Thursday, November 16, 2006

Skype launches first mobile service ... Sony seen losing big money on PS3 hardware

HIGHLIGHTS
News: Skype launches first mobile service
News: Sony seen losing big money on PS3 hardware
News: Qualcomm buys IT monitoring and management vendor
News: BenQ weighs on Infineon's earnings
Security Tip: When security through obscurity makes sense
Podcast: Today's IT news audio update
ITwhirled: The seven phases of owning an iPod


NEWS UPDATES

Skype launches first mobile service
Skype Ltd. launched its first mobile voice-over-IP service in collaboration with an operator, 3 Group, whose customers will soon be the first to use it.

Sony seen losing big money on PS3 hardware
Sony Corp. is taking a big loss on each PlayStation 3 console it sells but end users are benefitting from "supercomputing performance" at the price of a cheap PC, according to research company iSuppli Corp., which dismantled the console to analyze the parts inside.

Qualcomm buys IT monitoring and management vendor
Wireless technologies developer Qualcomm Inc. has acquired nPhase LLC, a provider of "machine-to-machine" technology that helps large businesses manage and monitor dispersed computing devices, Qualcomm announced Thursday.

BenQ weighs on Infineon's earnings
Additional charges related to the spin-off of its memory chip unit and bankruptcy of a large mobile phone customer have widened the fourth-quarter loss at German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG.

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft partner to help webmasters
Strange bedfellows Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. have partnered to simplify how webmasters and online publishers submit their sites' content for indexing in the companies' search engines.

Microsoft plans CardSpace plug-in for Firefox
Microsoft Corp. will write a software plug-in that allows the Firefox open-source Web browser to work with Microsoft's Cardspace identity management technology.

Apple iPhone rumors multiply
Rumors that Apple Computer Inc. plans to launch a mobile phone next year are gaining momentum, although the company's Taiwanese manufacturing partners are giving little away.


SECURITY TIP

When security through obscurity makes sense
By Brent Huston, MicroSolved, Inc.

For years you have been hearing how security through obscurity doesn't work. Pundits, auditors, security consultants and everyone else who has been through infosec 101 consistently hammer home the point that security through obscurity is a dangerous practice. But, with some of the recent things that have emerged, it just might be useful to your organization.


PODCAST

Daily IT News Audio Update
Google, Microsoft, Yahooo collaborate .... iPhone rumors multiply ... Sony's loss on PS3 is users' gain

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ITWHIRLED

The seven phases of owning an iPod
Everyone knows about the "OH MY GOD IT'S SO SMALL AND SHINY" phase. Apple doesn't want you to find out about the next six, where you end up eating cardboard to survive.

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