News & Commentary
posted in January 2006
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Oracle Seals Siebel Deal
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
The acquisition becomes official as major competitor SAP prepares a software-as-services announcement due this week.
DHS To Deploy Holographics At Super Bowl
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Holographic-based security systems are being used even though the products involved won't be available publicly for some months.
U.N. Tech Summit Promotes Middle East
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
The world's leaders in business, science, and research will meet in Oman to promote innovation, entrepreneurship, scientific research, and investment in the Middle East.
Search Engines Excel At Turning Shoppers Into Buyers
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Shoppers directed to online retailers from general search engines are more than twice as likely to become buyers than people who arrive through most other online sources.
Symantec Girds For Microsoft's Security Entry
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Symantec's CEO says the company will increase its consumer marketing and channel investment to stay a step ahead as Microsoft enters the security game.
Dell Soon To Announce AMD-Based Lineup: Report
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
One analyst says AMD-based Dell wares will start with notebooks revealed within the next few months, then spread to servers and desktops.
SAP Preps Software Services Announcement
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
If the company does announce what observers are expecting this week, SAP will go head–to-head with, a leader in the CRM software-as-a-service market.
Microsoft Outlines Blog Policy
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Under the new rules, Microsoft will remove access to blog content only when it receives a government-issued, legally binding notice indicating that the material violates local laws. This framework comes after Microsoft was criticized for removing the blog content of an outspoken Chinese journalist.
Actuate Scores Performancesoft
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Enterprise reporting company is acquiring performance management scorecard supplier.
Is SOX Working?
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Home Depot will be the test case. has On-Demand Mishap
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Customers of lose service for a day.
Google Confirms Using Ubuntu Linux, Won't Say Why
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Reports are circulating that Google is readying a desktop competitor to Microsoft, but a Google spokeswoman says the Linux is for "internal" use only.
Google Revenue Up 93% In 2005
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Quarterly financial results were similar to the year-end blowouts, Google reported.
ID Fraud Overblown, Says Online Banking Business
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Of the 53% of identity fraud victims who could name the cause, only 9% identified the online world as the source, according to a banking industry-sponsored survey.
IE 7 Beta? It's Not Quite 'Just Click Here'
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
Microsoft really wants the IT pros to check out the just-released Internet Explorer beta. It's got checklists of stuff you should run through on the download site. But if you're just an average Joe Tirekicker, be prepared to jump through some hoops to get the beta up and running on your system. Not big hoops, just enough annoyance to make you think maybe you don't need to bother.
Governance Gauge: Don't Worry, 'ITIL' Be Alright
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
After almost 20 years languishing on the shelf, large companies are beginning to adopt ITIL, the Information Technology Infrastructure Library of IT services best practices guidelines.
Is the Internet Broken? Web Veteran Says No
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
David Clark, senior research scientist at MIT, says he believes the Internet is crumbling under the weight of security problems and it must be rebuilt. Mike Nelson, IBM's director of On Demand Business and former director for technology policy at the FCC, disagrees.
Looking for Meaning in the Semantic Web
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
What is the Semantic Web and how can it help you? The concept may help solve tough corporate information-management problems.
FDIC Mandate Boosts Data Quality In World's Largest XBRL Project
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Although data tagging with Extensible Business Reporting Language produces accurate, transmittable and researchable financial data, it has languished as a largely theoretical improvement as agencies have balked at mandating use of the XML-based format -- until now.
Let Go of Your Inner Spaghetti
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
To share data and make SOA work, spaghetti days must end.
What Are The IT Giants Afraid Of?
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
Firefox Slides In U.S., IE Gains Ground
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Bucking other reports that Internet Explorer is continuing its downward trend, a Dutch metric company says IE gained market share in the last two months, while Firefox slid.
More Guidance On Regulations
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
We can all use a little guidance when it comes to identifying how regulations will affect our business processes and IT environments. The hard part is figuring out how compliance requirements change based on geographic variables and vertical markets. And such guidance is starting to emerge. Two directories/guides were recently announced; both are free after registration, but only one is currently available. The Object Management Group (OMG) and the OMG Regulat
Microsoft Won't Issue Advance Kama Sutra Fix
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Infected PCs will be in danger on Friday. Microsoft said its next scheduled set of fixes--on Feb. 14--will detect and remove the worm.
Mass. Names New CIO, Hardens OpenDocuments Policy
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
The Bay State has named Louis Gutierrez to fill the position of CIO in the Information Technology Division and, at the same time, reiterated its support for a previously announced plan to implement the OpenDocument format in state agencies in January.
Independent Software Training Blues
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
At least one business intelligence software instructor and a user group are throwing accusations at BI heavyweight Business Objects, claiming the company takes a hard line with independent organizations that teach users about its software.
Microsoft Unveils IE 7 Public Beta
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Microsoft on Tuesday released the first generally available beta for Internet Explorer 7, as well as Windows RSS Platform, a for-developers set of APIs for creating RSS-enabled applications.
Are You Happy With Your Job?
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
Low federal turnover rates, coupled with little demand for IT jobs at the federal level, means there aren't a lot of options for would-be job-hoppers.
Nullsoft Fixes Critical Winamp Bug
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Nullsoft late Monday fixed a critical flaw in its flagship Winamp music player that could have allowed attackers to grab control of PCs.
What Bush Might Say About Health Care In Tonight's State of the Union Address
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
Besides the war in Iraq, another hot-button topic that President Bush is expected to give a lot of attention to tonight in his State of the Union Address, is health care, including its spiraling costs and the coverage that millions of Americans lack.
Philadelphia, EarthLink Agree On Citywide Wi-Fi
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
EarthLink will build and maintain the network, but the city's Wireless Philadelphia unit will have some say in its operation.
Nokia To Reorganize, Announces Job Cuts
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Finland-based company said it would slash 90 positions from its Enterprise Solutions Business Group and as many as 200 in its Networks business group.
Nokia Opens Mobile Platform Code On SourceForge
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Nokia on Tuesday said it would release the source code for its Python for S60 Platform to the open-source community on, in an effort to spur application development for the Symbian OS-based mobile software.
Visto Sues Good Technology Over Mobile E-Mail
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Visto, which recently sued Microsoft for patent infringement regarding mobile E-mail technology, said it has sued Good Technology on similar grounds.
Samsung Develops Fuel Cell For Media Players
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
A 1.5-watt player can run up to four hours on the replaceable methanol fuel cell cartridge.
The Need To Freeze Out The Bad Guys
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
Security visionary Eugene Kaspersky sees Internet crime as tomorrow's biggest threat.
Sun Aims To Simplify Solaris Deployment
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
New tools will help with Solaris setup and management as Sun seeks to expand into the SMB market.
Microsoft Making Visual Studio Team-Development Tools Available in March
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
The software should markedly increase the team development capabilities for Microsoft's .Net development tools
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
I don't usually cover security-related news here without, of course, an Open Source angle of some sort. But so many fans of open-source software use Winamp -- and so many use it constantly, as part of their daily routines -- that today's zero-day, attack-and-exploit report could be devastating. And now that a patch is available, the best way to prevent the very real possibility that an attacker will turn you
HR Firm Says Workers 'Monkey Around'
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
From cursing to chair-throwing to clipping fingernails while talking to someone, bad behavior abounds in the workplace, according to
Audit Chides Department Of Homeland Security's WAN
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Among other problems, DHS has not clearly outlined baseline security controls or rules of use on the interconnected systems to prevent unauthorized transactions on the WAN, auditors said.
Standards Group Compiling Compliance Info
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
The Object Management Group's Compliance GRID will be searchable by vertical market and geography, so a user will be able to determine which rules apply to their firm.
Warmer Music To Offer Ring Tones To Skype Subscribers
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Warner Music says it would make available ring tones from its large music library to Skype subscribers.
Scientists Focus On Predictive Analytics For Space Travel
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Data mining and probabilistic risk assessment will help improve safety, experts say.
Sprint Nextel Sues Firm For Obtaining, Selling Customer Data
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
All Star Investigations Inc. obtained customers' cell-phone records through illegal means, Sprint charges, and then sold the data. It's the second such lawsuit Sprint has filed in the past week.
People Spending Equal Time On TV, Web
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Tubes rule: the Internet is displacing the use of other media including radio, magazines, and books--but not TV, JupiterResearch says.
ABC News, AOL Offer 'People's State Of The Union'
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
ABC News and America Online Inc. have created an "electronic town square" that will deliver citizen feedback to President Bush's State of the Union address.
What Are The IT Giants Afraid of?
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Congressional subcommittees and caucuses are often annoying and self-important, and probably no one attends at least half of their hearings save for the panel members themselves, their staff and the people called before them to testify about whatever. Nonetheless, in an atmosphere infused with constant references to exporting freedom, democracy and other rights,

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