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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Giving Tech A Sporting Chance
2. Today's Top Story
    - Can-Spam Law 'Big Disappointment'
3. Breaking News
    - Brief: Google Prevails In Patents Case Over Its Toolbar Interface
    - Microsoft, AMD Send Free High-End Laptops To Select Bloggers
    - LCD-TV Market Expected To Cool, But Still Hot
    - Report: Earthquake-Damaged Asian Networks Will Be Slow To Recover
    - Alliance Data Systems To Acquire DoubleClick's Abacus
    - Review: BlueTie Does Collaboration On Demand
4. In Depth: Security
    - Personal Information Showing Up On Google Notebook Search
    - Microsoft: Vista's Secure, Not Perfect
    - Kaspersky Adds Vista Support To Consumer Antivirus
    - Sony Settles Rootkit Suit With 39 More States, Will Pay $4.25 Million
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Why Bloggers Will Never Replace Reporters
6. White Papers
    - Building Smarter Business Processes With Process-Driven Business Intelligence
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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1. Editor's Note: Giving Tech A Sporting Chance

Not being much of a sports fan—sorry, guys—I've always been a bit bemused by the lengths to which players will go in order to win for their fans, their teams, and (probably most important) their prize money or huge salaries. It seems to have gone from such traditionally accepted means as fixing games (as immortalized in countless boxing films) to taking unpleasant medications that will both increase your muscle mass and shorten your life span—and now, to using technology to gain an advantage over your opponent.

For example, even such a presumably intellectual sport as chess has been in the "shouldn'ta done that" news lately—an Indian chess player was banned Tuesday from competition for 10 years after he was caught using a Bluetooth headset sewn into a cap. The idea was that accomplices would be using a computer at the other end and would clue him in on what move to make.

Not only does that read like a bad "Mission: Impossible" script, but I can't help wondering whether the player in question shouldn't find some other sport to occupy himself with after his 10 years are up—say, marbles. Certainly, I can't imagine that anybody is ever going to be able to watch him wrinkle his forehead over a chess board with anything resembling a straight face.

Have there been other sports in which technology triumphed over common sense? Let us know by going to the blog entry for this editor's note.

Barbara Krasnoff
bkrasnoff@cmp.com
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2. Today's Top Story

Can-Spam Law 'Big Disappointment'
Nearing its third anniversary, the law hasn't slowed the rising tide of junk e-mail, says spam researcher.


3. Breaking News

Brief: Google Prevails In Patents Case Over Its Toolbar Interface
The judge threw out HyperPhrase Technologies' suit after ruling that the Google products in question performed "different functions in a different way to achieve a different result."

Microsoft, AMD Send Free High-End Laptops To Select Bloggers
Giveaway triggers debate over ethics and whether the companies are really offering bribes. The ensuing publicity has reportedly prompted Microsoft and AMD to reconsider the gift.

LCD-TV Market Expected To Cool, But Still Hot
Manufacturers are expected to increase supply and decrease price of large televisions.

Report: Earthquake-Damaged Asian Networks Will Be Slow To Recover
Tuesday's earthquake off Taiwan damaged communications facilities in the Asian and Pacific region; recovery will likely take weeks, says monitoring firm.

Alliance Data Systems To Acquire DoubleClick's Abacus
Alliance says its second purchase from DoubleClick will enable it to market services to 80 private-label credit card retail clients.

Review: BlueTie Does Collaboration On Demand
This "meat-and-potatoes" collaboration service offers enough services and administrative features to be taken seriously.

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4. In Depth: Security

Personal Information Showing Up On Google Notebook Search
Links revealing the sensitive data were found on Digg.com.

Microsoft: Vista's Secure, Not Perfect
Disclosure of a zero-day vulnerability doesn't alter the claim that Vista is the safest Microsoft operating system so far, says company's security manager.

Kaspersky Adds Vista Support To Consumer Antivirus
The company becomes the latest security vendor to add support for Microsoft's new operating system.

Sony Settles Rootkit Suit With 39 More States, Will Pay $4.25 Million
Sony agrees to pay each of the 13 states that began the lawsuit $316,000, and the remaining states and Washington, D.C., $5,000 each.


5. Voice Of Authority

Why Bloggers Will Never Replace Reporters
What do you get when you fly in 14 celebrity bloggers to interview Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (and give them a free Zune as a party favor)? Pretty much a group kiss-up, apparently.


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