Federal Express is running a "limited pilot" that couples sensor technologies to track a package's temperature, location, humidity levels and delivery status with Web 2.0 tools such as Google Earth, according to FedEx CIO Robert Carter.
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Update below: Phil Wainewright raises an interesting beef in his post on SaaS data worries. In a nutshell, Phil says it's strange that people are trotting out the "your data may not be safe" argument when talking about Google Office.
Notable headlines: Ryan Naraine: eEye spies first MS Office 2007 remote exploit. Yet another ‘critical’ Firefox flaw.
RFID has been a much hyped technology over the last several years. You would have thought that by now radio frequency identification chips would be attached to multitudes of products and embedded in our bodies.
This week on the Dan & David Show, we discuss the well documented introduction of Google Apps Premier Edition, the $50 per user per year set of apps that includes phone support, additional storage, and a new set of administration and business integration capabilities. We also dive into Vista and IE7’s security features, and David discusses whether they will make the Web be harder to use.
Is the move by Salesforce.com to report subscriber totals semi-annually a warning sign?
In a CIO Sessions video, Jay Rollins, the CIO of Churchill Downs, talks about turning around the venerable race track with 21st century technology, such using wireless networks and mobile devices for wagering. He equates the technology requirements of horse racing for wagering elements and data collection and analysis to stock trading.
From the good idea department, Yahoo, with some assistance from Wal-Mart, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and others parties, launched 18seconds.org (green.
Update at end of post: Google may undercut Microsoft Office with its business apps subscriptions for a mere $50 per account a year, but there are a few fine print items to consider. Screen Gallery: See the screen gallery that walks through the Google Apps Premier set up as well as some of the trouble spots.
Notable headlines: Apple, Cisco settle iPhone trademark lawsuit. Techmeme discussion.