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Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in September 2008
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Movie Studios, RealNetworks Sue Each Other In DVD-Copying Dispute
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
RealDVD software lets people rent DVDs from a legitimate video-rental store and build a library of copied movies without ever buying a DVD.
Google Share Plunge To Be Erased By Nasdaq
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The search engine's canceled trades were triggered by erroneous orders that were routed to Nasdaq from another market center, officials said.
Tech Sector Could Star In U.S. Economic Salvation
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
Universal broadband, spending on energy technologies, and alternative technologies could encourage the growth needed to come back from the Wall Street bailout, analysts conclude.
iPhone 3G Gets Lotus Notes Support
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
IBM released a Web app that enables iPhone users to get access to their Notes and Domino e-mail, calendar, and contacts.
The Economy And Jobs: More Than You Can Handle?
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Feel that? It's the economy quaking. With the House rejecting the $700 billion bailout bill, stocks seesawing, and loads of uncertainty looming, it's possible you'll have more candidates than you ever imagined applying for jobs at your company. Are you ready to handle that?
Key Management? Don't Hold Your Breath
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Ben Tomhave posted a lengthy set of observations from the IEEE Key Management Summit 2008. He did walk away confident that key management standards will be forthcoming. That's too bad. One of the best ways to protect data at rest is to encrypt it. However, enterprise encryption requires enterprise key management, not a bunch
Will Open Source Breathe New Life Into Health Care Cost Savings?
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
A California bill calls for interoperable records and a full, hospital-running health care IT system that's open source. That's music to provider Medsphere, which backs OpenVista.
Living With NAC In An EDU World - Part Two
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
My last blog entry on our NAC experience at Purchase College resulted in the expected emails and phone calls from NAC vendors convinced that we would be ready to junk StillSecure's SafeAccess and adopt their products just because I used the line "while it's not going as well as we hoped, it is going better than we feared." Well folks while we do have a few bones to pick with StillSecure, which I'm not getting into today, most of our headaches are more about how NAC is harder in the EDU space th
Wireless Mergers Top FCC's To-Do List
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
The Verizon-Alltel and Sprint-Clearwire mergers will be reviewed by the end of the year, the FCC said.
FCC's Dilemma: Moving Sprint Away From Public Safety Nets
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
Ever since the Nextel acquisition, plans to reallocate the 800-MHz spectrum have been bandied about so it doesn't interfere with bands used by public safety agencies.
China's iPhone 3G May Lack 3G And Wi-Fi
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
The move may be a way for China Mobile to keep customers from unlocking the device and running it on rival China Telecom's W-CDMA 3G networks.
Appeals Court Reviews Ex-Qwest CEO Nacchio's Conviction
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
The latest chapter centers on whether a trial judge had unfairly blocked financial expert Daniel Fischel from testifying on Nacchio's behalf.
U.S. Court Upholds Two Broadcom Patents In Qualcomm Case
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The patents are related to chips used in phones with high-speed Web links.
Google's Larry Page Calls FCC White Space Test 'Rigged'
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The test back in August determined whether a prototype device for transmitting Internet traffic over the unused white space in the TV spectrum could interfere with microphones.
Apple Clamps Down On App Store Developers
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Apple has been criticized for being inconsistent in its rationale for rejecting applications or pulling ones that have already been approved.
T-Mobile Lifts Data Limit For G1
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The company backed off its plans to throttle G1 users who exceeded 1 GB of data a month.
Judge Tosses Out Verdict Against Minn. Mom Accused Of File Sharing
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
A jury convicted Jammie Thomas of putting 24 songs on Kazaa's file-sharing network and ordered her to pay $9,250 per song.
FCC Mulls Public Safety Spectrum Price Drop
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The 700-MHz D Block of spectrum, which is used by police and firefighters, was originally priced at $1.3 billion.
Schwarzenegger: Hasta La Vista To Texting While Driving
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The ban starting Jan. 1 applies to cars only, but the Los Angeles-area train crash highlighted the dangers of operating a moving vehicle while texting.
Risk Management Failings Spur Big Financial IT Investments
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Some companies have increased their investments in risk management and the computing power needed to understand complicated risks since the downturn began.
'Networked Workers:' Connected, Distracted, Stressed
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
A new Pew Study suggests 62% of the workforce is more likely than the average American adult to own a cell phone, laptop, and a BlackBerry, Palm, or other PDA.
Dell To Move To Greener Notebook Displays
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
By the end of 2009, Dell plans to ship LED displays with at least 80% of all its notebooks, reaching 100% in 2010.
Dell Unveils Privacy Feature For Notebooks
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
The Latitude E6400 contains a software-based option that prevents people sitting next to the user from reading the screen.
Under Fire, Unisys CEO McGrath Agrees To Step Down
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
In its second quarter financial report, announced July 23, Unisys reported a loss of $14 million on sales of $1.34 billion.
Google Co-Founder To Woo Congress For 'White Spaces'
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
Larry Page and others want Washington to open unused portions of the spectrum, so cell phones can operate without the additional infrastructure charges.
Is Innovation India's Next Big Thing?
Commentary  |  9/23/2008  | 
People tend to think of lower-cost IT services -- and not "innovation" -- when Indian outsourcer Wipro Technologies' name is mentioned. So, it may come as a surprise that $1 billion, or about a quarter of Wipro's revenue last year, was generated through R&D services -- including designing semiconductors, automobile parts, and a variety of electronic devices. Looking ahead, Wipro says those R&D services will become an even bigger chunk of the company's business.
IBM's Hints At Leaving Some Tech Standards Bodies
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
The policy change is seen by experts as the fallout over the adoption of Microsoft's Open XML document format as an international standard.
Wi-Fi Network Launched For U.S. Soldiers In Iraq
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
The mesh network provides secure wireless Internet service for 20,000 U.S. troops serving at Joint Base Balad, the largest U.S. military base in the region.
Music Industry Drafts Digital Revenue Sharing Agreement
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
Under the proposed distribution model, artists would generally receive 10.5% of revenue for limited download and interactive streaming services.
Apple, AT&T Sued For iPhone 3G Flaws
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
The N.Y. lawsuit also claims the 3G iPhones demand too much power from the 3G bandwidths and AT&T's infrastructure is insufficient to handle the number of iPhones sold.
IT Managers Fear They Aren't Prepared To Operate VM Environments
News  |  9/22/2008  | 
Some 48% of survey respondents said their chief challenge in Tier 1 production environments is to isolate problems of root cause within virtualized systems.
Oracle To Sync With Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud
News  |  9/22/2008  | 
Oracle's overall cloud plans include investing $3 billion on integration this year across 20,000 developers with access to 30,000 servers.
Microsoft Opens $550 Million Data Center In San Antonio
News  |  9/22/2008  | 
The data center is one of a network of massive facilities being built to support Microsoft's push to offer cloud services.
Tech Bubble Figures Nacchio, Vilar Due In Court This Week
News  |  9/22/2008  | 
Both men played leading roles in the dot-com crash in which millions of investors lost vast sums of money.
Fujitsu Consolidates To Defend Against IBM, HP
News  |  9/19/2008  | 
Launching Oct. 1, the three businesses combined are expected to have close to $2 billion in annual revenue.
Google's Sergey Brin Starts Blog, Reveals Predisposition For Parkinson's
News  |  9/19/2008  | 
The co-founder said he discovered the risk though, a consumer-oriented genetic testing company that his wife Anne Wojcicki co-founded.
Wall Street Crisis Won't Impact IT Jobs... At First
News  |  9/19/2008  | 
The grim meltdown may have a bright side for some financial workers as top-notch IT pros laid off when the tech bubble broke eight years ago were quickly hired.
Interop: Cloud Computing Faces Many Management Challenges
News  |  9/19/2008  | 
One of the main things many cloud computing vendors lack today is a sense of visibility into the infrastructure running the cloud, say a sampling of Interop attendees.
Citrix XenServer 5.0 Upgrades For High Availability, Cloud Computing
News  |  9/18/2008  | 
The latest version contains 130 new features for high availability, performance, and ease of use, including disaster-recovery features for a failed virtual machine.
Palin E-Mail Hacker Claims Google Search Helped Find Password
News  |  9/18/2008  | 
Though the posted account is no longer available, some content of the Alaska governor's messages has been republished on several blog sites.
Interop: Lenovo Unveils Earth-Friendly Monitors
News  |  9/18/2008  | 
The company says the displays will cut energy costs by 30% to 60% over its previous monitors.
Wall Street Crisis Not Deterring IT Spending Forecasts
News  |  9/18/2008  | 
Gartner's August spending growth prediction stands at an 8% increase over last year, though the future is a bit hazier in light of the latest Wall Street bombshells.
Sneaky E-Mail And Other Tricks
Commentary  |  9/18/2008  | 
Sarah Palin's Yahoo account is a stark reminder of how easy it is for employees to get around corporate compliance policies.
Bill Gates Tops Forbes List Of Wealthy Americans
News  |  9/18/2008  | 
Computer entrepreneurs fared well on the magazine's annual list of the superrich.
Lack Of Standards Adoption Is Softening NAC Uptake
Commentary  |  9/18/2008  | 
There are a lot of reasons why NAC adoption is slower than expected -- it's expensive, it's complicated, there isn't always a clear benefit, competing IT projects are taking priority, and there's still a lot of confusion about NAC technologies. Until IT grasps these issues, they won't move forward.
Tesla Picks Silicon Valley For Electric-Car Plant
News  |  9/17/2008  | 
The company expects to eventually employ about 1,000 people at the location, where the first vehicles are set to roll off the assembly line in late 2010.
Google, General Electric Push Renewable Energy, Grid Technology
News  |  9/17/2008  | 
The companies are promoting development of hybrid electric plug-in vehicles and the electrical infrastructure necessary to support the so-called "smart grid."
Utah Ranked Nation's Most Tech-Savvy State
News  |  9/17/2008  | 
The Center for Digital Government survey also included for the first time sustainability efforts, especially in the area of environmentally sensitive IT.
Internet Gambling Vote Looms In Congress
News  |  9/17/2008  | 
If the new Payments System Protection Act becomes law, it will be a boon to the estimated 23 million Americans who play poker over the Web.
Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mail Account Hacked
News  |  9/17/2008  | 
The summary lists five screenshots of Palin's Yahoo Mail account, three text files with contact information and related data culled from the account, and two photos of Palin's family.
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