News & Commentary
posted in October 2006
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FTC Mulls The Meaning Of Monopoly
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
The FTC is looking into how competition should be regulated in the digital age.
Bloated IC Inventories Seen In Q3
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
ISuppli's updated estimate shows that excess semiconductor inventory in the global electronics supply chain in the third quarter remained flat at the second-quarter level of $3.9 billion.
Brief: Verizon Offers Wireless Syncing Of Contact Lists
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Verizon Wireless subscribers with phones that support the Brew platform can download Plaxo's Mobile Plus software and synchronize contact information with Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, and other applications.
Brief: Controlling Many Robots At One Time
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Soldiers and first responders could deal with dangerous situations in hostile environments without ever setting foot in them, thanks to a new touch-screen interface that lets one operator direct different robots simultaneously.
Google Goes Wiki With JotSpot
Commentary  |  10/31/2006  | 
Electronics Vendors To Develop Wireless HD Spec
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
The goal is to agree on ways for transferring HD video and audio among multiple devices.
New Hampshire Has The Right Goal For Its E-Prescription Plan: Perfection
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
It aims to have 100% of the state's doctors using the technology, which can reduce errors and spot dangerous drug interactions, by 2008.
Microsoft Again Argues Over IE7 Bug
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Secunia says it spotted a flaw in IE7 that can be targeted by identity thieves. But Microsoft responds that "the scenario requires that you intentionally not use the security features specifically put in place to help protect against phishing and spoofing attacks."
Making Space At MySpace
Commentary  |  10/31/2006  | 
There are two good reasons for MySpace and YouTube to purge copyrighted video from their sites. One is, of course, that the clips in question are patently illegal and their distribution without their owners' consent violates copyright law. The other is that they take up an enormous amount of virtual and psychological space, and cleaning them out might create a vacuum on those popular social sites that could be filled by genuinely creative original works--a commendation that digital retreads of <
Irate Partners Blame AMD, Dell For Athlon Chip Shortage
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Some say AMD is hurting its loyal system builders, who feel they've been dumped now that the chipmaker has a partnership with Dell and other top-tier suppliers.
U.S. Government Signs Off On Patent Disclosure Plan
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Disclosure of a patent holder's most restrictive licensing terms will increase competition by allowing standards groups to choose among technologies on licensing as well as technical terms, proponents say.
HP Adds Storage To BladeSystem
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
By implementing the BladeSystem product line, customers can attain up to a 40% reduction in power and cooling costs when compared to traditional rack or tower servers, HP says.
Microsoft Senior VP Of SQL Server, Storage Stepping Back From Day-To-Day Duties
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Paul Flessner will hand over day-to-day responsibilities to Ted Kummert, who has worked on MSN, e-business efforts, and security.
Microsoft Speeds Up Actions Against Counterfeit Auctions
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Microsoft sued sellers who allegedly used eBay or other online auction houses to sell counterfeit software.
VeriChip Patents RFID Glucose Monitoring Device
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
This chip would be implanted in the patient using a syringe, replacing the need for diabetics to draw their own blood to test blood sugar content.
Google Buys JotSpot Collaboration Service
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Google sees JotSpot's wiki tools as complementary to its existing line of collaboration services, including its online document and spreadsheet applications and Google Groups discussion groups.
Microsoft Wants Speed Advantage With Open Source PHP
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Microsoft has formed a technical partnership with Zend Technologies to optimize its open source scripting language, PHP, to work better with Windows Information Server.
Google Maintains Pressure On Microsoft In EU
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Microsoft's antitrust battles are still far from over with the European Union. Google is raising issues about how users select a search provider in Windows Vista.
Wearable iPod Hits Stores Friday
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
About half the size of the original Shuffle, the new half-cubic-inch iPod contains 1 Gbyte of flash memory that holds up to 240 songs.
Review: Office Live A Big Deal For Small Businesses
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Office Live--especially the free services--can help small businesses transition from static Web sites to interactive Web sites. Transactional capabilities are expected later.
Selling the New Workplace
Commentary  |  10/31/2006  | 
Microsoft Licenses Mobile Communications To Two Chinese Companies
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
The Chinese companies are picking up Microsoft's Mobile Picture and Mobile Bandwidth Optimization.
Stration Worm Cracks October Top 10
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Several hundred versions of the worm were spammed to users during the month, with the family accounting for more than half of all reported malicious code on some days.
Smartphone Frustrations Revealed
Commentary  |  10/31/2006  | 
We asked you what your smartphone experiences were, and wow did you have a lot to complain about! Nobody's denying that a smartphone is a good productivity tool--in theory. But in reality, the smartphone manufacturers and operating system makers have their work cut out for them. If they want proof, I have over 50 complaints sitting in my in-box that I've compiled into a list. The most common complaints are included here, so read on.
Microsoft Adds Office 2007 To Enterprise Price Lists
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Businesses whose Software Assurance agreements expire at the end of November can relax--they'll be able to upgrade.
Intuit's Not Just for Small Businesses Any More
Commentary  |  10/31/2006  | 
Intuit QuickBase's general manager Jana Eggers calls it the "app gap": that divide between rich, complex enterprise apps and less complex workgroup tasks often handled using email, spreadsheets, and manual methods. For quick, simple applications that let workgroups in large companies manage sales, customers, and projects, QuickBase offers a library of hosted tools that can be used independently or in combination, knit together if necessary by a Corporate Edition management layer.
Office Live Nearly Live
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
Microsoft said Tuesday that its Office Live hosted SharePoint infrastructure is set to go live Nov. 15.
HP Completes VoodooPC Acquisition
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
HP hopes the acquisition, which kicks off its newly formed PC gaming venture, will provide the magic needed to fend off rival Dell in that market segment.
Tiny Web 2.0 Firm Identifies With Big Blue
Commentary  |  10/31/2006  | 
The upstart barter site Swapthing.com seems to have more in common with online retail behemoth Amazon.com than with IBM. Swapthing and Amazon are part of a wave of online companies with no brick-and-mortar roots redefining how consumers buy (or barter) products. But when it comes to the patent infringement suit IBM last week brought against Amazon, Swapthing CEO Jessica Hardwick equates her fledgling business
SAS Institute Wants To Predict Your Profitability
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
SAS Institute unveils new tools for analyzing the profitability of products, operations, and customers, as well as scrutinizing aftermarket services.
IBM Launches Software Development Centers In China And India
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
The centers each will be staffed by 500 developers focused on creating service-oriented architectures for customers around the world, including those located in the United States.
IBM Extends Services For Virtualized Client Infrastructure
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
IBM's Global Technology Services will provide consultation, assessment, planning, design, and implementation of a "virtual infrastructure" of thin-client computers.
Brief: Feds Launch Probe Into Sony SRAM Business
News  |  10/31/2006  | 
The subpoena arrives as Sony struggles with a battery recall nightmare that's expected to cost it $430 million. Last year, the company was fined $300 million in a separate government probe on DRAM price fixing.
Bright Future Expected For Configurable Processors
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
Speakers at ARC International's ConfigCon Silicon Valley conference said configurable processors have many opportunities and predicted a strong growth curve.
'New' Websense Technology Reportedly Torpedoes Threats
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
ThreatSeeker proactively scans the Web for threats and blocks exploits before they can get on the network, protecting companies until patches and signatures are created, according to the company.
Hyperion Enhances BPM Upgrade With Better Integration, Data Sharing
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
The tool targets power business intelligence users, enabling them to view departmental data and write the business rules for linking intersecting data. The company has also licensed technology from Informatica to connect System 9.3 to transactional systems.
Increasing Interest, Popularity Drive 'Second Life' Growth, Economy
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
The virtual online world is drawing older visitors, large companies, advertising agencies, and other traditional institutions. Whether the number of older participants rises will be closely watched.
HP Expands Storage Options
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
The product launch will run the gamut from blade servers to SANs to virtual storage.
Brief: Virtual Tape Library Market Expected To Double By 2011
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
IDC says customers will use VTLs to decrease backup windows and increase recovery time objectives.
Kodak Raises the Bar in Production Document Imaging
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
Billions of loans, insurance claims and other transactions are still handled on paper. With no end of paperwork in sight, Kodak has introduced a new top-of-the-line document scanner for production imaging environments.
Brief: Hell.com's Fury Less Than Anticipated
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
A company auctioned off 113 domain names out of 312 for more than $4.75 million during its live auction at an industry conference last week. The rest, including Hell.com, will have another chance.
The Internet Governance Forum: Will Theory Lead To Action?
Commentary  |  10/30/2006  | 
The first meeting of the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum, or IGF, began yesterday in Athens and is promoting a very worthy agenda. Some of the critical issues to be discussed include: Who has access to the Internet? Who has control? What are the best ways to combat spam, phishing, and child pornography? How can we protect freedom of speech online--especially in cou
Gartner: Vista Coupon Upgrade Limit Hits Businesses
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
Gartner hedges its recommendations for businesses that upgrade Windows when they purchase new PCs. Wait until February 2007, the research firm says.
Brief: Brightcove, AOL Team On Video Services
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
The service will let consumers purchase and download videos with the approval of copyright holders.
Seagate To Ship Encrypted Notebook Drive In Early '07
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
Seagate Technology will also open its "DriveTrust" technology to third parties that want to integrate functions such as encryption key management and multifactor authentication with the drive.
Out With FrontPage, In With Expression Web
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
Microsoft's FrontPage replacement is a significant departure from its predecessor, while still sharing some of its look and feel. Existing users should be able to transition without too much pain.
User-Friendly Sensor Net Ties Into Enterprise Data
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
Arch Rock claims its wireless sensor network will allow users to access and remotely manage the network just as they would any other networked device.
Microsoft Expression Web Gives Dreamweaver A Run For Its Money
News  |  10/30/2006  | 
Die-hard Dreamweaver fans aren't likely to switch to Microsoft's Expression Web, but some serious coders who aren't wedded to the longtime market leader are finding a lot to like in the FrontPage replacement.
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