In This Issue: 1. Editor's Note: Blogs And Ethics Can Coexist 2. Today's Top Story - Cisco's Chambers Predicts Dawn Of 'Telepresence' 3. Breaking News - Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Hits Beta - Another New Bill Tries To Raise Cap On H-1B Visas - Microsoft And SAP To Deliver New 'Duet' Software In June - iPods And Memory Sticks: Are The Benefits Worth The Security Risks? - IBM Survey: Businesses Don't Know What Consumers Want - AMD Gives Free PCs To 2,000-Plus WCIT Attendees - IBM Buys Developer Tool Maker BuildForge - Helio Launches Mobile Youth Service - Can Your Cell Phone Help You Lose Weight? - SonicWall Rolls Out E-Mail Protection Wares - Opsware Adds VoIP Support To Network Management Tools - McAfee Claims Patent For Wireless Software Updates 4. Grab Bag: iTunes Pricing And Google Recruitment - Apple Wins iTunes Pricing Battle (CNNMoney.com) - Google Looking For Europe's Brightest And Best Engineers (Pocket-Lint UK) 5. In Depth: Online Music - MP3 Players Ship Podcast-Ready - Napster Unveils Free Internet Music Service - Cheap Trick, Allman Brothers Suing Sony For Higher Digital Royalties - Movie, Record Industries Target College LANs In Piracy Battle 6. Voice Of Authority - The Price Isn't Right: More Than Big Bucks Needed For Some Net Entrepreneurs To Sell 7. White Papers - The Challenge Of Depicting Complex Information Systems 8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek 9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
Quote of the day: "Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half." -- Gore Vidal
The Internet for years has been cutting into the circulation bases and advertising revenue of daily newspapers. The dailies have been generally slow to adapt as Web sites offered the timeliest possible news, blogs, and compelling online presentations featuring lots of links to outside and related resources.
One less positive development when it comes to online news and journalism has been the ever-more-fuzzy distinction between blogs--with their lack of fact checking and their flame-oriented reader comments and other shortcomings—and the journalistic work that drives daily newspapers. Particularly for twenty-somethings and those even younger, I wonder whether they can recognize the difference between blogs and the more traditional forms of reporting and journalism in newspapers.
But recent events should make that distinction more clear and raise the level of accountability among bloggers. A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Los Angeles Times was using pseudonyms to post comments on his and other blogs, including comments that deal with his column and other issues involving the newspaper.
The reporter was suspended by the Times, his column and blog were axed, and he'll be reassigned upon his return. In an explanation (reg. required) to readers, the Times said, "...employing pseudonyms constitutes deception and violates a central tenet of The Times' ethics guidelines: Staff members must not misrepresent themselves and must not conceal their affiliation with The Times. This rule applies equally to the newspaper and the Web world."
The widespread use of blogging makes it extremely difficult for an organization like this to apply commonsense rules that respect the integrity of its traditional products and readers and require its employees to apply similar ethics online. The Times has succeeded in doing both. It's allowing high-profile writers to blog while also holding them accountable. That's a noteworthy step forward for blogging, as well as for newspapers as they try to balance online and offline businesses. Do you agree? Please weigh in at my blog entry.
SonicWall Rolls Out E-Mail Protection Wares The new SonicWall Email Security appliances will incorporate anti-spam, anti-phishing, and messaging security software SonicWall obtained in its February acquisition of MailFrontier.
Plus: The Network Computing Interop Video Blog The show floor might not have been open on Monday, but there was plenty to see behind the scenes at Interop 2006 in Las Vegas. Check out our latest video blog segment as we go behind closed doors to provide a sneak preview of NWC's Best of Interop judging and get the scoop on the latest iteration of the InteropNet show network.
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Napster Unveils Free Internet Music Service With this advertising-supported service, each song may only be listened to five times. After that, users are asked to pay up to $14.95 a month for different options to use the service.
The Challenge Of Depicting Complex Information Systems Computer networks, process/workflow models, and conceptual designs are complex collections of data and relationships. Each object has unique information and occupies a special place in a hierarchy. Nonetheless, systems are depicted in flat, unconnected diagrams with no access to external data.
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