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Illegal Online Drug Network Broken Up

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: When Is A CIO Not A CIO?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Feds Bust 18 For Allegedly Running Illegal Online Drug Network
    - Notorious Spammer And 'Drug Kingpin' Sentenced To 30 Years
3. Breaking News
    - Trial Of John Donovan, IT Guru And Author, Set To Get Under Way
    - Amazon.com Tests Web Service For Flexible Payments
    - General Motors' CIO Speaks Out On Oracle's Acquisition Strategy
    - Mozilla Releases Fixes For Thunderbird Bugs
    - American Airlines, AirCell Plan In-Flight Wi-Fi
    - Red Hat Officials Confirm Desktop OS Delay
    - In Reversal, Massachusetts OKs Microsoft Office 2007 Format
    - Microsoft, Apple Strike Font Agreement
    - Estonian 'Cyber Riot' Was Planned, But Mastermind Still A Mystery
    - IBM Chips Poised For Mars Invasion
    - Amazon.com Gears Up To Deliver Real Apples With Amazon Fresh
    - Despite Energy-Efficient Hardware, Power Usage Rising In Data Centers
    - Mozilla Delivers Security Tools, Previews Firefox 3 At Black Hat
4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts
    - Brains Trump Money For Startups
    - Rant: Brilliant Journalists Prove That If You Leave Your iPod Lying Around, It'll Get Stolen
    - 3 Free Tools For Getting Things Done Faster On The Mac
    - Learn Web Site Analytics From Capt. Kirk And The Enterprise
    - I Loved My iPhone But I Had To Return It
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Enhancing Product Life Cycle Management With Critical Message Governance
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"True hope dwells on the possible, even when life seems to be a plot written by someone who wants to see how much adversity we can overcome. True hope responds to the real world, to real life; it is an active effort." -- Walter Anderson, American painter


1. Editor's Note: When Is A CIO Not A CIO?

I learned the real meaning of CIO in the financial community, and that there are limits to a PR person's patience.

TIAA-CREF, which provides retirement services for people in the academic, cultural, medical, and research fields, is looking to fill a new position: executive VP of IT and operations. The move is the company's "next step" in its "long-term strategy to enhance information technology capability and deliver the highest-quality service to clients," according to a statement.

The move was occasioned by the resignation of Susan Kozik, who had been TIAA-CREF's VP and CTO since 2003. Taking her place will be Peter Murphy, the company's chief information security officer, who will have the title of Acting Chief Technology Officer. "Mr. Murphy will continue his current responsibilities concurrent with his appointment," according to the statement.

Ouch! That's a lot to bite off. I wondered if TIAA-CREF had a CIO...

Read more and share your thoughts at the InformationWeek Blog.

John Soat
jsoat@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Feds Bust 18 For Allegedly Running Illegal Online Drug Network
A 313-count indictment shows that the alleged fraudsters sold drugs to people without prescriptions and sometimes without any need for them.

Related Story:

Notorious Spammer And 'Drug Kingpin' Sentenced To 30 Years
A man who made about $24 million illegally selling pharmaceuticals online and then fled the country to avoid prosecution faces 30 years in prison.


3. Breaking News

Trial Of John Donovan, IT Guru And Author, Set To Get Under Way
John J. Donavan Sr. faces charges of concocting a fake murder attempt on his own life.

Amazon.com Tests Web Service For Flexible Payments
Amazon.com is testing a set of new Amazon Web Services APIs for moving money between people or computers.

General Motors' CIO Speaks Out On Oracle's Acquisition Strategy
Ralph Szygenda is in favor of companies doing acquisitions if it means better integration of software.

Mozilla Releases Fixes For Thunderbird Bugs
Following in close step to the release of patches for its Firefox browser last week, Mozilla released an update for its e-mail client.

American Airlines, AirCell Plan In-Flight Wi-Fi
Passenger testing will be conducted on American Airlines' fleet of Boeing 767-200 aircraft.

Red Hat Officials Confirm Desktop OS Delay
Red Hat is positioning its Global Desktop Linux as a low-cost alternative to Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system.

In Reversal, Massachusetts OKs Microsoft Office 2007 Format
Massachusetts' reversal on whether to allow use of OOXML is sure to provoke controversy.

Microsoft, Apple Strike Font Agreement
Such cross-licensing agreements allow developers and online publishers to specify certain fonts with the knowledge that they will display correctly regardless of the type of system used.

Estonian 'Cyber Riot' Was Planned, But Mastermind Still A Mystery
Because so much of Estonia's economy relies on the Internet, when the Internet was down, citizens couldn't perform the most basic functions, such buying milk, bread, or gas.

IBM Chips Poised For Mars Invasion
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander carries a radiation-hardened RAD6000 computer from BAE Systems based on IBM's Power Architecture microprocessors.

Amazon.com Gears Up To Deliver Real Apples With Amazon Fresh
Amazon has launched an invite-only beta test of a new online grocery delivery service called Amazon Fresh in a Seattle suburb called Mercer Island.

Despite Energy-Efficient Hardware, Power Usage Rising In Data Centers
Power consumption per computational unit has dropped in the past six years by 80%, but at-the-plug consumption has still risen by a factor of 3.4, according to the Uptime Institute.

Mozilla Delivers Security Tools, Previews Firefox 3 At Black Hat
Now Mozilla is making its JavaScript fuzzer available to anyone who wants to use it, and it'll be followed later this year by fuzzers for the HTTP and FTP protocols.

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4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/digital_life/index.html

Brains Trump Money For Startups
The balance of power is shifting from investors to hackers when it comes to starting a software company.

Rant: Brilliant Journalists Prove That If You Leave Your iPod Lying Around, It'll Get Stolen
Demonstrating that the spirit of investigative journalism is not dead, Dateline did an expose about how, if you leave your iPod lying around unattended in public, it'll get stolen. I'm sure there's a Pulitzer Prize in this for Dateline. Because we could never have figured that out on our own.

3 Free Tools For Getting Things Done Faster On The Mac
These three utilities will make you more productive on the Mac. And the price is right -- they're free. Namely is a simple application launcher that works from the keyboard, Document Palette makes it easer to create documents, and Visor puts the terminal window a hotkey away.

Learn Web Site Analytics From Capt. Kirk And The Enterprise
What can Capt. Kirk and the original Star Trek TV series teach us about Web analytics? Quite a bit, actually.

I Loved My iPhone But I Had To Return It
As you may recall, I finally snagged an iPhone a few weeks ago. At the time, I was less than pleased with my experience. I had problems syncing my iPhone with my PCs. Many of you wrote in with some advice on how to better connect my Jesus-phone with my laptop and desktop. While I appreciated your help, it wasn't enough. After 10 days, I returned my iPhone.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Avid Technology seeking Information Services Manager in Mountain View, CA

McFadyen Consulting seeking eBusiness Project Manager in Vienna, VA

[X+1] seeking Client Solutions Architect in New York, NY

Monsanto seeking SAP Developer in St. Louis, MO

Genworth Financial seeking IT Solutions Leader in Richmond, VA

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


6. White Papers

Enhancing Product Life Cycle Management With Critical Message Governance
In a PLM environment, a secure, auditable method of internal and external stakeholder message notification and file exchange is rarely addressed. This paper examines the benefits of Critical Message Governance in managing the product life cycle.


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