The Senate banking committee could move forward with an overhaul of financial regulation, thanks to a proposal to house a consumer-protection agency in the Federal Reserve rather than make it a stand-alone watchdog. Senators are discussing the idea, sources said. Industry groups and analysts have withheld judgment on the proposal.
The true test of an IT professional's knowledge may be the ability to explain technical issues in a way that makes sense to prospective clients, end-users and shareholders, Toni Bowers writes. "You can't sell technology to end-users and executives unless you can effectively explain to them why it is needed," Bowers writes.
Business applications are finally able to make use of multi-touch screens thanks to Windows 7's emphasis on the technology and the release of touch-capable machines from Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer and IIyama, Stuart Andrews writes. While Microsoft Office is still best navigated with a keyboard and a mouse, he writes, other Microsoft applications use touch technology to offer new ways of arranging presentations or studying maps.
French enterprise resource planning firm Nexedi has asked European regulators to encourage Sun Microsystems -- which is in the process of being acquired by Oracle -- to sell its MySQL database for 1 to protect the open-source application from Oracle's proprietary designs.
A new generation of cars offers more of the comforts of home as drivers with long commutes increasingly spend enough time behind the wheel to practically call the place home. The Nissan Cube, for instance, has a "sofa-style" rear seat and cubbyholes for storing items, while the Dodge Caravan has innovations including its own satellite hookup and flat-screen TVs that can be plugged into a DVD player or game.