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Recent reports from the GAO indicate the US government is falling behind the technology gap, effecting everything from nuclear weaponry preparedness to an increase in medical errors that have pushed them to become the third leading cause of US deaths. We have IT solutions to solve problems such as healthcare IT interoperability, but for a variety of reasons, ranging from economic to political, nothing is done. Hardly a day goes by without some new revelation of an information technology mess in the United States that seems like an endless round of the old radio show joke contest, "Can You Top This" except that increasingly the joke is on us. From nuclear weapons updated with floppy disks to needless deaths from medical errors, many of which are caused by preventable interoperability communication errors. According to a report released to Congress, the Government Acc... (more)

Chrome Drops H.264

Google is dropping support for H.264 from its Chrome browser in favor of WebM, its own open source, royalty-free codec, as well as the Xiph.org Foundation's Theora widgetry because they're open source and the currently free but patent-bearing H.264, arguably the web's video standard, ain't. Google blogged that "We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles. To that end, we are changing Chrome's HTML5 support to make it consistent w... (more)

SYS-CON Radio Interviews Lutris Technologies, Inc.

SYS-CON Radio Host Keith Brown interviews David H. Young, Chief Evangelist, Lutris Technologies, Inc. Click here to listen {interview in MP3 format} ... (more)

An A to Z of the Social Media Landscape: H to P

This is part 2 of 3 of a continuing series on Social Media Companies. You can go to Part 1 here. As with the A-G list, if you see any problems with the data or you believe a company should be on this list, please let me know. [email protected] H Hi5 +Social Glue Award Launched in 2003, hi5 is now one of the world's largest social networks and a top 20 website globally — with over 60 million monthly unique visitors. Compete reports 3.2 million U.S. unique visitors every month. Quantcast reports 49.9 million worldwide visitors, high indexes for male, 12-34, Hispanic and Asian, has ... (more)

Enis Berberoğlu Named Editor-in-Chief of Hürriyet

New Media on Ulitzer I left Chicago late the night of December 30, via Turkish Airlines to spend the New Year with my mom in Turkey. Our plane arrived in Istanbul the next evening. There were five hours left until the New Year and the traffic from the airport to the hotel was bumper-to-bumper. I saw this on a CNN International program. I don't think there is another country on earth that loves their Papa Noel (Santa Claus), Christmas trees and Christmas music more than Turkey. And I am not sure if there is another Muslim country out there that is in love with Christmas like the T... (more)

Linux Sets New World Performance Record

The first TPC-H one-terabyte benchmark on Linux has just been achieved. The honor goes to Oracle Database 10g with a record-setting result of 9,950.7 [email protected] The achievement is the result of a 3-way collaboration between Lenovo - a Chinese hardware manufacturer and member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork Oracle's China Development Center in Beijing Oracle's Server Technologies Group in Redwood Shores, CA. Details of the system benchmarked: a four-node Lenovo Cluster Server DeepComp 6800, each with four Intel Itanium 2 1.3 GHz processors running Oracle(R) Database 10g with Real Ap... (more)