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Facebook's New Openness Exploited By Scammers
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The rogue message leads to a Facebook application link that spams a victim's friend list with the same warning message, and possibly harvests personal information.
Google News Gets Text Ads
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
It's a significant turning point for Google News, which has been ad-free since its beta launch in April 2002.
Blu-Ray Partners To Launch 'One-Stop' Licensing
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
If the partners can get approval from all patent holders, then all Blu-ray products would be charged a flat fee, which would go into a pool and be divided among patent holders.
Supreme Court Rules For AT&T In Antitrust Case
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The lawsuit claimed AT&T was anti-competitive because it was charging high wholesale prices to ISPs while offering low-cost DSL to consumers.
Hack An iPhone, Win $10,000
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
In TippingPoint's DVLabs contest, hackers also have the option of trying to execute a successful exploit against a Web browser.
Stimulus Funds Will Go Toward New Data Center For Social Security Administration
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
With $1 billion in funding, the agency is set to build a data center and develop software to reduce a huge backlog of disability claims.
Facebook Opens Site Rules To User Voting
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
"The Facebook Principles" and "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities" may signal a shift in social networking best practices.
Intel Joins Dell In Challenging Netbook Trademark
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Psion Teklogix has held the trademark for the term "netbook" since 2000, but PC makers say the word is now generic.
Microsoft Files Suit Against TomTom's Implementation Of Linux
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The suit claims infringement of eight Microsoft patents related to car navigation systems and file management.'s Growth Shows SaaS Success In Tough Economy
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Revenue growth of 34% shows businesses are buying SaaS despite of, and perhaps because of, tight IT budgets. There are spots of trouble, however.
FBI Raids Offices Of NASA Contractors
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
An affidavit suggests the contractors stole federal tax dollars through fraudulent contracts and laundered the money.
CIO Profiles: Laxman Kumar Badiga, CIO At Wipro Technologies
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Deliver business value and capitalize on opportunities for growth, he advises aspiring CIOs.
Coghead Failure Highlights Risks Of Cloud Computing
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Cloud computing is growing, with Google now monetizing its App Engine. But no matter what the vendor, customers should have a good emergency-exit strategy.
Google Joins Antitrust Case Against Microsoft
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The move could potentially force Microsoft to offer the option of using Google's Chrome browser at the installation of Windows.
'Celebrity Apprentice' Stars The Donald, A Playmate -- And Your Product?
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
The new season of "The Celebrity Apprentice" will feature a slew of celebs, such as Joan Rivers and Andrew Dice Clay, as well as product placement galore -- including one from midsize company LifeLock. Here are some tips on how to make your own product a TV star.
PCI And Schrodinger's Cat
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
The inherent paradox of the Payment Card Industry's compliance program to protect credit card data makes PCI a futile exercise. Let's try something else.
IBM Tops India's Outsourcing Market
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Big Blue is outpacing domestic competition on the subcontinent.
VMware Adds To Data Center Operating System
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
vCenter Server Heartbeat and vShield, launched at VMware's user group meeting, bring the company closer to supplying the data center operating system via its virtual machine management capabilities.
DNSSEC: Forgetting The User, Again.
Commentary  |  2/24/2009  | 
A lot of very smart people are working very hard to make the Internet trustworthy. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has launched a beta Interim Trust Anchor Repository so top-level domain owners can publish DNSSEC material while ICANN works out signing of the root zones. The ITAR is one more step in the road to DNSSEC. But DNSSEC is a technical solution and, like other technical solutions, ultimately misses
Microsoft Will Not Seek Overpaid Severance
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
Some of the 1,400 employees laid off by Microsoft last month received a letter asking for the return of money paid by mistake.
Microsoft Hopes To Train 2 Million In IT By 2012
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
The company's Elevate America program will offer 1 million vouchers for online coursework that isn't currently free.
Violent Video Game Law Ruled Unconstitutional
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
The 2005 law prohibited the sale of violent video games to anyone under 18 and imposed a fine of as much as $1,000.
Music, TV Industries Call For Stronger Intellectual Property Protections
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
A trade group found that Russia, China, and other countries aren't adequately protecting copyrights in the global digital distribution of music and video.
High-Tech Leaders Bolster Northeastern's Entrepreneurs Portal
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
Project supporters include alumni Richard Egan and Roger Marino of EMC; John Cullinane, founder of Cullinane Software; and Bob Davis, founder of Lycos.
Insecure Eye Sockets Layer: Defeating SSL
Commentary  |  2/20/2009  | 
Moxie Marlinspike's presentation New Tricks for Defeating SSL in Practice should be an eye-opening presentation on the fragility of the trust we place secure Web sites. Marlinspike uses some fairly mundane technical tricks coupled with astute observations about human behavior to pull off a difficult task -- seamlessly subverting the indicators of HTTPS Web sites prese
SAP Buys Cloud Computing Startup Coghead
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Coghead's service continues through April, but SAP will shut customer obligations and relationships down after that.
Russia May See Turbulence In Telecom Market
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
The Russian government may make business more difficult for foreign firms with ownership in the country's telecom companies, according to a Pyramid Research report.
Hulu Pulls Video From Boxee
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
The move, requested by Hulu's content providers, signals a tightening of online TV and movie distribution by Hollywood studios.
What To Look For In Virtual Server Backup Products
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Virtual machine backup software is evolving rapidly, and there's no one best tool.
Microsoft Fails To Win 'Vista Capable' Dismissal
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Judge rules consumer fraud lawsuit against the company can proceed, but not as class action.
Western Digital Redesigns Consumer Back-Up Drive
News  |  2/18/2009  | 
The device can also provide storage for Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 video-game consoles, wireless digital picture frames, or digital TVs.
Stimulus Package Makes It Harder To Hire H-1B Workers
News  |  2/18/2009  | 
The provisions are expected to affect new hires, not existing H-1B visa holders in the United States looking to renew their visas.
Nvidia's Licensing Dispute With Intel Heats Up
News  |  2/18/2009  | 
The Intel license makes it possible for Nvidia to ship graphics technology in Intel-powered PCs from major computer makers.
ROI Is Not A Good Justification For Security
Commentary  |  2/18/2009  | 
It's no secret that the business office uses financial models to approve and disapprove purchases. Getting proposals approved on business merit is often misunderstood by many IT and security practitioners who see the need for a technology, but can't convince business folks. Return on investment, ROI, often is used to justify, in part, an IT purchase which results in the percentage return. Risk reduction is the primary goal.
Google Wins Street View Privacy Lawsuit
News  |  2/18/2009  | 
A Pennsylvania judge said Google didn't violate the Boring family's privacy rights by taking pictures of their residence from a private road and publishing the images online.
Microsoft Shrugs At Vista-To-XP Downgrade Suit
News  |  2/18/2009  | 
Software maker says it doesn't get a cut of fees charged for converting Vista PCs to Windows XP.
Ubuntu To Be Certified For HP Servers
News  |  2/17/2009  | 
By bundling the free operating system with HP hardware, smaller companies can sidestep the licensing fees associated with Microsoft's Windows.
Facebook's Terms Of Use Draw Protest
News  |  2/17/2009  | 
Mark Zuckerberg clarifies for users that once they delete their accounts, friends will still retain their posts.
Prosecutors Reduce Charges Against The Pirate Bay
News  |  2/17/2009  | 
Prosecutors acknowledge that the file-sharing site on trial in Sweden for allegedly infringing on film and music copyrights didn't copy files.
Apple Claims Jailbreaking Is Killing iPhone Business
News  |  2/13/2009  | 
The EFF's desire to allow the unlocking of cell phones like the iPhone represents an attack on Apple's business model, Apple decries.
Google, Search Companies, Sue To Reveal Hidden IP Foe
News  |  2/13/2009  | 
Yahoo, IAC, AOL, and Lycos also join forces to reveal who is behind a 2-year-old patent lawsuit against them.
FTC Revises Guidelines For Online Ads
News  |  2/13/2009  | 
Commission wants tighter controls on storage of personal data.
When Robots Attack: A Look At 21st Century Warriors
News  |  2/13/2009  | 
P.W. Singer, author of the new book Wired For War, is concerned about how battlefield robots are changing IT perspectives.
Federal CTO Agenda: The Industry's Advice To Obama
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
Think big and transformational, advise two dozen industry leaders, from CEOs to CIOs. And get going now.
How Federal IT Leadership Evolved Under Bush
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
From an e-government czar and CTO to an architect and administrator.
Charter Communications To Seek Finacial Protection
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and Charter investor, will hold the largest voting percentage in the restructured telecom company.
Stimulus Bill Will Stimulate Health IT Adoption, Jobs
News  |  2/11/2009  | 
The $21 billion for health IT programs in the U.S. economic stimulus bill will create career opportunities and fuel educational programs for professionals to acquire a mix of technology and clinical expertise.
Qualcomm Paves Way For Mobile Payments
News  |  2/11/2009  | 
The company has added support for Near Field Communication technology in some of its mobile chipsets, which could lead to phones that can be used as mobile wallets.
For Disaster Recovery, Size Matters -- And So Does Virtualization
Commentary  |  2/11/2009  | 
Did you know that how big your company is can determine whether you should get your disaster recovery as Software as a Service (Saas), as software, or as a managed software?
BlackBerry Maker Acquires Certicom For $106 Million
News  |  2/11/2009  | 
Certicom's cryptography software has been adopted by the U.S. National Security Agency for government communications.
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