News & Commentary
posted in April 2009
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Zend Supports Amazon EC2, Faster PHP Development
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Open source Zend Framework 1.8 includes APIs needed to invoke cloud computing and storage services and allows for more rapid application development.
Netbook Boom Likely To End With Better Economy
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The mini-laptops optimized for Web surfing and costing as little as $300 have experienced a boom for more than a year.
Just Say No to Virtual Security FUD
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
What is special about a virtual computer-a VM? It's a computer in a file. That's it. It's just a computer stored in a file with similar foibles and management issues as a physical computer. So why do some people invest virtual computers some magical transformative powers? Do they not understand what a virtual computer is?
IBM Launches Appliance For Private Cloud Computing
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
IBM is the first major vendor to produce a cloud appliance for its customers, a sign of how the concepts of private cloud computing are changing.
5 Tips For Taking Business Video Viral
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Putting up an online video can snare millions of viewers for your business and the cost for you can be almost nothing. It's time to take another look at the business potential of online video.
Twitter Employee Account Hijacked
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
A security breach of a Yahoo Mail account let one hacker peer at info about Barack Obama, Britney Spears, and others.
Apple Turning To Chip Design For Its Innovation
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Apple's plans for all this design power are likely to revolve around video and power consumption, and will boost the company's desire for secrecy.
Comcast Profits Rise Despite Recession
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The company's subscriber base was boosted by the digital television transition, but it is facing increased competition from Verizon and AT&T.
IBM Will Flex Financial Muscle In Cloud, Analytics, Outsourcing
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Flexing its considerable financial muscle in strategic categories, IBM says it "will leverage our cash position to be opportunistic to accelerate our progress" in cloud computing and business analytics, while also reporting a whopping 50% jump in signings for long-term strategic-outsourcing deals in the financial-services sector.
Twitter, Microsoft And... Oracle?
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Apparently where there's Tweets, there's fire. Twitter may or may not have a business model (management claims it does), but traditional software vendors are apparently convinced there's money to be made in them thar' streams.
GPS Evidence Too Unreliable For Legal Purposes
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
GPS devices can be easily jammed and their data can be spoofed, particularly when tied to cellular systems, experts argue.
AT&T, Hertz Putting Wireless In Rental Cars
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The partnership will let drivers remotely connect with Hertz employees to locate and unlock vehicles, as well as to provide tracking and driving time.
Bill Would Shift Government Cybersecurity Requirements
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The U.S. Information and Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 would require more continuous monitoring of systems and effectiveness of agencies' cybersecurity measures.
iPhone Users Willing To Pay For Applications
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Users of BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC smartphones are far less likely than iPhone users to download applications to their devices.
WolframAlpha Search Engine Seen As Important As Google
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
What makes the new knowledge engine different is the underlying technology that computes answers instead of looking them up in a huge database.
Slacker For BlackBerry Hits 1 Million Downloads
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The success of the music-streaming app is another sign that BlackBerrys are gaining popularity with an audience that's not exclusively corporate users.
Paring Management System Costs
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Network and systems management has been a troublesome area for small and medium businesses. While many companies would like to deploy these products and get a clearer picture about their system and network usage, product pricing has often been too high for them to make that switch. Consequently, one successful vendor decided to retool its product line by adding a lower cost option.
Interactive Ad Unit Guidelines Revised
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The IAB issued the first Universal Ad Package, with four ad standards, in 2002.
bMighty bSecure: SMB Security On A Budget - And On Demand!
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
When times get tough, it's all too tempting to push security concerns aside. But that's a fool's game. Fortunately, there are ways for small and midsize companies to address security issues without breaking the bank. To learn more, check out the On-Demand version of bMighty bSecure, which brings together business and security experts to show you how to do exactly that.
Shopping Service Opens Up On Twitter
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
There is a new account on Twitter that gives you shopping assistance and since Twitter works on your mobile phone, this can be a useful companion when looking for something or when you have a question about a product. You just send @imshopping your question, in 140 characters of course, and it will respond with the information you are looking for.
Verizon Seeks Extension For Alltel Spinoff
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The company says it needs more time to divest in wireless assets it obtained from Alltel because of difficulties related to the economic climate.
Google Granted Floating Data Center Patent
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Google is considering floating data centers because of the practical problems it faces in trying to locate data centers on coastal land, where real estate is typically expensive.
Disney Taking Equity Stake In Hulu
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Hulu will stream full-length episodes of popular Disney and ABC shows, using an ad-supported model, the companies say.
Meet The Palm Eos, Follow-Up To The Pre
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Palm may not have announced it, but a new device called the Eos has been spotted on the Internet. It's thin, it's sexy, and it just might be more exciting than the Pre.
Pure Digital Expands HD To Flip Ultra Camcorder
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The pocket-size Flip UltraHD captures images at 1,280-by-720 resolution and comes with software that makes it easy to upload videos to YouTube.
Mobile Phone Shipments Dip In First Quarter
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The first quarter's decline was especially sharp this year because of weak demand and lack of credit, but smartphone growth continues to defy the recession.
Microsoft Completes Work On Windows Vista SP2
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The service pack has officially been released to manufacturing and should be ready to ship soon.
bMighty News Flash: Thursday April 30, 2009
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: SMBs are looking to increase IT spending and create new jobs in the next six months, Acer on track to surpass Dell as the world's second-largest PC maker, IBM adds social networking to DeveloperWorks Portal for IT professionals, and more. . .
A Great Guide To Picking The Right Linux Distro
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Choice is empowering -- but too many choices can be overwhelming. The key to succeeding with Linux is to avoid the latter without sacrificing the former.
Feds Ink Deals To Let Government Agencies Use Social Media
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
The General Services Administration reached agreements with popular social media networks like Facebook and YouTube to allow agencies to use the service. Previously, elements of the terms of these services blocked the government from using them.
Make Linux Suck Less
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Linux sucks! So says Bryan Lunduke, himself a Linux software developer, at a presentation he gave at Linux Fest Northwest. In truth, it's not a hatchet job -- it's exactly the kind of pointed and forceful Linux criticism we need more of.

IBM CIO's Strategy: Run, Transform, Innovate
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Like other CIOs, IBM's Mark Hennessy knows that a dollar saved on data center operations is a dollar earned for business-technology innovation. IBM has moved the dial on its IT budget 10 percentage points toward innovation in recent years, and Hennessy says there are still more operational efficiencies to be gained.
Motorola CEO: 'Android-Based Devices' On Track For Late 2009
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Today Motorola filed its first quarter earnings. Buried within the report was a juicy gem about the company's plans regarding Android devices, which CEO Sanjay Jha said will be available in time for the holidays. (Oh, and handset sales fell a whopping 45%.)
Motorola Bets On Android As Mobile Slide Continues
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Lagging behind T-Mobile's G1 handset, Motorola vows it will have an Android phone in stores in time for the fourth-quarter holiday season.
5 Tips For Avoiding Litigation In A Recession
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
With cash tight the last thing your business needs right now is a lawsuit. But the inevitable collection difficulties that come with a recession increase the likelihood of a business dispute. Here's 5 tips to help your business steer clear of litigation and handle it effectively if it does happen to you.
BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.141 Leaked Onto Interwebs
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
What feels like mere hours after we first learned about the existence of Storm firmware 4.7.0.141, it appears the Internet Gods have delivered it for your downloading pleasure.
Clearing the Air on McKinsey's Cloud Report
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
The world of cloud computing was shocked last week with the release of the McKinsey report on cloud computing, entitled "Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing." As with any of the thought-leadership pieces pushed out around cloud computing, it was quickly picked apart by the pundits.
Riverbed Revenue Jumps 21% As It Sasses Cisco
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Sparked by strong revenue growth in services and 500 new customers, Riverbed Technology reported revenue grew 21% in the first quarter to $88.5 million, and that it expects second-quarter revenue to be up by 13%-15% year over year. Emboldened by that success, Riverbed execs also told analysts they're beating Cisco "nine out of 10 times" even as Cisco and others offer discounts of 80% or more.
Terracotta 3 Takes A Load Off Databases
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Release 3.0 of Terracotta Server reduces database load by initiating Java Virtual Machines and application servers when applications are scaled up.
Sony Expected To Unveil New PSP In June
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The handheld console likely will be called the PSP Go! and will be available with either 8 GB or 16 GB of flash memory.
Apple May Be Prepping For Blu-Ray
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The beta pre-release version of ITunes that shipped to developers late Tuesday may hold the key to Apple's future plans.
Global CIO: How Avnet Is Rethinking IT To Enable Global Business
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
A broader move from regional to global IT teams lets the company remain responsive to regional market needs while gaining the benefits of its global scale.
Steve Jobs Opts Out Of Town Meeting
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Preservationists are seeking to save from demolition Jobs' 14-bedroom, 17,000-square-foot house in Silicon Valley.
A Plethora Of Pre News
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
I'm still waiting for some official word on when Palm's Pre is coming out, but a few items leaked this week that may point to a price. There's also speculation that Palm may cap the stock of the handset when it's released to create a buss. That's right, we may face Wii-like scarcities.
Time Warner Ready To Spin Off AOL
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The fate of the partnership may be decided at an all-hands meeting at AOL's ancestral headquarters in mid-July.
Down To Business: Are Execs Twittering Their Time Away?
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Clearly, the rules of social networking engagement are still evolving. Either these tools are shedding light on business issues, or they're just a distraction.
7 Netbooks That Will Surprise You
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
More memory, more powerful processors, and larger displays aren't the half of it. Some features manufacturers are adding to netbooks may really surprise you.
Are You A Super-User?
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
A long list of big brand names are outsourcing customer service to unpaid, voluntary enthusiast users who staff and sometimes manage online company forums. I'm just not getting it, and I thought you might help me out.
Pentagon Using Virtual Reality To Treat PTSD
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
The U.S. military is using virtual worlds to help treat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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