News & Commentary
posted in July 2006
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Ballmer Analyzes Microsoft's 'One Big' Vista Mistake
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Microsoft's CEO blames the company's "Big Bang" approach for leading to Vista's delays. He says it tried to do too much too fast with all the core components.
Wind River Donates Code To Eclipse Projects
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Wind River Systems will donate more than 300,000 lines of code to four Eclipse Foundation projects, supporting the growth of an open-standard development framework that will benefit both embedded and desktop software makers.
Radio Killed The MP3 Star?
Commentary  |  7/31/2006  | 
Imagine free music available 24 hours a day -- not .99 cents -- which you can choose according to the musical style. Better still, the music is accompanied by commentary identifying what it is, and random contextual information, as well as occasional breaking-news, podcast-like audio feeds. It's called "radio."
Craigslist Founder's News Venture Named
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Daylife, backed by Craig Newmark, will "gather, analyze, organize, and create a new, distributed platform for the world's news," in the words of one participant.
Brief: MSNBC To Offer Ad-Supported Mobile News
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
The service is being developed with SmartVideo Technologies, which is providing the mobile platform to deliver top headlines and videos from NBC News programs to cellular phones.
Verizon Wireless Launches iPod-Like Music Phone
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
The Chocolate lets subscribers browse, preview, download, and play music purchased over Verizon's broadband network or through the company's V Cast Music online store.
Boston Wi-Fi Plan Comes With $20 Million Price Tag
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Boston, coming late to the Wi-Fi access party, unveils a plan that calls for as much as $20 million to be raised by local businesses and foundations.
Actuate Expands Performance Management Line
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Performancesoft Track activity management software helps businesses identify poorly performing activities and take corrective steps.
REBtel Offers Free International Calls For Cell Phones
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
The Swedish startup lets mobile phone users place free, or at least cheap, calls around the world. But beware, there are some headaches involved.
E-Mail Threats Plunge In July
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Caution is still needed, though, a security researcher says. While there may be fewer viruses and worms in the actual e-mail, hackers are spamming out messages that link to malicious sites where Trojan horses lie in wait for innocent victims.
Former Brocade Execs Indicted In Options Scandal
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Back-dated options were used to recruit new employees and retain existing ones, the government charges.
Gen Y Taking Technology To New Level
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
While Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are using technology to do the same old things, these young adults are doing new things with new technology. Text messaging and games are hot.
Linux Leader Takes Aim At Free Software Movement
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
There seems to be another rift among the Linux faithful.
AOL Emerges As Video Search Giant
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
AOL Video will let users search for videos across the Web, upload their own, or buy or watch for free thousands of TV shows.
Linksys Releases Wireless-N For Small Businesses
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
The local area network product line uses the 802.11n wireless draft specification, designed to better handle bandwidth-hungry apps like video and VoIP. Still, there's no assurance they'll work with other products using that spec.
F5 Debuts Web App Acceleration Technology
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
The company launched new WebAccelerator modules for its Big-IP application switch, which will add Web application acceleration capabilities to its flagship traffic management product line.
New Bot-Powered eBay Scam Uncovered
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Crooks are using bots to create bogus eBay accounts that boast trustworthy profiles in a new scheme to rip off buyers.
New Cisco Suite Takes On Complicated Regulatory Issues
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
One product in the Cisco PACE suite, Network Compliance Manager, provides reports on compliance and changes and allows administrators to make bulk configuration and password changes.
Review: Sonos ZP80 Sound Integrator
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
The company's newest offering is a more affordable, entry-level system than its original product, but you'll have to spend considerably more than the initial $1,000 by the time you put music in every room.
Google Shares Plummet In Stock Fiasco
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Something funky happened that sent Google's stock plummeting by $350 a share last week. Nasdaq officials are investigating.
Days After Entering 12-Step Program, Microsoft Falls Off Wagon
Commentary  |  7/31/2006  | 
Whatever happened to the "12 tenets," announced just 10 days ago, that were supposed to help a seemingly humbled and repentant Microsoft assume a more ethical stance toward allowing competition? Could it be that its self-imposed 12-step program has already failed to cure Microsoft of its monopolistic impulses?
AMD's Opteron Gains Ground Against Intel
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Advanced Micro Devices keeps momentum going for its Opteron processor, growing its share of the x86 server processor market in 2Q.
eEye Gives Away Security Software To Consumers
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Dubbed Blink Personal, the software will be released in the next few weeks in an effort to counter the increasing number of zero-day vulnerabilities.
Price War Makes Intel, AMD Chip Industry's Biggest Losers
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
While most chip suppliers grew revenue in the second quarter, the fierce competitors saw declines.
Lockheed Martin Set To Make Seed-Sized Spy Plane
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.7 million, 10-month contract to design a remotely controlled nano air vehicle capable of collecting military intelligence both indoors and in urban outdoor environments.
AMD, Telmex Promote Low-Cost Web Access In Mexico
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
The two companies are pushing the Telmex Internet Box Personal Internet Communicator, which is aimed at providing Internet and PC experience in Mexico.
Apple Recalls MacBook Pro Batteries
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Apple has issued a recall for batteries included with MacBook Pro notebooks sold from February through May 2006.
Review: Pharos Melds GPS With A PDA
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
The Pharos Traveler GPS 525 combines a fully functional Pocket PC with a mostly functional GPS for a handy all-in-one device.
Put to the Test: Pegasystems' BPM Suite Combines Process and Rules
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Deploying SmartBPM Suite 5.1 can be challenging, but the reward is a powerful model-driven approach that manages the complete process environment.
In Focus: Q&A With Rodney Masney, SAP User Champion
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
SAP users: Does your ERP system need an SOA/BPM twist? User group champion Rodney Masney says "yes."
Small Tree Signs Mac OS X Deal With Foundry
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Small Tree Communications has gained another partner in marketing networking solutions to the Macintosh OS X community.
Brief: U.S. Control Of Internet Expected To Continue
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Based on a recent U.S. Commerce Department hearing, there's a good chance its agreement with ICANN to administer the DNS will be renewed or re-crafted.
SanDisk Acquires Competitor Msystems For $1.3 Billion
News  |  7/30/2006  | 
SanDisk, a leader in flash memory subsystems for imaging and audio storage, is acquiring one of its largest solid-state memory competitors, Msystems of Israel, in a stock transaction worth approximately $1.35 billion.
Credit Suisse Disruptive Technology Portfolio Mover Of The Week: ATI Technologies
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
And index of companies shaking up traditional business models.
Sun Plus Greenplum Produces Instant Data Warehouse
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Sun in effect has found a vertical application for its "Thumper" server by teaming it with a data warehousing package.
Microsoft To Offer 3-D Photos
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Dubbed "Photosynth," the technology allows users to combine their photos with thousands of others collected on the Internet to present a detailed 3-D model of a subject, giving viewers the sensation of gliding around a scene from every angle.
New Intel Chips Fuel Price War
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Intel slashed prices on its older chips when it introduced its new dual-core processors for desktop and notebook PCs, so buyers should be looking for bargain computers.
In Depth: Software Vendors Try New Pricing Schemes For A Virtualized World
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
As data centers become multicore and virtualized, software vendors are looking for new ways to charge for their products. Keep your hands on your wallets.
Brief: Sun Has Some Things Going Its Way
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Last week brought an intriguing new product, and a sales jump
Brief: Microsoft Patent Envisions Free Hardware, Software
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Microsoft's latest patent application describes several possible applications for a targeted online advertising system under development.
Wikis Buttoned Down
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
The Ticker
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Technology and business new briefs.
Web Brings War Home
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
It has become common for soldiers to take digital cameras, video equipment, and laptops to war. They carry the devices or attach them to their gear and capture sights and sounds that range from gory to mundane, and then share their images via the Internet.
TCS Leads India's IT Push Toward China
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
It's opening a joint venture there with three Chinese companies, and Microsoft
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Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
5 Ways To Get Vista's Security Now
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Windows Vista is months away, and so is the additional security it's promising. Or is it? Why wait when you can give Windows XP a taste of Vista's User Account Control protection now?
The Upgraded Dragon Speech Recognition Software: Almost Perfect
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Nuance Communications promises its Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 will transform the PC user experience. A test of the software indicates that while that's a fragile promise, it does hold some truth.
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