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posted in March 2006
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Online March Madness Most Watched (Where Else?) At Work
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Some 77% of the live video streams of the first round of the NCAA tournament originated from work locations.
Gibson Guitar CEO Says DRM Challenges Market
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Internet anonymity and consumer confusion make digital rights management problematic, says chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz.
Google Offers Ads In Local Mapping Service
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
The ads appear on a Google Local map whenever a searcher enters a query that matches advertisers' chosen keywords and business information.
Optimized IE Exploit Speeds Up Infection
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
The new twist on the createTextRange exploit takes much less time to execute than the original, which requires five to 10 seconds.
From Our Blogs
Commentary  |  3/31/2006  | 
McAfee Rolls Out Centralized Security Management
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Customers can choose from four offerings, depending on their size and needs, with prices at $30 per user or less. Volume buyers get the lower prices.
Loyalty To Wireless Carriers Is Hard To Come By
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Mobile phone users are a mobile bunch, and that includes moving around among mobile wireless carriers.
Privacy Protection: Progress, Of Sorts
Commentary  |  3/31/2006  | 
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.
Azul Unveils Plans For 48-Core Processor
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
The move comes as most x86-based servers move to dual- and quad-core microprocessors.
Apple To Face Online Writers' Appeal In California
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Do bloggers and journalists have the right to publish trade secrets? That's one of the critical First Amendment issues in the case.
Harris Wins $600 Million Deal With Census Bureau
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
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
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
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.
Justice Department Demands Data From 34 Internet Companies
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Government says information on Internet surfing and searching is needed to defend the Child Online Protection Act
Down To Business: Offshorers Coming Out Of The Closet
Commentary  |  3/31/2006  | 
Whether driven by some extrapolation of the Wal-Mart Effect or even the Madonna Effect, companies are starting to make noise about the work they're doing abroad.
IT Confidential: Another Low Moment At The High Court
Commentary  |  3/31/2006  | 
Learn why Internet legal cases are like legal Vietnams.
Next Version of Google Talk Leaked
Commentary  |  3/31/2006  | 
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.
Review: Laplink Provides Networking For Small Business And Home
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Laplink provides a suite of products that transfer settings between PCs, link up PCs via a variety of connection types, defend against attacks, and more. How well do they work?
IT Mergers Have Feds Flailing Against Tech Globalization
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Alcatel-Lucent is only the latest to raise their ire. And the worries go beyond acquisitions
Virtualization Vendors Jockey For Advantage
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Microsoft delays update for its Virtual Server software, licenses its Virtual Hard Disk format to XenSource.
Vista May Pose Danger To Security Product Vendors
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
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.
April Fool's Day Starts Early On The Web
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
April Fools' Day started a day early on the Web as anxious Internet pranksters couldn't wait to lure the gullible into buying the almost believable.
Patch Management Holds The Line Against Application Assaults
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Third-party companies are stepping in to offer patches for software from major vendors like Microsoft and Oracle. That's making life more complicated for beleaguered security managers.
Privacy Groups Herald House Data Breach Bill
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
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."
From Jill Carroll To InformationWeek's Own Tom Claburn: Journalists Just Doing Their Jobs
Commentary  |  3/31/2006  | 
I feel like I should know Jill Carroll. She grew up down the street from me, went to the same Michigan middle school and high school as I did, and swam for the same neighborhood swim club. But I didn't know her. She's quite a bit--ahem--younger than I am.
Toshiba Begins Selling First HD DVD Players
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
In a race to set industry standards, Toshiba has shipped its HD-XA1 player into the Japanese market.
Symposium Surveys The State Of The Broadband Art
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
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.
Vista, Office Delays Into '07 Could Impact Software Assurance Customers
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Microsoft Software Assurance customers whose maintenance ends Dec. 30 have no assurance they will get Windows Vista or Office 2007 if those business versions are delayed beyond 2006.
eBay Bidders Push Enigma Machine Over $30K
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
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.
Gartner: Microsoft Delay Could Affect Licensing Rights
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
Gartner Friday cautioned Microsoft Software Assurance volume license customers to check their contract expiration dates, which could be affected by the delay of Office 2007.
Microsoft Gets Help From U.S. In EU Battle
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
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."
Maybe Now Your Good-For-Nothing Children Will Pick Up A Phone And Call
Commentary  |  3/31/2006  | 
Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel have invented a "kosher phone." It makes a nice sandwich with Gulden's spicy brown mustard and Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray Tonic. And can I get you a little Danish for after? Diet-shmiet, you're pale, have you been eating?
Review: ProShow Gold Creates Slide Shows
Commentary  |  3/31/2006  | 
It's a simple product to use, but you can create compelling home slide shows of images, videos, and audio with no artistic experience required.
Patent Office Rules In eBay's Favor
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
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
News  |  3/31/2006  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/30/2006  | 
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.
Content Creators Speak Up On Small Copyright Claims
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
Illustrators, photographers, writers, and representatives of the music industry appeared before a House subcommittee to address alternatives to the current system.
Peerflix To Add Music, Video Games To Network
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
The DVD-trading site could add a peer-to-peer platform for digital music and video games as early as next year, a Peerflix executive says.
The Nerdy Way To Better Health
Commentary  |  3/30/2006  | 
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
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
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
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
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.
Vonage Boasts One Million VoIP Customers With E911
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
The company worked with 911 Public Safety Answering Points throughout the U.S. to turn on the emergency calling service, Vonage said.
Third-Party IE Patches Moving Fast As Spam Attack Starts
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/30/2006  | 
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
Commentary  |  3/30/2006  | 
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.
iPod Is Allowed Under Previous Pact With Record Company: Apple
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
Apple Computer says its agreement with the music company doesn't prohibit data transfers, so iTunes is allowed.
Debate Over Army Contract Continues
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
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
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
Outdoor gear merchant Eastern Mountain Sports implements Web-based business intelligence to help it win retail sales.
Fear Of Lawsuits Is Killing Digital Content Innovation: Entertainment Pros
News  |  3/30/2006  | 
Most garage entrepreneurs are worried about getting hit with lawsuits from the big studios or other patent holders, speakers said at a conference this week.
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