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Sued Song Swapper Says Nuts to RIAA Settlement Offer

Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Minnesota woman who was twice found liable for copyright infringement for sharing two dozen songs using an online file-sharing application, has turned down an offer to settle her $54,000 penalty for less than half that amount. The Recording Industry Association of America g...

Oracle Puts Third-Party Support in Crosshairs

Oracle says it will focus strongly on customer service and support for customers of both its products and those of Sun Microsystems, whose acquisition it completed on Wednesday. "We believe our customers deserve the best level of support and it's our job to make that extremely compelling," Juergen R...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

What Does It Take to Be a Linux Guru?

It's a well-known fact that humans love lists, and the media are generally all too happy to oblige. Recently, however, mixed in among the many "Top 10" lists and "10 Ways to ..." articles out there was one that seemed worthy of attention. "10 Characteristics of a Linux Guru?" was the title of the po...

The Friction in the Federal Cloud

As the U.S. federal government moves ahead with its cloud computing strategy, it may find that the real bugbear won't be technology but politics. What else would expect on the Hill? Other problems could pop up in the government's approach to security and a lack of adequately qualified staff. Can the...

ANALYSIS

Putting Support Centers In High Gear With Enterprise Search

Aberdeen Group's September 2009 report "Enterprise Search - Discover the Next Opportunity for Growth" investigated the strategies and tactics companies have used to drive productivity and improve customer service using enterprise search. In that report, Aberdeen used four key performance criteria to...

EXPERT ADVICE

VoFi Is Coming – Are You Ready?

In case you missed it, seven long years of wrangling have come to an end: 802.11n has now been officially ratified by the IEEE. Super-fast WiFi is here. The 802.11n standard ushers in increased network throughput and range that will change wireless access, services and applications. With this final ...

China Gives Android a Pass, as Long as It Keeps Its Nose Clean

The Chinese government won't block the use of Google's Android operating system on mobile phones in the country as long as the operating system abides by Chinese laws, a key government official said on Wednesday. "As long as it complies with Chinese laws and regulations, and as long as it has good c...

Can WinMo 7 Give Microsoft New Mobile Moxie?

Microsoft is readying a push to revitalize its Windows mobile operating system. The company will Windows Mobile 7 at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, according to Cnet. Windows Mobile 7 has been billed as a major revamp of Redmond's mobile OS. The source code, which is underg...

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The 5 Best-Kept SharePoint Management Secrets

Microsoft SharePoint Server is an incredibly versatile tool for setting up portals and Web sites that facilitate communication and collaboration within a company, between companies, and with Internet users at large. This versatility and the ability of SharePoint to boost productivity has made it the...

STARTUP TO WATCH

MashLogic: Links Done Your Way

In the world of venture capital fund-raising, the would-be entrepreneur is usually the party who goes looking for acceptance. However, that's not the way MashLogic got funded. Instead, several partners at Bessemer Venture Partners sought out Ranjit Padmanabhan with seed money and the cofounder title...

LINUX PICKS AND PANS

Screenlets: Eye Candy for Linux Users

Screenlets bring a collection of fun things and useful apps to add functional eye candy to the Linux desktop with little or no resource drain on the computer. Windows and Mac machines have their widgets. Linux has its Screenlets. So you can scratch one more reason from the list of why you shouldn't ...

INSIGHTS

The Golden Age of Marketing

One of the reasons that sustainability is such a big issue for all of us is the way the marketplace has shaped up in the last few years. A telltale sign is the initial public offering market. The once-vibrant activity of bringing new companies to the stock markets has shriveled up, and with it you...

OPINION

Is Personalized Medicine Anti-Establishment?

The Personalized Medicine World Conference in Silicon Valley last week showcased huge opportunities for new advances in medicine and personalized health. What remained unclear was who will take the lead, what techniques or products will win, and whether the medical establishment will go along or st...

DoT Adds Another Law to Anti-Texting Crazy Quilt

It could be the next service announced by your car's GPS feature when you drive from state to state: letting you know what highway exit to take -- and warning you about whether texting/phoning while driving in that state is legal. Tuesday's move by the Department of Transportation to outlaw texting ...

Are Concert-Goers the Losers in Ticketmaster-Live Nation Deal?

The Department of Justice has cleared the path for Live Nation and Ticketmaster to merge -- but with several conditions attached, including significant support to companies that will be formed to provide competition. The two firms, which announced the possibility of a merger a year ago, have agreed ...

Report: Linux Gains Ground, Windows Stumbles

Linux inched ahead in the operating-system arena during the final month of 2009, even as Windows and Mac gave up some ground. That's according to research firm Net Applications, which recently released its Market Share report covering operating systems in December. Linux accounted for 1.02 percent o...

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How to Create an Agile PMO

It often seems that an agile development environment will always be at odds with the structure and constraints of the project management office. Yet it does not have to be this way. Creating an agile PMO that bridges the gap between these two very important groups can help organizations to prioritiz...

Tuning In on Mobile Digital TV

TV viewers who can't bear to be without access to news and programs from their local television stations will this year have new ways to be connected wherever they go. New devices that will carry local TV broadcasts will hit the market later this year. Some of these new mobile digital television dev...

TECHNOLOGY LAW CORNER

Legal Rights in the Online Gaming Casino

The online poker scene was set on its ear with the arrival of the Swedish phenom known only by his Tolkien-esque moniker of "Isildur1." Isildur1 burst onto the scene in September 2009 and soon began to frequent the nosebleed seats of $1000/$2000 Pot Limit Omaha reserved for the true high stakes game...

Judge Slashes File-Sharer’s Penalty From 7 Figures to 5

Minnesota federal judge Michael Davis has reduced the fine imposed on Jammie Thomas-Rasset for illegally sharing music on the Internet from $1.92 million to $54,000. Davis, who presided over the trial, said that the original calculations to determine Thomas-Rasset's penalty -- more than $83,000 per ...

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