News & Commentary
Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in June 2009
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Amazon Drops More Affiliates Over Online Tax Issue
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The online retailer has been dropping affiliates in states that approve the collection of sales taxes for online transactions.
Supreme Court May Review Conviction Of Ex-Qwest CEO
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Joe Nacchio is serving six years in prison for illegal insider trading while head of the telecom firm.
IBM Wins Round Against Dell Exec
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
David Johnson cannot assume full duties in Round Rock until lawsuit is resolved.
Are SMBs Facing A Crisis Of Cloud Confidence?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Cloud computing is often thought of as the perfect option for small businesses. But a new survey shows that small businesses share many of the cloud computing concerns of their larger competitors, including security, availability, and speed.
The Pirate Bay Goes Legit
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Buyer Global Gaming Factory X plans to introduce commercial business model to infamous file-swapping site.
Pirate Bay Takes On YouTube
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
VideoBay is in "beta extreme" and comes with the warning, "Don't expect anything to work at all."
Nokia Siemens' Acquisition Of Nortel's LTE Unit Contested
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
In the face of objections from creditors and suppliers, Nortel wants a judge to approve the proposed $650 million sale.
Jobs Returns To Work At Apple
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The Apple chief executive is splitting his time between the company's corporate offices and working from home.
Amazon Drops North Carolina SMBs Over Sales Tax Proposal
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Trying to make up for declining state revenue, North Carolina is preparing to collect taxes on online transactions.
Universal Cell Phone Charger Gets EU OK
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Manufacturers endorsing EU agreement include Apple, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Qualcomm, and RIM. Concept has been endorsed in the US by the CTIA wireless association.
Does Twitter Match The Mission?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
A CIO with the U.S. Air Force argues that government-technology decision makers must apply cost-benefit analysis in determining whether Web 2.0 tools make sense for their agencies.
Judge OKs Former IBM Exec's Dell Move
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
David Johnson can begin work in Round Rock while breach of contract case is heard.
Macintosh Malware + Twitter = Greater Vigilance (If You're Smart)
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
Tweets from a respected Macintosh evangelist inadvertently contained links to a Trojan horse aimed at Macintosh computers. The incident should serve as a warning to Mac-using SMBs that while their Macs aren't nearly as subject to malware attacks as Windows machines are, that's not a guarantee that nothing bad can happen.
ICANN Names Security Expert As CEO
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Rod Beckstrom, former director of the U.S. National Cybersecurity Center, faces demands to make the US organization into an international body.
Lenovo Joins HP In Free Windows 7 Upgrade
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Buy a PC running Windows Vista Vista now, get a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it ships in September.
Pirate Bay Judge Not Biased, Appeals Court Rules
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Judge who ruled against Pirate Bay in filesharing case did not have a conflict of interest, despite involvement in a copyright protection group, appeals court said.
AT&T Expands Smart Grid Ambitions
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
The carrier is teaming with Cooper Power Systems to sell wireless grid sensors to power utilities.
Tesla Gets $465 Million For Electric-Car Production
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Tesla plans to use $100 million of the funds from the Department of Energy for a powertrain manufacturing plant.
Google China Blocks Porn Accuser's Name
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
The Chinese government's condemnation of Google as a purveyor of porn continues.
Apple Beefs Up iPhone Business Security Features
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
The new iPhone 3.0 OS and Configuration Utility 2.0 add several features aimed at satisfying enterprise IT departments. Some of them may be overkill for SMBs, but others will prove attractive to any business whose employees use iPhones for business.
Cloudmark Goes After SMS Exploits
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
The carrier-grade mobile messaging security system provides content filtering, reputation data, and monitoring of text and multimedia messages.
CSC In $29 Million Navy IT Deal
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
The outsourcer will support the fleet's naval enterprise network under a one-year task order.
Google Tries Blocking Pornography In China
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
The engineering effort may require disentangling Google.cn from search indexes associated with other Google search sites, like Google.com.
FCC Examining Exclusive Handset-Carrier Deals
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
Hearings will likely focus on AT&T's exclusive deal with Apple.
Virginia Probes Outsourcing Deal, CIO Fired
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
The state's $2.3 billion contract with Northrop Grumman is under fire from legislators.
Federal Jury: Music Downloader Owes $1.92 Million
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
Decision is a victory for the RIAA in its crackdown on illegal music file sharing.
Sensationalism: The Real Open-Source Security Risk
Commentary  |  6/18/2009  | 
A recent Forrester study attempts to tell us something useful about Open Source. What it actually does is point out the absurdity of selling self-fulfilling prophesies dressed up as useful research.
Google's Anti-Malvertising.com Fights Off Bad Ads
News  |  6/18/2009  | 
The site was created because Google has a significant interest in making sure that ad blocking doesn't become a standard security practice.
Qwest Inks Deal With IBM To Offer Managed Services To Midsize Companies
Commentary  |  6/17/2009  | 
The 5-year deal is intended to result in delivering enterprise-class network and security services that are affordable for smaller companies.
IBM, Qwest Delivering IT Services To Mid-Sized Businesses
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
The telecom and IT software partnership is largely based on the concept that many midsize businesses want sophisticated computing services, but can't afford the capital investment.
Federal CIO Seeks 'Storefront' For Government IT Procurement
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
The goal is to have a central place to allow federal agencies to quickly buy systems and get them up and running.
E-Health Records Planned Despite Stimulus Uncertainty
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
More than 50% of healthcare providers surveyed by IVANS do not believe the federal stimulus package will successfully encourage health IT adoption.
Dell Expands Virtualization, Server, Storage Portfolio
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
The company also added more flexible support services and turnkey virtualization configurations for small and medium-sized businesses.
How To Measure Your Web Presence
Commentary  |  6/17/2009  | 
Web Metrics Guru says it's one thing to generate online buzz. It's another to know how to use it. These tools can help.
iPhone Gets Enterprise IT Boost From Startup Apperian
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
Apple's lack of interest in being a major player in enterprise IT has opened the door for Apperian to work with large corporations to develop applications for the iPhone.
Government Debating 'Meaningful Use' Of E-Health Records
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
Members of the HIT Policy Committee are initially suggesting linking the use of health IT to individual care and public health outcomes.
Cloud Computing: 10 Questions For Federal CIO Vivek Kundra
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
Kundra discuss his thoughts about cloud computing in government, and what it would take to make cloud technologies easier to adopt in the federal space.
Senators Want To Grill Wireless Carriers, Manufacturers
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
Lawmakers say they want to determine whether "exclusivity agreements" between mobile handset makers and wireless carriers "are restricting consumer choice."
Exec Leaves Sega For iPhone Game Maker
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
The move is another sign that Apple's iPhone is becoming a strong player in the mobile gaming space.
Is That A Cloud On Healthcare's Horizon?
Commentary  |  6/16/2009  | 
Cloud models are starting to provide an attractive option for large and influential regional medical centers to get lots of small, local, laggard doctor offices trading in their paper patient files for electronic medical records. Are there clouds in your forecast?
GE Offers Stimulus Loans To Bolster E-Medical Records
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
GE also promises that its GE Centricity e-medical record products will be certified to meet evolving health IT standards.
EDS Wins $34 Million DoD Contract
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
HP's outsourcing arm will provide the Defense Information Systems Agency with engineering and technical support.
Universal, Virgin Media Enter Unlimited Download Deal
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
The deal reflects a new tactic in battling piracy that accounts for 95% of online music, according to industry estimates.
Apple Fixes Java Security Hole
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
The flaw could have allowed a Java applet to execute malicious code on affected Macs, potentially leading to information theft or a compromised system.
10 Questions For Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
Chopra talks about the role of technology in government policy, and advancing Obama's healthcare IT, smart grid, education technology, and economic development agendas.
Salesforce Enticing Customers With Force.com Free Edition
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
The initiative lets customers build Web applications and, if they wish, their own branded Web site to be operated on the Salesforce.com infrastructure.
Federal CTO Sees IT Leading U.S. Out Of Recession
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
Aneesh Chopra is looking to other CIOs to advise him on fleshing out a more detailed agenda to best serve the president's IT agenda.
Online Music File-Sharing Retrial Begins
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
An overturned 2007 conviction against a music file-swapper who used Kazaa to share downloaded files goes back to court.
DTV Switch: Mostly A Smooth Move
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
The great majority of television-watching Americans weren't affected by the change to digital broadcasting because they receive their signals from cable and satellite TV providers.
Why Storage Is Such A Challenge For SMBs
Commentary  |  6/14/2009  | 
SMB storage needs keep growing, but factors from virtualization to proprietary terminology keep storage way more complicated than it has to be.
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