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Do You Text While Driving?

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Americans Want Texting While Driving Banned
2. Today's Top Story
    - Amazon Pushes Data Center-To-Rent Service
    - Lessons eBay Learned In The Data Center
    - Financial Firms Discuss How To Build A Better Data Center
3. Breaking News
     - Lenovo In Talks To Buy Packard Bell
     - U.S. Firm Says Outsourcer Holding Its Data Hostage Offshore
     - Mozilla Backs Away From '10 Day' Patch Boast
     - Move Over eBay, Garage Sale Is Free
     - Music Publishers Sue YouTube
     - Apple Upgrades iMacs, Software Suites, .Mac Online Service
     - N.Y. Requires Labels For Recycled Computer Parts
     - Iridium Signs Up Aerospace Partners For Its Next Constellation
     - Easily Tricked, IRS Employees Fail Password Audit
     - Black Hat: JavaScript Flaws Ease Intranet Attacks
     - Wipro Expands U.S. Operations Through $600 Million Acquisition Of Infocrossing
     - Equity Firm Pours $48 Million Into Chinese IT Outsourcing Company
     - Qualcomm Plans To Appeal Cell Phone Ban In Broadcom Case
     - China Hopes To Cure Internet Addicts At Summer Camp
     - Microsoft Discloses Price Cuts On Xbox 360
     - EnterpriseDB Seeks New Role As A Data Warehouse
     - VeriSign Worker Fired After Laptop, Employee Info Are Stolen
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - LBS: No Longer Just For The Enterprise
    - Sybase To Show Off New Mobile Business Products
    - The Web Claims Another Casualty Of Publishing -- The Weekly World News
    - Is It Possible To Unlock The iPhone?
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Malware Risk Reduction: Best Practices Guidelines
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any." -- Katharine Whitehorn


1. Editor's Note: Do You Text While Driving?

In late June, five teenage girls were killed in a late-night car accident in upstate New York. They had all just graduated from high school, their lives ahead of them. After the accident, police discovered that the girl driving had been sending text messages in the moments leading up to the crash. Would a ban have saved their lives?

Young lives cut short needlessly is always a tragedy. It is even more tragic when we realize that accidents could have been avoided if drivers were doing what they are supposed to be doing: concentrating on the road. It seems tragedies like this, which made national headlines, have jolted our point of view when it comes to texting while driving.

Washington state has already enacted legislation banning texting while driving, and so has New Jersey. Making calls and sending text messages from phones while driving both carry fines ($250 and $100, respectively) in the Garden State. Other states have proposals in the works.

But are these bans really going to stop people? Until police enforce the rules strictly, I find it hard to believe that it will make a difference.

Read more and tell us what you think on the InformationWeek Blog.

Eric Zeman
eric@zemanmedia.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Amazon Pushes Data Center-To-Rent Service
With EC2, the company's CIO hopes application service providers can focus on adding features and not on power generators, bandwidth, and hard disk failures.

Related Stories:

Lessons eBay Learned In The Data Center
By shifting to a more virtualized environment, eBay has been able to handle the 241 million registered users who post 6 million new items per day.

Financial Firms Discuss How To Build A Better Data Center
Despite slow progress in some areas, virtualization is clearly making a splash on Wall Street and becoming an important component of next-generation data centers.


3. Breaking News

Lenovo In Talks To Buy Packard Bell
Lenovo Group, the world's third-largest maker of personal computers, is in talks to buy European PC maker Packard Bell from principal owner John Hui, the companies said Tuesday.

U.S. Firm Says Outsourcer Holding Its Data Hostage Offshore
In a lawsuit, The Buying Triangle says Infosys is holding its data hostage at an offshore location, exposed its customer data online, and stole its business plans. Infosys has countersued.

Mozilla Backs Away From '10 Day' Patch Boast
Mozilla is trying to quell the buzz that has lit up the blogosphere about a boast made at Black Hat that the company could patch bugs in as little as 10 days.

Move Over eBay, Garage Sale Is Free
The service is now available to Facebook users, but Buy.com said it plans to open the service to users of other social networks soon.

Music Publishers Sue YouTube
In September, the same group won a judgment against a peer-to-peer filing service, StreamCast Networks.

Apple Upgrades iMacs, Software Suites, .Mac Online Service
Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a point of contrasting the typical PC, tangled in cables, with the clean design aesthetic of the new iMac, which is housed in aluminum and glass.

N.Y. Requires Labels For Recycled Computer Parts
The law applies to hardware, monitors, printers, keyboards, and other accessories.

Iridium Signs Up Aerospace Partners For Its Next Constellation
The new satellite infrastructure is expected to offer advanced services ranging from high-bandwidth data to voice and Short Messaging Service.

Easily Tricked, IRS Employees Fail Password Audit
Sixty percent of IRS employees tested by the inspector general fell prey to a basic password scam, putting taxpayers' data at risk.

Black Hat: JavaScript Flaws Ease Intranet Attacks
Security researchers at the Black Hat conference discussed the weaknesses in JavaScript that let an attacker take control of a user's browser.

Wipro Expands U.S. Operations Through $600 Million Acquisition Of Infocrossing
The acquisition is part of an ongoing trend by offshore applications development outsourcers seeking to become full-service companies.

Equity Firm Pours $48 Million Into Chinese IT Outsourcing Company
Francisco Partners' massive investment in DarwinSuzsoft is a ringing endorsement of the opportunities for software outsourcing and development in China.

Qualcomm Plans To Appeal Cell Phone Ban In Broadcom Case
In another development, Qualcomm also reported Tuesday that a federal judge has ruled that the company "committed misconduct" during litigation with Broadcom by failing to produce thousands of documents.

China Hopes To Cure Internet Addicts At Summer Camp
China is launching an experimental summer camp for 40 youngsters to try to wean them off their Internet addiction, state media said Tuesday.

Microsoft Discloses Price Cuts On Xbox 360
The 20-Gbyte version of the Xbox 360 will carry a $349.99 price tag, and the high-end, 120-Gbyte Xbox 360 Elite system will retail for $449.99.

EnterpriseDB Seeks New Role As A Data Warehouse
By adding a multiserver, parallel-query capability, EnterpriseDB is trying to provide a low-cost alternative to other commercial database systems.

VeriSign Worker Fired After Laptop, Employee Info Are Stolen
The computer held unencrypted information on VeriSign's current and former employees.

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4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/mobile/

LBS: No Longer Just For The Enterprise
The enterprise benefits of location-based services are clear when you consider things like recovery of stolen vehicles. But enterprises aren't the only ones interested in knowing where things are. More and more parents are ready to turn on LBS in their kids' cell phones. And 20-somethings want LBS-enabled social networking apps.

Sybase To Show Off New Mobile Business Products
Sybase gave a preview of its mobile business initiatives at its TechWave conference in Las Vegas. The company was expected to announce a global partnership with smartphone maker HTC as well as give its partners a look at the future of its iAnywhere and Sybase 365 platforms.

The Web Claims Another Casualty Of Publishing -- The Weekly World News
I read with much sadness in the Washington Post that the Weekly World News -- the infamous tabloid that ran such brilliant trash news items as the birth of Bat Boy -- this week closed its tatty doors for good.

Is It Possible To Unlock The iPhone?
One intrepid iPhone fan has posted a guide to unlocking the iPhone. Engadget claims to have spotted a process that, frankly, looks really long and more than a little scary. Does it actually work?


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Avid Technology seeking Information Services Manager in Mountain View, CA

McFadyen Consulting seeking eBusiness Project Manager in Vienna, VA

[X+1] seeking Client Solutions Architect in New York, NY

Monsanto seeking SAP Developer in St. Louis, MO

Genworth Financial seeking IT Solutions Leader in Richmond, VA

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


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Malware Risk Reduction: Best Practices Guidelines
This is an in-depth perspective of the malware landscape and includes recommendations on best practices in security to reduce the impact of malware on enterprise LANs. It's intended for both business and technical readers who want to gain an overall understanding of malware, its causes, and impact.


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