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How To Open Up The Floodgates

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: How To Open Up The Floodgates
2. Today's Top Story
    - Apple To Face Online Writers' Appeal In California
    Related Stories:
    - Apple Says Beatles' Agreement Narrow
    - Gibson Guitar CEO Says DRM Challenges Market
3. Breaking News
    - Optimized IE Exploit Speeds Up Infection
    - Patch Management Holds The Line Against Application Assaults
    - InformationWeek Spring Conference: Successful Transformation Requires People, Says FedEx CIO
    - Dell, Apple Lead In Brand Trust; Microsoft Dead Last
    - EDS To Acquire Majority Stake In Indian Outsourcer
    - EU Misses Target By Aiming At Microsoft: Analyst
    - AOL Offers New Services For Mobile Users
    - Google Offers Ads In Local Mapping Service
    - Lucent, Alcatel Agree On $36 Billion Merger
    - McAfee Rolls Out Centralized Security Management
    - Microsoft Offers Free Virtual Server, Will Support Linux Guests
    - TI Device Converges Bluetooth, WLAN, FM Audio
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
    - Why Privacy Won't Matter (Newsweek International)
    - Is Google Courting The GOP? (Hidden Nook Blog)
    - Pointing Out Failings For All On Web To See (Baltimore Sun)
5. In Depth: Mac Attack
    - iPod Is Allowed Under Previous Pact With Record Company: Apple
    - Apple Hears Complaints, Offers Volume Controls
    - Apple Gains Support For Fighting France On iTunes
    - Apple iPod Vs. Wolverine MVP
6. Voice Of Authority
    - IT Confidential: Another Low Moment At The High Court
7. White Papers
    - The E-Procurement Benchmark Report--Less Hype, More Results
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: How To Open Up The Floodgates

Do you wish you had more junk mail? Not enough spam clogging your E-mail box? Do you want a wider variety of marketing solicitations? Well, help is on the way! When you sit down to do your 2006 federal income taxes, make sure you do a good job. We wouldn't want any erroneous information going out to the reams of buyers lining up in hopes of buying what the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) calls "the map to your life."

The IRS, you see, is holding hearings today, April 4, on some rule changes, one of which will have the effect of making it much easier for the rest of the world to gain access to what has to be the Holy Grail for marketing--and identity theft.

The IRS wants to update rules surrounding the disclosure and use of taxpayer data that were written for a paper-based world. Some of the proposed changes will require consumer consent where none was previously required, applauds the PRC. But its jaw dropped over one small change, which the IRS characterizes as a way to provide taxpayers with a "meaningful opportunity to consent to the use and disclosure of their tax return information."

In contrast, the PRC describes that same proposal to remove restrictions on who taxpayer data can be shared with as "opening the door for far more insidious privacy invasions."

I have to agree. Even with consumer consent, this sure looks like a Pandora's box just waiting to be opened. You can go to my blog to read why consumer groups are horrified, and why some insist that informed consent is just not possible in this instance.

Patricia Keefe
pkeefe@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Apple To Face Online Writers' Appeal In California
Do bloggers and journalists have the right to publish trade secrets? That's one of the critical First Amendment issues in the case.

Related Stories:

Apple Says Beatles' Agreement Narrow
The music firm claims the computer company agreed 15 years ago to stay out of the music business, while the computer company claims iTunes sells digital files and therefore doesn't infringe on an agreement it characterizes as "narrow."

Gibson Guitar CEO Says DRM Challenges Market
Internet anonymity and consumer confusion make digital rights management problematic, says chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz.


3. Breaking News

Optimized IE Exploit Speeds Up Infection
The new twist on the createTextRange exploit takes much less time to execute than the original, which requires five to 10 seconds.

Patch Management Holds The Line Against Application Assaults
Third-party companies are stepping in to offer patches for software from major vendors like Microsoft and Oracle. That's making life more complicated for beleaguered security managers.

InformationWeek Spring Conference: Successful Transformation Requires People, Says FedEx CIO
FedEx's attention to people led to the success of its 6x6 Transformation program launched two years ago, said Rob Carter, named InformationWeek's Chief of the Year in December.

Dell, Apple Lead In Brand Trust; Microsoft Dead Last
The annual survey by Forrester Research also showed an across-the-board drop in trust in personal computer and consumer electronics brands in general.

EDS To Acquire Majority Stake In Indian Outsourcer
EDS says it's offering $380 million to acquire a 52% stake in Indian business process and software development outsourcer Mphasis BFL Ltd.

EU Misses Target By Aiming At Microsoft: Analyst
The European Union's pursuit of Microsoft's alleged antitrust antics "would have been an important discussion 10 years ago," says Clay Ryder of the Sageza Group. But not now.

AOL Offers New Services For Mobile Users
Web pages are automatically adapted for Web-enabled wireless customers' screens.

Google Offers Ads In Local Mapping Service
The ads appear on a Google Local map whenever a searcher enters a query that matches advertisers' chosen keywords and business information.

Lucent, Alcatel Agree On $36 Billion Merger
The combined firm would rank in one of the top two positions in almost all its markets, with a global lead in the convergence of fixed and mobile technology.

McAfee Rolls Out Centralized Security Management
Customers can choose from four offerings, depending on their size and needs, with prices at $30 per user or less. Volume buyers get the lower prices.

Microsoft Offers Free Virtual Server, Will Support Linux Guests
On Monday Microsoft said it had developed virtual machine additions for Red Hat and Novell Suse Linux distributions, as well as demonstrated some of its new open-source wares at the LinuxWorld trade show.

TI Device Converges Bluetooth, WLAN, FM Audio
Dubbed the WiLink 5.0, the device will likely be incorporated into mobile phones early next year, according to Texas Instruments.

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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web

Why Privacy Won't Matter (Newsweek International)
Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft desperately want to know every last thing about what you do, say, and buy. Here's how they'll do it--and why we'll let them.

Is Google Courting The GOP? (Hidden Nook blog)
Darnell Clayton's blog, The Hidden Nook, gathers the evidence, including stories from CNET and elsewhere.

Pointing Out Failings For All On Web To See (Baltimore Sun)
When individuals are criticized on Web sites like BitterWaitress.com, there's little recourse.


5. In Depth: Mac Attack

iPod Is Allowed Under Previous Pact With Record Company: Apple
Apple Computer says its agreement with the music company doesn't prohibit data transfers, so iTunes is allowed.

Apple Hears Complaints, Offers Volume Controls
A free software update, available immediately, lets users set maximum volume limits. In addition, parents can set and lock volume limits on their children's music players.

Apple Gains Support For Fighting France On iTunes
Apple is getting a boost in its fight against the French government's attempts to force iTunes to open up for interoperability.

Review: Apple iPod Vs. Wolverine MVP
Two portable media (read: video) players go head-to-head in this comparative review.


6. Voice Of Authority

IT Confidential: Another Low Moment At The High Court
Learn why Internet legal cases are like legal Vietnams.


7. White Papers

The E-Procurement Benchmark Report--Less Hype, More Results
The third in a series of AberdeenGroup benchmarks of E-procurement performance since 1998, this study examines the hurdles, strategies, and results of nearly 150 enterprises using E-procurement today. This study also identifies best practices for maximizing the value of E-procurement.


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