Cisco revenue, profit rise; Most want iPhone for business use; IBM, Microsoft lag behind on Web 2.0

Cisco revenue, profit rose in Q1

Cisco posted a double-digit rise in revenue in its fiscal first quarter ended Oct. 27, with an even bigger gain in profit.

Most iPhone fans want devices for business use

Despite what skeptical industry analysts and leery CIOs may say, a new poll shows that a large majority of iPhone fans want to use their favorite device for work and play.

IBM, Microsoft, SAP lag behind on Web 2.0

IBM, Microsoft and SAP are taking a charge at the business Web 2.0 market, but the big vendors still lag behind smaller rivals who have developed far more innovative technology with quicker release cycles, according to a Forrester analyst.

802.11n vendors strive for 802.11n migration

Perhaps the loudest buzz around 802.11 these days comes from vendors trying to prepare customers for the “all-wireless enterprise,” which they maintain will be made possible with high-speed 802.11n networks.

Spammers beg for money in pre-holiday blast

A new spam campaign has emerged that tells stories of the hard-knock life, and then asks for money.

RIM slashes price of BlackBerry server for SMB market

Research in Motion wants to turn mobile users in the SMB market into BlackBerry email addicts, just like the enterprise market.


LAN switch security: What hackers know about your switches with Cisco's Christopher Paggen: Contrary to popular belief, Ethernet switches are not inherently secure. Security vulnerabilities exist all over the place. Did you know that there are vulnerabilities in the control plane protocols like STP and CDP? There are holes in the data plane protocols too. Christopher Paggen is prepared to tell you how to avoid these problems. Paggen is a technical marketing engineer for Cisco focusing on high-end firewalls. Join us for a live chat Tuesday Nov. 13 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST, where you can ask him about configuring and securing switches, firewalls or anything else you want to talk about.


State of wireless security: Frightful

Think wardriving is passe? Keith rides around with AirDefense CTO Amit Sinha and sees enough wireless holes to make him want to go back to the manual typewriter.


Buzzblog: Did Amazon's 'crowdsourcing' impede Fossett search?

The much-publicized participation of 50,000 amateur searchers using Amazon’s “Mechanical Turk” project may have been more than futile, it may actually have gotten in the way of professionals trying to find Steve Fossett's airplane, according to an officer in the civil air patrol. "In hindsight, I wish (they) hadn't been there," she says at the very bottom of a Wired story that otherwise focuses on the feelings of the virtual searchers that they may have been wasting their time. Believers in the wisdom of crowds sometimes forget that even the best-intentioned of them can be unruly.

Today on Layer 8: We think these satellites might have a little more power than anything floating in space should have:

NASA and its Applied Sciences Program will be using 14 satellites to watch the Earth’s environment and help predict and prevent infectious disease outbreaks around the world. Through orbiting satellites, data is collected daily to monitor environmental changes. That information is then passed on to agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense who then apply the data to predict and track disease outbreaks and assist in making public health policy decisions.

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