In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Favorite Firefox Extensions
2. Today's Top Story
- FTC Sends Message With $15 Million ChoicePoint Fine:
Protect Customer Data
- Sprint Sues Vendor, Claims Privacy Violations
3. Breaking News
- LA Sues 'Grand Theft Auto' Maker For Hidden Porn
- Google Wins Nevada Copyright Case
- Google Confirms Testing Redesigned Results Page
- Wireless Device Streams Yahoo Music To PCs, Stereos
- Video Games Bond Parent And Child: Poll
- Sony Exits Robot Business
- HP Taps Vignette CEO To Head Software Business
- Top 10 Intranets: Creative, Mobile, Multinational
- Calif. Man Charged In AOL Phishing Expedition
- 3Com Names Claflin's Successor
- Spammer Ordered To Pay AOL $5.3 Million
- Banks And Businesses Benefit As Authentication Providers
Duke It Out
- Intel And Friends To Invest $10 Billion In Itanium
4. Grab Bag
- Blazing Wi-Fi Zips Toward Reality
- Machines Pluck Cash From Trash
- A Death Row Blogger's Advice For Life
5. In Depth
- Microsoft Considering Digital Player To Rival iPod
- Microsoft Business Solutions Turns Profitable
- Microsoft Profits Up 5% On Xbox, Database Sales
- Baseball Assuages Ray Ozzie's Bicoastal Life
6. Voice Of Authority
- Can StopBadware Save The Universe From ... 'Badware'?
7. White Papers
- Portable Analytic Applications
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1. Editor's Note: Favorite Firefox Extensions
Other people play Minesweeper or Soduku or alphabetize their
Rolodexes. When I'm looking to procrastinate, I mess around with
desktop productivity software. Firefox extensions, in particular,
are good for endless hours of work avoidance. Here are some of
the best I've found recently:
As blogs, Web mail and online discussion boards become more
popular, people are using Web forms to write long passages of
text. People are, as a rule, also bad at spelling. SpellBound
Development adds a spell-checker to Web forms and extensions.
takes your bookmarks file and turns it into an attractive Web
page, which you can then use as your browser home page.
LiveLines lets you more easily subscribe
to RSS feeds from within the Firefox browser. Firefox has its own
built-in RSS feed reader and a handy orange icon next to the
address bar that lets you automatically subscribe to feeds. But
what if you use some other feed reader, such as Bloglines,
FeedDemon, or Sage? That's where LiveLines comes in; click the
orange icon, and you'll be subscribed using your feed reader of
choice. I find LiveLines extremely convenient.
sounds terrific, although I haven't had a chance to give it a
good workout. Here's how it works: If you're reading a long page
of text, PageBookmarks lets you bookmark your place on the page.
That's very handy if you're interrupted and need to come back to
the page later; it's like dog-earing a page in a print magazine.
Web browsers should have been able to do this from the very
beginning; reading articles is one of the main things people do
online, and some articles are long and can't be swallowed in one
you save text such as your name, address, E-mail address, and
phone number, and conveniently paste them into online forms, such
as the forms used in online shopping. This is another one that
sounds great, but I haven't had a chance to give it a good
Searchbar Autosizer does one very simple little thing and does it well.
If you look in the top-right corner of your Firefox browser,
you'll see a text box for inputting searches to your favorite
engine. Kind of small, ain't it? Not wide enough for really long
searches? Searchbar Autosizer automatically expands the size of
the box as you type.
expands the context menu, which is the menu you get when you
right-click your mouse. It turns the menu from a vertical bar
into a circle around your mouse pointer and lets you add and
customize dozens of options to the main menu, secondary menu,
menus that come up only when you're doing a specific task, and so
forth. This is by far my favorite Firefox extension, even though
I'm probably only using 1% of its capabilities.
is handy for people, like me, who like messing around with
extensions. Installing extensions requires you to shut down and
restart the browser; Restart Firefox automates that process. As
inventions go, RestartFirefox isn't exactly as useful as the
incandescent light or the airplane, but it's convenient.
Google Wins Nevada Copyright Case
A judge found that serving pages of a story on a writer's Web
site, from the Google cache, was protected under the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act. This ruling could help Google with
other legal issues it's facing in its bid to scan books and other
Google Confirms Testing Redesigned Results Page
The most visible difference between the existing search page and
the reformatted page shown in a screenshot floating around the
Internet is a list of search links in a column on the left-hand side.
Sony Exits Robot Business
In a bid to cut costs, production of the Aibo series will end
later this year. Development activity had been already terminated.
HP Taps Vignette CEO To Head Software Business
Thomas Hogan takes on a unit that has struggled recently. For
Hewlett-Packard's fiscal year ended Oct. 31, the software unit posted
revenue of $311 million and had an operating loss of $59 million.
3Com Names Claflin's Successor
R. Scott Murray, 3Com's new president and CEO, most recently
served as chief executive of a supply-chain-management and
Spammer Ordered To Pay AOL $5.3 Million
Christopher William Smith, currently in jail awaiting trial on
other charges, reportedly spammed users with shills for porn
sites, online college degrees, and bogus Viagra.
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Microsoft Business Solutions Turns Profitable
Among this week's financial results: Microsoft's enterprise
applications division posted an operating profit of $10 million versus
a loss of $17 million for the same quarter in the previous year.
Baseball Assuages Ray Ozzie's Bicoastal Life
Ozzie has been spending a lot of time in Seattle since his Groove
Networks was acquired by Microsoft last year. Although he can't
quite seem to part with his longtime home near Boston, he can
root for the Red Sox in two ballparks.
Portable Analytic Applications
A new approach to packaged analytic application is to build
packaged reporting elements that are independent of the physical
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