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Microsoft Kills Kin Phone
News  |  6/30/2010
Engineers working on the handset will transfer to the Windows Phone 7 development team.
Notify The Next Of Kin
Commentary  |  6/30/2010
There's a business strategy for new products that goes by the name of "fail fast, fail cheap". Perhaps that's the reason that Microsoft is pulling the plug on its Kin phones after just two months and one desperate price cut. But they didn't fail fast, and I doubt Kin's failure will be cheap.
MSpot Launches Music Streaming Service For Android
News  |  6/30/2010
User can store 2GB of music purchased from the service in the cloud for playback on Android phones.
PDF News: Acrobat Security Update, New Foxit Reader
Commentary  |  6/30/2010
Adobe has released "critical" updates for its Acrobat and Adobe Reader products, while Foxit has added new features in an upgrade to its own PDF Reader.
Google News Gets Personal
News  |  6/30/2010
A redesign of Google's news aggregation site emphasizes personalization, discovery, and sharing.
Keeping Up With Smartphone Data-Storage Security
Commentary  |  6/30/2010
The more powerful your smartphone gets, the more likely you are to use it to store important business data. And that means paying closer attention to a couple of important storage security concerns.
FCC Names New CTO
News  |  6/30/2010
Former division chief Douglas Sicker will lead the agency's technology efforts starting next month, replacing Jon Peha, who is leaving for OSTP.
YouTube Stumbles Into Flash Gaming
News  |  6/30/2010
Amid the flowering of Google's strategic relationship with Adobe, a Flash-based game has appeared and disappeared on YouTube.
Amazon Boosts Kindle Royalties
News  |  6/30/2010
Authors can almost double the amount they receive from sales of digital books priced 20% or more below the list price for the physical book version.
Summer Worker Security
Commentary  |  6/30/2010
Temporary and summer workers offer the chance to increase production -- and increase your security risks. But taking on summer help also offers the opportunity to review, refresh and enhance your security policies and practices.
China Search, E-Commerce Leaders In Dispute
News  |  6/30/2010
Baidu accused of unfair competition by reducing search results for Alibaba Group retail sites.
Foursquare Valued At $95 Million
News  |  6/30/2010
The location-based social media firm closed on an additional $20 million in venture funding Tuesday.
AT&T Attempts To Head Off Android Market Criticism
Commentary  |  6/30/2010
AT&T has been bashed for banning its Android phones from installing non-Android Market apps. In an attempt at some damage control, AT&T tries to explain why.
China's Alibaba Wants Yahoo Stake Back
News  |  6/30/2010
The e-commerce leader is seeking to repurchase Yahoo's 40% ownership in the company and list it on China's stock exchange.
Apple iPhone 4 Supply Issues Could Hurt Sales
News  |  6/30/2010
Supply chain management issues that delayed pre-order shipments dates combined with the new smartphone's technical glitches, could spell opportunity for competitors according to iSuppli.
Cisco, Avaya Battle For Enterprise Voice Market
News  |  6/29/2010
PBX equipment sales during the first quarter of 2010 surged for both providers, but neither took a decisive lead according to a Infonetics report.
DoD Updates Open Government Plan
News  |  6/29/2010
Responding to feedback that previous versions lacked detail, the agency made some info about its transparency plan more accessible.
Cisco Crafts Android-Based Enterprise Tablet
News  |  6/29/2010
The mobile collaboration tool is targeted at businesses, so it's not seen as a direct competitor to Apple's iPad.
Small Business Employment Growing, Outpacing Overall Employment
Commentary  |  6/29/2010
The latest figures from Intuit's Small Business Employment Index show small businesses added roughly 18,000 new jobs in June. Hours worked and compensation likewise increased.
3TB Hard Drives (Sort Of) Hit The Street
Commentary  |  6/29/2010
The biggest hard disk on the market just got a lot bigger.
HTML5 Isn't Ready For Primetime, YouTube Says
News  |  6/29/2010
Flash offers video streaming capabilities that HTML5 just can't match yet.
Seagate Launches 3TB External Hard Drive
News  |  6/29/2010
Positioned to meet a projected nine-fold increase in consumer household digital media storage by 2014, the drive can store up to 120 HD movies, 1,500 video games and more for approximately 8 cents per gigabyte.
Cisco, MobileAccess Boost Indoor Cell Phone Reception
News  |  6/29/2010
The solution enables sending RF signals over Ethernet LANs to improve cellular coverage without affecting LAN traffic.
Smartphone Apps Rated By Consumer Reports
News  |  6/29/2010
The consumer publication listed its favorite mobile apps for car and truck drivers.
HP, Avaya Partner On Unified Communications
News  |  6/29/2010
Avaya UC products will be sold and delivered by HP, bolstering the latter's growing enterprise communications portfolio.
Verizon Cuts Microsoft Kin Price
News  |  6/29/2010
The social networking-oriented phones were released a month ago to lukewarm reception.
Health Insurer Launches Live Chat
News  |  6/29/2010
UPMC Health Plan allows members to use Internet technology to get answers about claims, billing, benefits, and other insurance information.
Baidu Challenged For China Search Dominance
News  |  6/29/2010
Google's retreat has given new offerings like Goso and Soso the opportunity to build search engine market share in China.
Amazon Release Kindle App For Android
News  |  6/28/2010
The app doesn't allow text search or e-book purchases from within the app, but Amazon says it will add those features in the near future.
Apple iPhone 4 Teardown Reveals $188 In Materials
News  |  6/28/2010
The 3.5-inch LCD Retina display screen is the most expensive component at $28.50.
Amazon Releases Kindle App For Apple iOS
News  |  6/28/2010
The e-book application can play audio and video on Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and enables publishers to add instruction videos to how-to books, readings from authors and other add-ons.
Connecticut Launches Emergency Alert System
News  |  6/28/2010
The first statewide comprehensive system of its kind in the U.S. allows residents to with emergency officials via a variety of electronic devices.
The Planet Opts for Dell R710 Servers
Commentary  |  6/28/2010
Houston-based hosting firm The Planet has announced a new service called the Server Cloud, which depends on standard Dell servers for fast provisioning.
Small-Biz Confidence Steadies, Entrepreneurship Thrives
Commentary  |  6/28/2010
The Discover Small Business Watch for June revealed that small-business owners' economic confidence leveled off this month after a two-month climb.
Former Qwest CEO Nacchio's Prison Sentence Reduced
News  |  6/28/2010
With estimates of defense costs topping $70 million, Nacchio's attorneys indicated appeals will continue despite a reduction in fines and prison time.
OMB Ends Cookie Ban
News  |  6/28/2010
An updated privacy policy for federal websites allows limited use of cookies, but limits tracking on non-government sites.
Google Chrome Tops Safari In U.S. Browser Share
News  |  6/28/2010
Microsoft Internet Explorer continues to dominate with more than half the U.S. browser market, but Chrome has moved past Apple Safari into third place behind Mozilla Firefox.
White House Pauses $3 Billion In IT Spending
News  |  6/28/2010
The Office of Management and Budget is conducting a detailed review of high-risk IT projects and placing a temporary pause on billions allocated annually to financial systems.
FavRav Lets SMBs Leverage Facebook For Referrals
Commentary  |  6/28/2010
I almost lost the farm this weekend - at Facebook's Farmville, that is.
Clearwire Expands 4G Wireless Service
News  |  6/28/2010
Richmond, Va., Salt Lake City, and St. Louis join the growing list to receive WiMax Internet coverage from Sprint/Clearwire.
Customer Service Nightmare Bodes Ill for SMBs
Commentary  |  6/28/2010
Phone support proves to be of negative value, paralyzing my work for an afternoon after rashly switching carriers.
AT&T Upgrades NYC Mobile Network
News  |  6/28/2010
Increases in its 3G network wireless capacity should bring improved service, fewer dropped calls to New York iPhone and other smartphone users, said the telecom.
IT Unprepared For Flood Of Consumer Devices, Apps
News  |  6/28/2010
Study finds enterprises are under increasing pressure to manage and support iWorkers' devices and applications.
China Promotes WLAN As 3G Complement
News  |  6/28/2010
Demand for mobile Internet is growing faster than industry can build 3G networks.
Social Media Up 230% Since 2007
News  |  6/28/2010
Two-thirds of Americans now use Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and other social media sites; 43% visit multiple times per day.
Microsoft's Slow Path To IE 9
Commentary  |  6/28/2010
The current round of the browser wars has been marked by near constant upgrades and innovations (typified by Google's five updates of Chrome in less than two years). All of which makes Microsoft's slow progress to IE 9 somewhat surprising.
China Electric Company Enters Triple Play Fray
News  |  6/28/2010
State Grid will launch fiber to the home trials of converged phone, TV, and Internet services.
Windows Phone 7 Missing A Number Of Features
Commentary  |  6/28/2010
Windows Phone 7 is nearing "gold" status so they can release it to the carriers and manufacturers for final testing and device production. There are a number of features that simply won't be in the initial release. Will it matter or is the target market for the device less discerning than the smartphone enthusiast?
Is Silverlight A Dead End?
Commentary  |  6/27/2010
When Microsoft released Silverlight in 2007, it was widely seen as an attack on Adobe's Flash player. Silverlight has come a long way since then, adding lots of features in version 4.0 that was just released in April. One thing that it hasn't done, though, is kill Flash. If anything, the predator is now suffering from friendly fire at the hands of its own company.
Microsoft's Ad-Serving Machine
Commentary  |  6/25/2010
Let's face it, Microsoft has an uphill battle in jump-starting their morbid mobile strategy. The early peeks at Windows Phone 7 show that it may be able to compete as a mobile platform. Assuming, of course, that Microsoft doesn't screw up some other aspect.
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