News & Commentary
Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in August 2008
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Majority Favors Global Internet Bill of Rights
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Key rights granted under the global Internet Bill of Rights would be freedom of information, freedom of expression, and the right of people to have affordable access.
Busy Week For E-Discovery
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
Three new product releases aimed at the electronic discovery market close out the last week of summer.
Comcast Sets Bandwidth Threshold For Residential Customers
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Residential customers will receive phone calls and requests to curb use if their bandwidth use exceeds a new gigabyte limit.
Start-Ups Bring Google's Parallel Processing To Data Warehousing
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Aster and Greenplum have made Google's MapReduce compatible with SQL for use in the parallel data warehousing systems based on open source PostgreSQL.
Lenovo Unveils Low-Power Business Desktop PC
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The ThinkCentre A62 is also available with Lenovo's optional Dash 1.1 card, which lets an IT department remotely manage, boot, audit and update a desktop.
Veoh Lawsuit Dismissal Provides Hope For YouTube
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
A U.S. District Court judge said the adult entertainment company Veoh is not responsible for users who upload copyrighted material to its video-sharing Web site.
How Do You Make A Robot Fish? Copy Bluefin Tuna
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The Olin-Boston Engineering project expects to have a working prototype of its "RoboTuna" by the end of the year.
European Court Won't Save McKinnon From U.S. Trial
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The hacker, who deleted data from U.S. military and NASA computer systems, claimed he would be subjected to inhumane treatment in the U.S. justice system.
Linux Systems Being Hit By SSH-Key Attacks
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The attack appears to rely on stolen SSH keys to gain access to a system and then uses a local kernel exploit to gain root access, whereupon it installs the "phalanx2" rootkit.
Nortel Demo Puts 4G Wireless One Step Closer
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The company demonstrates the first live Long Term Evolution handoff between cell sites, but data speeds were lower than what's been promised.
iPhone Password Flaw Discovered
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Once the emergency call keypad is accessed through the passcode entry screen, a person only needs to double tap the home button.
Dell Explains Cloud-Computing Trademark Attempt
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The computer maker can appeal the Patent Office's rejection of its trademark application for the commonly used term.
Immersion To Pay Microsoft $20.75 Million To Settle 'Force Feedback' Suit
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The agreement stems from a complex arrangement under which Immersion agreed to pay the software maker a portion of moneys obtained from a similar settlement with Sony.
Amazon Buys Social Network For Book Lovers
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
Shelfari is a nearly 2-year-old social networking Web site in which users build virtual bookshelves of the book titles they've owned or read.
Nations Respond To Google Earth Threat
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
From banning Google Earth to simply ignoring the mapping service, countries are working to deal with potential security violations arising from the images Google makes available online.
Any Extra Change Jingling In Your Pocket Lately?
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Tech salaries inched up recently after slumping earlier this year, according to a new wage report from an IT services and staffing firm. Could this the beginning of an upward trend or just a blip?
Internet Explorer 8 To Include 'Stealth' Privacy Mode
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
Microsoft's forthcoming Web browser will feature four tools that let users surf the Web anonymously.
HP Closes $13.9 Billion EDS Acquisition
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The deal creates the world's second largest IT services and outsourcing vendor, trailing only IBM.
Getting A Perspective On Man In Middle Attacks
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have proposed a system whereby you can ensure that when you attach to a server that uses SSH or a self-signed digital certificate and you haven't verified the authenticity of the host identity beforehand, you aren't subject to a man in the middle attack.
Embarq To Trim 4% Of Workforce
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
The former Sprint landline operator will confront its declining customer base by dropping 1,000 company and contract positions.
IBM Wins International Services Deals
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
Contract wins in India and Russia boost the company's global outsourcing unit.
QinetQ's Zephyr Captures Unmanned Flight Record
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
The solar powered aircraft soared 60,000 feet above the Sonoran Desert for more than 82 hours.
Red Hat Confirms Intruder Breached Fedora Servers
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
The enterprise Linux software vendor referred to the incident on Aug. 14 as "an issue in the infrastructure systems."
Apple MobileMe Reportedly Vulnerable To Data Loss
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
Sniffing public file sharing folders is the latest in a string of problems that has plagued the service, which replaced Apple's .Mac service.
China Blocks iTunes Access Over Pro-Tibet Album, Users Claim
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
Government Web site calls "Songs Of Tibet" offensive, says citizens want Apple boycott.
Microsoft Readies 'InPrivate' And 'Cleartracks' Internet Privacy Tools
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
Trademark applications show that the features are designed to let users conceal their movements on the Web.
Untrusted SSL Certificates Indicate A Failure
Commentary  |  8/22/2008  | 
An unknown certificate is a failure in SSL/TLS, and that's how it should be. Ever since Firefox 3 came out, the way it presents SSL-enabled Web sites with self-signed certificates has been called scary and hurtful. Untrusted self-signed certificates should be scary because untrusted self-signed certificates are a failure in SSL/TLS, and a failure in your authen
Security Worries Trump Cost Cutting And Customer Service
Commentary  |  8/22/2008  | 
Despite the tight economy, belt tightening is not top of mind for midsize businesses. Rather, security is what's keeping IT decision makers awake at night. And, few of them are happy about how their company is using IT to achieve business goals.
FCC Proposes Wireless Microphone Ban To Boost 'White Spaces'
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
The microphones at issue have generally produced little or no complaints because their signals have traditionally been programmed to avoid TV channels.
Health Net Outsources Tech Operations To IBM
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
The $300 million deal covers data center management, security services, and help desk support.
Chinese Police Arrest Bloggers Covering Olympics Protest, Reports Say
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
Five American bloggers have been arrested in China while reportedly covering pro-Tibet demonstration.
FCC To Comcast: Stop Blocking Peer-To-Peer Content
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
The cable and Internet service provider may have interfered with up to 75% of shared-file traffic in certain areas, the Federal Communications Commission found.
Apple Sued Over iPhone 3G Reception Problems
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
An Alabama woman alleges that the handset isn't as fast as advertised, and she's seeking class-action status to represent other customers affected by the "defective" iPhone 3G.
American Airlines Launches In-Flight Internet Service
News  |  8/21/2008  | 
Fliers will be able to connect to the Web, e-mail, and corporate VPNs once they reach 10,000 feet.
Chinese Gold Medalist Too Young To Compete, Finds Security Consultant
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
Mike Walker's Web search turned up an official Chinese Excel spreadsheet that indicates that gymnast He Kexin is only 14 years old.
Wind Turbine Success Story At Jiminy Peak
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
One year after coming on line, a $3.9 million wind turbine is generating a third of a Massachusetts ski resort's power. See images of how the turbine was installed.
IBM Invests $300 Million In Backup Centers
News  |  8/20/2008  | 
Big Blue aims to keep its customers safe by employing cloud computing standards.
Dell Cuts Transport Costs Using Probability Theory
News  |  8/19/2008  | 
Beyond saving money, the supply routing system developed for Dell by MIT researchers has made the computer maker more nimble in its movement of goods.
Bigfoot Hoax Called A 'Scheme To Defraud'
News  |  8/19/2008  | 
A Bigfoot hunting group says it was scammed by two men -- one of whom is a former police officer.
Microsoft's Manhattan Office Ruined By Flood, Suit Claims
News  |  8/19/2008  | 
The software company says in the lawsuit the flood caused more than $1.2 million in damage, and claims that Plaza Construction is to blame.
TinEye Image Search Finds Copyright Infringers
News  |  8/18/2008  | 
What makes the service particularly compelling is that it can spot copied or derivative images that have been substantially modified.
Dell Ponders Rejection Of 'Cloud Computing' Trademark
News  |  8/18/2008  | 
The examining attorney for the Patent Office made an initial refusal of Dell's request, saying the term was too generic to be acceptable as a trademark.
Google Wants The Airwaves
News  |  8/18/2008  | 
The Free The Airwaves campaign is rallying support to open unused TV spectrum, called white space, to carry high-speed wireless Internet signals.
Unisys To Manage Republican National Convention IT Services
News  |  8/18/2008  | 
The company will oversee computer operations for the political convention, which is expected to draw 45,000 delegates, volunteers, news reporters, and other guests.
CompTIA, OnForce Team For Membership Benefits, Training
News  |  8/18/2008  | 
The agreement allows contract professionals, who make up OnForce's community of more than 12,000 people, to earn several certifications.
Common-Sense Cybersecurity Recommendations For Our Next President
Commentary  |  8/17/2008  | 
Our next president is going to have a big job securing our nation's IT against criminals and foreign enemies. Our data networks are an important part of the national infrastructure -- and therefore tempting military targets -- along with traditional infrastructure such as dams, power plants, factories, and hospitals. Security expert Bruce Schneier has some short, sensible advice for what the next president will need to do.
Kansas Man Seeks Cable-Box Choice, Sues Time Warner
News  |  8/15/2008  | 
The antitrust lawsuit claims it's unfair that customers can't get premium cable service from Time Warner unless they use the company's box and pay a monthly rental fee.
Social Networking Site Hi5 Nearly Doubles Monthly Visitors
News  |  8/15/2008  | 
The site adds executive positions as it marks a 79% increase in monthly visitors, ranking the site ahead of its competitors for its speed of growth worldwide.
YouTube User Sues Google Because He Feels He Deserves Something
News  |  8/14/2008  | 
A Massachusetts man claims to have applied but been rejected from YouTube's revenue-sharing Partner Program, a slight he attributes to a deliberate attempt by the video site's staff to mislead him.
Down To Business: Core Businesses Are Changing: Are You Ready?
Commentary  |  8/14/2008  | 
IT and globalization stand to shift the center of almost every organization, and the jobs of almost every technology professional.
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