Thursday, March 20, 2008

Even Apple will be hated one day

Don Reisinger,

Apple and Google zealots may not like to hear that their beloved will be hated one day like Microsoft, but it's true. In an industry where users are fickle and power translates to evilness, no one is safe from the wrath of anonymous haters that dislike anything that looks like an empire. ...continue reading 'Even Apple will be hated one day'

Verizon Wireless wins huge block of 700MHz spectrum

Verizon Wireless was one of the big winners in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's 700MHz spectrum auction, with the carrier winning a large chunk of nationwide spectrum. ...continue reading 'Verizon Wireless wins huge block of 700MHz spectrum'

Microsoft acquires security company Komoku

Microsoft hopes to beef up its security capabilities with the acquisition of Komoku, a developer of rootkit detection products, announced on Thursday. ...continue reading 'Microsoft acquires security company Komoku'

E-voting vendor's Web site hacked

The Web site for a company whose e-voting machines have come under fire from election officials in New Jersey was hacked Thursday morning, according to an computer scientist who was asked to investigate voting-machine discrepancies in the state's primary election. ...continue reading 'E-voting vendor's Web site hacked'

Deal to buy 3Com falls apart

Bain Capital Partners and China's Huawei Technologies have abandoned their bid to buy U.S. networking firm 3Com because of security concerns by the U.S. government, Bain said. ...continue reading 'Deal to buy 3Com falls apart'

Qualcomm can't hold off injunction in Broadcom suit

In the latest of many legal setbacks for Qualcomm, a federal court has turned down the company's request to postpone an injunction against sales of some of its mobile-phone chips. ...continue reading 'Qualcomm can't hold off injunction in Broadcom suit'

Reports: US to name head of new cybersecurity center

Tech entrepreneur and author Rod Beckstrom will be named to run a new National Cyber Security Center at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to news reports. ...continue reading 'Reports: US to name head of new cybersecurity center'

Bugs found in Kerberos

The MIT developers of the Kerberos authentication system have released patches for several serious security holes, which could allow remote attackers to obtain sensitive information, shut down a system or execute malicious code. ...continue reading 'Bugs found in Kerberos'

Adobe backtracks on Flash for iPhone

Adobe has poured cold water on its previous claims it will bring Flash support to the iPhone. ...continue reading 'Adobe backtracks on Flash for iPhone'

Software group files lawsuits against eight eBay sellers

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has filed eight new lawsuits against eBay-based software sellers, alleging that they are selling counterfeit products. ...continue reading 'Software group files lawsuits against eight eBay sellers'

HTC names Google phone, 'Dream'

The mobile phone High Tech Computer (HTC) has been developing to run on the Android software from Google will be called 'Dream,' have a large touchscreen and full QWERTY keypad, a person close to the situation said Thursday. ...continue reading 'HTC names Google phone, 'Dream''

Intel offers Classmate PC to vendors in developed countries

Intel's Classmate PC isn't just for students in emerging markets anymore. The low-cost laptop will be made available to companies that want to sell it to consumers in developed countries, an Intel executive said Wednesday. ...continue reading 'Intel offers Classmate PC to vendors in developed countries'

Sources: AOL close to India call center sale

AOL is close to selling its call center in India to Aegis, a BPO company of India's Essar Group, according to informed sources. ...continue reading 'Sources: AOL close to India call center sale'

Foundry chip makers face more cutbacks

Flash memory giant Spansion on Wednesday announced it will reduce orders to contract chip makers by $50 million per quarter in the first half of 2008 due to new production technology at its own factories. But the order changes couldn't come at a worse time for manufacturers because other companies are cutting back as well. ...continue reading 'Foundry chip makers face more cutbacks'

Best Buy offers gift cards to HD DVD buyers

Best Buy said Wednesday it will offer US$50 gift cards to U.S. consumers who bought HD DVD players and accessories, a month after the retailer abandoned HD DVD to push the rival format, Blu-ray Disc. ...continue reading 'Best Buy offers gift cards to HD DVD buyers'

Google's U.S. search share up, Yahoo and Microsoft down

Google continued to increase its share of the U.S. search market in February, widening the gap that Microsoft hopes to fill by buying Yahoo. ...continue reading 'Google's U.S. search share up, Yahoo and Microsoft down'

Red Hat open-sources security framework

Red Hat has open-sourced its identity-management and security system to promote its assertion that open-source software provides the most secure infrastructure. ...continue reading 'Red Hat open-sources security framework'

Hacker pleads guilty to computer fraud for adware

A 21-year-old could face up to 10 years in prison in the U.S. after pleading guilty to installing advertising software on PCs located around Europe without permission. ...continue reading 'Hacker pleads guilty to computer fraud for adware'

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Career networking in Second Life

By Peter Suciu,

For many IT professionals Second Life offers unique opportunities for networking, job searches and even interviews. Just don't expect it to be easy or obvious. Here are some tips for getting started. ...continue reading 'Career networking in Second Life'

Facebook beefs up privacy options, readies online chat

Facebook plans to roll out new privacy features on Wednesday that will give users more control over who sees the data stored on their profile pages. ...continue reading 'Facebook beefs up privacy options, readies online chat'

VON: WiMax will take flight with Intel's new mobile platform

More than one-third of the ultramobile PCs coming later this year on Intel's Atom Centrino platform will offer a combination of WiMax and Wi-Fi, the head of the company's Ultra Mobility Group said Tuesday. ...continue reading 'VON: WiMax will take flight with Intel's new mobile platform'

Microsoft, Intel give $20M for multi-core research

Imagine a man you know but whose name you can't remember approaches you, and your mobile phone uses face-recognition capability to give you his name and information about him before he says hello. This is the kind of application that researchers hope will be developed from $20 million Microsoft and Intel are giving two U.S. universities for research on parallel computing. ...continue reading 'Microsoft, Intel give $20M for multi-core research'

Dell launches new servers for SMBs

Dell on Monday launched new single-socket servers for small and medium-size businesses, replenishing its overhauled PowerEdge line of servers. ...continue reading 'Dell launches new servers for SMBs'

FCC closes 700MHz spectrum auction

The controversial 700MHz spectrum auction has closed, raising $19.59 billion, a record for a spectrum auction in the U.S., the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday. ...continue reading 'FCC closes 700MHz spectrum auction'

Windows Tip: Sizing your event logs

By Mitch Tulloch, MVP

The Windows Event Logs are a good thing -- they're a primary source you can mine when troubleshooting server problems or monitoring server security. Because of this, it's a good idea to collect as much information as possible in these logs in order to provide you with a historical baseline of your server's operations to help you troubleshoot difficult issues, and also to create an audit trail for security purposes. But can you have too much of a good thing? ...continue reading 'Windows Tip: Sizing your event logs'

Vista SP1 officially available

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is available starting Tuesday, a day after let slip that it would become available this week. ...continue reading 'Vista SP1 officially available'

Yahoo to Microsoft: Cheapskate

Yahoo has dusted off a three-month old financial plan to reinforce its contention that the company is worth much more than Microsoft has offered to pay for it. ...continue reading 'Yahoo to Microsoft: Cheapskate'

Toshiba, Samsung top latest Greenpeace electronics ranking

Toshiba and Samsung top the latest Greenpeace environmental ranking of consumer electronics companies. ...continue reading 'Toshiba, Samsung top latest Greenpeace electronics ranking'

JasperSoft claims to be most widely deployed BI tool

JasperSoft, the open-source business intelligence vendor, is claiming that it is now the world's most widely deployed BI product. ...continue reading 'JasperSoft claims to be most widely deployed BI tool'

Notes comes to the iPhone, via iAnywhere

IPhone customers who use Lotus Notes at work won't be left out anymore with a new offering from Sybase iAnywhere. ...continue reading 'Notes comes to the iPhone, via iAnywhere'

Malicious subtitle file could trip up VLC media player

A flaw in the widely-used open-source VLC media player could allow an attacker to execute harmful code on a PC. ...continue reading 'Malicious subtitle file could trip up VLC media player'

Monday, March 17, 2008

BMC to buy BladeLogic for $800 million

BMC Software said Monday that it intends to purchase BladeLogic, a maker of data center automation software, for $28 per share in cash, or about $800 million. ...continue reading 'BMC to buy BladeLogic for $800 million'

Windows Mobile to get Flash, PDF support

In addition to its own Silverlight multimedia technology, Microsoft will support Adobe's competing Flash technology on Windows Mobile phones, the companies planned to announce on Monday. ...continue reading 'Windows Mobile to get Flash, PDF support'

EBay to take over affiliate program's management

EBay will soon take over management of the affiliate programs for its core marketplace and for its site from ValueClick in the hopes that it can operate them more efficiently. ...continue reading 'EBay to take over affiliate program's management'

Google News, YouTube blocked in China amid Tibet riots

Beijing appears to have taken a page out of Myanmar's playbook by blocking some Internet access amid rioting in Tibet that has already seen as many as 80 people killed, according to the Tibetan government in exile. ...continue reading 'Google News, YouTube blocked in China amid Tibet riots'

IT News Podcast for 3/17/08

BMC buys BladeLogic ... YouTube blocked in China ... Spam King pleads guilty

King of Spam pleads guilty; faces 26 years in prison

The notorious spammer authorities dubbed 'the King of Spam' is facing a possible 26-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in Seattle on Friday to charges of fraud and tax evasion. ...continue reading 'King of Spam pleads guilty; faces 26 years in prison'

Bill would double cap on H-1B visas

A bill introduced in the U.S. Congress would double the number of immigrant worker visas available each year under the H-1B program, earning the legislation praise from Microsoft. ...continue reading 'Bill would double cap on H-1B visas'

Intel to deliver quad-core chips for notebooks

Intel on Friday confirmed it will ship quad-core chips designed specifically for notebooks, most likely for desktop replacement laptops, later this year. ...continue reading 'Intel to deliver quad-core chips for notebooks'

Study: Enterprises warm up to SAAS, but concerns remain

Adoption of hosted applications among large companies jumped last year, but many CIOs and IT managers will not consider these software-as-a-service (SAAS) products due to concerns about security, cost and integration, according to a Forrester Research study. ...continue reading 'Study: Enterprises warm up to SAAS, but concerns remain'