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Monday, November 1, 2010

ZDNet Updates

Adobe Connect 8: What was that about a travel request?


Christopher Dawson: For companies using Connect 8, there better be one heck of a good reason for travel expenses. And for companies not using Connect, it’s probably time to take a look at how much is being spent on travel.


Sun Oct 31 23:17:25 PDT 2010




IBM launches cloud services for federal, municipal governments


Larry Dignan: IBM plans to outline cloud computing services for the Federal government as well as various municipalities.


Sun Oct 31 21:01:19 PDT 2010




Apple sues Motorola: A look at the complaints


Larry Dignan: Apple has sued Motorola over multi-touch patents in two separate lawsuits. Motorola sued Apple Oct. 6.


Sat Oct 30 15:17:45 PDT 2010




Why a dumb phone and a smart tablet may be better


Russell Fox: Why pay for smart phone functionality that Iâm not going to use? Why not get a super-cheap phone that’s just a phone, putting the data plan and getting the carrier subsidy on a 3G pad?


Fri Oct 29 09:31:36 PDT 2010




The 10 greatest moments of Microsoft-Apple collaboration


Jason Hiner: Microsoft versus Apple has long been the marquee rivalry of the technology industry, but the two companies also have a long history as frenemies. Here are their 10 greatest collaborations.


Fri Oct 29 09:00:15 PDT 2010




Apple's iPhone goes global, vaults to No. 4 mobile phone vendor worldwide


Larry Dignan: Apple’s global expansion of its iPhone is paying off nicely as the company has become the No. 4 mobile phone vendor worldwide, according to IDC.


Fri Oct 29 04:52:57 PDT 2010




SAP calls audible in Oracle lawsuit; Seeks to 'focus' trial, limit 'media circus'


Larry Dignan: SAP is altering its tactics in the Oracle TomorrowNow lawsuit in a move to speed up the trial and prevent Larry Ellison & Co. from orchestrating “a media circus” designed to “harass its competitors.”


Fri Oct 29 04:35:27 PDT 2010




Why you can't write off Microsoft's consumer ambitions: Xbox


Larry Dignan: It’s so easy to knock Microsoft’s consumer ambitions. Microsoft isn’t a consumer home run machine, but what it’s done with the Xbox gives those other consumer forays some hope.


Fri Oct 29 03:02:31 PDT 2010




James Cameron: A glasses-free future for 3D courtesy of sports, gaming


Larry Dignan: At a Churchill Club event in Mountain View, Calif., Google CEO Eric Schmidt talks with “Avatar” and “Titanic” film director James Cameron about the future of 3D imaging.


Fri Oct 29 02:30:05 PDT 2010




BMC Software shines in tech earnings parade


Larry Dignan: Cloud-related and software as a service companies shined in the latest batch of technology earnings.


Thu Oct 28 14:21:35 PDT 2010




Microsoft delivers strong quarter on Windows 7, Office upgrade cycle


Larry Dignan: Microsoft’s first quarter handily topped expectations as the company continued to ride an upgrade cycle for Windows 7 and Office.


Thu Oct 28 13:30:40 PDT 2010




Amazon launches Kindle app for Windows Phone 7


Larry Dignan: There aren’t many Windows Phone 7 devices in circulation, but Amazon’s Kindle App will be there when they arrive.


Thu Oct 28 10:03:43 PDT 2010




Google Apps adds Android management features for enterprise


Larry Dignan: Google has launched new admin controls to manage Android through Google Apps and a browser without dedicated servers.


Thu Oct 28 09:24:59 PDT 2010




The ROI of robocalls and why the bots keep calling


Larry Dignan: It’s almost noon and I’ve received four political robocalls and hour since working hours began. Why do the robots call? There appears to be a return on investment there.


Thu Oct 28 09:01:27 PDT 2010




Google Doc redirect bug vexes users


Larry Dignan: The bug apparently occurs when a user has both a Gmail account and a Google Apps account. The cookies get confused and then you’re in redirect hell.


Thu Oct 28 06:54:54 PDT 2010




Motorola moves to diversify smartphone base as iPhone looms at Verizon


Larry Dignan: Motorola is pleased with its Verizon Wireless relationship and the Droid franchise that put the company on the smartphone map. But Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha also realizes that Motorola needs to diversify.


Thu Oct 28 06:15:19 PDT 2010




Oracle says Google directly copied Java code: Here's the line-by-line comparison


Larry Dignan: Oracle amended its Java complaint against Google over Android patent infringement and provided line-by-line comparisons in its exhibits.


Thu Oct 28 05:41:01 PDT 2010




Motorola: Droid X selling 'extremely well'; Third quarter earnings shine


Larry Dignan: Roughly a year ago Motorola basically bet the farm on Google’s Android operating system with the launch of the first Droid device. Motorola’s third quarter highlights how that bet has paid off nicely.


Thu Oct 28 04:59:32 PDT 2010




SAP's McDermott: Oracle Fusion upgrade could mean it's poaching time


Larry Dignan: Oracle is expected to roll out its Fusion apps early in 2011 and SAP sees an opportunity to poach a few customers as IT buyers pit the two companies against each other for leverage.


Thu Oct 28 02:55:54 PDT 2010




Tech giants form SSD working group to bolster enterprise adoption


Larry Dignan: Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, IBM and Intel have formed a working group to create better form factors and faster connections for solid-state drives.


Wed Oct 27 21:01:00 PDT 2010




Pogue: Six factors for highly unsuccessful products


Larry Dignan: At the FailCon 2010 conference in San Francisco, New York Times technology columnist David Pogue identifies the stumbling blocks to success.


Wed Oct 27 17:53:09 PDT 2010




Oracle's Ellison jabs (again) at HP's Lane, 'on the run' Apotheker


Larry Dignan: Just a few hours removed from his last statement about Hewlett-Packard and new CEO Leo Apotheker, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is at it again.


Wed Oct 27 15:00:23 PDT 2010




Oracle's Ellison jabs at HP's Lane, Apotheker; HP calls it harassment


Larry Dignan: Just a few hours removed from his last statement about Hewlett-Packard and new CEO Leo Apotheker, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is at it again.


Wed Oct 27 15:00:23 PDT 2010




Apple's master SIM card plan: Brilliant abroad, U.S. may not fly


Larry Dignan: Apple is reportedly working with SIM-card maker Gemalto to cook up a special SIM card that would allow consumers to buy and iPhone and pick any carrier they want.


Wed Oct 27 14:43:18 PDT 2010




Intel plays ringleader as Open Data Center Alliance launches


Larry Dignan: Intel and a series of large companies such as BMW, Lockheed Martin and Shell and J.P. Morgan Chase have formed the Open Data Center Alliance, a group of IT buyers that aim to make cloud computing more interoperable.


Wed Oct 27 11:41:27 PDT 2010




Comcast CEO: iPad, tablets give us ability to 'start from scratch' on TV interface


Larry Dignan: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts was decidedly upbeat about tablets such as Apple’s iPad and how it can drive demand for the cable giant’s Xfinity Web video efforts.


Wed Oct 27 07:25:38 PDT 2010




4G matters: Sprint poised to be a pain to Verizon, AT&T


Larry Dignan: Sprint is officially back in the wireless carrier race as it added 644,000 subscribers in the third quarter, its best showing since 2006. Of those subscribers, 354,000 were postpaid.


Wed Oct 27 06:50:16 PDT 2010




Oracle's Ellison takes aim at HP's Apotheker; TomorrowNow trial jabs escalate


Larry Dignan: The war of words over next week’s Oracle vs. SAP trial over TomorrowNow is escalating and HP and its new CEO is caught in the crossfire. Now we have Larry Ellison telling HP that it can’t bring Leo Apotheker to headquarters unless it wants him to testify.


Wed Oct 27 03:40:04 PDT 2010




5 questions with Chile-IT CEO Juan Carlos Munoz


Larry Dignan: We caught up with Chile-IT CEO Juan Carlos Munoz to talk strategy, nearshoring and where Chile’s tech comapnies fit into the sourcing equation.


Wed Oct 27 02:44:33 PDT 2010




Yahoo Mail revamp first impressions: It's much faster, search lags


Larry Dignan: Yahoo rolled out a new beta for its e-mail overhaul that promises better speed and search.


Wed Oct 27 02:26:58 PDT 2010




Barnes & Noble's Nook Color: E-reader or closet Android tablet?


Larry Dignan: Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color is interesting a few levels, but the biggest question will revolve around the device’s LCD screen. Is this thing a tablet or an e-reader?


Tue Oct 26 15:21:13 PDT 2010




Google's girth means no deal happens easily


Larry Dignan: Google’s spat with online travel companies over the announced acquisition of ITA Software reflects its new reality. Google’s girth means that any acquisition over $500 million or so is going to face intense scrutiny.


Tue Oct 26 13:08:02 PDT 2010




Is Office 2011 overshadowed by richer tools on the Mac?


Christopher Dawson: For the typical (or stereotypical) Mac user, Office 2011 is a great product but will have a tough time competing with rich, compelling alternatives. We use Macs for a reason, after all.


Tue Oct 26 12:02:56 PDT 2010




AP suffers outage amid Microsoft patch follies


Larry Dignan: The Associated Press suffered a five-hour outage courtesy of a failed effort to install a Microsoft patch.


Tue Oct 26 11:10:23 PDT 2010




AP suffers outage after fumbling patch deployment


Larry Dignan: The Associated Press suffered a five-hour outage courtesy of a failed effort to install a Microsoft patch.


Tue Oct 26 11:10:23 PDT 2010




NASA to hold auction for automated software development patents


Larry Dignan: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will hold an auction Nov. 11 for five patents focused on automated software development.


Tue Oct 26 10:35:39 PDT 2010




Sprint launches machine-to-machine wireless lab


Larry Dignan: Sprint opened its M2M Collaboration Center, a lab designed to cook up machine-to-machine wireless technology and create commercially viable products.


Tue Oct 26 08:51:29 PDT 2010




Cloudera raises $25 million in funding


Larry Dignan: Cloudera, which offers Hadoop-based enterprise software, has landed another $25 million in venture funding.


Tue Oct 26 04:01:02 PDT 2010




Riverbed rides WAN optimization wave; May eye cloud soon


Larry Dignan: One of the hottest tech companies on the planet focuses on an acronym—WAN—that has largely flown under the radar. No more. Riverbed’s third quarter results last week has everyone yapping about wide area network optimization.


Tue Oct 26 02:33:31 PDT 2010




Garmin, Asus nix handset deal, Nuvifone in flux


Larry Dignan: Garmin and AsusTek said they won’t introduce and new co-branded Nuvifones going forward, but will support handsets in the field.


Tue Oct 26 02:20:20 PDT 2010




Apple teams up with Unisys on corporate accounts


Larry Dignan: Apple seems to be so serious about the enterprise that it’s teaming up with an old-school integrator—Unisys.


Mon Oct 25 15:02:39 PDT 2010




How Verizon meddling ruined a perfectly good Android phone


Jason Hiner: The Samsung Fascinate could have been one of the top Android devices, but Verizon sabotaged it by manipulating it for the carrier’s own gain. See how.


Mon Oct 25 13:23:16 PDT 2010




Barnes & Noble's Nook: A dash of color, kid focus puts it back in e-reader game


Larry Dignan: Barnes & Noble’s color Nook and focus on children’s books is a nice strategic move in the e-reader race.


Mon Oct 25 11:47:36 PDT 2010




Ubuntu splits from GNOME UI: A good, pragmatic move


Larry Dignan: Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth detailed how Ubuntu will split from the GNOME user interface for Unity, which is its netbook approach. Simply put, Ubuntu will have a custom user interface.


Mon Oct 25 10:53:29 PDT 2010




Infor names Charles Phillips CEO


Larry Dignan: Charles Phillips, who recently left Oracle as co-president to make way for Mark Hurd, will become chief executive of Infor, which makes enterprise planning software for mid-sized companies.


Mon Oct 25 08:54:56 PDT 2010




What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499


Larry Dignan: Best Buy will reportedly sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Wi-Fi version, for $499. That’s $100 too high to sway this consumer.


Mon Oct 25 07:23:49 PDT 2010




'Complexity kills': Can Microsoft, and all of IT, simplify?


Larry Dignan: Ray Ozzie’s riff on the post-PC world and how complexity kills highlight a technology and management issue for Microsoft—as well as enterprise IT.


Mon Oct 25 07:04:24 PDT 2010




Teradata rolls out latest database, pushes time aware analysis


Larry Dignan: Teradata said its Database 13.10 is available and stumped for better time aware analysis in data warehousing applications. The company also made a bevy of other analytics moves.


Mon Oct 25 05:00:49 PDT 2010




Adobe launches AIR 2.5, InMarket service: Aims for TVs, tablets, phones


Larry Dignan: Amid a few more jabs from Apple, Adobe rolled out its AIR 2.5 platform, which allows developers to create apps across multiple devices such as TVs, tablets, smartphones and PCs.


Mon Oct 25 04:19:55 PDT 2010

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