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Broadband, Linux, And Web Trends

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
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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Quote of the day:
"Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater." -- William Hazlitt


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 sites.

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.

Eric Chabrow
echabrow@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story: Linux

LinuxWorld Roundup: IBM Adds Firefox Support To Domino
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.

Related Stories:
HP Intros Enclosure-Based Red Hat Licenses For Blades

New blade servers from Hewlett-Packard will soon be available with a new enclosure-based licensing option for Linux.

Linux Providers Partner To Address Security And Support
Red Hat launches initiative at LinuxWorld to deliver security technologies and policies, identity management, systems monitoring, and security software upgrades.

Linux ThinkFree App Suite Due This Month
ThinkFree will release a Linux version of its $50 Microsoft Office mimic by the end of the month, the developer said Monday.

PalmSource Partners To Speed Up Mobile Linux Development
PalmSource, which is transitioning its Palm OS to Linux, said Tuesday it is teaming with MontaVista Software, another Linux provider, to speed the process bringing Linux mobile devices to market.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft Issues 6 Security Bulletins, 3 Critical
Microsoft issues six security bulletins for Windows, half of them carrying critical vulnerabilities, with the majority of the bugs able to be exploited remotely.

Microsoft Targets Another Rootkit For Removal
Microsoft on Tuesday posted the monthly update to its Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, and added four new Trojan horses and one new rootkit to those it eradicates.

Warning To IT Security Pros: It's August -- On Guard!
August has traditionally been a rough month for IT security pros, an antivirus vendor warned Tuesday as it told users to keep alert even as business slows down.

Next Year's H-1B Visa Quota Almost Filled
This year's limit will be reached earlier than it was last year, some observers expect.

Man To Pay $7 Million To Settle Microsoft Spamming Lawsuit
The money from Scott Richter will be used to help with other anti-spam efforts, a Microsoft executive says.

Microsoft Launches MSN Filter
Microsoft has launched in beta within MSN Spaces a site that offers selected content from the blog-hosting service, as well as from the Web and the MSN portal.

Business Objects Launches Flagship BI Platform On Linux
BI platform BusinessObjects XI, including Crystal Reports Server XI, now supports the Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server platforms, software maker Business Objects announced Tuesday.

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 infected file.

EMC Launches Security Data-Storage System
Aggregating and analyzing security data from multiple sources will speed response time to security incidents.

Texas Instruments Mulls Additional Initiatives In India
Currently the company employs 1,500 engineers in the country, but the CEO won't yet specify how much that number may increase.

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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4. In Depth: Web Trends

Survey: Blog Readership Skyrocketing
The surging popularity of blogs has led comScore Networks to suggest that blogs can now be thought of as part of the mainstream media, if not rivals.

Nearly A Third Of Online Americans Have Visited Blogs
The number of people in the United States who visited Web logs in the first quarter of the year reached 50 million, a Web metrics firm says.

Web Sites Have Sex Appeal
Men and women are very different in what catches their eye on the Internet, which means a Web site can appeal to one while unintentionally turning off the other.

Yahoo Launches Measurement, Reporting Platform For Online Ads
The system counts and reports the ad impression only after it has been displayed on the page.

AOL Tests Mobile Search Engine
America Online's new service automatically adapts Web-search results pages to view on smartphones and PDAs.

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.

As Google Grows, How Much Does It Know About You?
Privacy advocates worry about the company's data-collection policies and practices, especially as it provides E-mail, blogging, and other services beyond search.


5. Voice Of Authority: Fraud

Focus On Message-Based Fraud?
Just like viruses, most scams that steal identities and financial data, and just plain steal money, are E-mail-borne or IM-borne, and that makes them messaging issues.


6. White Papers: Online Authentication

The Value of Authentication: Authentication + Encryption + Certification Authority = Trust
This guide will explain the critical role of authentication in online security as well as the business benefits which flow from creating trust on the Internet.


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