The average cost of a data breach incident was $6.3 billion in 2007, up from $4.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.
Notable headlines:Larry Dignan: Sunbelt Software: Google search results delivering massive malware attacks. Techmeme.
Forrester outlines new concepts in the information workplace, influenced by Web 2.0 technologies.
It's no wonder the Social Web--the Internet with the concept of people and relationships embedded in the fabric (what Sir Tim Berners-Lee calls the Giant Global Graph)--has become such a controversial topic. It's a kind of spontaneous, greedy gold rush for the social networks to accumulate members, exploit the social graph for revenue and add new features as fast as possible.
Google is announcing a new strategic initiative to develop electricity that's generated from renewable sources--wind, solar and geothermal systems--and cheaper than coal.This initiative, called the rather clunky Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal, will hire engineers, energy experts and "spend tens of millions on research and development and related investments in renewable energy.
Verizon Wireless is opening its technical kimono to developers so third party devices and software can readily plug into the company's network. With the move, Verizon Wireless is promising an "any apps, any device" option in 2008.
There are geeks. And then there are geek's geeks. George Ou falls in the latter category.
Google is preparing to roll out its long rumored--and still mostly rumored--Gdrive online storage service.The latest chatter about Gdrive comes from The Wall Street Journal, which reports:Google is preparing a service that would let users store on its computers essentially all of the files they might keep on their personal-computer hard drives -- such as word-processing documents, digital music, video clips and images, say people familiar with the matter.
Notable headlines:WSJ: Google plans service to store users' data.Paula Rooney: Mozilla plans 2 more Firefox 3 betas, ~500,000 copies of beta 1 downloaded to dateJeremy Allison: What I learned from my buggy code.
Guest post: Chris Matyszczyk writes that the greatest commercial battle currently is between the ad and the algorithm, between predictability and "ticklability." Facebook needs to figure out how to make its users feel like they aren't being sold up the river.