Google Aims To Expose Network Meddling
Vint Cerf puts out the word that Google's Measurement Lab will make it more difficult for telecoms to degrade or block apps such as BitTorrent or Skype.
Satyam's Crisis Will Spawn New Outsourcing Models
In the past, IT services vendors often resisted terms clients tried to include in their offshoring contracts. But in the aftermath of Satyam's financial fraud mess, outsourcers will be more willing to bend on client demands, especially if they're anxious to pick up work from Satyam's ex-customers.
Apple Gets iPhone Patent
The company gains legal muscle against Palm and other rivals launching similar multitouch technology devices.
Senator Quizzes Microsoft On Layoffs
Microsoft's plans to lay off 5,000 workers have ruffled the feathers of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a long-time critic of the U.S. H-1B visa program. Microsoft, a top 10 employer of H-1B visa holders, has been among the most vocal tech companies over the last several years urging Congress to raise the cap on H-1B visas. Now Grassley is urging Microsoft to furlough those temporary foreign workers first before handing out pink slips to Americans and permanent U.S. residents.
Google Finds Spam Volume Bouncing Back
One theory is that spam will continue to be a vector for virus infections and blended-threat attacks, which direct message recipients to infected Web sites.
A Smarter Alternative To PCI
Let's dump the credit cards' security compliance program and replace it with a framework to actually reduce the risk that card data will be stolen.
Don't Chase Checkboxes
Drew Conry-Murray takes apart PCI in his recent blog PCI Is Meaningless, But We Still Need It. I agree with most of his points, but they mostly apply to companies that view compliance as a set of checkboxes that have to be filled in annually. Filling checkboxes is doomed to failure. Focus on the spirit of the requirements and your company's security posture will be the better for it.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin Resigns
The new chairman is expected to be Julius Genachowski, who's slated to take over the reins of the agency after President-elect Barack Obama is sworn on Tuesday.
Innovators & Influencers
A SaaS trailblazer, a REST activist, a firewall revisionist, even a president will all shape technology in the coming year.