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posted in May 2006
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 1 Due In July
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Beta 2 is due in September, and RHEL 5 will ship in December.
Ask.com Unveils Blog And Feed Search
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The search site plans to add a Blogs & Feeds tab to its Internet search tools menu and to more thoroughly integrate its search engine with its online news aggregation site, Bloglines.
Segway Scooters Take New Direction
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Although popular in Europe, the electric scooters haven't caught on here en masse. The company is hoping the rising price of gas and a new consumer finance program will change that.
Dell Agrees To Ship Skype With Mobile Entertainment PCs
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The software will come as an option with Dell's two new XPS desktop replacements, the M1210 and M2010.
Sun CEO Schwartz Plans To Cut Up To 5,000 Jobs
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Sun sets a six-month cost-cutting plan to cut jobs and increase efficiency.
Microsoft Seen Eyeing Handheld Gaming Market: Report
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
A handheld device could boost overall profits for software sales and in-game advertising, putting Microsoft's recent acquisition of video game advertiser Massive to good use, a new report says.
XM Halts Satellite Radio Shipments On FCC Orders
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The issue is alleged violation of transmission standards set by the government. XM says it plans to have modified devices shipping shortly.
Do The Math: EU E-Mail Tax Doesn't Add Up
Commentary  |  5/31/2006  | 
Comes now that a French MEP is proposing a tax on SMS and e-mail messages as a way to partly supplement the European Union's general fund. Every time I hear one of these proposals, I have to wonder if people have even done the math on this stuff.
Linksys Launches IP Security Camera
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Aimed at small businesses, the camera is the first of several products to come to this new market from Linksys. The camera allows customers to integrate security into their existing IP networks.
Red Hat Turns Over Testing Tools To Fedora--For Now
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The Dogtail and Autobuild automated certification and testing tools will be offered to customers as part of Fedora initially, but could become a commercial value-added service in the future, Red Hat's CEO said at a conference this week.
Half Of Tech Pros Planning To Look For New Jobs, Survey Says
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
IT workers aren't scared of losing their jobs--indeed, the improved IT employment market has made pros more willing to see if the grass is greener elsewhere.
Brief: Cingular Claims Smallest Camera Flip Phone
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The phone is available exclusively in the United States to customers of Cingular's GoPhone prepaid wireless service.
Secure, Mobile E-Mail Bows For Shared PCs
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The new service, called MobilityEmail.net, uses a memory stick. No browser is used in accessing the e-mail service, so no information related to the user is left on the computer.
IBM Touts Missing Link To Utility Computing And Shared IT Resources
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager lets users measure and bill for virtual server, storage, network, software, middleware, and e-mail consumption by company, department, or individual.
Microsoft Taps New Office Chiefs
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Two executives--Kurt DelBene and Antoine Leblond--will divide Steven Sinofsky's old job as head of the Office team.
Enterprises Should Ditch Skype: Gartner
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Because of the VoIP provider's recent security issues, Gartner is repeating its earlier advice that enterprises stay away from Skype entirely.
Disney Becomes Latest Studio To Offer Movies Online
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Disney plans to release movies the same day they're available on DVD.
China Fights For Its Wireless Standard Against Intel-Backed 802.11i
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Chinese officials say the approval process for a wireless security standard was unfairly stacked against its WAPI. It could be the start of more such disputes.
Lenovo Unveils Portable Widescreens
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The notebooks, targeted at SMBs, include integrated optical drives for watching movies, playing music, or installing software; new multimedia features; and 802.11 wireless LAN and 10/100 Ethernet on all models.
Trend Micro Gives Away Windows Vista Security Pack
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
A Vista edition of Trend's PC-cillin anti-virus program is immediately available for download.
Where The Jobs--And Bucks--Are In IT Now
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Nearly 10% of CIOs are planning to add IT staff this quarter. The industry with the greatest optimism for IT hiring is retail, and CIOs there are spelling out key skills in demand. Among them: retail-specific apps and networking.
Brief: Sycamore Networks Receives Grand Jury Subpoena
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The networking company, which is already under investigation by the SEC, has also been asked by the U.S. Attorney's Office for Massachusetts for documents related to the company’s stock option practices.
Microsoft Adds Database Software To Visual Studio
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The role-specific software will include tools for managing changes to database schema, a unit test harness, and a feature that generates test data mimicking the volume and format of production database information.
First OpenOffice Macro Virus Appears
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
A virus that targets StarOffice and OpenOffice is out and about, multiple security companies said Wednesday.
Apple Starts Free Computer Recycling
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The company is offering to recycle customers' old machines, even non-Macs, and said all systems will be recycled domestically.
IBM Collaborates For Patient Care
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
IBM's latest project could spell extended life for cardiac patients.
Review: Treo 700p
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Palm has fixed the memory issues, increased the quality of the camera, and made a host of improvements that add up to the best Treo ever--and for Palm OS fans, the best smart phone you can buy anywhere.
AMD Live! Home Entertainment Platform Expanded With Services
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The collection of services and applications is designed to make it easier to view, record, manage, secure, and store TV programs, photos, music, and movies on Web-connected devices.
Ballmer: Focus On Microsoft's Opportunities, Not Misfires
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, in a rare meeting with financial analysts Wednesday, offered few comments about the problems buffeting the company.
Lenovo Debuts Subnotebooks For SMBs
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
The V100 addition to the 3000 Series features a 12.1-inch screen, a built-in optical drive, 4.4 hours of battery life, and a weight of 4 pounds.
Europe To Consider Tax On E-Mail
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
A French politician is proposing that the European Union tax every email and text message sent from within the 25-nation bloc, according to online reports.
EU Says U.S. Can't Keep Airline Passenger Data Safe
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
European Union leaders fought a requirement to give airline passenger data to the United States, saying that they did not trust that it would be protected.
Frontier Takes Off With Massively Parallel Flight Management System
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
To stay competitive, Frontier has adopted Greenplum's Bizgres MPP business intelligence tools, which act on data in a PostgreSQL open source database.
Microsoft Builds TV Website To Support AIDS Documentary
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
Microsoft Corp. has built the broadband television Web site that will complement the AIDS documentary airing this week on the PBS TV series Frontline.
Businesses Tap Into Social Networks, Blogs, Video Sharing
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
Their interest is driven in part by the impact that blogs and social networking sites are having on consumer decisions and purchases.
Microsoft Debuts Windows Live OneCare Security Service
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
The service is designed to guard against attacks and crashes. Microsoft faces stiff competition from established security companies Symantec, McAfee, and Trend Micro.
Vista Secrets: Read 'Em If You Can
Commentary  |  5/30/2006  | 
Microsoft has re-released a 300-page guide to Windows Vista that was posted and then pulled in April. But even though there's now a link to it, Microsoft still seems to be working pretty hard to keep it a secret: it's available in two formats -- a 60-megabyte Word file, and an XPS file. (A what file?)
BitDefender Ships Perimeter Security Suite
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
BitDefender introduces a suite of anti-virus, spam and anti-spyware tools, combined with enterprise or SMB-focused admin and management features, for mail and file servers running Samba or FreeBSD.
Amnesty International Sees Internet As New Frontier In Human Rights
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
The human rights organization has launched a Web site to fight online censorship. Among other actions, the site will spotlight technology companies and service providers seen as abetting efforts to suppress free speech.
Microsoft's Security Rivals Talk Up OneCare Killers
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
McAfee is planning a summer launch for a multi-edition set of security subscriptions, while Symantec says it will release a beta version of its contender this summer, with the final release slated for March 2007.
Iranian Nuclear Crisis More Than Just Fun And Games
Commentary  |  5/30/2006  | 
The Iranian government claims its nuclear program is for the production of energy -- peaceful purposes only. The U.S. government claims Iran is secretly working on nuclear bombs for its long-range missiles. America and Iran both say they'll go to war over the issue. Doesn't the conflict sound like the basis for a really fun game?
Trojan ID Thieves Pose As Microsoft Patches
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
A pair of Trojans posing as Microsoft patches or updates is on the loose, security firms said Tuesday.
McAfee Fires General Counsel Kent Roberts
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
McAfee has fired General Counsel Kent Roberts over an "improper" incident that took place in 2000, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based security vendor said Monday.
Apple Against The Rest Of Us
Commentary  |  5/30/2006  | 
The company that made media history with its classic "1984" Super Bowl commercial is acting suspiciously like an organization out of the George Orwell novel it was based on. Yes, I'm talking about Apple's attempts to force online publishers to disclose their sources of confidential information.
Symantec Patches Flaw In Five Days
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
A stack overflow in several products, including its anti-virus family, was fully patched as of Sunday, according to an updated advisory on Symantec's Web site.
Mozilla Launches Next Firefox 2.0 Alpha
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
Additions include a built-in anti-phishing feature and suggestions for searches run in Google and Yahoo.
Apple Punishes Samsung For iPod Gaffe: Analyst
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
A Samsung executive's boast that his firm had won new iPod business caused Apple to get its chips from another supplier, one analyst is saying.
Review: TiVo Series2 DT DVR
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
It's the same TiVo you know and love, but with the new ability to record two channels at once.
Microsoft Names Vista Browser IE7+
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
The new moniker will denote Vista-only features in that operating system's browser, including protected mode, parental controls, and better network diagnostics--all of which are missing from the Windows XP version.
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