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Can't We All Just Get Along (Online And In The Air)?

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Can't We All Just Get Along (Online And In The Air)?
2. Today's Top Story
    - BlackBerry Maker RIM Calls For U.S. Patent Reform
    Related Stories:
    - Blog: BlackBerry Case: Not Good Sign For Patent Challengers
    - The U.S. Patent System In Crisis
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft Says--Briefly--That Vista Will Ship In November
    - Movie Theaters May Ask To Jam Cell Phones (Reuters)
    - Microsoft Adds Business Intelligence Tools To Dynamics SL Apps
    - WebTrends Expands Beyond Web Site Analytics Into Marketing Performance Measurement
    - IT Governance: It Matters How Decisions Get Made
    - Class-Action Suit Expanded Against IBM
    - Cisco CEO: Video Will Drive Collaboration
    - Ex-Apple Execs Form 'Blank Check' Company
    - Arizona Electric Turns To SAP To Consolidate Apps
    - Metro Wi-Fi Networks Expected To Grow 8,400% by 2010
    - Sony Delays Playstation 3 By Six Months
    - iTunes To Sell March Madness Games
    - Ross Perot's Outsourcing Company Hires Controversial Ex-CIA Agent
4. Grab Bag
    - Review: Oboe Locker Protects Music Files (AP)
    - IRS Warns Taxpayers To Beware Id Theft Scams (AP)
    - Pushing The Internet Into Space (Wired.com)
5. In Depth: Security
    - Adobe Warns Of Critical Flash Flaw, Drive-By Downloads
    - Microsoft Office Bug Could Result In Drive-By Downloads
    - Radio Chip Barcodes Can Carry A Virus: Scientists
    - Google Confirms News Prank, Pulls Source Of Bogus Info
    - Microsoft Files Piracy Charges Against Eight
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Michigan's Anti-Outsourcing Legislation Would Cost More Jobs Than It Would Save
7. White Papers
    - Five Steps To Reduce Telecommunications Expenses
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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Quote of the day: Lunch!

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so." -- Douglas Adams

"Let not the sands of time get in your lunch." -- National Lampoon

"There is no free lunch." -- Milton Friedman


1. Editor's Note: Can't We All Just Get Along (Online And In The Air)?

Manners, or rather, the lack of them, have been all over our news pages the last two weeks. The topics covered won't surprise anyone, although the proposed remedies might. And yet when all is said and done, what's really needed isn't some time-consuming legal maneuver or more reams of survey data, but rather a dose of good old common sense served up with a dollop of common courtesy.

Take the battle over in-flight cell phone use.

Cell phone makers rushed this week to refute a study making the rounds from Carnegie Mellon that suggested cell phones were a flight safety risk. The vendors want to make sure everyone knows that the data that study was based on revolved around three-year-old technology--many lifetimes ago in the fast-changing world of mobile communications. Yeah, sure, fine, but the thing is, nobody cares. I don’t know anyone who really believes using your cell phone during a flight will interfere with navigational controls, etc. (Eyes rolling here.)

What the flight crews and passengers are objecting to is the increasing lack of common courtesy that sadly seems to go hand-in-hand with some people's use of mobile technology. We simply don’t trust our fellow passengers to keep phone use to a minimum, or to keep it down. And we object to having the role of eavesdropper forced upon us. Multiply that by a planeload of digitally connected people, and it's not hard to figure out the real fear here.

Why else would cinema owners be trying to get permission to jam cell phone signals in their theaters? Or a New Jersey assemblyman have sponsored a bill to force participants in online discussion forums, chats, and blogs to publicly identify themselves before posting comments?

You can read more specifics about these efforts, why they're doomed, and what the real issues are and how to deal with them by going to my blog.

Patricia Keefe
pkeefe@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

BlackBerry Maker RIM Calls For U.S. Patent Reform
Now that it has settled a long-running patent infringement lawsuit filed by NTP Inc., BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is calling for a "more balanced" U.S. patent system.

Related Stories:

Blog: BlackBerry Case: Not Good Sign For Patent Challengers
Eric Chabrow says Research In Motion's decision to settle with NTP for $615 million in an infringement case involving wireless E-mail patents is good news for the likes of Tom Woolston, Dick Snyder, and Neil Balthaser. All three hold patents on IT that others contend they don't deserve.

The U.S. Patent System In Crisis
The U.S. patent system is in disarray. Change requires not just a better system, but better patents, too.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft Says--Briefly--That Vista Will Ship In November
A Microsoft blog briefly reported that Vista will ship in November, but later, the blog entry was rewritten to say the next version of Windows will come out in the second half of the year.

Movie Theaters May Ask To Jam Cell Phones (Reuters)
Movie theater owners faced with falling attendance are considering asking federal authorities for permission to jam cell phone reception.

Microsoft Adds Business Intelligence Tools To Dynamics SL Apps
The new BIO will tap into SQL Server Analysis Services to provide reports and scorecard performance metrics for small and midsized businesses.

WebTrends Expands Beyond Web Site Analytics Into Marketing Performance Measurement
The new WebTrends Marketing Lab includes an updated release of WebTrends' core Web analytics software and a new data warehouse system.

IT Governance: It Matters How Decisions Get Made
IBM's Nackman touts the use of open-source principles in IT governance in a keynote at Software Development West 2006.

Class-Action Suit Expanded Against IBM
Attorneys for plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit against International Business Machines Corp. seeking overtime pay announced that the suit has expanded to include state claims in Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, and New Jersey.

Cisco CEO: Video Will Drive Collaboration
The company will incorporate video into voice, E-mail, and instant messaging applications as part of its push to help group collaboration in large enterprises.

Ex-Apple Execs Form 'Blank Check' Company
Acquicor doesn't make or sell any products, but rather will seek acquisitions in the technology sector.

Arizona Electric Turns To SAP To Consolidate Apps
Arizona Electric Power Cooperative Inc. is turning to SAP AG's "Safe Passage" program to support growth and consolidate legacy applications, the nonprofit cooperative said Tuesday.

Metro Wi-Fi Networks Expected To Grow 8,400% by 2010
The growth of municipal Wi-Fi is being driven by several trends, including public safety, increased efficiency, competitive advantage, and the need to provide broadband access to underserved areas, according to a new report from ABI Research.

Sony Delays Playstation 3 By Six Months
The release has been pushed to November, reportedly due to copy protection issues for its DVD player and (or) insufficient development kits.

iTunes To Sell March Madness Games
CBS Sports and Apple on Tuesday announced a deal in which condensed versions of all the games in the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament will be sold on iTunes for $1.99 each.

Ross Perot's Outsourcing Company Hires Controversial Ex-CIA Agent
Perot Systems hires David Szady, a former CIA official and FBI agent, to sell more services to defense and intelligence markets.

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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web

Review: Oboe Locker Protects Music Files (AP)
Having your entire music collection at your fingertips is simple enough if you own an iPod or other portable digital player with multiple gigabytes of storage--until you drop it. Or the PC that you use to synch your player has a meltdown. Then what?

IRS Warns Taxpayers To Beware Id Theft Scams (AP)
The Internal Revenue Service, noting an escalation in identity theft scams, is raising alarms about E-mails designed to dupe taxpayers into revealing personal financial information.

Pushing The Internet Into Space (Wired.com)
The interplanetary Internet sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel. But it's moving closer to reality, thanks to delay-tolerant networking technologies for communicating across vast distances.


5. In Depth: Security

Adobe Warns Of Critical Flash Flaw, Drive-By Downloads
Users are urged to update immediately to the patched 8.0.24.0 edition of the Flash player.

Microsoft Office Bug Could Result In Drive-By Downloads
Microsoft patched flaws in Office that could allow attackers to strike users who simply visit malicious Web sites.

Radio Chip Barcodes Can Carry A Virus: Scientists (Reuters)
The infected RFID tag can then infect a back-end database that processes the information, researchers say.

Google Confirms News Prank, Pulls Source Of Bogus Info
Google confirms that a 16-year-old prankster was able to get a bogus press release posted on the company's automated news service.

Microsoft Files Piracy Charges Against Eight
Microsoft said the sellers of the alleged bootleg software all used eBay for their transactions.


6. Voice Of Authority

Michigan's Anti-Outsourcing Legislation Would Cost More Jobs Than It Would Save
Democrats in the Michigan state senate on Monday introduced anti-outsourcing bills designed to put more of the state's residents out of work while raising their taxes. OK, that's not what the bills are "designed" to do, but that surely would be the outcome if they become law. And this from a party that offshored its leadership to Canada! Paul McDougall reports.


7. White Papers

Five Steps To Reduce Telecommunications Expenses
This white papers details five steps that large enterprises can take to reduce telecom expenses. The steps discussed in this white paper are based off the work MBG has done for companies that spend over $10 million a year in telecommunications, or that want to centralize invoices across their global organizations.


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