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Pretexting OK by Investors

December 8, 2006

HP seems to have gotten through the pretexting scandal unscathed -- paying $14.5 million to settle a civil claim revolving around the issue. HP shares have actually gained around 9 percent since the probe was disclosed in a regulatory filing, but fell 28 cents to $39.86 Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange.   "It looks like they got off pretty easy, and that this is actually going to be a good thing for HP," said Roger Kay, who follows the company as president of market research firm Endpoint Technologies Associates. "It looks like they're in control of their destiny and have put at least some of this behind them."   The vast majority of the settlement -- $13.5 million -- will fund state and local investigations into privacy rights and intellectual property violations, according to the lawsuit and settlement filed simultaneously in Santa Clara County Superior Court.   Apparently HP has been extremely cooperative and this issue seems to be largely behind the company.   HP CEO Mark Hurd said in a statement that the company is "committed to ensuring that HP regains its standing as a global leader in corporate ethics and responsibility." The agreement did not include a finding of liability against HP.   From my perspective the low fine amount seems like a minimal deterrent against this sort of behavior in the future.

Huawei Logs $11 Billion in Sales in 2006

December 7, 2006

In the first half of 2006, Huawei recorded contract sales of USD 5.2 billion, an increase of 29 per cent compared to the same period last year. The value of contract sales from international markets reached USD 3.4 billion, an increase of 36 per cent over the same period in 2005. The international market represented 65 per cent of total contract sales generated in the first half of this year.   Huawei sees its future in IMS and FMC and they believe their growth rate will continue. The company is proud to say they have been granted over 2,500 to date.

YouTube Relations as Political Barometer

December 7, 2006

I find recent YouTube news is a great way to see how countries look at technology and the internet. On the one hand a Japanese group feels YouTube must rein in copyright violations. The group goes on to say YouTube – now owned by Google – needs to have safeguards in place before videos are uploaded to the massive video database site.   At the opposite end of the spectrum, Iran, has decided to ban YouTube altogether. Yes, you can no longer access the site from Iran. What happens when you go to YouTube?

AT&T/BellSouth FCC Vote to Take Place

December 7, 2006

The AT&T/BellSouth merger has been deliberated by the FCC for quite some time. On October 13 of this year reports circulated about how the FCC vote was to be pushed back. It is now almost two months later and there may be an end to the deadlock.   As you may recall Commissioner Robert McDowell was not voting due to a conflict of interest. As you may recall Robert McDowell worked for COMPTEL an association who was publicly against the merger.

Web 2.0 and Terror

December 3, 2006

The New York Times has a long article on how behind the tech curve US spy agencies are. They need a technology upgrade. Apparently they need spy software 2.0. I read the first page and then was forced to finish up an article for Customer Interaction Solutions Magazine.

Israel Technology

December 3, 2006

Ancient Iranian Nanotubes

November 29, 2006

I was stuck on an airplane yesterday and I don't often read the New York Times. Even if I did, I would have to be careful about letting Tom Keating know about it. Anyway, politics aside the newspaper was pretty informative and I learned a great deal about the super strong swords known as Damascus sabers made by Assad Ullah who lived in Iran. Apparently the swords have many carbon nanotubes in them.   The steel also contains nanoscale wires of cementite, an extremely hard carbon-iron compound, that were probably formed inside the nanotubes, like the filling in a cannoli. These nanowires give Damascus sabers another distinctive characteristic: a moiré pattern of banding on the steel.   Apparently these swords were used against the Europeans during the crusades. I probably slept through this portion of history class by the way so I have no lucid comments to share with you on the battles.


November 28, 2006

We at TMC have been overloaded with spam and this week alone was possibly the worst in our history. The problem is becoming an epidemic and we are not alone. Take a look at some findings from a CNN UK article on the proliferation of spam.   Perhaps the most amazing part of the article is the concept of a spam gang.

Too Busy Reading Spam to Read This Article

November 20, 2006

I spent some time in Canada away from internet connections and as such I am hundreds of e-mails behind. One of these e-mails came from Tom Keating and it points to an article which explains how spam is skyrocketing due to botnets. I for one did not need this article to learn that we are under attack. I just hope the attack ends soon as I really feel the pain of massive amounts of junk.   It would appear being in the spam filtering business is a great place to be for the foreseeable future.

Sucker List

November 18, 2006

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