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  • EU says OK to Oracle-Sun, Rambus-Samsung deal

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    The European Union gave the green light to Oracle's plan to buy Sun Microsystems. We expect one of next week's top story entries will be about Oracle's plans for Sun. Otherwise this week, Rambus and Samsung settled a legal dispute and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that her department will unveil initiatives to fight Internet censorship, which provoked ire from China. And, of course, there were more rumor rumblings and reports based on anonymous sources regarding Apple's tablet, which could well take top billing in next week's IT news.
  • Infor looks to raise profile with personnel, strategy moves

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Although Infor is one of the largest ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendors in the world after SAP and Oracle, you might never know it from scanning the tech headlines.
  • Agile software development is now mainstream

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    A new Forrester report finds widespread use of the iterative software development processes
  • Italian justice system battles technophobes

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 5:06 pm

    Despite efforts by the Italian government to move legal records to electronic systems, including a decree that civil-case communications must use the Justice Ministry's secure e-mail system, tradition-bound jurists and a lack of funding is slowing down progress.
  • RealPlayer fix addresses 11 security bugs

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    US-CERT is advising users to upgrade their RealPlayer software after the company patched 11 security bugs.
  • Simplify File Organization With Windows 7 Libraries

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    One of the most useful new features in Windows 7 is Libraries, a simple yet powerful tool for streamlining the management of all the files on your PC. It's useful when organizing local data, and even more powerful when used to organize data across a network.
  • Windows 7 Hack: Playing with 'GodMode'

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Have you ever wondered what else lies under the hood of that new Windows 7 laptop you got recently? The clever folks at CNET have found a simple hack that will grant access to all of those options in one easy-to-set-up shortcut.
  • TOR issues updated software after server breach

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    The TOR Project is advising users to upgrade to a new version of the software following a hack that compromised three of its servers.
  • Video Games to Blame for Rise in Rickets?

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    Blame too much television, over-liberal SPF-lathering, poor nutritional habits, and video games for a rise in cases of the bone disease rickets, say a pair of Newcastle-based UK researchers.
  • Hacker Enables Multitouch on Nexus One Browser

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    The Google Nexus One has drawn some criticism for its lack of multitouch support, especially as the omission seems to be arbitrary. But the allowed a hacker to enable multitouch capabilities on Google's flagship device.
  • ParAccel to speed up data appliance with flash memory

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 11:10 am

    ParAccel Inc. will release a version of its columnar database appliance with flash memory attached to the server's motherboard that it says will boost data reading speeds by up to 15 times.
  • Linux Foundation: Microsoft's Talking Smack on Windows Mobile

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 6:39 pm

    Microsoft's mobile chief dressed down Linux phones at CES and now the Linux Foundation is firing back. What's at stake? Control of the future smartphone market.
  • Widespread attacks exploit newly patched IE bug

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 6:09 pm

    The first widespread attack to leverage a recently patched flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has surfaced.
  • Is the SAP KPI program really dead?

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 5:09 pm

    SAP is still planning to conduct a benchmarking program for its Enterprise Support service, despite words to the contrary from CEO Léo Apotheker last week -- sort of.
  • Hospitals asked to report problems with e-health records

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    A ranking member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee has asked 31 hospitals to reveal whether they are having systemic problems due to poor IT systems related to their rollout of electronic health records.
  • Firefox 3.6 brings speed improvements, Personas feature

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Firefox fans, start your browsers. On Thursday, Mozilla released Firefox 3.6, the latest update to its popular Web browser, bringing fixes, enhancements, and new features to the Web-surfing masses.
  • Open-source project aims to build new Mac e-mail client

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    It all started, innocently enough, on Saturday, January 16th. Brent Simmons, the Mac software developer and creator of NetNewsWire, wrote a blog post wherein he lamented the lack of a truly awesome Mac OS IMAP e-mail client for power users. Brent's basic thesis was that the Mac community needs such a client that caters who folks who rely on email for a living. (He later said to me, via email: "Mail[.app] ... is a good app, and I like it -- I want to be clear about that--but it's not designed for folks like me who ask for a lot more power.")
  • Amazon delivers SDK for Kindle

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 1:38 pm

    Kit enables developers to build and upload 'active content' for Amazon's e-reader wireless device
  • The White House releases news, streaming app

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    In a world where we have iPhone apps for just about everything, there is now an app for keeping up (officially) with the White House.
  • Kindle Apps Blur the Line Between Gadgets

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Amazon is making some aggressive moves to defend the dominance of the Kindle as an e-reader, while also expanding its functionality to fend off competition from other gadgets. Following the news that Amazon is introducing a new royalty plan for Kindle authors, Amazon has also released the KDK (Kindle Development Kit) to enable developers to create apps for the device.
  • A couple of follow-ups and syncing IMAP servers

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Mark Gibbs follows up on two items from the last couple of weeks and finds a cool tool for synchronizing IMAP accounts.
  • NASA wants your Mars photo ideas

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    It may be the ultimate point-and-shoot camera. NASA today said it would begin soliciting public photo shoot suggestions for the cutting edge camera onboard its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
  • 'Microsoft-free' virtual desktop start-up gets $4M funding

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    A start-up teaming up with IBM to build "Microsoft-free" virtual desktops and deliver them through a cloud computing model has secured $4 million in first-round venture financing.
  • IBM/Lotus upgrades set for Notes/Domino, other products

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    IBM/Lotus is rolling out a set of incremental upgrades across its product lines over the coming 12 month, including new capabilities in Notes/Domino, Sametime, Connections and LotusLive.
  • Illuminating the elephant in the open source room

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Microsoft is an elephant that needs to be turned to stop it trampling the open source community, according to a vocal critic of the software giant's approach to software patents.
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