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Commentary  |  12/30/2005  | 
Business Technology: A Peek Into The Brain Of An IT Strategist
Commentary  |  12/30/2005  | 
It's tough to maintain inner peace when the news jangles your nerves, Chris Murphy says.
Niche Search Engines Scratch Out An Opportunity
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
Smaller search engines have surfaced to reduce the combined market share of the big boys of search.
NASA Volunteers Honored For Exceptional Bravery During Hurricane
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
The volunteer workers stayed and pumped more than one billion gallons of water out of the Michoud Assembly Facility, preventing significant delays in the shuttle program.
Brief: Amazon Blogs To Help Authors Reach Readers
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
Online tools are available for authors to update messages as often as they like.
IPTV: Another Fun Way To Waste Time At Work
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
At the risk of being cast as paranoid productivity cops, business managers may find it difficult to stop TV and video viewing from joining personal E-mail, instant messaging, and blogs as online productivity drains.
Analysis: Chips Hold Promise, But Questions Loom For New Year
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
Key markets for semiconductors are not altogether healthy; video gaming, for instance, is showing some signs of slowdown.
FBI Hurries To Get New IT Professionals On Board
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
The push is part of an overall plan to strengthen systems engineering and integrate new services-oriented architecture.
RFID Passport Tests To Begin At San Francisco Airport
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
The trial is the latest test of the technology by the Department of Homeland Security, joining an earlier trial at the Los Angeles airport.
Unique Site Nets College Student $1 Million
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
The idea: sell a million pixels for $1 each. Once all are sold, the creator promises to maintain the site for at least the next five years.
Phishers Become More Sophisticated
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
Open redirects were one of the favorite tactics of phishers in 2005, said Web-tracking and anti-phishing company Netcraft, and they're a good example of fraudsters' increasing proficiency.
Look Who's Talking At CES
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
Intel and Dell, both of whose CEOs are keynote speakers, intend major home- and entertainment-oriented announcements at next week's Consumer Electronics Show.
Prediction No. 10: Continuous Controls, The Intersection of BPM, ECM And Event Monitoring
Commentary  |  12/30/2005  | 
This final prediction for 2006 is a look at where the rubber will meet the road in the journey toward a sustainable, automated compliance architecture. Your goal is to create an environment of continuous controls, but what exactly is that? Continuous controls are something that analysts, consultants and auditors stress but, somehow, only vaguely describe. It will be your number one priority for compliance management but there is no silver bullet technology that gets you there. There are no pre
Small Victory In Battle Against Kiddie Porn
Commentary  |  12/30/2005  | 
When Dutch credit-card processor Vorotel cut ties with Bigfunhouse, the online payment site that provided access to Webcam pornography closed, a small victory was won in the war against Internet child porn.
Intel's New Marketing Campaign Paves Way For Apple
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
Intel's Yonah processor is expected to be seen in Apple's products in the first quarter of 2006, as both companies head directly toward the home entertainment category.
VeriChip Files IPO
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
The Delray Beach, Fla., company has been the subject of controversy from privacy advocates for its human implantable RFID chips.
Way Cleared For Large U.S. Spectrum Auction
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
It will cost far less than previously thought to move U.S. government agencies off of valuable portions of wireless spectrum, freeing that spectrum up for use by cellular carriers.
Company Claims First-Ever Chip For iPod-Compatible Video Capture
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
Claiming an industry first, low-power codec IC provider Mobilygen said that its MG1264 chip supports real-time, high-quality H.264/ACC video capture compatible with Apple Computer's video iPod.
Breaking Up (Microsoft) Is Hard To Do
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
For nearly two years, Microsoft has played European antitrust regulators the same way it played U.S. regulators: as a bunch of hapless nitwits. This time, however, Microsoft has misjudged its opponents -- and instead of a slap on the wrist, it may face an executioner's ax for its trouble.
AskMeNow Launches Interactive Voice Response
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Customers will be able to register for the AskMeNow service, which delivers text-message responses to any question, from their cell phone or mobile device.
Sony BMG Rootkit Settlement Proposal Submitted To Court
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Consumers who bought the rootkit-infected music would get free music downloads. A judge still has to approve the settlement before it's final; that decision is expected sometime in January.
Online Holiday Sales Soar By 25%
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Though the busiest online shopping days were Dec. 12 and 13, the sales momentum continued till Christmas, ComScore Networks report.
Secret CIO: Resist Temptation: Don't Push That Hot Button
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
Our country's political discourse is interesting in a perverse sort of way. The dialogue is reminiscent of what happens during my company's executive committee budget-review meetings. In both processes, participants spend a huge amount of time on arguments aimed at fixing the blame for what went wrong while concurrently trying to grab the credit for what little has gone right.
It's Too Early To Say
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
The only thing that is a certainty about the Internet, I believe, is that the next generation will blow anything we're doing right out of the water.
XM To Unveil Concept Car Tech At CES
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
XM Satellite Radio will unveil what it calls the XM Advanced Services vehicle, a concept car featuring in-car video, voice command, weather alerts, parking space locator, and other technologies next week at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show.
Microsoft, Nissan Put Xbox In A Car
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
The URGE car enables people, while parked, to play the game ''Project Gotham Racing 3'' using the vehicle's steering wheel, gas pedal, and brake pedal.
How To Beat Back The New Zero-Day Windows Bug
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Workarounds include disabling the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, the application that Internet Explorer automatically launches to display WMF image files.
New Year's Day Delayed By One Second
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
The need to accommodate changes in the earth's rotational spin will add an extra second to atomic clocks around the world.
XM Satellite Radio To Showcase 'Advanced Services'
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
A concept car featuring video, voice command, weather alerts, parking space locator, and other innovations will be on display at next week's Consumer Electronics Show.
Microsoft Promises To Patch Worsening Zero-Day Flaw
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
In a security advisory posted on its Web site, Microsoft confirmed the vulnerability and the associated release of exploit code, but declined to give a timetable for its patch.
Google To Supply Search For Opera's Mobile Browsers
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
The browser's Mini version operates on WAP-equipped cell phones, while the more robust Opera Mobile version is generally offered as an add-on to mobile and wireless devices for a small user fee.
'Spintronics' Generating Excitement In Tech World
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
The new science of electron spin promises innovations including instantly bootable computers.
Credit Suisse First Boston Disruptive Technology Portfolio
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
An index of companies shaking up traditional business models.
Nokia Loses In Smartphone Patent Ruling
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
InterDigital says the U.S. District Court ruled in its favor, which will require Nokia to pay it more than $232 million in royalties. It's the latest development in a string of patent disputes plaguing the mobile-device industry.
Indian Terror Attack Wake-Up Call For IT Firms
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
The city of Bangalore, which houses over a thousand hardware and software development firms, is said to be on the radar map for terrorists, experts said.
Beware Post-Holiday Phishing
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Consumers should be especially watchful for bogus "get out of debt" phishing pitches, a security firm warned.
Browser Inventor Starts His Own Blog
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Tim Berners-Lee, now a scientist at MIT, said his blog is intended to be for "geeky semantic web stuff mostly."
NEC To Delist On European Exchanges
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Japan’s NEC said it will make the move because such delisting would not affect its shareholders and investors and trading volume of its shares on these stock exchanges is "small."
MSN To Webcast New Year's Eve Countdown
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
This will be the second year that MSN broadcasts live from New York's Times Square. But unlike last year, viewers will have an option to choose the camera angles and the events they wish to view.
A Wake-Up Call For Collaboration
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
Moore's Law: 1965-2015, May It Rest In Peace
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
The demise of Moore's Law is in sight. Well, maybe not Moore's Law itself, but the end of the ability of the silicon chip to double computing power about every two years--Moore's Law--is a decade away.
Can Your Customers Trust You?
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
A Privacy Imperative For 2006
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
Consumer Reports: AT&T Wireless Customers Got Short End Of Stick
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
The magazine is reporting in its upcoming issue that connection problems and extremely poor customer service plague former AT&T Wireless subscribers who kept their old phones after the acquisition by Cingular.
Startup Offers Unique Delivery Model For Open-Source Software
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
iRadeon Group's monthly subscription serves up three open source applications in a dashboard-type interface, a model that could appeal to cost-conscious small businesses.
Rumor: TiVo To Announce DirecTV, Dish Partnership At CES
Commentary  |  12/28/2005  | 
A rumor is circulating online that TiVo will announce at the upcoming CES show next month in Las Vegas a partnership with DirecTV and Dish Network over mobile content. The idea is to unite on a standard for supporting content that can be viewed on portable devices.
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