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posted in June 2005
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Business Technology: Everyone's A Publisher; Should You Care?
Commentary  |  6/30/2005  | 
With the explosion of personal technology and mobile communication and the dissolution of old models, we find that in today's Experience Economy, everybody's a publisher, Bob Evans says. Why should you care?
Apple Podcast Subscriptions Top A Million
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Apple says iTunes podcast subscriptions topped 1 million in the two days since the company launched the service.
Gateway Adds BTX Systems To Business Desktop Line
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Gateway on Thursday unveiled a full range of BTX-format machines based on Intel dual-core processors.
Yahoo Adds Sharing To Personalized Search
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Yahoo released in beta an upgrade of its personalized search service that focuses on delivering more relevant results through online communities of people with similar interests.
Open Eyes, Open Source
Commentary  |  6/30/2005  | 
Over the past year, I wrote several pieces about the open-source software boom in China. During that time, I was mostly silent about a related topic: the Chinese government.
Orbimage To Provide Microsoft With Satellite Images Of Earth
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Microsoft.'s upcoming MSN Virtual Earth service will eventually have access to photos that could show manhole covers in Manhattan.
Q&A: Acer Chief Sets Careful Digital Course
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Acer Group Chairman and CEO J.T. Wang sheds light on how the Taiwan computer and electronics giant aims to attack the digital convergence market.
Senate Ponders Toughest Data Protection Bill Yet
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
A wide-ranging data protection bill would send officials from companies who do not disclose security breaches to jail for up to five years, and would apply the RICO Act to identity theft gangs.
Corel Chairman Plans To Get Acquisitive
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Corel Chairman Amish Mehta says in an interview that the company aims to expand its base of customers and partners via acquisition.
Two New Senate Proposals Show Momentum For Health-Care IT
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Proposals try to chip away obstacles to use of IT in health care, from the cost to anti-kickback laws that keep hospitals from giving IT to doctors
Florida's IT Office Vanishes
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Lawmakers fail to fund IT agency, eliminating 26 positions, including that of the CIO.
Replacements Will Soon Drive Mobile-Phone Market
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Mobile-phone production will continue to grow, but the drivers of the business will shift from purchases by new subscribers to replacement handset purchases.
BMC Denies New Layoff Rounds
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
BMC Software has denied that a new round layoffs is in the pipeline.
Phishing Up By 226%
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Phishing is up dramatically over the last two months, according to data released by computer maker IBM and message-filtering firm Postini.
New Trojan Filtering Packets To Isolate Users
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
A new Trojan is using a sophisticated technique to cut off infected computers from anti-virus and security vendors' update sites, the Finnish firm F-Secure says.
Pakistan Loses Internet, Chaos Ensues
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
While Pakistan must wait several days for its primary link to the Internet to be restored, commercial activities, particularly banking, are "a big disaster" without connections to the Web.
Credit Unions: Advanced ATMs Offer Competitive Edge
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Advanced ATM functions on the Star platform are 'extraordinary' in terms of what credit unions typically see, such as the relationship capabilities, TNB first VP Lee says.
Hearings Spotlight Asia's Push To Adopt IPv6
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
In congressional hearings on the Internet upgrade to IPv6, much attention was focused Thursday on the presumed lead over the United States by Asian countries, which are boldly moving to the new Web technology.
Self-Service Kiosks Help Hospital Reduce Patient Wait Times, Paperwork, And Anxiety
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
The system, which supports multiple languages, has cut check-in time by 25% for first-time patients and 75% for return visits.
Microsoft And TCS To Open Outsourcing Center In China
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
The joint venture, the latest step in Microsoft's expansion into China, will offer software-development services to Chinese and Western companies.
Metro Ethernet Market Set To Skyrocket
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Survey says metro Ethernet equipment sales reached $1.7 billion last year, and will continue to rise at a 26% compound annual growth rate through 2009.
Verizon Confirms Mobile Music Service In Works
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
A spokesman confirmed that the service will launch in six to eight months and that a phone that will support the service may be available sooner.
AMD Sues Intel Again In Japan
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
AMD's antimonopoly lawsuit seeks $50 million in damages and charges rival Intel with paying large amounts of money to five PC makers to stop using AMD processors.
Treo Leads PalmOne To Higher Revenue, Profits
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
A 250% increase in Treo smartphone sales, compared to the year-ago period, led to a surge in both revenues in profits in the most recent quarter, palmOne says.
Sprint To Start WiMax Trials
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
This announcement comes on the heels of Nextel's saying it will try non-WiMax wireless broadband in the Washington, D.C., area.
Microsoft Eyes Buying Controversial Adware Maker For $500 Million: Report
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
The New York Times reports that Microsoft has been in negotiations to buy Claria for half a billion dollars.
Virginia Cities Slated For Mobile Wireless Broadband
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Wireless ISP will use FLASH-OFDM technology to provide fast mobile coverage in a three-city area.
3Com Still Struggling Despite Improved Sales
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Despite its feverish efforts to regain the confidence of its investors, customers and partners, 3Com's latest financial numbers indicate that a turnaround is still far from complete.
New Modeling Tools Narrow The Developer-Business User Gap
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
Borland and Compuware upgrade the software-modeling capabilities of their Java toolsets.
Startup Searches Podcasts, Video Blogs
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
Blinkx, a startup company trying to build a name with video search, adds to its online service the ability to search podcasts and video blogs.
Sun And Oracle Team Up To Enhance Enterprise JavaBeans
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
The two companies will develop a common object-relational mapping model for storing Enterprise JavaBeans in relational databases.
AOL Boosts Video Search
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
America Online debuts on its free, enhanced video search that includes a new lightweight video viewer and speech-recognition technology that can give better results based on the audio of multimedia files.
SmartAdvice: Evaluate The Range Of Infrastructure-Monitoring Options
Commentary  |  6/29/2005  | 
Best-of-breed systems are a good choice for large companies, but don't overlook open-source tools, The Advisory Council says. Also, demand for IT skills is driven by a number of factors, including new technologies, government regulation, and merger-and-acquisition activity.
Is THIS The New iPod Phone?
Commentary  |  6/29/2005  | 
The Apple sites are notorious for rampant rumors, speculation and -- famously -- "leaked" mockups actually created by Apple fans with Photoshop. Sometimes, however, even the most unlikely rumors -- such as, for example, that Apple would use Intel chips -- turn out to be true. This image, posted on the Apple Insider site, may or may not be from Motorola a
Wi-Fi Installation Covers Entire Native American Reservation
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
One demonstration convinced the Coeur d'Alene tribe to install broadband Internet access throughout its reservation in Idaho.
Google, Yahoo Offer Maps APIs
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
Rivals Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. are offering application-programming interfaces for developers who want to use the companies' street maps on their own Web sites.
BMC Earnings Plunge; More Layoffs Loom
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
Compared to the same quarter last year, BMC earnings plummeted 58% during the most recent quarter, the software vendor reported late Wednesday.
U.S. Risks Losing Nanotechnology Lead
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
The United States leads the world in nanotechnology, but its position can easily be lost if the nation fails to address emerging problems, a research firm says.
Intel's CEO Fires Back At AMD
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini responded to AMDs antitrust charges, stating that Intel will not change its business practices.
Sun To Buy SeeBeyond For $387 Million
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
With this deal, Sun hopes to increase its integration expertise and product portfolio.
New Council Formed To Promote Adoption Of Smart Cards By Health-Care Sector
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
Consumers could use technology to verify insurance coverage and benefit eligibility.
Veritas Software Under Attack
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
One of the seven vulnerabilities recently found in various Veritas backup components is under attack, says security vendor Symantec.
Survey Finds Up To 44 Million In U.S. May Be Victims Of ID Crime
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against CardSystems Solutions, where a security breach disclosed earlier this month compromised 40 million card accounts.
Analyst Raises Annual Chip Market Growth Forecast To 7%
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
One industry watcher has upgraded its forecast for global semiconductor market growth based on the strength of chip sales in May.
ThingMagic Supports Sun in Demonstration of New RFID Software
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
Demo at JavaOne to show how intelligent RFID readers can enable greater levels of sophistication in processing information.
HotStatus Enterprises Announces Tools for SOX Compliance
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
Company points out that many organizations are still not compliant with regard to their supply chain.
Public Beta of SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver Available for Download
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
On June 24, the Microsoft SQL Server team announced the public beta availability of the SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver, a new and fully supported JDBC driver for SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005.
FBI Probes Phishing Of EBay In Norway
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
Norwegian hacking seems to be catching on as FBI explores recent possible attempts to swindle eBay customers.
Dell, NetApp Increase External Controller-Based Storage Sales; Sun Slips
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
In the external controller-based storage race, Dell and Network Appliance are pulling ahead, while Sun is dragging.
Dell Debuts Extra-Quiet Dimensions
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
Dell debuts two new desktops that boast extra-quiet operation, the Round Rock, Texas-based computer maker said.
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