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Content tagged with Security posted in April 2007
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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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Austin City Limits
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Security gurus are flocking to Austin, Texas, and it's not to become the king of IDSes, either
Spectra Logic Announces Support
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Spectra Logic announced its support for LTO-4, including LTO-4 drive-based encryption, in the T50, T120, and T950 libraries
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.
eIQnetworks, IST Team Up
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Integrated Systems Technologies partners with eIQnetworks to deliver localized eIQ Enterprise Security Analyzer in Japan
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.
New Mobile Phones In Japan Use Motion Like Nintendo Wii
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
A new mobile phone in Japan from wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo has motion sensors. You can even use the phone to play games through movements, just like the Nintendo Wii game console.
BlackBerry To Offer Service For Windows Mobile: Why Does Anyone Care?
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
One of the big mobile business stories this week was Research in Motion's announcement of a version of its BlackBerry push e-mail service for Windows Mobile smartphones. This story got a lot of coverage but I have to admit,
New Cisco Switch Automatically Adjusts To Applications
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Lets network administrators give priority to voice over IP, video, and other traffic types.
Businesses Should Ditch Mobile E-mail And Use SMS Instead
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
That's what Alan Moore, CEO of SMLXL, recommends. His reasoning isn't all that outlandish, either. Turns out, most users of expensive mobile e-mail systems rarely type out messages that are longer than the 160-character limit with SMS. Why are enterprises paying for all that fancy technology if simple
Europeans Highly Skeptical About The iPhone
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
In the very unscientific poll I took while attending the S60 Summit in Madrid this week, most Europeans I spoke with said the iPhone is "worthless without 3G." They are also unconvinced that the touchscreen interface will allo
EarthLink Pauses On New Muni Wireless Projects
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
The Internet provider said it will focus on current municipal wireless projects as startups and established tech firms such as Google and Motorola also bid on city contracts.
Retiring AT&T CEO Whitacre Lands $158 Million Package
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Randall Stephenson, the company's chief operating officer, has been named to succeed Whitacre.
Pulling Back The Curtain At Sun Labs
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Sun is working on faster switches, more efficient servers, new programming languages, and 3-D virtual workplaces.
Global Security Defends Children
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Global Security One is warning parents that they need to remain vigilant with regards to their children's online activities
Gartner Predicts 80% Of Internet Users Will Be Active In Virtual Worlds
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
An interesting report by Gartner this week adds evidence that virtual worlds are here to stay. Gartner says 80% of Internet users will be active in virtual worlds within four years. They also gave advice on how big business should get on top of virtual worlds.

Sun Sees Virtualization Without VMware or Xen
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The company's investment in its Live-Star project could translate into improved software and security distribution models.
Using Second Life As A Business-To-Business Tool
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
I just got off the phone with Cisco -- we ended up talking for a couple of hours about how Cisco is using Second Life for business-to-business communications. Turns out that quite a few Second Life users are network engineers. These are Cisco's customers, and Cisco is aggressively using Second Life to communicate with them.

Report From A Weary Mobile Traveler
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
Well, my trip to Madrid and back to cover the Nokia Applications Summit and S60 Summit was met with good success from a technology standpoint. My mobile phone had no problems adjusting to the European flavors of GSM, though I
SMS Accounted For 70% To 80% Of Worldwide Non-Voice Revenue
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
According to a new report from Research and Markets, short message service, or text messaging, was a cash cow for network operators in 2006. But with the recent trend to offer unlimited messaging bundles, has SMS become commoditized?
FCC Fiddles, Broadband Opportunity Burns
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
"The most important step we can take to provide affordable broadband to all Americans is to facilitate the deployment of a third pipe into the home,'' FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said yesterday in announcing that the Commission would put off, once again, finalizing the structure of the 700MHz spectrum auction scheduled for later this year. "The upcoming auction represents the single most important opportunity f
Broadband Service Providers Face Wiretapping Deadline
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The FCC ruled in 2005 that broadband and VoIP providers must be able to facilitate wiretaps used by intelligence authorities so that old eavesdropping practices can be applied to newer technology.
Christian Coalition Calls Net Neutrality A 'Family Issue'
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The Christian Coalition argues that network neutrality is a family issue that should become part of the national presidential debate among Republicans and Democrats.
Do Wireless Subscribers Really Want Mobile Net Neutrality?
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
Mobile VoIP provider Truphone this week came out against carriers blocking VoIP functionality on mobile phones. The company went so far as to claim that this act threatens mobile net neutrality. But is the
Siemens Loses Its CEO, Gains An SEC Probe
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The giant engineering firm said the SEC is examining "possible criminal violations of U.S. law."
Carriers, Startups Face Off Over 700-MHz Auction
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The FCC on Wednesday announced technical specifications for the upcoming 700-MHz auction, but put off deciding exactly how the spectrum will be divided and sold off.
Cisco Warns Of Bug In NetFlow Monitoring Tool
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
When the tool is installed, it creates matching default username and passwords, enabling a remote hacker to gain access to the system.
Websense to Purchase SurfControl
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
Websense SC Operations has made a pre-conditional cash offer to acquire all of the issued and to-be-issued ordinary shares of SurfControl
That's How Rumors Start
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
No stolen exploit, but still disable Java in your browser
IBM, MySQL To Bring Open Source Database To System i
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The companies have agreed to work together in offering the MySQL Server for i5/OS, the flagship operating system for System i, and to certify IBM's DB2 as a MySQL storage engine.
IBM Adds Security Services
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
IBM makes service products available for sale by business partners
Google Adwords Falls Victim to Cyber Criminals
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
Exploit Prevention Labs has uncovered hard evidence that cybercriminals are using Google AdWords to infect unsuspecting users with malware
Sun At 25 ... Where Is This Company Headed?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
Good question. Are Solaris, Sparc,and tape storage gaining momentum? Are you buying Sun products?
The Two Most Useful Search Tricks I Know
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
I use these all day and every day. One of these tricks allows you to do a search quickly in Firefox. The other trick allows you to narrow searches down to a particular site.

Does A Job Ad Signal The Return Of The Google Phone?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
Just when you thought it was safe to deny the existence of a Google Phone, more rumors stir the blogosphere. Late last week Dan Jones at Unstrung pointed out that Google posted a job ad for hardware product manager. So much for Google not getting into the hardware business. Oh, it gets better.
OZ Buys Thumbspeed: Is The Mobile Messaging Market Consolidating?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
Mobile messaging platform company OZ this week said it acquired Thumbspeed, a maker of mobile messaging and personalization applications, from Hands-On Mobile for an undisclosed amount. What does this deal mean for the mobile messaging market?
Google, Intel, And Microsoft Fund Robot 'Recipes'
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Money from the three companies has enabled researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to create a series of Internet-connected robots that almost anyone can build using off-the-shelf parts.
Iridium Satellite Phone Per-Minute Prices To Drop To 15 Cents
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
The company said its North American service providers offer prepaid six-month plans. Iridium added that new subscribers can obtain bonus airtime incentives.
Is It An 'Interview' If It's Via E-Mail?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
In working on my story on Wall Street's efforts to reduce data latency, I had several e-mail exchanges with a spokesperson for BATS, a very nice but not overly responsive fellow. After the story came out, he chided me for not checking the facts with him. I pointed out that in the week the story was being edited, I made several attempts to reach him by phone and by e-mail, unsuccessfully. I am reminded of this
Verizon Wireless Unveils A BlackBerry For Americans Traveling Overseas
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone, which can automatically detect and switch between CDMA and GSM wireless networks, will be available next month.
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