In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Condemning Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Is Cheap And Easy
2. Today's Top Story
- Google Rolls Out New Search Infrastructure
- Newspapers Fight Back Against Search Engines
3. Breaking News
- General Motors Awards $15 Billion In IT Services
- Mozilla Releases Firefox Update--On Purpose This Time
- Apple Hit With iPod Hearing-Loss Lawsuit
- SAP Offers On-Demand CRM
- AMD's 4Q Growth Rate Bests Intel's--For Now
- About.com Expands Online Video Offerings
- AT&T Allegedly Provided Customer Data To Feds
- 1Q Federal Contracts Total $28 Billion: Study
- Sun, Imation Expand Storage Partnership
- IPv6 Targeted By Tony Investment Group
- CA Makes New Name Official
- Review: The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet's Lost Potential
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
- Adobe Intel Support: October At The Earliest
- Internet Brings U.S. Telegram Era To A STOP
- New Exam Aims To Measure Tech 'Literacy'
5. In Depth: Security
- Countdown On For Kama Sutra
- FAQ: How Bad Is Kama Sutra?
- Brief: Worm Spoofs Security Firm's E-Mail Address
- Feds Charge 19 In Piracy Ring
6. Voice Of Authority
- Podcast: Keep Your Google Searches Private
7. White Papers
- IDC Focuses On Symantec's E-Mail Security And Availability Solution
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Quote of the day:
"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends
most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against
scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression
must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all." -- H.L. Mencken
1. Editor's Note: Condemning Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft
Is Cheap And Easy
Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have been acting like grownups
recently in their decisions to cooperate with the Chinese
government in censoring Internet comment. You may not agree with
their course of action--you may even condemn what they're
doing--but you have to admit that they've taken responsibility
for their actions and decisions, and not tried to claim that the
whole thing is beyond their control.
I wish I could say the three companies' critics are also being
grownups. It's easy to be outraged by companies that cooperate
with oppressive regimes, easy to post angry blog entries and
issue impassioned press releases. But it's harder to work for
In the latest developments, as reported in our story by Tom
Claburn, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo tried to enlist the
U.S. government to work to stop censorship in other
countries, such as China. "As a U.S.-based company that deals
primarily in information, we have urged the United States
government to treat censorship as a barrier to trade," said
Andrew McLaughlin, Google's senior policy counsel, in a statement
prepared for a meeting held Wednesday by the Congressional Human
Google was condemned after it launched a Chinese Web presence
that censors content deemed unfit by the Chinese government. Last
month, Microsoft blocked access to the site of a Chinese blogger,
Michael Anti. And Yahoo came under fire in September, following
revelations that it supplied information to the Chinese
authorities that led to a 10-year prison sentence for Chinese
journalist Shi Tao.
This week, Google and Microsoft took steps to take responsibility
for their actions and discuss the issue with Internet users.
Likewise, Google explained, in frank and plain language,
why it took the action it did and what it proposes to do to
improve the human-rights situation in China.
Since the Google story broke recently, I've found myself reaching
for the keyboard, ready to write a blistering diatribe denouncing
Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo as a bunch of evil greedheads, ready
to throw aside principle in the name of profit. It'd be an easy
editorial to write and a popular opinion to have.
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Google Rolls Out New Search Infrastructure
The changes are taking place behind the scenes, in Google's data
centers, to solve a couple of problems. One has to do with
Google's search engine determining the correct domain name of any
given site after a user types in just a portion of the name.
Newspapers Fight Back Against Search Engines
An international group of publishers is exploring options,
including collective action at either a national or international
level, for enforcing copyright and preventing search engines from
taking their content for free.
Apple Hit With iPod Hearing-Loss Lawsuit
The suit asks for unspecified damages and demands that Apple
Computer update the iPod software so its portable music players
can't blast tunes at more than 100 decibels.
SAP Offers On-Demand CRM
SAP takes a different approach than its on-demand competitors by
running applications on servers dedicated to individual customers.
AMD's 4Q Growth Rate Bests Intel's--For Now
Thanks to strong sales of dual-core PCs, AMD saw quarterly
revenue jump 45% to $1.8 billion. Intel posted $10.2 billion in
quarterly revenue, with much more modest growth of 6%.
AT&T Allegedly Provided Customer Data To Feds
The Electronic Freedom Foundation is suing AT&T, charging the
telecom company with giving the National Security Agency direct
access to a database of private information about AT&T customers.
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Internet Brings U.S. Telegram Era To A STOP (Yahoo News)
The Internet STOP just brought the age of the American telegram
STOP to a stop STOP. In a final irony, Western Union, which
flashed good and bad news to Americans in distinctive yellow
envelopes for a century and a half, quietly announced its
decision to end the service on its Web site.
New Exam Aims To Measure Tech 'Literacy' (Yahoo News)
The ICT Literacy Assessment touches on traditional skills, such
as analytical reading and math, but with a technological twist.
Test-takers, for instance, may be asked to query a database,
compose an E-mail based on their research, or seek information on
the Internet and decide how reliable it is.
5. In Depth: Security
Countdown On For Kama Sutra
Starting today, the worm will begin corrupting 11 different file
formats by overwriting those documents and files with a mindless
string of text.
FAQ: How Bad Is Kama Sutra?
Sometime today, computers already infected with the Kama Sutra
worm will suffer potentially catastrophic damage. Here's what you
need to know.
Feds Charge 19 In Piracy Ring
Authorities say the group, known as RISCISO, collected more than
19 terabytes of pirated data, including software, games, and movies.
6. Voice Of Authority
Podcast: Keep Your Google Searches Private
Word that the government has been seeking search data from Google
has struck fear into the hearts of Internet Explorer and Firefox
users. Here's a podcast outlining five simple steps you can take
to keep outsiders from uncovering private information about your
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