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An iPhone Nano Before Christmas?
Commentary  |  8/4/2008  | 
Looks like the hot rumor going around the Web is that Steve Jobs and company are planning a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone before the holiday season. Of course, this isn't the first time this idea has come up, but a report from the Daily Mail said this time it's real.
Video: Kaspersky, Number 3 With A Bullet, Launches Internet Security 2009
Commentary  |  8/4/2008  | 
You could call Kaspersky Lab the biggest PC security vendor you're not quite sure you've heard of. I took my video camera along for a sit-down with Kaspersky; the folks there told me about the new flagship products launching Monday -- Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 and Anti-Virus 2009 -- as well as how they rose to No. 3 in the market, after Symantec and Trend Micro.
Microsoft's Word To Investors About Open Source
Commentary  |  8/4/2008  | 
Microsoft's annual 10-K filing with the SEC has a few lines in it about open source as a competitor that has raised more than a few eyebrows. I'm scarcely surprised, especially since it highlights Microsoft's schizoid behavior over open source.

3G iPhone Burns User
Commentary  |  8/4/2008  | 
Talk about a hot product. One 3G iPhone user fell asleep with his 3G iPhone in his pocket. He awoke with his leg in extreme pain. It appears that the phone became so hot in his pocket that it burned his leg. Ouch.
Hyperic Adds Xen Support
Commentary  |  8/4/2008  | 
After two years of collaboration with the XenSource/Citrix team, the latest version of Hyperic's HQ management suite enters Xen space.
Homeland Security: All Your Laptops Are Belong To Us
Commentary  |  8/4/2008  | 
The gropers at the Department of Homeland Security, not content with patting you down and rummaging through your underwear, now say that they can confiscate electronics brought into the United States for any reason, anytime, and share the devices and their contents with anybody.
SiteMeter Fiasco Shows Developer Disregard For Internet Explorer
Commentary  |  8/3/2008  | 
Friday night was full of late-night fireworks as Web sites and blogs using SiteMeter delivered an "Operation aborted" dialog box to every Internet Explorer user on every page. The problem was finally fixed on Saturday morning, but by then there were a whole lot of angry (former?) SiteMeter users.
Java FX Bundle and Learning Journal
Commentary  |  8/3/2008  | 
Semantic web not very semantic
Commentary  |  8/3/2008  | 
Web 2.0 is Message Passing
Commentary  |  8/2/2008  | 
Sepaton Puts Money Where Its Deduping Mouth Is
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
When I describe data deduplication to users for the first time, the first two questions they ask always are, "Is this for real?," sometimes rephrased as "You're kidding me, right?," followed quickly with "What kind of deduplication ratios can I expect?"
AT&T Extends iPhone Exclusivity?
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
If you were waiting for the iPhone to be available on a carrier besides AT&T -- officially, that is -- be prepared to wait a bit longer. According to a report in USA Today, Apple's exclusive agreement has been extended a year.
Interwoven's Third Quarter Gets Off To A Good Start
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
July was a good month for Interwoven as it posted strong Q2 profits, acquired an e-discovery vendor, was selected as the content management system for the largest municipally owned energy company in the country, and received accolades from Gartner.
Omnisio (Google's Latest Buy) Could Go Where No Twitterer Has Gone
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
This week's big news that the YouTube folks at Google acquired Omnisio is a pleasant reminder that there's plenty of room for innovation in the Net video space. InformationWeek's parent company TechWeb runs a lot of events (Web 2.0, Interop, Enterprise 2.0, etc.) and when we first heard of the Omnisio buy, we gave it a look-see given two very event-relevant features: First, the ability
Who Has The Better Gig: CIO Or IT Architect?
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
John Soat has blogged a few times here about whether the next CIO should come from inside or outside the company . But what if no insider wants the job? Seriously. It seems like the hottest role these days is IT architect -- nice paycheck, the thrill of strategy-level tech work, and not nearly so many arrows in the back.
FCC Spanks Comcast With A Wet Newspaper
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
Kevin Martin added another brick to his legacy today, with the FCC's ruling against Comcast in the net neutrality dispute. And I use "brick" in the basketball sense, as in a comically misguided shot on goal.
Linux Standards Base 4: Herding Cats?
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
Is any attempt to standardize Linux akin to herding cats, especially given the proliferation of distributions and packages? Jim Zemlin doesn't think so, and has been trying to do something about it via the Linux Standards Base.

Alfresco Offers SharePoint Alternative
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
Microsoft SharePoint goes open source? Shock, horror! Ok, well not quite, but an open source alternative to SharePoint is now an option with the release of Alfresco's Lab 3 Beta product. Alfresco's new module allows you to hook Office into Alfresco, giving you the option to use Alfresco as opposed to SharePoint as your collaboration platform.
Motorola (Finally!) Admits It Is Working On Touch Screen Phone
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
In a recent interview, Motorola CEO Greg Brown said that the company will release a slew of new handsets in the second half of the year, including a touch-based device to compete with the iPhone. About time, or too little too late?
GM's $15.5 Billion Loss Pushes Volt, Electric Vehicles To Front Burner
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
The financial news from GM Friday is much worse than expected. The $15 billion second-quarter loss could send the automaker into a crippling skid -- unless GM rededicates itself to getting its plug-in hybrid cars to market -- fast.
ChaCha Offers Alternative Version Of Mobile Search, Complete With Personal Mobile Assistant
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
Remember that old college helpline you used to use to settle bets? You'd call, and they'd look up the answer to some inane question while you waited. ChaCha is the 21st century version of that, but it adds a personal assistant to facilitate mobile purchases and other services that one-ups Google.
Apple Puts The Kibosh On Tethering Application For The iPhone
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
Yesterday, a $10 application from Nullriver appeared in the iPhone Apps Store that allowed you to use the iPhone to access the Internet via 3G and share that connection through its Wi-Fi radio. It didn't last long, however, before the powers that be at Apple squashed the application. Update! Apple un-kiboshed the app!
Appliance Deploys OS To Remote PCs. Vista, Anyone?
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
KACE, a startup that makes systems management appliances, has come out with a virtual appliance for pushing operating systems to remote offices. But KACE doesn't expect the product to be used much for Windows Vista rollouts. Its data shows Vista demand waning.
Advice To Hasbro On The Scrabulous Kerfuffle
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
Let's do a little thought experiment for the benefit of Hasbro, the company which owns Scrabble and is trying unsuccessfully to kill Scrabulous. Let's argue the proposition that corporations should ignore most copyright violators, attempt to negotiate a settlement with the most outrageous few, and never, ever, sic the lawyers on pirates. Don't fight piracy. Try to make it work for you instead.
How To Stop Firefox From Blocking Google Reader Popups
Commentary  |  8/1/2008  | 
I just found a solution to a problem that was driving me crazy for months, and I'm passing it along now for my fellow sufferers. Firefox was blocking popups in Google Reader, even though I explicitly told Reader to allow popups for the entire domain Google.com. Turns out this isn't a bug (as the programmer joke goes), it's a feature. Read on for the fix.
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