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Virtualization Set For Desktop Surge In 2009
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
Sales Up, Profits Down At ACS
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Dallas-based outsourcer reports mixed results for second quarter.
Sprint Back In Court Over Early Termination Fees
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
A California judge is ordering a new trial in a class-action lawsuit against Sprint regarding its contract cancellation fees that could potentially cost $300 million.
Hawaii Pushes To Improve Broadband Technology
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The state has an ambitious goal of dragging Hawaii out of the country's cellar -- it was recently ranked 49th in broadband speeds among the country's 50 states.
Satyam Taps Goldman To Explore Sale
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Outsourcer looks for a buyer in an effort to emerge from cooked-books scandal.
Google Aims To Expose Network Meddling
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Vint Cerf puts out the word that Google's Measurement Lab will make it more difficult for telecoms to degrade or block apps such as BitTorrent or Skype.
Satyam's Crisis Will Spawn New Outsourcing Models
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
In the past, IT services vendors often resisted terms clients tried to include in their offshoring contracts. But in the aftermath of Satyam's financial fraud mess, outsourcers will be more willing to bend on client demands, especially if they're anxious to pick up work from Satyam's ex-customers.
Intacct Announces SaaS Upgrade, Plans To Take On Oracle
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The small SaaS vendor wants to play in the big leagues. But first it must prove it can be profitable.
Whirlpool Outsources Global Tech Ops To IBM
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Big Blue will handle IT operations for the appliance maker in 40 countries.
Outsourcing Bill Of Rights Proposed
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Satyam's financial fraud scandal has one services vendor pushing for an industry-wide set of ethics to ease outsourcing fears.
Apple Gets iPhone Patent
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The company gains legal muscle against Palm and other rivals launching similar multitouch technology devices.
Verizon Reports $1.24 Billion Income In 4Q
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The company's wireless tail continues to wag the company dog to higher sales, profits.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 Improves Security
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Updates include architectural changes that mirror features found in Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari, and Mozilla's Firefox.
New Zealand Man Buys MP3 Player, Gets 60 Pages Of Sensitive U.S. Military Data
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
New Zealand's Chris Ogle probably thought it was his lucky day when he scored a used MP3 player cheap. But his luck soured when it turned out to be broken -- and loaded with 60 pages of U.S. military data and personally identifying information.
HP Blurs Data Center Lines With Server/Switch
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The ProCurve ONE embedded server blade and Data Center Connection Manager alter the roles various vendors and devices play in the data center.
Senator Quizzes Microsoft On Layoffs
Commentary  |  1/26/2009  | 
Microsoft's plans to lay off 5,000 workers have ruffled the feathers of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a long-time critic of the U.S. H-1B visa program. Microsoft, a top 10 employer of H-1B visa holders, has been among the most vocal tech companies over the last several years urging Congress to raise the cap on H-1B visas. Now Grassley is urging Microsoft to furlough those temporary foreign workers first before handing out pink slips to Americans and permanent U.S. residents.
Google Finds Spam Volume Bouncing Back
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
One theory is that spam will continue to be a vector for virus infections and blended-threat attacks, which direct message recipients to infected Web sites.
Samsung Sees First-Ever Quarterly Loss
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Plunging sales of appliances, liquid crystal displays, and memory chips led to Samsung reporting its first-ever quarterly loss of about $14.4 million.
Microsoft's Data Center Delay A Sign Of The Times
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The work stoppage in Des Moines, Iowa, comes shortly after Microsoft announced plans last week to lay off 5,000 employees as part of a $1.5 billion spending cut.
Feds' Internet Site Goes Web 2.0
News  |  1/26/2009  |'s new features are designed to improve access and transparency.
Intel Denies Trying To Derail AMD Spin Off
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
The sparks started flying after the SEC disclosed AMD had received a formal letter from Intel requesting a meeting and the two companies need to enter negotiations.
WiMax Forum Launches Global Roaming Program
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
The collaboration could help boost the rollout of WiMax as it enables customers to get service on multiple networks from different providers.
RIM CEOs Face $80 Million Fine For Backdating
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
Canadian regulators are seeking a record fine against Research In Motion's leaders for a backdating scandal that netted them about $1.6 million each.
HP Releases Software Update For MediaSmart Home Server
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
The server supports Windows PCs and Apple Macs running Leopard using Apple Time Machine software.
VeriSign Acquiring Certicom After RIM Bails
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
All three parties will be forced to engage in some fence mending because RIM's and Certicom's products are intertwined.
Fidelity Reportedly Selling India IT Operation
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
The recession is prompting many financial services companies to sell their India-based IT captives.
A Smarter Alternative To PCI
Commentary  |  1/23/2009  | 
Let's dump the credit cards' security compliance program and replace it with a framework to actually reduce the risk that card data will be stolen.
Microsoft Paid $3.1 Billion To Settle Tax Debt
News  |  1/23/2009  | 
Software maker's quarterly report reveals payment made to satisfy IRS audit.
Mac OS X Trojan Found In Pirated iWork 09
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
Intego identified the Trojan file name as "iWorkServices" and said it gets installed when the user installs an infected copy of the iWork 09 suite.
Sprint Woos Enterprise With Flat-Rate Plans
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
The company is targeting business customers on its Nextel network with discounted push-to-talk, wireless Web, SMS, and navigation services.
Even If Obama Builds More Broadband, U.S. May Not Use It
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
One in five Americans doesn't have broadband "for reasons that won't be addressed by price cuts or a fiber node in a neighborhood," according to a Pew Internet survey.
Satyam Fallout: Indian Industry Speaks As One
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
Company officials reveal ways the outsourcing company is repairing its image with customers during an InformationWeek Webcast.
Autonomy Acquires Interwoven For $775 Million
News  |  1/22/2009  | 
The combined company will become the largest in the legal information management industry.
Don't Chase Checkboxes
Commentary  |  1/22/2009  | 
Drew Conry-Murray takes apart PCI in his recent blog PCI Is Meaningless, But We Still Need It. I agree with most of his points, but they mostly apply to companies that view compliance as a set of checkboxes that have to be filled in annually. Filling checkboxes is doomed to failure. Focus on the spirit of the requirements and your company's security posture will be the better for it.
10 Questions For Oracle President Charles Phillips
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
Larry Ellison's right-hand man explains why software costs so much, what to expect from the upcoming Fusion Apps, his views on President Barack Obama, and more.
Obama Urges Open Government
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
The president said the burden should be on the administration to prove why documents must be secret.
SEC Reviewing Apple's Handling Of Jobs' Health Disclosures
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
Speculation about Jobs' health began last June when he appeared gaunt at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Microsoft Sells Off Comcast Stake
News  |  1/21/2009  | 
The software maker may be looking to raise cash in advance of an acquisition.
Nokia Offers Location-Based Security Service
News  |  1/20/2009  | 
The service will allow GPS-enabled S60 handsets to identify where friends and family are located, and track when people leave a predefined area.
FCC Wants Answers From Comcast
News  |  1/20/2009  | 
The commission wants to know how the ISP's Internet phone service is impacting competition.
10 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2009
News  |  1/18/2009  | 
Vendors are rushing to join Amazon, EMC/VMware, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce in the cloud, offering businesses new ways to do more with less.
Nearly 9 Million PCs Hit By 'Downandup' Worm
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
The network worm is a bunch of malware variants that target older Windows machines and changes itself, or is changed by its authors, to prevent signature-based detection.
Tech Exec Charged With Illegal Export To China
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
The suspect allegedly shipped at least 200 integrated circuits, which also could be used for military applications, the Justice Department said.
Satyam Denies Layoffs, Cash Crunch
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
A spokesman for the outsourcer rejects analyst's allegations.
Windows 7 Beta Antivirus Packs Now Available
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
Three third-party vendors have released security software for Microsoft's new operating system.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin Resigns
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
The new chairman is expected to be Julius Genachowski, who's slated to take over the reins of the agency after President-elect Barack Obama is sworn on Tuesday.
Salesforce Offers Pricing For Cloud-Computing Services
News  |  1/16/2009  | 
The company's partnership with Amazon lets customers connect to the online retailer's Elastic Compute Cloud service and Simple Storage Service.
HP Extends Orchestration Of Virtual, Physical Servers
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
With two additions to its Adaptive Infrastructure management products, HP is upping the ante in the race to manage physical and virtual data center servers from the same console.
Satyam Firing Workers 'Onsite,' Analyst Says
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
The scandal-plagued outsourcer is also virtually broke, a new report states.
Nortel Users Pledge Support As Company Restructures
News  |  1/15/2009  | 
User group says its more than 4,000 Nortel stakeholders have rallied around the company.
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