News & Commentary
Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in October 2008
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Sprint Finalizes Early Termination Fee Policy
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The telecom said its $200 fee will be reduced by $10 per month after month six, but the new policy will only affect contracts signed after Nov. 2.
NIST Seeks New Hash Algorithm
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
NIST is wrapping up accepting submissions for a new cryptographic one-way hash algorithm today. NIST's competition follows a tradition of peer review, public discussion, and acceptance of algorithms that brought us DES, SHA, and AES. The selection process won't be complete until 2012, but final selection should addresses weaknesses in the hash algorithms used today.
Sprint Won't Sell Nextel iDEN Network
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The plan now is to partner with Motorola and move the iDEN spectrum out of the 800-MHz band in a way that will accommodate public-safety networks.
AT&T Hands Out Free Wi-Fi To iPhones, BlackBerry
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
After several false starts, iPhone and BlackBerry users now have unlimited free wireless access to AT&T's nearly 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.
IBM Sues Apple-Bound Microchip Expert
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Big Blue says Mark Papermaster's bolt to Cupertino violates a noncompete agreement.
DOJ Approves Verizon-Alltel Merger
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
However, the Justice Department is stipulating that the new combined company divested itself of 100 markets in 22 states.
IBM Positions ILOG's Rules Engine To Head Pack
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The former market leader was Fair Isaac, whose rules processing system was a favorite of credit card companies and insurers.
Western Digital Adds FireWire Interface To Passport
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
In adding the FireWire 800/400 technology to the portable hard drive, WD is trying to appeal to creative professionals using Apple Mac desktops and notebooks.
CSC Plans China Centers
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The new facilities will help the outsourcer expand its presence in Asia.
Consumer Electronics' Supply Chain Is Weakening
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Lower-than-expected production for equipment manufacturers that sell mobile PCs, digital TVs, DVD players and other electronics to stores, research firm Gartner warns.
Oracle Acquiring Haley To Bolster Government Contracts
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Oracle said it will combine the Haley policy platform with Oracle's existing ERP and Siebel CRM applications to create the first packaged software for social services agencies.
Aruba Launches Wireless Research Lab
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
One of the main focuses will be the environmental and societal impacts of an unwired enterprise, according to Aruba CTO Keerti Melkote.
Texas Halts Work On IBM Outsourcing Contract
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Gov. Rick Perry tells state IT officials that the vendor has failed to maintain adequate backups.
Gabriel Tech Hits Qualcomm With Patent Litigation
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
Gabriel said there are public safety overtones to the mobile GPS patents cited in its lawsuit against Qualcomm.
Bill Gates, Dolly Parton Tussle Over White Spaces
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
With a crucial vote scheduled in a week, the FCC is being deluged by supporters and opponents of the unlicensed wireless services between the current TV spectrum.
Microsoft's $250 Million Check To Calif. Remains Mostly Untouched
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The grants stem from a class action lawsuit filed in 1999, claiming that Microsoft overcharged for software bought between February 1995 and December 2001.
Dell Unveils First Thin-Client Computer
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The OptiPlex FX160 is a fanless system that supports embedded or streamed operating systems for virtual desktop implementations.
Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo Unveil Human Rights Guidelines
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Under pressure from advocacy groups, the Internet companies have partnered to promote free speech on the Web.
Google Reaches $125 Million Settlement In Book Copyright Lawsuits
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The deal with book publishers and authors would clear the way for Google Book Search to show digitized images of millions of in-copyright books and other library materials.
Carriers Find Ways To Drive Customer ARPUs
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
ABI Research identifies the five factors that can drive up carriers' revenue while facing a U.S. cell phone subscriber rate at nearly 80%.
Yahoo, Microsoft Combine To Fight Net Lottery Scams
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
One of every 44 Internet users across Europe has lost money to fraudsters, according to research.
Survey Shows Disconnect On IT Policy
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Cisco follows up on its survey on data leakage, which I already wrote about, and an analysis of policy effectiveness. There isn't too much surprising in the findings, but the results continue to highlight the need for sound security policy management processes in organizations and,
Firefox + NoScript: Throw 'Clickjackers' Under The Bus
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Is "clickjacking" the security risk some people make it out to be? Not if you're acquainted with one of my favorite Firefox browser extensions.
Microsoft's Cloud OS Compelling, But Questions Remain
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
On top of Windows Azure, Microsoft will additionally build a series of its own applications and services developers and customers will be able to take advantage of.
Terrorists Could Use Twitter For Mayhem, Army Report Muses
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
An intelligence paper outlines technologies that terrorist organizations could use to inflict harm, including cell phone GPS data, voice-changing technology, and Twitter updates.
Google's Android OS Has Security Flaw, Researcher Claims
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
The vulnerability is in the browsers and could potentially enable a hacker to have access to information the browser may use such as cookies and saved passwords.
'White Space' Opponents File Last-Ditch Opposition With FCC
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Some in Congress ask to postpone the FCC's scheduled Nov. 4 vote, while supporters argue that the fringes of the spectrum have been tested and debated long enough.
The PCI Protection Racket
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
A hotel operator says his point-of-sale vendor is using PCI as an excuse to force expensive upgrades to POS equipment.
$50,000 Reward For Missing Xbox Addict
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Microsoft has contributed to a reward fund and turned over account data to aid in the search for missing gamer Brandon Crisp.
Financial Meltdown May Result In Tech Litigation
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
The end of a prolonged period of prosperity and the start of a period of economic challenge is likely to fuel litigation over who is to blame, a survey suggests.
Chinese Hackers Angered By Microsoft's Epic Fail
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The outcry over the so-called "black screen of death" may also be helping lesser hackers who are feeding on users furiously searching the Internet for a solution, analysts said.
Sprint Nextel To End Early Termination Fees
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
Previously, the wireless companies usually charged $200 when a subscriber canceled a contract before its conclusion.
Amazon.com Offers App Hosting On Windows Server
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The offering is the latest in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud service, which launched out of beta Thursday.
Comcast To Double Internet Speeds
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The cable and Internet service provider's wideband technology is designed to deliver ultrafast upload and download performance.
Mac Clone Maker Psystar Offers $299 Linux PC
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The Miami reseller remains fully operational despite its ongoing legal tussle with Apple.
AT&T Completes Next-Gen IP BackBone Network
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The 40-Gbps network will enable AT&T to keep up with the explosive customer demand for wireless Internet and IP-based services.
IBM, Intel Open Spec To BladeCenter Switch
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
By opening up the spec, IBM hopes more switch vendors will build products for the BladeCenter -- and it will sell more servers.
SaaS Revenue Growing, Market Set To Double By 2012
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Driving the growth in SaaS deployments is businesses' desire to reduce their IT capital expenditure budget and to rapidly implement software that supports a specific business need, Gartner said.
NetSuite Offers Big Discount To Salesforce.com Customers
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Under the deal, Salesforce.com customers would swap their current software-as-a-service automation product for NetSuite's customer relationship management service called CRM+.
Microsoft To Unveil Windows 7, Cloud Computing Efforts Next Week
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
PDC is Microsoft's foremost conference, occurring only semiannually whenever Microsoft has a series of big announcements to make, like the next version of Windows or the birth of .Net.
Rackspace Buys Two Cloud Computing Firms For $11.5 Million
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
The hosted computing services company acquires Slicehost and Jungle Disk to compete head-on with Amazon Web Services.
Financial Upheaval Shakes Verizon's Acquisition Of Alltel
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
The volatile stock market, combined with critical consumer groups, may hinder Verizon's planned $28.1 billion purchase of Alltel.
Microsoft Stealthware Angers Chinese PC Users
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Bloggers in the People's Republic say the software maker's anti-piracy tool violates local privacy laws.
IBM Releases SAAS Version Of Lotus Notes Domino
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
By combining both a software element and a service, IBM is taking another page from Microsoft's "software plus services" strategy.
VMware Revenues Show Strength, Despite Downturn
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
CEO Paul Maritz expects to bring out the VMware View 3.0 desktop virtualization management system in the fourth quarter, with "significant deliveries expected through 2009."
Sun Revamps Client Java, Adds Drag-And-Drop Web Applet Capture
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
Updates to end-user features pull Java SE 6u10 closer into line with competitors Ajax, Adobe Flash, and Microsoft Silverlight.
Credit Suisse Looks To College Recruits At IT Expo
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
Seniors are being targeted to join Credit Suisse's analyst program for entry-level professionals, while juniors are being recruited for 10-week paid summer internships.
eBay And Ivory Won't Live Side-By-Side
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
The online auctioneer says new rules that ban the material will help protect endangered elephants.
PlayStation Game Yanked Over Koran Text
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
LittleBigPlanet will ship three days late so developers can remove the material, inclusion of which could be offensive to Muslims.
Congress Cuts BASIC Satellite Imaging Program
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
Critics of the program observe that private companies GeoEye and DigitalGlobe are already on the way to providing advanced satellite imaging commercially.
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