Thursday, December 20, 2007

E.U. group says Google-DoubleClick deal will harm privacy

European consumer groups warned the European Commission Thursday that Google's plan to take over the online advertising company DoubleClick, currently under investigation, would erode consumers' privacy and would push up prices for online goods and services. ...continue reading 'E.U. group says Google-DoubleClick deal will harm privacy'

'Bricking' bug threatens most HP, Compaq laptops

The hacker who posted an exploit last week that threatened a large swath of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s laptop lineup followed up Wednesday with new attack code that can 'brick' nearly every HP laptop. ...continue reading ''Bricking' bug threatens most HP, Compaq laptops'

Air France launches in-flight cell phone trial

Air France launched a commercial trial of an onboard cell phone service that would allow users to send and receive short messages and e-mails, although initally travelers won't be able to make or receive voice calls. ...continue reading 'Air France launches in-flight cell phone trial'

IBM unveils 'smart' e-mail search engine

IBM has created a free semantic e-mail search engine aimed at users of the company's Lotus Notes software and Microsoft Outlook. ...continue reading 'IBM unveils 'smart' e-mail search engine'

New York nears decision on ODF vs OOXML

Officials in New York are nearing decision-making time about which XML-based office document format, ODF or OOXML, that state will use across the IT systems of its agencies as the debate over a universal file format continues. ...continue reading 'New York nears decision on ODF vs OOXML'

Oracle's earnings soar

Robust software sales pushed Oracle's second-quarter net income up 35 percent compared to the same period last year, to $1.3 billion, or $0.25 per share, the company said Wednesday. ...continue reading 'Oracle's earnings soar'

Microsoft, Google, Yahoo settle gambling charges

Microsoft, Google and Yahoo have agreed to pay a total of $31.5 million to resolve claims that they promoted illegal gambling, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday. ...continue reading 'Microsoft, Google, Yahoo settle gambling charges'

Wi-Fi mesh lights up Mecca for Hajj

The millions of pilgrims in Mecca this week for the Hajj, an annual gathering of Muslims, can stay connected thanks to a temporary Wi-Fi mesh network covering a large part of the city. ...continue reading 'Wi-Fi mesh lights up Mecca for Hajj'

Many small companies look to bid in 700MHz auction

The upcoming 700MHz spectrum auctions by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission have drawn bid applications from giant companies including Google and AT&T. But a number of small companies and individuals have submitted bid applications as well. ...continue reading 'Many small companies look to bid in 700MHz auction'

Microsoft to release IE 8 beta 1 in first half of 2008

Microsoft plans to release the first beta of the next version of Internet Explorer in the first half of 2008, and said Wednesday that IE 8 has passed a key Web standards test that ensures the browser won't 'break' the Web. ...continue reading 'Microsoft to release IE 8 beta 1 in first half of 2008'

Microsoft to release IE 8 beta 1 in first half of 2008

Microsoft plans to release the first beta of the next version of Internet Explorer in the first half of 2008, and said Wednesday that IE 8 has passed a key Web standards test that ensures the browser won't 'break' the Web. ...continue reading 'Microsoft to release IE 8 beta 1 in first half of 2008'

FTC approves Google/DoubleClick deal

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will not try to block Google's acquisition of online ad-serving vendor DoubleClick, the agency said Thursday. ...continue reading 'FTC approves Google/DoubleClick deal'

Software AG pays $26M for mainframe UI tools

Software AG has bought the application modernization activities of Jacada, adding to its portfolio of tools for prolonging the life of mainframe applications by giving them a Web interface. ...continue reading 'Software AG pays $26M for mainframe UI tools'

Trojan bumps Google ads from Web pages

A security company has identified a Trojan horse program that replaces Google text advertisements on Web pages with ads from another source, depriving Google of revenue and potentially causing problems for end users. ...continue reading 'Trojan bumps Google ads from Web pages'

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Microsoft offers work-around for IE security patch problems

Microsoft has offered a technical work-around for Internet Explorer users who have found their browsers crashing after installing a recent set of security patches. ...continue reading 'Microsoft offers work-around for IE security patch problems'

Apple update fixes freezing MacBooks

A software update addressing an issue that caused the keyboard to freeze is now available for Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro systems. ...continue reading 'Apple update fixes freezing MacBooks'

NetSuite raises estimated IPO price yet again

NetSuite on Wednesday boosted the estimated price range for its IPO (initial public offering) for the second time in just two days, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The range now stands at $19 to $22, after NetSuite raised it to $16 to $19 on Tuesday. ...continue reading 'NetSuite raises estimated IPO price yet again'

Cisco hires environmental guru for green efforts

Cisco has hired one of the founders of the 'Green Grid,' Paul Marcoux, to be its new environmental guru. ...continue reading 'Cisco hires environmental guru for green efforts'

Google Toolbar flaw opens door for phishers

Google is working to fix a bug in the Google Toolbar that could allow criminals to steal data or install malicious software on a system, a security researcher warned Tuesday. ...continue reading 'Google Toolbar flaw opens door for phishers'

MPAA wins copyright case against TorrentSpy

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has won a lawsuit against the operators of TorrentSpy.com, with the judge ruling in favor of the MPAA because the Web site operators tampered with evidence. ...continue reading 'MPAA wins copyright case against TorrentSpy'

700MHz auction draws Verizon, Chevron

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday released lists of accepted and incomplete applications for the auction of 700MHz wireless spectrum, in which it will sell licenses to frequencies that are set to be vacated by analog TV stations. It has accepted 96 applications and reported 170 as incomplete. The latter need to be completed by Jan. 4. ...continue reading '700MHz auction draws Verizon, Chevron'

SugarCRM offers biggest upgrade yet

SugarCRM has released the 5.0 version of its open-source customer relationship management software following a long period of development and testing. ...continue reading 'SugarCRM offers biggest upgrade yet'

IE, Gmail bugs allow hijacking of accounts on public PCs

Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer (IE) browser has an unpatched vulnerability that could let hackers hijack, then access, Google Inc. Gmail accounts, a California security company warned Monday. ...continue reading 'IE, Gmail bugs allow hijacking of accounts on public PCs'

Microsoft releases Dynamics CRM 4.0 to manufacturing

Targeted mainly at its VAR (Value Added Reseller) channel, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Version 4.0 was released to manufacturing this week. ...continue reading 'Microsoft releases Dynamics CRM 4.0 to manufacturing'

New Sprint chief Hesse faces a big inbox

New Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse has lots of choices as he takes over the ailing mobile carrier and looks for problems to start solving. ...continue reading 'New Sprint chief Hesse faces a big inbox'

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Privacy groups: FTC has obligation in Google deal

Two privacy groups are stepping up the pressure on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, saying the agency has an obligation to consider privacy concerns as it prepares to rule on the antitrust implications of Google's proposed acquisition of DoubleClick. ...continue reading 'Privacy groups: FTC has obligation in Google deal'

'Atlas' tools extend Lotus Connections

IBM on Tuesday released Atlas, a software toolset that provides advanced search and analysis functions for its enterprise social networking product, Lotus Connections. ...continue reading ''Atlas' tools extend Lotus Connections'

NetSuite raises IPO price range

NetSuite has raised the estimated price range for its IPO (initial public offering) to $16 to $19, from the original $13 to $16. ...continue reading 'NetSuite raises IPO price range'

Congress slow on tech issues in '07

Congress passed a handful of bills on many tech vendor and trade group wish lists, but in several cases, they represented partial victories. ...continue reading 'Congress slow on tech issues in '07'

Sprint Nextel names Dan Hesse CEO

U.S. mobile operator Sprint Nextel has appointed Dan Hesse as president and CEO. He replaces Gary Forsee, who resigned in October. ...continue reading 'Sprint Nextel names Dan Hesse CEO'

Facebook watchers offer advice against data leaks

A recent lawsuit filed against the operator of a Canadian porn site by social networking giant Facebook Inc. should serve as a security warning for both small and large enterprises, analysts said. ...continue reading 'Facebook watchers offer advice against data leaks'

Analyst: Apple TV leads pack in emergent industry

Apple's Apple TV leads the pack in terms of internet video delivery devices, though market growth has been stymied by lack of available content and the cost of entry, a report claims. ...continue reading 'Analyst: Apple TV leads pack in emergent industry'

Monday, December 17, 2007

IBM expects $1 billion in India revenue this year

IBM expects to make about $1 billion in revenue from India this year, as the company's hardware and services businesses in the local market soar. ...continue reading 'IBM expects $1 billion in India revenue this year'

New company encourages phone applications

A Mountain View, California, company is launching a platform designed to let developers create telephony applications they can embed in Web pages and existing Web-based services. ...continue reading 'New company encourages phone applications'

Software tracks messages sent to and from BlackBerrys

Gwava, the developer of security software, plans to introduce on Monday a new product that lets enterprises easily track and find text messages and phone calls that BlackBerry users send and receive. ...continue reading 'Software tracks messages sent to and from BlackBerrys'

IBM partners with ACI Worldwide on e-payment tools

IBM said Monday that it is partnering with ACI Worldwide, an electronic payment software vendor, to create a payments system based on service oriented architecture (SOA) principles. ...continue reading 'IBM partners with ACI Worldwide on e-payment tools'

Facebook sues Canadian porn company over hacking

Facebook is suing a Canadian Internet porn company and seventeen people for allegedly trying to mine its site for personal details. ...continue reading 'Facebook sues Canadian porn company over hacking'

Dell reinventing itself, but support issues linger

Dell's efforts to reinvent itself this year through a dramatic break from its direct-sales model, expanded services and new enterprise offerings have shown positive early results, but some users have lingering concerns about supply chain management and support -- long-time issues for the company. ...continue reading 'Dell reinventing itself, but support issues linger'

Toshiba shows first HD DVD-RW laptop

Toshiba will begin selling later this week the first laptop computer to feature a rewritable HD DVD optical disc drive, the company said on Monday. ...continue reading 'Toshiba shows first HD DVD-RW laptop'

Hack this school network, win a router

There's a wireless router gathering dust in Bob LaRocca's office. It's yours if you can hack into his network. ...continue reading 'Hack this school network, win a router'

Unix admin tried to axe power grid

A California man pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he shut down the data center responsible for managing the state's electrical supply. ...continue reading 'Unix admin tried to axe power grid'