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posted in January 2008
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Meebo Offers Tools To Embed Ad-Carrying Chat Rooms
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
In offering its APIs, the company is hoping its chat rooms will show up in more social networks and comments sections of blogs.
Intel To Sell Apple MacBook Air Chip To PC Makers
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The highly miniaturized version of the Core 2 Duo made by Intel specifically for the MacBook Air could end up spurring a raft of Windows-based competitors.
More Macs, More Mobile, More Open Source, Gartner Predicts
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
By 2012, Gartner foresees mobile workers abandoning notebooks, despite their slowly diminishing size, for smaller, more portable mobile devices.
Google Revenue Rises, Social Networking Ads Fall Short
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
CEO Eric Schmidt notes that more than half of the company's search traffic is now outside the United States.
VMware Offers Desktop Virtualization As Next Step
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Industry analyst firm IDC predicts desktop virtualization will be a fresh wave of implementing virtualization technology in the enterprise, amounting to a $2 billion market by 2011.
ELT vs. ETL: Much Ado about Something
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
There's no doubt that ELT - yes, that's extract-load-transform (also called "pushdown") not conventional extract-transform-load (ETL) - is now a mainstream capability. Informatica's inclusion of pushdown optimization in the recently released PowerCenter version 8.5 brings ELT the legitimacy it deserves... I fully expect pushdown will be come a new frontier in the battle for ETL supremacy.
Google Decries Enterprise Search Challenger's Claims
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Google claims an Autonomy white paper contains "significant inaccuracies" about the larger company's security, comprehensiveness, relevancy, and user experience.
Linux To Challenge Symbian, Microsoft In Mobile Phone Market
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Purple Magic is a 3G Linux reference feature phone that costs less than $100 and combines video telephony, music playback, high-speed Internet browsing, and video streaming.
Microsoft Rolls Out Dynamics CRM 4.0 Worldwide
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The business software was built as a Web-based application, though it can also be used in a traditional client-server architecture.
Garmin Adds A Cell Phone To Its GPS Device
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The Nuvifone's built-in camera takes pictures that are automatically tagged with latitude and longitude.
RealPlayer Labeled As 'Badware'
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
StopBadware.org came to the designation after noting one version inadequately discloses advertising behaviors, while another installs additional applications without notifying the user.
Apple Launches How-To Site For New Mac Users
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
For Windows users thinking of taking the plunge, the site offers video on how to move data from a Windows PC to a Mac.
So Open Source Is Mainstream -- Now What?
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
This may not be "the year of Linux on the desktop" -- and who knows, maybe it is -- but there's little to no question that this is a pivotal year for open source as a mainstream economic phenomenon in the tech world, as my colleague Charles Babcock has indicated.  My big question is: what next?

Microsoft To Provide Automaker Renault With Novell Linux
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The deal includes the controversial "IP Assurance" clause under which Microsoft pledges not to sue open source users.
Domino's Pizza Tracker Mixes High-Tech With Super Bowl XLII
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
As the restaurant chain plans delivery of 1.2 million pies, the new service lets customers find out whether the pie is being prepared, baked, boxed, or en route.
Patriots, Giants Use Video Technology To Prepare For Super Bowl
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
XOS's Coach's Command Station is used by all NFL teams to study video of their opponents and plan for various scenarios they're likely to face on the field.
Hoover's Launches Business Social Network 'Connect'
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The company markets its Visible Path acquisition as a non-intrusive way to make targeted contacts with key business people through contacts subscribers already have.
California Senate Approves Bill To Outlaw Skimming RFID Tags
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Technology to steal -- or skim -- information from RFID tags is readily available, off-the-shelf, and surprisingly inexpensive.
Georgia Tech Offers Doctoral Degree In Robotics
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The program will draw from curricula in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, aerospace, biomedical engineering, and mechanical engineering.
IBM Bows Multi-Domain Master Data Management Server
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Pre-build data models address data quality and consistency problems related to customers, products, accounts, suppliers and more.
Apple Delays Apple TV Software Update
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Apple says it needs another couple of weeks to finish the software upgrade that will let people rent movies directly from their televisions.
Hyperic Web Site Management Tool Now Linked To MySQL
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Hyperic's HQ 3.2 also is integrated with another piece of open source code, Nagios system monitoring.
Feeling Lucky? Don't Tell Google
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Search engine spammers have ramped up their efforts to ensnare the unwary using a fake link constructed from the search engine's direct results feature.
Apple Developers Get Ready For iPhone SDK
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
As Apple prepares to release its software development kit, developers are already cobbling together iPhone Web-based apps. An interview with a developer sheds some light on what they're up to.
Rollout: Vizioncore Rides To The Rescue Of Overburdened VMs
Features  |  1/30/2008  | 
By easing the strain of virtual machine backups, vRanger Pro saves time and processing power in ESX clusters.
Shavlik Kicks Off Patch Management Review Like A Rock Star
Features  |  1/30/2008  | 
The first entry in our Rolling Review, NetChk Protect, is a natural for all-Microsoft shops.
SOA's Perfect Mate?
Features  |  1/30/2008  | 
Virtualization 2.0 will go beyond server consolidation, making applications more agile and scalable to fit a service-oriented architecture.
Holy Halftones! Microsoft Launches Comic Featuring Superhero Techies
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The Heroes Happen Here comic strips are being created by Jordan Gorfinkel, a former DC Comics editor who helped revitalize the Batman series.
Open Source 'Movement' Becoming A Gold Rush
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
I see references to the open source "movement," as if it were a cohesive ideological gathering, like the Labor Movement of the 1930s or maybe the Wobblies. I agree there are certain shared values among open source developers and a favored way of doing things, but I've always doubted the political agenda. After the $1 billion Sun/MySQL deal, however, my doubts have been erased. It's clear there is a movement -- and it's headed toward the bank.
Windows Mobile-Based VoIP For Smartphones Offered
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Raketu says its software helps people make cheap international calls in more than 40 countries.
It's The Talent, Not Just The Technology
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
Something I've noted in passing about the recent spate of open-source acquisitions -- Nokia and Trolltech, Sun and MySQL AB -- deserves to be expounded on at length.  What's being bought here is not the software, but the talent behind it.  The software is free, or as free as this sort of thing gets.  Talent is priceless.  That's what's being bought and sold here.

Internet-Enabled Gadgets Shipments Exceed 60 Million
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The market for IP-enabled consumer electronics hasn't reached hypergrowth, outside of game consoles, according to an industry survey.
Dell Ditches Kiosks
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
NPR, Cnet News.com
Davidson Companies Reports Data Breach Affecting 226,000 Clients
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The company reportedly hired a testing company last September to assess its IT security and the firm's hackers did not find any holes.
Innovative Ways To Manage Content Seen At DEMO
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
In what could be called Content Management 2.0, companies are showing off new ways to manage and distribute content to fixed and mobile devices.
Microsoft's IGMPv3 Vulnerability Can Be Exploited
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Immunity Inc., a Miami computer security company, has posted a Flash video that demonstrates a proof-of-concept exploit of the networking protocol flaw.
Kiwee Marks 500 Million Downloads In Six Months
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The American Greetings division offers graphic expressions for major IM applications and social networks.
MacBook Air's Leopard Installer Incompatible With Other Macs, Apple Warns
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
It's the latest example of how Apple stretched engineering boundaries to produce the new, lightweight laptop.
HyperOffice Links Business Software To iPhone
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The company's collaboration tools are meant to serve as an alternative to Microsoft Exchange, which the iPhone doesn't support at the moment.
Silobreaker advances social-network visualization
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
I'm a fan of network visualizations, by which I mean display of interconnectedness mined from disparate sources. The subject matter could be just about anything: witness the collection of projects at Manuel Lima's VisualComplexity site. Social networks inferred from on-line media prove particularly interesting, the sort of stuff you'll find in static form at Jeffrey Heer's and Danah Boyd's vizster site and dynamically in Linkinfluence's Map of the Political Blogosphere, which I wrote about las
NXP Modem Includes All GSM Standards From Edge To LTE
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The modem uses Software-Defined Radio cellular baseband technology so handsets can be designed to support any GSM standard, frequency, or air interface.
EMC Reports Strong Growth Across All Business Segments
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The company reported double-digit revenue growth across the board, even in its mature business of information storage and content management and archiving.
Liautaud Takes the Money and Runs
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
Business Objects announced today that its founder, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Bernard Liautaud, has resigned from those roles and will join SAP's supervisory board in June. With the acquisition of Business Objects by SAP all but complete and the BI agenda being set, at best, by committee, Liautaud is heading for the exit (a well-trod path by executives in his shoes), free to enjoy the well-earned spoils of his success.
Microsoft Anti-Trust Oversight Extended Until 2009
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
At issue is whether Microsoft has fully shared technical documentation and refrained from anti-competitive business practices.
Debunking the 'Web 2.0' Myth
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
My thanks to our friend James Robertson for pointing to an important UK study that debunks many of the "Web 2.0" and "Google Generation" myths that currently abound. I have bit of a reputation as a cynic, but the Google Generation is something of which I have simply seen no real evidence, despite vendors and fellow analysts arguing loudly about its importance in today's workplace.
Barracuda Networks Enlists Open Source Community In Trend Micro Patent Fight
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
The e-mail and Web security firm is asking the open source community to provide information that can invalidate Trend Micro's patent on gateway antivirus scanning.
Startup StackSafe Offers Virtualization To Test Software Changes
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
StackSafe says its software can capture a replica of enterprise software and then provide a virtual environment in which to test changes.
IBM Boosts Server Virtualization For Small and Mid-Sized Businesses
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
Effective management of virtualized systems can lead to energy savings of 80% and a 72% reduction in the total cost of ownership, IBM says.
Yahoo Profits Fall 23%, Cuts 1,000 Jobs
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
Ari Balogh was named to the post of chief technology officer as the companys for a "realignment" of employees.
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