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posted in June 2007
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My iPhone Diary: A Thrill-Packed Friday Night Search For Steve Jobs' Latest Brainchild
Commentary  |  6/30/2007  | 
This journal of my Friday-night search for an iPhone has everything you look for in summer entertainment: suspense, fast driving, crime, sex, Eastern mysticism, finance, humor, and adventure.

AT&T To Buy Rural Wireless Provider For $2.8 Billion
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Dobson, based in Oklahoma City, markets its wireless service under the Cellular One brand.
How iPhone May Change How We Carry Phones
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
Perhaps it's our Star Trek communicator roots, but North Americans are obsessed with clamshell designs. That may change dramatically if Apple's iPhone takes off with consumers.
GPLv.3: 'A Great Improvement'
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
After an unprecedented drafting process, users can modify the free software on their personal and household devices and extend compatibility with other free software licenses.
Lessons Learned From HP's Pretexting Case
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Both the state Legislature and Congress saw fit to pass legislation to clearly make "pretexting" a criminal offense, as a result of the conduct in this case.
Congress Says Homeland Security Has Insufficient 'Exit' Plan
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
The Government Accountability Office says it could take up to a decade to find a practical way to implement biometric exit capabilities at land ports of exit.
Visa Gets More Personal With Data
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Visa plans to roll out new, highly customized incentive and reward programs based on more detailed consumer information, including data on purchases, buying habits, and retailer loyalty.
Premium Mobile Content Set To Double In Four Years
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Content for mobile devices like cell phones will top $44 billion in 2011, more than double the nearly $20 billion that'll be generated this year, iSuppli predicted.
GPLv3 Emerges After Long Debate, Opposition Muted
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
One of the early adopters of GPL 3 will be the Samba Server project, which supplies file translation code between Linux and Windows.
TechPresident Adds More Features To Cover Candidates
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
The enhancements include blogs, news feeds, photo streams, and video posts from 2008 presidential candidates.
AMD Preps Barcelona Amid Clock-Speed Concerns
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
It's a good news, bad news kind of day for AMD. On the plus side, the scrappy semiconductor vendor is confirming it will ship its quad-core Barcelona processors in August. However, clock speeds of the initial crop won't exceed 2.0 GHz, which is well short of what many had expected for what'll mark the debut of AMD's new "10h" architecture.
Should The iPhone Make Telcos Tremble In Fear?
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
The iPhone is a stylish gadget, but it kowtows to the established telecom industry, Slate Magazine argues. But Slate dangles an intriguing possibility as an afterthought: Is the iPhone a Trojan horse?

IBM Challenges Congressional Numbers on L-1 Visas
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
IBM says it only got 411 L-1 visas, not the 1,237 cited by the senators.
Hitachi Launches Line Of Large-Screen HDTVs
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
The 10 new 1080 pixel TVs range in size from 42 inches to 60 inches, and up the number of flat panel displays offered by Hitachi to 14.
Can Microsoft Office Front-End Your Business Processes?
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Microsoft is set to kick off an Office-for-business-processes strategy, focusing on composite apps called Office Business Applications, or OBAs, starting next month.
Video: The Daily Show Looks At iPhone-Mania
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
Correspondent Rob Riggle will do anything to get his hands on an iPhone in this funny, raunchy short video.

Gartner: Keep The iPhone Out Of The Corporate Enterprise
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Gartner analysts are warning IT managers to expect a flood of requests to support Apple's new iPhone, but to just say no.
AMD Plans To Ship Two Versions Of Quad-Core Chip In August
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
AMD said the new processors are expected to increase performance up to 70% on certain database applications and up to 40% on floating point applications.
E-Mail Attacks Target Business Executives
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Top-level business executives, including CEOs, presidents, CIOs, and CFOs, are being directly targeted by e-mails containing malicious Trojans.
We Can't Stop Talking About The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
There is no escape from the iPhone. I have never seen a consumer-electronics device dominate public discourse as much as this gadget. In my many years of writing about cell phones, I always thought the buzz surrounding the launch of the Motorola Razr was unique. But that was nothing compared to the iPhone.
White House Sets Single Security Configuration For Windows Computers
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
A White House mandate to conform to one security configuration on Windows XP and Windows Vista systems should "radically reduce" vulnerabilities.
Getting My Hands On An iPhone -- I Hope
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
What are you doing this weekend? As I write this, it's Friday morning, and I'm hoping I'll be working this weekend, posting image galleries and writing reviews of the iPhone. Of course, to do that, I need to get my hands on an iPhone.

Motorola's Razr2: Answer To iPhone Debuts In Korea
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Multimedia capabilities include a full HTML browser, Google mobile search, a music player, and a videoconferencing feature that lets users stream live video calls.
Mobile WiMax Commercial Launch Planned For Northeast Region In August
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Horizon Wi-Fi, a well-financed startup, has installed towers in nine Northeast cities and is testing the service in each city with initial users.
The Enterprise Content Management - SOA Divide
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
In the content management world, I sense something of a backlash brewing against SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), but I wonder how real it is. With most Fortune 2000 firms already way down the SOA path, there seems to be no turning back. At the enterprise architecture level, there is no Plan B. So the issue for me is not whether SOA is the way forward for ECM, but rather how seriously some of the ECM vendors are embracing it.
Research: In-Building Wireless Coverage Critical
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
A report from ABI Research says that more work and important communications takes place indoors rather than out, and that propels the need for better wireless coverage inside.
AT&T Boosts EDGE Speeds On iPhone Eve
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
First rumored a couple of weeks ago, it turns out that AT&T has indeed enhanced its EDGE network for faster speeds. Yesterday, on iPhone eve, users of AT&T's EDGE network
IBM Introduces Corporate Search Product
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
The upgraded version of OmniFind Enterprise Edition indexes more than 30 types of enterprise content and 200 file types.
Get Ready For A Hacker Smackdown
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
A showdown is brewing between two sets of security researchers over whether virtualization-based rootkits are detectable in a system or not.
Bringing Web 2.0 To The Enterprise
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
Ajax Tools May Power Web Apps For iPhone
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
The developer blogger community is speculating that a handful of Ajax tools may emerge as the only entry for third parties to the iPhone, via the Safari browser window.
LogMeIn To Launch Remote Support Software For Smartphones
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
A preview is available next month initially for the Palm Treo 700w/wx.
Making Work More Like EVE Online
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
IBM ponders how enterprises can be rewired to be more like games, particularly massively multiplayer online games like fantasy-themed World of Warcraft.
Windows Vista Makes Limited Impact On PC Sales, Analysts Reveal
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
Unless Microsoft became much more aggressive in its marketing efforts, Vista's market impact was not expected to change in the future, Gartner reports.
IBM Turns To Microsoft For Midmarket Cluster Server
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
The two companies partner to offer smaller companies high-performance computer hardware and software.
Nasscom Points To Small Indian Companies As Potential H-1B Visa Abusers
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
The organization, which represents large Indian outsourcing firms, says companies involved in fraud or abuse should "be dealt with in the strictest possible manner," and it offered to help in that regard.
Dell To Sell Emerson-Cooled PowerEdge Rack Servers
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
The cooling system works like a car's radiator by passing the server's hot air over refrigerant-cooled pipes before recirculating it back into the server.
The 'Real Web' Kills The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was so happy to show off the fact that the iPhone's browser lets users experience the "real" Internet that he forgot one important fact: The "real" Internet requires speed. As early reviews of the iPhone are pointing out in hordes, speed is one thing the iPhone doesn't have over AT&T's EDGE network<
Verizon Wireless Tries To Counter iPhone Frenzy With Store Stunt
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
Verizon said its stores and kiosks will stay open until 9 p.m. Friday so customers can 'test drive' and purchase any of its 18 multimedia music devices.
Meeting The Best Gadget-Makers In Second Life At Geek Meet
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
We're kicking off the new Geek Meet discussions in Second Life by meeting with the top gadgeteers in Second Life, the creators of the MystiTool, Calendar Cogs, Stats Collector, and Squawk tools.

Webroot Offers Tips For Keeping Kids Safe Online
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
Security company offers parents safety tips, along with a free handbook with a glossary of terms and ideas for keeping children safe online.
Google Offers Cash For Gadgets
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
The catch is that the cash is available only to those with gadgets already garnering 250,000 page views per week or more.
Nine Alternatives To Apple's iPhone
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
Not every businessperson wants or needs a $500 smartphone. Here are some highly capable options.
The Only Thing That Matters About The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Yes, there's a lot of hype about the iPhone. Yes, it's a very expensive piece of equipment. But neither of those things really matter. The only thing that really matters is: How good is it?

Cybercriminals Playing Mind Games With Users
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
A study shows that spammers and phishers are playing on our biggest fears and our biggest desires.
Why Tainted Toothpaste Matters In The Outsourcing Discussion
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
As a talent war escalates in India, many companies are looking to China as the next big opportunity for offshore outsourcing. I have two words for you: tainted toothpaste.
MP3.com Founder Michael Robertson Says iPhone Will Flop
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
"I think it's going to be a flop. It's beautiful, no doubt, but people need the tactile feedback of keys."--MP3.com, Linspire, and SIPphone founder Michael Robertson. Who the heck is Robertson to speak? For those whose memory of the first Internet bubble is hazy--of the mid-1990s, like the '60s, one can say that if you remember them, you probably weren't there--Robertson reportedly walked away with $
'Push' E-Mail Service For iPhone Pops Up
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
Visto's Mobile product includes support for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino.
The iPhone's Achilles' Heel: AT&T's Slow Edge Network
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
The Edge network can be painfully slow; it generally operates at between 75 and 135 Kbps.
Get Real About Marketing Performance Management
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Nick Sharp, a VP and general manager at WebTrends, recently wrote a piece for mycustomer.com entitled "Web Analytics is dead!" The gist of the article is that Web marketers should not look at Web analytics data in a vacuum, but rather, use it to drive campaigns and solutions. No disagreement with the premise... but then I came across the term term "Marketing Performance Management." What is MPM exactly?
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