News & Commentary
Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in December 2009
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Kingston Warns Of USB Drive Security Flaws
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Data storage vendor Kingston recently warned customers of a flaw in several of its secure USB drives that could allow an attacker to access sensitive information.
MySQL's Former Owner Can't 'Save' It After Selling It
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Monty Widenius continues his campaign to save MySQL from falling into Oracle's possession with a script that would have been suitable, perhaps, for the Perils of Pauline. The whole problem with "saving" MySQL at this point is that its most outspoken defenders chose to sell it to Sun, a firm on the brink of collapse.
Google Nexus One Said To Cost $530 Unlocked
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
The HTC handset, expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, may represent a unified platform for the Google Android smartphone.
Nokia: Most Apple Products Violate Patents
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
An International Trade Association complaint claims all of Apple's iPhones, iPods, and Macs infringe Nokia patents.
Salesforce.com's Wizard Was Parker Harris And Team
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Much has been recorded about the rise of Salesforce.com and how Marc Benioff's clever marketing brought the company to the forefront. Today, with its stock reaching new highs, I wanted to pay tribute to a giant of cloud computing, Parker Harris, the technology magician behind the marketing who made Benioff's story possible.
Google AdMob Buy Opposed
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Consumer groups said the acquisition would diminish competition in mobile advertising and raise privacy concerns.
Officials Seek Cancer Warnings On Cell Phones
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Although there's no hard evidence linking mobile phones and cancer, elected officials in California and Maine are pushing for warnings.
Court: Microsoft Must Pay Law Firm $5.6 Million
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
An appeals court orders the software giant to pay a law firm that had opposed it in antitrust litigation.
Twitter Buys Out Mixer Labs
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
Microblogging service acquires developer of the GeoAPI location mapping tool.
FTC Asks Google For More Info On AdMob Buy
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The FTC request means there will be a delay in Google's acquisition of the mobile ad company, Google says.
Apple Display Suit Dismissed
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The lawsuit claimed that Apple knowingly sold iMacs with defective displays.
Samsung, Kodak Negotiate Patent Settlement
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
A proposed agreement calls for Samsung to deliver an undisclosed payment to Kodak, as well as a cross-licensing deal.
3Com Earnings Grow, Sales Slip
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Positive earnings bolster the network switching, routing, and security firm ahead of its acquisition by HP.
Microsoft Word Sales Face U.S. Ban
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Appeals court says software maker must halt distribution of popular program unless patent-friendly changes are made.
Top Facebook Updates: Lady Gaga, Farmville, H1N1
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Social networking site says 2009's top memes reflect members' broad array of interests and worries.
HP Probes 'Racist' Webcam Claim
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
YouTube video appears to show company's facial recognition technology only works with white people.
Q & A: Army CIO Advances Consolidation Effort
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Cloud computing and powerful mobile devices are part of Jeffrey Sorenson's plan to centralize Army IT and make it more consistent for soldiers deploying from bases to the battlefield.
Gallery: Terremark Readies Secure Cloud Data Center
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
A new data center complex under construction in northern Virginia is protected by armed guards, bomb-sniffing dogs, and blast-proof walls.
Bing! Microsoft Hit With Copyright Suit
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Small design shop claims software maker stole its trade name when it launched search engine earlier this year.
Verizon Defends Cancellation Fees
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
The largest U.S. carrier said doubling its early termination fee was necessary to reduce consumers' costs for sophisticated devices like the Storm 2 or Motorola Droid.
5 Predictions For Government IT In 2010
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Government agencies will continue to struggle with cybersecurity, while making strides in transparency and cloud computing. There will also be new pushes for accountability and IT procurement reform.
Q&A: David Wennergren, DoD Deputy CIO
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Department of Defense deputy CIO David Wennergren addresses information stovepipes, SOA, procurement, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.
Virtualization For Small Businesses: When Does It Make Sense?
Commentary  |  12/19/2009  | 
How big does your company have to be before you get real benefits from virtualization?
Google Found Guilty In French Copyright Case
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
A judge ordered Google to pay 300,000 euros to a French publisher, plus 10,000 euros per day until it removes extracts of the publisher's books from its database.
Biden Kicks Off Broadband Stimulus
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
Vice President Joseph Biden announced Thursday the first wave of government stimulus spending on broadband networks.
FCC Preparing Broadband Plan
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
A tight supply of broadband spectrum and the use of set-top boxes for Internet connections are just two of the matters the commission is working to address.
H1N1 Hotline Spreads Flu Info
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
Healthcare providers may use the phone and online service to provide H1N1 information while preserving medical resources for truly urgent care.
Government Technologist: Holding The Fed CIO's Feet To The Fire
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra needs to rein in the government's ever-growing IT operations. He could learn a few things about cost management from private sector CIOs.
Plurk Might Sue Microsoft For Code Theft
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
Chinese microblogging service says it may take legal action in wake of plagiarism incident.
MySQL Campaign Heats Up
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
The open source database's author urges users to object to deal that would give Oracle ownership of MySQL.
FTC Won't Seek Intel Breakup
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
Commission says it will not attempt to force chipmaker to divest business units.
Remote Assistance Thriller: Dial "S" For "Scam"
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
A new scam involving remote support software recently surfaced in the United Kingdom. Before you snicker at just how gullible the victims appear to be, ask yourself whether your company's PCs are vulnerable to precisely this sort of attack.
Intel Calls FTC Suit 'Misguided'
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
Chipmaker says Trade Commission's legal action has no basis in law.
Project Honey Pot: Over One Billion Spammers Served
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
This week, Project Honey Pot identified its one billionth spam message. Find out what it has learned from that torrent of junk email -- and what you can do to make its efforts to stop spam even more successful.
Congress Goes Wireless
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The House of Representatives is preparing to roll out its wireless network, though the timeline for completion is unclear.
Psystar Barred From Selling Mac Clones
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The permanent injunction follows a judgment that Psystar violated Apple's Mac OS copyright.
Work Visas Back On Congressional Agenda
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 would make it easier for foreigners with advanced degrees from U.S. universities to get green cards.
IT Jobs: CIOs Need Help But Won't Hire
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
Hiring for permanent IT positions is flat, but bright spots are seen for IT contractors specializing in security, BI, and SAP.
FTC Sues Intel For Monopoly Tactics
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
Competition watchdog says chipmaker illegally bullied PC makers into using its chips.
Software Tools Help Manage Clinical Trials
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
Web-based, analytic software tools help pharmaceutical firms keep patient recruitment on track for clinical trials.
SMS Privacy Case Heads To Supreme Court
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
At issue is whether text messages sent on an employee's government-owned device can remain private.
Microsoft Launches, Pulls, Twitter-Style Microblog
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
Software maker yanks Juku social networking site after competitor cries foul.
Oracle Mobilizing MySQL Users
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
The European Commission investigation into Oracle's acquisition of Sun is turning into a political dogfight as MySQL users are writing letters supporting and opposing the deal.
Los Angeles Goes Google
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
As of Monday, city employees will be able to start using Google Apps for daily computing tasks.
Microsoft Offers Climate Change Tools
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
Software maker rolls out interactive services at COP15 conference in Copenhagen.
Global CIO: The CIO's Christmas
Commentary  |  12/14/2009  | 
A holiday poem, with apologies to Dr. Seuss
Remote Access Security Is Everyone's Business
Commentary  |  12/11/2009  | 
A seedy little story involving some luckless restaurateurs, Romanian hackers, and a ham-fisted software reseller might not sound relevant to your small business. Think again.
SMBs Reject False Dichotomy Between Enterprise And Consumer Tech
Commentary  |  12/11/2009  | 
Too many tech insiders see the world as consumer versus enterprise technology. They're missing a key component of the market: small and midsize businesses. And their blinders are leading to some seriously misguided conclusions.
GAO Pressures FCC To Help Wireless Consumers
News  |  12/11/2009  | 
The Government Accountability Office wants the Federal Communications Commission to enforce consumer protection rules.
Nokia Stole iPhone Secrets, Apple Alleges
News  |  12/11/2009  | 
Computer maker countersues rival over smartphone technologies.
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