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Treasure Hunter Claims Google Maps Treasure Find
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
A 39-year-old musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles has been fighting representatives of an estate in Refugio County, Texas, for the right to excavate.
Microsoft Scrambling To Thaw Zune Freeze
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The incident is unlikely to help Microsoft gain ground against Apple's iPod, which accounts for about three-quarters of the digital music player market.
Dell Unveils Massive Reorganization
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
To try to stem declining revenue and profits, the PC maker will change its business sales and marketing approach from a regional to a global strategy.
Citi Inks Sale Of Offshore Services Unit
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
Citigroup Global Services is sold to TCS for $512 million.
Consumers Don't See Mobile Banking As Secure
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
A research report recommends banks adopt a login method beyond user name and password, and provide e-mail alerts for particular conditions like a large withdrawal.
Keep Firefox On Guard Against Attack-Site Threats
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
Firefox 3 employs some great new security features. Here are a few quick tips on to make them work as effectively as possible.
Top 10 CIO Issues For 2009
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
Taking for granted that all CIOs want to stay employed in 2009 while helping their companies grow and increase profits and delight customers, our list of 10 top-priority items for CIOs in the coming year offers a blend of the old and the new. Here's our list of the 10 items we think will keep you excited and delighted in 2009.
Amazon, Netflix Rated Highest In Holiday Customer Satisfaction
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
Home Shopping Network and the Gap suffered the steepest declines in the annual ForeSee online retailer customer satisfaction survey.
Global CIO: The Top 10 CIO Issues For 2009
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
What should be on your agenda next year: A CIO-centric blend of business and tech issues that will help you increase business and customer value.
Yes, Trust In The PKI Is Broken
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
The trust in digital certificates relies on the fact that the authority issuing the certificate has validated the identity of the person or company making the request and that the digital certificate can't be forged. New research presented at the 25th Chaos Computer Congress shows that forging digital certificates is possible and practical. Trust in the SSL i
FCC Could Drop Filtering For Free Internet Plan
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
In hopes of getting free wireless broadband passed before he's replaced, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said the winner of the AWS-3 spectrum wouldn't have to filter adult content.
Forrester's Year-Old CIO Outlook: Where's 80/20 Plan?
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
Thirteen months ago, Forrester's Bobby Cameron offered a summary of his $379 CIO agenda for 2008: become a business change-agent, etc. The summary failed to mention attacking the 80/20 demon, which should be the top priority for CIOs in 2009. Because if they don't undertake that battle, all the other transformation happy-talk will remain just that -- a lot of talk.
RIM Takes Motorola To Court Over Jobs
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
Motorola is trying to keep the BlackBerry maker from hiring fired or soon-to-be fired employees, RIM said in a lawsuit.
NMAP Network Scanning: A Must-Have Addition To Your Library
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
NMAP, the open source network mapping tool, should be in any network or security administrator's toolbox. It's a feature-rich network scanner that goes far beyond port scanning such as service and OS detection, stealth and evasion modes, and sports an internal scripting engine. NMAP Network Scanning, a reference guide written by Gordon Lyon, a.k.a. Fyodor, is a must-have book to get the most out of NMAP.
#1 Job Threat Is Technology, Not Globalization
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
In these high-anxiety times, are you worried your company will send your job overseas? The authors of a new book say you're right to be afraid -- but not of outsourcing. They contend the real job-grinder has been the productivity engine of IT and that fears of outsourcing and other globalization issues are "wildly overblown."
Tools And Tips For Small-Biz Spam Assassins
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
Building a Web 2.0 site is only half the battle. Keeping it free of spam and malware is the other half, and a new online tutorial on the subject serves up some solid tips on how to fight -- and win.
Apple iSlate Speculation Misses Point
Commentary  |  12/26/2008  | 
All the rumor mongering surrounding Apple's expected upcoming release of a humongous-screened iPod misses the point. A search of the USPTO patent database reveals that Apple isn't even the leader in Webpad patents. Hey, doesn't anyone remember the (failed) Windows-based Tablet frenzy, circa 2002? Thus, the big deal this time is that Apple will legitimize the platform, particularly for business users. Indeed, I believe mobile Webpads could edge out netbooks--and even debuzz smartphones somewhat--
Fry's Exec Accused Of Massive Kickback Scheme
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
The manager with a gambling debt is accused of demanding exorbitant commissions from a handful of Fry's suppliers in return for prominent product placement within the retailer's stores.
Gartner: IT Has 'No Moral Basis' To Monitor Facebook Usage
Commentary  |  12/24/2008  | 
Does your IT team spend any time monitoring Facebook usage by employees? If so, you're just wasting your time and reinforcing the reputation that you and your team are busybodies, says Gartner analyst Brian Prentice. But his argument gets downright weird when he asserts such actions are an attempt "to deny people the right to reclaim a semblance of a personal life."
AT&T, Verizon Finalize Asset Swap
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The swap, which stems from the acquisitions of rural carriers, will improve AT&T's voice and data coverage in several states.
Troubled Citigroup Sells IT Services Arm To India's Wipro
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The $127 million deal includes a six-year outsourcing contract under which Wipro will provide tech support to the bank.
RIM's Takeover Bid For Certicom Takes A Hostile Turn
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
Research In Motion is vowing to fight Certicom's efforts to block being acquired by the BlackBerry maker.
Global CIO: Remembering Bill Gates: A Faraway Look At The Larger-Than-Life Legend
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Poorly delivered jokes aside, Bob Evans remembers interviews with Bill Gates over the years and wishes him success in philanthropy and future endeavors.
Sprint, Clearwire Sued Over WiMax Patents
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
A wireless software and service provider claims the companies are infringing on six patents, and a lawsuit could eventually halt the nationwide WiMax network rollout.
Kill CDs, Think Digital First, Record Industry Advised
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
With 77% of U.S. households expected to have broadband connections by 2012, the time to shift strategies is now, according to Gartner.
Panasonic On Track To Acquire Sanyo In February
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
The $9 billion purchase price is about 4% lower than Sanyo's recent stock trading value.
Palm Gets $100 Million Boost
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
Elevation Partners' equity investment comes as the smartphone and PDA maker is set to unveil its Nova operating system and new handsets.
Larry Ellison: Oracle DB Machine 'Most Successful Intro Ever'
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Oracle last week gave some dazzling performance details from two customers evaluating its new hardware/software Database Machine, and CEO Larry Ellison called it the most successful Oracle product intro ever in terms of "pipeline growth and pipeline size." Will Oracle be able to convince budget-strapped CIOs to convert that pipeline interest into actual purchases?
Apple Failed To Copyright Mac OS X, Psystar Claims
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
The charge is the latest in a series of allegations in the ongoing legal spat between the clone maker and Apple.
What We Can Learn From Werner Vogels
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
To be recognized as InformationWeek's chief of the year, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels has obviously done a few things right. Following are five takeaways for other IT pros.
Bill Gates: Telling Him A Joke But Butchering The Punch Line
Commentary  |  12/21/2008  | 
The Comdex keynote crowd of 20,000 roared as Bill Gates, besieged by the Justice Department, called out brazenly, "Anybody out there know a good lawyer joke?" So the next morning at a private meeting with Gates, I said hello and then -- against my better judgment -- asked, "Still looking for a good lawyer joke?" Bill hesitated a second and then said sure, go ahead -- and moments later I went down in flames as I told the joke but butchered the punch line.
RIAA Taps ISPs To Fight Illegal Downloads
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
In return for ISP cooperation, the RIAA would no longer file lawsuits to force the service providers to turn over identifying information of suspected illegal file sharers.
Dell CIO: In Search Of Infrastructure Management Innovation
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
I spoke with Dell CIO Steve Schuckenbrock today, who said this about the $1.2 trillion a year companies spend on IT infrastructure. One-third is on hardware, where Moore's Law relentlessly drives improvement. The other two-thirds is spent managing infrastructure, and there's "no innovation to speak of" in that arena. Too harsh?
Free Wireless Broadband Still Available?
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
Two congressmen have found a technicality in the morass of FCC rules and regulations that pertain to the auctioning of the AWS-3 spectrum, which resides in the 2,155- to 2,180-MHz band.
Oracle's Larry Ellison On 'Series Of Wins Vs. Salesforce'
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison yesterday told financial analysts that Oracle's latest quarter was "conspicuous" for a "series of competitive wins versus," including "our largest deal ever of salesforce-on-demand, or cloud computing, or whatever you want to call it." Will that head-to-head competition lead to a buyers' market for CIOs?
Google Street View Panned By Japanese Privacy Group
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
Such concerns have arisen more from the data Google gathers through its search engine.
'Wayne Gretzky' Twitter Page A Fake, NHL Says
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
League spokesman says posts on the microblogging service not really from The Great One.
SEC's Former CIO Sought Preemptive Safeguards
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Exactly four years ago tomorrow, the former CIO of the now-embattled agency told InformationWeek that one of his top priorities was to enable the SEC "to look over the hills and around the corners to spot problems before they become problems." That objective looks eerily prescient this week as we realize the scope of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
Palm Sees Large Drop In Revenue, Loses $506 Million
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
The once-dominant PDA maker posted its sixth consecutive quarterly loss but is pinning its comeback hopes on the Nova operating system.
Security Threats Aren't Mitigated By Details
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Good security programs start with asking the right questions. All too often, security and network engineers sweat the details of some security technology or other and don't examine the most likely sources of attack. I recently overhead the question "How long should I set an IPSec VPN rekey time interval?" Answer the question by asking how worried you are about an attacker breaking into your VPN and how that might be accomplished.
Apple Sued Over Apple TV
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
EZ4Media's lawsuit alleges that Apple TV, Airport Express, and Apple Macintosh personal computers infringe four of its patents.
Global CIO: Two Flavors Of CIO, Each Leaving An Aftertaste
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Meet Gomez and Fernandez--or maybe you've met these two execs already.
Motorola Trimming Benefits To Prepare For Downturn
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
The cuts start with co-CEOs Greg Brown of Motorola's Broadband Mobility Solutions unit and Sanjay Jha of the Mobile Devices unit.
My Top Tech Accomplishments Of 2008: Year Of Twitter, Facebook, Quad Core
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
I can't recall a year where the technological center of gravity was more personal-facing -- and less business-oriented -- than 2008. Sure, virtualization, server consolidation, SaaS, and enhanced mobility emerged as offering true enterprise value. Yet many of us spent our days messing around with Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, all the while convincing ourselves that we were doing
SEC CIO's First Week: Madoff Scandal Breaks
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Talk about a tough first week on the job: just as investors and many others began intensely scrutinizing the SEC for its role (or lack thereof) in allowing the Madoff investment scandal to happen, Charles Boucher started his new career as CIO of the SEC. As they say, be careful what you wish for -- you might get it.
Lost Windows Password? Look To Linux For Help
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Many of the best tools for rescuing disabled Windows systems are actually based on Linux. That includes a popular utility that can be very helpful on Windows systems with lost or misplaced passwords.
Global CIO: Stop Treating IT Like A Cost Center
Commentary  |  12/17/2008  | 
A fly on the tavern wall relates a conversation among three CEOs about cultivating business technology leadership and innovation.
Nokia, Motorola Dominate China's Smartphone Market
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
The two companies hold 90% of the burgeoning market, but Android could play a major role in the next few years.
IT Jobs Will Be Hot With Obama In The White House
Commentary  |  12/17/2008  | 
There's a little more than a month before President-elect Barack Obama gets sworn in. Based on the hints he's provided so far about his economic stimulus plans and other programs, some pundits are predicting that demand for IT jobs will take off, especially in key sectors.
Mozilla Firefox 3.05 Updates User Rights
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
The change addresses criticism from the free and open source software community that Mozilla was asserting rights through the Firefox EULA that were incompatible with the GPL.
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