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posted in June 2009
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Red Hat To Certify Linux Apps For Amazon's EC2
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Move will guarantee that Enterprise Linux packaged with third-party apps are ready to run in Amazon's EC2 cloud.
Benioff Offers Cloud Riposte: It's Not Just Fashion
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, finally got a little revenge. He wasn't in the least spiteful. Rather, he was only guilty of repeating something his former boss, Larry Ellison, said about software-as-a-service and cloud computing. An audience of cloud cognoscenti at Structure 09 loved the performance.
Apple Seeds iPhone SDK 3.1 To Developers
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Today Apple began pushing out iPhone Software Development Kit 3.1 to developers of the iPhone platform. The new SDK has several new features that should make it easier for developers to create applications for the iPhone. The biggest new development is that the MMS feature is automatically turned on in 3.1.
Microsoft's Security Essentials: A Promising Start
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
I've been using the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials, (MSE) having been one of the lucky few to grab it in the first few days before Microsoft closed the beta. Here's what I think so far: It's not flashy, it's not feature-rich, and its not a replacement for enterprise-class workstation security. Because of that, it has the potential to be a great solution for consumers and small businesses.
Dell's Adds Ultraportable Notebook To Its Vostro Line For SMBs
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Question: What's smaller than a notebook but bigger than a netbook? Answer: An ultraportable, like Dell's new 3.36-pound Vostro 1220, with a 12.1-inch screen.
Lenovo Launches Four Xeon Servers
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The new ThinkServers feature built-in virtualization, new power-saving features, and several Intel Xeon 5500 processors to choose from.
Is The Pre Poorly Built?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
There have been scattered reports that Palm's Pre smartphone is not holding up well. A few Pre users have been complaining that their screens are wobbly and can get easily cracked, the slider is poorly-designed, and the overall manufacturing is shoddy.
Dell Launches 12-inch Vostro Business Laptop
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The notebook PC comes with Wi-Fi support or optional mobile broadband for connecting to a wireless carrier.
30% Of Auto-Industy Supply Chain Will Die, Expert Says
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
With bankrupt Chrysler about to resume production and as both it and General Motors struggle with huge losses and drastic new ownership structures, at least 30% and perhaps even 40% of the suppliers that feed the U.S. automobile industry will not be able to survive, says a restructuring expert.
Dell's MID Idea Is Kinda SAD
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Later this year, Dell is reportedly going to sell a pocked-sized gizmo that can access the Internet, but won't offer telephony. In other words, it's working on inventing its own version of Apple's Newton.
Bsquare: Why Wait? We Got Yer Flash For Android Right Here
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Bsquare says, "Pshaw!" No need to wait until the end of 2009 to get Flash on your Android device. It is already offering Android developers support for Flash Lite 3.1 on ARM-based devices.
Google Fixes App Sync Plug-In
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Google App Sync for Microsoft Outlook has been fixed so that it no longer interferes with Windows Desktop Search.
Amazon Drops More Affiliates Over Online Tax Issue
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The online retailer has been dropping affiliates in states that approve the collection of sales taxes for online transactions.
Real-World Cloud Computing Applications
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Anyone trying to understand the cloud computing phenomenon need only look at how cloud services are being used to get a better picture. The following examples demonstrate the cloud being used for everything from marketing campaigns to space exploration and scientific research.
Maine Orders 64,000 Apple Laptops For Schools
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
An additional 7,000 MacBooks will be ordered in the coming weeks. Maine is the only state to provide laptops to every public school student.
Ericsson Rolling Out App Store
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The company is trying to one-up Apple's App Store by offering carriers a hosted virtual store that can reach a broad variety of devices.
Linux Netbook Prices: How Low Can They Go?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Some netbook vendors can't stop bad-mouthing Linux. But it's still the way to go if you want a low-priced, energy-efficient machine that is actually capable of doing useful work.
Cisco Eyes Web Alternative To Microsoft Office
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Online application service would put Cisco alongside Google and others in going after a slice of Microsoft's lucrative Office software franchise.
GPL Usage: Growing And Shrinking, Both
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
If the latest round of statistics are to be believed, the GPL -- the most popular license for open source software -- is undergoing a slow but fundamental shift. But if the same statistics are to be further believed, other licenses are also gaining ground on the GPL.

Realizing Government 2.0
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
One of the most compelling attributes of Web 2.0 is that it transformed the static Interweb from something pushed at us to something that includes our inputs. The coincidence of Howard Dean's intelligent use of the Web, the rise of Facebook in public consciousness and Barack Obama's very technologically-savvy campaign has led to the expectation that Government 2.0 would quickly follow.
Supreme Court May Review Conviction Of Ex-Qwest CEO
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Joe Nacchio is serving six years in prison for illegal insider trading while head of the telecom firm.
Firefox 3.5 Released
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Mozilla's Firefox 3.5, long delayed, has been officially released and now faces an increasingly competitive browser market.
Verizon Gives BlackBerry Tour Pricing, Details
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Mobile workers using the BlackBerry Tour smartphone will be able to use Verizon's CDMA network while in the U.S and EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad.
Dell May Be Building Android Pocket Device
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The Internet-enabled handheld device is being likened to Apple's iPod Touch and could be released this year.
Indian IT Firms Cutting Billing Rates At Unprecedented Levels
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Indian IT services firms have been cutting their rates by 35% or even 40% as global clients continue to look for ways to reduce costs in the global economic downturn. The depth of this latest round of rate cuts is "unprecedented," according to an industry expert based in India.
Beyond Google Docs: 7 Web-Based Collaboration Apps
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Along with the search-engine giant's popular collaboration tools, we look at Zoho Writer, Pastebin, Dabbleboard, Dimdim, Yugma, and Bubbl.us.
Palm Pre Beating Sales Expectations
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Palm's touchscreen smartphone may be overshadowed by Apple's iPhone 3GS, but one analyst says sales are about twice previous estimates.
IBM Wins Round Against Dell Exec
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
David Johnson cannot assume full duties in Round Rock until lawsuit is resolved.
Firefox 3.5 Is Here
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Right on schedule, Mozilla Corp. shipped Firefox 3.5 about a minute ago, at about 11:20 am Eastern time. The new version adds performance improvements, privacy features, support for embedded video, and more. It comes into the world facing a more crowded and competitive market than before, as alternatives such as Google Chrome and Safari have emerged as viable alternatives to both Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Twisting Terms to Make BI Market Share Claims
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
When a BI vendor claims they are the market leader of anything, according to IDC, you need to be clear on what exactly gets counted. In other words, study the taxonomy on page three of IDC's latest report...
File Sharing And SMS Powers Come To Skype 3.0 For Windows Mobile
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
The latest version of Skype for the Windows Mobile platform adds some nifty new features. Users will now be able to swap files back and forth, and can send text messages to other mobile phones directly from Skype.
Are SMBs Facing A Crisis Of Cloud Confidence?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Cloud computing is often thought of as the perfect option for small businesses. But a new survey shows that small businesses share many of the cloud computing concerns of their larger competitors, including security, availability, and speed.
Microsoft Defends Windows 7 Upgrade Limit
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Redmond notes that cap for free upgrades is five times higher than Vista limit.
BlackBerry Tour Hitting Verizon July 12 For $200
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
If you've been hankering for some BlackBerry Tour action from Verizon Wireless, it's time to get excited. The nation's largest carrier has launched pre-orders for the Tour, which will be in stores starting July 12. It will come in two versions: one with a camera, and one without.
The Pirate Bay Goes Legit
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Buyer Global Gaming Factory X plans to introduce commercial business model to infamous file-swapping site.
600 Apps For Windows Marketplace For Mobile Launch
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
When the new application store for Windows Mobile, dubbed Windows Marketplace for Mobile, opens it will have 600 apps to start with according to a Windows Mobile product manager at Microsoft France.
Sun, RingCube Partner On Virtual Desktops
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Ringcube Technologies' vDesk desktops will run on Sun's Sun Ray thin clients, lowering the hardware costs of virtualized workspaces.
Online Sales Tax Brouhaha Hits More SMB Amazon Affiliates
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Amazon.com has dropped affiliate relationships with small businesses in North Carolina and Rhode Island as the states prepare to implement new laws requiring the company to collect online sales tax.
The Go-To Geek, June Edition
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Oh, sure, you may be a high flying enterprise architect, DBA, infrastructure engineer, or coder, but your friends and family all think: you work in IT. You love IT. And, "you must want to take care of my consumer grade tech needs because you love IT so much." Riiiight. How can you satisfy them and still have time for summer fun?
Pirate Bay Takes On YouTube
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
VideoBay is in "beta extreme" and comes with the warning, "Don't expect anything to work at all."
Google Fights Information Poverty In Africa
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Google is rolling out new mobile phone services in Uganda, where mobile phones represent the dominant computing device.
So Long, And Thanks, Google Earth, For All The Fish
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
In the latest installment of what appears to an ongoing series in the technology press, criminals are using technology to commit crimes.
Windows 7: Free Upgrades End With SP1
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Microsoft will charge businesses for XP-to-Win7 upgrades once first service pack is released.
SAP Looking At 35% Margins And Doubled Revenue By 2014
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
A leaked SAP strategy document says the company expects to reach an operating margin of 35% by 2014 and also expects current revenue to double during that five-year period. Right now, archrival Oracle has an operating margin of 51%, so it will be interesting to see how each side spins its profit story to its customers.
iPhone 3GS Owners Complain Of Overheating
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
iPhones with white cases seem to be hit hardest, turning the plastic cover pink or brown.
Cloud Computing... By The Hour
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
It's easy to understand the need to for configurable cloud-computing resources. But does anyone really need to buy (rent?) cloud-computing capabilities on an hourly basis? SoftLayer thinks so.
Small vs. Large: Amazon Explains How Companies Use Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Cloud computing is often promoted as leveling the playing field between small businesses and large enterprises. But Andrew R. Jassy, senior vice president of Web services at Amazon, says that small companies use the cloud differently.
Nokia Siemens' Acquisition Of Nortel's LTE Unit Contested
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
In the face of objections from creditors and suppliers, Nortel wants a judge to approve the proposed $650 million sale.
Jobs Returns To Work At Apple
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The Apple chief executive is splitting his time between the company's corporate offices and working from home.
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