Just when you think the federal government has come up with a plan to make the security process at airports more efficient, it turns out that the fine line in security is now blurrier than ever and I suspect the wait times at security checkpoints will actually grow longer.Starting tomorrow, the Transportation Safety Administration will allow laptop computers to stay in bags that are "checkpoint-friendly" - those that basically offer an unobstructed view from the x-ray machine.
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Being able to watch most of the 2008 Summer Olympics streaming over the Internet has been exciting for users, but not so much for businesses and IT departments. Hear CIO Ira Levy explain how his organization used a two-pronged approach of education and technology to limit the effect of Olympic video streaming.
Oracle said it has had more than 23,000 downloads of its Oracle Business Indicators application for the iPhone.Oracle and Salesforce were among the first with what I'd call real enterprise apps for the iPhone delivered via Apple's App Store.
The operating system may be losing its luster. In fact, you could argue that the operating system--Linux, OS X and Windows--will become an application that just happens to boot first.
Notable headlines:Ryan Naraine: Where on earth are these Microsoft patches?Ed Bott: Sinofsky dishes on Windows 7Mary Jo Foley: Sinofsky to dish on Windows 7?
Update: Netflix has been facing shipping delays and outages in its distribution centers for the last two days and has been fumbling to find a fix. The company said Thursday that it is hoping to bring its systems online overnight.
Nancy R. Heinen, the former general counsel of Apple and considered by some to be the sacrificial lamb in the company's options backdating scandal, has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Yahoo appointed former Viacom CEO Frank J. Biondi, Jr.
Networking giant Cisco Systems has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 25 percent in the next four years--with the help of technologies it's created. Cisco also wants to help customers do the same.
It's cool to be green these days - and what easier way to save some energy than to put your computer to sleep at night. But when the computer goes down for a nap, so does the Web connection.