In This Issue: 1. Editor's Note: All The News That's Fit To Rate? 2. Today's Top Story - Microsoft Patch Snafu Grows, Users Seek Workaround Related Stories: - Microsoft Readies 'Carmine' Virtual Server Manager - Rising RAM Prices May Make Vista More Expensive - Microsoft Working On Image Search For Mobile Phones 3. Breaking News - IT Employment Reaches Record High In U.S. - Beware Bagel Worms Updating - Getting The Most Out Of Search Engine Optimization - IBM's First Quarter Reveals Slow Growth In Crucial Services Business - SAP Calls On Community Feedback - Canadian Online Drug Sales To U.S. Customers Increase - Chinese Piracy Law Helps Windows; Gates Hosts Chinese President - New Subscriptions-Based Online Backup Service Offers Unlimited Storage - Navajo Nation Gets Networked - HP Rolls Out New LaserJet Printers - EMC Unveils Midrange Virtual Tape Library - Fort Wayne Gets Wi-Fi 'Hot Zone' 4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web - HD DVD Players, Discs Make Debut (BetaNews) - Photo Pool: Laptop Stickers (Flickr) - Companies Warn About EU Broadcasting Rules (Associated Press) 5. In Depth: Digital Entertainment - AT&T Wants Its Internet TV - Actors, Broadcasters Demand Payment For Downloads - James Cameron: Lights, Digital Camera, NAB - Google, Sony Pictures In Movie Promo - ABC Tests Free TV On The Net - Gaming Technology And Business IT Begin To Meld 6. Voice Of Authority - Wireless E-Mail Patent: What Did NTP Know And When Did It Know It? 7. White Papers - E-Mail Management And Recovery 8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek 9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
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1. Editor's Note: All The News That's Fit To Rate?
A new site, Health News Review, rates health-related news stories on nine criteria, including accuracy, balance, and completeness. A panel--consisting of 20 journalists and experts in health services and medicine--vets each story, which winds up with a rating of between one and five stars. There are explanations of why each story received its ratings in all nine categories.
The basic notion is to give readers the tools they need to help decide whether to take a particular story or piece of advice seriously, or to perhaps ask their doctor about it, or whether to just dismiss something as plain crazy or something that's not applicable to their lives. It's taking the idea of a peer-reviewed journal and broadening it out to the general public so "regular" people can make more informed decisions.
It's a great idea, and I wish the founders much success. I just wonder if it can work.
Society today seems to be sending a mixed message regarding its desire for "expert" information versus the opinion of anyone who's inclined to give one. Bloggers are springing up everywhere, sometimes being incubated by journalism sites encouraging citizens to "speak truth to power," as the old activist's saying goes. There's, of course, nothing wrong with this; my only point is that one opinion is as valid as another--or maybe not. And thus the confusion.
Whose opinion to believe?
As we wait to gauge the reactions to, and usefulness of, these new kinds of information sites, I'm wondering if there's any applicability of the "rated news" notion to the technology field. Who would need to do the rating for it to be meaningful? As we all know, if you get five IT pros in a room, you're likely to get six different opinions. And would you believe anything they said anyway?
To read more about this, or weigh in with your own opinion, check out the rest of my blog entry.
Beware Bagel Worms Updating One site, which belongs to a Slovakian real-estate firm, was sending out new editions of Bagle every 50 seconds, a security company warns.
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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
HD DVD Players, Discs Make Debut (BetaNews) Tuesday marked the first day of availability for HD DVD discs, with two studios releasing three movies in the next-generation optical disk format. The releases are intended to coincide with the launch of the first HD DVD player from Toshiba.
Companies Warn About EU Broadcasting Rules (Associated Press) An alliance of companies, including ITV, Yahoo, Vodafone, Intel, and Cisco Systems, warned that a European Commission proposal to impose rules for traditional broadcasters on new media providers could have "unintended consequences" and hurt investment.
5. In Depth: Digital Entertainment
AT&T Wants Its Internet TV The service will provide video-on-demand, digital video, and Internet content such as photos and music through a set-top box.
Google, Sony Pictures In Movie Promo Called "The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google," the contest features puzzles that will be released each day in the form of six different challenges at four difficulty levels.
Wireless E-Mail Patent: What Did NTP Know And When Did It Know It? More evidence surfaced this past weekend suggesting that NTP, which last month received a $612.5 million patent-infringement settlement from BlackBerry provider Research In Motion, should never have been granted its wireless E-mail patents. Eric Chabrow explains.
7. White Papers
E-Mail Management And Recovery One major reason why companies fall short when it comes to E-mail archiving and restoration is the technical difficulty involved in the process. This paper looks at the issues involved in restoring and searching E-mail archives using Exchange.
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