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Content tagged with Security posted in December 2007
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Google Search Nets Chief Performance Yahoo
Commentary  |  12/31/2007  | 
As of Jan. 7, Steve Souders says he is trading in his Yahoo hat for a Google one. It's a boon for Google, but is it a bust for Yahoo? And, did anyone not see this coming?
IPTV To Spread In 2008
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Interest in the Beijing Olympics and user-generated content are predicted to boost IPTV adoption worldwide.
iPhone 1.1.3 Firmware Features Peeked
Commentary  |  12/31/2007  | 
An early working version of firmware update 1.1.3 for the iPhone has been spotted in the wild and given the full video preview treatment over at Gizmodo. A short list of the confirmed new features includes multiple-recipient SMS and Google's new faux GPS maps application.
Half Of U.S. Households Have Digital TVs, Trade Group Says
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
HDTVs are expected to account for 79% of DTV shipments in the United States next year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
Report Questions Future Of Qualcomm's 4G Wireless
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
Ultra Mobile Broadband is expected to go commercial in mid-2009, but none of the carriers has announced plans to test or deploy the technology.
Is Apple Planning To Launch An Ultra Mobile PC Next Year?
Commentary  |  12/28/2007  | 
We've been hearing rumors for months that Apple is working on some kind of tablet PC, most likely an ultramobile PC (UMPC) of some kind. One of my colleagues, Mitch Wagner, thinks that Apple has no plans for a tablet. Other industry insiders, like futurist Mark Anderson, think
Two User Resolutions
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
How to keep your end users safe and happy in '08
Cisco's Approach To Green: Sensible Or Stupid?
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
Maybe It's all in the interview. Cisco recently hired green guru Paul Marcoux from APC. As is typical for a hire like this, which is as much for public relations as anything, Marcoux set out for a round of interviews, and depending on which story you read, his plans lie somewhere between sensible contributions to the green movement or a very unlikely attempt at world domination.
China IPTV Subscriptions Miss Expectations
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The country is shy of a predicted 1.3 million mainland customers for the year but could recover with a cooperative business model, analysts suggest.
SaaS Predictions for 2008
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
It seems that everyone is putting up predictions for 2008, so why should I be an exception? Here is what I think will occur in the world of software as a service this New Year...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Your Customer: The New Insider Threat
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The bad guys could be recruiting your customers, too
AT&T Disables Windows Live On Treo 750 Smartphones
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
Palm earlier this month released a Windows Mobile 6 update for AT&T customers with Treo 750 smartphones. But it turns out that Treo 750 users are unable to utilize Windows Live. Instead, they're restricted to using AT&T's Xpress Mail and instant messaging, as one very unhappy AT&T customer pointed out.
Cisco No. 2 Resigns At Critical Juncture
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
Charlie Giancarlo was widely seen as the most likely successor to chairman and CEO John Chambers.
More BlackBerry 9000 Details Leaked
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
The Boy Genius Report has the scoop on the much-anticipated BlackBerry 9000 smartphone, yet again. Let's take a look at what this touch-screen smartphone promises.
Are Google iPhone Apps Also Beta Apps For Android?
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
It seems that lots of Googlers are really into the iPhone, including Googler-in-Chief Eric Schmidt. Google has been launching new mobile applications specifically for the iPhone, just as the company also prepares its own Android platform. Is there a hidden connection between the iPhone and Google Android?
Brits Caught Talking While Driving To Be Jailed
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
Talking, texting, or otherwise using a mobile device while driving is becoming illegal in more and more states here in the United States. None of the penalties here are as severe as those ab
3Com CEO Sees Silver Lining Despite Struggles
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The latest financial filing shows the firm's gross margins were the highest recorded by 3Com in recent years.
Samba Gets Microsoft Protocol Info
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The agreement allows Samba implementations of the Windows workgroup protocols to go out under the General Public License.
RIM Closes 2007 With 10% Of Worldwide Smartphone Market
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
RIM saw yet another year of strong growth in 2007. It will finish the year as the world's No. 2 supplier of smartphones, behind only behemoth Nokia. RIM is going to have to do better outside of North America if it wants to keep it up.
T-Mobile Promises To Support SunCom Customers
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
T-Mobile this week issued a letter to SunCom customers, updating them on its upcoming acquisition of the southeastern wireless carrier and outlining its plan to support the customers going forward.
An Easy -- and Guilt-Free -- Way to Make Room for That New Smartphone
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
With the holidays fast approaching and images of brand new electronics -- smartphones, PDAs, laptops or anything that makes it easier, or more fun, to conduct your business -- dancing in your head, there is one obvious question: What are you going to do with the old stuff?
Now You Can Own A Ferrari For A Few Hundred Dollars
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
The latest Ferrari won't go from 0-60 in under 4 seconds, nor top out at more than 200 mph. But it will make pretty good phone calls, let you watch video, and browse the Web. Did you think I was talking about a real Ferrari? Nope. I'm talking about the Motorola Z8 Ferrari Edition mobile phone (which isn't going to really compensate for anything).
5 Tips for Green Data Storage
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
Everyone wants to be green these days, and so does your data. Apparently, though, tape-based backup just doesn't cut it, environmentally speaking.
Why Is Palm Still Standing?
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
In view of the latest earnings report from Palm Inc. -- a quarterly loss of $9.63 million (compared with a $12.8 million profit a year earlier), revenue down 11%, and a stock in free fall -- it's time to ask, Why does this company still exist as an independent entity?
Verizon's Flagship Media Phone Receives Firmware Update To Fix Bugs
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
Turns out the iPhone isn't the only high-profile device to receive regular firmware updates. Today, LG and Verizon Wireless made a firmware update available for the LG VX-10000 Voyager,
Inside Look At General Motor's OnStar System
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
GM faces a huge task in scaling its IT infrastructure to support the global expansion of OnStar and a doubling of the number of subscribers.
Location-Based Service Provider Balances Security And Privacy
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
SquareLoop, a three-year-old developer of wireless location-based messaging services, has just secured $1 million in funding. The company promises to protect the privacy of mobile users even as it broadcasts sometimes urgent messages based on their location.
FCC's 700 MHz Spectrum Draws 266 Prospective Bidders
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Google has attracted the most attention among the bidders because the search engine company has called for 'open' use of spectrum.
Wish You Could Listen To That MP3 At Home On Your Smartphone? WeBot Can Help
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
Have you ever wished you could access that one song you can't get out of your head, but realized it's on your PC at home and not on your MP3 player? Well, one startup could be the answer to your problem.
Ex-Qwest CEO Nacchio Seeks To Overturn Insider Trading Conviction
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Nacchio's defense attorneys argued that the trial judge kept a law professor from testifying on Nacchio's behalf during the jury trial.
Developers: Android Doesn't Work
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
Looks like Google doesn't have the Midas touch after all. According to reports, a sizable number of developers who've been working with the SDK for Google's Linux-based Android platform say it is full of bugs and often
DB Researcher Joins Sentrigo Advisory Board
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Acclaimed Oracle Security Specialist Alexander Kornbrust joins Sentrigo's Advisory Board
Google's Flight Tracker: Better Than Fruitcake On The Holidays
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Google is rolling out a new search feature at the time of year when Americans need it most: A service to let you know whether your flight is running late. There are several sites on the Internet already offering that service, but Google’s looks like it’ll be easier to use when you’re on the run and accessing from a smartphone. Which is, of course, when you need that information most.

Bad News Keeps Coming For Second Life
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
The bad news keeps coming for Second Life. Linden Lab, the company that develops and operates the virtual world, released October and November economic stats yesterday, which show that total user hours in-world actually declined in November, for the second-ever time in Second Life history.

Electric Sheep, A Leading Virtual-Worlds Content Company, Shears 25% Of Employees
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
The Electric Sheep Company, a leading content-creation company working in Second Life and other virtual worlds, this week laid off 20 people, or 25% of its staff. Coming on the heels of the departure of AOL from Second Life, and CTO Cory Ondrejka’s departure from Linden Lab, the events invite the question: What’s going on in Second Life? Is something wrong?

2008: Buy, Build, Or Rent Your Software?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
It used to be that when deploying software, the biggest decision to make was commercial or open source. These days, the choices have expanded to include SaaS and ad-supported software.
Isn't 'Commercial Open Source' an Oxymoron?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
"Commercial open-source software" certainly sounds like a contradiction in terms. The phrase "free and open" is part of the definition of open source software, which translated into real terms means that people can download the software and source code at will and for no charge. In most instances, this is how open-source works. Where it may work less well is for the enterprise.
Report: People Will Send More Text Messages Next Year Than This Year
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Gartner took quite a leap of faith in predicting that SMS usage in 2008 will top 2007's numbers. In fact, Gartner goes so far as to say that the number of messages will top 2.3 trillion worldwide. That's an average of 767 messages per mobile subscriber over the course of 12 months. I think we can all do better than that.
Vista is Bad. Should Smaller Businesses Go For it Anyway?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Vista's adoption rate among businesses is much lower than anticipated, largely because of difficulties many businesses have had with its deployment. So why are analysts urging more businesses to get on board? Is there a compelling reason for smaller businesses to abandon XP?
iPhone Second Only To RIM In U.S. Smartphone Market
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Canalys released some interesting stats regarding smartphone sales in the third quarter. The iPhone has jumped to the number two spot, grabbing 27% of the market, handily beating out Windows Mobile, Linux, Symbian, and Palm devices. Will RIM ever lose the to


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