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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in October 2008
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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Steers Firm To A Lower Loss
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
New chief Ben Verwaayen's firm reported a loss of $51.8 million for its third quarter on a 6.6% drop in sales of $5.15 billion.
Sprint Finalizes Early Termination Fee Policy
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The telecom said its $200 fee will be reduced by $10 per month after month six, but the new policy will only affect contracts signed after Nov. 2.
NIST Seeks New Hash Algorithm
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
NIST is wrapping up accepting submissions for a new cryptographic one-way hash algorithm today. NIST's competition follows a tradition of peer review, public discussion, and acceptance of algorithms that brought us DES, SHA, and AES. The selection process won't be complete until 2012, but final selection should addresses weaknesses in the hash algorithms used today.
Sprint Won't Sell Nextel iDEN Network
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The plan now is to partner with Motorola and move the iDEN spectrum out of the 800-MHz band in a way that will accommodate public-safety networks.
Phoenix Mars Lander Losing Power, Communications
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Dust storms on the red planet are limiting the craft's supply of solar energy.
AT&T Hands Out Free Wi-Fi To iPhones, BlackBerry
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
After several false starts, iPhone and BlackBerry users now have unlimited free wireless access to AT&T's nearly 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.
IBM Sues Apple-Bound Microchip Expert
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Big Blue says Mark Papermaster's bolt to Cupertino violates a noncompete agreement.
Hubble Working But Service Mission Postponed
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The space telescope is back online, but follow-up maintenance is on hold.
DOJ Approves Verizon-Alltel Merger
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
However, the Justice Department is stipulating that the new combined company divested itself of 100 markets in 22 states.
IBM Positions ILOG's Rules Engine To Head Pack
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The former market leader was Fair Isaac, whose rules processing system was a favorite of credit card companies and insurers.
Western Digital Adds FireWire Interface To Passport
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
In adding the FireWire 800/400 technology to the portable hard drive, WD is trying to appeal to creative professionals using Apple Mac desktops and notebooks.
CSC Plans China Centers
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The new facilities will help the outsourcer expand its presence in Asia.
CompTIA Poll Puts Obama On Top
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
In terms of technology policy, 79% of respondents said the government should not regulate the Internet the way it regulates telephone service providers and television broadcasts.
Going Laptopless: MicroPersuasion On iPhone As Notebook Replacement
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Ever since my InformationWeek cover story, "Is The Smartphone Your Next Computer?," I've been getting pinged by people telling me their tales of going "laptopless." (Can I use that word in a family blog?) Steve Rubel, the popular MicroPersuasion blogger and public-relations executive at Edelman Digital, spoke with me for the
GE Will Use SaaS To Manage 500,000 Suppliers
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The electronic firm's partnership with Aravo's Web-based software service is the latest example of how even the largest of companies are getting comfortable with SaaS.
Consumer Electronics' Supply Chain Is Weakening
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Lower-than-expected production for equipment manufacturers that sell mobile PCs, digital TVs, DVD players and other electronics to stores, research firm Gartner warns.
Oracle Acquiring Haley To Bolster Government Contracts
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Oracle said it will combine the Haley policy platform with Oracle's existing ERP and Siebel CRM applications to create the first packaged software for social services agencies.
Aruba Launches Wireless Research Lab
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
One of the main focuses will be the environmental and societal impacts of an unwired enterprise, according to Aruba CTO Keerti Melkote.
12 Easy Ways To Cut Your Company's Tech Costs Now!
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
These days, everyone's talking about saving money on technology, but where do you start? To help, bMighty.com has put together a slide show with a dozen practical ways to shave a few bucks off your IT budget without impacting productivity.
$5.5 Million BlackBerry Fund Invests In Future Mobile Harvest
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Recipients Digby, Buzzd, and WorldMate are expected to build applications that will show up on RIM's application store next March.
Texas Halts Work On IBM Outsourcing Contract
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Gov. Rick Perry tells state IT officials that the vendor has failed to maintain adequate backups.
SAP Global Operations CEO Cites Steep Drop In Customer Buying
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
SAP will boost sales with new software packages to help businesses weather the tough economy, McDermott said, while predicting Oracle's "Frankenstein operation" will scare off software buyers.
Gabriel Tech Hits Qualcomm With Patent Litigation
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Gabriel said there are public safety overtones to the mobile GPS patents cited in its lawsuit against Qualcomm.
Motorola Is Going To Bet The Farm On Android
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
Motorola is planning a massive overhaul of its mobile phone business. Among the changes? Layoffs and a complete re-focusing of its midrange handsets, where most of its sales are. Moving forward, Motorola is going to bank on Android to be its go-to mobile phone platform.
Bill Gates, Dolly Parton Tussle Over White Spaces
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
With a crucial vote scheduled in a week, the FCC is being deluged by supporters and opponents of the unlicensed wireless services between the current TV spectrum.
Microsoft's $250 Million Check To Calif. Remains Mostly Untouched
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The grants stem from a class action lawsuit filed in 1999, claiming that Microsoft overcharged for software bought between February 1995 and December 2001.
Could Health Care IT Get A Boost Next Year?
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
There's a lot of uncertainty out there in general when it comes to the economy, next week's elections, and other unknowns, but when it comes to the health care sector, the uncertainty runs a bit deeper, especially when it comes to investments in IT.
Dell Unveils First Thin-Client Computer
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The OptiPlex FX160 is a fanless system that supports embedded or streamed operating systems for virtual desktop implementations.
Commercial Zeppelin Rides Launch In San Francisco
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The world's largest airship will ferry passengers around the Bay Area's most scenic spots.
Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo Unveil Human Rights Guidelines
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Under pressure from advocacy groups, the Internet companies have partnered to promote free speech on the Web.
Google Reaches $125 Million Settlement In Book Copyright Lawsuits
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The deal with book publishers and authors would clear the way for Google Book Search to show digitized images of millions of in-copyright books and other library materials.
Carriers Find Ways To Drive Customer ARPUs
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
ABI Research identifies the five factors that can drive up carriers' revenue while facing a U.S. cell phone subscriber rate at nearly 80%.
Yahoo, Microsoft Combine To Fight Net Lottery Scams
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
One of every 44 Internet users across Europe has lost money to fraudsters, according to research.
Windows Azure: The End Of Software?
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Forget the marketing hype, Windows Azure isn't the latest Microsoft operating system. It's a business strategy. One that shows Redmond believes the days in which it can make fat profits from software alone are numbered.
Survey Shows Disconnect On IT Policy
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Cisco follows up on its survey on data leakage, which I already wrote about, and an analysis of policy effectiveness. There isn't too much surprising in the findings, but the results continue to highlight the need for sound security policy management processes in organizations and,
Which Google Android Apps Are G1 Users Downloading?
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Want to know who's downloading what for their HTC G1 Android phones? Medialets, a company which hooks iPhone and Android apps into mobile advertising, has an early look at the most popular Google phone applications. Here's the data.
Firefox + NoScript: Throw 'Clickjackers' Under The Bus
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Is "clickjacking" the security risk some people make it out to be? Not if you're acquainted with one of my favorite Firefox browser extensions.
Microsoft's Cloud OS Compelling, But Questions Remain
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
On top of Windows Azure, Microsoft will additionally build a series of its own applications and services developers and customers will be able to take advantage of.
Terrorists Could Use Twitter For Mayhem, Army Report Muses
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
An intelligence paper outlines technologies that terrorist organizations could use to inflict harm, including cell phone GPS data, voice-changing technology, and Twitter updates.
Google's Android OS Has Security Flaw, Researcher Claims
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
The vulnerability is in the browsers and could potentially enable a hacker to have access to information the browser may use such as cookies and saved passwords.
Why Windows 7 Doesn't Compute
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
I know this is nit-picky, especially when there are so many other important things to focus on -- like faster boot times and files searches that take less than a leap year. But here's what I want to know: Isn't "Windows 7" a gross misnomer as the name of Vista's successor? If we're not gonna use a year as the numerical designation in the new operating system's name, then aren't we at least up to nine or 10? (Or maybe 12?)
'White Space' Opponents File Last-Ditch Opposition With FCC
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Some in Congress ask to postpone the FCC's scheduled Nov. 4 vote, while supporters argue that the fringes of the spectrum have been tested and debated long enough.
The PCI Protection Racket
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
A hotel operator says his point-of-sale vendor is using PCI as an excuse to force expensive upgrades to POS equipment.
Microsoft PDC Live Blog
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Every few years, Microsoft hosts a big conference, the Professional Developers Conference, to announce the next versions of Windows and .Net, among other things. This year should be called the cloud PDC, and I'll be blogging about it in this post.
$50,000 Reward For Missing Xbox Addict
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Microsoft has contributed to a reward fund and turned over account data to aid in the search for missing gamer Brandon Crisp.
Game Developer Richard Garriott Returns From Space
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
The Ultima creator touched down Friday in Kazakhstan following a 12-day mission to the International Space Station.
Financial Meltdown May Result In Tech Litigation
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
The end of a prolonged period of prosperity and the start of a period of economic challenge is likely to fuel litigation over who is to blame, a survey suggests.
Pulse Of Silicon Valley: High Hopes For Tech Amid Sagging Economy
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
You could call it denial, you could say some people are irrationally trying to wish the bad stock market away. But here's another side I saw this week, during a swing through Silicon Valley where I met with 10 pretty together tech companies: There's some serious -- albeit cautious -- optimism out there that now is precisely the time customers will realize they should invest in technologies which will make their businesses more efficient.
Chinese Hackers Angered By Microsoft's Epic Fail
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The outcry over the so-called "black screen of death" may also be helping lesser hackers who are feeding on users furiously searching the Internet for a solution, analysts said.
Sprint Nextel To End Early Termination Fees
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
Previously, the wireless companies usually charged $200 when a subscriber canceled a contract before its conclusion.
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