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  • Vint Cerf supports municipal broadband networks

    Posted May 11, 2008 - 9:10 pm

    Municipal broadband networks could help boost the availability of high-speed Internet access and even help to ensure Net neutrality in the U.S., said Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google.
  • Skype claims improved voice quality for version 3.8 software

    Posted April 30, 2008 - 9:48 am

    Skype has released an upgraded version of its VOIP (voice over IP) software client for Windows PCs that cuts out more background noise and drops fewer calls, the eBay subsidiary said.
  • Microsoft System Center gets cross-platform support

    Posted April 29, 2008 - 2:11 pm

    Microsoft has released beta technologies that allow its network-management software to manage non-Windows environments as part of the company's strategy to make its software more conducive to managing large data centers.
  • Ribbit launches phone service for Salesforce

    Posted April 29, 2008 - 1:35 pm

    The Internet telephony startup Ribbit announced Tuesday that one of its initial flagship projects -- an integration with Salesforce -- is now available.
  • Skype tests application for mobile phones

    Posted April 25, 2008 - 1:45 pm

    EBay-owned Skype has released into open beta testing a client for mobile phones that supports phone calls, chat and other features of the popular VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) application.
  • Microsoft mislabels Skype as adware

    Posted April 23, 2008 - 2:58 pm

    Skype users who have been getting strange error messages from Microsoft's security products over the past week can breathe easy now. It was all a mistake.
  • Comcast peer-to-peer blocking was widespread, says FCC chairman

    Posted April 22, 2008 - 4:44 pm

    Comcast's slowing of peer-to-peer traffic appeared to be more widespread than the company has disclosed, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday.
  • Sound the alarm, IPv6 execs say

    Posted April 16, 2008 - 2:10 pm

    The sky is falling on the number of global IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, and IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) is the solution, executives from major technology companies said Wednesday.
  • ISPs meddled with their customers' Web traffic, study finds

    Posted April 16, 2008 - 11:15 am

    About one percent of the Web pages being delivered on the Internet are being changed in transit, sometimes in a harmful way, according to researchers at the University of Washington.
  • Cisco's Linksys phase-out moving along

    Posted April 15, 2008 - 11:23 am

    Cisco Systems' Linksys brand may disappear sooner than expected, according to a top executive for small business at the company, although he wouldn't say how quickly.
  • Good aims to manage all enterprise mobile devices

    Posted April 7, 2008 - 9:49 am

    Enterprises don't want to have to use two different management systems to support mobile devices in the warehouse and smartphones for executives, and so Good Technology, with sister company Symbol, plans to offer products that can support all types of mobile devices.
  • There is no such thing as a "good" cell phone carrier

    Posted April 3, 2008 - 10:34 am

    Every time you pick up your cell phone and place a call, you're being hoodwinked into believing that you're getting the very best service available and the sad fact is, you're not. Instead, the cell phone carrier fat cats are getting fatter and tossing us scraps as they see fit. And if you ask me, there's something terribly wrong with that equation.
  • Comcast/BitTorrent agreement raises questions

    Posted March 28, 2008 - 9:58 am

    Thursday's announcement that Comcast and BitTorrent will work together to solve network management problems won praise from some quarters, including members of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, but some net neutrality advocates said the deal doesn't diminish the need for new government rules.
  • Comcast, BitTorrent to work together on network management

    Posted March 27, 2008 - 1:35 pm

    Comcast, under fire for slowing some BitTorrent traffic, will work with the P-to-P (peer-to-peer) vendor to come up with better ways to address media downloads and network management, the companies announced Thursday.
  • IBM pushes cloud computing to universities

    Posted March 26, 2008 - 9:37 am

    IBM on Wednesday said it was teaming up with two U.S. universities on initiatives that the company hopes will improve the self-healing and self-managing features of physical and virtual servers in a broad-scale computing environment.
  • EnterpriseDB open-sources GridSQL

    Posted March 25, 2008 - 2:20 pm

    EnterpriseDB announced Tuesday that it is open-sourcing GridSQL, its grid product for data warehousing and business intelligence (BI) applications, under the GPLv2 license. The product works alongside EnterpriseDB's main offerings, a PostgreSQL-based open-source database and an application server.
  • 3Com OKs merger with eye on breakup fee

    Posted March 24, 2008 - 3:14 pm

    3Com shareholders overwhelmingly approved a merger offer on Friday that had been cancelled the day before.
  • Protecting endpoint devices

    Posted March 20, 2008 - 1:50 pm

    Small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are keenly aware of the need to protect their endpoints from exposure. Endpoint devices that are vital to business operations -- like servers, laptops, and desktops -- are increasingly being targeted by attacks designed to compromise and steal company data. And even as these threats are becoming more sophisticated and targeted toward endpoint devices, end users are demanding increased flexibility and access into the network (remote, VPN, web-based, telecommuting, use of unmanaged devices). When you add regulatory compliance mandates to the equation, SMBs are finding they must scramble to implement, monitor, and enforce controls that protect endpoint devices. How can SMBs protect themselves and their customers? Here are five tips for securing endpoints will help build a strong defense against the increasing stream on attacks and threats.
  • Microsoft releases feature-complete Hyper-V code

    Posted March 19, 2008 - 4:47 pm

    Microsoft has finished most of the major work on its Hyper-V virtualization technology and expects it will be available for Windows Server 2008 on schedule in August, the company said Wednesday.
  • Top 5 disaster recovery tips

    Posted March 19, 2008 - 1:21 pm

    With catastrophic events like Hurricane Katrina and the southern California wild fires affecting millions of Americans in recent years, it is no surprise that business continuity is top-of-mind for Small and Mid-Sized Business. Without proper preparation and planning, a natural or man-made disaster can ruin a business. These 5 tips will help you protect your data and ensure business continuity in the face of disaster.
  • EBay now letting Skype be Skype, exec says

    Posted March 13, 2008 - 9:49 am

    Two-and-a-half years after buying Skype, eBay has moved away from trying to create new, merged capabilities through the acquisition and is letting Skype be what it is.
  • BT partners on software-based SMB phone system

    Posted March 12, 2008 - 3:15 pm

    BT has partnered with a U.S. company, RingCentral, to offer an Internet-based phone system in the U.K. that's easy for small and medium-size businesses to configure and maintain.
  • 3Com adds virtualization to routers

    Posted March 12, 2008 - 10:12 am

    3Com has added a virtualization feature to its routers via a partnership with LineSider Technologies, a provider of policy-based network infrastructure control and management products.
  • IBM pledges $1 billion to unified communications

    Posted March 11, 2008 - 10:18 am

    IBM has committed to investing $1 billion in its unified communications strategy in the next three years as it sharpens its sword to do battle with Microsoft in a fast-growing market.
  • Panel: Who should bear cost of tomorrow's broadband?

    Posted March 6, 2008 - 4:45 pm

    As the volume of Internet traffic grows explosively, driven by factors like rampant demand for online video, a new question is arising: Who will get the bill for the mega-sized data-pipes of the future?
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