News & Commentary
posted in December 2007
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Google Search Nets Chief Performance Yahoo
Commentary  |  12/31/2007  | 
As of Jan. 7, Steve Souders says he is trading in his Yahoo hat for a Google one. It's a boon for Google, but is it a bust for Yahoo? And, did anyone not see this coming?
WiMax Royalties Could Exceed Cellular Options
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
WiMax supporters may be incorrect in claims that the technology will have lower royalty rates than LTE or UMB cellular options, says a market researcher.
Record Number Of Data Breaches Reported In 2007
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Researchers with the Identity Theft Resource Center cited 443 breaches in the U.S. in 2007 in their annual report, compared to the 315 they identified in 2006.
Lithium Batteries Banned From Checked Bags
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The international rule is intended to lessen the risk of lithium battery fires on airplanes.
52-Inch Multi-Touch Display Unveiled
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The maker, LG.Philips, will also show an 84-inch LCD screen at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
A Year of IntelligentEnterprise.com
Commentary  |  12/31/2007  | 
It has been a year since Intelligent Enterprise magazine went on-line only. The last print issue, dated January 2007, came out last December. I thought I would miss the paper edition but now I see that, from a writer's point of view, the overhead of a print run, particularly for an IT publication, is a greater liability than may be justified by the extra value delivered.
IPTV To Spread In 2008
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Interest in the Beijing Olympics and user-generated content are predicted to boost IPTV adoption worldwide.
Windows Home Server Bug Could Lead To Data Loss
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The issue was acknowledged in October, when Microsoft warned "not to copy data files that contain alternate data streams to Windows Home Server shared folders."
Online Holiday Shopping Celebrates 21% Growth
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Still, price cuts and coupons produce mixed results as shopping spending overall was lackluster, according to analysts with ComScore.
NYC Taxi Commission Defends Touch-Screens In Cabs
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Stringent security protocols protect riders, officials say, despite recent claims that hackers can access information, including credit card numbers.
Vonage Settles Patent Fights With Nortel, AT&T
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The agreement, which also involved Digital Packet Licensing patents acquired by Nortel, centered on the use of 411 and emergency calls.
Mobile Video, Open Platforms To Shape Future Cell Phones
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Analysts with MultiMedia Intelligence see a rise of new class of mobile devices -- those that are application-centric and also contain voice functionality.
New Year Prediction: IT Spending Will Grow. Uh, No It Won't
Commentary  |  12/31/2007  | 
First we're told that IT spending will be pretty healthy in the coming year. Then we're told that the researchers have changed their mind. What gives?
Generation Y Looks To The Web For Answers
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
A Pew Internet study found 58% of Americans go online first when seeking information on common issues, such as an illness, finances, taxes, and careers.
iPhone 1.1.3 Firmware Features Peeked
Commentary  |  12/31/2007  | 
An early working version of firmware update 1.1.3 for the iPhone has been spotted in the wild and given the full video preview treatment over at Gizmodo. A short list of the confirmed new features includes multiple-recipient SMS and Google's new faux GPS maps application.
What's better for a business Mac notebook: MacBook or MacBook Pro?
Commentary  |  12/30/2007  | 
Its not easy to decide which notebook Mac to buy. The three main models  the 13.3-inch MacBook, the 15-inch MacBook Pro, and the 17-inch MacBook Pro  offer a variety of tradeoffs, not just in the essential aspect of screen size, but in their different options.
NFL, Cable Giants Face Off In New Broadcast Universe
Commentary  |  12/28/2007  | 
On Saturday night, the New York Giants will face off against the powerful New England Patriots, who are chasing all sorts of historic NFL records -- most significantly, the second perfect season in league history (New England already is the first team to go 15-0 and can finish undefeated on Saturday). This game might also be billed as "The NFL vs. The Cable Guys."
Half Of U.S. Households Have Digital TVs, Trade Group Says
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
HDTVs are expected to account for 79% of DTV shipments in the United States next year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
Pilot Program Paves Way For Emergency Responder Interoperability
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
Technology from BAE Systems aims to let public safety personnel who use different communications systems to talk to each other in real time.
AOL Kills Netscape's Future, Leaves Firefox To Battle IE
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
Development on the browser had recently devolved into a handful of engineers tasked with creating a skinned version of Firefox with a few extensions, AOL said.
Report Questions Future Of Qualcomm's 4G Wireless
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
Ultra Mobile Broadband is expected to go commercial in mid-2009, but none of the carriers has announced plans to test or deploy the technology.
Is Apple Planning To Launch An Ultra Mobile PC Next Year?
Commentary  |  12/28/2007  | 
We've been hearing rumors for months that Apple is working on some kind of tablet PC, most likely an ultramobile PC (UMPC) of some kind. One of my colleagues, Mitch Wagner, thinks that Apple has no plans for a tablet. Other industry insiders, like futurist Mark Anderson, think
Zune, iTunes Sites Get Christmas Day Traffic Boosts
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
New owners signed up for accounts and downloaded software, according to a Hitwise survey.
Online Customer Satisfaction Dips This Holiday Season
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
Overall in the ForeSee/FGI study, 10 online sites increased customer satisfaction from a year ago and 18 saw their scores fall.
Better Living Through Open Source: The Directory
Commentary  |  12/28/2007  | 
A common question I hear when people want to make the jump to open source software as a standard -- either to step away from Microsoft or from proprietary software as a whole -- is this: "OK, what do I use now?"  Sites like Open Source Living were built to answer that question.

Microsoft Outlook Add-On Monitors Public Folders
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
The multithreaded software displays a list of folders in the Outlook in-box and Public Folders that contain unread e-mail.
Leap Wireless Restates Its Financials
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
The company said the restatements were not attributable to any misconduct and that billing problems were the main issue.
E-Health Industry Struggling To Find Sustainable Business Models
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
An annual survey also found that the government is no longer the top provider of startup funding, as 53% of all initiatives received startup funding from hospitals.
CommScope Completes $2.65 Billion Acquisition Of Andrew Corp.
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
Andrew specializes in a variety of wireless technologies, including radio, 3G, microwave, satellite, radar, and military communications.
Microsoft Opens Up On Security Research
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
Microsoft's Security Vulnerability Research and Defense blog provides in-depth technical information and ways security professionals can protect an organization from vulnerabilities.
New Jersey Bars Some Sex Offenders From Internet
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
The new law prohibits anyone convicted of using a computer to commit a sex offense from using computers or accessing the Internet for part or all of their parole.
Just How Neutral is the Net? Not Very.
Commentary  |  12/28/2007  | 
How large ISPs are squeezing the little guy harder than ever by hijacking searches and reporting questionable traffic metrics, which in turn drives up online advertising rates
Avoiding The Mobile Device Marketing Mire
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
I'm working from home this week while my twin boys' day care is closed for the holidays. This morning, as one child screamed about his missing toy and the other demanded a cookie for breakfast, my cell phone rang. Foolishly and without thinking (or looking at the incoming number), I answered it.
Perl Offers Incremental Update; Version 6.0 Still Awaited
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
While the authors jumped in to fix some expressions for version 5.10, the upcoming rewrite is expected to be more of a community effort.
Boston Public Library To Put Historical Documents Online
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
Several nonprofit library and archival organizations begin to make accessible U.S. historical documents, including President John Adams' entire library.
CDT Lists 'Unauthorized' Music Sites
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The 34 sites imply the availability of mainstream music to which they have not obtained the rights, the Center for Democracy and Technology said.
FBI To Use Digital Billboards To Catch Crooks
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The technology will be used to catch criminals, find missing people, and display high-priority security messages.
Virtual Machine Management Tools Take Center Stage
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
In addition to larger vendors, newcomers such as Embotics, PlateSpin, and Veeam are expanding their list of VM control products.
Passenger Says He Hacked Windows In New York Taxi Display Screen
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
A software engineer says he accessed a New York City cab's video display system files after seeing an error message on the screen.
Ultra-Thin Blu-ray Drive Released
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
Panasonic will debut the drive, only 0.37 of an inch thick, next month at the Consumer Electronics Show.
China IPTV Subscriptions Miss Expectations
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The country is shy of a predicted 1.3 million mainland customers for the year but could recover with a cooperative business model, analysts suggest.
Wipro Reportedly Trying To Acquire Capgemini
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
There are reports coming from India that IT outsourcing vendor Wipro is preparing a $7 billion bid for Capgemini. The companies aren't commenting directly on these reports, but a Wipro exec did say something that underscores this fact: Indian companies are under the gun to move beyond their Indian workforces.
Apple Reportedly Inks Deal To Launch Fox Movie Rental Service
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
Fox reportedly also has agreed to release movie DVDs using Apple's digital rights management technology.
Mobile Phones Present Growth Opportunity For Casual Gaming
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
But hard-core gamers will probably stick to handheld devices for more sophisticated games, says Parks Associates.
Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Order Processing For Cafes
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The application describes a system in which a person approaching a cafe or restaurant could wirelessly place an order that would be received by an in-store computer.
SaaS Predictions for 2008
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
It seems that everyone is putting up predictions for 2008, so why should I be an exception? Here is what I think will occur in the world of software as a service this New Year...
VectorLinux: Save A PC From The Dumpster
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
From time to time I've mentioned Linux distributions specifically designed for low-end systems -- some of which I've used to save machines from the dumpster. This week I've got a new release of one such Linux distro: VectorLinux version 5.9.
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