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Content tagged with Security posted in October 2009
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Blue Coat Identifies Halloween Trick
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
Blue Coat has identified a new malware trick just in time for Halloween. Unsuspecting victims are redirected to one of two malware sites after searching for Halloween related sites. These distribution sites are typically used for hosting of warez, pirated digital content, but have been switched to malware distribution in the past 12 hours.
Google Maps Adds More Real Estate Data
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
Users of Google's search engine can now find out more detailed information about real estate.
The Crapware Plague: Fed Up And Fighting Back!
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
Would you buy a PC from a vendor that treats you like an idiot, wastes your time and makes your life miserable? Chances are, you already do.
Nokia Dis-N-Gages
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
Nokia has decided to shut down its N-Gage gaming service in September 2010. This is a rare public admission of defeat for Nokia, which launched the N-Gage gaming platform to much fanfare several years ago. Ever since Nokia transitioned the service to an online gaming portal, it has failed to find users.
Windows 7 First 'Self-Healing' OS
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
Microsoft baked a number of support technologies directly into its new operating system so it can self-diagnose and repair problems.
IBM Targets Smart Cities, Government Services
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
A new government framework is aimed at tax and revenue management, safety, social services, transportation, and urban infrastructures.
Backup & Recovery: Practice Makes Perfect!
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
When it comes to recovering data from a backup source, practice makes perfect. And failing to practice can leave your small business in a terrible mess at the worst possible time.
VoiceCon 2009: Tackling A Shifting Business Communications Landscape
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
The enterprise communications event, in San Francisco November 2-5, will feature deep dive sessions and keynotes from Avaya, IBM, and Siemens.
Alcatel Lucent Sales, Profits Slide
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
A 2Q profit of $19.7 million, however, may help the networking company break even for the year.
Users Reporting BlackBerry Storm2 Wi-Fi Goof
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
Covered by the tidal wave of Motorola Droid news this week was the launch of the BlackBerry Storm2 on Verizon's network. In all respects, the device is a major update to the original that is seriously worth considering. Although, there appears to be an issue with the Storm2's Wi-Fi radio.
Q&A: CIO Ross Philo On 'Post Office' In Your Home
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
In a tough business environment, the U.S. Postal Service is delivering new capabilities for home PCs and smartphones and new services for high-volume mailers, says its top IT executive.
Amazon Serves Up MySQL
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
Amazon's newest cloud offering: MySQL 5.1 in the cloud, also known as Amazon RDS. And there's worry that it'll turn out to be a bad thing for MySQL in the long run, although that might not hold true for other open source repurposed in the same way.

Qualcomm Unit Joins Symbian Foundation
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
The move boosts the Symbian platform, which includes a mobile operating system, user interfaces, middleware, and various mobile applications.
iTunes 9.0.2 Breaks Palm Pre Sync Again
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
The cat-and-mouse game between Apple and Palm continues. Apple offered up iTunes 9.0.2 yesterday. The main reason for the update was to bring new compatibility with Apple TV 3.0 software. Apple was sure to take the time to nix the Palm Pre's ability to sync with iTunes, too.
Sprint Nextel Subscribers Dwindling
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
To counter losses, the carrier is betting on Android handsets and a plan to roll out WiMax through Clearwire.
Does The World Need A Twitter Device?
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
Twitter has become a very popular service and to make the most of it, Peek has released a new device called the TwitterPeek that does just one thing - Twitter. Really?
Benioff Discloses All In 'Behind the Cloud' Except...
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
Five copies of "Behind the Cloud" have arrived at my desk, two intended for fellow IW staffers and three for me, an embarrassment of riches. It's Marc Benioff's book on how Salesforce.com was created and built into a successful company. I am reading it avidly… but some disclosures will apparently have to wait for the sequel.
A Public Broadband Option?
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
Having looked over Google's explanation of its Google Voice call blocking practices to the Federal Communications Commission, it's clear to me that U.S. telecommunications regulations need to be thrown out and re-written from the ground up.
Asus Unveils USB 3.0 Motherboard
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
USB 3.0, also known as SuperSpeed USB, supports throughput up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.
Enterprise 2.0: Challenging Economy Pushes Businesses Toward Better Tools
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
TechWeb's Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Nov. 2 through 5 in San Francisco, aims to connect companies with better business technology.
Sprint: No More Tethering
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
Here's an interesting move. Today, a Sprint spokesperson said that moving forward it will not allow its smartphone customers to tether their devices to their laptops. You want mobile Internet on your laptop? Buy a Sprint dongle and data plan.
TV Web Site Opts For Cloud Servers
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
To handle extreme spikes in Web traffic, a popular television show's servers were ditched in favor of Rackspace cloud hosting.
The State Of The Mobile Web
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
Opera has released a report on the state of the mobile web and it shows, as expected, growth in the number of people viewing the web on their mobile phones, the number of pages each person views and the amount of data they each consume.
bMighty Virtual Event: Dealing With Data Centers -- Now Available On Demand
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
If you thought you missed last week's informative bMighty virtual event on how SMBs can deal with data centers in tough times, it's time to think again. The entire event is now available on demand!
An Android App For The Military
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
Raytheon's mobile application for Android-based smartphones employs GPS, camera, and other real-time capabilities for use in the field.
Amazon Introduces PayPhrase Payment Shortcut
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
Online merchants can use Amazon's passphrase payment scheme to ease the friction of online commerce.
Windows 7 Hardware Discounts Offered
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
PC users can now get bargains on Microsoft mice, keyboards, Webcams, and other peripherals—even if they didn't host a launch party.
Intel Claims Memory Research Milestone
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
Research could lead to chips that cost less and have higher performance and memory densities than traditional NAND flash memory.
Is The Desktop PC Doomed?
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
The rise of Web-based apps, virtualization, and a crop of powerful mobile devices have the traditional PC desktop on the run.
Catbird Monitoring VMs In Amazon EC2
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
A version of Catbird's vSecurity Cloud Edition is available as an app in Amazon's EC2-approved catalog of application services.
'Complexity' Delays Microsoft-Yahoo Deal
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
Deadline for completion passes as the companies work out the fine print.
Motorola Posts 3Q Profit
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
The handset maker is looking to its Google Android-based smartphones, like the Verizon Droid, to regain market share.
Sprint Continues To Bleed Customers
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
Sprint reported its third quarter earnings today, and the news wasn't so good. Though Sprint lost customers at a slower pace than the previous two quarters, it still saw overall subscriber numbers drop. So much for that whole "Palm Pre to the Rescue" notion, eh?
Down To Business: How Do You Define Prosperity?
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
In its measure of the "wealth and well being" of 104 countries, a U.K. think tank provides ample food for thought as we consider the attributes that truly matter in this connected global economy.
Practical Analysis: Time To Embrace The Netbook
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
One thing's for certain: The computing device policy you laid down a few years ago won't do anymore.
HTC Bringing Android 2.0 To Hero
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
It's no secret that the Motorola Droid's ace-in-the-hole is the Android 2.0 "Eclair" operating system that's on board. The big question on everyone's mind is, will existing Android devices be able to upgrade? The answer is yes. Sort of.
Verizon: Our Network Can Handle The Droid
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
Verizon Wireless and Motorola announced the Droid smartphone yesterday with much hoopla. Neither company spared the competition, and Verizon took a direct shot at AT&T when it said, "We're not anticipating the network will take a hit on this."
Nortel Sells LTE Packet Assets To Hitachi
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
The $10 million deal for long term evolution technology will enable Hitachi to support the transfer of data from 3G networks to next-generation mobile broadband.
Android 2.0 Revs Enterprise Features
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
The latest version of Google's mobile operating system makes it easier for users to get corporate e-mail, calendar, and contact information on their handsets.
Intel Pulls SSD Firmware Update
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Intel released the updated firmware for one of its Solid State Drives on Monday, and pulled it after customers complained about critical Windows 7 problems.
Xerox Unveiling Enterprise Print Services
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Xerox is expanding its enterprise print services to support home and remote locations and help enterprise customers cut costs and improve efficiency.
Sony Recalls 69,000 Vaio AC Adapters
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Sony and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warn the devices could deliver an electrical shock to users.
IBM Integrates Dev Tools With Tivoli
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
The integration of testing and asset management tools enables software developers to more cleanly automate deployment of new apps.
Forget Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
If you have ever seen a survey about when consumers and companies plan to move to Windows 7, there's one choice you can count on being there: "After the first service pack." I suspect that many of the people who make that choice are simply saying they are really busy and just don't want to think about the whole disruptive OS migration thing right now.
Google Launches Music Service
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Look out iTunes and Amazon, Google has integrated songs into its search results.
Four Possible Reasons Why L.A. Chose Google Over Microsoft
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
The Los Angeles City Council has chosen Google over Microsoft for 30,000 city employees' email accounts. What better place than Tinseltown for this tech industry drama to play out, with one councilman even delivering a choice line about whether cloud computing could push the city off the edge of a cliff (a drama AND an action film). But we're still waiting for an ending that answers this question: Why Google over Microsoft?
Aruba Takes Network Management To Cloud
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
The AirWave OnDemand service enables subscribers to locate users and Wi-Fi devices and diagnose network problems.
First Impressions Of The Motorola Droid
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
I was able to spend some serious time with the Motorola Droid today. The hardware has a few quirks, but it is solidly engineered and built. The materials exude quality, and it feels great to hold in your hand. Oh yeah, and Android on it is pretty cool, too. Its real killer feature is its lead on every other Android handset with the 2.0 -- a.k.a. Eclair -- system software.
Windows 7 Could Spark Move To 64-Bit
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
More robust architecture would help business users better cope with information overload.
Innovation, Not Cost, New Cloud Battle Cry
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
Maybe folks are simply trying to talk themselves out of the recession (which would be a good thing in itself), but it seems like the conversation around cloud computing is shifting from cost-cutting to unleashing innovation.
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