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Alliance Formed To Promote Macs On Corporate Networks
News  |  6/30/2008
Parallels and others will publish best practices for OS X and Windows interoperability, addressing issues such as integrating Macs with Microsoft's Active Directory.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.4 Bolsters Performance, Security
News  |  6/30/2008
Nine of the 25 vulnerabilities addressed affect the Tomcat 4.1.36, which comes bundled with Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems.
Quashing Viral Video, Penney Undresses Ad Firm
News  |  6/30/2008
Retailer J.C. Penney has forced the withdrawal of the so-called "Speed Dressing" ad that won a prestigious advertising award at Cannes, France, earlier this month.
Microsoft Needs To Want Change--It's Not There Yet
Commentary  |  6/30/2008
In October 2005, Ray Ozzie told Microsoft executives what needed to happen to make Microsoft a leader in Internet services. Ozzie had been at the company for about six months at the time. Now it's more than three years since Ozzie joined Microsoft. Is he making progress on this goal?
Diablo III Formally Announced By Blizzard, Mac And PC Versions Planned
News  |  6/30/2008
The follow-up to 2001's Diablo II features a 3-D graphics engine that renders environments that are interactive and destructible, allowing players to create traps and obstacles.
Gates On Windows: 'What A Mess'
Commentary  |  6/30/2008
In a now semi-famous e-mail rant in 2003, outgoing Microsoft chairman Bill Gates lamented the colossal user-unfriendliness of his company's primary product, Windows. Now that message has been given voice by a Seattle radio host.
Google Inks Distribution Deal With 'Family Guy' Creator
News  |  6/30/2008
Google has struck a deal to help finance and distribute on the Internet an animated series from Seth MacFarlane, creator of "The Family Guy" television series.
Ride the Next Wave of Flexible 'BI Workspaces'
News  |  6/30/2008
Forrester Research says SaaS and in-memory options will let power users and analysts gain insight without IT bottlenecks. Embrace the trend, but beware the costs and risks.
Jackson Hole Gets WiMax Network
News  |  6/30/2008
The Wyoming resort community's network is based on the WiMax Forum-approved Alvarion base station.
Federal Criminal Conviction Given To P2P Network Operator
News  |  6/30/2008
The Department of Justice said this is the first time a federal jury has handed down a criminal conviction for P2P copyright infringement.
Rhapsody Challenges iTunes With DRM-Free Initiative
News  |  6/30/2008
RealNetworks' Music Without Limits initiative allows potential buyers to listen to complete songs for free, buy DRM-free music, and more.
Microsoft Lays Out Protocol Patent Licensing Terms
News  |  6/30/2008
Protocols for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 are out, but it's too early to tell what impact those releases will have on the company or its partners and competitors.
The Importance Of Real-Time Data In Mobile Maps
Commentary  |  6/30/2008
Today Google announced that it will license Tele Atlas' mapping data for another five years. An important part of the deal will allow Tele Atlas to gather info from Google Maps users about maps that are incorrect. This brings me to a bad mobile mapping incident I faced over the weekend ...
Cast Iron Offers Integration Appliance For NetSuite
News  |  6/30/2008
NetSuite is the latest software-as-a-service vendor supported by Cast Iron integration appliances, which are billed as supporting application integration through configuration rather than coding.
OMeta# a .NET meta language
Commentary  |  6/30/2008
Ballmer's Right About Privacy, Wrong About Toolbars
Commentary  |  6/27/2008
It's pretty hard to move around the Internet today without leaving behind a trail of information. Any time that information can make someone money, you can bet that they will figure out a way to collect it. Although privacy is always a concern, users often don't realize the value of the information they're giving out for free, even when it's anonymous.
VMware To Microsoft: 'Not That Much Has Changed'
News  |  6/27/2008
Despite the hoopla about Microsoft's upcoming release, executive John Gilmartin says Hyper-V is six to seven years behind VMware's technology curve.
Google Tests Social-Networking Features On iGoogle Homepage
News  |  6/27/2008
Google is adding the ability for subscribers to chat with friends without having to download any extra software.
Google's Latest App Connects PCs To TVs
News  |  6/27/2008
Devices that could communicate with the Google software include the video-game consoles PlayStation and Xbox 360 as well as HP's high-definition TVs.
Judge Says Battle Over Founding Of Facebook Is Over
News  |  6/27/2008
The terms of the settlement, which involved an award of cash and Facebook stock, was ordered sealed by the judge.
Bill Gates' Legacy For IT
Commentary  |  6/27/2008
When Bill Gates steps out of his office today for the last time as a full time Microsoft employee, he'll leave behind a company in flux, but one that's been central to much of the business technology revolution in the last 30 years.
Bill Gates And Windows XP: Good Night And Good Luck
Commentary  |  6/27/2008
Microsoft will mark the end of an era this weekend as Bill Gates and Windows XP -- two icons of the company at its zenith -- head for the sunset. Can Redmond survive this transitional moment, or will June 30 be the day Microsoft died?
Google Retools BlackBerry Browser Support
Commentary  |  6/27/2008
Starting today in the U.S., users of BlackBerry smartphones should begin noticing a number of improvements to their Google search results. Google has tailored its software to better accommodate the BlackBerry Web browser.
Google Hears Your Complaints, Revamps Mobile Services Web Site
Commentary  |  6/27/2008
Setting up services for your mobile phone often requires you to perform some configurations via the Web. This is true for a number of Google services, and apparently people didn't think it was easy enough. Google listened to all the feedback and launched a new mobile site today to help make it easier to set your phone up with Google services.
Talend Unveils Open Source Data Profiler
News  |  6/27/2008
Open Profiler helps IT teams assess data to identify potential problems before beginning projects such as data integration or application development.
Sun Bundles MySQL Database, GlassFish App Server
News  |  6/26/2008
By charging only $65,000 per year, Sun hopes to challenge traditional commercial software providers that charge large license fees and maintenance costs.
Embotics Boosts Virtual Tool, V-Commander Management Capabilities
News  |  6/26/2008
Version 2.0 enhances current VMware virtualization software and will add support for managing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environments by the end of the year.
Hyper-V Released. Much Rejoicing.
Commentary  |  6/26/2008
More than 1 million eval instances have hopefully worked out the kinks. Oh, and MS has been running a chunk of its main portal on VMs since early June. Did you notice?
MySpace Publishes APIs For Linking To Third-Party Sites
News  |  6/26/2008
Similar initiatives by rival Facebook and other social networks are expected over time to build huge networks in which to offer services to a far larger pool of people.
Cloud9 Analytics Brings Forecasting to Salesforce.com Users
News  |  6/26/2008
Data warehouse in the cloud gains forecasting app, Excel-based visual report builder.
Mobile Linux Groups Join Forces To Advance OS
News  |  6/26/2008
In the face of increasing competition from Nokia and Google, mobile Linux group LiPS has merged with the LiMo Foundation.
YouTube's Dominance Of Web Video Grows
News  |  6/26/2008
YouTube accounted for more than 75% of U.S. traffic to video sites, an increase of 26% from a year ago, said Hitwise.
Yahoo Announces Major Reorganization, Leadership Changes
News  |  6/26/2008
The move is Yahoo's latest attempt over the last 18 months to make changes to shore up its resources.
Yahoo Says Google Deal Doesn't Rule Out Microsoft Sale
News  |  6/26/2008
Emphasizing that the agreement does not rule out a Microsoft takeover will likely add to speculation that talks between the two companies are quietly ongoing.
U.S. House Pushes For National E-Health Records
News  |  6/26/2008
The bill, called the "PRO(TECH)T Act," would increase privacy protections and set national standards to exchange health information nationally.
Government Search Engine Expands With Vivisimo
News  |  6/26/2008
USASearch.gov bolsters its search affiliate program to enhance news, images, frequently asked questions, maps, and weather forecasts, as well as government contact information.
Mobile Linux Organizations Merge In Effort To Survive
Commentary  |  6/26/2008
This week's announcement from Nokia and Symbian appears to have had an immediate effect on the mobile Linux community. Today, the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum announced that it will join forces with the LiMo Foundation and create one entity pushing for a standard mobile Linux platform. In the face of the forthcoming open source Symbian platform and Google's Android platform, mobile Lin
Google Picks Bell Canada Exec To Be CFO
News  |  6/26/2008
Patrick Pichette was most recently president of operations at Bell Canada. He will report to Eric Schmidt, chairman and chief executive of Google.
Google Hit With $1 Billion Lawsuit Over Trade Secrets
News  |  6/26/2008
Tech startup LimitNone says Google stole software for migrating data from Microsoft Outlook to Google's Web-based e-mail service.
Oracle's New Plan to Save You Money
Commentary  |  6/26/2008
Remember the classic slogans from Orwell's 1984: "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." Perhaps we should now add, "Higher prices mean lower cost of ownership." I'm reading a well-known software company's quarterly report wherein the following rather noble-sounding statements are made...
Moving To The Cloud, Businesses Encounter Turbulence
News  |  6/25/2008
A "thought shift" is required before big business will shift core business databases to the cloud, said a Google software engineer.
Why Bill Gates Left Microsoft
Commentary  |  6/25/2008
Under the leadership of Bill Gates, Microsoft accomplished a lot. Now he's retiring from the company to dedicate more time to his charitable foundation. Yet I wonder why he's decided that now is the time to move on. I think the answer can be found in a 2003 rant by Bill about his problems in using the Microsoft Web site, Windows Update, and Windows in general.
Fujitsu's Interstage Update is Fit for SaaS
Commentary  |  6/25/2008
Fujitsu is releasing version 10 of its Interstage BPM, and I had a chance for an in-depth demo a few weeks ago in advance of the recent announcement. ...Most exciting, I think, is full support for multi-tenanting to allow for shared services and SaaS. Key new features in Studio V10 include...
Google, Microsoft Back Online Health Records Privacy Framework
News  |  6/25/2008
The Markle Foundation rolled out a set of best practices backed by medical professionals, health insurers, consumer groups, healthcare providers, employer coalitions, and tech companies.
Progress Software To Buy Iona Technologies
News  |  6/25/2008
Iona will become a wholly owned subsidiary, making it likely that its Artix Web integration and Fuse SOA product lines will continue.
Amazon.com Acquires Fabric.com
News  |  6/25/2008
The move is expected to expand Amazon's offerings in the growing craft and hobby segment.
Hospital Implements High-Tech Emergency Response System
News  |  6/25/2008
Location-based mapping system helps public safety officials, hospitals, and emergency responders more quickly and efficiently get aid to people in trouble.
Bill Gates Revealed: A Few Things You Didn't Know
Commentary  |  6/25/2008
I've had occasion to chat with Bill Gates a number of times over the years, and there's often a point when something unexpected happens. He's been brutally honest, occasionally evasive, and surreptitiously a nice guy. As Gates gets ready to ride off into the software sunset, here are a few anecdotes that stand out.
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