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Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in July 2009
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Google Apps Contract In LA Hits Security Headwind
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
The City of Los Angeles faces worries about privacy and security as it considers moving to Google Apps.
Drivers Frown On Texting, Even As Practice Spreads
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
While 86% of study respondents support a ban on texting while driving, the incidence of drivers sending SMS messages increased by 40% in the past year.
Mark Cuban Insider Trading Lawsuit Dismissed
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
The judge said the SEC failed to prove deception, and therefore fraud. The SEC can appeal or file an amended lawsuit.
Veterans Affairs Places 45 IT Projects Under Review
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
The VA made use of the federal government's new IT Dashboard, which is aimed at providing increased visibility into government IT spending.
FCC Puts Focus On Wireless Broadband
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
Objective is to expand access to more Americans and aid in job creation by promoting wireless and broadband technologies.
GAO: Federal Grants Web Site Shows 'Weaknesses'
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
Poor usability and mismanagement plague Grants.gov, which gives access to $500 billion in annual grants, Government Accountability Office survey finds.
RIM Agrees To Pay $267 Million To Visto In Patents Case
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
Research In Motion to receive a perpetual and fully paid license on all Visto patents.
IE6: The Browser That Refused To Die
Commentary  |  7/17/2009  | 
On the information superhighway, Internet Explorer 6 is a Ford Pinto with a fuel leak. So why are so many Web users still puttering along in this ticking time bomb?
BMC Software Sees Hybrid Clouds On Horizon
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Seeking to manage virtual machines in the cloud from the same management console as on-premises VMs, BMC is enabling internal data centers to work with external resources.
Dell Launches All-In-One Desktop PC For SMBs
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
The Vostro packs an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, an 80-GB hard drive, a 17-inch display, and a DVD drive into a space-saving design.
Senate Seeks FCC Approval To Jam Prison Cell Phones
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Legislation aims to stop organized-crime members from using smuggled cell phones to conduct criminal activities from prison.
DHS To Spend Up To $389 Million On Emergency Communications
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Under terms of the contract, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics, and others will provide scientific, engineering, and technical support to the National Communications System.
Linux Vendor Settles With Microsoft
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Maker of Buffalo networking gear pays up in exchange for patent indemnification.
Twitter Hack Tars Google's Cloud
News  |  7/15/2009  | 
The distribution of internal Twitter documents by a hacker has revived doubts about the security of cloud computing. But Google wants everyone to know that security tools are available for those who want to use them.
IBM To Aid Delhi Stock Exchange Relaunch
News  |  7/15/2009  | 
Big Blue will provide business continuity services essential to DSE's resurrection.
Cisco, UnitedHealth Group Launch Telehealth Network
News  |  7/15/2009  | 
The national platform will deliver health services by videoconference to rural areas, inner city communities, or anywhere distance or clinician shortages hinder affordable care.
Groups Seek Cloud Computing Standards
News  |  7/15/2009  | 
A number of bodies jointly seek standardization in areas including security, management frameworks, data exchange formats, and cloud taxonomies and reference models.
Senate Mulls Jamming Cell Phone Signals In Prisons
News  |  7/15/2009  | 
Proposed legislation seeks to halt the use of illegal cell phones in prisons but is countered by public interest agency officials.
What Microsoft Azure Means To SMBs
Commentary  |  7/15/2009  | 
Azure isn't an infrastructure competitor for Amazon and Google, but rather a Platform as a Service (PaaS) alternative to Force.com.
Rackspace Introduces Cloud API As Public Standard
News  |  7/14/2009  | 
Open API will give cloud users control over managing workloads in the Rackspace cloud. Amazon uses proprietary APIs to give customers access to EC2.
Bill Gates' Name Surfaces On Patent Applications
News  |  7/14/2009  | 
A number of patent applications filed by a company that includes former Microsoft executives contains a plan to lower the force of hurricanes.
The Awful Truth About Anti-Spam Solutions
Commentary  |  7/14/2009  | 
The most effective anti-spam tool doesn't sit on a server -- it sits between an employee's ears. And whether we like it or not, that will always be the case.
Text Messaging Bans Tough To Enforce
News  |  7/14/2009  | 
California has not ticketed many offenders because it is relatively easy to conceal sending a text message while driving.
Recovery.gov Development Contract Details Coming
News  |  7/14/2009  | 
Contractor Smartronix will be responsible for Web develpment, storage, security, disaster recovery, hosting, maintenance, and operation of the Web site.
Review: Firefox 3.5 Makes Browsing Better
News  |  7/13/2009  | 
Mozilla's latest Web browser is a solid step forward, with features including private browsing, geolocation, and support for the latest audio, video, graphics, and HTML 5.
Microsoft's Gazelle Project Tackles Browser Security
News  |  7/12/2009  | 
Gazelle would function as a layer between the operating system and the browser, offering protection from unstable code delivered by Web content.
SMB Insights Into Microsoft Office 2010 And Windows 7
Commentary  |  7/12/2009  | 
From new features in Office 2010 to why SMBs should upgrade to Windows 7, Microsoft makes its case at the World Wide Partners Conference.
Peer-to-Patent Program Stops Accepting Applications
News  |  7/10/2009  | 
Under the joint pilot program by the Center for Patent Innovation and the USPTO, patent applicants volunteered their submissions to undergo peer review.
Texting Trolley Operator Indicted
News  |  7/9/2009  | 
The Boston motorman was sending text messages when his trolley crashed, injuring 49 people and causing $9 million in damage.
Sprint Contracts Network To Ericsson
News  |  7/9/2009  | 
The seven-year, $5 billion deal means Ericsson will service, maintain, and operate Sprint's CDMA, iDen, and wireline networks.
AT&T Defends Exclusive Wireless Deals
News  |  7/9/2009  | 
Facing increased government scrutiny, the second-largest wireless carrier and Apple partner says exclusive handset agreements benefit consumers.
Recovery.gov Web Developer Tapped
News  |  7/9/2009  | 
Smartronix has been awarded a $9.5 million contract to redesign the Recovery.gov Web site.
Google Chrome OS: Vaporware Or Victory?
News  |  7/8/2009  | 
Chrome OS, Google's newly announced operating system, isn't just a swipe at Microsoft. It's an attempt to realize the cloud computing future that Google's been predicting.
Government Accountability Office Joins Social Media Revolution
News  |  7/8/2009  | 
The federal agency is using Twitter and YouTube to inform the public about its reports and mission.
Nokia Siemens Gets FTC OK For Nortel Deal
News  |  7/8/2009  | 
The firm moved a step closer to acquiring Nortel's CDMA and LTE assets as the Federal Trade Commission approved the deal.
Apple Disclosures On Steve Jobs’ Health May Still Face SEC Scrutiny
News  |  7/8/2009  | 
The question for the SEC is what Apple’s board of directors knew about Jobs’ health when he left Apple and how much of what they knew was disclosed.
HTC Posts $197 Million Profit
News  |  7/8/2009  | 
While the company is an early adopter of the Android platform, Windows Mobile smartphones account for the bulk of its sales.
Former IBM Exec Seeks Fraud Dismissal
News  |  7/8/2009  | 
Unisys' Sam Khanna has asked a court to toss suit filed by Big Blue.
It's 10:30, Do You Know Where Your Employees Are?
Commentary  |  7/7/2009  | 
Be careful what you wish for, because a new offering from AT&T and Xora promises to make it easier than ever for SMBs track their employees' whereabouts. But do you really, really want to know?
Broadband To Reach 640 Million Households By 2013
News  |  7/7/2009  | 
While the Asia-Pacific region will account for nearly half the global broadband market share, the U.S. will also see a boost from the Obama Administration's stimulus package.
Samsung Predicts Strong Second Quarter
News  |  7/7/2009  | 
The company had a fivefold increase in operating profits from the previous quarter thanks to increased market share in the handset and flat-panel television markets.
PostgreSQL Upgrades Open Source Database Performance Tools
News  |  7/7/2009  | 
The 8.4 release of the database project offers improved administration, security, monitoring, and SQL features.
Music Filesharing Mom Seeks New Trial
News  |  7/7/2009  | 
A federal jury ruled last month that Jammie Thomas-Rasset had illegally downloaded 24 songs. She was fined $1.92 million.
American Express Outsources To HP-EDS
News  |  7/7/2009  | 
Five-year deal covers a wide range of IT management services.
Senator Urges DOJ, FCC To Probe Wireless Deals
News  |  7/7/2009  | 
Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee seeks opportunities for smaller carriers and software firms to compete in the wireless market.
ACS Claims Union Vote Rigged
News  |  7/6/2009  | 
Company disputes election result that would see some workers join CWA.
Global CIO: CIOs And The Looming Risk Of Information Malpractice
Commentary  |  7/6/2009  | 
CIOs are the architects and engineers of the Information Age, with all of the big-time risks and liabilities that come along with that important mantle.
Down To Business: Should The Government Protect Innovation?
Commentary  |  7/2/2009  | 
Should ''innovation'' get the regulatory protection of product safety or the environment? It’s time for a debate on what we believe about innovation.
Mobile Payments Startup Raises $8 Million
News  |  7/2/2009  | 
Bling Nation is entering the highly competitive space filled with deep-pocketed rivals such as Visa and MasterCard.
California, Hawaii Governors Veto Online Sales Tax
News  |  7/2/2009  | 
Online retailers, led by Amazon and Overstock, are resisting state legislators' efforts to raise revenue with online sales taxes.
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