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Porn industry may be decider in Blu-ray, HD-DVD battle

Just as in the 1980s, when the Betamax and VHS video formats were battling it out for supremacy, the pornography industry will likely play a big role in determining which of the two blue-laser DVD formats -- Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD -- will be the win...

Google Earth's photographer builds out infrastructure

The company responsible for those cool satellite images accessed by millions of Google Earth users said this week that it has almost completed an enormous upgrade to its internal IT infrastructure to increase production and support the launch of two ...

Maxtor to ship 500GB backup hardware for Macs

Maxtor announced Wednesday that it will be shipping a backup device for Apple Computer hardware that can store up to 500GB of data and offers management features that emulate enterprise-class device functions such as shared network connections, autom...

Missing backup tapes spur encryption at Time Warner

Time Warner this week said it will "quickly" begin encrypting all data saved to backup tapes after 40 tapes with personal information on about 600,000 current and former employees were lost in transit to a storage facility.

Symantec CEO outlines plan for Veritas

Symantec CEO John Thompson said this week that soon after his company merges with Veritas Software, customers can expect to see a new consumer-grade data backup and recovery product -- something Veritas dropped four years ago.

EMC targets SMB market with new packages

EMC announced a new line of bundled networked storage packages targeting the midsize enterprise and small-to-medium-size business (SMB) marketplace that include lower pricing, a greater emphasis on channel sales and a Web portal tool that expedites t...

Western Digital unveils ATA disk with SCSI speed

Leveraging an economy of scale built on the manufacturing of 40 million disk drives per year, Western Digital said Monday that it has developed an ATA drive that rivals the speed and performance of SCSI drives at a 30 percent cost savings.

IBM technology could let desktops go diskless

IBM Corp. announced Thursday an emerging technology that would allow PCs and servers to access operating systems via IP networks, which could eventually lead to computers devoid of hard drives.

Intel kills InfiniBand chip program

In a move that some experts say is a blow to the emerging InfiniBand market, Intel Corp. yesterday announced to partners that it has killed plans to produce silicon chips that would allow for high-speed server clustering and communication with other ...

Boeing gets FCC license for Internet service on planes

The Boeing Co. has been granted a license by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to launch its new airborne Internet service. However, the project still faces delays because of recent decisions to pull out by the three U.S. airlines that were ...

Bucking trend, bank to hire 600 IT pros

While other companies are cutting thousands of jobs to pare costs, Bank One Corp. announced last week that it plans to add 600 IT workers in an effort to speed up and expand internal technology projects.

US ATTACK: Y2k plans aided in recovery

The US$5 billion that Wall Street spent to address the Y2k problem is now paying off with last week's terrorist attack on New York's financial district, IT managers said. But there have been other issues, from communications to personnel management, ...

Visa 'smart card' technology almost ready for use

Visa U.S.A yesterday announced that the hardware and software needed for point-of-sales (POS) systems to read the embedded chip technology in its smart cards is now available, and said bank card processors supporting 80 percent of Visa's card volume ...

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