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Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in April 2008
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Judge Rejects RIAA's Music Copyright Infringement, Distribution Claims
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Merely making copies of music available does not equal distribution, or primary copyright infringement, the judge said.
Interop: Palo Alto Networks' Firewall Identifies App Traffic On Content, Not Ports
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
You've programmed your firewall to block the ports that some unwanted app is using and that app turns up on your net again. Net-enabled applications don't tie themselves down to one port the way the Web (HTTP, port 80) and other apps do. After some firewall shuts their ports down, they find another port. Using traffic profiles instead of ports to identify more than 600 applications, not only did Palo Alto Networks' series win InformationWeek's
Two Must-Have Open-Source Security Tools
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Over the past decade, open-source developers have created some of the world's top-rated IT security tools. While some of these applications have a well-deserved reputation for being complicated and difficult to use, there are some notable exceptions.
SAS Institute Unveils Software To Help Companies Go Green
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
SAS pitches the software as providing a proactive approach to assessing green efforts, before businesses are forced to by new laws or environmentally conscious customers.
Microsoft Again Delays Windows XP SP3 Release
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Microsoft is holding up the software update's release, this time after finding a compatibility issue with an electronic checkout system for retailers.
Hello, Would You Like A New Job?
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
When was the last time you got a call from a headhunter? Have those calls cooled down lately? Think it's due to the weak economy, or do you think it's possible that you're just not that "hot" anymore?
Oracle Database Susceptible To Rare Attack
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
"A lateral SQL injection" attack that can be placed by an outsider in a database application using Oracle's extended PL/SQL query language can be prevented, security experts say.
FCC: Issues Kept Bidders From 700 MHz Safety Spectrum
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
An agency report says fears of payments defaulting if negotiations failed as well as the costs of building out and operating the D block kept companies away.
Verizon's Earnings Jump Thanks To Wireless Growth
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Verizon Wireless unit recorded 1.5 million net customer additions, and Verizon's FiOS TV service signed up 263,000 net new customers.
Life Inside The One-Man (Or Woman) IT Shop
Commentary  |  4/28/2008  | 
Got a lot on your plate? How would you like to be the IT shop? While the common belief is that one-person IT departments are typically the stuff of start-ups and mom-and-pop businesses, that's not always the case.
Forrester Predicts Slow Year For Government IT Spending
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The report found that 43% of governments are working with flat budgets this year, while 40% have bigger budgets than last year.
Web 2.0: Whatever Google Knows About Spam, It Isn't Saying
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Trust and reputation systems are a great way to reduce spam, but Google avoids talk of an ongoing flood of malware-infected porn on Google Groups pages.
Think Tanks Propose National Innovation Foundation
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Such a foundation would serve as a catalyst between industry and university researchers and seek to expand regional innovation through state governments.
CIOs Uncensored: A Painful Data Integration Experience
Commentary  |  4/24/2008  | 
Dear Cleveland Clinic CIO: Help a broken man out.
Interop: Vettro Mobile App Helps Protect Underground Pipes, Cables
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Vettro 360 for Damage Prevention is built on the same mobile platform used to provide services like coordinating pickup and delivery, field service, and IT service management.
Microsoft Developers Weigh In On Live Mesh
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Microsoft MVPs say that they hope Microsoft can deliver on the big promises it's making with its software-plus-services development platform.
House Members Try To Stop Efforts To Police Internet Gambling
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
A bipartisan delegation is drumming up support to overturn portions of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.
Keeping IT Staff Happy In Tough Times
Commentary  |  4/23/2008  | 
Money is always quick and easy bait to keep valued staff from leaving. But how do you retain -- or even attract -- key talent when budgets are tight?
Interop Preview: Tech Industry Gets Ready To Rumble
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
The nation's leading business technology event, Interop, gains added breadth this year as it is co-located with Software 2008, an event aimed at software developers, users, and industry executives.
MashupOS: Can You Have Security and Web 2.0?
Commentary  |  4/23/2008  | 
Okay, you have a web browser, and you have Web 2.0 applications -- mashups, in other words. And you have a choice -- convenience or security. The convenience of running mashups that combine related data from unrelated sources versus the minefield of running web services from multiple unknown, untrusted sites in a browser that was designed for visiting one known, trusted web site at a time. What's the answer?

FCC Chief Says Comcast Blocked Traffic Even During Slow Times
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told Congress it appears that Comcast used technology that completely blocks certain traffic, like peer-to-peer file sharing.
Windows XP SP3 Embedded Not Coming In April
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
A Microsoft official would only say that Service Pack 3 for the Embedded version of Windows XP will come "at a later date."
Windows XP SP3 Set For Release, Microsoft Says
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
The service pack includes all updates issued since Windows XP Service Pack 2 was released in 2004, and some new elements.
Cell Phone Users Gain Mobile Access To Health Data
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
AllOne Mobile lets consumers securely access their personal health records through cell phones and PDAs.
Astronaut Sets U.S. Space Record
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
The Soyuz spacecraft landed Saturday, with three astronauts from the International Space Station returning home safely.
Domain Name Sales Boom During Real Estate Bust
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
The $10 million sale of Fund.com during the first quarter of the year helped spark $38,029,543 in domain sales ... and high interest in generic domain names.
CNN Faces Cyberattack Over Tibet Coverage
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
Security experts and researchers are mixed on whether the attacks, reportedly scheduled around 8 p.m. on April 19, Beijing time, will happen.
MacBook Pro Customers Report Blank Screens
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
The display problem occurred after users deployed the high-end notebook's latest firmware upgrade.
FCC Hearing On Network Management Draws Net Neutrality Supporters
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
Speakers at the Stanford University meeting want policymakers to require cable and telecommunications companies to manage Internet traffic in a nondiscriminatory way.
CIOs Uncensored: A Focus On People
Commentary  |  4/17/2008  | 
Burger King's CIO feels strongly that helping people -- IT employees and the community -- pays big dividends.
Down To Business: U.S. A Broadband Leader? Or Just A Poseur?
Commentary  |  4/17/2008  | 
As new World Economic Forum ranking suggests, racing to extend the fattest pipes to the most people doesn't necessarily make you a world-class networked economy.
Apple Patches Safari Vulnerabilities
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
The fixes include patching a zero-day vulnerability in Apple's Web browser that allowed researchers to compromise a MacBook Air.
U.S. Improves Success Rate Of Federal IT Projects
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
The OMB now identifies 489 items as "high risk" due to factors such as complexity, scope, or level of importance, down 19% from the 601 projects that were on the list in February.
ACS Acquires Transportation Management Systems For $42.5 Million
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
The unit posted about $50 million in revenues in the 12 months prior to the end of March 2008, according to ACS.
Google Gmail Loses Functionality
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
Problems with accessing the online e-mail's IMAP feature fuel concerns about uptime and reliability as well as business adoption of software as a service.
Cisco Outlines Its Strategy For China, Names Leaders
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
The plan includes further commitment to providing assistance to Chinese businesses in the development of IT and business-process outsourcing within the country.
700 MHz Auction Keeps U.S. Public Safety Network In Limbo
News  |  4/16/2008  | 
Qualcomm had the high bid of $472 million for the spectrum, but was dismissed because it was so far from the reserve price.
Mobile Banking To Grow Tenfold
News  |  4/16/2008  | 
The number of transactions is expected to rise from 2.7 billion in 2007 to 37 billion by 2011, as banks continue to deploy more services, Juniper Research says.
Comcast, Pando Call For P2P Bill Of Rights, Responsibilities
News  |  4/16/2008  | 
Despite the cable provider's plans to work with BitTorrent and other ISPs, critics say companies should not create consumer protection plans.
Online Retail Group Urges Caution On Behavioral Advertising Guidelines
News  |  4/16/2008  | 
Shop.org says consumers aren't hurt by tracking technology and the Federal Trade Commission's report on the subject was too broad.
Mickos: Sun Has Expertise That MySQL Needs, Vice Versa
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
Downloads of the open source database have increased by 10,000 per day since its recent acquisition by Sun.
Congress Studies 700 MHz Auction's Failure To Deliver Public Safety Network
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
Some lawmakers suggest that the nationwide public-safety block be reauctioned and the proceeds be used to build out a public-safety network.
Windows XP SP3 Pegged For Release On April 21
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
OEMs and Microsoft's friends will get the pack first followed by the rest of Windows XP users through Microsoft's online Windows Update service a week later.
Google Helps Group Find Child Predators On The Web
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
The software tools help the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sift through millions of pornographic images and videos from the Web to find child sex predators.
USPTO Launches Pilot To Expedite Patents
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
The First Action Interview pilot program will allow certain patent applicants a chance to resolve issues one-on-one early in the process.
Apple MacBooks Suffer Video Playback Problems
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
Buyers of the MacBook and MacBook Pro with Intel's Penryn processors report distortion in playing video through Apple's QuickTime player.
U.S. Will Soon Notify H-1B Visa Lottery Winners
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
Employers who paid USCIS an additional $1,000 "premium processing" fee to speed things up will be notified within 15 days, or by April 29, if their petitions were selected.
Wireless Providers Agree To Hold Down LTE Patent Royalty Costs
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
The agreement, signed by seven of the industry's powerhouses, calls for keeping patent royalties under 10% of handset and laptop sales prices.
Patent Office Curriculum Teaches Kids Respect For Intellectual Property
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office designed the program to inspire K-12 students' creativity and teach the value of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
Layered Technologies Buys FastServers.net
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
Layered is targeting its growth toward consolidation and virtualization in the data center, as corporations look to reduce high real estate and leasing costs.
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