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posted in March 2007
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Court Ruling Could Crimp Security Features In Next-Gen DVDs
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
A surprise ruling in the civil suit over the technology used to secure DVDs could have a chilling effect on already overdue moves to update current and next-generation DVDs with new managed-copy features.
Copyright: Fair Use Is Your Friend
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Nine out of 10 people would probably tell you copyright is all about big companies maximizing their revenue from the content they own at the expense of the consumer. (The 10th person would tell you copyright is a cornerstone of our American way of life, but he'd turn out to be lawyer for the RIAA, the Recording Industry Association of America). In fact, copyright is as much about your right to make fair use of copyrighted content as it is about the "intellectual property" of corporations. For 11
The Search For Microsoft Researcher Jim Gray
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Colleagues rallied to look for the renowned computer scientist, but to no avail.
ZoomInfo Search Engine Makes Business Information Free
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
The business-oriented semantic search service, tailored for finding information about companies and their employees, is expanding its reach to any Internet user.
T-Mobile Offers Free Wi-Fi To PSP Players
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
People with version 3.30 in the handheld gaming device can choose the "use wireless hotspot" option and follow the instructions to get connected.
NYC Falling On Wrong Side Of Digital Divide, Officials Worry
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Broadband access hearing discusses ways to improve access and education for the underserved areas of the metropolis.
Down To Business: Buy, Sell, Or Hold These Tech Movements?
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Since technology is an investment, let's apply the stock analyst's ratings to the hottest sectors. Let us know where you're bullish and bearish.
GPL: Third Time's The Charm?
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
The third iteration of the third version of the General Public License backs off -- a little bit -- on some of its more controversial aspects.
IT Confidential: Tell The Truth: Is Technology A Good Thing?
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Lie detectors intimidate me. Does that mean I'm afraid of technology? Or of the truth? It depends on your definition of technology.
Worm Attack Masquerades As IE7 Download Offer
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
E-mails display an image that invites users to download a beta of a new version of Internet Explorer 7, but instead they are hit with the Grum-A worm.
AT&T Makes Business Directory A Text Message Away
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
To get listings, a user simply sends a message to YP411 with a business name or category, along with a city and state or ZIP code. In return, YellowPages.com delivers up to three listings.
Innovation, Upheaval Rule Smartphone Market
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Upstart and established manufacturers, some targeting new sets of customers, are on the march. Meantime, prepare for a shakeout among operating systems.
Dell Linux Still Won't Kill Windows
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Bruise it slightly, perhaps. But seriously, would you or your company buy a Linux PC from Dell this year? How much would you pay for support?
In A Reversal, India Is Outsourcing To IBM
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
The $29 million deal's value could increase if India's largest real estate company maintains current growth rates.
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Dell Offers One Free Year Of Laptop Tracking Service
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Dell is the first laptop vendor to step up to the plate and offer a one-year subscription to a theft-protection service for some of its high-end models.
North Carolina To Pay ACS $10.5 Million
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
The agreement was reached following two days of mediation and negates a lawsuit that ACS filed against the state.
Dell's March To Linux PCs Won't Be A Walk In The Park
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Drivers that already ship with the Linux kernel, such as those for storage, wired networking, power management, and USB ports, won't be a problem, but others will.
Google Patent Application Promises Cleaner Data
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
The application describes a system for verifying listing information submitted by users, such as a merchant might enter when providing data to the Google Local Business Center about his or her business.
Disrupt-O-Meter
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
A look at emerging technology that's disruptive--and that isn't.
Dearth Of Software Tools Could Stall Multicore Processing Onslaught
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
The tools needed to program and debug multicore integrated circuits are in the "dark ages," according to a keynoter at last week's Multicore Expo.
Credit Suisse Disruptive Technology Portfolio Mover Of The Week: Broadcom
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Stock price slides despite patent truce with Qualcomm.
Beating A Very Dead Horse
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
More data to support my side of the debate about the relevance of CIOs (Optimize's own research and my conversations with CIOs themselves indicates CIOs are gaining in influence and relevance, not risking losing it). This comes from a recently release study from KPMG and Harvey Nash, as quoted at PhysOrg.com...
TiVo Adds Sharing Of Internet Video
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
TiVo this week announced a new way for subscribers to share personal videos using One True Media's online video post-production service.
Despite Vulnerabilities, Apple's Mac OS X Weathers The Security Storm
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Security pros say the Mac platform isn't a high-risk operating system and is more secure than Microsoft's Windows XP.
Small, Fast, Cool: IBM's Optical Chip Set Has It All
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Will move data eight times faster than existing optical technology.
Idle Threat To Exchange
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Exchange users, threatening to switch, may be blowing smoke.
Florida Targets Online Predators
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Pending law imposes stiffer penalties for child porn and offline sexual encounters.
Denmark Beats Out U.S. In 'Networked' Technology
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
America still features strong points like leadership in innovation and venture capital, according to a World Economic Forum report
Microsoft Nixes 'Big Bang' Service Pack For Windows Vista
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
One reason is that new tools such as Windows Update allow Microsoft to dribble out smaller fixes to its new OS whenever necessary.
AT&T, Verizon Banking On Firethorn
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Software provider Firethorn is providing the engine behind AT&T/Cingular's and Verizon Wireless's recently announced mobile banking programs. Will consumers really use their cell phones to do their banking?
ICANN Again Vetoes .XXX Adult Content Domain
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Religious groups and even the adult content industry are divided on a separate domain for sex sites.
MVNO Helio Steals Thunder From Everyone Else At CTIA
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
How did an MVNO start-up with only 100,000 subscribers pass up the big boys such as Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile at CTIA Wireless? By announcing the only truly innovative product at show, the Helio Ocean. The unofficial "Best of CTIA 2007 Award" definitely goes to Helio.
CTIA 2007 = Biggest Letdown In Years
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Every person I spoke with at CTIA Wireless this week in Orlando, Fla., was disappointed with the show. The reasons varied from person to person, but the overall lack of enthusiasm was felt across the board. Foot traffic seemed slow on the show floor all three days, and there was simply no industry-changing announcements made. Is the pace of innovation slowing?
Ubi, I Be, We Be Screaming For Samsung's UbiCell Femtocell
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Mobile network operators will soon have one more weapon in the their arsenal to blanket every last square inch of the US with network coverage. First was the general macro network environment. Then, as people realized that the macro network doesn't always penetrate large buildings or reach high into the sky and fill office towers with signal, the picocell evolved. Now, for those who have weak coverage at remote office or home locations, the femtocell is beginning to see some early light in the m
Could The iPhone Destroy Apple's Reputation?
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
MarketWatch columnist John Dvorak argues that Apple should just make the iPhone a reference design and move on. Why, you may ask, would Apple want to walk away from the hottest mobile device in years? Because it isn't equipped to handle the demands of the nonstop mobile phone market, that's why.
Dell Primes For Battle In China
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Michael Dell doesn't like being No. 2, let alone No. 3. But that's where he is in China, and a distant third at that.
Intel Research Goes For Long Distance Wi-Fi
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
The idea is to develop a low-cost antenna that can transmit and receive Wi-Fi signals over distances as far as 100 kilometers, or about 62 miles.
Microsoft Describes How Virtual Earth Was Built
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
You want to know what the definition of "cool" is? It's sitting in the front row of a hotel meeting hall, watching a demo of Microsoft Virtual Earth on the 12-foot display in the front of the room, as the camera plunges from the sky to swoop and soar around detailed digital models of the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the streets of Philadelphia. Even cooler: Listening to John Curlander, general manager of Microsoft Virtual Earth, explain how it was built.
If Only Second Life Were Entertaining
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
I am baffled by the popularity of Second Life, particularly the media's fascination with it. Lord knows I've written my share of stories about it. I'm starting to wonder why.
Does Disallowed DVR Service Foretell YouTube's Fate?
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
The court accepted the plaintiff's contention that Cablevision, rather than its customers, was directing the copyright infringement. Will the same rules apply to YouTube?
Cisco And IBM Aim For Smarter Video Surveillance
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
New advances in IP-based digital video surveillance cameras, recorders, and analysis software promise to help retailers and other businesses put the kibosh on theft.
CIO: Starts with 'Innovation'
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
Just got off the phone with the CIO of an East Coast-based $750 million retailer who called to follow up on a recent conversation (the other part of the conversation was off the record, so I need to protect his identity here). We got to talking about my first blog posting about the debate over the relevance of the CIO. My take: it's actually on the increase. "I couldn't agree more," he said. "Yes, [as a CIO] I need to focus on cutting costs, but we [CIOs] haven't lost one step on
Oracle and SAP: Fur Flies as Executive Jumps Ship
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
It's been an interesting week for the two giants slugging it out in the business software marketplace. First Oracle filed suit against SAP for intellectual property intrusions into its Internet-based repository of product support information... Also this week came the resignation of Shai Agassi, the president of SAP's product and technology group. It was hardly a surprise.
NextWave Raises $355 Million To Fund Drive Into WiMax And Wi-Fi
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
The firm said the $355 million would be used to speed up development of new wireless technologies, expand company business, and facilitate strategic acquisitions.
Yahoo And Microsoft Fight For Mobile Search While Google Pushes For The Entire Third Screen
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
I have finally settled back into New York after a jam-packed visit to this year's CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Fla. One of the big stories in the wider media that, surprisingly, didn't generate much insider buzz at CTIA was the on-going war to capture the emerging mobile search market.
Microsoft Investigating Windows Zero-Day Bug
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
Microsoft is working on a patch for the bug that uses Internet Explorer as its main attack vector, and affects all the recent Windows releases, including Vista.
Judge Rules Against DVD Consortium
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
The court said a startup's media server does not violate the Content Scramble System security technology used to protect DVD disks because the standard licensing contract and specifications for the technology are so poorly worded.
New Services Move More Security Into The Network Cloud
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
AT&T and Trend Micro are both expanding the network-based security services they're offering to business customers.
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