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Articles by J. Nicholas Hoover
posted in March 2006
Alcatel-Lucent is only the latest to raise their ire. And the worries go beyond acquisitions
The car's left the driveway on the globalization of IT, but the United States apparently still thinks it has the keys. International deals of all sizes have been coming under increasing scrutiny over supposed security questions, and the atmosphere doesn't seem to be getting better anytime soon. Well, at least until after November.
The suit claims that peer-to-peer client maker Kazaa, also founded by Skype founders, violated StreamCast's exclusive rights to the technology behind Kazaa by selling it to a shell company.
A simpler services organization and superfast routers are part of CEO Mike Zafirovski's plan to leave Nortel's troubles behind.
The Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography includes credit card companies, banks, and Internet companies that will work with law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
To fight smut peddlers, a coalition of law enforcement agencies, financial services companies, and child protection groups has launched a campaign to stem the flow of cash to the criminals behind the problem.
Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers has joined the carrier echo on network neutrality. Blocking and impairing is bad, freedom to manage crowded networks and create quality-of-service agreements with content providers is good (and different from the first). Don't legislate against hypotheticals.
The proposed acquisition of BellSouth by AT&T raises questions about customer service, billing, and the pace of innovation.
This week's cover story on CA portrays the company formerly known as Computer Associates as a work in progress, transitioning from brute force to a kinder, more innovative machine. Yet it also shows customer opinion often lags behind major shifts in the way vendors do business.
Business concerns about the AT&T-Bell South deal include disruption and changes to systems like billing. But it could help businesses by accelerating trends like convergence of fixed and wireless calling.
The Session Initiation Protocol delegates how VoIP phones establish contact and use call waiting, among other things. It also could take sales away from Cisco by allowing customers to mix and match VoIP products--believed by some to be the real reason Cisco for years only dabbled in the standard.
With so much speculation about Microsoft's mysterious Origami Project possibly being an iPod killer (unlike this origami project), I'd be remiss if I didn't point readers to this hilarious video where someone took the time to answer the question I pose in the