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Google Porn Search On Cell Phones
Commentary  |  2/28/2006  | 
Google gave two computer scientists access to more than a million of its mobile search records in research aimed at understanding the unique needs of wireless Web surfers. Judging by the results, what users really need is a porn portal, as more searches were for smut than anything else.
Think Globally, Analyze Locally
Commentary  |  2/28/2006  | 
All this talk about "operational BI" and "pushing intelligence to decison-makers" is mostly just theory, right? No, it isn't. And nothing illustrates better than example.
Business Objects, Noetix Sign OEM Deal
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Noetix will integrate and resell Crystal Xcelsius with its Dashboard product.
Oracle Patches E-Business Security Flaws Ahead Of Schedule
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
The move marks the first time Oracle has notified customers of a security fix in an upgrade between its quarterly patch updates.
In Focus: Clouds on the SOA/BPM Horizon?
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
We're approaching the "Peak of Inflated Expectations" when it comes to service-oriented architecture and business process management.
Analysis: When SOA and Process Management Merge
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Software AG's Crossvision release asserts that service-oriented architecture and business process management belong together.
Research Group Warns Of New Mobile Device Threat
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
The proof-of-concept Crossover virus is named for its ability to cross-infect a Windows Mobile Pocket PC from a desktop computer, then delete files on the mobile device.
Sony Ericsson Handsets To Feature Google Blogger, Search
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
The pre-loaded blog feature enables callers to upload photos by selecting the blog feature instead of e-mail or picture messaging. Callers are automatically linked to Google's Blogger application
Revenue Growth And Profitability Elude Sun
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
CEO McNealy points to improving margins and software sales to startups as hopeful signs of a turnaround.
DreamWorks Moves To SOA
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
A move to the Linux operating system and open source applications more than a year ago played a key role in DreamWorks' transition to a service-oriented architecture.
Trust, But Verify
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
Client Tools And Gadgets
News  |  2/27/2006  | 
A Club Apple Wants Out Of
Commentary  |  2/27/2006  | 
Windows users most likely yawned at last week's warning that Apple's Safari Web browser contains a critical vulnerability that exposes Mac users to attacks using malicious Zip files with virus-laden payloads. Subsequent reports of an exploit that makes it possible to take advantage of this latest Mac OS X flaw surely elicited no sympathy from long-suffering Internet Explorer devotees.
Microsoft To Release Six Versions Of Windows Vista
News  |  2/26/2006  | 
Vista will arrive in business and home-users editions, as well as a special low-priced "starter" edition for sale in India and other developing countries.
A Buttoned-Down AOL IM?Consumer Version Suits Most
News  |  2/24/2006  | 
There's a lot to be said for bringing more business functionality to what has primarily been a consumer application. The test for tech vendors is to develop services that businesses will buy and their employees will use.
Langa Letter: Another Hidden Gem: The Windows Disk Management Tool
Commentary  |  2/24/2006  | 
Create, delete, and format partitions; change drive letter assignments and paths; help set up disk mirroring and RAID; and more--all with this free Windows tool.
Cartesis Names Veteran IT Exec As New CFO
News  |  2/24/2006  | 
The performance management vendor enlists a CFO with experience in IT-related management, finance and investment.
IBM Offers Tivoli Management Suite For Smaller Companies
News  |  2/24/2006  | 
The products are designed to automate management of systems, storage, and security and were developed with the help of customers and channel partners.
We're No. 1
Commentary  |  2/23/2006  | 
If you still haven't gotten the respect you deserve from your CIO, that might change.
Sand Technology Upgrades Info Management Software
News  |  2/23/2006  | 
The application works in combination with BI tools and lets users query compressed data without decompressing it first.
IBM Increases Software As A Service Support
News  |  2/22/2006  | 
The program includes incentives and resources for channel partners, as well as training.
New InformationWeek Tools For You To Play With
Commentary  |  2/22/2006  | 
We've been making some changes to the Web site designed to make it more useful. This isn't a big remodel like we did two months ago, where we gutted the whole house and redid everything. This is more like new windows and doors, new coats of paint, and replacing the loose floorboards. What's new? A mobile edition, search tools, RSS feed upgrades, and favicons. Our Digital Edition isn't completely new, but how about we take a minute to tell you about it anyway, as long as we h
U.S. Grants Patent For Broad Range Of Internet Rich Applications
News  |  2/22/2006  | 
The patent--issued on Valentine's Day--covers all rich-media technology implementations, including Flash, Flex, Java, Ajax, and XAML, when the rich-media application is accessed on any device over the Internet, according to the patent holders.
State CIOs Need To Play Bigger Role In Health IT Plans
News  |  2/22/2006  | 
Since states pay a lot of money through programs like Medicaid and to provide benefits for state employees, state CIOs need to promote efforts and remove barriers hindering health-care IT efforts in their states.
Google Gets Brilliant
Commentary  |  2/22/2006  | 
In keeping with its efforts to hire top scientists, Google today revealed that it has appointed Dr. Larry Brilliant to serve as executive director of, the company's philanthropic arm. Now there's a name to live up to. I can only imagine the torment it earned him as a child.
China's CDC Software Acquires Indian Outsourcing Firm
News  |  2/22/2006  | 
The Chinese company has acquired an Indian firm that has been successfully supplying IT services for several blue-chip U.S. firms.
When Tech Hurts
Commentary  |  2/21/2006  | 
The ways in which technology has enhanced all of our lives are too numerous to count. But on Tuesday, I was struck by two stories that I interpret as signs that technology may be driving too deep and becoming too pervasive in our lives.
The Year Of The Web Browser
Commentary  |  2/21/2006  | 
Although the so-called "Browser Wars" ended around 1998, 2006 is shaping up to be an intriguing sequel. To get fully up to speed on all the many browser comings and goings, check out my Targeting Technology podcast on the changing face of Web browsers, as well as our recent "browser wars" blockbuster review Microsoft IE7, F
Visual Analysis Boosts Celtics Ticket Revenue
News  |  2/21/2006  | 
Daryl Morey, senior VP of operations and information at the Boston Celtics, uses StratTix to improve ticket sales.
In Focus: HP Improves the Odds of New Business Success
News  |  2/21/2006  | 
You can't know the unknown, but technology can organize what is known and point to the most likely path to success.
Beyond The Relational Database
Commentary  |  2/21/2006  | 
"Information management" goes way beyond the relational database -- if for no other reason, than simply because relational databases can't handle the entire job.
Another Day At The Office
News  |  2/21/2006  | 
Google: Love It, Fear It
Commentary  |  2/17/2006  | 
I love Google. I've been critical of Google many times in this space, as have my colleagues, but you should know that I also love Google. How much do I love it? Well, recently, I was taking a quiz on the Internet that asked me to name four sites I visit every day. And I couldn't come up with four. I could only come up with one: Google. Even InformationWeek isn't a site I visit every day; every once in a while I like to indulge in a charming, old-fashioned custom called a "weekend," or
Gartner: Turn Off File Sharing In Google Desktop
News  |  2/17/2006  | 
Google Desktop 3 Beta poses a data security risk to enterprises, Gartner said in a research posting on its Web site.
IBM Offers Tailored Search Software
News  |  2/17/2006  | 
The software puts search queries into context to cut through information overload.
Salesnet Debuts Update For On-Demand CRM Apps
News  |  2/16/2006  | 
New lead management and campaign management tools and an enhanced document library are among 250 new features.
Langa Letter: Message In A Bottle
Commentary  |  2/16/2006  | 
Hidden or undisclosed ISP policies put your E-mail at risk. Here's what you can do about it.
This Week's Spin On Google
Commentary  |  2/16/2006  | 
It's been a fairly typical week in techdom, with much of the news focusing on Google, including several strategic initiatives that, if successful, will expand the footprint of the company's search technology. Of course, Google and several competitors came under Congressional fire for their responses to Internet censorship by the government in China. Among this week's key developments:
Buying Out The Boss
Commentary  |  2/16/2006  | 
Open-source application server and middleware maker JBoss attracted huge attention last month when it announced it was moving up the stack by building the first commercial-use product based on Enterprise Java Beans 3 (EJB3). Now JBoss is back in the news -- as a potential buyout target.
Health-Care Provider Uses IT To Find New Business Opportunities Faster
News  |  2/16/2006  | 
The hospital chain rolls out software from Autonomy to organize and analyze a hodge-podge of scanned clips, electronic feeds, as well as other assorted tidbits to find new trends and opportunities.
Open Source Shakeup
Commentary  |  2/16/2006  | 
I sat down with long-time Samba team member and noted open-source expert John Terpstra last Sunday at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLe 4x) in Los Angeles, and created a podcast from the interview.
Office 2007 To Feature New Workflow And Collaboration Tools
News  |  2/15/2006  | 
The software, due to ship later this year, will come in seven suites. The "workhorse" version for enterprises will include the ability to perform complex routing of files around teams of workers, Microsoft said.
Mind The (Internet) Gap
Commentary  |  2/15/2006  | 
Looks like the digital divide is not only not going to get any smaller, it's likely to expand in scope. Regardless of how it shakes it, I fear the latest great American Internet debate will result in a widening of the gap between the digital haves and have nots - those who can afford basic digital access and tools and tho
Carr: Is CIO Rocket Scientist Or Baggage Handler?
Commentary  |  2/15/2006  | 
When author Nicholas Carr says open source will revolutionize IT software use, he doesn't mean it in the same sense that open-source advocates do. He's still standing by his thesis in Does IT Matter? And his answer to that question remains, no, not for strategic advantage.
Security Not Top Of Mind For CEOs; That's Where Cisco Comes In
News  |  2/15/2006  | 
In RSA Conference keynote, CEO Chambers says Cisco will leverage its central role in corporate networks to become a primary provider of security management technology.
OpenConnect Launches Mainframe-to-SOA Suite
News  |  2/15/2006  | 
soaSolution designed to improve return on legacy investment while eliminating the risk of migrating mainframe information and applications to SOAs.
MRG Document Technologies to Add Business Rules System to Core Technology
News  |  2/15/2006  | 
Alliance will integrate Haley Systems' business rules technology into MRG's new proprietary software platform.
Network General to Acquire Fidelia
News  |  2/15/2006  | 
Acquisition aims to expand the packet flow-based application and network performance management provider's product portfolio to cover the entire realm of enterprise application performance management.
SPSS Reports Strong Q4 Sales, Earnings
News  |  2/15/2006  | 
Acceptance of SPSS 14.0 helps fourth-quarter revenue reach $62.2 million, up from $60.5 million in the same period last year.
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