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House Moves To Outlaw Phone Number Spoofing
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
While the bill would criminalize spoofing, it does make exceptions for victims of domestic violence, crime tipsters, and others with legitimate reasons to conceal their numbers.
Mass. Man Arrested For Defrauding Cisco Systems Of Millions In Hardware
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The man allegedly used false identities and private mailboxes in at least 39 states to commit at least 700 instances of fraud against Cisco.
A $10 Wok Replaces A $20,000 Satellite Dish
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
A software programmer substituted a $10 Chinese cooking wok for a $20,000 satellite dish on behalf of his New Zealand television station.
U.N. Courts Silicon Valley To Close The Digital Divide
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
Intel spearheads efforts to reach out to businesses, academia, and the venture capital industry to help build up developing countries on three continents.
AT&T Accelerates Its Fiber TV Rollout In Wisconsin
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The phone conglomerate is hoping that its new offerings will keep customers away from similar services from cable companies and home satellite network providers.
Something Will Be Lost When Second Life Gets Voice
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
I have to admit I'm not 100% looking forward to the addition of voice into Second Life. I agree that it's inevitable and will make the service easier to use. But the text-based chat currently in use in Second Life adds to its charm, and, paradoxically, makes the service seem more real.

The Importance Of Presence: Taming The Wild And Woolly IM
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
"Presence" is one of the hottest ideas in software these days. Being able to see who's online and how they're connected is a necessary piece of functionality for enterprise networks as "real-time collaboration" (what we used to call "instant messaging" before it went corporate) has become the way to be productive. And for big companies, providing presence has been a security and compliance headache. The latest company to offer help is Sybase iAnywhere. Today it announced mobile instant messaging
Ning Envisions A Social Networking Site For Everyone
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The second life of Marc Andreessen's social Web application targets inflexible competitors such as MySpace.
Quick Look: Remember The Milk
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
It's not the organized people who need to keep task lists -- it's those of us who are so disorganized that we need some sort of written reminder to keep us on track (and to keep our bosses happy). As a past Outlook user, my inclination is to pair my task list with my calendar. As a current user of Google Calendar, I've been a bit peeved because, with all its advantages, it doesn't have a To Do feature. I'm a lot happier now -- because I found a site with the absurd name of
Three Intriguing Web 2.0 Companies: Jellyfish, Ning, And Dandelife
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s fundamentally impossible to predict which Web 2.0 ideas will take over the Internet. That lifts an incredible burden from my shoulders — I used to think it was my job to predict those things. Now I know it’s not my job — and, moreover, it’s an impossible task. So I can just sit back and marvel at the creativity that goes into coming up with various business models. Here’s three we discovered recently, two
DoJ Sued For Release Of FISA Court Rules On Spy Program
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The EFF filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking information on changes to the National Security Agency's surveillance program.
Federal CIOs Report Progress, Want More Help From IT Industry
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
A survey of federal CIOs shows improvements in terms of IT policy, programs, certification and accreditation, training, integration, privacy protections, network monitoring, and intrusion prevention.
Ericsson's $1.4 Billion Bid For Tandberg May Prompt Response By Arris
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
At stake is the rapidly emerging TV-over-the-Web market, as well as additional telecommunications infrastructure services and products.
Washington State Considers RFID Restrictions
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The Electronic Bill of Rights would outlaw collection, storage, and disclosure of information gathered through radio frequency identification technology without notifying consumers.
Join Us For Our Regular SL Kaffeeklatsch
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Jon us for our Second Life kaffeeklatsch Tuesday 7 am Second Life Time, at Notre Dame de Caffeine. The subject: Using Second Life for collaboration in SL and real life. For more on Web 2.0 collaboration tools, see this week's cover story, "Most Business Tech Pros Wary About Web 2.0 Tools In Business.".

Jaduka Offers Phone API For Web Developers
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
The software allows for interaction between Internet-based services and the standard Public Switched Telephone Network.
One Third Of Americans On The Web Have Used Wireless Internet
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
According to a new poll from the Pew Internet Project, one-third of U.S. Internet users have connected to the Web using a wireless network. The survey found that 20% of U.S. Internet users now have wireless networks in their homes. Just more signposts that wireless data, and not just voice, is going mainstream.
Quick Look: The Playaway
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
It may come as a shock to those technophiles who wouldn't be seen in public without their earbuds firmly attached, but there are folks out there who do not own an iPod (or alternate MP3 player). There are even people out there who don't know (or don't want to learn) how to download MP3 files. Most of us would simply leave those benighted souls to their AM radios and clunky CD players -- but at least one company sees them as a possible source of income.
Free At Last
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
I just bought my daughter a laptop. Well, to tell the truth, although I purchased it for her to use, it was actually for my benefit: I was tired of being kicked off my own computer because she had homework that required word processing or access to the Internet. Shuddering at the thought of shelling out hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office -- because though only in fifth grade, she needs PowerPoint as well as Word -- I downloaded the free office suite
When The Walls Came Tumblin' Down At Intel
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Intel has finally gotten rid of an eyesore that has been a major blight on its operation since 2001, and, no, it's not Itanium.
Despite Fight With Hollywood, YouTube Prospers
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
YouTube steadily gained traffic during the month of February, as it did, more or less, throughout 2006.
My FABULOUS Second Life
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
I've discovered that Ziggy Figaro, my alter ego in Second Life, is vain. In Second Life, I spend a good deal of time shopping, fussing over my appearance, and figuring out what to wear. In real life, I devote exactly as much effort on my appearance as I need to, and no more.

Voice-Mail-To-Text Now Available For Skype Users
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
SimulScribe service transcribes voice messages in an e-mail while the original audio is contained in an attached .wav file. The Web Gets More Like Real Life
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | is a Web service with a truly brilliant business plan: for 99 cents each per month you can buy all the friends you can afford to leave comments on your MySpace, Friendster, or Facebook page - really hot-looking friends, too, judging from the examples on the sites home page. It's just another example of how a disruptive Web technology can affect economics
BitTorrent Launches A Legal Video Download Store
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
BitTorrent hopes a well-stocked digital film store with thousands of titles at reasonable prices can wean its audience away from pirated video.
Keeping Junk E-Mail Out Of Your Inbox
Commentary  |  2/24/2007  | 
Spam volume is at its highest peak ever, Marshal's Threat Research and Content Engineering Team notes in their latest report. Spam has increased 280% since just last October. If the surge continues apace, 90% of all e-mail will be junk. That's a whole lot of unwanted e-mail.
Ex-Apple Employee's Firing Makes For Great YouTube Video
Commentary  |  2/24/2007  | 
Some say that revenge is best when it is served cold, but for former Apple Inc. call center employee Erik Ott, revenge may be best served about a million times a day on YouTube.
Older Is Better, But Is It Legal?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
For reasons that are far too complex to go into here (and that make me look far too stupid) I needed a copy of Paint Shop Pro 8 today. I know I've got my install CD around here somewhere, but it's hiding. So naturally I went hunting in Google, and somehow (I'm not exactly sure how, exactly) ran across the trail of It had it and I downloaded it. I was ecstatic. But I also was suspicious.
Microsoft Challenges Adobe With Publisher Partnerships
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
In a war of digital readers, Microsoft is using its Windows Presentation Foundation technology to block out Adobe's Flash and PDF software.
Google Gets Hand In Trademark Dispute
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Previously critical of the search engine, the Electronic Frontier Foundation supports Google's argument that sponsored links do not constitute infringing uses of trademarks.
Mozilla Security Update Fixes 7 Vulnerabilities
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
The patches foil the location.hostname vulnerability and help computer users running Firefox and Firefox
1983 Datsun Sports Car TV Commercial Features Apple's Steve Wozniak
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
This 1983 TV commercial features Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak plugging Datsun sports cars. The TV commercial hasn't aged well -- the music, announcer's voice, Woz's beard, and his clothes are all goofy. The car looks great, though.

The Ticker
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
IT and business news briefs.
Smartphone Users Have Longer Workdays, Make More Money, And Want More Time Off
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
According to new findings from researcher Digital Life America, smartphone users work longer and earn more money than those who don't use such devices. The study found that 19% of smartphone users work more than 50 hours a week and that their average household income is $94,000 a year, roughly 50% higher than the U.S. national average.
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
A look at emerging technology that's disruptive--and that isn't.
Does Web 2.0 Add To Information Overload?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
My efforts to adopt Web 2.0 collaboration tools within InformationWeek last year were thwarted by a very simple question. I suggested we move a lot of the administrative stuff for to the Basecamp project-management tool. But a colleague put up a roadblock by asking, "Mitch, wouldn't that be just another thing I have to remember to check?"

How I'm Making Enemies In Second Life
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
I've had two major interviews in Second Life go badly on me, and I'm still trying to figure out why. I handled them exactly as I do my real-life interviews, and I mostly don't have these problems in RL. It's apparent that the rules are different for SL interviews -- but how? And can the needs of RL and SL be reconciled, or should I brace myself for further conflict?
Nuance Moves Deeper Into Mobile Speech By Acquiring BeVocal For $140 Million
News  |  2/22/2007  | 
BeVocal provides self-service customer care to several wireless carriers, including handset activation and sales and fulfillment of add-on features.
First Woman Named Winner Of Prestigious Computing Award
News  |  2/22/2007  | 
Frances Allen, an IBM Fellow Emerita, receives the tech industry's equivalent of a Nobel Prize in computing.
Phishers Up The Ante And Go After Online Poker Players
News  |  2/22/2007  | 
Websense warns that phishers are targeting online poker players who use the Party Poker site.
Apple-Cisco iPhone Deal Positions Firms To Jointly Pursue Wi-Fi And VoIP
News  |  2/22/2007  | 
Scheduled for delivery in June, Apple's iPhone will have Wi-Fi capability -- a mobile phone feature that is likely to roil the entire cell phone landscape.
Adobe To Launch Ad-Supported Web 2.0 Video-Editing Tools
News  |  2/21/2007  | 
The online versions of Adobe's Premiere Element and Premiere Pro products are augmented by a partnership with Photobucket.
Google Targets Microsoft With Launch Of Business Applications
News  |  2/21/2007  | 
The search engine company adopts a subscription model with its corporate bundle to counter Microsoft Office and Windows Live.
Software AG Expects To Double Revenues From SOA Market By 2011
News  |  2/21/2007  | 
The German software maker will have to move fast to launch products and acquire technologies to compete with SOA heavies such as IBM, BEA, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and SAP, Forrester Research says.
Cisco Warns That 77 Routers Are Vulnerable To New Drive-By Pharming Attack
News  |  2/21/2007  | 
Users -- both home and commercial -- need to change the default user name and password on their routers.
Using Second Life For Disaster Preparedness Training
Commentary  |  2/21/2007  | built a realistic simulation of a small town in Second Life, complete with detailed restaurants and a complete hospital. Then they blew the whole village up real good, as well as inflicting pestilence such as a smallpox epidemic, in order to help train emergency personnel in disaster preparedness. View a 16-minute video overview of the tabletop simulation below.

$1 Billion Contract Gives AT&T Key Role In GM's Globalization Effort
News  |  2/21/2007  | 
GM is counting on AT&T's telephony expertise to ease its expansion into emerging geographies where telecom standards may differ from those used in the U.S. and Europe.
If The Stork Brings Babies, What Brings Digital Cameras? A Trade Show
Commentary  |  2/21/2007  | 
Judging from the volume of press releases, more digital cameras than babies have been born in the month of February. They're popping out all over -- even General Electric is introducing a line of silicon snapshooters. The reason is the Photo Marketing Association International's upcoming annual trade show in Las Vegas March 8 to 11. And the cream of this year's crop may have been introduced yesterday -- a 10-megapixel Nikon, the new Coolpix P5000.
Judge Keeps Spy Evidence Sealed, Restricts Proceedings In AT&T-NSA Case
News  |  2/21/2007  | 
A federal judge rules that lawyers can proceed with discovery as long as they don't bring up issues that are pending in an appeal before a higher court.
Intel Inside ... Health Care? You Should Care.
Commentary  |  2/20/2007  | 
When one vein starts to whither, you gotta tap around for a healthier one. Intel's latest initiative aims to bring its PC expertise into the hospital, with lots of friends in tow.
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