News & Commentary
posted in February 2002
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Book The Upgrades, Dano
News  |  2/28/2002  | 
Sens. Leahy and Grassley are proposing legislation to get the FBI on a better technological footing.
The Cookie Question
News  |  2/28/2002  | 
The privacy policy at the IRS's Web site clearly states that it doesn't use browser cookies. Except it does. Sort of.
Anti-Copying Technology Regulation Isn't Welcomed By All
News  |  2/28/2002  | 
The recording industry sees government involvement as vital to protecting its interests, but high-tech vendors say that will thwart innovation.
Microsoft Targets Next Generation With .Net Academic
News  |  2/28/2002  | 
The software maker hopes new tools and low prices will convert comp sci students to the .Net platform.
Businesses That Abuse Consumer Privacy Will Pay
News  |  2/28/2002  | 
The FTC doesn't want new regulations to enforce consumer privacy on the Net, but it does want businesses to step up to the plate with responsible practices.
Microsoft To Archive Instant Messages
News  |  2/28/2002  | 
Microsoft has licensed technology to enable archiving of instant messages in its real-time communications software for enterprises.
Hitachi Builds Water-Cooled Notebook
News  |  2/28/2002  | 
The company says the innovation eliminates the need for fans, making the machine quieter and more durable.
Feds Learn From Corporate IT
News  |  2/27/2002  | 
Nasdaq, others share lessons in disaster recovery following Sept. 11 attack.
A Step Closer To More High-Speed Internet Services?
News  |  2/27/2002  | 
Maybe, maybe not. The Tauzin-Dingell bill passed in the House, but its goals face opposition in the Senate.
HP's Stump Speech: Merger Will Succeed, And Here's How
News  |  2/27/2002  | 
Technology is helping HP and Compaq teams plan the merger, which won't result in an immediate discontinuation of some product lines.
Intel's Road Map To The Future
News  |  2/27/2002  | 
During the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, execs discussed technology for developing desktop PCs, notebooks, and handheld devices that provide mobile access to data.
CIOs Take Note: Future Projects Rest On Strong Foundations
News  |  2/27/2002  | 
In the latest on the ever-shifting IT landscape, Windows 2000 is up, CRM is down--and don't forget those soft skills.
SourceFire Takes Step Forward In Intrusion-Detection Market
News  |  2/27/2002  | 
Administrators can manage groups of intrusion sensors for a central network using the OpenSnort Management Console. It also enables correlation and data analysis in near real time, as well as forensic data analysis.
Hacker Adds New York Times To Long List Of Targets
News  |  2/27/2002  | 
A 21-year-old hacker gains access to the newspaper's corporate intranet and its source database. It's the latest in a long list of companies whose security problems have been exposed by hacker Adrian Lamo.
Cultivating Next-Generation IT Talent
News  |  2/27/2002  | 
Tech vendors' and trade associations' programming competitions help develop IT talent and build loyalty for sponsors' products.
LAN-Based Voice-Over-IP Service Targets Large Global Operations
News  |  2/26/2002  | 
Equant's IP Telephony service could benefit companies that want to cut voice-calling costs or consolidate voice and data networks.
What Sticks: The Life of Brine
Commentary  |  2/26/2002  | 
Think that biotechnology isn't having an impact on your life? As it turns out, reports Wendy Wolfson, some strange bugs can makes your whites whiter. And that's just the beginning of life at the extreme edges of science.
Vendors Meet Roadblocks In The War On Terrorism
News  |  2/26/2002  | 
Vendors say they have solutions that can help with homeland security, but there's no one authority that can make a governmentwide decision on implementing them.
Faith In E-Government Tempered By Security, Privacy Concerns
News  |  2/26/2002  | 
Americans say E-government has a positive effect on the way government operates, but they're worried about system vulnerabilities.
Collaborative Software Helps Build National Science Digital Library
News  |  2/26/2002  | 
A portal site powered by SourceForge, collaborative software from VA Software, lets developers review and comment on project changes submitted by colleagues.
Consortium Reports Expanded Use Of E-Business Standards
News  |  2/26/2002  | 
RosettaNet says 72 companies have deployed the group's E-business standards for the electronics industry since May.
Anti-Anthrax Screensaver Reaches Goal
News  |  2/26/2002  | 
A distributed computing effort to find anthrax treatments has successfully concluded after just a month.
Ask The Secret CIO: Bad Managers And The Sinking Ship
Commentary  |  2/26/2002  | 
Herbert W. Lovelace responds to readers who need advice about coping with a bad manager, managers who permit office infighting, and figuring out which questions to ask vendors.
Microsoft To Launch CRM App
News  |  2/26/2002  | 
The CRM application, which will let businesses manage contracts and customer information, was built using Microsoft's .Net technology.
Langa Letter: That's The Company's PC
Commentary  |  2/25/2002  | 
To what degree can an employee modify or add software to a company-supplied computer? Fred Langa examines the ethics and issues.
Barrett: Innovation Is Key To Recovery
News  |  2/25/2002  | 
Intel's CEO encourages high-tech companies to build new products for the Internet that excite the consumer, saying it's the best way to emerge from the recession.
Ups--And Downs--In Online Music Arena
News  |  2/25/2002  | 
Fee-based subscription services may be one step closer to viability, but Napster is questioning the legitimacy of two of them.
Adobe Adds Collaboration Tools To Web Authoring Software
News  |  2/25/2002  | 
GoLive 6.0 includes a workgroup server that helps Web producers and art designers collaborate on projects in both print and online media.
American Express, IBM Sign $4B Deal
News  |  2/25/2002  | 
American Express estimates that it will save 'hundreds of millions of dollars' in IT costs during the seven-year term of the contract.
A Modest Proposal--Or An Impossible Task?
News  |  2/25/2002  | 
New suggested guidelines address how bug-finders should report vulnerabilities to software companies and how vendors should respond.
Embarcadero Adds ETL Tools
News  |  2/25/2002  | 
Embarcadero is targeting sales of DT/Studio, its data extraction, transformation, and loading software, toward small and midsize companies.
Linda Stone To Leave Microsoft
News  |  2/25/2002  | 
The woman tapped to reach out to Microsoft business partners is leaving to pursue personal projects.
Covisint Handles 100 Million Supply Transactions Monthly
News  |  2/25/2002  | 
Procurement on the auto-industry exchange has reached the level of an entire auto company's monthly purchasing activity.
Intel Launches Server Chip
News  |  2/25/2002  | 
The company says the new Xeon will make most applications run up to 30% faster.
Is A Nationwide Health-Data Network Possible?
News  |  2/25/2002  | 
The elements are in place, but challenges remain, says the co-director of the Biomedical Security Institute.
Health-Care Institutions Strike Back At Bioterrorism
News  |  2/25/2002  | 
Health officials look to real-time disease surveillance systems to fight bioterrorism.
IT Confidential
Commentary  |  2/22/2002  | 
Business Technology: Kids Want Straight Answers
Commentary  |  2/22/2002  | 
As a parent, Bob Evans needs to explain such tough topics to his teenager as sex, drugs and... Enron.
Forcing The Application-Integration Issue
News  |  2/22/2002  | 
Vitria Technology's latest software helps health-care companies comply with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and financial institutions meet an industry goal of completing any trade in one day.
Project Will Protect Top-Secret Secrets
News  |  2/22/2002  | 
L-3 and Kasten Chase are developing a remote access security system to protect access to classified U.S. government data
Spotfire Expands Range Of Product-Analysis Software
News  |  2/22/2002  | 
The latest version of DecisionSite can be configured to help managers in a range of industries analyze product-related information for product development and management.
On The Horizon: Whose Laws Apply To Internet Content, Anyway?
Commentary  |  2/22/2002  | 
Can nations regulate Web content from other countries? Two courts disagree.
Suit Filed Against PayPal Days After IPO
News  |  2/22/2002  | 
The lawsuit alleges that the online billing company illegally restricts customers with access to their funds.
BEA Ends Fiscal Year With Solid Quarter
News  |  2/21/2002  | 
The company's revenue was $231.3 million for the fiscal 2002 fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, a 9% drop from the year-ago quarter.
Front-To-Back: Integration Plays A Role In BroadVision's Plans
News  |  2/21/2002  | 
Fluid application infrastructures depend on smart integration tools, and more.
The Crowded Internet
News  |  2/21/2002  | 
The European Commission says the Internet it will run out of available addresses by 2005.
Windows Media Player Log Raises Privacy Questions
News  |  2/21/2002  | 
Privacy advocates say the data stored could be misused.
Penske Logistics Inks Deal With SynQuest
News  |  2/21/2002  | 
The subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing has licensed several SynQuest supply-chain tools.
Ciena Reports 1Q Loss
News  |  2/21/2002  | 
Days after revealing the $900 million acquisition of ONI Systems, Ciena reports a loss of $70.6 million for the first quarter ended Jan. 31.
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