Joab JacksonU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

Ballmer: Windows Phone 7 not successful yet

Speaking at the 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer conceded that his company's smartphone OS hasn't made a dent in the market.

Internet compass

W3C chastises Apple on HTML5 patenting

The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is seeking to invalidate a pair of Apple patents so the underlying technologies can be used as part of a royalty-free HTML5 stack.

Oracle virtual desktops opened to iPad access

Oracle introduced an iPad app that will allow users to access their Oracle virtual desktops.

Google: Mobile map search surging past desktop use

Google is experiencing a shift towards more mobile use, an executive says.

Internet compass

DOJ ruling against Microsoft impacted browsers little

The browser market is far more vigorous today than in 1998, but probably not because of government intervention involving Microsoft.

cell phone

U.S. launches wireless public safety network

The major U.S. telecommunications carriers join the U.S. government in creating a public safety network

Couchbase offers NoSQL for iPhone

Couchbase has released a beta version of the CouchDB for the iPhone.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox 4.0 makes early appearance

While Firefox 4.0 won't officially be released until Tuesday, it is already on Mozilla public FTP servers

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla releases Firefox 4.0 release candidate

The new Firefox browser will feature a radically redesigned interface as well as new privacy controls.

Music execs stressed over free streaming

Free music streaming services have replaced piracy as the chief concern for the ever-struggling music industry

Enterprise apps find a space on iPhone, iPad, consumer devices

Enterprise software vendors are adapting their applications for use with consumer devices like the iPad and mobile phones.


Mozilla site exposed encrypted passwords

A Mozilla database was exposed to the Internet, the Mozilla Foundation disclosed

Oracle Tries to Pull Apache Back to Java Group

Apache complains of dominance by Oracle, which in turn acknowledges Apache's influence on Java's future.