Archives: December 2008

Why Randall Stross and the New York Times Don't Get Wireless

Posted by: Spencer Ante on December 31, Categories:

This Sunday, New York Times business columnist Randall Stross devoted his column to dissing the U.S wireless industry for doubling the cost of text messages to consumers to 20 cents...

Cracks Emerge in a Web Security Scheme

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on December 30, Categories: Internet, security

Like many computer security threats, a new weakness in Web commerce emerged today from the grass roots. Researchers said Dec. 30 they’d used 200 PlayStation 3 video game consoles to...

FCC's Martin Drops Porn Filtering Idea

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 30, Categories: wireless

Even though Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin is leaving in a matter of weeks, he still hopes to push through a major policy decision he's been backing for months: One that would create a nationwide free wireless broadband network for use by all.

iPhone nano Case Unveiled... Where's the iPhone nano?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 29, Categories: Apple

Rumors that Apple is about to introduce an iPhone nano continue to swirl. And they've gained some heft after one accessories manufacturer has actually started to sell cases for the yet-to-be-announced device.

HP's MediaSmart Server: Second Time's the Charm

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 29, Categories: Hewlett-Packard

By launching a second version of its MediaSmart Windows Home Server, Hewlett-Packard gets my award for persistence in the face of adversity. I gave the original server a favorable review...

Warner Music Retreats From YouTube

Posted by: Douglas MacMillan on December 22, Categories: Digital Music

Warner Music's Edgar Bronfman Jr. attributes his success in part to his focus on acquiring and developing new talent. Now he is threatening to stifle the exposure of these artists by shutting down one of the most popular venues for music buyers looking to discover new music.

T-Mobile G2 In the Works?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 22, Categories: wireless

There's talk that HTC, the maker of the T-Mobile G1, the first phone based on software developed by a consortium of companies lead by Google, is at it again: The company is within months of releasing a new version of its first device.

Microsoft Executive Says What Everyone Else Seems To Be Thinking About Windows 7

Posted by: Peter Burrows on December 19, Categories: Microsoft

"The biggest news is that it will fulfill all the promises of Vista," says Microsoft server chief Bob Muglia.

Samsung to Introduce Android Phone in Q2

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 19, Categories: wireless

According to this story this morning, Samsung will launch a phone based on Android, the software developed by companies including Google, in a matter of months. The phone will become available in North America the second quarter of 2009 from Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA, which currently offers the only Android phone available in the U.S., the G1. The story implies the phone may look similar to Samsung Instinct.

Network Neutrality--Where's the Beef

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 19, Categories: Net Neutrality

The controversy over Google's content delivery plans and the Wall Street Journal's description of them has convinced me that the fight over network neutrality is a very strange one indeed....

Internet Valuations Sink Below Dot Com Bust Levels

Posted by: Spencer Ante on December 18, Categories:

From Creative Capital, December 18, 2008: How bad has it gotten for Internet companies? Answer: It's worse than the dot com bust in at least one important way!!! Roddy Moon,...

BlackBerry Storm: Still Loving It

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 18, Categories: wireless

One of the frustrations of reviewing products is that I always have to write before I have spent enough time with a product to feel really comfortable about my assessment....

Sirius XM Shareholders Approve Reverse Split

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 18, Categories: Sirius XM

I just talked with a shareholder who attended Sirius XM's annual shareholder meeting this morning. More than 150 people in attendance were at first greeted by a dozen banners, urging them to vote against a reverse split. The protesters did not succeed.

Founder Reid Hoffman Replaces Dan Nye as LinkedIn CEO

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 17, Categories: LinkedIn, Social Media, Web 2.0, Yahoo

Less than two years after Dan Nye joined LinkedIn as CEO, he's leaving in mid-January. He will be replaced by Reid Hoffman (pictured), angel investor extraordinaire and cofounder, chairman, and...

Too Little, Too Late Department: SEC Offers Mea Culpa on Madoff Flop

Posted by: Spencer Ante on December 17, Categories:

From Creative Capital, Dec. 16, 2008: Yesterday morning, I posted a story saying that the Bernard Madoff scandal represented a new low point for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,...

Apple May Not Need Macworld, But Many Apple Partners May

Posted by: Peter Burrows on December 17, Categories: Apple

So posits a reader that goes by the name MacUser. He points out that: While Apple is able to host their own events very successfully, I feel that Macworld is...

Now's Your Chance To Nominate A Tech Czar

Posted by: Peter Burrows on December 16, Categories: Reader Poll

With almost every major Team Obama appointment announced or rumored, the technology minded among us are wondering about the so-called Tech Czar position. The White House CTO, if you will....

Microsoft and VMware Execs are Friendly Foes

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on December 16, Categories: Data Centers, Microsoft

File this one under 'frenemies': The Microsoft exec in charge of its virtualization software business and category leader VMware’s CEO are good friends—even as Microsoft tries to squash VMware’s $2...

PartyGaming’s Billionaire Founder Pleads Guilty and Forfeits $300 Million but Web Site Continues

Posted by: Spencer Ante on December 16, Categories:

U.S. officials today bagged one of the biggest fish in the online gambling industry. On Tuesday December 16, in U.S. District Court in lower Manhattan, Anurag Dikshit, the reclusive billionaire...

What To Make of Apple's Exit from Macworld

Posted by: Peter Burrows on December 16, Categories:

As Arik just blogged, Apple has announced that Steve Jobs will not be doing the keynote at this year's Macworld show, and that this will be the last year Apple...

Who Should Obama Appoint to Head the SEC?

Posted by: Spencer Ante on December 16, Categories:

From Creative Capital, December 16, 2008: The Bernard Madoff scandal is the last straw for the existing leadership of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. That the SEC was warned...

'Net Neutrality,' Google, and the Wall Street Journal

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 15, Categories: Net Neutrality

One of the reasons the debate over network neutrality is so confusing is that the term itself is so slippery. It has an engineering meaning to engineers and an ideological...

Mahalo Debuts Answers Service

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 15, Categories: Mahalo, Power of Us, Social Media, Web 2.0, Yahoo

If there's one overarching reason people love the Internet, it's to find answers to questions. That's why Google has been so successful. But for years, various companies have tried to...

The Inspiration behind Netbooks

Posted by: Steve Hamm on December 11, Categories: Portables

Suddenly, Netbooks are all the rage. Turns out the UMPC (ultramobile) form factors were a bit too small and too expensive to make a mass market, but the Netbook is...

In Other News, Yahoo Settles Shareholder Lawsuit on Severance Plans

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 10, Categories: Microsoft, Yahoo, layoffs

As if Yahoo wasn't doing enough today with the announced layoff of 1,500 people, it also just settled a shareholder lawsuit over controversial severance plans it adopted shortly after Microsoft's...

Microsoft's Zune to Offer VoIP?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 10, Categories: wireless

What does Microsoft plan to do with Zune next? There's a good chance that the Redmond giant may enable Web-calling functionality.

Can Jon Rubinstein Save Palm?

Posted by: Peter Burrows on December 10, Categories: Smart Phones

This is a momentous, critical, live-or-die, make-or-break announcement for the company, which has been pretty much been left for dead by many investors since a brutal pre-announcment on Dec. 1.

And So the Yahoo Layoffs Finally Begin. But a New CEO? Not That Soon

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 10, Categories: Yahoo, companies, layoffs

In a blog post starkly titled "Tough times," Yahoo cofounder and CEO Jerry Yang announced that the embattled Internet icon's long-awaited layoffs have begun. Yang's memo to the depleted troops...

Facebook Announces Top Applications

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 09, Categories: Facebook, Web 2.0, advertising, social networks

Facebook has just announced the first five winners of $225,000 each in cash grants from the $10 million fbFund. The list was narrowed down from a list of 25 finalists...

Google's Android Gains More Powerful Followers

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 09, Categories: Google

Today is a dark day for Nokia and Microsoft: Telco Vodafone, equipment maker Ericsson and handset maker Sony Ericsson have joined Google's camp in making rival cell-phone software.

A New Musical Use for MacBooks

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 09, Categories: Apple

The affinity of musicians for Macs is well known, but last night at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, I ran into an entirely use for the iconic MacBook Pro. The...

Kosmix, "Your Guide to the Web," Gets $20 Million, Launches Beta

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 08, Categories: Amazon.com, Google, Kosmix, Search, Yahoo, advertising

Armed with an additional $20 million in funding, Kosmix is looking to expand its vision of how best to provide people a map to the World Wide Web. No, Kosmix...

BlackBerry Storm Updated

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 08, Categories: wireless

Research In Motion and Verizon have released updated software for the new BlackBerry Storm. Unlike some folks, I did not have serious problems with the original Storm release, but the...

Google's Search Advertising Going Mobile on iPhone, T-Mobile G1

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 08, Categories: Apple, Google, advertising, mobile computing

Well, if Google's revenues are going to come in a little light this quarter, as many people are speculating, it won't be for lack of Google trying. Today, the search...

Is the iPhone Bad for Carriers?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 08, Categories: Apple

Denmark-based researcher Strand Consult just came out with a list of reasons why carriers should run away from the iPhone. Talk about a contrarian view. Today, carriers like AT&T are touting the iPhone as a tool that helps them attract new subscribers and to increase their revenue per user.

Cisco's Bid To Remake the Net for the Video Age

Posted by: Peter Burrows on December 08, Categories: Cisco

MediaNet “will make video the natural language of the Internet,” says Cisco senior vice president of emerging technologies Marthin De Beer. “We think this will be as big or bigger than the World Wide Web. This is Web 3.0 we’re talking about here.”

The Crossover year for Portable Computing

Posted by: Steve Hamm on December 08, Categories: Portables

The long-predicted crossover has arrived. More laptop computers will be sold this year than desktop computers. But it's actually a double-crossover year. Handhelds and other ultra-small devices, in the form...

S&P Cuts Moto's Rating to Junk

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 05, Categories: wireless

Just when many investors thought that situation at Motorola couldn't get any worse, it has: On Dec. 5, Standard & Poor's (which is, just like BusinessWeek.com, a division of McGraw-Hill Cos.) cut the handset and infrastructure maker's rating to junk. Earlier this week, rating agency Moody's warned it may cut Motorola's rating as well.

Tech Malaise Hits Adobe

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on December 04, Categories: Tech Spending

The funk in technology spending that’s hit hardware bellwethers including Intel and Cisco Systems is starting to reach the software sector too. Adobe Systems is cutting 600 jobs, or about...

Inviting Your Ex (Employee) to the Holiday Party

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 03, Categories: Innovation

Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu famously said, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” I was reminded Monday night why it’s a good idea to keep ex-employees even closer still.

MySpace Launches Streaming Video for Mobiles

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 03, Categories: MySpace

Streaming Web video just might be one of those services that will come into its own during this economic downturn. Only a week ago, Google's YouTube launched YouTube Live, which streams video channels via the Internet. Today, social network MySpace Mobile has claimed the title of the first social portal to launch video streaming (albeit in beta) for mobile phones.

Do-it-yourself iPhone Software: Not Likely

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 02, Categories: open source

In a post yesterday, my colleague Olga Kharif speculates on the significance of a hack that allows the replacement of the iPhone version of OS X with Linux. This, she...

Former AOL Chief Jonathan Miller Eyeing Yahoo Buy? Maybe, But ...

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 02, Categories: AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo, advertising

And the rumors around Yahoo keep swirling. A few days after supposed news of a Microsoft deal to buy Yahoo's search operation proved to be complete fiction, the Wall Street...

Why the BCS Will Always Be a Mess

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 02, Categories: Curmudgeonly

OK, this isn't about technology, but every year at this time, we need a reminder that there are some issues that that defy all of our efforts, technological or intellectual....

iPhone Linux Hack: What It Means

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 01, Categories: Apple

iPhone hackers have managed to replace Apple's own operating system that comes with the device with Linux software. That could be the beginning of a seismic shift for smartphone software. It opens the door for open-source operating systems to jump onto devices not built specifically for them.

Power.com: One Ring to Rule All Social Networks?

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 01, Categories: Facebook, FriendFeed, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, OpenID, Power.com, Social Media, Social Software, YouTube, advertising, social networks

With what looks to be a fair amount of fanfare, a company virtually unknown in the U.S. is aiming to disrupt the fast-growing social networking business. Tonight, Rio de Janeiro-based...

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