In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Internet Aids In Katrina Relief
2. Today's Top Story
- Katrina Overwhelms Telecom Giants' Contingency Plans
- IT Sales Could Slow In Aftermath Of Katrina
- New Orleans Paper Shifts To Web Only
- Hurricane Katrina Claims HP's Technology Forum
3. Breaking News
- EXCLUSIVE BULLETIN: ABN Amro Set To Unveil Largest IT
- States Expanding Push For Internet Taxes
- IT Workers Were In A Foul Mood About Jobs Last Month,
- First Firefox 1.5 Beta Due Next Week
- Study Rejects Link Between Mobile Phones And Cancer
- Private Phone Records Sold Online, Privacy Group Complains
- Creative Claims Apple IPod Uses Its Newly Patented Technology
- Writer Groups Not Backing Down In Fight With Google
- Google Losing Ground In China
- Yahoo Improves Web Mail Search
- Google Extends Site Mapping Service To Mobile Web Sites
4. In Depth: Microsoft Windows
5. Voice Of Authority: Security
6. White Papers: Business Execution
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"The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that
danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget
the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget
that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and
his States and all their clans are preserved." -- Confucius
1. Editor's Note: Internet Aids In Katrina Relief
While information technology is impotent to protect or even
soften the blow of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina, IT
is doing a lot to help in the recovery effort.
As we saw with the Asian tsunami, the Internet helps private
individuals form into groups and get out information to help,
using resources including blogs, photo-sharing, and online forums.
Two moving accounts posted to BB: "Many of our evacuees here
aren't just looking for shelter--they're asking for jobs. Those
mostly lived paycheck-to-paycheck, and with N.O. gone, there's no
more paychecks. These people may never go back, no matter what's
done to rebuild."
Also, from an E-mail attributed to a New Orleans rescue worker:
"One of the teams came in today after having been out for hours
at a time. One particular rescuer went straight to a corner and
collapsed into tears. I went directly to him and just held his
hand. What else could I do? I said nothing. He said it all. They
lowered him 26 times and he pulled 26 people to safety. He wants
to be back out there but there are mandatory rest periods. His
tears are tears of frustration."
My colleague Eric Chabrow writes about the moving messages left on forums for the New Orleans
Times-Picayune newspaper. "My mother and father are
trapped in a house," reads one message. "They are both in their
80s. My mother has a heart condition, and my father has
emphysema. They are terribly frightened, and fear that they won't
make it through the night. Please somebody help. ..."
Internet users organizing themselves can provide a powerful
resource for disaster recovery, complementing official
organizations and government agencies. Should the government do
more to foster and regulate those groups? Or is benign neglect
the best policy? Head on over to the InformationWeek blog, log
into the comments section, and let us know.
New Orleans Paper Shifts To Web Only
For the second day, the Times-Picayune, New Orleans' daily paper,
published a Web-only edition, as, like other businesses and the city's
residents, it has had to abandon the city and deal with dislocation.
Study Rejects Link Between Mobile Phones And Cancer
One of the largest and most rigorous studies ever into the
alleged links between cancer and the use of mobile phones has
failed to find any connection between the two--at least for the
first 10 years of use.
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Tony Kontzer writes: "While sitting in the Knuckles Sports Bar at
the Hyatt Regency Resort in Monterey, Calif., watching a jovial
group of high-tech crime-fighting experts exchange work-related
yarns and engage in the ageless Yankees versus Red Sox debate, a
confident feeling came over me. No way were the cyber bad guys
gonna get to me here. Naturally, my sense of security was
completely false, since the roomful of law enforcement and IT
security talent in front of me wouldn't be able to do squat if,
at that very moment, a hacker in Marrakech was siphoning the
balance of my 401(k) into a Swiss bank account." Read the rest on
the InformationWeek Weblog.
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