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Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in July 2009
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Piracy Verdict Gets Student Fined $675,000
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
The verdict, $22,000 per track, is far less than the legal maximum the jury could have levied.
VoloMedia Granted Patent For Inventing Podcasting
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
But blogging pioneer Dave Winer, among others, says there's plenty of prior art contradicting VoloMedia's claims.
Amazon Kindle E-book Deletion Prompts Lawsuit
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Amazon angered customers when it remotely deleted two books in from Kindle e-book readers without notifying their owners.
Apple Fixes iPhone SMS Vulnerability
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Moving to close a hole revealed at the Black Hat security conference on Thursday, Apple has released iPhone OS 3.0.1.
EDS Wins Tennessee Medicaid Deal
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
HP tech services subsidiary will upgrade state's health information systems.
Pirate Bay Tossed Out Of Netherlands
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The organizers of the Pirate Bay have 10 days to block traffic to and from the Netherlands, or face stiff fines.
SAP Demos Commitment To Business ByDesign
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Enhancements and testing of the software-as-a-service suite indicate that SAP intends to make the offering more broadly available next year.
Student On Trial Admits Sharing Music Online
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Joel Tenenbaum could face up to $4.5 million in penalties if the RIAA prevails and he is found guilty of illegally downloading 30 songs.
Carriers Respond To Bans On Texting While Driving
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The four major wireless operators agree that the practice is dangerous, but not all believe national legislation is the best way to solve the problem.
BlackHat Bombshell #2: iPhones And Other "GSM" Phones Open To SMS Hack
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
With one bombshell already having been dropped at the BlackHat Conference (that most implementations of SSL are configured to give up everything including logins, credit cards, etc.), researchers dropped another one today when they demonstrated how the SMS infrastructures of GSM-flavored operators such as AT&T and T-Mobile are hackable to the point that cell phones can be hacked and their users can be tri
Mac And iPhone Security Issues Mounting
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
New ways to break the iPhone's security and reports of new Mac exploits should serve as a warning to Mac-based businesses not to become complacent.
Senate To Review Microsoft, Yahoo Deal
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Subcommittee on antitrust will closely examine search alliance, chairman vows.
Black Hat: Fighting Russian Cybercrime Mobsters
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
McAfee and the FBI teamed up at Black Hat to discuss Russian online organized crime. The standing room only presentation was part fact and part hype. With a mission to publicize the FBI's work, Russians were made to be some of the most organized and threatening of all cybercriminals. While this could be true, the connections to American and other hackers around the world were drawn and cannot be ignored.
Microsoft, Yahoo Deal Fraught With Risk
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Shareholders punish Yahoo over pact's terms while pundits say a host of issues could derail alliance.
Online Music File Swapping Trial Underway
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The recording industry is squaring off against a Boston student charged with illegally downloading music over the Internet.
Lawmakers Aim At Texting While Driving
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The proposed legislation would reduce federal highway funding for states that don't ban texting or sending e-mails while driving.
Apple Fears Jailbroken iPhones Could Kill Phone Networks
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Fighting an attempt to win a copyright law exemption that would sanction the use of unauthorized iPhone software, Apple claims phone networks are at risk when it's not in charge.
Homeland Security Names A New CIO
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The agency's new IT leader, Richard Spires, has private sector experience and previously led systems modernization efforts at the IRS.
Pirate Bay Founder Stonewalls Hollywood Firms
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The file sharing firm is claiming harassment from entertainment companies suing to stop it from facilitating sharing of copyrighted material online.
Q&A: Veterans Affairs CIO Explains IT Overhaul
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The recently appointed Chief Information Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs discusses why 45 IT projects were put on hold and his plan for avoiding the mistakes of the past.
Ericsson Nortel Deal May Face Patent Hurdles
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
RIM and Nortel pensioners group continue to complain about the deal; now the value of LTE intellectual property is at issue.
Microsoft, Yahoo Finally Ink Search Pact
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Microsoft's search tools will appear on Yahoo's sites while Yahoo takes on sales role.
Microsoft, Yahoo Said To Close Search Deal
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Partnership would reportedly see Yahoo farm out search to Redmond while retaining sales role.
Verizon Seeks Court Approval Of Advertising Accuracy
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
AT&T has charged that Verizon's claims of having "America's Most Reliable Wireless Network" are misleading.
Google Sells 5% AOL Stake To Time Warner
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
The search giant is taking a $717 million loss on the $1 billion it paid in 2005 for the share.
IBM To Acquire SPSS For $1.2 Billion
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Big Blue also revealed a separate deal to buy out security and compliance vendor Ounce Labs for an undisclosed sum.
Inside Terremark's Secure Government Data Center
News  |  7/28/2009  | 
Terremark's new cloud-computing facility for U.S. government customers features concrete walls, bomb-sniffing dogs, motion-sensing videocams, and a promise of 100% service availability.
GM Prepares For New CIO
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
Ralph Szygenda's incoming successor, Terry Kline, will have to prove he's a tough negotiator with IT providers, at a time when the troubled automaker is at its most vulnerable.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Cisco CEO John Chambers
Commentary  |  7/27/2009  | 
Cisco's aggressive moves outside its traditional networking markets hold a lot of potential for it and its customers. But with so much going on, CIOs want and need to know: What business is Cisco in today?
Microsoft Offers Browser Choice
News  |  7/27/2009  | 
The software maker proposes letting buyers in Europe select Web browser from a "ballot screen."
Feds Seek Input On Web Site Cookie Policy
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
The government wants to use cookies to offer more personalized Web sites to citizens, better analytics to Webmasters.
Twitter Launches Tools For Businesses
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
The micro-blogging service hopes that its search widget and user manual will help businesses use Twitter for marketing --- and boost its own revenue.
Google Increases Federal Lobbying Efforts
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
The company spent almost $1 million in the second quarter to influence the government on advertising, intellectual property, and other issues.
Gates: H-1B Limits A 'Big Mistake'
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
Microsoft chairman says curbs on foreign tech workers could damage U.S. competitiveness.
Tiny Web Host Claims Big ICANN Registrars Block Domain Transfers
News  |  7/24/2009  | 
A Calif. Web hosting service claims large Internet domain name registrars are blocking customers from transferring domain names; the big guys say the supposed roadblocks are to prevent fraud.
The AP Plans 'News Registry' To Protect Content
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
The world's oldest and largest news gathering organization aims to fight online theft of its content with digital tracking beacons.
SMB-Size Online Fileserver Comes To Mac
Commentary  |  7/23/2009  | 
The collaboration and file sharing service NomaDesk, already available for Windows, is now available for the Mac as well. And a new iPhone extension enables file access and remote management.
Verizon Proposes Roaming Rule Change
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
The wireless carrier said it would support a law requiring it to provide competitors with roaming agreements under certain circumstances.
Homeland Security Gets Web 2.0 Overhaul
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
The agency's redesigned Web site features a new YouTube channel and links to Twitter and other media, in a push towards greater transparency.
Qualcomm's Earnings Marred By $208 Million Antitrust Fine
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
The mobile chipmaker reported a $737 million third-quarter profit and raised its revenue forecast for 2009.
Wipro Reports Higher Q2 Profits, Sales
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
Results indicate offshoring's appeal for businesses looking to reduce costs in tough times.
Open-Source Apps Earn Software Security Seal Of Approval
Commentary  |  7/23/2009  | 
Two prominent open-source projects recently got a thumbs-up from Veracode, a company that applies a standards-based approach to software vulnerability testing.
The Encryption Gap
Commentary  |  7/23/2009  | 
Things that make us say "hmmm" include these stats: The percentage of respondents to our 2009 Strategic Security Survey rating encrytion as effective in reducing risk dropped from 57% in 2008 to 48% in 2009. Use of disk, file and backup media encryption ALL fell year over year by at least five percentage points. Backup encryption usage is down 10 points.
Federal CIO Wants Unfiltered Data On IT Projects
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
Vivek Kundra is looking to increase the amount of unfiltered data available on federal IT projects and greater visibility into positive outcomes.
RIM Eager To Bid For Nortel Assets, But Thwarted
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
The Blackberry maker says it is prepared to offer more than what Nokia Siemens Networks bid for Nortel's wireless business, including CDMA and LTE assets.
Microsoft, Apple Sued Over Touchscreens
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
The suit, brought by Tsera, cites Apple's iPod Classic and Nano products, and Microsoft's Zune. Philips Electronics, LG Electronics and others are also named.
IT Outsourcing Continues Apace, Despite Recession
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
Network Services segment has been particularly strong, accounting for about half of the major outsourcing deals in 2009, research shows.
HP Researchers Develop Browser-Based Darknet
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
HP security experts have developed a browser-based system for secure communications and plan to present their project at the upcoming Black Hat conference.
Federal CTO Says U.S. Lagging In Innovation
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
Aneesh Chopra said the United States can regain its lead by capitalizing on opportunities in healthcare IT and the smart grid.
Poker Players Seek Online Gambling Reform
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
A gambling trade group is pushing Congress to once again legalize online poker.
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