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Comment Re:Fortunately, we use blackberries! (Score 3, Informative) 174

I believe that most of the major Smartphone players have begun to do things like this. For example, Microsoft Exchange 2007 allows users and administrators to remotely wipe devices. Combining Exchange 2007 with WM6 brings additional security features: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc182299(TechNet.10).aspx. Bottom line: If you Smartphone makers want to reach Enterprises, they need to take both security and device management into consideration.

Submission + - New Wireless Device Hopes to Challenge iPod

David Kesmodel from WSJ writes: "A new wireless MP3 player — jointly created by Yahoo, SanDisk and Zing Systems — hit store shelves on Friday, seeking to challenge Apple's dominant iPod in the digital music player market, the Wall Street Journal reports. The device offers a twist on the iPod: It's designed to download music from the Web wirelessly when the user isn't necessarily near a PC. But some analysts are skeptical the $250 player can compete with Apple, the WSJ reports."

Submission + - How to convince the boss to use open source?

PHPNerd writes: My boss is a very smart man who has been in the computing industry (mainly the software side of it) for the last twenty years. Now he's the IT Director at the company I work for where I'm a software developer (about 500 employees total). I see the value of open source, and so does my boss who frequently tests out the latest and greatest that the community has to offer. However, here at this company, we're rather entrenched into Microsoft and other companies where the users feel "safe" and "secure" using it because it's the familiar thing to them. He told me that he cannot justify moving to Open Office, Linux, and other open source movements. Effectively, it appears as though his hands are tied by the higher-ups. So, I ask the Slashdot community for help: I need a homerun, slam dunk list (to present to the vice presidents) with reasons why moving to open source will not only save money, but help the company to do better business.

Feed Judge In Patent Case Puts Noose Around Vonage's Neck (techdirt.com)

A judge today barred Vonage from signing up new customers, following the ruling last month that it was infringing on some Verizon patents. According to ZDNet, the judge "said it was the only fair option that would minimize harm to both companies for now." It's hard to see how that's true, though. Clearly the harm on Vonage isn't being minimized, as an inability to sign up new customers will eventually kill the company. Once again, it's hard to see how patents are being used here to promote innovation. It's fairly obvious that Verizon has no interest in settling the case or licensing its patents, but rather it's an entrenched, slow-moving telco that simply wants to shut down its competition rather than compete in the marketplace. It's sad to see the judge allowing them to cripple Vonage in such a way, particularly after the Supreme Court said in the eBay-MercExchange case that injunctions aren't always the proper remedy, while appeals courts seem to have a better understanding that immediate injunctions aren't always the best solution because the harm a false injunction can do is significant and irreparable. Another story says the judge concluded that because the telecommunications market is so competitive, that there would be no impact on the public interest if the injunction were put in place -- but what happens when Verizon and other companies start suing other VoIP providers for patent infringement, seeking in some cases, heavy damages, but in others, simply to get some of that competition shut down?
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Submission + - Judge imposes Vonage injunction

PoundNanog writes: A judge issued an injunction Friday that effectively bars Internet phone carrier Vonage from signing up new customers as punishment for infringing on patents held by Verizon. Vonage planned an immediate appeal.
Vonage's lawyers said the compromise injunction posted by U.S District Judge Hilton is almost as devastating as an injunction that would have affected Vonage's 2.2 million existing customers.

"It's the difference of cutting off oxygen as opposed to the bullet in the head," Vonage lawyer Roger Warin said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070406/ap_on_hi_te/vo nage_verizon_suit

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