Security The New York Times revealed that the Obama administration had prepared a cyberattack plan to be carried out against Iran in the event diplomatic negotiations failed to limit that country’s nuclear weapons development.The plan, code-named Nitro Zeus, was said to be capable of disabling Iran’s air defenses, communications system and parts of its electric grid. It also included an option to introduce a computer worm into the Iranian uranium enrichment facility at Fordow, to disrupt the creation of nuclear weapons. In anticipation of the need, U.S. Cyber Command placed hidden computer code in Iranian computer networks. According to The New York Times, President Obama saw Nitro Zeus as an option for confronting Iran that was “short of a full-scale war.”The reports, if true (to be fair, they have not been confirmed by any official sources), reflect a growing trend in the use of computers and networks to conduct military activity.Not just a physical invasion: … [Read more...] about Cyberwar is Here to Stay
EBay is reportedly in talks to buy VoIP innovator Skype Technologies in a deal that could be worth as much as US$3 billion. One analyst says the deal could immediately help the company leverage its base of loyal users to extend its reach well beyond e-commerce.The Wall Street Journal reported today that eBay was in talks to buy Skype, whose person-to-person (P2P) software is used to enable Internet-based phone calls. As one of the earliest firms to focus on voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), Skype has gained significant market share, racking up some 50 million downloads of its software.Skype's software enables users to make free calls over the Internet to other Skype users and, with a monthly subscription, to call traditional telephones as well.Neither company would comment on the reports. Deflecting takeover rumors is likely old hat to Skype, which was earlier this year was said to be in the crosshairs of News Corp. media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Both Yahoo and Google have also had … [Read more...] about EBay Mulling Skype Acquisition
Amazon, purveyor of everything you would need for a Valentine's Day dinner -- wine, food, romantic music, a DVD of Casablanca -- received a lot of love from respondents to the 2013 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study released this week; it rated Amazon the top spot among 60 of the most visible U.S. companies.Amazon dislodged Apple from last year's No. 1 ranking with a reputation rating of 82.62 on a scale that qualifies a score of 80 and above as "excellent." The company ranks in the top five in five out of six reputation dimensions.The report, which surveyed more than 14,000 people, says Amazon leads in emotional appeal, products and services."Finding Amazon at the top of the rankings and being driven there by the reputation of emotional appeal -- from a company that has no brick and mortar, just one product line of its own, and no interaction with people -- is a fairly amazing finding," Robert Fronk, executive vice president at Harris Interactive, told the E-Commerce Times.Amazon's … [Read more...] about Harris Poll Delivers Top Reputation Ranking to Amazon
The Linux OS offers users a variety of applications for taking notesand keeping information accessible in one place. Two popular choices,Tomboy Notes and Xpad, provide quick and easy ways to coral a stampedeof wild notes and information.Note-taking apps have few features in common. That makes picking one amatter of personal preference. I find that Tomboy Notes and Xpadcombine to create an ad-hoc pair of toolsto suit many work styles.Tomboy is a simple and easy-to-use desktop note-taking application forLinux. It also has ports to Windows and Mac platforms as well as Unix.It makes organizing the daily flood of ideas and information you dealwith every day a snap.Xpad is a sticky pad app that lets you stick Post-It-like notes on thedesktop. It runs in the X window desktop environment. It createsGTK-powered customizable pads that can be saved and loadedtransparently.What I particularly like about Tomboy is its easy integration on thedesktop. Once loaded, an icon sits on the desktop or the … [Read more...] about LINUX PICKS AND PANS Notable Note Apps for Fastidious FOSS Freaks
Kana has pushed into the professional services area with its acquisition ofeVergance Partners, a management consulting and systems integration firm.Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Kana for 2007 and is expected to close during the second quarter of Kana's 2007 fiscal year.eVergance's core competencies -- including CRM optimization, knowledge management and Web self-service deployments -- complement Kana's product line, according to Kana."eVergance brings a proven track record of more than 200 successful customer service engagements, as well as a history of thought leadership in the knowledge management and Web self-service space," said Michael Fields, Kana CEO and chairman of the board. "We believe this acquisition will further realize our goal of helping companies ensure that customer service is a top line strategic business differentiator."Offering professional services is not an entirely new model for Kana, Marchai … [Read more...] about Kana Adds Professional Services to Mix
Having your customers comment on your policies, products or employment practices is one thing. Having them suggest ideas for improving said policies and products -- in a public forum where participants can vote on these ideas, no less -- is an entirely different matter.How well a company can handle customer participation in its business -- beyond, that is, spending their money to purchase its products -- is unclear. Few companies have actually put in place Web sites where customers can log on and advise the management what to do, said Mack Collier, whose blog, Viral Garden, focuses on marketing and social media.Dell, with its implementation ofIdeastorm, is one notable example, he told CRM Buyer.Now,so is Starbucks.ThroughMyStarbucksIdea, the company proposes to take suggestions from customers on what changes they would like to see Starbucks make, Collier says in his post. The community then votes on their favorites and provides comments.Collier thinks the site is a great idea -- and … [Read more...] about Can CRM Handle Web 2.0?
Shares of Ticketmaster Entertainment and Live Nation surged more than 15 percent in early trading Wednesday on press reports that the two companies could merge as soon as this week in a blockbuster deal that would change the landscape in concert and sports ticketing.Ticketmaster is one of the world's largest ticketing operations, and Live Nation is the world's largest concert promoter.If the two companies can reach an agreement and then pass substantial regulatory hurdles, the combined entity would have access to more than 200 of the most popular musical artists in the world, including Billy Joel, Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, AC/DC, U2 and Madonna.Ticketmaster officials could not be reached for comment and Live Nation spokesperson John Vlaughtin said that "as a matter of company policy, we don't comment on market speculation.""I think given the amount of publicity the story has gotten that there is some truth to the reports," David Joyce, an equity analyst with Miller Tabak, told the … [Read more...] about Ticketmaster, Live Nation Deal Could Cost Fans
You don't need to go very far in IT nowadays to find people who are diligently working to do more with less, even as they're working to transform and modernize their environments.One way to keep the interest high and those operating and investment budgets in place is to show fast results, and then use that to prime the pump for even more improvement -- and even more funding -- with perhaps even growing budgets.IT managers can build quick data center project wins by leveraging project tracking and scorecards, as well as by developing a common roadmap for both facilities and IT infrastructure.We'll hear from a panel of HP experts on some of their most effective methods for fostering consolidation and standardization across critical IT tasks and management. This is the second in a series of podcast on data center transformation (DCT) best practices and is presented in conjunction with a complementary video series.With us now to explain how these solutions can drive successful data center … [Read more...] about PODCAST Building the Data Center on Small Victories
With its Android announcement and formation of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), Google has made it clear that it believes the mobile Internet is the next step in the evolution of the cellular industry.It has also put increased focus on the applicability of Linux to mobile environments. Android is not the first effort to deploy Linux in a mobile setting, but the power of the Google brand is shining a brighter light on the notion than ever before.The LiMo Foundation was created just a few months earlier with the goal of establishing the world's first global, Linux-based software platform for mobile devices. Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics and Vodafone founded LiMo, and the list of member organizations has since grown to 21.LinuxInsider recently spoke with Morgan Gillis, executive director of the LiMo Foundation, about mobile Linux, the Google effect and what it will all mean for users. LinuxInsider: What spurred the creation of the LiMo … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW LiMo Foundation Exec Morgan Gillis on Mobile Linux, Android and What Lies Ahead
This week brought the latest piece of evidence that Intel, despite ruling the PC microprocessor race, cannot be all things to all parts of the chip business. The company is closing its custom chip manufacturing division, which for the last 18 months has produced application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) -- specially designed circuits used in networking equipment and other non-PC computing devices. IBM, Intel's archrival in the chip business, is the leader in this area, reaping about US$2.7 billion in revenue last year.Intel's move is not, in itself, remarkable. The company has often retreated from businesses it found no longer could support margins or strategic directions. The most notable example was the company's cession of the dynamic random access memory market to Asian chip giants in the '80s, as it switched to focusing almost exclusively on CPUs.Now, however, amid renewed competition from rivals AMD and Transmeta, sluggish sales of PCs and skyrocketing Pentium speeds for … [Read more...] about E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT Has Intel Peaked?