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Mobile News Roundup
Commentary  |  10/31/2008
It's Friday again, and this week was filled with Motorola backing Android while Sprint dissed it. Qik came to the BlackBerry, Verizon
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.
Harvard Refuses To Open In-Copyright Books To Google
News  |  10/31/2008
In a letter to Harvard library staff, director Robert C. Darnton said the ramifications of the settlement were too unclear for Harvard to commit to participating in the Google project.
$200 Eee PC Netbook Expected In 2009
News  |  10/31/2008
Asustek CEO Jerry Shen said his company also would begin to phase out its sub-10-inch netbooks that sell for less than $500.
Deutsche Telekom May Own Too Much Of T-Mobile
News  |  10/31/2008
While reviewing the Verizon acquisition of Alltel, the FCC revealed that Deutsch Telekom may violate the 20% voting stock threshold.
Will Verizon Wireless Give Away The BlackBerry Storm For Free?
Commentary  |  10/31/2008
Verizon Wireless' U.K. partner, Vodafone, recently announced that it will give the BlackBerry Storm to users for free if they sign up for new contracts. Can Verizon Wireless afford to do the same thing?
Drupal Takes Home 2008 Overall Open Source CMS Award
Commentary  |  10/31/2008
Drupal cleaned up for the second year in a row in the 2008 Open Source CMS Awards, taking home both the Overall Open Source CMS Award and the Best Open Source PHP CMS Award. This marks the first time in which a content management system has ever won the overall award in back-to-back years.
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.
Flash Memory Market To See First Revenue Decline This Year
News  |  10/31/2008
Flash memory chips are used in PCs, but nearly 80% of the chips sold each year end up in personal media players, storage cards and USB flash drives.
'Linux-Haters Blog' Signs Off
Commentary  |  10/31/2008
As of last Saturday, the infamous Linux Hater's Blog has signed off. Seekers of curmudgeonly wisdom about Linux cleverly disguised as flaming bile will have to look elsewhere. And, strangely enough, I already miss him.
NIST Seeks New Hash Algorithm
Commentary  |  10/31/2008
NIST is wrapping up accepting submissions for a new cryptographic one-way hash algorithm today. NIST's competition follows a tradition of peer review, public discussion, and acceptance of algorithms that brought us DES, SHA, and AES. The selection process won't be complete until 2012, but final selection should addresses weaknesses in the hash algorithms used today.
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.
Google Makes Scanned Documents Searchable
News  |  10/31/2008
Using optical character-recognition technology, Google will make the converted text of scanned PDFs available on its search results pages via the "View as HTML" link.
Phoenix Mars Lander Losing Power, Communications
News  |  10/31/2008
Dust storms on the red planet are limiting the craft's supply of solar energy.
100,000 Sony Batteries Recalled
News  |  10/31/2008
The batteries found in Dell, HP, and Toshiba PCs were sold in the same time frame as Sony notebook batteries involved in a massive recall in 2006.
Verizon Wireless Teaches Retail Reps How To Bash The G1
Commentary  |  10/31/2008
Not one to sit on its laurels, Verizon Wireless is taking the interest in T-Mobile's G1 Android phone seriously by providing its sales reps with ammunition to shoot it down. Another list of "talking points" has been circulated, and it tells us what Verizon really thinks of the G1.
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.
IBM Sues Apple-Bound Microchip Expert
News  |  10/31/2008
Big Blue says Mark Papermaster's bolt to Cupertino violates a noncompete agreement.
Hubble Working But Service Mission Postponed
News  |  10/31/2008
The space telescope is back online, but follow-up maintenance is on hold.
Obama's Online Answer Center Fields Tough Questions
Commentary  |  10/31/2008
Everyone is worried about the economy. But surprisingly, the economy isn't the subject of the top three questions people are asking online at an "answer center" run by Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Visitors are most interested in whether Obama is a Christian and a patriot, and they want to know his position on women's issues.
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.
Windows 7 Upgrade Chaos Looms
News  |  10/31/2008
Businesses that plan on skipping Vista to move directly from XP to Windows 7 could face application-compatibility headaches.
Apple: No Opera Mini For The iPhone
Commentary  |  10/31/2008
Opera Mini and Opera Mobile are highly capable browsers for mobile phones. Opera, which also makes a full desktop browser for both Windows and Apple machines, created a version of Opera Mini that will run on the iPhone. Too bad Apple won't allow Opera to offer it through the iPhone App Store.
Is Linux The Quick-Boot Miracle Fix? Don't Bet On It
Commentary  |  10/31/2008
Will demand for quick-booting PCs give Linux a leg up on Windows? That's how some folks see it, but I'm not one of them.
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.
Linux Headed For More PCs Than Windows
News  |  10/30/2008
Think Windows is hot? HP, Lenovo, Asustek, and other PC makers are developing computers that can give people access to basic functions, such as e-mail and Web browsing, in less than 30 seconds.
Intel's $11.5 Million Taiwanese Investment Puts Moblin OS In Netbooks
News  |  10/30/2008
The chipmaker's partnership with VMax could help set the stage for a wide rollout of WiMax-capable machines running on Linux in the country with PC makers Asustek and Acer to benefit.
Motorola Causing A Ruckus
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
Motorola sure gave us some interesting news today. The quarterly loss of nearly $400 million and thousands of layoffs always jump out at you, but, digging a little deeper, I couldn't help but wonder where Symbian fits into Moto's plans.
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.
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.
Crybabies Emerge After Wal-Mart G1 Discount Announced
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
Remember how ticked off people were when Apple dropped the price of the iPhone from $600 to $400 last year? People cried foul in droves. In light of Wal-Mart's announcement that it's going to sell the Android phone for $31 less than it costs at T-Mobile stores, people are complaining.
iPhone, Smartphones May Be Recession-Proof As Sales Hold Up
News  |  10/30/2008
Apple still has a relatively low share of the cell phone market, but consumers with income between $25,000 and $50,000 acquired iPhones in a higher growth percentage.
SharePoint's Rivals Aren't Giving Ground
Features  |  10/30/2008
They're attacking this broad market with more focused products.
Can Microsoft Keep SharePoint Rolling?
Features  |  10/30/2008
Its all-in-one approach to collaboration is winning over companies. But that can cause its own problems.
Mobile Gaming In Trouble, Nokia Says
News  |  10/30/2008
The multibillion-dollar industry may be hurt by the economic slowdown, but Nokia still expects growth in certain segments, including the iPhone.
Taylor and Raden Define Decision Management
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
Opening the second day of the Business Rules Forum, James Taylor and Neil Raden gave a keynote about competing on decisions. First up was James, who started with a definition of what a decision is (and isn't), speaking particularly about operation decisions that we often see in the context of automated business processes... Neil dug further into the agility imperative: rethinking BI for processes...
Western Digital Adds FireWire Interface To Passport
News  |  10/30/2008
In adding the FireWire 800/400 technology to the portable hard drive, WD is trying to appeal to creative professionals using Apple Mac desktops and notebooks.
Dell Refreshes XPS One Entertainment PC
News  |  10/30/2008
The latest model offers a 24-inch, 1,080p high-definition display, JBL dual stereo speakers, and an optional Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT card.
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.
'Motorolandroid': Another Open Source Proving Ground
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
Even if there won't be any Android phones from Motorola for at least a year, it might well be one of the best things that's happened to Motorola in a long time. It also may well be the best thing that could have happened to Android, since it'll put the OS right in the line of fire of the non-smartphone-buying public.
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.
Motorola Delays Mobile Spin-Off, Android On Hold
News  |  10/30/2008
The company has been betting heavily on Google's new Android platform, but now says it won't deliver handset to compete with T-Mobile-HTC's G1 until next year.
Tibco Unveils 'Network Analytics' For Spotfire
News  |  10/30/2008
The add-on, which is sold separately, offers a whole new layer of interactive visual analysis on the business activity monitoring suite.
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.
Windows 7 Could Debut In 2009
News  |  10/30/2008
Numerous signs point to the possibility of an early arrival for Microsoft's next operating system.
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