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Content posted in January 2006
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Google: Hotter Than You Think
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
It's always fascinating to watch companies going through the process of becoming behemoths, a path that is usually accompanied by a transition from openness ("Here's our new initiative--will you be writing about that?") to a far more secretive outlook ("Sorry,...
CAS at a Crossroads
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
CAS is at a turning point: Will software take the day?
Google's Sales Up 93% In 2005
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Search engine specialist Google Inc. reported revenues of $1.919 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, an increase of 86 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2004 and an
Achieving Instant Performance Improvements By Upgrading Storage
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
SATA-II and RAID drives add capacity and performance. We show you how to install them. (Courtesy: Small Business Pipeline)
Report: VoIP Business To Top $3 Billion By 2010
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
The business VoIP market will hit $3.3 billion in service revenue by 2010, according to a Yankee Group report that was released Tuesday.
AT&T: "Free Ride" For Google And Others Is Over
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
AT&T's CEO Ed Whitacre is once again crowing about his company's plans to extort money from Google and other Web sites who want to be able to reach AT&T customers. "The content providers should be paying for the use of...
Fujitsu Posts Profit On Strong Consumer Sales
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Most of the company's lines posted stronger sales, but sales of servers declined over the prior quarter last year.
IM Insecure
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
Instant messaging is great stuff. I don't think anyone is going to argue against that. However it does come at a cost. Security, as it relates to IM, stinks. Public networks can be uncontrolled, unregulated hostile grounds of exploits and...
Philadelphia, EarthLink Agree On Citywide Wi-Fi
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
EarthLink will build and maintain the network, but the city's Wireless Philadelphia unit will have some say in its operation.
Nokia To Reorganize, Job Cuts Likely
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Finland-based communications company Nokia said it would slash 90 positions from its Enterprise Solutions Business Group and possibly as many as 200 in its Networks business group.
Watch Out For The Worm
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
A vicious worm - the My Wife/Kama Sutra/Blackworm - is getting set to rear its ugly head this Friday the 3rd when it will arrive on unprotected PCs and destroy Microsoft Office files. Though experts have been sounding alarms for a couple of weeks about the malware which infects PCs once unsuspecting users open an email attachment and Microsoft issued a
The Need To Freeze Out The Bad Guys
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
Security visionary Eugene Kaspersky sees Internet crime as tomorrow???s biggest threat. (Courtesy: Security Pipeline)
Sun Aims To Simplify Solaris Deployment For SMBs
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
New tools are designed to help with Solaris setup and management as Sun seeks to expand into the SMB market.
IBM Targets SMBs With i5 Servers, Software
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
IBM adds faster processors and an enhanced integrated operating system to make the System i5 product line more appealing to small and mid-sized businesses.
Audit Chides Department Of Homeland Security's WAN
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
The Department of Homeland Security's wide area network risks service disruptions and losing data because of a high volume of security problems, according to a recent audit.
Out of the Frying Pan...
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
StorageTek exec leaves Sun for well funded Pillar Data
Novell Launches Linux Product, Services Bundle for SMB
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Novell launches a Linux bundle for channel partners and customers in the small to midmarket range that incorporates product, online training and telephone/online support at discount.
Low Cost HPC Start-Ups May Challenge High-End Machines
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
The Itanium processor may soon be facing a new threat on its low end, according to a leading processor specialist.
Five Things You Need To Know About VoIP
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Thinking of moving to VoIP, or you've already made the switch? Here's five things you have to know about VoIP when getting started, or getting up to speed, straight from
Air Time: Will 802.11n Change Your World?
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Last Thursday, the IEEE announced that the 802.11n Task Group (TGn) had approved a draft of what may be the most significant new standard to come out of IEEE in the past 10 years. Based largely on a specification developed...
IP, VoIP Over Cable To Be Trialed At UMass
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
IP-based telephony services via a carrier class switch for cable telecommunications will be trailed at the University of Massachusetts by Cedar Point Communications.
Feds Want A Wiretap Backdoor In All Net Hardware and Software
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Thinks the federal government is too intrusive? You ain't seen nothing yet. An FCC mandate will require that all hardware and software have a wiretap backdoor that allows the government to tap into all your communications....
HP Throws Cold Water on x86 Racks
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
In a throwback to the days of the mainframe, Hewlett-Packard Co. is following in the footsteps of other server vendors and announcing the first water-cooling system for its x86-based server
HP To Include Blades In Value Big Deals
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Hewlett-Packard plans to include its BladeSystem portfolio in its value big deal special-pricing process beginning Feb. 1.
Cisco Warns Of Vulnerability In VPN Device
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Cisco Systems said its VPN 3000 Series concentrators are vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks.
Sprint Files Second Privacy Fraud Suit
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
For the second time in a week, Sprint has sued a vendor that it claims is fraudulently acquiring subscriber information.
Are Cellcos Creating Their Own Competitors?
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
A new survey found that 80 percent of cellular subscribers would consider buying service from "virtual" cellular operators.
3Com To Launch SMB-Focused Security Onslaught
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
3Com plans a security offensive over the next 12 months that will include new SMB-focused TippingPoint wares and the authorization of more than 1,000 3Com partners to sell them.
Speech Recognition Comes of Age
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
System builders can develop a new customer base by installing speech technology, and training users to actually make it productive. (Courtesy of TechBuilder.org)
Anticipation - In The Apple Camp, At Least
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Even if Apple has worked some magic with its new Intel-based Macs, will the enterprise take notice? In early January, the computer company said it was ready to ship the first of the new Apple computers running on the x86 platform. So what has the early buzz been from corporate IT? Judging from last week's Systems Management Pipeline poll , while it
Linux Community Raises Objections About Security Vulnerability Stats
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
The Linux camp objects to the method used by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team to count Linux vulnerabilities.
Linux Vulnerabilities Spur Enterprise Warning
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Although most corporate customers do not officially use "raw" Linux products and so aren't in imminent danger, security experts say the situation makes it worth double-checking your software version levels
Inside Windows
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Microsoft presents its offer to reveal Windows Server source code as a bold stroke to appease Europe. It may amount to far less.
Google Secrets
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Google doesn't broadcast its strategic plans. Here are eight critical areas where its decisions -- from hardware to software -- will shape the industry.
Forget Cool--Reliability Reigns At The Olympics
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
100,000 hours of testing and 500 what-if scenarios later, Olympics IT managers are ready for the 2006 Torino Winter Games to begin; a hardware deployment of 6,000 desktops, 800 notebooks,
Mobile Shopping Just A Price Check For Now
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Buying goods from a mobile phone is likely years away, but that doesn't mean retailers aren't investing in the world's most popular handheld device. For now, though, local search is
Crosswalk 'Realigns'
News  |  1/28/2006  | 
Realigns staff and perhaps its storage management product line
Users Cite SOA Savings
News  |  1/28/2006  | 
Verizon and Guardian Life save with SOAs, but warn others to tread softly
Options Preserved
Commentary  |  1/28/2006  | 
Brocade's inscrutable financial filing hints at more Reyes litigation to come
Next-Gen IP: A Services Opportunity
News  |  1/28/2006  | 
Convergence means opportunities, but needs new approach, says Master Class presenter
Linux Author Doesn't Back GPL 3
News  |  1/28/2006  | 
Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, is not supporting the new version of the General Public License. He's objected to a new proposal that would require people to make previously
Judge Sets Hearing Date In Google, DOJ Case
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
A federal judge has scheduled for next month a hearing on Google Inc.'s refusal to hand over information on search results to the Department of Justice.
Google: On Second Thought, We Will Censor
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
Google used to crow that it didn't manipulate its search results to help advertisers, or censor its results in any way. But after Google has agreed to censor search results for its Chinese site, it has quietly pulled its Help...
Super Bowl XL Has Servers Cranking Overtime At Sports Sites
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Super Bowl XL fever is spreading to the Internet: Online ticket sales are sizzling, and servers are cranking overtime at gaming sites.
Botnet Herders Can Hide Behind VoIP
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Internet telephone applications like Skype and Vonage could become hacker hideouts, technologists and academics funded by MIT and Cambridge University say.
Low-Cost Laser Printers
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
These four lasers compete with inkjets on initial price and save you money on per-page cost. Find out which one edges out the other thanks to quick first page
3Com Names Claflin's Successor
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
3Com named R. Scott Murray as its new president and CEO, taking over for Bruce Claflin, who is retiring.
Sprint Sues Vendor, Claims Privacy Violations
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
The cellular operator has sued a vendor, already facing action by the state of Illinois, for allegedly invading subscriber privacy by fraudulently trying to obtain user records.
Microsoft Posts Five Percent Growth
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Software bellwether Microsoft expects revenue to be between $10.9 billion and $11.2 billion for the upcoming quarter and earnings per share of 32 to 33 cents. Revenue is expected to
VC Support Lacking For WiMax, Says Report
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Venture capital support for WiMax startups, despite reaching $170 million, has been underwhelming compared with the support that was given to the IEEE.802.11 wireless LAN, according to a Light Reading
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