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Human Rights--And Wrongs

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Human Rights--And Wrongs
2. Today's Top Story
    - Financial Analyst Sees Windows Users Going Mac
    Related Stories
    - IPod's Cool Factor May Be Fading
    - IPod Nano Class-Action Spreads
3. Breaking News
    - Merrill Lynch Embraces SOA
    - Co-Founder Sees Slashdot As The Original Blog
    - IBM Unveils Single-Point Tool For Creating Blogs, Wikis
    - NBC, CBS Offer Downloadable Programming
    - Unsuspecting Users Still Freely Give Up Personal Info
    - Computer Superstore Will Stock Desktop Linux From Linspire
    - Web Sites Weigh Problem Of Posted Threats
    - Sprint Launches 'Push-To-Picture' Service
    - Check Point Targets Enterprise Spyware
    - Avery Tempts Customers With Free RFID Tags
    - Six Reasons To Avoid VoIP
4. In Depth: Digital-Rights Management
    - Opinion: Sony Is Just As Bad As Music Pirates
    - Eight People Charged With 'Star Wars' Piracy
    - Movie, Recording Industries Join Internet2
    - Microsoft Buffeted By Criticism Over Vista DRM
    - Sun Launches DRM Initiative
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Venezuelans Should Outsource Chavez
6. White Papers
    - Data Liquidity
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Human Rights--And Wrongs

An interesting coalition has formed to monitor technology vendors' willingness to play ball with repressive regimes that seek to limit their citizens' ability to speak their minds on the Internet and, presumably, elsewhere.

The alliance is made up of a reporters' watchdog group, called Reporters Without Borders, dedicated to the notion that people who make their living with words should be able to write and say exactly what they wish, without any government interference.

There have long been human-rights groups, of course, ranging from Amnesty International to Human Rights Watch and others. But what makes this one different is the addition of another major component: investors. Some 25 investment groups, representing about $21 billion in assets in the United States, Europe, and Australia, have signed a "statement on freedom of expression and the Internet."

It will be fascinating to see how much pull this coalition has on a group of technology vendors that has traditionally been rather freewheeling. Now that electronics have become as pervasive as, say, cars, similar demands are being made on tech suppliers as on sellers of other consumer products. Procter & Gamble, for one, has long been under a microscope from groups all over the political map, and now it appears it's the computer vendors' turn to be similarly examined. It's a sign of the computer industry's maturity.

For more on this topic, or to weigh in with your opinion, please see my blog entry.

Johanna Ambrosio
jambrosio@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Financial Analyst Sees Windows Users Going Mac
IPod momentum and PC software infections are driving Windows users to switch, Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf says in a report.

Related Stories:
IPod's Cool Factor May Be Fading

IPod owners motivated to purchase because of status are more than twice as likely as the average iPod owner to switch brands when they purchase their next digital music players, one researcher says.

IPod Nano Class-Action Spreads
Consumers in Mexico and the United Kingdom have joined litigation charging that Apple knew the screens on the iPod nano would crack.


3. Breaking News

Merrill Lynch Embraces SOA
The financial-services firm is partnering with SOA Software and IBM Global Services to build a service-oriented architecture.

Co-Founder Sees Slashdot As The Original Blog
In a wide-ranging interview, Jeff Bates discusses Slashdot.org's impact on online publishing, plans for the Web site, and the benefits of "slashdotting."

IBM Unveils Single-Point Tool For Creating Blogs, Wikis
The Public Images Monitoring Solution lassos E-mails, blogs, wikis, jams, news feeds, consumer review sites, and articles into a single service.

NBC, CBS Offer Downloadable Programming
The two networks will offer episodes of popular shows such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" online for 99 cents each. That follows a similar deal by ABC in conjunction with Apple for the video iPod.

Unsuspecting Users Still Freely Give Up Personal Info
RSA Security lured consumers with a bogus survey on New York tourism, and got the consumers to give up personal information like their mothers' maiden names.

Computer Superstore Will Stock Desktop Linux From Linspire
Micro Center will stock the operating system at its 19 locations.

Web Sites Weigh Problem Of Posted Threats
Experts generally agree there's no legal onus on site owners or users to notify police. But a recent case has brought up the question of how far any given Web community should go to help a member who seems to be in trouble.

Sprint Launches 'Push-To-Picture' Service
The service lets users display pictures taken with a camera phone on the screens of the recipient's and sender's screens simultaneously, all while continuing the voice conversation.

Check Point Targets Enterprise Spyware
The newest version of Check Point's Integrity security package boasts an integrated anti-spyware module that prevents infected PCs from communicating with the corporate network, among other things.

Avery Tempts Customers With Free RFID Tags
The company is opening up shop in Atlanta to help accelerate the adoption of RFID across the retail and Department of Defense supply chains.

Six Reasons To Avoid VoIP
VoIP gets all the headlines, but it's not for every company. If voice quality is mission-critical, for instance, there's a business reason for retaining traditional phone service.

All our latest news

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John Soat with "30 Seconds Over Redmondland" in the current episode of "The News Show." He gives us the latest from Microsoft, including the powerful new SQL Server 2005 and an update on its anti-spyware tool.

Also in Tuesday's episode:

Aaron Ricadela With "Microsoft Rocks"
CEO Steve Ballmer claims "no job [is] too big for Windows" at the release party for the newly available SQL Server 2005 Database. Ricadela reports from the Moscone Center.

Paul Kapustka With "Valley (Wi-)Fi"
Google has some competition in its bid to provide San Francisco with free municipal Wi-Fi. Silicon Valley startup Metro Fi is one company to watch.

Curtis Franklin Reviews "19 Deadly Sins Of Software Security"
The security expert says it's a must read if you're in the application development game.


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4. In Depth: Digital-Rights Management

Opinion: Sony Is Just As Bad As Music Pirates
Sony's latest response to the threat of music piracy is to engage in behavior every bit as bad as the pirates it's trying to protect itself from.

Eight People Charged With 'Star Wars' Piracy
They're accused of taking "Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith" from a postproduction facility and posting it to the Internet.

Movie, Recording Industries Join Internet2
The newest consortium members are primarily interested in technologies for protecting content, but also high on the hit parade are potential new distribution models for movies and music.

Microsoft Buffeted By Criticism Over Vista DRM
Microsoft is taking a few hits over a digital-rights-management feature in its upcoming Vista operating system.

Sun Launches DRM Initiative
Sun's Open Media Commons is designed to develop a royalty-free digital-rights-management standard.


5. Voice Of Authority

Venezuelans Should Outsource Chavez
Recent actions by Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's president, pretty much guarantee that the technology revolution will stay far away from his country's shores, Paul McDougall says.


6. White Papers

Data Liquidity
Imagine if everyone in the company had access to all of the data they needed for making difficult decisions in a key business process.


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