In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Be Careful What You Wish For
2. Today's Top Story
- Wi-Fi Startup Gets Funding From Google, Skype
- Google Accuses Ricoh Unit, BMW Of Search Results-Stuffing
- Amazon.com Reportedly Considering Ad Network
3. Breaking News
- NEC To Roll Out Dual-Core Fault-Tolerant Servers
- IBM, Freescale Map Future Of Power Processor After Apple
- Symantec To Defend Itself Against Microsoft In Consumer
- BizTalk Adds Connectivity To PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, And Siebel
- Wikis At Work
- iMac Model No Longer For Sale
- IBM Tips Power6 Processor Architecture
- Report: ISP Filters Forcing Decline in Spam
- L.A. Cops Fight Car Chases With GPS Devices
- Opera Pushes BitTorrent, Widgets In 9.0 Preview
- CipherTrust Service Warns Corporations Of Brand Damage
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
- On Capitol Hill, Playing WikiPolitics
- Yahoo, AOL To Charge Some E-Mail Senders
- Andrew Kantor's CyberSpeak--Here's Hoping Congress Keeps
The Pipes Open
5. In Depth: Patents: Winners and Losers
- Microsoft Patent Loss Translates Into User Pain
- Apple Files For Touch-Sensitive Patent
- Hitachi Claims Paper-Thin RFID Chip
- Patent Office To Re-Examine Controversial Forgent Patent
6. Voice Of Authority
- IT Confidential: Scorecard Needed To Tell Rights From Wrongs
7. White Papers
- Single Sign-on: Putting An End To The Password-Management Nightmare
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
Quote of the day:
"Never confuse movement with action." -- Ernest Hemingway
1. Editor's Note: Be Careful What You Wish For
Both my colleague Mitch Wagner and I have been following the
Chinese censorship issue that has caught Microsoft, Google,
Yahoo, and Cisco like deer in the headlights and triggered a
firestorm of international criticism. If my E-mail and responses
to our blog are anything to go by, so have readers--with a mix of
cynicism, business practicality, and a longing idealism.
I think everyone recognizes that if you decide to do business in
countries like China, which is desperately and pathetically
trying to have it both ways--move their country into the Internet
age without letting any unsanctioned ideas slip in (good luck,
fellahs)--you have to abide by the laws of that country, no
matter how repressive.
And there's the argument that if they don't move now to get in on
the ground level of this gargantuan consumer market (and
up-and-coming outsourcing destination, no doubt--China builds
everything else for the West--why not software?), then they'll be
hurting their business prospects for the future.
There's also the ever-popular adage that businesses are in the
business of making money, not fostering cultural revolutions or
overthrowing governments (though history might quibble with that
one a bit).
It's not hard to see the logic of each argument. All are true--to
And Mitch is sort of right to laud Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and
Cisco, first, for being grown up enough to get out there and
explain their actions, and second, for starting to taking some
steps to minimize the impact of assisting the Chinese government.
And it was good to see Microsoft chairman Bill Gates call for
an international dialogue on the issue, with the goal of
But let's not get too excited. There are many sides to this
issue, and many motivations, which I explore in my blog entry in more detail. At the end
of the day though, it's imperative that the two reluctant players
here--the four companies, and the government--stop ducking one
another and the issue and get talking. For starters, they can
tackle an intriguing proposition from Google's senior counsel:
Treat censorship as a barrier to trade.
Wi-Fi Startup Gets Funding From Google, Skype
Fon, of Spain, got $21.7 million in investor funding from Google,
Skype, and other investors. Fon plans to create a global network
of a million shared Wi-Fi hot-spots by 2010, using the same
download, install, and share model that created the Skype network.
Wikis At Work
Wikis can bring a sense of involvement and innovation to an
organization--if they're implemented wisely. Here's how Nokia,
the Canadian Meteorological Center, and Angel.com are putting
wikis to work.
iMac Model No Longer For Sale
The 17-inch iMac G5, which last week was still selling for
$1,299, has disappeared from the Apple Web site and both the U.S.
and U.K. versions of its online store.
IBM Tips Power6 Processor Architecture
At a technical conference this week, IBM gave some details of its
upcoming Power6 chip architecture for servers. It's a
65-nanometer processor that operates in excess of 4 GHz.
L.A. Cops Fight Car Chases With GPS Devices
Los Angeles police will propel a GPS device onto a fleeing car.
The device will stick to the car and track its location. It's
hoped that will reduce dangerous high-speed chases.
Linux: Service And Support
Is Linux really a low-cost alternative to other operating
systems? Learn how more than 300 business-technology
professionals are planning to use Linux in their IT
infrastructure in this recent InformationWeek Research report
Linux: The Impact Of Service And Support. Use this report to
benchmark your company's initiatives for Linux.
How Does China's Information Security Measure up?
We invite you to compare the similarities and differences in the
security practices and experiences of U.S. and Chinese companies
with an online security tool from InformationWeek and Accenture,
a management-consulting and technology-services company.
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Is your career on track? The editors of InformationWeek magazine
invite you to participate in our ninth annual National IT Salary
Survey. Here's why you should participate: It's fast. It's
convenient. It's confidential. We'll compare your salary and
job-satisfaction responses to those of your peers in a
Yahoo, AOL To Charge Some E-Mail Senders (AP)
Two of the world's biggest E-mail account providers, Yahoo and
America Online, plan to introduce a service that would charge
senders a fee to route their E-mail directly to a user's mailbox
without first passing through junk mail filters, representatives
of both companies said Sunday.
Microsoft Patent Loss Translates Into User Pain
One in four businesses will have to update Microsoft Office
because the developer lost a patent lawsuit, an asset-management
company said. The patent was awarded for a way of linking
spreadsheet data among multiple Microsoft programs.
Hitachi Claims Paper-Thin RFID Chip
The technology can be used as an intelligent watermark, Hitachi
says; the company is due to present more details at an IEEE
conference this week.
Patent Office To Re-Examine Controversial Forgent Patent
About 30 companies that Forgent has sued in federal court for
alleged patent infringement are challenging the company's claims.
Forgent's data-image-compression technology is part of the widely
used JPEG standard for digitized still images.
6. Voice Of Authority
IT Confidential: Scorecard Needed To Tell Rights From Wrongs
Determining right from wrong is easy, right? Wrong! There are
more permutations of that relationship than patches on a Windows
server. One permutation goes like this: You can do the right
thing for the wrong reason, or the wrong thing for the right
reason. And that's not even counting good or bad. It's a riddle
wrapped in an enigma, deep-fried in self-interest, and served on
a bed of rationalization. John Soat looks at how this might apply
to the technology industry.
7. White Papers
Single Sign-on: Putting An End To The Password-Management Nightmare
Password protection is inherently insecure, leaving your network
vulnerable to attack. In this informative paper you'll learn how
single-sign-on solutions can help assure heightened security and
compliance, reduce administrative complexity and costs, and
improve the end-user experience.
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