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posted in October 2007
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Can Security Awareness Deliver Competitive Advantage?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
It's disconcerting to live in a world where security can be seen as delivering competitive advantage, yet that's the idea behind Unisys's Enterprise Security initiative. But after all, the company's Trusted Enterprise Model only extends the security selling point that is a marketing mainstay for financial institutions and that has been adopted or embraced by IT vendors, sometimes far too slowly, with the rise of network computing.
Apple iPod Nano Catches Fire
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
Could Your Next ERP System Come From China?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
Ufida is a $150 million-a-year ERP company that's China's largest domestic enterprise software vendor. I talked with Ufida's VP of international business about its plan to come to the United States.
Apple's Latest Switchers: Malware Writers
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The Trojan, OSX.RSPlug.A, represents one of the relatively few Mac exploits to be spotted in the wild.
EMC Gets Cozy With Mozy
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
Hackers Breaking Up Botnets
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
Google Unplugged
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
Smaller Companies Optimistic On Growth, Tech Investments
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
Bullish on their growth prospects, many small and midsize companies are planning significant investments in such new technologies as storage VoIP, virtualization, and Wi-Fi.
AOL To Help Consumers Opt-Out Of Online Ads
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The company is hoping to eliminate what the industry calls behavioral targeting on its Web properties.
'Village Phone' Initiative Aims To Improve Access In Developing Countries
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The Grameen Foundation and ITU are working to provide affordable telecom rates to users, while giving owners income to repay loans and earn profits.
Startups Unleashed
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The Wall Street Journal's 10-Year-Old Advice For CIOs
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
General Motors CIO Ralph Szygenda has a terrific track record, and he and his work were profiled yesterday in the Journal. But the Journal really laid an egg with the GM/Szygenda piece by presenting a circa 1996 snapshot of the CIO position and the role of business technology. So if you recognize yourself in the image of the CIO presented by the Journal story, be afraid --
Sprint's Technology Chief: Full Speed Ahead For WiMax
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
Ali Tabassi says the company is continuing its rollout without interruption in spite of the fact that Sprint recently lost its chief executive.
Al Qaeda Hacker Attack Scheduled To Begin November 11th
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
An Israeli news site claims Bin Laden's cyber legions are retaliating against Western surveillance programs.
SMB Outlook Good For Tech Spending
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
High priority expenditures include secured data backup, storage, disaster recovery, IP telephony, virtualization, and consolidation, according to a new CompTIA survey.
Western Digital Ships 320GB Notebook Hard Drive For $200
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The SATA drive dubbed "Scorpio" has an 8Mbyte cache and a transfer rate of 3Gbits per second.
Flirting With Verizon, Google Drops 'Don't Be Evil' Pretense
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
The word "evil" is vastly overused these days. Here's a link to the "Top 10 Evil People in History," if you've got an afternoon to blow -- and I would never call a major U.S. wireless carrier "evil." Oligopolistic, predatory, bureaucratic, yes -- evil, no. So the idea of Google shacking up with Verizon Wireless doesn't exactly qualify as "Doing e
Business Users Want GPS In Their Smartphones
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
According to the latest J.D. Power and Associates survey of smartphone users, GPS tops the list of features that users want most in their smartphones. Looks like location is going to be one of the big wireless must-have features for mobile business in 2008.
What Is Google Talking To The Carriers About?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
Late yesterday it came to light that Google is in talks with Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile USA regarding its big mobile plans. Are they talking about the gPhone, or something else?
AT&T's Yellowpages.com Introduces Mobile Search Products
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The applications are part of AT&T's recent initiatives to make it easier for people to conduct mobile searches.
Silicon Valley Crash Course: 14 Startups In 28 Hours
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
I just returned from a trip to earthquake land where I had one-on-one meetings with 14 tech startups in just over a day. Their products included a project-management app, e-mail marketing tool, widget maker, and PC database. The big unanswered question: Who needs them?
Happy Halloween From The iPhone
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
Still can't decide what to wear as your Halloween costume this year? Why not dress up as an iPhone?
Iron Mountain To Buy E-Discovery Services Company Stratify
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The deal would let Iron Mountain offer software and services that cover discovery and data investigations, compliance and associated records management, and litigation matters.
Microsoft Antitrust Oversight Extended Through January
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
Attorneys in 17 states are trying to extend the antitrust settlement out to 2012, citing the continuing ubiquity of Microsoft products.
BlackBerrys Score Highest In Overall Customer Satisfaction
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
RIM's offerings outranked competitors in the 2007 J.D. Power and Associates business smartphone satisfaction study.
Court Blocks Patent Office From Instituting Controversial Rules
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The USPTO says the rules are intended to speed reviews, but critics say they would limit patent protection.
Alcatel-Lucent Revamps Management, Will Cut 4,000 More Jobs
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
A seven-person management committee reporting to chief executive Patricia Russo has replaced a cumbersome 21-person committee.
The Zune Universe Expands, Where's The Bling?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
If Microsoft wants to even catch a sliver of iPod's market share, it's going to have to build up its base of third-party accessories for its Zune music player... Oh, wait. That's just what they did this week.
Google Squares Off Against Facebook With OpenSocial
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
Google's upcoming APIs are expected to help build social applications that will work across social networking and other Web sites.
Pantech Duo Offers Windows Mobile In A Fun Form Factor
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
I spent the last two days with the Pantech Duo, a new 3G Windows Mobile 6 smartphone available from AT&T for $199 (with a two-year contract). Do you need a Helio Ocean-like smartphone that's ready for business?
How To Get Gmail's IMAP, Leopard, And The iPhone Working Together
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
When I heard last week that Gmail is getting IMAP support, I was excited. My life was going to get a little easier. And how hard could it be to set up? Change a couple of settings in Apple Mail and I'd be good to go, right?

Garmin's Bid For Tele Atlas Sets Stage For Bidding War With TomTom
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The pending battle between the two rivals has been triggered by consolidation in the industry, which went into high gear in July.
Microsoft Files Counterfeiting Claims Against 20 Software Dealers
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The independent dealers are accused of selling bootleg CDs containing Microsoft software or shipping computers with illegitimate copies of Windows installed.
Open Access Proponents Unite in Face of Google-Verizon Hook-Up
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
A group of startups, including Txtbl, Buglabs, and ZVUE, are announcing a new coalition to promote open wireless networks and devices.
Is The Web Headed For Meltdown 2.0?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
In recent months I've seen a lot of anxiety in the tech marketplace. Bloggers, pundits, and industry insiders all seem to suggest that Web 2.0 is headed for Correction 2.0. Are we in the middle of another bubble?
IBM Launches Virtualization Tools For Small Business
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The company's revised Consolidation Discovery and Analysis Tool is designed for businesses with less than 50 servers.
Inside Leopard: Apple's Mac OS X Server 10.5 Reviewed
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
We chased Leopard around our Real-World lab and came away pleased on most fronts. This new server OS is ready for work.
Cisco Shoots And Scores With NBA Deal
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The NBA will use Cisco's networking technology to deliver the league's communications and content to fans, customers, employees, and the media.
Is Apple's Leopard Worth the Leap?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
Apple is making headway in the enterprise environment. But is Leopard, the sixth major release of Apple's Mac OS X operating system, worth an IT manager's consideration?
JasperSoft Upgrades Open Source BI Suite
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The JasperSoft Business Intelligence Suite version 2.1 has new tools for building browser-based reports and dashboards.
Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me A Map (And Please Entertain My Takeover Bid)
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
It's a good time to be a mapmaker. As the digital mapping industry undergoes some serious consolidation with mergers and acquisitions, today Garmin threw a wrench into TomTom's bid for Tele Atlas by offering 15% more. A sign that GPS, LBS, and navigation apps are on the verge of exploding?
Good Rules Can Eliminate 65% of Activities
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
There's a long list of verbs - adjust, approve, expedite, inspect, verify and many others - that tend to indicate that activities are non value-added and should be considered for elimination. Many of these exist because something wasn't done right the first time, and a lot of the the non-value-added activities can be cut if there are ways to reduce the error rates in the real-value-added and business-value-added activities.
Yahoo Releases Messenger Upgrade In Beta
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The upgrade also includes call forwarding, so Internet telephony calls to Messenger can be sent to a mobile phone or landline as a voice mail.
Waiting For Google's gPhone
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
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