News & Commentary
posted in November 2006
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Hyperion Offering BI For The Masses
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Hyperion plans to offer next year mini desktop applications that can deliver to customer employees selected information from the vendor's business intelligence platform.
Yahoo Hands Setback To Google In Book Publishers' Suit
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Yahoo says that Google isn't just looking for information to defend itself in the lawsuit; it's also fishing for information that could give it a competitive advantage.
Microsoft, Novell Take Their Partnership To The Streets
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Customers are more interested in interoperability and virtualization than patent protection and intellectual property issues, despite the stir Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is creating in the open source community, says Novell.
Fox Wins Allies In FCC Indecency Fight
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Fox, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the Progress & Freedom Foundation charge that the FCC makes it easy for small, vocal groups to block content they don't like.
Business Objects Acquires On-Demand Application Vendor Nsite
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Business Objects will use the technology to expand its on-demand reporting application, Crystalreports.com, with business intelligence applications that companies can integrate with multiple data sources.
Battery Recalls Pushing Some Buyers To Switch Laptop Brands
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
While most laptop buyers are still pretty happy, 15% of buyers said recent, sweeping battery recalls will alter their buying practices, according to an IDC study.
Intuit Seeks Bigger Piece Of Online Banking Through Digital Insight Purchase
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Intuit is looking to convince banks to offer services beyond traditional online checking, savings, and bill payment. These new would include small business services such as invoicing and payment processing, as well as consumer services such as tracking spending, or planning for retirement or college.
Post Vista: Microsoft Hints At What Comes Next
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
When asked the other day about what's missing from Windows Vista, Steve Ballmer refused to be drawn into the discussion. "I don't choose to go down that path, sorry," he replied. At today's official launch of Vista in New York, however, Ballmer opened up, rattling off a list of things customers can expect to see in Vista's successor.
Merger Of Lucent And Alcatel Is Complete
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The total employee head count is 79,000, with about 23,000 of them working in R&D. Bell Labs will remain headquartered in New Jersey.
Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Handheld Device
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
A patent application shows that wireless communications will play a part either in an upcoming revision of Apple's iPod or in its long-rumored mobile phone.
Lovin' An Elevator -- Or Not
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
New elevators in skyscrapers with multiple banks of lifts don't have buttons inside them -- instead, you punch in your destination while you're calling the elevator, and the controlling computer directs people to cars that are going to floors that are close to each other.

2007 Vista Sales Pegged At 90 Million
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
AllofMP3 Still Alive In The Midst Of Piracy Crackdowns
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The Russian Web site is drawing unwanted attention from officials discussing plans for Russia to join the WTO.
AMD Tries To Leapfrog Intel By Showing Single-Die, Quad-Core Server Processor
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
AMD demonstrated the first native quad-core x86 server processor at its annual Analyst Forum on Thursday.
Cooliris: It's A Keeper
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
I've been using Cooliris for about a day now, and my verdict so far: it's a keeper.

Cooliris helps you check out a page to see if it's worth visiting. Cooliris is a browser plug-in that lets you mouse over Web links and get a pop-up window that shows the Web page on the other end of that link. It works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.

Visit Google's Super-Secret Experimental Playground: Searchmash
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
Searchmash is Google's site for experimenting with new features in its core search business.

Visiting Searchmash, you're confronted with a mostly-blank page, with a logo, and a one-line text entry field inviting you to type a search query.

Enter a query and you get a single page that shows search results, with side-panels showing search results in images, blogs, videos, and Wikipedia.

Sun, Nokia, Ericsson Form Telecom Equipment Alliance
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The three vendors will assist telecommunications firms and service providers by developing a common telecom infrastructure platform.
Microsoft Launches Vista, Office; 30 More Products On The Way
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Microsoft plans to spend more to promote the new products than it devoted to its landmark Windows 95 and Office 95 software 11 years ago.
Future Tech
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
First, a confession: Like a lot of tech enthusiasts, I'm a long-time science fiction reader (and a sometime science fiction writer), and so articles that describe new inventions, technical gadgets, or future possibilities always catch my attention.
Center Seeks To Overturn E-Learning Patent
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been asked to re-examine its grant of Blackboard's 44 claims in the patent.
Sophos Claim: One-Third Of November's Malware Can Breach Vista
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Although Vista's integrated e-mail client stopped all 10 pieces of malware that made November's list of most common threats, three bypassed Vista's built-in defenses when a third-party e-mail client was used.
The Quad-Core War Begins: AMD Launches Quad FX
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
AMD's dual-socket, multicore desktop platform is designed to take full advantage of Microsoft's Windows Vista, which also officially launched on Thursday.
Adobe Warns Of Critical Acrobat, Reader Bugs
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The critical unpatched bugs could be used by attackers to seize control of Windows PCs running Internet Explorer, Adobe warns.
Microsoft To Give Away 30,000 Copies Of Vista, Office 2007
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The free software will go to developers who register for at least three Webcast training sessions.
Convert Videos
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
The free Any Video Converter for Windows lets you convert between many video formats.

Accenture Opens New Software Lab In India
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The center will employ about 80 developers and coordinate work with three existing Accenture software labs in India.
Financial Firms Use Software Tools To Reduce Risk, Comply With New Regulations
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
About a quarter of all companies have to comply with an average of six to eight regulations, and larger financial services firms are subject to a dozen or more, all with overlapping requirements, says the Yankee Group.
Review: Can Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional Compete In Workflow Space?
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Adobe Acrobat 8 Profes-sional is moving headlong into the workflow space with its new form editing features.
Developers Embrace Java, Drop Visual Basic
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Use of Visual Basic has dropped 35% since the spring, says a poll of more than 430 North American developers done by research company Evans Data.
IRS Deep-Sixes Outsourcing Plans As Tax Season Approaches
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The halting of the plan is unrelated to the fact that the IRS has a poor track record when it comes to managing large outsourcing projects, a spokesman insists.
Dell, CompUSA Gear Up For Windows Vista Launch
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Dell said customers with volume licensing agreements with Microsoft can use Dell to factory-install Vista, and CompUSA is offering a Vista implementation program at 160 of its stores.
Vista Will Add Vroom To New Business Software
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
A handful of business-software vendors are introducing products they've been working on for months that are designed to utilize the best of what Vista has to offer.
Yahoo Quietly Launches Mobile Social-Networking Service
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
The unannounced service apparently targets teens and young adults, for texting and photo and video sharing.
Zango Tries To Reinstall Trust
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
Zango, formerly known as 180solutions, recently agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used unfair and deceptive methods to distribute adware. Founder and CEO Keith Smith stopped by InformationWeek to talk about his reformed company and to address charges that bad advertising practices continue at Zango despite the agreement with the FTC.
Nokia Agrees To Expand Use Of Yahoo Services
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
Yahoo Web mail and instant messaging will be available on broader array of Nokia cell phones.
Mobile Music, Video Poised For Growth, Study Shows
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
Wireless music downloads are becoming more popular among young people, who have traditionally stayed away from those services, according to a study from Ipsos Insight.
Most Effective IT Organizations Spend 7% More, Says Report
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
Top-performing IT organizations spend more per end-user, but reap the benefits in reduced operational costs, according to a study from Hackett Group.
BitTorrent Does Digital Download Deal
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
Film and TV video from eight studios, including 20th Century Fox, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, and Starz Media, will be available on the peer-to-peer network.
Virtual Worlds Are As Important As The Real World To Internet Users
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
A new study shows that more women than men are on the Internet, online communities are becoming key parts of our lives, and more people are surfing the Net at work.
Turbolinux Proposes Mobile Linux For Consumers
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
Turbolinux, Inc. said it will offer a Linux booting device in an iPod-sized media player as a way to promote Linux among consumers.
Verizon Wireless Could Get Boost From Video Content Deals
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
Verizon Wireless has signed exclusive deals to distribute user generated video from YouTube and Revver, which could provide a boost to the carrier's slow-selling mobile media service.
If An IT Manager Finds Kiddie Porn On The Company President's Computer, Should He Call The Cops?
Commentary  |  11/29/2006  | 
That's a question posed to the New York Times's "The Ethicist" column. The columnist, Randy Cohen, has a completely insane response: The IT manager should remain silent.

The questioner writes: "I am an Internet technician. While installing software on my company's computer network, I happened on a lot of pornographic pictures in the president's personal directory, including some of yo
HP Unveils Automated Cooling System For Data Centers
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
HP says its Dynamic Smart Cooling system will cut data center power costs by 20% to 40%.
3Com Stock Down After Huawei Deal
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
3Com agreed to pay $882 million for Huawei's 49% stake in Huawei-3Com.
Indiana May Turn Over Welfare System To IBM Under $1.6 Billion Outsourcing Deal
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
IBM would provide Indiana with intake processing services and set up an automated welfare eligibility application system that will be accessible online 24 hours a day.
Personal Links, Broadband Penetration Boost Net Usage In EU
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
European Internet users spend more than 11 hours a week online, up 11% from 2005. Forty-five percent of them go online every day.
Cyber Monday Sets Online Shopping Record
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
Internet shoppers handed $608 million to retailers on the Monday following the Thanksgiving weekend, the first time single-day online sales broke $600 million.
Study: Violent Video Game Exposure Affects Self-Control
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
The differences were associated with emotional arousal and controlling behavior.
Watch Out for Oracle BPMS
Commentary  |  11/29/2006  | 
Oracle has one of the most widely used BPEL tools on the market, but so far they haven't shown up in Gartner's business process management suite (BPMS) magic quadrants. That should change soon. Recall that Oracle did an OEM deal in July with IDS Scheer for the ARIS Process Design Platform. At the time I speculated this had more to do with keeping up with SAP, but that's apparently not entirely true.
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