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May 28, 2010

VeriSign Honors the “.com 25” and Unveils Internet Infrastructure Grants

Courtesy: VeriSign

As part of its celebration of 25 years of Internet innovation, VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) today announced the “.com 25” — a list of pioneering individuals and companies honored for their contributions to the development of the Internet. The .com 25 honorees, chosen by a group of technology and business experts and commentators, range from AOL to YouTube, reflecting the dynamic evolution of the consumer Internet in its first 25 years.

“Over the past 25 years, the Internet has strengthened communities, transformed economies and allowed people all over the world to come together,” said Mark McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer of VeriSign. “All this simply wouldn’t have been possible without the vision, talent and creativity of these companies and individuals. The hundreds of millions of people who now use the Internet daily have these trailblazers to thank for the rich online experiences they enjoy today — most of which were unimaginable back in 1985 when the first .com domain name was registered.”

VeriSign, the long-time operator of the .com domain, will pay tribute to the honorees during a gala this evening at the San Francisco City Hall.

The .com 25 honorees are: AOL (Steve Case); Alibaba Group; Amazon (Jeff Bezos); Andy Grove; Apple (Steve Jobs); Baidu; Cisco (John Chambers); Craigslist (Craig Newmark); eBay (Pierre Omidyar); eTrade; Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg); Google (Larry Page & Sergey Brin); Infosys; Jim Clark; Microsoft/MSN/Gates Foundation (Bill Gates); MySpace; Napster (Shawn Fanning); Netscape (Marc Andreessen); Paypal; Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Scott McNealy); Tim Berners-Lee; Twitter; Vint Cerf; Yahoo, (Jerry Yang and David Filo); and, YouTube.

The .com 25 were selected from a group of 75 people and companies nominated for the honor and then ratified by the judging panel composed of business, media, academic and policy leaders. The distinguished panel who selected the .com 25 honorees are:

•Steve Blank, Retired Entrepreneur and Stanford and Berkeley Adjunct Professor
•David Kirkpatrick, Journalist and Author (The Facebook Effect), co-founder of Techonomy
•Kevin Maney, Technology Author and Journalist
•Dan Scheinman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Media Solutions Group
•Drew Schutte, Senior Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer, Conde Nast Digital
•Jonah Seiger, Founder, Managing Partner at Connections Media LLC
•Ikhlaq Sidhu, Founding Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology
Internet Infrastructure Grants

As part of the celebration, VeriSign today also announced a grant program to promote and foster new research that strengthens the Internet infrastructure. VeriSign will fund four $75,000 research grants to be awarded this fall. The recipients will present their findings at a Washington, DC, symposium in June 2011.

“The Internet is an indispensable part of our lives and is now part of the fabric of society. Therefore, we must continually challenge ourselves to strengthen and secure the platform from which we access it,” said McLaughlin. “We look forward to seeing how these researchers propose to advance the Internet infrastructure.”

Submissions will be accepted in the following topic areas: overall Internet infrastructure; the domain name system (DNS); DNS security; the internationalization of the Internet, including Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs); and, infrastructure applications.

Those seeking to learn more about the grant program or download the submission form should visit http://www.25yearsof.com/grants. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2010.

Distinguished judges for the grants include Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google; Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security Secretary; Rod Beckstrom, President and CEO of ICANN; Paul Mockapetris, computer scientist and inventor of the Domain Name System; and Ken Silva, CTO of VeriSign.

Howdoyou.com Contest

In addition, VeriSign announced a new contest, “How do you .com?,” inviting people to share their personal stories of how a .com website has changed their lives. The contest will run through August 31, 2010, and entrants’ stories will be voted on by the public as well as by a panel of judges notable in the Internet industry. The Grand Prize is $10,000, First Prize is $5,000, and Second Prize is $2,500. In addition, the contest will feature weekly drawings for an Apple iPad between June 21 and August 31. For more information about the contest go to http://www.howdoyou.com.

About VeriSign
VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) is the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. Billions of times each day, VeriSign helps companies and consumers all over the world engage in communications and commerce with confidence. Additional news and information about the company is available at http://www.verisign.com.

Introducing Cloud Lifecycle Management

Courtesy: BMC Communities

I’m thrilled to announce that BMC has released our new Cloud Lifecycle Management product, a big step forward in our overall Cloud Service Management strategy. (See the press release here). I’ll be spending the next several blog entries describing and explaining our new product, the business and technical drivers behind it, and how this helps both Enterprise IT and Service Providers to quickly, reliably, and efficiently build and operate Cloud environments.

So, what exactly are we announcing? This release marks the General Availability(GA) of a new BMC product, Cloud Lifecycle Management, providing

•A Service Catalog, purpose-built for cloud offerings
•A Self-Service Portal, allowing service owners to perform basic administrative activities on their own services (and only on their own services), and to request new services with ….
•A Service Request Wizard, permitting customized, on-demand provisioning of services, within constraints defined and controlled by the catalog designer
•Pre-built workflows that integrate with existing IT management systems, allowing organizations to introduce Cloud while continuing to leverage existing policies, processes, people, and tools

Most importantly, this new product was created in conjunction with several strategic design partners – both Enterprises and Service Providers, in the US, EMEA, and APAC – and further validated by an additional 25 customers. By working closely with such a broad set of customers during the design and implementation of our product, we’ve ensured that BMC products meet clear and compelling customer needs, and deliver real-world value on day 1. (And, day 1 is today, not 6 months from now…)

Delivering such immediate value is, in fact, one of the key tenets of our cloud philosophy – to build pragmatic products that meet customers’ needs, and can quickly and easily integrate and extend existing environments without introducing new silos.

OK, I admit that this was rather breathless, but I’m excited by this announcement, and wanted to share this with the community. Look for more postings here on an ongoing basis, where we’ll discuss the elements of our new offerings, customer scenarios, and the evolving Cloud market.

RTC Real-Time Center AG Signs Services Contract with HP to Enable Banks to Focus on Better Customer Service and Innovation

Courtesy: Hewlett-Packard

HP Enterprise Services today announced that RTC Real-Time Center AG (RTC), a Switzerland-based financial services technology provider, has signed an applications and infrastructure services contract enabling RTC to focus on customer service and maintaining costs.

As part of the contract, Hewlett-Packard (Schweiz) GmbH will establish a Banking Service Center in Bern, Switzerland, to support RTC’s financial services customers. The Cantonal Bank of Bern (BEKB | BCBE), RTC’s primary shareholder and customer, will initially be the main bank served from this center.

Read more @ HP Website

May 27, 2010

Be Paid What You’re Really Worth

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Courtesy: Monster

I asked more than 150 high-earning women, “Are you doing this for the money?” The overwhelming response was a definite no. What drove them were passion, recognition, challenge and independence. At the same time, they wanted to be well-compensated, because they felt they were worth it.

But that’s not the case with most of us. We instinctively devalue ourselves. Those little voices in our heads insist: “Who do you think you are? No one’s going to pay you that much.” And I’m convinced self-depreciation goes right to the heart of our financial ruts.

You can easily learn negotiation techniques and assertiveness skills by taking courses or reading books. But the truth is this: If you’re going to command more money, you have to truly believe you’re worth it. Without that conviction, we lack the confidence to take a strong stand and the certitude to convince others. People always respond to our vibes far more than our words.

Many six-figure women admitted questioning their own value. Yet they didn’t let that stop them. These women built their confidence like weightlifters build muscles — by continually pushing themselves to take a stand, ask for more, demand what they’re worth and say no when appropriate despite their trepidation.

Confidence-Building Tips

This advice directly from these women will help you pump up your self-worth along with your net worth:

* Think Big, Then Think Even Bigger: Most of us, especially women, unwittingly limit our earnings by lowering our expectations. Even in studies where women are trained in negotiation strategies, they set their sights lower and end up with less money than men. The idea is to value yourself fairly compared to others in your field or at your level.

* Do Your Research: One of the worst negotiating mistakes people make is picking a random number and then discovering it was way too low. The smarter ones avoid that pitfall by doing their homework. They discover their market value by researching going rates, then asking for more than what’s offered to give themselves wiggle room.

* Quantify Your Value: You can counter the tendency to downplay yourself by presenting tangible evidence of what you bring to the table. Maybe you saved your company $X or had an idea that generated so many sales. Keep a file of everything you’ve done. Don’t wait for your review. Go in and ask for work, ask for responsibility, ask for challenge. Let your supervisor know exactly where your sights are set. Taking initiative is an effective means of demonstrating your value and intentions to an organization.

* Practice Daily Affirmations: These positive statements are expressed as if they’ve already happened. Two examples: “I have the confidence to ask for what I want.” “I welcome more money in my life.” Write your affirmations down. Post them where you can see them easily. Say them out loud, as often as possible. As one affirmation enthusiast told me, “The more often I hear the words coming out my mouth, the more I internalize it, and the more my psyche knows it’s going to happen.”

* Challenge Yourself in Areas Outside Your Job: Stretching yourself in any area of life has a ripple effect. If you can’t quite get yourself to ask for a raise, try signing up for an art class or running a marathon. Anything that puts you out of your comfort zone builds confidence and self-worth.

* Fake Confidence If Necessary: Asking for top dollar takes a lot of nerve, which most of us won’t feel at the time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t fake it. Even six-figure women have doubted their worth, but they appear undaunted. Acting as if you’re confident is a surefire antidote for weak knees, a pounding heart or a deflated ego. Besides, when you act as if you’re worth a lot, you’ll eventually convince yourself as well as others.

By practicing these tips, you’ll begin to notice a shift in how you feel about yourself. Making more money becomes not something you should do, but something you have to do — because you know in your heart you’re worth it.

May 26, 2010

Microsoft to Sales Partners: Sell Hyper-V Along with VMware

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Courtesy: Virtualization Review

Nice find by Alessandro Perilli at Virtualization.info. He came up with a “call-to-action” written by David Greschler, Microsoft director of Virtualization, that appeared on the company’s partner network channel, and talked about the strong competition VMware is throwing at Hyper-V. Bottom line: Despite the heaping helpings of hype, Hyper-V is not capturing the hearts, minds, or pocketbooks of Microsoft’s sales partners at the expense of VMware.

That swishing sound you hear is VMware CEO Paul Maritz rubbing his hands together with glee.

In support of Microsoft’s new “Virtualization Partner Profitability Toolkit,” Greschler begins, “Every partner knows about the great opportunity to sell virtualization technology and services. For a while, that meant one thing: working exclusively with VMware.

“Times have changed.”

Greschler goes on to cite the relative affordability and technical prowess of Hyper-V compared to VMware, while noting that IDC says Hyper-V “continued its ascent” in Q4 09, growing 215% year over year.

But then the tenor changes dramatically when he goes on to declare: “Nearly every VMware partner we talk to recognizes that Microsoft is a major player in virtualization and tells us they would like an opportunity to build a virtualization practice that includes both VMware and Microsoft.”

While this is not tantamount to raising a white flag, it is a stark, public acknowledgement of VMware’s deeply embedded pre-eminence.

The Virtualization Partner Profitability Toolkit, which is available on the Microsoft Partner Network, includes a “profitability modeling tool” in the form of a interactive spreadsheet designed to depict the advantages of adding a Microsoft practice to their business.

So what will Microsoft partners find if they dutifully use this tool? According to Greschler, “As much as we’d like to tell you otherwise, if you plug the numbers in to look at your work on a project-by-project basis, the numbers could favor VMware. But if you take a practice-level view, and look at the numbers over the long term, the tool is likely to show partners making far more money with Microsoft.”

The company says that claim is true because Microsoft virtualization offerings are “three-to-five times” less than VMware, a claim that VMware would hotly dispute, arguing that while Hyper-V is free, customers have to buy it along with an operating system, and they have to manage it, neither of which occurs free of charge.

At any rate, in conclusion, Greschler declares, “The takeaway from all this is pretty simple. If you’re just selling VMware today, then you are in the VMware business. If you want to be in the virtualization business, look at building a virtualization practice where you’re technology-agnostic and offering more choice to customers.”

If you are one of those customers, you probably won’t be hearing this particular call to action.

May 25, 2010

One-Step Bitly URL Shortening from the Address Bar

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Courtesy: Steverubel

There are loads of extensions and bookmarklets that create shortened links from long URLs, but the bit.ly and j.mp services don’t need them. Add them with a slash before the URL in your address bar, and you’re good to go.

Web PR enthusiast Steve Rubel shared this tip, directly from bit.ly’s management, on his personal stream site, and it’s a good one. Simply add one of those two services before your URL—j.mp/https://techobuzz.wordpress.com—and you’ll quickly redirect to a page with the shortened version of your link ready to be copied or posted to a social network. Handy stuff for keyboard devotees, the add-on-averse, and for when you’re working from a browser that’s not your own.

March 15, 2010

Microsoft: Don’t press F1 key in Windows XP

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Courtesy: http://www.computerworld.com

Microsoft told Windows XP users today not to press the F1 key when prompted by a Web site, as part of its reaction to an unpatched vulnerability that hackers could exploit to hijack PCs running Internet Explorer (IE).

In a security advisory issued late Monday, Microsoft confirmed the unpatched bug in VBScript that Polish researcher Maurycy Prodeus had revealed Friday, offered more information on the flaw and provided some advice on how to protect PCs until a patch shipped.

“The vulnerability exists in the way that VBScript interacts with Windows Help files when using Internet Explorer,” read the advisory. “If a malicious Web site displayed a specially crafted dialog box and a user pressed the F1 key, arbitrary code could be executed in the security context of the currently logged-on user.”

Last week, Prodeus called the bug a “logic flaw,” and said attackers could exploit it by feeding users malicious code disguised as a Windows help file — such files have a “.hlp” extension — then convincing them to press the F1 key when a pop-up appeared. He rated the vulnerability as “medium” because of the required user interaction.

Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are impacted by the bug, said Microsoft, and any supported versions of Internet Explorer (IE) on those operating systems — including IE6 on Windows XP — could be leveraged by attackers. Previously, Prodeus had said that users running IE7 and IE8 were at risk, but had not called out IE6.

Until a patch is ready, users can protect themselves by not pressing the F1 key if a Web site tells them to, said Microsoft.

“As an interim workaround, users are advised to avoid pressing F1 on dialogs presented from Web pages or other Internet content,” said David Ross with the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) engineering staff in a blog entry on Monday.

“The prompt can appear repeatedly when dismissed, nagging the user to press the F1 key,” Ross added.

The security advisory made the same recommendation: “Our analysis shows that if users do not press the F1 key on their keyboard, the vulnerability cannot be exploited.”

Users can also stymie attacks by disabling Windows Help. The advisory explained how to entering a one-line command at a Windows command-line prompt to lock down the Help system.

The company took Prodeus to task for taking the bug public, something it regularly does when researchers disclose a vulnerability or post sample attack code before a patch is available.

“Microsoft is concerned that this vulnerability was not responsibly disclosed, potentially putting customers at risk,” said Jerry Bryant, a senior manager with the MSRC, in an e-mail. By Prodeus’ account, he notified Microsoft of the flaw Feb. 1, about four weeks before publishing his findings.

Microsoft has not set a timeline for a fix, saying only that, “Microsoft will take the appropriate action to help protect our customers.” The next scheduled security patch date for the company is March 9.

Although it does not rate the severity of vulnerabilities in its advisories, Microsoft noted that hackers exploiting the VBScript flaw using Windows Help and Internet Explorer could grab complete control of a Windows system.

Customers running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 are safe from such attacks, Microsoft said.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer or subscribe to Gregg’s RSS feed . His e-mail address is gkeizer@ix.netcom.com.

Read more about spam, malware and vulnerabilities in Computerworld’s Spam, Malware and Vulnerabilities Knowledge Center.

February 28, 2010

Snackbot serves up some human-robot interaction… and snacks

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If you’re a student at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) who is left gasping for breath when forced to drag yourself away from your studies to get a snack, rejoice! A CMU team has created a robot that is designed to deliver snacks to you. But the appropriately named Snackbot is far more than a vending machine on wheels. It is designed to serve as a research platform for the study of long-term Human-Robot Interaction and packs a healthy helping of technological goodies, including a laser navigation system, sonar sensors and a stereo vision camera for eyes.

Snackbot is the culmination of two years of work by an interdisciplinary team including faculty members, undergraduates and doctoral students in the university’s Human Robot Interaction Group. About the size of a small person, Snackbot rolls around on wheels and is intended for both fully- and semi-autonomous operation. Initially orders for snacks will be made through a website or IM service, but other ordering options are expected to evolve as the field trials of Snackbot progress.

Snackbot’s head features a Bumblebee 2 stereo vision camera acting for eyes and a 3 x 12 LED display for the mouth that is programmed with a series of animations that show verbal and emotional feedback in the form of lip shapes, colors and movement. Although the robot doesn’t have functional ears, the team added ears to the head design to let customers know that Snackbot could hear them.

Aside from providing that 3 o’clock sugar fix, Snackbot is designed to assist research into robust autonomous operation in office environments. It will enable the team to study multi-sensor fusion algorithms for perception, reasoning about dynamic spaces, communicating with people through verbal and non-verbal mechanisms, and planning with incomplete information.

The research includes enabling the robot to navigate through congested areas in a socially acceptable fashion, detect individual people, recognize when someone it knows approaches and autonomously learn to recognize new objects. It will also support behavioral science research on such topics as personalization and people’s relationships with interactive objects.

Read more @ GizMag

January 9, 2010

What was the Top Twitter Trends of 2009?

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Abdur, Chief Scientist, Research Team, Twitter explains how Twitter is constantly evolving in his blog post on twitter blog last year.

My name is Abdur and I’m part of the Research team here at Twitter. As Chief Scientist, it’s my job to interpret data so we can understand and appreciate how Twitter is constantly evolving. Since it’s the end of the year, we thought it would be interesting to review the topics and issues that captured global attention over the year. In 2009, Twitter’s Trending Topics helped us understand what was happening around the world showing us that people everywhere can be united in concern around important events; excited about a new movie; or geek-out about a major new technology.

Among all the keywords, hashtags, and phrases that proliferated throughout the year, one topic surfaced repeatedly. Twitter users found the Iranian elections the most engaging topic of the year. The terms #iranelection, Iran and Tehran were all in the top-21 of Trending Topics, and #iranelection finished in a close second behind the regular weekly favorite #musicmonday.

These are Twitter’s top Trending Topics across several categories—an interesting time capsule of what was happening as this decade came to a close.

News Events
1. #iranelection
2. Swine Flu
3. Gaza
4. Iran
5. Tehran
6. #swineflu
7. AIG
8. #uksnow
9. Earth Hour
10. #inaug09

People
1. Michael Jackson
2. Susan Boyle
3. Adam Lambert
4. Kobe (Bryant)
5. Chris Brown
6. Chuck Norris
7. Joe Wilson
8. Tiger Woods
9. Christian Bale
10. A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez)

Movies
1. Harry Potter
2. New Moon
3. District 9
4. Paranormal Activity
5. Star Trek
6. True Blood
7. Transformers 2
8. Watchmen
9. Slumdog Millionaire
10. G.I. Joe

TV Shows
1. American Idol
2. Glee
3. Teen Choice Awards
4. SNL (Saturday Night Live)
5. Dollhouse
6. Grey’s Anatomy
7. VMAS (Video Music Awards)
8. #bsg (Battlestar Galatica)
9. BET Awards
10. Lost

Sports (Teams, Events, Leagues)
1. Super Bowl
2. Lakers
3. Wimbledon
4. Cavs (Cleveland Cavaliers)
5. Superbowl
6. Chelsea
7. NFL
8. UFC 100
9. Yankees
10. Liverpool

Technology
1. Google Wave
2. Snow Leopard
3. Tweetdeck
4. Windows 7
5. CES
6. Palm Pre
7. Google Latitude
8. #E3
9. #amazonfail
10. Macworld

Hash Tags
1. #musicmonday
2. #iranelection
3. #sxsw
4. #swineflu
5. #nevertrust
6. #mm
7. #rememberwhen
8. #3drunkwords
9. #unacceptable
10. #iwish

January 6, 2010

Gmail on Nexus One

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Not only does the just-announced Nexus One have a beautiful display, snappy processor, and five megapixel camera complete with flash and geotagging, but you can also buy it online with or without a service plan. Plus, it runs Android 2.1, which adds a couple of new features to the native Gmail application:

* Quick contact badge: Press the contact status icon within Gmail, and a handy box shows all of the ways you can reply to a contact — including email, chat, SMS, and Facebook.
* Voice input: Swipe the keyboard, then just speak to select contacts or write an email, complete with punctuation. Period!

Nexus One also features the Gmail updates of Android 2.0, including:

* Multiple Gmail accounts: Sync multiple accounts to the same device and switch between them without leaving the app.
* Undo: A handy ‘undo’ link makes it easier to retrieve messages when you hit archive or delete by mistake. (Note: you can’t yet undo send as you can with the desktop version of Gmail).

For more information on Nexus One visit google.com/phone. To learn more about Gmail on this and other Android devices, check out the Gmail page on mobile.google.com/android, or watch this video:

from Gmail Blog by The Gmail Team

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