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Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in December 2008
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Treasure Hunter Claims Google Maps Treasure Find
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
A 39-year-old musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles has been fighting representatives of an estate in Refugio County, Texas, for the right to excavate.
Microsoft Scrambling To Thaw Zune Freeze
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The incident is unlikely to help Microsoft gain ground against Apple's iPod, which accounts for about three-quarters of the digital music player market.
Dell Unveils Massive Reorganization
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
To try to stem declining revenue and profits, the PC maker will change its business sales and marketing approach from a regional to a global strategy.
Citi Inks Sale Of Offshore Services Unit
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
Citigroup Global Services is sold to TCS for $512 million.
Consumers Don't See Mobile Banking As Secure
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
A research report recommends banks adopt a login method beyond user name and password, and provide e-mail alerts for particular conditions like a large withdrawal.
Keep Firefox On Guard Against Attack-Site Threats
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
Firefox 3 employs some great new security features. Here are a few quick tips on to make them work as effectively as possible.
Amazon, Netflix Rated Highest In Holiday Customer Satisfaction
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
Home Shopping Network and the Gap suffered the steepest declines in the annual ForeSee online retailer customer satisfaction survey.
Yes, Trust In The PKI Is Broken
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
The trust in digital certificates relies on the fact that the authority issuing the certificate has validated the identity of the person or company making the request and that the digital certificate can't be forged. New research presented at the 25th Chaos Computer Congress shows that forging digital certificates is possible and practical. Trust in the SSL i
FCC Could Drop Filtering For Free Internet Plan
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
In hopes of getting free wireless broadband passed before he's replaced, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said the winner of the AWS-3 spectrum wouldn't have to filter adult content.
RIM Takes Motorola To Court Over Jobs
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
Motorola is trying to keep the BlackBerry maker from hiring fired or soon-to-be fired employees, RIM said in a lawsuit.
NMAP Network Scanning: A Must-Have Addition To Your Library
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
NMAP, the open source network mapping tool, should be in any network or security administrator's toolbox. It's a feature-rich network scanner that goes far beyond port scanning such as service and OS detection, stealth and evasion modes, and sports an internal scripting engine. NMAP Network Scanning, a reference guide written by Gordon Lyon, a.k.a. Fyodor, is a must-have book to get the most out of NMAP.
Tools And Tips For Small-Biz Spam Assassins
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
Building a Web 2.0 site is only half the battle. Keeping it free of spam and malware is the other half, and a new online tutorial on the subject serves up some solid tips on how to fight -- and win.
Fry's Exec Accused Of Massive Kickback Scheme
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
The manager with a gambling debt is accused of demanding exorbitant commissions from a handful of Fry's suppliers in return for prominent product placement within the retailer's stores.
AT&T, Verizon Finalize Asset Swap
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The swap, which stems from the acquisitions of rural carriers, will improve AT&T's voice and data coverage in several states.
Troubled Citigroup Sells IT Services Arm To India's Wipro
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The $127 million deal includes a six-year outsourcing contract under which Wipro will provide tech support to the bank.
RIM's Takeover Bid For Certicom Takes A Hostile Turn
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
Research In Motion is vowing to fight Certicom's efforts to block being acquired by the BlackBerry maker.
Sprint, Clearwire Sued Over WiMax Patents
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
A wireless software and service provider claims the companies are infringing on six patents, and a lawsuit could eventually halt the nationwide WiMax network rollout.
Kill CDs, Think Digital First, Record Industry Advised
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
With 77% of U.S. households expected to have broadband connections by 2012, the time to shift strategies is now, according to Gartner.
Panasonic On Track To Acquire Sanyo In February
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
The $9 billion purchase price is about 4% lower than Sanyo's recent stock trading value.
Apple Failed To Copyright Mac OS X, Psystar Claims
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
The charge is the latest in a series of allegations in the ongoing legal spat between the clone maker and Apple.
RIAA Taps ISPs To Fight Illegal Downloads
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
In return for ISP cooperation, the RIAA would no longer file lawsuits to force the service providers to turn over identifying information of suspected illegal file sharers.
Free Wireless Broadband Still Available?
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
Two congressmen have found a technicality in the morass of FCC rules and regulations that pertain to the auctioning of the AWS-3 spectrum, which resides in the 2,155- to 2,180-MHz band.
Google Street View Panned By Japanese Privacy Group
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
Such concerns have arisen more from the data Google gathers through its search engine.
'Wayne Gretzky' Twitter Page A Fake, NHL Says
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
League spokesman says posts on the microblogging service not really from The Great One.
Security Threats Aren't Mitigated By Details
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Good security programs start with asking the right questions. All too often, security and network engineers sweat the details of some security technology or other and don't examine the most likely sources of attack. I recently overhead the question "How long should I set an IPSec VPN rekey time interval?" Answer the question by asking how worried you are about an attacker breaking into your VPN and how that might be accomplished.
Apple Sued Over Apple TV
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
EZ4Media's lawsuit alleges that Apple TV, Airport Express, and Apple Macintosh personal computers infringe four of its patents.
Lost Windows Password? Look To Linux For Help
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Many of the best tools for rescuing disabled Windows systems are actually based on Linux. That includes a popular utility that can be very helpful on Windows systems with lost or misplaced passwords.
Mozilla Firefox 3.05 Updates User Rights
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
The change addresses criticism from the free and open source software community that Mozilla was asserting rights through the Firefox EULA that were incompatible with the GPL.
Critical Internet Explorer Patch Available
Commentary  |  12/17/2008  | 
In an unusual move, Microsoft has issued a patch for all versions of Internet Explorer from v5.5 onward and for all versions of the Windows operating system. Time to roll out that out-of-band patch before your users get infected. Reports of users being exploited are rising.
IPhone 3G Reportedly Unlocked
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
While there are a few strings attached, the iPhone Dev Team said it will soon make it possible to use Apple's handset with any GSM provider.
Free Software Foundation Sues Cisco Over GPL
News  |  12/15/2008  | 
The group's complaint alleges that Cisco is in violation of the General Public License by not making source code to some Linksys products available to customers.
Google's OpenEdge Clouds Its Net Neutrality Stance
News  |  12/15/2008  | 
A network edge-caching measure that accesses data temporarily stored on servers near end users is causing some to question Google's long-term intentions.
Free Internet In Limbo As FCC Chairman Cancels Vote
News  |  12/15/2008  | 
The proposal would have helped established a nationwide license in the 2,155-MHz to 2,180-MHz band, of which 25% would have been set aside for free Internet access.
Ericsson Offers Kill Switch For Notebooks
News  |  12/11/2008  | 
The anti-theft technology makes it possible to disable a laptop by sending a message via SMS, a form of text messaging on mobile phones.
Free Software Group Sues Cisco For Open Source Violations
News  |  12/11/2008  | 
FSF claims the company failed to make source code for its routers available to customers.
White House Opposes FCC Free Wireless Network Plan
News  |  12/11/2008  | 
Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez reveals President Bush's resistance to an auction of 25 megahertz of spectrum in the 2,155- to 2,180-MHz band.
HP Delivers With Desktop Linux, Open-Source Security Solutions
Commentary  |  12/11/2008  | 
HP today delivered a one-two punch with a couple of major open-source announcements -- one involving desktop Linux, the other concerning an intriguing new Firefox-based desktop security solution.
Apple Releases Firmware Fixes For Latest MacBooks
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
The updates come in pairs that are each for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air introduced in October.
E-Discovery Partnerships Go For Gold
Commentary  |  12/10/2008  | 
Vendors are teaming up to tackle e-discovery -- and rake in cash.
Under New Pressure, Nortel Networks Hires Bankruptcy Lawyers
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
The Wall Street Journal says the telecom firm has hired attorneys to explore bankruptcy court protection in case its restructuring plan doesn't work.
AT&T Testing Femtocells
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
The wireless carrier will deploy femtocells in test markets in early 2009, and wants the mini-cell phone towers to boost data connections as well as voice.
Vint Cerf's Twitter Account Was A Fake
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
Despite the recent MySpace-hoax suicide tragedy, online impersonation and fictitious identities remain a legally vague area.
Democrats Blast FCC Chairman Martin's Management
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
Criticisms in the 110-page report range from Martin's heavy-handed, opaque, and non-collegial management style to complaints that Martin suppressed various reports by staff.
Bebo's Social In-box Puts Online Life In One Place
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
Content partners for the new service include MTV, ESPN, CBS, and the BBC
Yahoo Shareholder Urges Search Deal With Microsoft
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
The investment firm says delays in striking a pact give further advantage to Google.
Apple Secretly Bricks Non-Intel PCs, Psystar Claims
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
Mac cloner says OS X 10.5 includes code designed to shut down unauthorized machines.
Finding New IT Work Is Getting A Lot Tougher
Commentary  |  12/10/2008  | 
Is your IT organization hiring? If so, you'll likely be getting a flood of resumés soon. A new report says that there's been a pretty recent sharp decline in hiring plans by IT organizations for the next six months.
Firefox Security: It's A Question Of Trust
Commentary  |  12/10/2008  | 
Should you worry about a new breed of Firefox-specific malware getting loose on your company's PCs? Not if you're already practicing a software security policy based on a solid common-sense foundation.
Forrester Sees Big Slowdown In U.S. IT Spending
News  |  12/9/2008  | 
While the numbers are bleak, analysts don't expect to see the 15% and 20% declines in tech purchases that occurred in 2001 and 2002.
HP Offers To Finance $100,000+ Software Deals
News  |  12/9/2008  | 
Extending credit in hard times would allow a customer who might otherwise turn away to become an HP software user.
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