QUOTE OF THE DAY...
"Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable."
-- Mark Twain
TODAY'S TOP STORY
Google, Microsoft Prepping iPad Rivals
An Android tablet PC from Google and a two-screen slate from Microsoft may join devices from Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Lenovo to vie with Apple's iPad.
• Inside Apple's iPad: FCC Teardown Photos
• HP 'iPad Killer' Specs Leaked
• Special Report: Tablet Wars: Can Apple Three-peat With The iPad?
• Video: What Makes Google Tick
Fed Agencies Failing On Desktop Security
No agency has fully met the requirements of the Federal Desktop Core Configuration, established as baseline security for government workstations three years ago.
Apple Refreshes MacBook Pro Line
The update gives Apple's top-selling computers faster processors, higher performing graphics, and longer battery life.
SAS Offers Social Media Analytics Service
The sentiment analysis tools aim to take the technology challenges out of Facebook, Twitter, blog and public-forum monitoring.
Video: What Makes Google Tick
Techweb gets an inside look at how Google works. It is an engineering-driven org; it is "young" with graduates of some of country's top schools, and its engineers are generalists without pre-conceived notions about how things are supposed to work.
Microsoft Fixes Two Zero-Day Flaws
The company's April patch follows on the heels of an out-of-band patch two weeks ago.
E-Health Records No Quick Fix
Study says electronic health records alone have limited ability to control costs or improve quality, at least in the short term.
Microsoft Ends Original Vista Support
Users will have to upgrade to Vista SP1 or SP2 to continue receiving updates and hotfixes from Redmond.
Twitter Tries Promoted Tweets
At long last, the company's "slow and thoughtful approach to monetization" has been revealed.
Facebook Revamps Safety Center
Beefed up site includes tips and tools for protecting privacy and security on social networks.
Zune Is The Center Of Microsoft's Mobile Universe
By Ed Hansberry
The latest big news in the mobile world is Microsoft's announcement of the Kin platform. Well, that and Palm is for sale, but let's focus on the positive here, ok?
White House Deputy CTO Questioned Over Gmail
By John Foley
A potential gap in the White House's e-mail retention policy has been exposed, ironically by one of the officials overseeing that policy. One congressman wants White House deputy CTO Andrew McLaughlin to explain how messages sent to and from White House staff via Web e-mail systems are preserved. The scrutiny comes after McLaughlin apparently used Gmail for some of his own correspondence.
HTC May Develop Proprietary Smartphone Operating System
By Eric Zeman
HTC recently indicated that it is considering the idea of creating its own smartphone operating system. I can't imagine a bigger mistake that HTC could make right now.
Healthcare Consultants Get Creative To Survive
By Anthony Guerra
Over a year ago, HITECH legislation gave rise to concepts like the "meaningful use" of electronic health records and established Regional Extension Centers to help small healthcare practices in underserved communities select and implement EHR systems. At that time, I found the latter to be an especially painful example of just how destructive government interference in the private sector could be.
The 10 Largest Data Centers In The World
By Bob Evans
The information age's insatiable appetite for ever-larger servings of digital goodies has turned the humble data center of old into the rock stars of 2010, and Rich Miller over at DataCenterKnowledge.com has compiled a list of what he believes are the biggest of an increasingly oversized breed.
Nokia Intros New Business Phones
By Eric Zeman
This morning, Nokia piped up after a long silence and announced a handful of new messaging handsets. Two of the three devices run Nokia's S60 platform, which is its more powerful smartphone operating system. Can these handsets survive in the iPhone and Android era?