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posted in December 2006
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In Focus: Our Top-15 Stories of 2006
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
Practical advice once again trumps trend stories and news analysis in Intelligent Enterprise reader appeal. Check out some of our most insightful stories of 2006.
Microsoft Claims Vista's Aero Interface Doesn't Slow PCs
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
Principled Technologies, which conducted the research for Microsoft, is offering a download of the report.
Software as a Service Meets Business Intelligence
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Hosted systems can expand access to analytic information. But Ventana Research recommends evaluating SaaS models for particular business needs and to determine how they can work together with internally deployed BI applications.
Microsoft, AMD Send Free High-End Laptops To Select Bloggers
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Giveaway triggers debate over ethics and whether the companies are really offering bribes. The ensuing publicity reportedly has prompted Microsoft and AMD to reconsider the gift.
Brief: Personal Information Showing Up On Google Notebook Search
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Links revealing the sensitive data were found on
Kaspersky Adds Vista Support To Consumer Antivirus
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
The company becomes the latest security vendor to add support for Microsoft's new operating system.
Apple Quietly Fixes iPod Shuffle No-Play Problem
News  |  12/26/2006  | 
The new utility corrects a flaw that prevented recent iTunes purchases from playing on first-generation iPod shuffles.
Microsoft Plans NYC Vista Launch On Jan. 29
News  |  12/26/2006  | 
Microsoft has repeatedly pegged Tuesday, Jan. 30, as the date when the long-anticipated Vista operating system and Office 2007 suite update will be available to consumers.
VMware Takes Mac Virtual Machine To Beta
News  |  12/26/2006  | 
When it goes final, VMware's Fusion will run multiple instances of non-Apple operating systems -- including Windows, Linux, Netware, and Solaris -- on an Intel-based Macintosh simultaneously with the Mac's own operating sytem.
Goals and Resolutions for 2007
Commentary  |  12/22/2006  | 
The promise of a fresh start, a new leaf, new projects, and maybe, just maybe, not repeating the mistakes and bad habits of the previous year is appealing, isn't it? We asked readers and industry luminaries what they plan/hope to do differently and predict will happen in the coming year. Here are some of their answers.
Well-Known Developer Leaves Novell Over Microsoft Deal
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Jeremy Allison is leaving, apparently terming the Microsoft-Novell patent agreement a "mistake."
Microsoft Extends Warranty On Xbox 360
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
The software maker said it was making the change to make the standard Xbox warranty consistent throughout the world.
First Exploit Of Windows Vista Spotted
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
It is the first Windows Vista exploit made public since the operating system was released to volume license customers Nov. 30.
U.K. Scales Back National Identity Plan
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Still, efforts toward a national ID system have not been scrapped completely, and the British government also is still considering requiring foreign nationals to register biometric data.
Symantec: Another Surge In Worm Scanning For Unpatched Antivirus Software
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Sensors monitored by Symantec's DeepSight threat management service have reported a significant spike in traffic related to TCP port 2967, which Symantec has traced to scans generated by the "Sagevo" worm.
Residential VoIP Users Number More Than 9 Million
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Subscribers using facilities-based VoIP have created a horse race between Vonage and Time Warner Cable users, with Vonage reporting 1.7 million users to Time Warner's 1.6 million.
Microsoft Seeks RSS Patents; Blogosphere Worries
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Discovery of the patents has led to conjecture among tech bloggers that the software giant may someday try to seek payment for use of the technology, which is related to receiving and organizing news feeds through a Web browser.
Sale Of Voting Machine Firm With Venezuelan Links Will Avoid U.S. Probe
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
During the recent midterm elections in the United States, Sequoia said its voting machines were used in 16 states without any major problems.
Amazon Files Motion To Consolidate IBM Patent Suits
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Amazon wants the cases to be combined into a single action to be heard in a single federal court, not two.
Subcontractor On Troubled Texas Welfare Contract Files Claim Against Accenture
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Maximus claims that Accenture unilaterally redefined the scope of the work on a contract and that it's no longer profitable for Maximus to continue working on the deal.
RIM Chief Can Sign Up New BlackBerry Subscribers, But He Really Wants A Hockey Team
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
In a letter to the Pittsburgh Penguins, RIM chairman Jim Balsillie said he is still "very interested" in the team. Previously, Balsillie had signed an agreement to purchase the Penguins for $175 million.
Sony Settles Rootkit Suit With 39 More States, Will Pay $4.25 Million
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Sony agrees to pay each of the 13 states that began the lawsuit $316,000, and the remaining states and Washington, D.C., $5,000 each.
EDS Completes Acquisition Of SAP Integrator
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
As part of the deal, about 150 GEMS employees will join EDS, giving the outsourcer an immediate boost in SAP-qualified programmers.
Scoping Out the Emerging Spreadsheet Management Market
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Ventana Research expects applications that perform spreadsheet management to evolve into a $500 million market by 2011.
Atlanta Licenses Cognos BI
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The City of Atlanta has licensed Cognos's business intelligence platform as the software foundation of its citywide performance management initiative.
NetSuite Launches Online Employee Self-Service Center
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Online software provider NetSuite has launched an employee resource management service that the company says reduces costs and boosts productivity by enabling workers to perform project-related chores, and access human resource-related documents.
2007 Tech Policy Agenda
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
CompTIA releases its top seven priorities for '07.
Vonage To Fight Baltimore's Effort To Tax Its Internet Phone Service
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Vonage won a court battle more than three years ago in which a federal judge ruled that Vonage's service was an information service, not a telecommunications service.
Motorola Plans To Boost IPTV Set-Top Boxes With Tut Acquisition
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Tut sells digital video encoding, processing, and distribution products that support local ad insertion, real-time conditioning of video and audio, and compression of video.
Vista Issues Bedevil Firefox
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
A total of 34 Firefox bugs related to Windows Vista have been collected in the Mozilla Bugzilla database; 20 of the bugs remain unfixed.
German Net Scammers Sentenced To Four Years
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The two men were part of an Internet auto-dialing scam that netted them more than 12 million euros, or $15.8 million.
Microsoft Rereleases Mac Office Patches
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Microsoft rereleased the Office 2004 and Office v. X updates; the former adds improvements to PowerPoint and Entourage, while the latter includes stability enhancements for PowerPoint.
Seagate Extends Storage Offerings With EVault Acquisition
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The hard-disk drive manufacturer will acquire EVault for $185 million in a deal expected to close in Seagate's fiscal Q3 2007.
Opera Lands Samsung Licensing Deal
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The South Korean electronics maker will use Opera Mobile in as-yet-unspecified advanced cell and/or smartphones.
Sweet Suite Integration: BI Vendors Get it Together
Commentary  |  12/21/2006  | 
Here's another sure-fire way to make BI an everyday office tool: standardize on a BI suite that has all the goodies (OLAP, reporting, query, dashboards) optimized for your different user groups yet reduces the cost of ownership. A fair few nay sayers grumble that the latest BI suites are a not at all integrated. Not true! The latest releases are miles ahead of previously disparate products. Here are just a few examples:
Swedish Startup Offering Image-Based Search
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
The service from Polar Rose can identify whether a photo contains images of people, find other photos of the same people, and help with identifying the subjects of photos.
DNS Provider ZoneEdit Downed By Denial Of Service Attack
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
The attack, which started early Tuesday morning Eastern time and continued Wednesday, affected four of ZoneEdit's 25 domain name servers.
Musician Turned Programmer Wins Rights To '60s Classic 'Whiter Shade Of Pale'
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
A London High Court judge awarded Matthew Fisher a 40% cut of the royalties generated by the song, which is generally credited to bandmates Gary Brooker and Keith Reid.
To Catch A Thief, A Police Department Puts A Video On YouTube
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
The video shows two men using what is believed to be a stolen credit card to purchase merchandise at a Home Depot.
Microsoft Releases Vista Kernel APIs To Rival Security Firms
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
The APIs are meant to give security software makers access to information heading into the Vista kernel so that they can create software similar to what they now write for earlier versions of Windows.
India's HCL Secures $200 Million Services Pact From Skandia
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
HCL president Vineet Nayar said his company outbid several global outsourcers for the contract, but declined to name them.
Sony Settles Rootkit CD Suit With Texas, California
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
Under terms of the agreements, each state will receive $622,000 in damages and $128,000 to cover legal costs and fees, and Sony will refund up to $175 to people in those states who spent money to repair computers.
Victory In Hand, Visto Plans To Defend Its Wireless E-Mail Patents
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ordered Seven Networks to pay Visto $7.7 million in damages.
January Set As 'Month Of Apple Bugs'
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
Two researchers plan to disclose one Apple flaw each day next month, copying the practice first set in July when another researcher posted a daily browser bug on his blog.
Access Vs. Delivery: Two Views of Content Security
Commentary  |  12/20/2006  | 
James Governer has prompted an important discussion on his popular blog regarding enterprise content management (ECM) and Security. The architect views security as stopping bad guys from getting in (the Firewall Syndrome). The document management view casts security as assigning permissions (the ACL syndrome). They're two sides of the same coin, but they're quite different.
Mozilla Patches 10 Firefox Bugs
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
Both Firefox 1.5.x and 2.x will alert their users that an update is ready to install, but impatient users can download the fixes.
Danish Retailer Outsources SAP Environment To IBM
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
IBM Global Services will provide a range of IT infrastructure services -- including support for a new SAP system -- to Dansk stores in Denmark, as well as outlets owned by the retailer in Germany, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Companies Have Aggressive Plans for Business Intelligence
News  |  12/19/2006  | 
Research points to significant growth in the use of BI services in the year ahead.
Pixsy Offers New Media Image And Video Search Tools To Web Publishers
News  |  12/19/2006  | 
In three steps, publishers can deploy the search engines and widgets, which allow visitors to search the Web's media content and obtain thumbnail results without leaving the publishers' sites.
Former HP Board Member Signs Book Deal
News  |  12/19/2006  | 
According to Gotham Books, Tom Perkins -- who blew the lid off the HP spy scandal -- also is set to write about his marriage to author Danielle Steele, his trial for manslaughter in a backwater French town, and the creation of Genetech.
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