News & Commentary
posted in February 2007
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Dada And Google Try Social Advertising
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The global social network and blog service plans to begin sharing revenue from online ads with users who agree to run ads on their pages.
Intel To Upgrade Workstation Chipset, Up Clock Speed Of Quad-Core Processor
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The chipmaker's long-term roadmap includes a new micro-architecture for desktops, servers, workstations and mobile devices, code-named Nehalem
Looking To Best Intel, AMD Floors Quad-Core Performance
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
AMD's upcoming Barcelona quad-core processor will sport floating-point performance 42 percent higher than Intel's Xeon X5355, AMD claims.
U.S.-CERT Warns Of Rogue Code For Firefox Flaw
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
A new proof-of-concept code is circulating for a Firefox vulnerability that was fixed in Mozilla's security update that was released last week.
eSnips Expands Free Storage, Music Monetization Tools
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The rival to MySpace and FaceBook differentiates itself with a focus on niche communities rather than generic personal pages.
VMware Rails Against Microsoft's 'Premier' Windows Strategy
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The virtualization software vendor takes issue with the way that Microsoft supports high-roller customers using Virtual Center and VMotion.
House Moves To Outlaw Phone Number Spoofing
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
While the bill would criminalize spoofing, it does make exceptions for victims of domestic violence, crime tipsters, and others with legitimate reasons to conceal their numbers.
New Deals Show Software-As-A-Service More Than A Niche
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
Salesforce.com and IBM write up new contracts with partners willing to adopt an on-demand software model.
FAIR USE Act Aims To Clarify Copyright Limits
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The legislation would amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act so that teachers, libraries and certain individuals could circumvent DRM locks.
Mass. Man Arrested For Defrauding Cisco Systems Of Millions In Hardware
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The man allegedly used false identities and private mailboxes in at least 39 states to commit at least 700 instances of fraud against Cisco.
Black Hat 'RFID' Compromise Is A Win For Security
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The deal between HID and IOActive shows how delicate a line security researchers walk when they seek to present their work to the public.
Sybase To Launch Secure Mobile IM And Presence For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere today announced a solution that will add secure mobile instant messaging (IM) and presence to its Information Anywhere mobile e-mail platform. IAnywhere's new mobile IM system will ship by the second quarter and will also be available as a standalone offering. Get ready for some mobile IM on your BlackBerry.
A $10 Wok Replaces A $20,000 Satellite Dish
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
A software programmer substituted a $10 Chinese cooking wok for a $20,000 satellite dish on behalf of his New Zealand television station.
Kaspersky Report: Targeted Trojans Will Plague 2007
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
As worldwide worm epidemics fade, Trojan attacks aimed at specific companies will take their place as the predominant malware menace this year.
U.N. Courts Silicon Valley To Close The Digital Divide
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
Intel spearheads efforts to reach out to businesses, academia, and the venture capital industry to help build up developing countries on three continents.
Spectrum, Here! Get Yer Spectrum, Heeeere!
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
According to an analyst over at Pyramid Research, 3G spectrum has been highly overpriced, while
T-Mobile, Nokia Launch New Music-Themed Cell Phone, Yo
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Last night at the midtown Manhattan club Arena, T-Mobile hosted members of the tech press, socialites and other sparkling members of NYC's digerati to an ear-shattering launch party for its newest handset. The Teddybears and Twista were in da house. Oh, and so was the Nokia 5300.
AT&T Accelerates Its Fiber TV Rollout In Wisconsin
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The phone conglomerate is hoping that its new offerings will keep customers away from similar services from cable companies and home satellite network providers.
Industry, Regulators Pushing To Meet DTV Conversion Deadlines
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
Some 73 million television sets are reportedly at risk of going dark without help in meeting the February 2009 deadline for digital television.
Something Will Be Lost When Second Life Gets Voice
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
I have to admit I'm not 100% looking forward to the addition of voice into Second Life. I agree that it's inevitable and will make the service easier to use. But the text-based chat currently in use in Second Life adds to its charm, and, paradoxically, makes the service seem more real.

Google Mashup Helps You Avoid Traffic Backups
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The search engine company debuts an add-on to its Google Maps application for a handful of metro areas.
IBM Heiress' Ex-Partner Sues For Stake In Family Fortune
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
Patricia Spado was Olive Watson's domestic partner for more than 10 years until 1992.
Storm Worm Attacking Blogs, Bulletin Boards, And Webmail
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
A variant of the Storm worm is able to analyze network traffic and insert a link to a malicious Web site into text posted in blogs, Webmail, and bulletin boards.
CRM Comes to Google Business Apps
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
One company is adapting its Web-based enterprise customer relationship management software to fit Google's Apps Premier Edition.
Qualcomm-Nokia Patent Trial Delayed
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The judge gave no reason for placing the trial on hold, but the delay gave rise to hopes that Qualcomm and Nokia are trying to reach a settlement on their licensing agreements.
The Importance Of Presence: Taming The Wild And Woolly IM
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
"Presence" is one of the hottest ideas in software these days. Being able to see who's online and how they're connected is a necessary piece of functionality for enterprise networks as "real-time collaboration" (what we used to call "instant messaging" before it went corporate) has become the way to be productive. And for big companies, providing presence has been a security and compliance headache. The latest company to offer help is Sybase iAnywhere. Today it announced mobile instant messaging
Linden Lab Details Plans For Voice In Second Life
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The new feature, allowing users of the virtual world to talk to each other, is scheduled to go live around May. It will require complex technology to deliver a unique audio stream to each of the thousands of users who log into the world simultaneously.
Telnet Worm Exploiting Zero-Day Bug In Solaris
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The flaw in Sun Solaris' Telnet framework lets hackers try to log into computer systems as the user or administrator, executing commands remotely.
California Is The Latest State To Consider Move To Open Documents
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
While the precise format is not spelled out in the bill, the legislation would likely open the way for Open Document Format.
Security Researchers and Vendors Clash at Black Hat, Users Lose
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The dustup revives the issue of how much license security researchers should be given when presenting their findings in the name of better security.
IBM Partners With Google For Business Web 2.0 Push
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
WebSphere Portal 6 and Portal Express customers can get Google Gadget Portlet for free starting in April.
Models Take the Danger Out of Prediction
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Predictive modeling isn't a crystal ball, and despite the efforts of Business Objects, Hyperion, Microstrategy and SAS to get predictive modeling into mainstream BI tools, there are many other reasons for its lack of success... Predictive modeling is different from using predictive models... Automating decisions with predictive models is a good idea, especially when those decisions are numerous and each one has a farily low risk of error.
Oracle on HP and Intel Claims New Database Record
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
For those keeping score, the Oracle/Intel/HP system is 1.5% faster than an IBM system, which was bumped down to second place.
Windows Vista's Color-Coded Security Messages Can Be Spoofed, Symantec Warns
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
A Symantec security researcher says malicious code can "trick" Windows Vista into generating a green light when it should be holding up the stop sign.
States From Maine To Oregon Brace For Daylight-Saving Time Computer Bug
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
State IT leaders have been bombarding subordinates and end-users with memos and bulletins outlining their concerns and detailing courses of action to deal with what's been called a mini-Y2K.
Flash Memory Maker SanDisk Aims At Consumer Electronics
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
Amid questions about royalties from Samsung Electronics, SanDisk plans to place emphasis on being a vertically integrated consumer electronics supplier.
Researchers Stuck in the Middle
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
Want to be a security researcher? You're a better person than I am
Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
According to The Washington Post, Google this week held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several gov
IM 2.0
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Health Care Software System, Subject of Lawsuit, Becomes Open Source
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
Medsphere hopes to capitalize on a successful deployment at the VA hospital system by adapting its software to the community hospitals and private health care providers.
JasperSoft Offers Business Intelligence On MySQL Database
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
JasperSoft launches a suite of reporting tools for the open-source database.
IBM Launches High-Performance Computing Initiative
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
IBM works with Microsoft and other application vendors to expand the use of its hardware in computer clusters and mainframes.
Social Networking Sites Feed Phishers
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
Blame it on a big uptake in social networking sites such as MySpace, where people are willingly keying in all this data about themselves, analysts at MessageLabs suggest.
AMD Launches First Combo Chipset From ATI Acquisition
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The chipmaker takes more steps towards its Fusion processors, which are due to ship in 2009.
SEC Sues Company For Using Hacked Information In Trades
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
Symantec and RealNetworks corporate press releases were among those accessed by Blue Bottle before they were made public and used to make insider trades, the agency claims.
Ning Envisions A Social Networking Site For Everyone
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The second life of Marc Andreessen's social Web application targets inflexible competitors such as MySpace.
New Vulnerability Found In Microsoft's Windows Vista
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The privilege escalation bug enables regular users to elevate their status to system-level access.
HP's Planned PolyServe Buy Is Expected To Boost Storage Offerings
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The proposed purchase should give HP the technology it needs to boost its storage offerings by leveraging its fast-growing blade server business.
Quick Look: Remember The Milk
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
It's not the organized people who need to keep task lists -- it's those of us who are so disorganized that we need some sort of written reminder to keep us on track (and to keep our bosses happy). As a past Outlook user, my inclination is to pair my task list with my calendar. As a current user of Google Calendar, I've been a bit peeved because, with all its advantages, it doesn't have a To Do feature. I'm a lot happier now -- because I found a site with the absurd name of
AOL May Buy Mobile Advertising Firm Third Screen Media
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, AOL is in talks to buy mobile phone advertising provider Third Screen Media. Does that mean mobile advertising is about to take off?
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