Privacy Protection: Progress, Of Sorts
Reasonable minds can argue over the specifics in these bills, and they should. But whatever passes, and I do hope that happens soon, at least those bills form some sort of basis for nailing thieves and for holding accountable the companies that are the repositories of our most sensitive data. It also speaks to a beginning of a public policy of sorts.
Harris Wins $600 Million Deal With Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau has selected Melbourne, Fla.-based Harris to manage its five-year, $600 million Field Data Collection Automation program, which will integrate systems supporting roughly 500 local offices and the more than 500,000 individuals responsible for collecting data for the 2010 Census.
Game Companies Get Down To Business
Being a genius with a great idea isn't enough; gaming companies are following the lead of corporate IT and adopting third-party middleware to make their products winners.
Next Version of Google Talk Leaked
Screenshots and installation software for a major upgrade version of Google's instant messaging application, Google Talk, have apparently been leaked online. The new Google Talk appears to have "themes," color schemes and so on for how conversations look, and the equivalent of what rival AOL Instant Messenger calles "Buddy Icons." Here's a look at the screenshots.
Vista May Pose Danger To Security Product Vendors
Could it be that Microsoft's vision for security in Vista will aggravate security product vendors? One longtime Windows watcher thinks Microsoft, hoping to fly under the antitrust radar, will sprinkle security throughout the operating system.
Privacy Groups Herald House Data Breach Bill
A House committee has given the green light to a data breach bill that consumer advocates have been clamoring for. One lawmaker says the bill's message is simple: "If you can't protect it, don't collect it."
Symposium Surveys The State Of The Broadband Art
Wireless networking for cars was among the topics discussed at last week's confab. Although the technology would eliminate most, if not all, of the wires needed in a typical car, questions remain about whether the wireless nets would deliver the same performance and reliability as wired subsystems.
eBay Bidders Push Enigma Machine Over $30K
eBay bidders have offered more than $30,000 for a World War II-era German Enigma cipher machine, a sum that's "on the high side," according to a dealer who has sold other models.
Microsoft Gets Help From U.S. In EU Battle
A U.S. software expert is scheduled to testify at the European Commission meeting on Microsoft, refuting claims that Microsoft's software documentation is "totally unusable."
Patent Office Rules In eBay's Favor
eBay said it learned this week that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had upheld an earlier decision in a case involving the auction site's "Buy It Now" feature.
Intel Brings 'Community PC' To Mexico
Intel and Telmex will collaborate to expand the use of technology in Mexico by making a new type of desktop PC available to first-time computer users.
Ethics Aren't Just For The Classroom
My colleague Paul McDougall has been taking quite a beating in the comments section of the InformationWeek Weblog for suggesting that it's a bad idea for executives to take massive gifts from vendors bidding on company business. Paul is making the crazy, wild-eyed assertion that bribery is, perhaps, ethically speaking, the nonoptimal solution. You might even say it's wrong.
Check Point Made The Right Move In Dropping Sourcefire Bid
The fastest way to obscurity in the security market is to worry about yesterday's problems. Check Point Software Technologies is looking to put its aborted bid to buy Sourcefire behind it. Once the deal came under the scrutiny of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, both companies would have been wrapped up in red tape for months. Unacceptable in the fast-moving world of IT security.
The Nerdy Way To Better Health
As junk food, alcohol, cigarettes, prescription drugs and inactivity increasingly take their toll on our health, people are looking for ways to get healthy. Of course, there's no getting around the need to consume fewer toxic substances and excercise more. The good news is that you can employ gadgets and computers to help you out -- and make getting healthy easier and more fun.
IBM, 3Com Team On IP Telephony Suite
The idea is to allow IT groups in midsized firms to reduce cost and complexity by deploying a single server housing all their core applications: ERP, CRM, DB2, and now IP telephony.
Mobile Domains For Sale In May
The .mobi suffix should eliminate core problems associated with browsing on .com sites, including large graphics and multimedia content, according to the CEO of the company behind the new domain.
Third-Party IE Patches Moving Fast As Spam Attack Starts
A spokesperson for eEye Digital Security said its workaround had been downloaded by more than 94,000 users, while another security vendor warned that attackers were drawing people to malicious Web sites that exploit the flaw.
Microsoft Security Flaws Create A New Market
It's happened again: Someone other than Microsoft has ridden in on their white horse and delivered a patch designed to protect Microsoft customers while Redmond readies its next regularly scheduled download of fixes. Russian programmer Ilfak Guilfanov, senior developer with Belgian software maker DataRescue, opened the barn doors in January when he issued an unauthorized piece of workaround code to help companies
Globalization, Or Sailed Ships And Election-Year Politics
The car's left the driveway on the globalization of IT, but the United States apparently still thinks it has the keys. International deals of all sizes have been coming under increasing scrutiny over supposed security questions, and the atmosphere doesn't seem to be getting better anytime soon. Well, at least until after November.
Debate Over Army Contract Continues
At the heart of the matter are claims by some in the government that the award violated time limitations under existing competitive-bidding requirements.
EMS Scales A Data Mountain
Outdoor gear merchant Eastern Mountain Sports implements Web-based business intelligence to help it win retail sales.