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Content tagged with Software posted in December 2007
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Google Search Nets Chief Performance Yahoo
Commentary  |  12/31/2007  | 
As of Jan. 7, Steve Souders says he is trading in his Yahoo hat for a Google one. It's a boon for Google, but is it a bust for Yahoo? And, did anyone not see this coming?
Record Number Of Data Breaches Reported In 2007
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Researchers with the Identity Theft Resource Center cited 443 breaches in the U.S. in 2007 in their annual report, compared to the 315 they identified in 2006.
A Year of IntelligentEnterprise.com
Commentary  |  12/31/2007  | 
It has been a year since Intelligent Enterprise magazine went on-line only. The last print issue, dated January 2007, came out last December. I thought I would miss the paper edition but now I see that, from a writer's point of view, the overhead of a print run, particularly for an IT publication, is a greater liability than may be justified by the extra value delivered.
Windows Home Server Bug Could Lead To Data Loss
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The issue was acknowledged in October, when Microsoft warned "not to copy data files that contain alternate data streams to Windows Home Server shared folders."
NYC Taxi Commission Defends Touch-Screens In Cabs
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Stringent security protocols protect riders, officials say, despite recent claims that hackers can access information, including credit card numbers.
Vonage Settles Patent Fights With Nortel, AT&T
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The agreement, which also involved Digital Packet Licensing patents acquired by Nortel, centered on the use of 411 and emergency calls.
Generation Y Looks To The Web For Answers
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
A Pew Internet study found 58% of Americans go online first when seeking information on common issues, such as an illness, finances, taxes, and careers.
AOL Kills Netscape's Future, Leaves Firefox To Battle IE
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
Development on the browser had recently devolved into a handful of engineers tasked with creating a skinned version of Firefox with a few extensions, AOL said.
Zune, iTunes Sites Get Christmas Day Traffic Boosts
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
New owners signed up for accounts and downloaded software, according to a Hitwise survey.
Better Living Through Open Source: The Directory
Commentary  |  12/28/2007  | 
A common question I hear when people want to make the jump to open source software as a standard -- either to step away from Microsoft or from proprietary software as a whole -- is this: "OK, what do I use now?"  Sites like Open Source Living were built to answer that question.

Microsoft Outlook Add-On Monitors Public Folders
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
The multithreaded software displays a list of folders in the Outlook in-box and Public Folders that contain unread e-mail.
Microsoft Opens Up On Security Research
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
Microsoft's Security Vulnerability Research and Defense blog provides in-depth technical information and ways security professionals can protect an organization from vulnerabilities.
Perl Offers Incremental Update; Version 6.0 Still Awaited
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
While the authors jumped in to fix some expressions for version 5.10, the upcoming rewrite is expected to be more of a community effort.
Boston Public Library To Put Historical Documents Online
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
Several nonprofit library and archival organizations begin to make accessible U.S. historical documents, including President John Adams' entire library.
Virtual Machine Management Tools Take Center Stage
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
In addition to larger vendors, newcomers such as Embotics, PlateSpin, and Veeam are expanding their list of VM control products.
Passenger Says He Hacked Windows In New York Taxi Display Screen
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
A software engineer says he accessed a New York City cab's video display system files after seeing an error message on the screen.
Apple Reportedly Inks Deal To Launch Fox Movie Rental Service
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
Fox reportedly also has agreed to release movie DVDs using Apple's digital rights management technology.
Mobile Phones Present Growth Opportunity For Casual Gaming
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
But hard-core gamers will probably stick to handheld devices for more sophisticated games, says Parks Associates.
Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Order Processing For Cafes
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The application describes a system in which a person approaching a cafe or restaurant could wirelessly place an order that would be received by an in-store computer.
VectorLinux: Save A PC From The Dumpster
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
From time to time I've mentioned Linux distributions specifically designed for low-end systems -- some of which I've used to save machines from the dumpster. This week I've got a new release of one such Linux distro: VectorLinux version 5.9.
EMC To Buy Document Sciences For $85 Million
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
EMC has offered Document Sciences' xPression product suite since May 2005 on its EMC Documentum 5.3 platform.
The Rise Of The Two-Screen TV Audience
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
Startup Jacked.com is building a business around people who use a PC, laptop, or cell phone at the same time that they're watching TV. These so-called "two screeners" may represent the rising class among TV viewers.
"Entitled" Younger Workers Could Be Advantage For Small Firms
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
No surprise, but it seems Generation Y workers expect more workplace perks than their more mature colleagues. Actually, though, that opens an opportunity for smaller firms with more flexible HR policies.
E-Mail Is The Center Of The Universe
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
Seems that way sometimes, doesn't it? Well, a Canadian outfit called Kryptiva aims to make it almost literally true with a Collaboration Suite that links file sharing, application sharing, and instant messaging to your Outlook inbox.
SWsoft Reborn 'Parallels,' Seeks Broader Virtualization Future
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The company is expected next year to launch its own hypervisor product that will work in conjunction with its Virtuozzo server software.
Electricity Costs Attacked Through XML
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
By implementing an in-house XML-based settlements system, a California consortium is lowering the cost of power distribution.
NetSuite Raises $185.4 Million In IPO
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
Based on its IPO price, NetSuite's market capitalization is about $1.5 billion. Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison remains the majority stockholder.
Top Five Open Source Stories Of 2007
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
It's been a landmark year for open source, and in so many different ways that even a casual survey of the year's events will range far and wide.  Here's a quick rundown of what to me were the top five open source events of the year -- not an exhaustive list, of course, but the things that best reflected how important and widely entrenched open source software (especially Linux) has become.

Netgear Expands ReadyNAS Line Of Storage Products
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The new products stem from Netgear's $60 million acquisition of Infrant, which was announced in early May.
Apple's Antipiracy Patent Similar To Microsoft's WGA
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The application, titled "Run-Time Code Injection To Perform Checks," describes a DRM system that validates the authenticity of the software maker's products.
U.S., Japan Extend Patent Cooperation
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
When one country rules that an applicant has a patentable claim, the applicant can request fast-track examination through both countries and obtain patents faster.
Amazon Reports Strong Sales; Apple, Nokia, HP Were Best-Selling Computer Products
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
Amazon said its customers ordered over 5.4 million items, or 62.5 items a second, when sales peaked on Dec. 10.
Campaign Visualizations: The Bad and the Ugly
Commentary  |  12/24/2007  | 
I wrote last week about a set of New York Times campaign visualizations that caught my eye. They met my "good" criteria: data-appropriate, designed to communicate rather than (merely) show off. The good is often contrasted with the bad and the ugly. Let's check out examples and then look at a TIBCO-Spotfire demonstration site.
IBM Plans To Buy Solid Information Technology
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
IBM plans to fold the in-memory database vendor into its information management software division. Solid's technology can be used in speeding up business intelligence software.
McKesson Migrates To Linux As Boost To Patient Safety
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The health care services company moved 50 of its 70 applications to Linux over the last two years and will complete the process with the remaining 20 within a year or two.
Online Holiday Shopping Spikes In Last Full Week
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Sales are expected to remain strong due to late-season shipping deals and the ability to buy online and pickup the merchandise at stores, an analyst firm said.
Miracle on Westgate Drive
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
I have a home office, so when someone pulled up in a Budget rental truck, my first thought was, "Wrong house. We're not moving." Much to my surprise, it was the FedEx delivery person. How brilliant is that?
IBM Acquires Developer Of High-Speed Databases
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Solid Information Technology develops databases that are stored in a computer's high-speed RAM, bypassing the hard drive.
Microsoft Launches Zune Diagnostic Tool
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The tool gathers data to help decipher USB and wireless sync connection problems with Microsoft's portable media player.
The First Chink In Microsoft's Linux Patent Armor
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
And so Microsoft has finally agreed to give the Samba Team the protocol information it needs to allow systems that use Samba to interoperate as completely as possible with Windows Server machines. Based on the information Groklaw has provided about the agreement, it looks like this might be the first of many solutions to Micros
Red Hat CEO Stepping Down
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
Jim Whitehurst, former chief operating officer of Delta Air Lines, has been named by the board to replace Matthew Szulik as president and CEO.
TransMedia Launches Ad-Free E-Mail
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The Web-based service, dubbed Glide, offers 2 Gbytes of storage with its free accounts.
Hacker Profile Becomes More Social, Adds Women
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
People who author malware are part of a thriving underground economy that's expected to grow in 2008, according to computer security researchers.
IBM Unveils Semantic Search For Corporate E-mail
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The OmniFind Personal E-mail Search aims to make associations between the underlying concepts of words often used in corporate e-mail.
Software AG Buys Parts Of Jacada For $26 Million
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The purchase leaves Jacada free to pursue its second product line, its call center solutions business, under its own name.
Are Google iPhone Apps Also Beta Apps For Android?
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
It seems that lots of Googlers are really into the iPhone, including Googler-in-Chief Eric Schmidt. Google has been launching new mobile applications specifically for the iPhone, just as the company also prepares its own Android platform. Is there a hidden connection between the iPhone and Google Android?
Google Exterminates Its 'Orkut' Worm
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The attack worked because the social networking site allowed users to embed Flash content in their scrap posts.
Samba Gets Microsoft Protocol Info
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The agreement allows Samba implementations of the Windows workgroup protocols to go out under the General Public License.
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, GoDaddy Subpoenaed
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
Grisoft seeks info on companies that promoted counterfeit AVG antivirus products through sponsored text ads.
BusinessWeek Not Responsible For Ruining Microsoft Exec, Jury Rules
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The jury rejected a claim by former Microsoft director of IT audits Peter Tilton that he had been promised anonymity in exchange for an interview.
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