Profile of Elena MalykhinaTechnology Journalist
Member Since: 12/17/2013
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Elena Malykhina began her career at The Wall Street Journal, and her writing has appeared in various news media outlets, including Scientific American, Newsday, and the Associated Press. For several years, she was the online editor at Brandweek and later Adweek, where she followed the world of advertising. Having earned the nickname of "gadget girl," she is excited to be writing about technology again for InformationWeek, where she worked in the past as an associate editor covering the mobile and wireless space. She now writes about the federal government and NASA’s space missions on occasion.
Articles by Elena Malykhina
posted in February 2006
The proof-of-concept Crossover virus is named for its ability to cross-infect a Windows Mobile Pocket PC from a desktop computer, then delete files on the mobile device.
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.
Companies that rely on the devices are deploying alternatives and preparing to roll out software patches from vendor Research In Motion. But the change will be expensive for many. RIM, meanwhile, is scrambling to avert a shutdown.
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.
Consumers can already pay for merchandise using their cell phones in South Korea and Japan, and they'll be able to do it in the U.S. in 18 months. But will Americans be willing?
Threats will grow as devices proliferate, wireless data networks become faster, and hackers become more experienced.
While applauding efforts to avoid a service shut down, IT managers say they want to test Research In Motion's workaround software for corporate BlackBerry users before they implement it.
Fon, of Spain, got $21.7 million in investor funding from Google, Skype, and other investors. Fon plans to create a global network of a million shared Wi-Fi hot-spots by 2010, using the same download, install, and share model that created the Skype network.
Meanwhile, legal maneuvering in RIM-NTP patent case goes on, with final legal briefs due today.