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Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in June 2008
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Apple Mac OS X 10.5.4 Bolsters Performance, Security
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Nine of the 25 vulnerabilities addressed affect the Tomcat 4.1.36, which comes bundled with Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems.
Tech Heavyweights Launch Patent Trust
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Cisco, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, and Verizon Communications are among those hoping to reduce their exposure to lawsuits.
Dell Unveils Notebook Security Services
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The latest offerings are an expansion of the computer maker's ProSupport portfolio of services.
Acer, Apple, Dell, and HP Sued For Patent Infringement
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Saxon Innovations, an intellectual property licensing company based in Tyler, Texas, says the tech vendors violated several of its patents.
Federal Criminal Conviction Given To P2P Network Operator
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Department of Justice said this is the first time a federal jury has handed down a criminal conviction for P2P copyright infringement.
Microsoft Lays Out Protocol Patent Licensing Terms
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Protocols for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 are out, but it's too early to tell what impact those releases will have on the company or its partners and competitors.
Progress Buys Two SOA Tool Vendors In Two Days
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Mindreef and Iona Technologies are expected to bolster Progress' portfolio which includes management tools and business process management software.
PC Market Rises On Notebook Sales; HP, Dell, Acer Hold Top Rankings
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
For the last five years, first-quarter PC shipments have grown by an average of 12%, making this quarter part of the norm, iSuppli said.
U.S. House Pushes For National E-Health Records
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The bill, called the "PRO(TECH)T Act," would increase privacy protections and set national standards to exchange health information nationally.
Government Search Engine Expands With Vivisimo
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
USASearch.gov bolsters its search affiliate program to enhance news, images, frequently asked questions, maps, and weather forecasts, as well as government contact information.
Google, Microsoft Back Online Health Records Privacy Framework
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The Markle Foundation rolled out a set of best practices backed by medical professionals, health insurers, consumer groups, healthcare providers, employer coalitions, and tech companies.
Hospital Implements High-Tech Emergency Response System
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Location-based mapping system helps public safety officials, hospitals, and emergency responders more quickly and efficiently get aid to people in trouble.
Archiving Market Constricting as Size Gains Importance
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
Messages, tracking them, collecting them, monitoring them, and archiving them may be the biggest challenge many IT managers face. Recently, a raft of products emerged to take on those different functions and now they are being rolled into integrated solutions.
Looking Into The Work-Trend Crystal Ball
Commentary  |  6/24/2008  | 
A new report forecasting the top 10 workplace trends of the future says video and Web conferencing will make business travel extinct while social networking sites and other Web 2.0 technologies emerge as the primary tools for job recruiting. Is your organization ready to support these and other workplace trends? Or maybe you're already making these shifts.
Group Seeks High-Speed Broadband In Every Home
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
A new group called InternetforEveryone.org said it would bring together Internet users, content creators, and innovators to make universal, affordable, high-speed access a national priority.
T-Mobile To Prorate Cell Phone Termination Fees
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
Facing lawsuits and the FCC, all four major U.S. wireless carriers will soon have prorated cell phone cancellation policies.
Blogger Huffington Blasts 'Old' Media
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The founder of The Huffington Post said traditional news organizations have failed to uncover and report the truth.
FCC Moves Forward With Free Wireless Plan
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
Despite opposition from wireless carriers, the FCC is seeking public comment for its free Wi-Fi plan.
Supreme Court To Hear AT&T Access Fee Appeal
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
A federal appeals court had ruled that AT&T was charging wholesale prices to ISPs that were too high for them to compete with AT&T in the retail market.
Microsoft Deleted Windows Interoperability Documents, Feds Say
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The court-mandated committee overseeing Microsoft's compliance with a federal antitrust settlement said the software company broke a pact when it removed some information.
Web Sites Push For More Transparency and Accessibility In Government
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
OpenCongress and MetaVid give citizens an open window into government activities.
Microsoft, AT&T, Covisint Partner On Health Data Exchange
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The agreement lets consumers who use Microsoft's HealthVault share their health data with their doctors.
Top Court OKs Bell Canada Takeover, But Price Is An Issue
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
Investment banking analysts speculated that the proposed $35 billion takeover price would be revised because of the generally deteriorating financial climate.
Mozilla's Pain, TippingPoint's Gain -- And, Perhaps, A Tipster's Game?
Commentary  |  6/20/2008  | 
The recent news of a Firefox security flaw illustrates the dangers of security through obscurity. In this case, however, the obscurity I'm talking about doesn't involve the software.
Delta Airlines Tests Cell Phone Boarding Pass
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
The program, in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration, is being tested at New York's LaGuardia Airport on some flights.
FCC Gives Sprint Nextel 30 Days To Vacate 800-MHz Band
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
The plan to reconfigure parts of the wireless spectrum is designed to prevent interference with public-safety communications systems.
NMPA Seeks To Guard Songwriters' Earnings, Protect Copyrights
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
National Music Publishers Association fights for legislation that protects copyrights, tries to make sure songwriters get fair royalties, and sues infringers.
Calif. Asks ISPs To Block Newsgroups Exchanging Child Porn
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
Attorney General Jerry Brown hopes Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Sprint will extend their agreement with New York to the Golden State.
Mac OS X Security Threat Discovered
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
The malicious code distributed from a hacker Web site has been given a "critical" security tag, but can infect only certain versions of the Mac OS.
HP To Shrink Printer Operations From Five To Three Units
News  |  6/19/2008  | 
The laser-jet and commercial printer operations will form one unit, while the ink-jet and consumer supplies operations will constitute another. The third unit will focus on billboards, signs, and professional photography.
Firefox 3 Bugs Reported
News  |  6/19/2008  | 
Security flaws were found in Firefox 3 just hours after the open source Web browser was released Tuesday.
Hackers? Ha! It's the IT Staff That Has the Keys -- and Uses Them
Commentary  |  6/19/2008  | 
You thought your biggest security worry was hackers stealing your company's private information? Think again. A recent survey indicates that IT guys are routinely accessing their companies' private information. Why? Because they can.
WD Unveils Dual-Drive Storage For Homes, Small Businesses
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
My Book Mirror Edition uses one drive for storing content from desktops and notebooks and the other for storing another copy for added protection.
HP, VMware Link Arms To Manage Virtual, Physical Resources
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
In the past, HP has linked its systems management software to VMware's through an external interface.
Computer Searches Admitted In Double Murder Case
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
Computer engineer Neil Entwistle is charged with murdering his wife and baby daughter in a Massachusetts case.
Infonetics Reporting Growth In The NAC Market
Commentary  |  6/18/2008  | 
The research summary headline, Reports of NAC's death have been greatly exaggerated; market up 16% in 1Q '08 really says it all. But let's not get too excited. The increase of 16% in 1Q over the previous quarter means approximately $10 million more in sales. The market is still relatively small, so any movement will be magnified. What's more interesting is the market breakdown.
The Renewed Allure Of Telecommuting
Commentary  |  6/18/2008  | 
With gasoline prices rising above $4 a gallon, a recent survey found that 40% of tech workers would willingly take a pay cut to telecommute. Meanwhile, more employers are apparently offering IT pros the choice to work remotely as a perk to attract hard-to-find skills. Is telecommuting an option you offer your staff?
Telecommuting Could Save Gas And U.S. $38 Billion Annually
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
If the 53% of white-collar employees who could work from home did, the savings would be substantial, according to a Telework Exchange study.
Once-Doomed, NAC Revives Philadelphia's Wi-Fi Network
News  |  6/17/2008  | 
The original project ran into financing problems, and EarthLink pulled out of the effort after spending an estimated $20 million on its early deployment stage.
Intel Spins Off Solar Tech Business
News  |  6/17/2008  | 
In addition to making photovoltaic cells, SpectraWatt also will focus on improving current manufacturing processes to reduce the cost of photovoltaic energy generation.
Startup Launches New Firewall Line
Commentary  |  6/17/2008  | 
Palo Alto Networks debuts a next-generation firewall for the midmarket. A startup we've been closely tracking because of its innovative firewall technology, Palo Alto today announced a midrange appliance to complement its enterprise product line.
AT&T Discusses 3G iPhone Upgrade Policy
News  |  6/17/2008  | 
Current iPhone users are automatically eligible to buy the 3G iPhone, but potential new users might have to prove they are worthy.
Mom Pleads Not Guilty To MySpace Harassment Charges
News  |  6/17/2008  | 
Lori Drew is under federal indictment for using the social networking site illegally to bully suicide victim Megan Meier.
Firefox 3.0 Record Download Attempt Crashes Mozilla Servers
News  |  6/17/2008  | 
Mozilla hopes to successfully complete 5 million downloads of the Web browser in 24 hours and set a Guinness World Record.
TSA Thinks Pretend-Police Costumes Will Get Them Respect
Commentary  |  6/17/2008  | 
The TSA gropes our crotches, paws through our stuff, makes us stand in long lines to get to our flights, and treats us like criminals. But the agency knows the real reason they're disliked is because they ain't stylin'. And they think realistic badges will be a solution to the problem.
PayPal Unveils Developer Portal
News  |  6/16/2008  | 
Additions to the Developer Central Portal include advice on responding to requests for proposals, marketing tips, redesigned APIs, and online payment training materials.
Missouri Mom To Be Arraigned On Cyberbullying Charges Related To Teen's Suicide
News  |  6/16/2008  | 
The indictment marks the first time that a social networking site user has faced federal charges related to accessing protected computers for harassment.
AP Tells Web Site To Remove Content
News  |  6/16/2008  | 
Attacks by bloggers caused the news organization to say it would look for a more "positive" way to protect its content.
Silicon Valley Launch: A Visit To Tech's Bleeding Edge
News  |  6/13/2008  | 
Entrepreneurs at Silicon Valley Launch get to pitch an audience full of venture capitalists and talent scouts from companies such as IBM, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, HP, and Microsoft.
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