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posted in October 2008
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Nokia Siemens, Ericsson May Get Parts China's 3G
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
China Mobile soon will announce the winners of its $4.4 billion network tender, and the two companies are expected to receive 10% of the contract each.
Sprint Finalizes Early Termination Fee Policy
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The telecom said its $200 fee will be reduced by $10 per month after month six, but the new policy will only affect contracts signed after Nov. 2.
Salesforce.com Plans Hosted Web Site Service
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Force.com Sites, to be announced at Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference Monday, is an aggressive effort to move beyond its roots in on-demand sales force automation software.
Sprint Won't Sell Nextel iDEN Network
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The plan now is to partner with Motorola and move the iDEN spectrum out of the 800-MHz band in a way that will accommodate public-safety networks.
AT&T Hands Out Free Wi-Fi To iPhones, BlackBerry
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
After several false starts, iPhone and BlackBerry users now have unlimited free wireless access to AT&T's nearly 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.
DOJ Approves Verizon-Alltel Merger
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
However, the Justice Department is stipulating that the new combined company divested itself of 100 markets in 22 states.
Google's Gmail Gets SMS Messaging
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google's implementation of computer-to-phone SMS includes a particularly helpful feature since it assigns the Gmail sender a persistent pseudo-phone number.
IBM Positions ILOG's Rules Engine To Head Pack
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The former market leader was Fair Isaac, whose rules processing system was a favorite of credit card companies and insurers.
MasterCard Strengthens Its Mobile Services
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The company is offering the ability to provision a customer's PayPass account over the air, which could lead to more phones capable of contactless payment.
Down To Business: Microsoft, Industry Still Hang In The Cloud Ether
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Many customers still don't understand what "the cloud" is. Vendors don't help when they use the term to describe just about any product--or planned product--delivered from or touching a data center.
Google Defends Gmail Uptime, Bolsters Google Apps
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google extends its premiere edition SLA to other products to disperse any cloud hanging over its cloud computing capabilities.
Radus Unveils Glossy Personal Media Hub
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The startup aims to provide a consistent user experience for online media consumption, whether that involves reading news feeds, sharing content, blogging, or watching videos.
Apple Updates MobileMe
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The company's wireless syncing service has been getting upgrades to improve mail, calendar, contacts, and overall performance, Apple said.
Informatica To Offer Salesforce.com Integration Service
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Informatica's Web-based service, to be announced at the Dreamforce conference next week, will let companies synchronize data between Salesforce CRM and onsite applications.
Smaller Business SaaS Still In Early Adopter Phase
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Despite bullish predictions that the market for SaaS is ripe and small and midsize businesses are embracing subscription-based applications and IT services, the market for may still be in the early stages, which means lots of opportunity.
AT&T, Lenovo Offer Subsidized Laptops
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Customers will be able to get up to $150 off a laptop with embedded 3G modem if they sign up for a two-year data plan with AT&T.
WiMax Coming To Remote Regions Of Vermont
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
FairPoint, Nortel, and Airspan Networks are investing in building out the 3.65 GHZ spectrum to help spur the use of fixed WiMax in many regions.
Smaller Businesses Have IT Envy, See SaaS As Solution
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
How do smaller businesses use and manage IT? Not surprisingly, smaller organizations struggle to compete with larger enterprises and often don't know how to gain access to the high-quality IT services that could offer competitive parity or advantage. But hosted services may open doors previously closed to smaller organizations.
GE Will Use SaaS To Manage 500,000 Suppliers
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The electronic firm's partnership with Aravo's Web-based software service is the latest example of how even the largest of companies are getting comfortable with SaaS.
Cloud Computing Tools For Managing Amazon, Google Services
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Getting the most out of Amazon's Web Services or Google's App Engine requires the right tools. We run down the benefits of Elastra, Coghead, Heroku, Enomaly, and Hyperic CloudStatus.
SAP Global Operations CEO Cites Steep Drop In Customer Buying
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
SAP will boost sales with new software packages to help businesses weather the tough economy, McDermott said, while predicting Oracle's "Frankenstein operation" will scare off software buyers.
Google Continues Mad Scientist Act With Labs For Google Apps
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
In keeping with its preference for rapid-fire releases, Google unveiled a set of experimental features to encourage third-party developers to create enhancements for its productivity suite.
Bill Gates, Dolly Parton Tussle Over White Spaces
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
With a crucial vote scheduled in a week, the FCC is being deluged by supporters and opponents of the unlicensed wireless services between the current TV spectrum.
Yahoo Introduces Social Developer Platform
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Over the coming months, Yahoo expects newly developed social applications to make the experience of using Yahoo more like Facebook or MySpace.
Dell Unveils First Thin-Client Computer
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The OptiPlex FX160 is a fanless system that supports embedded or streamed operating systems for virtual desktop implementations.
Google's Gmail Gets Gadgets
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
In October alone, Gmail gained emoticons for messages, Gmail for mobile version 2.0, canned responses, contact manager improvements, advanced IMAP controls, and Mail Goggles.
Carriers Find Ways To Drive Customer ARPUs
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
ABI Research identifies the five factors that can drive up carriers' revenue while facing a U.S. cell phone subscriber rate at nearly 80%.
Yahoo's Zimbra Joins The Cloud Club
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Yahoo's Zimbra is becoming a hosted service provider in its own right, for the first time taking its open-source, Web-based messaging and collaboration application straight to a select customer segment.
Yahoo's Zimbra Mail Emerges As Hosted Service
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Zimbra, which already runs 20 million mailboxes, is looking to expand in educational institutions, through an advertising-supported e-mail option or as a paid-for service.
European Union Turns Down Plan For 'Super' Regulator
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding noted that giving individual countries and their respective telecom companies too much power over policy would be a mistake.
Microsoft Unleashes Cloud OS: Red Dog
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Into the intersection of contracting IT budgets due to the financial crisis and gathering momentum for cloud computing steps Microsoft with Azure, a platform that allows developers to create cloud-computing architectures run from (where else?) Microsoft servers.
Microsoft's Cloud OS Compelling, But Questions Remain
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
On top of Windows Azure, Microsoft will additionally build a series of its own applications and services developers and customers will be able to take advantage of.
'White Space' Opponents File Last-Ditch Opposition With FCC
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Some in Congress ask to postpone the FCC's scheduled Nov. 4 vote, while supporters argue that the fringes of the spectrum have been tested and debated long enough.
Verizon's Profits Increase 31% Thanks To Wireless
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Verizon beat analysts' estimates, increased sales and net income, and saw its enterprise services and fiber-optic network continue to grow.
Cox's Wireless Service Links To DVRs, PCs
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
The announcement is something of a follow-on to Cox's pioneering use of the bundling of voice, video, and data, which it first announced in 1997.
NFL, MLB, NBA Join Battle Over 'White Spaces' Spectrum
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
With a Nov. 4 vote approaching, the Sports Technology Alliance argues that the FCC's spectrum-sensing technology is clearly not ready for prime time.
Financial Meltdown May Result In Tech Litigation
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
The end of a prolonged period of prosperity and the start of a period of economic challenge is likely to fuel litigation over who is to blame, a survey suggests.
Time Warner Cable's Road Runner Rolls Out TransMedia's Glide
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
Similar to Google Apps, Glide is a media-sharing, communications, productivity, and file-storage service that runs on compatible Web browsers using Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows.
Microsoft Exec Not Impressed With iPhone Sales
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
Robbie Bach, Microsoft's head of entertainment and devices, said Apple will have trouble maintaining the iPhone's sales momentum.
Sprint Nextel To End Early Termination Fees
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
Previously, the wireless companies usually charged $200 when a subscriber canceled a contract before its conclusion.
Wireless Carriers Increase Opposition To Free Wi-Fi Plan
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
Major mobile companies said the FCC's test results for nationwide wireless broadband are flawed and don't show how much nearby spectrum would be harmed.
IBM Offers Free Cloud Computing To North Carolina Students
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The program is an expansion of IBM's Virtual Computing Lab, a 2-year-old, on-demand computing platform powered by donated IBM BladeCenter servers and software.
Can Microsoft Innovate In A Web-Centric World?
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
For all its dominance, the company needs to find a way to prove to the public that it is indeed a masterful game-changer and part of that may come from shifting the way it invents itself.
Amazon.com Offers App Hosting On Windows Server
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The offering is the latest in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud service, which launched out of beta Thursday.
Samsung Offers Netflix Movie-Streaming In Blu-ray Players
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
Movies are selected through the player's remote control, and users have the option of reading synopses and rating movies through their TVs.
SaaS Revenue Poised To Double Within 5 Years
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
Business may have concerns about letting vital business data move offsite, but those concerns aren't stopping the SaaS market from growing by leaps and bounds according to a new report. And more big name vendors, such as IBM, are jumping on the SaaS bandwagon.
SaaS Revenue Growing, Market Set To Double By 2012
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Driving the growth in SaaS deployments is businesses' desire to reduce their IT capital expenditure budget and to rapidly implement software that supports a specific business need, Gartner said.
Amazon Reports Strong Growth, Buys Gaming Company
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
The company reported $4.26 billion in revenue, an increase of 31% but just shy of forecasts that the company would bring in $4.48 in revenue.
NetSuite Offers Big Discount To Salesforce.com Customers
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Under the deal, Salesforce.com customers would swap their current software-as-a-service automation product for NetSuite's customer relationship management service called CRM+.
Google's Gmail Adds 'Canned Responses'
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Along with "Suggested Contacts," the search engine's auto-reply feature was driven by user requests.
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