Oracle Seals Siebel Deal
The acquisition becomes official as major competitor SAP prepares a software-as-services announcement due this week.
U.N. Tech Summit Promotes Middle East
The world's leaders in business, science, and research will meet in Oman to promote innovation, entrepreneurship, scientific research, and investment in the Middle East.
SAP Preps Software Services Announcement
If the company does announce what observers are expecting this week, SAP will go head–to-head with Salesforce.com, a leader in the CRM software-as-a-service market.
Microsoft Outlines Blog Policy
Under the new rules, Microsoft will remove access to blog content only when it receives a government-issued, legally binding notice indicating that the material violates local laws. This framework comes after Microsoft was criticized for removing the blog content of an outspoken Chinese journalist.
IE 7 Beta? It's Not Quite 'Just Click Here'
Microsoft really wants the IT pros to check out the just-released Internet Explorer beta. It's got checklists of stuff you should run through on the download site. But if you're just an average Joe Tirekicker, be prepared to jump through some hoops to get the beta up and running on your system. Not big hoops, just enough annoyance to make you think maybe you don't need to bother.
Is the Internet Broken? Web Veteran Says No
David Clark, senior research scientist at MIT, says he believes the Internet is crumbling under the weight of security problems and it must be rebuilt. Mike Nelson, IBM's director of On Demand Business and former director for technology policy at the FCC, disagrees.
FDIC Mandate Boosts Data Quality In World's Largest XBRL Project
Although data tagging with Extensible Business Reporting Language produces accurate, transmittable and researchable financial data, it has languished as a largely theoretical improvement as agencies have balked at mandating use of the XML-based format -- until now.
Firefox Slides In U.S., IE Gains Ground
Bucking other reports that Internet Explorer is continuing its downward trend, a Dutch metric company says IE gained market share in the last two months, while Firefox slid.
More Guidance On Regulations
We can all use a little guidance when it comes to identifying how regulations will affect our business processes and IT environments. The hard part is figuring out how compliance requirements change based on geographic variables and vertical markets.
And such guidance is starting to emerge. Two directories/guides were recently announced; both are free after registration, but only one is currently available.
The Object Management Group (OMG) and the OMG Regulat
Mass. Names New CIO, Hardens OpenDocuments Policy
The Bay State has named Louis Gutierrez to fill the position of CIO in the Information Technology Division and, at the same time, reiterated its support for a previously announced plan to implement the OpenDocument format in state agencies in January.
Independent Software Training Blues
At least one business intelligence software instructor and a user group are throwing accusations at BI heavyweight Business Objects, claiming the company takes a hard line with independent organizations that teach users about its software.
Microsoft Unveils IE 7 Public Beta
Microsoft on Tuesday released the first generally available beta for Internet Explorer 7, as well as Windows RSS Platform, a for-developers set of APIs for creating RSS-enabled applications.
Are You Happy With Your Job?
Low federal turnover rates, coupled with little demand for IT jobs at the federal level, means there aren't a lot of options for would-be job-hoppers.
Nullsoft Fixes Critical Winamp Bug
Nullsoft late Monday fixed a critical flaw in its flagship Winamp music player that could have allowed attackers to grab control of PCs.
Nokia Opens Mobile Platform Code On SourceForge
Nokia on Tuesday said it would release the source code for its Python for S60 Platform to the open-source community on SourceForge.net, in an effort to spur application development for the Symbian OS-based mobile software.
I don't usually cover security-related news here without, of course, an Open Source angle of some sort. But so many fans of open-source software use Winamp -- and so many use it constantly, as part of their daily routines -- that today's zero-day, attack-and-exploit report could be devastating. And now that a patch is available, the best way to prevent the very real possibility that an attacker will turn you
HR Firm Says Workers 'Monkey Around'
From cursing to chair-throwing to clipping fingernails while talking to someone, bad behavior abounds in the workplace, according to CareerBuilder.com.
Standards Group Compiling Compliance Info
The Object Management Group's Compliance GRID will be searchable by vertical market and geography, so a user will be able to determine which rules apply to their firm.
What Are The IT Giants Afraid of?
Congressional subcommittees and caucuses are often annoying and self-important, and probably no one attends at least half of their hearings save for the panel members themselves, their staff and the people called before them to testify about whatever.
Nonetheless, in an atmosphere infused with constant references to exporting freedom, democracy and other rights,