Google Porn Search On Cell Phones
Google gave two computer scientists access to more than a
million of its mobile search records in research aimed at
understanding the unique needs of wireless Web surfers. Judging by
the results, what users really need is a porn portal, as more searches
were for smut than anything else.
A Club Apple Wants Out Of
Windows users most likely yawned at last week's warning that Apple's Safari Web browser contains a critical vulnerability that exposes Mac users to attacks using malicious Zip files with virus-laden payloads. Subsequent reports of an exploit that makes it possible to take advantage of this latest Mac OS X flaw surely elicited no sympathy from long-suffering Internet Explorer devotees.
A Settlement Would End RIM's Legal Battle; Even The Judge Agrees
In the latest chapter of the Research In Motion-NTP saga, U.S. District Judge James Spencer didn't issue an immediate injunction to shut down the BlackBerry service, as many have expected. He said he would make a final decision as soon as possible, although stating loud and clear that RIM had been found to violate NTP's patents. It looks like he's trying to buy more time and drive the two companies to settle outside of court.
Friday Is Judgment Day For RIM, But The Views Are Mixed About The Outcome
Research In Motion's patent battle with NTP is infamous for generating mixed views about the future of the BlackBerry service in the United States. While the majority of the analyst community believes that an injunction is unlikely, the legal community is almost convinced that the case will end with one.
New InformationWeek Tools For You To Play With
We've been making some changes to the InformationWeek.com Web site designed to make it more useful. This isn't a big remodel like we did two months ago, where we gutted the whole house and redid everything. This is more like new windows and doors, new coats of paint, and replacing the loose floorboards.
What's new? A mobile edition, search tools, RSS feed upgrades, and favicons. Our Digital Edition isn't completely new, but how about we take a minute to tell you about it anyway, as long as we h
Google Gets Brilliant
In keeping with its efforts to hire top scientists, Google today revealed that it has appointed Dr. Larry Brilliant to serve as executive director of Google.org, the company's philanthropic arm.
Now there's a name to live up to. I can only imagine the torment it earned him as a child.
When Tech Hurts
The ways in which technology has enhanced all of our lives are too numerous to count. But on Tuesday, I was struck by two stories that I interpret as signs that technology may be driving too deep and becoming too pervasive in our lives.
The Year Of The Web Browser
Although the so-called "Browser Wars" ended around 1998, 2006 is shaping up to be an intriguing sequel. To get fully up to speed on all the many browser comings and goings, check out my Targeting Technology podcast on the changing face of Web browsers, as well as our recent "browser wars" blockbuster review Microsoft IE7, F
Google: Love It, Fear It
I love Google. I've been critical of Google many times in this space, as have my colleagues, but you should know that I also love Google.
How much do I love it? Well, recently, I was taking a quiz on the Internet that asked me to name four sites I visit every day. And I couldn't come up with four. I could only come up with one: Google.
Even InformationWeek isn't a site I visit every day; every once in a while I like to indulge in a charming, old-fashioned custom called a "weekend," or
Truthiness Confuses U.S. Patent System
Go beyond the headlines, and listen to what the parties say in patent infringement cases, and you might come to this conclusion: there's a whole lot of truthiness being bandied about.
This Week's Spin On Google
It's been a fairly typical week in techdom, with much of the news focusing on Google, including several strategic initiatives that, if successful, will expand the footprint of the company's search technology. Of course, Google and several competitors came under Congressional fire for their responses to Internet censorship by the government in China.
Among this week's key developments:
Open Source Shakeup
I sat down with long-time Samba team member and noted open-source expert John Terpstra last Sunday at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLe 4x) in Los Angeles, and created a podcast from the interview.
Mind The (Internet) Gap
Looks like the digital divide is not only not going to get any smaller, it's likely to expand in scope.
Regardless of how it shakes it, I fear the latest great American Internet debate will result in a widening of the gap between the digital haves and have nots - those who can afford basic digital access and tools and tho
Carr: Is CIO Rocket Scientist Or Baggage Handler?
When author Nicholas Carr says open source will revolutionize IT software use, he doesn't mean it in the same sense that open-source advocates do. He's still standing by his thesis in Does IT Matter? And his answer to that question remains, no, not for strategic advantage.
Letter Writers On Unix: 'Wake Up, Guys!'
A lot of feedback flowed into InformationWeek after our Jan. 23 cover story, "What's Left Of Unix?" Most of the responses offered full bore support for Unix, as in, "Not meaning to be harsh, but man... wake up guys!!"
Target: Not Blind, Just Dumb
A blind UC Berkeley student is suing Target Corp. for civil rights violations: The retailer's Web site, according to the complaint, is almost completely inaccessible to sight-impaired users. From Wednesday's San Francisco Chronicle article:
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court, said the upscale discounter's on-line business, Tar
Oracle's 'All You Can Eat' Software
Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison used the Credit Suisse Global Software Conference to pick on the analyst community's "obsession" with licensing revenue as a measure of company health. "Everytime I read a quarterly report I [see] the all-important license revenue numbers as some sort of leading indicator," he said. "Oracle is a mature software company. The way to look at a mature company is different than an up-and-comer." What matters more is Oracle's subscription renewal business, he stre
Headsup: Speech Recognition Gets More Accurate
If you've been misunderstood by a voice response system, you know voice recognition is a work in progress. But at a recent "Speech Day" in New York, IBM showed how voice applications are improving.
Google Desktop: Friend Or Foe?
In the small workgroup I've been a part of the last couple years, I've become somewhat notorious for the chronic loss -- or inability to retain -- E-mail messages and documents. I can almost hear the frustration running through the minds of others as I request -- on an almost daily basis -- yet another resend of a doc or message.
WSJ On Google's Battle For The Dell Desktop
The Wall Street Journal has an intriguing article examining Google's negotiations to pay Dell to get space on Dell PC desktops, citing anonymous sources and noting that the negotiations could yet fall apart. (Here's the article, subscription required.)
Stellent Brings Blogs and Wikis Under Control
New templates and capabilities for managing blogs, wikis and RSS within
Stellent's Universal Content Management platform are designed to give
users the look, feel and ad hoc immediacy of these chic Web environments
while also ensuring content security, reusability and auditability.
Microsoft's Bad Day
You may recall that a couple of weeks ago, the Linux community had its patents in a wad after U.S. Patent Office examiners handed Microsoft the keys to FAT City -- literally. But the fun didn't last long: The same Rube Goldberg patent system that put Bill and Steve and the
Marketing In Death Online
A paid link resulting from a Google search ties roadside memorials for victims of traffic fatalilties to an ad marketing travel services.
IE 7 and Firefox: Who Wins Now?
I downloaded the Internet Explorer 7 public beta this week and installed it on a couple of my Windows XP machines. Here's the short review: IE7 is a superb piece of software. If Mozilla hadn't caught Microsoft sitting complacently on its corporate butt, Firefox would never have had a chance against this product.
Even so, Firefox still has one advantage, achieved with the help of its high profile and market momentum during the past 15 months, that will keep Internet Explorer stuck on the B-team
Condemning Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Is Cheap And Easy
Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have been acting like grownups recently in their decision to cooperate with the Chinese government in censoring Internet comment. You may not agree with their course of action -- you may even condemn what they're doing -- but you have to admit that they've taken responsibility for their actions and decisions, and not tried to claim that the whole thing is beyond their control.
I wish I could say the three companies' critics are also being grownups. It's easy to be
Firefox Browser Gets Upgrade
Mozilla Corp. released an upgrade to the Firefox browser. It's just a dot release--188.8.131.52 to be precise--but given Firefox 1.5's overall bugginess, this release is good news for Firefox fans.