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Apple Tablet Success Riding On Touch-Panel Patents
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
In my recent story on the Apple iSlate speculation, I pointed to Windows tablets to make the point that Steve Jobs and company don't invent things, they perfect them. But when I wrote that Apple doesn't have any tablet patents, a reader noted that what Apple does have is multi-touch interface patents. And those will be the key to the Apple tablet.
Kingston Warns Of USB Drive Security Flaws
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Data storage vendor Kingston recently warned customers of a flaw in several of its secure USB drives that could allow an attacker to access sensitive information.
MySQL's Former Owner Can't 'Save' It After Selling It
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Monty Widenius continues his campaign to save MySQL from falling into Oracle's possession with a script that would have been suitable, perhaps, for the Perils of Pauline. The whole problem with "saving" MySQL at this point is that its most outspoken defenders chose to sell it to Sun, a firm on the brink of collapse.
E-Sales In Holiday Surge
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
Social network marketing, poor weather, and free shipping offers helped push online shopping to a 5% gain during the 2009 holiday season.
Google Nexus One Said To Cost $530 Unlocked
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
The HTC handset, expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, may represent a unified platform for the Google Android smartphone.
Windows 7 Year In Review
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
The operating-system buzz in 2009 may have been split 60/40 between Windows 7 and Google Chrome OS, but only the former is here today. As to whether a Web-centric OS like Chrome can ultimately edge out the most polished traditional desktop version ever, that's yet to be determined. During 2010, though, I expect that Windows 7 will increase its footprint, as enterprises initially wary of adoption begin to fold Win7 boxes into heterogeneous environments.
Nokia: Most Apple Products Violate Patents
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
An International Trade Association complaint claims all of Apple's iPhones, iPods, and Macs infringe Nokia patents.'s Wizard Was Parker Harris And Team
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Much has been recorded about the rise of and how Marc Benioff's clever marketing brought the company to the forefront. Today, with its stock reaching new highs, I wanted to pay tribute to a giant of cloud computing, Parker Harris, the technology magician behind the marketing who made Benioff's story possible.
Apple Stock Falls Following Record High
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
Investors are bullish on the products they expect Apple to intro in January, particularly the long-awaited Mac tablet.
Red Hat Revenue Up 18% In 3Q
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
The company continues to grow its revenue, often at the expense of Unix, in a recessionary economy.
Google AdMob Buy Opposed
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Consumer groups said the acquisition would diminish competition in mobile advertising and raise privacy concerns.
Intel Recap: Atom, Nehalem Were 2009 Highlights
Commentary  |  12/28/2009  | 
For processor-architecture voyeurs of the Intel variety, 2009 was most interesting for the emergence of the low end as market segment with legs enough to compete with traditional laptops. (Read: Atom and netbooks.) At the same time, servers got a big kicker with release of the Nehalem line in April.
Qualcomm COO Leaves For CEO Job
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Industry vet Len Lauer will take the top executive position at an unnamed firm, according to Qualcomm.
Officials Seek Cancer Warnings On Cell Phones
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Although there's no hard evidence linking mobile phones and cancer, elected officials in California and Maine are pushing for warnings.
Court: Microsoft Must Pay Law Firm $5.6 Million
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
An appeals court orders the software giant to pay a law firm that had opposed it in antitrust litigation.
Twitter Buys Out Mixer Labs
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
Microblogging service acquires developer of the GeoAPI location mapping tool.
FTC Asks Google For More Info On AdMob Buy
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The FTC request means there will be a delay in Google's acquisition of the mobile ad company, Google says.
Apple Display Suit Dismissed
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The lawsuit claimed that Apple knowingly sold iMacs with defective displays.
Samsung, Kodak Negotiate Patent Settlement
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
A proposed agreement calls for Samsung to deliver an undisclosed payment to Kodak, as well as a cross-licensing deal.
3Com Earnings Grow, Sales Slip
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Positive earnings bolster the network switching, routing, and security firm ahead of its acquisition by HP.
Microsoft Word Sales Face U.S. Ban
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Appeals court says software maker must halt distribution of popular program unless patent-friendly changes are made.
Top Facebook Updates: Lady Gaga, Farmville, H1N1
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Social networking site says 2009's top memes reflect members' broad array of interests and worries.
HP Probes 'Racist' Webcam Claim
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
YouTube video appears to show company's facial recognition technology only works with white people.
Q & A: Army CIO Advances Consolidation Effort
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Cloud computing and powerful mobile devices are part of Jeffrey Sorenson's plan to centralize Army IT and make it more consistent for soldiers deploying from bases to the battlefield.
GM Taps Former Microsoft M&A Chief
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Chris Liddell's hi-tech experience could bolster automaker's emphasis on smart vehicles.
Gallery: Terremark Readies Secure Cloud Data Center
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
A new data center complex under construction in northern Virginia is protected by armed guards, bomb-sniffing dogs, and blast-proof walls.
7 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2010
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Microsoft is turning to search, services, and the cloud, but what the company really needs is a game changer.
Bing! Microsoft Hit With Copyright Suit
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Small design shop claims software maker stole its trade name when it launched search engine earlier this year.
Verizon Defends Cancellation Fees
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
The largest U.S. carrier said doubling its early termination fee was necessary to reduce consumers' costs for sophisticated devices like the Storm 2 or Motorola Droid.
5 Predictions For Government IT In 2010
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Government agencies will continue to struggle with cybersecurity, while making strides in transparency and cloud computing. There will also be new pushes for accountability and IT procurement reform.
Q&A: David Wennergren, DoD Deputy CIO
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Department of Defense deputy CIO David Wennergren addresses information stovepipes, SOA, procurement, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.
Virtualization For Small Businesses: When Does It Make Sense?
Commentary  |  12/19/2009  | 
How big does your company have to be before you get real benefits from virtualization?
Google Found Guilty In French Copyright Case
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
A judge ordered Google to pay 300,000 euros to a French publisher, plus 10,000 euros per day until it removes extracts of the publisher's books from its database.
Biden Kicks Off Broadband Stimulus
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
Vice President Joseph Biden announced Thursday the first wave of government stimulus spending on broadband networks.
Oracle Says Market's Recovering But SAP's Unraveling
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
Oracle's conference call Thursday with financial analysts offered great insights on how its top three executives view their business and the overall IT market, their customers' spending habits, Oracle's products, and its competitors (see second half of headline). Here are 10 such comments you won't want to miss.
FCC Preparing Broadband Plan
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
A tight supply of broadband spectrum and the use of set-top boxes for Internet connections are just two of the matters the commission is working to address.
H1N1 Hotline Spreads Flu Info
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
Healthcare providers may use the phone and online service to provide H1N1 information while preserving medical resources for truly urgent care.
Government Technologist: Holding The Fed CIO's Feet To The Fire
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra needs to rein in the government's ever-growing IT operations. He could learn a few things about cost management from private sector CIOs.
Oracle Sees Unconditional EU Approval For Sun
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
The European Commission will "unconditionally clear the acquisition of Sun in January," Oracle president Safra Catz has just predicted, while also thanking customers for their "overwhelming" support. Hmm--sounds like Catz knows more than she's saying.
Plurk Might Sue Microsoft For Code Theft
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
Chinese microblogging service says it may take legal action in wake of plagiarism incident.
MySQL Campaign Heats Up
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
The open source database's author urges users to object to deal that would give Oracle ownership of MySQL.
Hewlett-Packard Attacks Cloud-Computing Risks
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
"CIOs understand the potential business benefits of cloud computing but are challenged with how best to manage the risks associated with adoption," said HP executive VP Thomas E. Hogan. Amen to that-so three new HP products are designed to mitigate the risks associated with the security, performance, and availability of enterprise apps in the cloud.
FTC Won't Seek Intel Breakup
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
Commission says it will not attempt to force chipmaker to divest business units.
Remote Assistance Thriller: Dial "S" For "Scam"
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
A new scam involving remote support software recently surfaced in the United Kingdom. Before you snicker at just how gullible the victims appear to be, ask yourself whether your company's PCs are vulnerable to precisely this sort of attack.
Intel Calls FTC Suit 'Misguided'
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
Chipmaker says Trade Commission's legal action has no basis in law.
Project Honey Pot: Over One Billion Spammers Served
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
This week, Project Honey Pot identified its one billionth spam message. Find out what it has learned from that torrent of junk email -- and what you can do to make its efforts to stop spam even more successful.
Congress Goes Wireless
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The House of Representatives is preparing to roll out its wireless network, though the timeline for completion is unclear.
Psystar Barred From Selling Mac Clones
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The permanent injunction follows a judgment that Psystar violated Apple's Mac OS copyright.
Work Visas Back On Congressional Agenda
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 would make it easier for foreigners with advanced degrees from U.S. universities to get green cards.
Oracle Outlook, Stock Price On Upswing?
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
As it prepares to release second-quarter results tomorrow, Oracle could be showing signs of improvement: EU approval for the Sun deal seems to be close, it's digesting $300 million in restructuring costs, and one influential analyst sees potential pipeline optimism due to "thawing in both database and middleware spending."
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