News & Commentary
posted in May 2007
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Child Sex Crackdown Causes Problems For LiveJournal
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
The venerable online community LiveJournal stirred up a storm of controversy when it attempted to delete sex-themed discussion groups in the name of protecting children, and accidentally deleted legitimate literary sites and at least one psychological support journal.

Google Introduces New Developer Tools
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The introduction of Google Gears, Google Mashup Editor, and Google Mapplets gives software developers a host of new tools to work with.
Should Companies Hire People With Black Marks On Their Internet Histories?
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
An international retailer finds a great candidate to head up its store in Shanghai. But a bit of last-minute Googling turns up information about political activism against the Chinese government. Should she still get the job?

Microsoft Drops A Few Data Center Strategy Hints
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Ever wanted to know how Microsoft makes decisions about how to build its data centers, where they are and how big they are, and what the company intends to do with them all? A video interview the company has posted today with Michael Manos, the Microsoft's senior director of Data Center Services, gives a few hints.
Video Game Prescription Helps 12-Year-Old Beat Cancer
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
His treatment consisted of, among other things, chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, and permission to play Re-Mission as often as possible.
Why Novell Might Need 'Plan B' For Linux Distribution
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Novell says its alliance with Microsoft is a key part of its Linux sales strategy. It may need to rethink that. On Thursday, the Free Software Foundation took aim at the partnership with a deal-busting final draft of the new open source license.
Big Carriers Chosen In Federal Telecom Networx Award
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The award means that the five chosen companies are eligible to offer their services on a competitive basis to the 135-odd federal entities.
New Immigration Bill Amendment Could Help Keep Foreign Tech Workers In U.S.
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
A proposal to create a dual green-card system that favors high-tech talent has bipartisan support in the Senate.
The Razor-Blade Strategy
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Have you heard about the razor-blade strategy (also called, according to Wikipedia, the "bait and hook model")? The idea is that a company sells you a razor for next to nothing -- or gives it away for free. Great deal, right? You get the razor, and the manufacturer gets to sell you high-cost razor blades for the next few years (or, at least, for as long as you use the razor), making a lot more than was inv
Microsoft Would Lose Patent Rights Under New Linux License Terms
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The final draft of GPLv3 states that companies that distribute open-source software cannot at the same time pursue patent claims against users of that software.
Feds Arrest 'Spam King' On 9 Charges
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The man who has been on the Spamhaus "worst of the worst" spammers list faces multiple charges and up to 75 years in prison.
Everest Game Takes Players Into Thin Air
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
World-renowned mountaineer Ed Viesturs partnered with Big Fish Games to give players a multimedia experience of a high-altitude expedition.
Doing the iPhone Shuffle
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
We're headed into the home stretch on the iPhone frenzy. Apple is still saying "end of June" but Web sites like The Boy Genius Report are saying June 15, just about two weeks away. Alpha early adopters will be flaunting them in every martini bar and boardroom in America and the rest of us will be doing the iPhone Shuffle, waiting in line at the Cingular store. Already there are leaks and spe
World's Largest News Organization To Monitor Web Use Of Its Content
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Attributor will monitor and analyze the use of AP content and document where and how it is displayed on the Internet.
Wireless Silicon Valley Behind Schedule
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The complete 40-city project is expected to cost between $100 million and $150 million to build.
Gartner Lowers Global Sales Forecast For Semiconductors
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Gartner lowered its prediction to $269.2 billion in sales in 2007, a 2.5% increase over 2006. The research firm had previously forecast a revenue increase of 6.4%.
Lenovo Ultraportables Get Wireless Performance Boost
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The new ThinkPad X61 and X61s notebooks also have as much as 12 hours of battery life with an eight-cell standard battery and optional extended life battery.
VoIP Startup Jajah Buddies Up To Telecom Carriers
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Jajah's strategy is to work with telecom service providers so both companies can make money from VoIP calls.
Dog Lovers Warned About Online Puppy Scam
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The American Kennel Club reports bogus e-mails are conning people out of big bucks with promises of cute puppies that are never delivered.
You Can See Steve Jobs' House On Google Maps
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
There has been a lot of fanfare this week for the new Street View feature on Google Maps, a function that gives users a 360-degree view from the streets of select cities. Now users are reporting seeing all kinds of things, including Steve Jobs' house.
Are Carriers Delaying The S60 Mobile Version Of Skype?
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Darla Mack asks a great question: Where is the Symbian version of Skype? While Symbian smartphone users wait the Gizmo Project is already available for the N800, N95, N80ie and E61i. Will Gizmo become the Skype of the S60 smartphone world?
RFID-Tagged Umbrellas Track Shoppers' Movements In Philly
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Each one is identified by a Motorola RFID tag that's inlaid in plastic and dangles from the strap.
Americans Buy Low-Tech Phones And Keep Them Forever
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
According to J.D. Power and Associates, Americans are keeping their phones an average of 17.5 months, up from 16.6 months since last fall. That means more and more people are opting for 2-year contracts...and opting against the latest technology. Do people care about high tech?
New Identity Theft Scam Targets Military Families
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The scammer calls a military spouse and tries to get personal information by telling him or her that a loved one was injured in Iraq.
Google Analytics Suffers Outage
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Last week Google Analytics customers reported service outages that affected some for more than 24 hours. Worse, Google issued no official comment until Tuesday. As "Web Analytics Report" readers know, Google's official support partners fare no better than users, and in this case received no communications on the outage. As a free service, perhaps the offering is not supposed to be enterprise-class, but let's compare marketing hype to real functionality.
How Customers Should Prepare for Vendor Demos
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Tony Byrne has provided some advice to vendors regarding product demos. Those ten points make essential reading for vendors and customers alike, but there is another perspective. Since I have personally sat in on those demos both as a buyers' advisor and as a vendor (system integrator), I need to add three points that customers should keep in mind when asking vendors to demonstrate their products:
Jobs Says EDGE Is Fast: Has The Reality Distortion Field Hit The iPhone?
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Steve Jobs made headlines yesterday at the D: All Things Digital conference. Of course, Jobs spoke about the iPhone, but during his remarks, I began to see the telltale signs of the reality distortion field at work.
AT&T Offers An International Long Distance Text-Message Plan
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The plan, which will formally begin on Sunday, will let customers send international text messages for 10 cents a message, or 100 long distance text messages for $9.99 a month.
Businesses To Spend $9 Billion On Mobile Applications By 2011
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
It's time to dust off the hockey stick because we've got another mobile enterprise market study. According to the latest findings from Compass Intelligence, U.S. businesses will spend $9 billion on mobile CRM and other mobile applications by 2011.
Apple's Jobs: Mobile Internet Is Terrible. iPhone Delivers the Real Internet
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Speaking to Walt Mossberg at yesterday's D: All Things Digital conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave us some interesting tidbits of info regarding the iPhone. The OS is the full Mac OS X with a different user interface. Third-party apps? Maybe. QWERTY keyboards? A waste of valuable space. FMC? Sort of. 3G? Well, Wi-Fi is faster. Oh, and current music phones stink.
Google Set To Offer Browser-Based Security For Its Apps
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Google's purchase of an antivirus company has industry analysts talking about Google diving into the enterprise apps market, as well as adding security to its toolbar.
Fax Mistaken For Bomb; Director Detained For 'Shooting A Pilot'
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Yelling fire in a crowded theater ain't what it used to be. Consider the latest case of a perceived threat gone wild, which took the form of an ad faxed by a bank. One recipient in the Boston area took it to be a bomb threat, resulting in the evacuation of local stores the other day.
Review: Alienware Suits Up With The MJ-12 8550i Workstation
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Alienware shatters the staid, boring image of the workstation with its MJ-12 8550i, a feisty box with enough tech and attitude to cause major job envy.
LogiXML Upgrades BI Platform
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
LogiXML improves the abiltiy of Logi 8 to export data to Microsoft Excel.
Yahoo CTO Nazem Retires
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Now that Panama has launched, Farzad Nazem said he is leaving to take a break.
Motorola To Cut 4,000 More Jobs
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Besides reducing the workforce, Motorola said it plans to cut costs through a "prioritization of investments," among other items.
Linden Lab Plans Stability Improvements, Web Hooks, And Face-Lift For Second Life
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Linden Lab is working on improvements to Second Life to vastly improve Web integration, scalability, stability, and the beauty of the world, according to CTO Cory Ondrejka.

Google Goes Offline With 'Gears'
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Flanked by partners, Google offers new APIs and focuses on its plans to move further into Microsoft's desktop space.
U.S. Mobile Applications Market Forecast To Reach $9 Billion Soon
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The business mix includes custom-coded wireless packages, productivity tools, enterprise resource planning tools, e-mail, and security applications.
DOE Rolls Out Powerful ESnet For Scientific Researchers
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The optical network will serve more than 50,000 DOE laboratory staffers and scientists as well as thousands of academic researchers.
Just Because My Avatar Wears Black Socks With Sandals, That Doesn't Make Me A Middle-Aged Second Life User
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
I got a call the other day from a guy who wanted to talk to me about middle-aged Second Life users. I was insulted by the implication that I'm middle-aged, and would have told him so, except I had to rush off the phone or I'd miss Matlock.

IBM Cuts 1,500 More U.S. Jobs As Monthly Total Nears 3,000
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
IBM attempts to shore up profits in its outsourcing business, which saw a 19% drop-off in pre-tax income in the first quarter.
Open Source Mapping Database For Broadband Data Recommended
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Contrary to the FCC's plans, the ITIF argues that a user-generated map would encourage public participation and generate precise local broadband data.
HP Unveils In-Store Customer Kiosk
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The experimental Retail Store Assistant is billed as a more effective marketing tool than mailings and other types of traditional promotions.
Windows Vista How-To: Moving User Profiles To Vista Systems
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Microsoft has made some drastic changes in Windows Vista’s support for personalization. How will this affect your move to Vista? Learn how you can mitigate the impact with built-in and add-on tools.
NASA Puts Microsoft Office 2007 In Suspended Animation
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The space agency is one of several federal bureaus that are holding off on Microsoft's latest desktop offerings.
Information Builders Adds Dashboards, Excel Plug-in, Compliance Framework
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Business intelligence vendor offers two approaches to sharing data and insight: the usual Excel route, or 'Active' license-free reports with dashboard and collaboration features.
Cigna Offers Cancer-Fighting Video Game To Patients
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
HopeLab claims that cancer patients who play Re-Mission have more successful treatment than those who don't play the game.
Microsoft Gets Novell Linux Code Ahead Of Open Source Community
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
SEC document shows that Microsoft is entitled to receive key technical documentation from the Linux distributor -- even if that documentation is not generally available to open source software developers.
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