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Firefox Buggier, But IE Takes 9 Times Longer To Patch

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: The Good, The Bad, And The Implausible: More Predictions About The Impact Of Technology On The Future Of Society
2. Today's Top Story
    - Firefox Buggier, But IE Takes 9 Times Longer To Patch
    Related Stories:
    - Poll: Online Transaction Gaffes Push Users Into Rivals' Arms
    - New Trend Micro Service Goes Bot Hunting
    - Symantec Calls Out Microsoft Over Vista Security Center
    - EMC Integrating Security Into Its Product Line
3. Breaking News
    - Digg Founders Launch Online Network Designed To Kill Your TV...Sort Of
    - Bush Taps Tech Execs To Help Fund Lebanon Rebuild
    - New Cooling Technologies Tackle Data Center Heat
    - Apple Shares Up After Bullish Analyst Call
    - 3jam Launches Group Text Messaging
    - Microsoft Offers Everyone Vista RC1 Update
    - Intel To Launch Low-End Xeon At Developer Forum
    - IBM To Unleash The Next Informix IDS Release
    - Agere Chip To Power Low-Cost Music Cell Phones
    - More Adults Tap Internet For Election News: Survey
    - Analysis: Wireless Renews Interest In Voice Recognition
    - Virtual World Goes On Sale Today
4. Grab Bag
    - What If Bionics Were Better (Wired)
    - In A High-Tech World, I Spy, You Spy, We Spy (LA Times)
    - CIA-Level Computer Security (Technology On Crack)
    - How Much Does It Cost To Run Your PC? (Overclockers.com)
5. In Depth: HP Spying Scandal
    - Poll: Corporate Boards Value Info Over Privacy
    - U.S. Panel Wants Privacy Answers From Wireless Firms
    - Two HP Execs Reportedly Subpoenaed By U.S. House Panel
    - HP CEO Sorry That Spies Prowled And Pretexted
    - HP Is Deep In A Mess Of Its Own Making
    - Legal Woes Dog HP Execs As Scandal Broadens
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Quad-Core Should Be In Intel Developer Forum Spotlight
7. White Papers
    - Neutralize Spyware In The Enterprise
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create." -- Leonard I. Sweet


1. Editor's Note: The Good, The Bad, And The Implausible: More Predictions About The Impact Of Technology On The Future Of Society

A new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project reflects strong disagreement over whether technology is good for humankind.

Interestingly, the 742 handpicked "technology thinkers and stakeholders" who responded to the survey were largely in agreement about the ways that technology will evolve. But they contradicted one another about how this evolution will impact society in 2020.

Cases where there was significant disagreement:

  • Whether the Internet will "flatten" the world enough to eliminate social and economic inequities around the globe, or whether governments and businesses will inflict self-interested policies on the infrastructure that prevents equalization.
  • If humans will be capable of staying in charge of technology, or if technology will eventually gain control over its current masters.
  • Whether the benefits of increased use of technology in our lives will balance out the extreme loss of privacy.
  • If technological "luddites and refuseniks" will increasingly resort to violence in protest to the spread of technology.
  • Whether the increasing popularity of virtual worlds will lead to alienation from the "real" world and addiction to technology-fueled fantasies.
  • This report builds on a fascinating predictive research initiative started in 2003 at Elon University. Based on a seminal 1983 book Forecasting The Telephone: A Retrospective Technology Assessment that went back in time and documented the ways people predicted the potential impact of the telephone in the early part of the century, the Elon project collected predictions about the Internet from the early 1990s and stored them in a searchable online database.

    Today, that historical perspective has been amended by data from prediction surveys conducted in 2004 and 2006, as well as audio and video interviews from experts, and a "Voices of the People" forum where anyone can post a prediction for posterity.

    Check it out for yourself and submit your own forecast. Or respond to my blog entry to post your thoughts there.

    Alice LaPlante
    Alice.laplante@gmail.com
    www.informationweek.com


    2. Today's Top Story

    Firefox Buggier, But IE Takes 9 Times Longer To Patch
    Symantec's biannual Internet threat report shows vulnerabilities for IE, Firefox, and Safari have increased in the last six months.

    Related Stories:

    Poll: Online Transaction Gaffes Push Users Into Rivals' Arms
    A full 88% of online customers have experienced problems completing transactions. Many admit in a survey that it makes them wonder if companies can handle security any better.

    New Trend Micro Service Goes Bot Hunting
    InterCloud Security Service is being pitched to ISPs and enterprises as a means of sniffing out zombies on their networks and knocking them out of commission.

    Symantec Calls Out Microsoft Over Vista Security Center
    Symantec wants Microsoft to provide a way to turn off Security Center, a dashboard that Vista presents to indicate whether the firewall is correctly configured, for example, or that the computer's antivirus signatures are up to date.

    EMC Integrating Security Into Its Product Line
    Recent acquisitions put the company in a position to compete with the likes of Cisco and Symantec.


    3. Breaking News

    Digg Founders Launch Online Network Designed To Kill Your TV...Sort Of
    Today marks the official debut of Revision3, a venture-capital-funded video site offering original geek-oriented content with an advertising model reminiscent of 1950s TV programming.

    Bush Taps Tech Execs To Help Fund Lebanon Rebuild
    The fund aims to raise money to assist in reconstruction efforts in Lebanon following its war with Israel. The execs will be part of a delegation to visit Beirut.

    New Cooling Technologies Tackle Data Center Heat
    From water-cooled systems to spraying liquids directly on chips and motherboards, IT managers need to consider new ways to cool off their data centers.

    Apple Shares Up After Bullish Analyst Call
    A ThinkEquity analyst raised his 12-month price target based on a healthy back-to-school season and expectations that Apple will deliver solid September and December results.

    3jam Launches Group Text Messaging
    Want to text a group of people about setting up a meeting or maybe just meeting for margaritas? 3jam's new technology will let you message up to 15 people at once.

    Microsoft Offers Everyone Vista RC1 Update
    The company is making the release widely available for a limited time to test it on a variety of PC configurations.

    Intel To Launch Low-End Xeon At Developer Forum
    The Xeon 3000 will replace the Pentium D that some systems manufacturers have been using to power entry-level servers for small businesses.

    IBM To Unleash The Next Informix IDS Release
    Code-named Cheetah, the new release is due to beta this spring and will feature record-level locking and federal security certifications, including Evaluation Assurance Levels 3 and 4.

    Agere Chip To Power Low-Cost Music Cell Phones
    Phones based on the new chip could cost as little as $30 to make, compared with around $100 for most of today's models.

    More Adults Tap Internet For Election News: Survey
    Some 26 million Americans—or 19% of adult users—turned to the Internet in August to read political news and information, compared with 21 million in November 2004 when a presidential election was held.

    Analysis: Wireless Renews Interest In Voice Recognition
    Surfing the Web on handheld gadgets is often difficult because of small keypads and screens, but tech suppliers aim to solve that problem with voice commands.

    Virtual World Goes On Sale Today
    People will purchase online property in real U.S. dollars, paying taxes to the mayor of the town, the governor of the state, and the United Nation of Weblo.

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    4. Grab Bag

    What If Bionics Were Better (Wired)
    Although demand for elective body transformation using prosthetics is currently minimal, some people are pushing the boundaries of having advanced biometrics installed in their bodies.

    In A High-Tech World, I Spy, You Spy, We Spy (LA Times)
    Amid all the professed shock about HP's spying activities, experts point out that the public seems to have a double standard when it comes to privacy violations.

    CIA-Level Computer Security (Technology On Crack)
    A roundup of technologies that can prevent even the CIA from getting ahold of your data.


    5. In Depth: HP Spying Scandal

    Poll: Corporate Boards Value Info Over Privacy
    Fifty-three percent of those surveyed say it's OK to follow people outside of the company and to obtain and review phone records if pretexting is legal.

    U.S. Panel Wants Privacy Answers From Wireless Firms
    Top execs at Verizon, Sprint, Cingular, and T-Mobile are being called to testify before a congressional hearing on Friday.

    Two HP Execs Reportedly Subpoenaed By U.S. House Panel
    Kevin Hunsaker, HP's chief ethics officer, and Anthony Gentilucci, the head of global investigations for HP, have been called in, says a source familiar with the investigation.

    HP CEO Sorry That Spies Prowled And Pretexted
    In Hewlett-Packard's most extensive and forthcoming attempt at damage control, president, CEO, and now chairman Mark Hurd stepped forward to present a timeline and detailed account of the company's spy scandal.

    HP Is Deep In A Mess Of Its Own Making
    CEO Mark Hurd admits his role in an internal leak investigation and takes over as chairman as Patricia Dunn exits immediately.

    Legal Woes Dog HP Execs As Scandal Broadens
    As state and federal prosecutors vie to be first to file charges in the HP media leak investigation scandal, company executives are complying with a congressional committee's request for information.


    6. Voice Of Authority

    Quad-Core Should Be In Intel Developer Forum Spotlight
    Darrell Dunn says that after two years of getting kicked around by AMD, Intel has been fighting back and, with its new portfolio, may have repositioned itself in the forefront of microprocessor performance.


    7. White Papers

    Neutralize Spyware In The Enterprise
    Spyware can cause significant financial damage as well as pose a serious regulatory compliance threat. IT needs an integrated solution with a single management interface to coordinate security policies and perform ongoing threat analyses and reporting.


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