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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in August 2008
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Majority Favors Global Internet Bill of Rights
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Key rights granted under the global Internet Bill of Rights would be freedom of information, freedom of expression, and the right of people to have affordable access.
Busy Week For E-Discovery
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
Three new product releases aimed at the electronic discovery market close out the last week of summer.
Comcast Sets Bandwidth Threshold For Residential Customers
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Residential customers will receive phone calls and requests to curb use if their bandwidth use exceeds a new gigabyte limit.
Start-Ups Bring Google's Parallel Processing To Data Warehousing
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Aster and Greenplum have made Google's MapReduce compatible with SQL for use in the parallel data warehousing systems based on open source PostgreSQL.
Obama Nomination Spotlights 'Net Nation
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
We are all Internet Americans now. OK, Barack Obama actually didn't say that in his nomination-acceptance speech Thursday night. But he could have, because the great thing about this campaign is that you don't have to watch TV or consume the news when it's pushed down to you by big media. You can learn about the candidates when you want, how you want (for example, Obama's speech can be viewed here). All the more reason that it's incumbent upon y
Your Views On Education: It's Everyone's Business
Commentary  |  8/28/2008  | 
Judging by the thoughtful e-mail I received, the responsibility for transforming teaching methods, academic curriculums, and delivery tools falls to us as a society, not just to the education establishment.
Lenovo Unveils Low-Power Business Desktop PC
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The ThinkCentre A62 is also available with Lenovo's optional Dash 1.1 card, which lets an IT department remotely manage, boot, audit and update a desktop.
Veoh Lawsuit Dismissal Provides Hope For YouTube
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
A U.S. District Court judge said the adult entertainment company Veoh is not responsible for users who upload copyrighted material to its video-sharing Web site.
How Do You Make A Robot Fish? Copy Bluefin Tuna
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The Olin-Boston Engineering project expects to have a working prototype of its "RoboTuna" by the end of the year.
European Court Won't Save McKinnon From U.S. Trial
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The hacker, who deleted data from U.S. military and NASA computer systems, claimed he would be subjected to inhumane treatment in the U.S. justice system.
Alcatel-Lucent Considers Former Exec Mike Quigley For CEO Post
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The company has been looking for a new chief executive ever since chief executive Patricia Russo and chairman Serge Tchuruk resigned their posts last month.
Wells Fargo CIO: No Budget Cuts Yet
Commentary  |  8/28/2008  | 
Agreeing that the banking industry "is challenged from a financial perspective," the San Francisco firm's tech chief says demand for IT services is growing and the IT group sees itself as an equal partner within the organization -- and more than that.
Linux Systems Being Hit By SSH-Key Attacks
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The attack appears to rely on stolen SSH keys to gain access to a system and then uses a local kernel exploit to gain root access, whereupon it installs the "phalanx2" rootkit.
Nortel Demo Puts 4G Wireless One Step Closer
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The company demonstrates the first live Long Term Evolution handoff between cell sites, but data speeds were lower than what's been promised.
Keep IT In Touch With The Company Culture
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
It takes about 30 to 60 days to drill a new natural gas well. That helps explain why CIO Cathy Tompkins avoids pitching 18-month IT projects to her fellow business leaders at Chesapeake Energy, a fast-growing, fast-paced producer of natural gas. And it's an example of how IT needs to be tuned into and share the same culture as the company it's part of.
iPhone Password Flaw Discovered
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Once the emergency call keypad is accessed through the passcode entry screen, a person only needs to double tap the home button.
Dell Explains Cloud-Computing Trademark Attempt
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The computer maker can appeal the Patent Office's rejection of its trademark application for the commonly used term.
Immersion To Pay Microsoft $20.75 Million To Settle 'Force Feedback' Suit
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The agreement stems from a complex arrangement under which Immersion agreed to pay the software maker a portion of moneys obtained from a similar settlement with Sony.
Amazon Buys Social Network For Book Lovers
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
Shelfari is a nearly 2-year-old social networking Web site in which users build virtual bookshelves of the book titles they've owned or read.
Nations Respond To Google Earth Threat
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
From banning Google Earth to simply ignoring the mapping service, countries are working to deal with potential security violations arising from the images Google makes available online.
Disney Exec Wins Award Named For 'Last Lecture' Author Pausch
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
Ed Catmull is the first winner of the award, which will be given annually by Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center.
Any Extra Change Jingling In Your Pocket Lately?
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Tech salaries inched up recently after slumping earlier this year, according to a new wage report from an IT services and staffing firm. Could this the beginning of an upward trend or just a blip?
Internet Explorer 8 To Include 'Stealth' Privacy Mode
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
Microsoft's forthcoming Web browser will feature four tools that let users surf the Web anonymously.
National Tech Medal Winners Include eBay, OS Creator, And Net Engineer
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the nation's highest honor for technological achievement.
HP Closes $13.9 Billion EDS Acquisition
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The deal creates the world's second largest IT services and outsourcing vendor, trailing only IBM.
Getting A Perspective On Man In Middle Attacks
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have proposed a system whereby you can ensure that when you attach to a server that uses SSH or a self-signed digital certificate and you haven't verified the authenticity of the host identity beforehand, you aren't subject to a man in the middle attack.
Embarq To Trim 4% Of Workforce
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
The former Sprint landline operator will confront its declining customer base by dropping 1,000 company and contract positions.
IBM Wins International Services Deals
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
Contract wins in India and Russia boost the company's global outsourcing unit.
QinetQ's Zephyr Captures Unmanned Flight Record
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
The solar powered aircraft soared 60,000 feet above the Sonoran Desert for more than 82 hours.
Heart Scare Prompts Health Care IT Crusade
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
It's amazing how one ignores important stuff until it gets personal. But following my 80-year-old mom's cardiac scare over the weekend, now I'm surfing over to HP and Intel to learn about their major efforts to connect world-class computing to health care, and I'm a new-found advocate for getting every American's medical records into electronic form, so doctors know your history no matter where you run into trouble. So here's what happened with my mom.
Red Hat Confirms Intruder Breached Fedora Servers
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
The enterprise Linux software vendor referred to the incident on Aug. 14 as "an issue in the infrastructure systems."
Apple MobileMe Reportedly Vulnerable To Data Loss
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
Sniffing public file sharing folders is the latest in a string of problems that has plagued the service, which replaced Apple's .Mac service.
Orville Wright, Former MCI Exec And AT&T Challenger Remembered
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
Wright was also the driving force behind MCI's e-mail service -- MCI Mail -- which was popular in the 1990s.
China Blocks iTunes Access Over Pro-Tibet Album, Users Claim
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
Government Web site calls "Songs Of Tibet" offensive, says citizens want Apple boycott.
Microsoft Readies 'InPrivate' And 'Cleartracks' Internet Privacy Tools
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
Trademark applications show that the features are designed to let users conceal their movements on the Web.
Untrusted SSL Certificates Indicate A Failure
Commentary  |  8/22/2008  | 
An unknown certificate is a failure in SSL/TLS, and that's how it should be. Ever since Firefox 3 came out, the way it presents SSL-enabled Web sites with self-signed certificates has been called scary and hurtful. Untrusted self-signed certificates should be scary because untrusted self-signed certificates are a failure in SSL/TLS, and a failure in your authen
Security Worries Trump Cost Cutting And Customer Service
Commentary  |  8/22/2008  | 
Despite the tight economy, belt tightening is not top of mind for midsize businesses. Rather, security is what's keeping IT decision makers awake at night. And, few of them are happy about how their company is using IT to achieve business goals.
FCC Proposes Wireless Microphone Ban To Boost 'White Spaces'
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
The microphones at issue have generally produced little or no complaints because their signals have traditionally been programmed to avoid TV channels.
Health Net Outsources Tech Operations To IBM
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
The $300 million deal covers data center management, security services, and help desk support.
Intel Spinning Atom Processor Into Big 'Little' Market
Commentary  |  8/21/2008  | 
I've always been highly skeptical of Intel's attempt to carve out a new market niche for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). The big question for me: What are these things? They're too big to be smartphones but too small to live like full-function laptops. However, after yesterday's big launch (re-re-launch, if you ask me) of Intel's Atom processor, I'm becoming convinced that MIDs may have a future.
Alaska Air's CIO Weighs In On In-Flight Internet Services
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
As American Airlines begins to offer passengers Aircell's Gogo, Alaska Air is going with a satellite service. CIO Robert Reeder explains why.
Chinese Police Arrest Bloggers Covering Olympics Protest, Reports Say
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
Five American bloggers have been arrested in China while reportedly covering pro-Tibet demonstration.
Motorola's Jha Shuffles Management, Unveils Multimedia Phones
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
John Cipolla will replace Rob Shaddock, who had been named to head consumer products in April and who is now leaving the company.
FCC To Comcast: Stop Blocking Peer-To-Peer Content
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
The cable and Internet service provider may have interfered with up to 75% of shared-file traffic in certain areas, the Federal Communications Commission found.
Apple Sued Over iPhone 3G Reception Problems
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
An Alabama woman alleges that the handset isn't as fast as advertised, and she's seeking class-action status to represent other customers affected by the "defective" iPhone 3G.
American Airlines Launches In-Flight Internet Service
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
Fliers will be able to connect to the Web, e-mail, and corporate VPNs once they reach 10,000 feet.
Chinese Gold Medalist Too Young To Compete, Finds Security Consultant
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
Mike Walker's Web search turned up an official Chinese Excel spreadsheet that indicates that gymnast He Kexin is only 14 years old.
Cox Confirms Wireless Ambitions
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
The cable company said it will be using its share of the 700-MHz spectrum to offer mobile content and services.
Wind Turbine Success Story At Jiminy Peak
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
One year after coming on line, a $3.9 million wind turbine is generating a third of a Massachusetts ski resort's power. See images of how the turbine was installed.
IBM Invests $300 Million In Backup Centers
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
Big Blue aims to keep its customers safe by employing cloud computing standards.
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