neutrality
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Speakers at New York City hearing urge Congress to legislate a free and open Internet.
Apple Offers Fix For MacBook Battery Problems
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Apple said the problems do not present a safety hazard and MacBook owners could continue using the batteries, which were sold between February 2006 and April 2007.
Ray Ozzie Outlines Microsoft's 'Sea Change' At Mix 07
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The company spotlights its cross-browser Silverlight technology, as well as improvements to Windows Live Spaces, Virtual Earth, and Live Search.
Samsung Begins Production Of 16-Gbyte Flash Memory Chip
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The high-capacity chip will be promoted for use in digital music players, music phones, and digital cameras.
IT Managers Fear Security Breaches Could Cost Their Jobs
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
A recent poll showed that only 35% of managers say they are equipped to deal with a data loss, while a majority take their worries home with them.
IBM Adds Business 2.0 Tools For Partners
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The new social networking services will let IBM's business partners communicate using the type of online tools more commonly found on teen-centric Web sites like MySpace and Facebook.
Intel Hopes The UMPC Will Kill The Smartphone
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
The PC industry seems confused about the future of mobile computing. Notebooks are a mature device category but other new form factors haven't fared so well. Smartphones represent a strong growing market, but this sector is controlled by the wireless industry, i.e. carriers and handset makers, not traditional PC companies. PC companies have yet to really win in the smartphone arena -- though the iPhone promises to change that. Regardless, Intel is trying to push a new mobile form factor that it
Yahoo Buys Right Media In Answer To Google's DoubleClick Acquisition
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Yahoo's ability to compete with Google in coming months will depend largely on its ability to increase the relevancy of its ads. Access to Right Media's inventory of ads and content may prove helpful in that regard.
Peter Gabriel Helps Launch 'We7' Free Music Service
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The songs are free of DRM and download fees as long as users are willing to listen to personalized messages that are "grafted" onto the beginning of song tracks and albums.
Verizon Wireless Drives Parent Firm's Profits
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Monday's earnings report shows the firm's revenue for the quarter was $22.58 billion, up 6.4% over the same quarter in the previous year.
E-Gold Indicted For Money Laundering, Conspiracy
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Government prosecutors contend child pornographers, identity thieves, and online scammers used the digital currency business to launder money.
Mobile And Wireless Prominent In IBM's Top Five Technology Innovations
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Wireless and mobility figure prominently in IBM's "Next Five in Five," a list of the top five technologies that will impact people's lives in the next five years. The results of this study come from IBM's interal research labs and think tank, as well as input from 150,000 people in 104 countries. So what are the top five technologies to look out for?
Has An Inappropriate Ringtone Ever Embarrassed You?
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Raise your hand if you have a specialized ringtone set on your phone. Now raise your hand if you haven't bothered to switch your mobile phone's ringer from the default ringer it came with out of the box. Lastly, raise your hand if you keep your phone on vibrate or silent most of the time. According to the
Mobile Blogging Plug-In Available For Wordpress Users
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
To continue fellow blogger Mitch Wagner's discussion on blogging tools, I thought I'd share a bit of news from Wordpress. A new plug-in from Andy Moore, creator of Web2Txt, allows bloggers to create versions of their blogs that will be viewable on mobile phones. It will also allow bloggers to create posts
Ballmer Takes Another Swipe At Google Apps And The iPhone
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just can't resist taking shots at the iPhone. Who can blame him, the iPhone has the potential to redefine the entire handset business -- as well as position OS X as a competitor in the mobile OS market.
Carnival Of Mobilists #70
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Break out the balloons and clown shoes, it's carnival time. The Carnival of Mobilists #70 is live at Mobile Opportunity. This edition's topics include RIM's BlackBerry service outage, the future of MVNOs, how to make feature phones better, dumb convergence solutions, and a new wireless carrier in Spain. Check it out.
Media Companies Turn To Fast Search To Battle Google, Yahoo For Ad Dollars
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Fast Search & Transfer offers a series of search-based services and products that cover all important media formats to help companies reclaim advertising business lost to Google and Yahoo.
Data Integration Comes in Three Flavors
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Those shopping for data integration solutions will find that they come in three flavors: Stand-alone tools from niche players like MetaMatrix, Group 1, Pervasive and Tableau… Focused Solutions from vendors like Business Objects, Cognos, Informatica, Initiate and SAS… and One-Stop Shops such as IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. Here's what each flavor has to offer.
Enterprise Platform... Now On Demand
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
As I began to discuss in my last post, we're now seeing SaaS companies move into the platform space, selling beyond enterprise applications into databases, application development, integration, and even operating systems, all on demand. Case in point is the Platform Edition release by Salesforce.com last week.
What's The Best Service For A First-Time Blogger?
Commentary  |  4/28/2007  | 
My colleague John Foley asked for some advice on starting a personal blog. He wanted to know which software or service to use. I had two recommendations: The TypePad service if he wants to have a blog that's open to anyone, or the Vox service if he wants to control access to the blog.

Is The Tech Job Market Better? Our Data Says 'Yes'
Commentary  |  4/28/2007  | 
Taken as a whole, the InformationWeek Salary Survey suggests things have been looking up for the IT job market the past year. Not everyone's going to want to hear that.
Disrupt-O-Meter
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
A look at emerging technology that's disruptive--and that isn't.
Credit Suisse Disruptive Technology Portfolio: RightNow Lowers Cash Flow Forecast And Loses Top Sales Exec
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
An index of companies shaking up traditional business models.
Video Illustrates The Sorry State Of The Customer Service Industry Today
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
A company called Vocal Laboratories provides video commentary on a six-minute customer service call to Hewlett-Packard. HP treats its customer rudely, like cattle. They waste the customer's time. They make the customer sit through six minutes of silence, hold music, and pointless questions. Then they abruptly hang up on the poor guy without providing any help at all. But the most shocking thing of all is that HP is not unusual in this behavior. It's a typical call by any customer to any compan
Dear Microsoft: Enough With The Interactive TV
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
Dear Microsoft, Thank you for your concern about the lack of interactivity in my television. I realize that your researchers have only my best interests at heart, but please tell them that interactivity isn't necessary. TV is passive entertainment and I'm fine with that. If I want to interact, I'll do so using the computer in my home office, or maybe, if I'm feeling decadent, from my laptop while watching TV.
Amid Challenges, SAP CEO Kagermann Sticks To His Plan
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Technology, business models, and leadership are in flux.
Dimensional Relational vs. OLAP: The Final Deployment Conundrum
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
The choice between deploying relational tables or OLAP cubes is not a trivial matter. Weigh these 34 pros and cons of each approach early in the design of your extract-transform-load system.
It Depends On What The Meaning Of 'IT' Is
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
My colleague Michael Singer recently posted a compelling item about the work and words of Nick Carr, who burst into prominence four years ago with a Harvard Business Review article called "IT Doesn't Matter" and shortly thereafter a book with the softer title, Does IT Matter? And now Carr is about to release a followup book. I wish Nick much success with his book sales because he's a rema
HP Offers Pre-Configured Server Cluster System
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
The system is available with up to 48 compute nodes, Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors, and a choice of InfiniBand or Gigabit Ethernet interconnects.
Deferred Revenue From Vista Upgrades Boosts Microsoft's Earnings
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Concerns continue to be raised about application compatibility and hardware requirements
Early SOA Adopters Face High Costs
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
BearingPoint says these services costly, less reliable, hard to maintain
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