In This Issue: Broadband, Linux, And Web Trends
1. Editor's Note: Broadband And The American Dream
2. Today's Top Story: Linux
- LinuxWorld Roundup: IBM Adds Firefox Support To Domino
3. Breaking News
- Microsoft Issues 3 Critical Security Bulletins
- Microsoft Targets Another Rootkit For Removal
- Warning To IT Security Pros: It's August -- On Guard!
- Next Year's H-1B Visa Quota Almost Filled
- Man To Pay $7 Million To Settle Microsoft Spamming Lawsuit
- Microsoft Launches MSN Filter
- Business Objects Launches Flagship BI Platform On Linux
- Google News Introduces Atom Feeds
- Law Firm Fends Off IM Threats
- EMC Launches Security Data Storage System
- Texas Instruments Mulls Additional Initiatives In India
- Nortel Networks' 2Q Profit Nearly Triples
4. In Depth: Web Trends
- Survey: Blog Readership Skyrocketing
- Nearly A Third Of Online Americans Have Visited Blogs
- Web Sites Have Sex Appeal
- Yahoo Launches Measurement, Reporting Platform For Online Ads
- AOL Tests Mobile Search Engine
- Next-Gen Internet Protocol Fizzles
- As Google Grows, How Much Does It Know About You?
5. Voice Of Authority: Fraud
6. White Papers: Online Authentication
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"Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater." -- William
1. Editor's Note: Broadband And The American Dream
Most Americans, even those with little wealth, can't live these
days without a car, a microwave, and cable TV. Now, add to that
fast Internet access.
Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin is leading a five-year project to invest
$1 billion to build rental homes with high-speed Internet access
for some 100,000 people with low incomes. "You're not fully a
member of our economy and our society without Internet access,"
Rubin said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Rubin heads the Local Initiatives
Support Corp., a nonprofit group that furnishes money and
other resources to community groups. Its latest project,
Access@Home, is aimed to help low-income Americans cross the
digital divide by providing affordable housing with broadband,
vouchers to buy computers, online training, and community Web
How big is the digital divide? Americans earning less than
$30,000 a year comprise only 18% of Internet users, despite
comprising 28% of the population, Local Initiatives Support says.
Especially hard hit are low-income youth; they're eight times
less likely to use computers at home as children in families
earning $75,000 or more.
Quoting government stats, the group says 95% of new jobs created
will require significant computer skills. And, eight of the 10
fastest-growing jobs are computer related. Unfamiliarity with
technology can bar people from the doors of their would-be
workplaces: of the 92% of Fortune 500 companies that used
corporate Web sites for active job recruitment in 2003, one-third
didn't give job seekers the option of applying for jobs offline.
What's your take? Is broadband Internet access now the bare
minimum for someone to find a quality job in today's workplace?
Will initiatives like Rubin's help advance broadband access?
Please weigh in by responding to my blog entry.
IBM said Tuesday at LinuxWorld that it plans to add support for
the open-source Firefox Web browser to its light Domino Web
Access client. Also at the event, Novell said the company and its
partners will sell MySQL support.
Google News Introduces Atom Feeds
Google on Tuesday started offering news feeds over Atom, a
syndication format used to publish headlines of the latest
updates on blogs and Web sites.
Law Firm Fends Off IM Threats
Dow Lohnes & Albertson uses an IM logging service from Omnipod to
keep instant messages free from viruses, quarantine suspicious
files, and alert administrators when someone tries to transmit an
Nortel Networks' 2Q Profit Nearly Triples
The firm seems to be recovering from last year's accounting
scandal, and the CEO said Nortel will be making more moves to
reduce its expenses, including consolidating its R&D offices.
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Next-Gen Internet Protocol Fizzles
Though IPv6 greatly expands the pool of available Internet
addresses and U.S. government agencies are adopting it, most
enterprises don't see much value in the upgrade and are in no
hurry to deploy it.
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