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
- 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?
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- Malware Risk Reduction: Best Practices Guidelines
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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.
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.
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Windows Vista: Meeting Expectations Or Falling Short?
While security enhancements top the list of reasons companies are installing Windows Vista, concerns about compatibility and costs are driving the less-than-stellar adoption rates. Learn how more than 600 business technology professionals responded to these questions and more in InformationWeek Research's Windows Vista: Meeting Expectations Or Falling Short?
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.
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?
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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