In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Can't We All Just Get Along?
2. Today's Top Story
- AMD Pays The Price In Awakening Intel Goliath
- Intel Revs Up Clock Speed Of Quad-Core Desktop Chip
- Intel Plans Centrino Mobile Chip
- AMD Sees 1st-Quarter Revenue Below Wall Street View
3. Breaking News
- Wal-Mart's Latest 'Orwellian' Technology Move: Get Over It
- Apple Hits The 100 Million Mark With iPod
- Blogging Code Of Conduct Proposed To Tame The Net
- Microsoft Repatches Its .ANI Emergency Patch
- Google Apologizes For Copying Data
- Toshiba Claims 17 Companies Infringe On DVD Patents
- Hackers Using Middle East Fears To Push Trojan Attack
- U.S. To File WTO Piracy Cases Against China
- New York Auto Show Preview: Hybrids, Minis, And Muscle Cars
- 10 Tips To Survive Online Tax Hacker And Phishing Attacks
- Review: Three Cool Bluetooth Headsets
- Dell's March To Linux PCs Won't Be A Walk In The Park
4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
- A Patent On An Ajax Generator? Ah, That Could Be Important
- Search Finds Python In NYC Google Office
- Small Businesses Turn To DotMobi For Mobile Web Sites
- DIY Map Mashups Now On Google Maps
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
- Achieving Business Agility With Application Life-Cycle Management
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1. Editor's Note: Can't We Just All Get Along?
Anyone who has ever posted anything on a site with respectable traffic has been on the receiving end of what is, at best, mean-spiritedness, and at worst--well, much worse.
Most of this sort of thing comes over the transom anonymously, and one's first taste of the more vitriolic aspects of the otherwise exciting give-and-take that characterizes the Web can be a shock to the system. Of course (as has been discussed ad infinitum), the medium itself removes all social barriers to this kind of behavior. As one colleague of mine once memorably observed, it's like handing out free ski masks and machine guns to the general population. Someone's bound to get hurt. How bad the injury -- and therefore how seriously we should take cyberbullying - -continues to be the subject of intense debate.
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We ignore the trolls.
There's an informative, constructive, and, I'll point out, decidedly civil discussion going on at Blogging Wikia in which the consensus seems to be that the no-anonymous-comments provision will be the deal breaker. Among other reasons, many people quite reasonably point out that people from countries with restrictions on Internet freedom or other human rights issues would be effectively barred from online dialogues. Others simply passionately subscribe to anything that smacks of censorship and warn against the proverbial slippery slope. I happen to agree with that -- even as I delete any e-mails with overtly abusive subject lines from my in-box without reading their contents.
What do you think? Have you been the subject of cyberbullying -- and if so, how have you handled it? Should there be a Code of Conduct? Is it at all realistic to think that such a thing would be adopted by a critical mass of Web sites? Let us know by responding to the InformationWeek Weblog.
U.S. To File WTO Piracy Cases Against China
The United States will file a pair of World Trade Organization cases against China aimed at stopping widespread piracy of American movies, music, books, and software, the top U.S. trade official said Monday.
New York Auto Show Preview: Hybrids, Minis, And Muscle Cars
From hydrogen-powered concept cars to the latest incarnation of the Mustang, the New York International Automobile Show is a showcase of cutting-edge car technology. Here's an opinionated take on the goings-on, along with a companion photo gallery of engine-equipped eye candy.
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A Patent On An Ajax Generator? Ah, That Could Be Important
Search Finds Python In NYC Google Office
Forget the latest upgrade to Google Talk or Google's new map mashups, the real Google news last week centered on a big snake. Reports claim that a 3-foot python, named Kaiser, somehow got loose in Google's New York City office in Chelsea.
Small Businesses Turn To DotMobi For Mobile Web Sites
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DIY Map Mashups Now On Google Maps
Google this week launched My Maps, a new Google Map service that lets users make their own map mashups for Google Maps and Google Earth.
Achieving Business Agility With Application Life-Cycle Management
Application life-cycle management boosts the quality and predictability of delivery of software applications through the use of structured, repeatable processes. The resulting reduced cycle times help organizations become more agile in reacting to changing business conditions.
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