In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Focus, Focus, Focus
2. Today's Top Story: Latest Court Rulings
- Judge Dismisses Google Copyright Case (Reuters)
- Oracle Fights Off Clustering Software Patent Suit
3. Breaking News
- Make Mine Mobile: When Your Laptop Is Your Main PC
- New Zero-Day Bug Crashes IE
- Apple Patches Patch
- Trade Group Attacks RFID Virus Claims
- Lockheed Martin Leads The Way For FBI Sentinel Project
- RFID World Still Reacting Strongly To Virus Research
- As Child Porn Industry Grows, Coalition Launches Counterattack
- Analysis: How Real Are Microsoft's Live Video, Voice?
- Genesys Offers Emergency Conferencing Service
- Microsoft Releases Team Foundation Server To Manufacturing
- Print Publisher Buys U.K. Price-Comparison Site
4. Grab Bag
- Hacking Made Easy (Washington Post)
- The Net's New Age (BusinessWeek)
- Student Recites 8,784 Digits Of Pi Wed (The Roanoke Times)
5. In Depth: International
- SoftBank Pays $15 Billion For Vodafone's Japanese Unit
- Chinese Bank Hosts Phishing Site
- European Project To Unify Mobile Wireless Access
- Lenovo To Lay Off 1,000 In Restructuring
- Cuban On Hunger Strike For Internet Access
- Stockholm Taps Tech To Reduce Traffic Congestion
- European Embedded Program To Spend $3 Billion
6. Voice Of Authority
- Cisco Enters The Ring On Net Neutrality
7. White Papers
- Protect Your Perimeter Security
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1. Editor's Note: Focus, Focus, Focus
Location, location, location. That's the golden rule in real
estate. In high tech, it ought to be focus, focus, focus. Too
often vendors get caught up in personality clashes, obsessions
with beating or matching competitors, and technological zealotry.
All can blind even the best companies to the real issues that
need attention. Over and over we see vendors lose their
positioning and products miss their mark because executives
focused on the wrong thing.
I was reminded of this by several news reports this week, which
once again drove home the need to keep your eye on the ball--not
your competition or your critics--and steady your focus on
working out the kinks.
Gartner characterized Origami as "more promise than real" and
said the device was too big to be a personal digital assistant,
yet too small to be a useful notebook. Moreover, Gartner pointed
out that some of the technology Microsoft needs to fulfill its
vision for the Ultra-Mobile PC isn't available today and could be
as much as two years off. In short, Gartner concluded that "the
low battery life, high price and non-Vista operating system will
likely hurt the UMPC's market acceptance in this first go-round,
and the negative backlash could damage its future chances."
Mainstream acceptance, meanwhile, is another three years away,
the researchers predicted. Microsoft had better get busy.
RFID supporters and new converts like the Israeli army, DHL, and Visa might want to hit pause--at least in the
short term--until they figure out how much there is to several
recent reports in the mainstream and high-tech press pointing to
security issues with RFID chips.
And India, too, had better keep a close watch over its shoulder.
China, apparently, is breathing down its neck. You can read more
about the threats bearing down on these markets by going to my blog here. Taken together, these are
just a few examples of why it never pays in high tech to get too
comfortable with your successes, or too obsessed with your critics.
Judge Dismisses Google Copyright Case (Reuters)
Judge Surrick's ruling found that Google enjoys projection under
an exemption to the Communications Decency Act for online service
providers acting as an automatic redistributor of published material.
Make Mine Mobile: When Your Laptop Is Your Main PC
A laptop isn't just a desktop PC with a handle on it--it's got
its own advantages and disadvantages. If your main computer is
(or will be) a notebook, here's how to get the most out of your
New Zero-Day Bug Crashes IE
Security firms are warning about another zero-day bug.
Apparently, Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser crashes when
attacked through a new unpatched vulnerability.
Apple Patches Patch
Days after rolling out a Mac OS X fix, Apple is polishing that
patch with another fix. Dubbed a "correction," it targets owners
of PowerPC-equipped Macs.
Trade Group Attacks RFID Virus Claims
Researchers claimed to have discovered a way to infect an RFID
chip with a virus, but in fact they just built a poorly designed
system, said an RFID trade association.
Analysis: How Real Are Microsoft's Live Video, Voice?
A Microsoft executive this week gave the first public
demonstration of a PC running the Live Mail client, during which
he initiated a video call by clicking on an icon in the
software's contact list. Although he was clear that the tools are
still in beta, the demo was limited all around.
Genesys Offers Emergency Conferencing Service
Emergency Meeting Center is a streaming conferencing service that
can handle thousands of participants at the same time, according
to the provider. It's designed to serve as a central command
center during times of crisis to ensure business continuity.
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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
Hacking Made Easy (Washington Post)
Automated tools gather victims' keystrokes, and upload passwords to
an illicit database in what security experts are calling one of the
more brazen and sophisticated Internet fraud rings ever uncovered.
The Net's New Age (BusinessWeek)
Technology that aims to revolutionize how surfers use the Web is
fueling a new wave of Internet investment and challenging
SoftBank Pays $15 Billion For Vodafone's Japanese Unit
SoftBank, Japan's largest broadband Internet provider, has been
setting its sights on Japan's $78 billion mobile market for a
while as it moves to offer a combination of broadband, mobile,
and Internet services and content.
Chinese Bank Hosts Phishing Site
A Chinese bank's server is hosting spoofed sites that phishers
are using to dupe customers of American banks, an Internet
monitoring company said Sunday.
Cuban On Hunger Strike For Internet Access
Guillermo Farinas, a 41-year-old psychologist, went on a hunger
strike on January 31st to press Cuba's communist authorities to
respect his right to freedom of information and allow him
European Embedded Program To Spend $3 Billion
Artemis, a major research program part funded by the European
Union and which includes Europe's leading chip and systems
companies, aims to spend 2.7 billion euro (about $3.25 billion)
in research between 2007 and 2010.
6. Voice Of Authority
Cisco Enters The Ring On Net Neutrality
Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers has joined the carrier echo on
network neutrality. Blocking and impairing is bad, freedom to
manage crowded networks and create quality-of-service agreements
with content providers is good (and different from the first).
Don't legislate against hypotheticals. J. Nicholas Hoover reports.
7. White Papers
Protect Your Perimeter Security
This complimentary report explains that remote control of
workstations and servers is becoming increasingly attractive to
users, but personal remote control could dismantle a company's
perimeter security. Use Gartner's two-part decision framework to
determine what type of remote control is best for you.
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