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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in July 2008
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Google Plans Venture Capital Fund
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The company's VC arm will be led by David Drummond, Google's senior VP of corporate development and chief legal officer.
EDS Denies Layoff Report, Shareholders Approve HP Deal
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The transaction, which valued EDS at $25 per share, is expected to close in the second half of 2008.
Microsoft Sues Mouse Maker Primax
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Microsoft accuses Primax of using several patented technologies developed for keyboards and mice.
Patent Office Ad Campaign Inspires Young Minds To Invent
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The site will add a showroom, from Driftlab that explains inventions, including those in the PSAs, and offers interactive games and an inventor's tool kit.
Scrabulous Revived On Facebook With New Name, New Features
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Like Scrabulous, the new game Wordscraper allows players to choose seven tiles at a time to create words on a board that offers double word and triple letter points.
Thomson Reuters Replaces IM Software To Avert Wall Street Disruption
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
A U.S. District Court Judge ruled the firm had to stop using its FaceTime instant messaging after failing to make a final payment to the contractor that provided it.
Mac Cloner Psystar Hires Apple-Busting Law Firm
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Defending Psystar will be Carr & Ferrell, a law firm that specializes in tech industry issues such as copyright and intellectual property law.
Sprint Updates Its Mobile Web Browser
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Dubbed "Sprint Web," the interface includes an adaptive homepage and a Google search bar.
MySpace Adds To Senior Executive Suite
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
MySpace, which launched four years ago, now has more than 117 million users worldwide and offices in 19 countries and 29 localized sites across the Web.
Amazon Offers Online Payment Service For E-Commerce Sites
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Checkout By Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay will compete with PayPal and Google Checkout for a piece of the online payments pie.
Verizon To Help Government Manage Mobile Phones
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
In a deal worth up to $15 million, Verizon Business will manage and track mobile devices for the U.S. Department of the Interior.
British Hacker Loses Extradition Appeal
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
UFO fanatic Gary McKinnon is accused of hacking into 97 U.S. military computer systems in 2001 and 2002 and may face as many as 70 years in a U.S. prison.
Hollywood Sues Two Free-Movie Sites
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The sites offered free streams of copyrighted films, including the latest X-Files, Batman, and Hellboy movies.
Despite Buyout, Bell Canada Cuts 2,500 Managers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The company said the loss of positions will result in annual savings of about $300 million when combined with other reductions carried out earlier in the year.
The CIO Was Right: Web 2.0 Is Dangerous
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
CIOs have gotten a reputation -- rightly or wrongly -- for dragging their feet when it comes to Web 2.0 initiatives like social networks and application mash-ups. The reason: security. Now it appears they may have been justified.
Looking For Anyone In Particular?
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
In the current economic climate, hiring new people is something that's put on the back burner at many organizations -- especially if there's any threat that a "reduction in headcount" might be in the cards. But, that doesn't mean no one is hiring IT people. In fact, certain talent is still hard to find and highly sought after at some organizations.
Scrabulous Disappears From Facebook
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The software's makers decided to remove the popular game after Hasbro sued them for intellectual property infringement.
EV Certificates Enhance The Bottom Line, Not Trust
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
VeriSign has been very active in beating the Extended Validation certificate drum. I just have a real problem with EV certificates being sold as "better" than regular EV certificates. EV certificates don't change the security features of the resulting SSL connection. The green or red address bar doesn't tell us whether a Web site is trustworthy or not. But the green bar adds greenback to you
Sprint Loses 'Early Termination' Case, Must Pay $73 Million
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The ruling could be a bad sign for AT&T and T-Mobile, which are facing similar litigation.
Vote For Your Favorite Startup
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Weigh in and tell us which startups you think have the most compelling technologies.
Apple's Safari Vulnerable To 'Cross-Site Cooking'
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Attacks making use of this vulnerability have not yet been reported and Apple has not yet addressed the flaw.
Chairman, CEO To Leave Alcatel-Lucent After More Losses
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Chief executive Patricia Russo and chairman Serge Tchuruk said they would leave the company as Alcatel-Lucent reported another quarterly loss.
iPhone 2.0 Outrage Tearing Up Apple Discussion Boards
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
On the heels of the MobileMe meltdown, it's now appearing that Apple's iPhone 2.0 software update is meeting with, er, more support issues than one would have expected. In fact, the outcry on Apple's own discussion boards has reached a crescendo, with numerous unhappy iPhone customers complaining that they're getting no comfort from Cupertino. Here's what they're saying.
Oracle Accuses SAP Execs Of Illegal Cover Up
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Oracle claims SAP senior executives knew the business model of SAP-owned TomorrowNow was illegal and even had a name for its cover-up: "Project Blue."
Cuil Challenges Google With Privacy
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Founded by husband-and-wife team Tom Costello and Anna Patterson, Cuil aims to rank the relevancy search results by content analysis rather than by popularity.
AT&T, Rural Carriers Oppose Sprint-Clearwire WiMax Partnership
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The nation's largest telecom company and the Rural Cellular Association have asked the FCC to scrutinize the proposal to deploy a nationwide broadband network.
Top Vacation Spots For Geeks
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Anyone can head for the beach, but if space flight, astronomy, or science fiction/fantasy movies (Lord of The Rings, anyone?) mean anything to you, try these destinations instead.
FCC May Vote On Complaint That Comcast Wrongly Blocking BitTorrent
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Comcast maintains that its network management practices do not violate government guidelines.
Apple Mans Up To MobileMe Mess
Commentary  |  7/28/2008  | 
Will MobileMe mail users be mollified by Apple's just-updated status page, which gives a progress report on how the Mac maker is recovering from the meltdown? Mmmm. Judging by the comments I received in response to my post last week, What's Behind Apple's MobileMe Meltdown, I wouldn't bet the iPod Touch on it.
Microsoft's Answer To Google's PageRank Algorithm: Less Privacy?
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
BrowseRank, Microsoft claims, can deliver better search results by measuring user behavior, including where users go and the amount of time they remain at those pages.
Scrabble Sues Scrabulous For IP Infringement
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Hasbro's lawsuit calls the online word game Scrabulous a "clear and blatant" infringement of Scrabble's intellectual property.
Software Group Contemplates Suing eBay
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
The SIIA is frustrated with eBay because so much pirated software is sold on the site that the group can't identify all the offenders.
Get Ready For Google Gadget Malware
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
At Black Hat, RSnake is expected to demonstrate a zero-day vulnerability that allows for information theft, spoofing, and authentication issues.
Memo To Forrester: Vista Is Not The Problem
Commentary  |  7/25/2008  | 
Everyone's atwitter (not that Twitter) about the new "enterprise trends" report from Forrester Research, which stuck the shiv in Microsoft's virtual back by comparing Vista to "new Coke." Wrong; Vista is actually like Sprite -- it's a decent alternative to Windows XP, though not to everyone's taste.
Senators Threaten Ban On 'Net Data Disclosures To Foreign Governments
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Sens. Dick Durbin and Tom Coburn ask Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang, and Google chief Eric Schmidt not to help censor or repress Internet users.
Microsoft 'Done' With Yahoo, Ballmer Says
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
The Microsoft CEO dismissed Yahoo as a major player in the Internet business, despite previously offering more than $40 billion for the company.
Google Wants You To Be Your Own ISP
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Vint Cerf slams the telecoms, which aren't happy that bits have been commoditized and would like to shape industry regulations to help them to get back in the services game.
Fugitive 'Spam King' Found Dead With Family
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Davidson reportedly forced his wife to help him leave the minimum-security federal prison in Colorado where he was serving time for his role in spam scams.
You Think You Have Problems?
Commentary  |  7/24/2008  | 
Despite cuts to both capital and operating budgets, the CIO of Oakland County, Mich., is bullish on the prospects of keeping his IT group efficient and serving his customers effectively.
Canadian Spectrum Auction Opens: More Services, Lower Prices
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Most of the new spectrum was gobbled up by traditional providers Rogers Communications, Bell Canada, and Telus.
Down To Business: The Mind-Set Of The Indian IT Exec
Commentary  |  7/24/2008  | 
After a week of meetings with a few dozen locals in three Indian cities, a clearer picture emerges.
Android, Symbian Expected To Become One OS
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Analyst J. Gold Associates said the merger of the two mobile operating systems will begin within three to six months.
Microsoft Windows Exec Kevin Johnson Jumps To Juniper
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Microsoft won't replace Johnson but will split Platforms and Services into two groups that will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer.
Apple, Psystar Reps To Meet In Court
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Apple filed its copyright infringement suit against Psystar earlier this month, charging that Psystar has been selling Macintosh clones in violation of Apple's software license.
eBay Software Seller Sentenced To Four Years
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Jeremiah Mondello was found guilty of stealing bank account information and creating more than 40 fake eBay and PayPal identities to sell illegal copies of software.
Nokia, Qualcomm End Patent Disputes
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
The companies have entered into a 15-year agreement regarding wireless technology patents, and have dropped all litigation.
Nokia-Qualcomm Trial Postponed, German Court Favors Nokia
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
Nokia has been paying hefty royalties to Qualcomm for various patents and the Finnish company wants the rate reduced.
How Often Do You Meet With The CEO?
Commentary  |  7/23/2008  | 
Less often than last year, report many CIOs. Is that a good thing or a bad thing in terms of how seriously IT is taken as a business partner?
N.Y. State To Restrict Video Games, Consoles
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
The law requires the prominent display of ratings on the box and improved technology that allows parents to block certain games.
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