In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Human Rights--And Wrongs
2. Today's Top Story
- Financial Analyst Sees Windows Users Going Mac
- 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
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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
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
For more on this topic, or to weigh in with your opinion, please
see my blog entry.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Security Road Map
Which security tools and practices are companies using to protect
their sensitive data? InformationWeek Research's 2005 U.S.
Information Security Survey report examines security issues and
provides in-depth data about security investments.
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.
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