The majority of Internet and international telephone traffic travels goes under the sea. When two submarine cables in the Mediterranean Sea were cut (most likely by ship anchors) on Wednesday, Internet connectivity in the Middle East and in parts of Asia cratered.
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Symantec issued its second annual report on IT risk management. Key findings from "IT Risk Management Report" that surveyed 405 IT professionals include:IT professionals are adopting a more balanced, less security-centric view of IT risk—more of them now see availability risk as critical or serious than any other element.
Amazon's fourth quarter results had a little bit of everything for its various observers: Sales were impressive and the outlook wasn't bad, but worries about profit margins are worrisome. But amid all the talk about consumer demand, growth abroad and adding third party sellers to Amazon's platform the "other" line on the company's breakdown of revenue is far more interesting.
Amazon.com's march into digital distribution of content continues--this time with plans to acquire Audible for $300 million.
Notable headlines:George Ou: Even SSL Gmail can get sidejackedRobin Harris: The data center on your desktopJanice Chen@PMA: Live from Las Vegas: Sony announces two more DSLRs under $900David Morgenstern: Is Apple under attack from a whisper campaign?
Rove Mobile introduced PCMobilizr, which lets users have complete access to the files and applications on their home and office PCs. With the PC becoming a peripheral to smartphones (especially those with bright, big screens), PCMobilizr makes a lot of sense.
Eyealike, which developed software for facial recognition and image detection, is tackling the video copyright infringement problem. Eyealike Copyright creates digital fingerprints, consisting of visual cues from motion, faces, histograms and colors.
Demo 08 had its share of video-oriented applications, but two stood out because they deal with the non-creative side--managing deployment and analyzing the performance of video content.Visible Measures introduced VisibleSuite, which measures the in-stream video viewing behavior of Web audiences.
iLeonardo (not to be confused with anything from Apple) is a social utility that connects people and their collections of information on the Web. It's part shared bookmarking and social network, and part of the growing number of Web sites that are leveraging the wisdom of the community.
Dell said Wednesday that it will close its 140 kiosks to focus on its direct sales and retail channel efforts.The PC maker launched the kiosks in 2002 as a way for customers to play with Dell's gear before placing an order.