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Is IT To Blame For Porn On Teacher's Computer?

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: AT&T May Lock iPhone Customers To Just The iPhone
2. Today's Top Story
    - Should IT Get The Blame In Teacher's Pornography Case?
    - Did Incompetent IT Nearly Send Substitute Teacher To Prison?
3. Breaking News
    - 27 European Countries Approve Cell Phone Roaming Cap
    - 'Wii-itis' Is No Game
    - Symantec Moves Anti-Botnet Weapon Into Public Test
    - Customers On T.J. Maxx Data Breach: Some Sue, Others Spend
    - Market Soars For Car Navigation, Global Positioning Systems
    - LCD TVs Buck Consumer Electronics Revenue Drop
    - NHL Checks Slingbox To Encourage Video-Sharing
    - MIT Scientists Show How To Light A Bulb Wirelessly
    - New York State Looks At Open Formats For Documents
    - Laptop Makers Push Size, Price Limits To Gain Sales
    - New Parallels Version Released, With Improved Graphics To Run Games
    - Microsoft Plans Six Security Updates, Two For Windows Vista
4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts
    - On ZFS As The Default File System In Leopard
    - 3G iPhone To Ship By Year's End?
    - Google Pitch For Lifting H-1B Visa Limits Heralds 'In-Sourcing' Surge
    - Sprint Launches Mobile Shopping Tool
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Turn Compliance Into Profit: Learn How An Integrated Compliance Strategy Can Help You Grow
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: AT&T May Lock iPhone Customers To Just The iPhone

Earlier this week we heard rumors that the iPhone may require special contracts. And then there were rumors that the iPhone might be available as a prepaid device as well. Now it looks like the iPhone will not have a removable SIM card. Don't believe me? Then go to the forums. One of the big questions on Mac forums last week centered on the iPhone and its removable SIM card (or lack thereof). Many have suggested that the iPhone will be locked -- sending potential iPhone customers into a tizzy. Does this mean that the iPhone could be as locked down as a CDMA phone?

This issue has been burning in the Machead forums for months. When Steve Jobs debuted the iPhone in January, we were told it would have a slot for the SIM.

But since then, many insiders have speculated the SIM will be locked. Why? Well, the iPhone reportedly doesn't have a removable battery. If that's the case, then the SIM is most likely locked into the phone, too.

One of the advantages of GSM devices (one might argue the only real advantage these days, given the lack of GSM 3G coverage in the United States) is that users can remove their SIM cards and use the same account on different phones. But if the iPhone doesn't have a removable SIM, then it's little better than a CDMA phone -- except unlike many CDMA phones, it won't have 3G.

This will also mean that any existing AT&T customers looking to buy the iPhone will have to get a new number and account for the iPhone -- or transfer their existing numbers to the device.

What a pain. Customers on CDMA carriers like Verizon Wireless and Sprint are used to this, but GSM customers are not. In fact, many wireless geeks prefer GSM for exactly this reason -- it gives them greater device flexibility. Without that flexibility, the iPhone will have less appeal. Or will it? What do you think? Could the lack of a removable SIM card hurt the iPhone? Or will it even be an issue?

Stephen Wellman
swellman@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Should IT Get The Blame In Teacher's Pornography Case?
Julie Amero's legal nightmare should be a wake-up call to IT administrators who could ultimately be responsible for what's on their users' monitors.

Related Stories:

Did Incompetent IT Nearly Send Substitute Teacher To Prison?
A Connecticut substitute teacher could go free after being convicted on charges that she exposed her kids to online pornography. She says out-of-control spyware is to blame. If that's true, she took the fall for an incompetent IT department.


3. Breaking News

27 European Countries Approve Cell Phone Roaming Cap
The legislation could actually lead EU carriers to charge North American travelers higher roaming tolls to make up for lost revenue.

'Wii-itis' Is No Game
A 29-year-old physician in Spain determined that he suffered from acute tendonitis caused by the popular Nintendo Wii video game console.

Symantec Moves Anti-Botnet Weapon Into Public Test
Symantec is working on new Norton AntiBot software, which is aimed at protecting desktops and laptops from becoming part of a botnet.

Customers On T.J. Maxx Data Breach: Some Sue, Others Spend
The latest sales figures are positive but the retailer is facing a flood of lawsuits from store customers and financial institutions.

Market Soars For Car Navigation, Global Positioning Systems
Shipments of car navigation and global positioning systems are on track to hit 65.1 million units by 2012, more than three times the 19.8 million shipped in 2006, iSuppli said.

LCD TVs Buck Consumer Electronics Revenue Drop
Retail revenue for consumer electronics fell 6% in April, compared with the same period a year ago, while sales of LCD TVs rose 80% to more than $400 million.

NHL Checks Slingbox To Encourage Video-Sharing
Although customers need the software to create and share clips, anyone will be able to access the clips on Sling Media's video Web site.

MIT Scientists Show How To Light A Bulb Wirelessly
The team from MIT announced the light bulb breakthrough this week and called the concept "WiTricity," for wireless electricity.

New York State Looks At Open Formats For Documents
The issue pits Microsoft's XML-based Office formats against the OpenDocument Format supported by the Open Document Foundation.

Laptop Makers Push Size, Price Limits To Gain Sales
Notebook PC makers are stretching the boundaries of lightweight and low-cost computing, rolling out ever slimmer tablet PCs and mass-market models costing as little as $200 in their quest to find the next big thing.

New Parallels Version Released, With Improved Graphics To Run Games
The new version supports tighter integration between Mac and Windows, allowing applications in one environment to open documents in the other.

Microsoft Plans Six Security Updates, Two For Windows Vista
Among the security updates coming in this week's Patch Tuesday are two for Windows Vista flaws and one for Internet Explorer.

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4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts
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On ZFS As The Default File System In Leopard
I don't care what Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz said, or how the Mac community interprets what he said, the idea that ZFS will be the default, boot FS in Leopard makes no sense.

3G iPhone To Ship By Year's End?
I don't know who kick-started the iPhone rumor mill, but it's cranked and running at fever pitch. The latest iPhone tidbit claims that a 3G model will ship by the end of this year. That's right, there could be a 3G iPhone in the U.S. market just in time for the holidays.

Google Pitch For Lifting H-1B Visa Limits Heralds 'In-Sourcing' Surge
Having winnowed the domestic pool of highly experienced IT and engineering talent by hounding thousands out of the business through years of layoffs and false complaints about the math-smarts of American students, big business has hit on the latest tack for controlling high-tech labor costs: In-source the jobs it was previously outsourcing, by getting the government to lift the cap on H-1B visas.

Sprint Launches Mobile Shopping Tool
Mobile commerce is back in the news thanks to an announcement from Sprint. Last week at the Mobile Marketing Forum, Laura Marriott pointed out to me that mobile commerce is the next big phase for mobile marketing. Then Sprint announced a new service that combines product and price search with location. Is the future of mobile commerce bricks 'n text?


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

McCamish Systems seeking Business Systems Analyst in Atlanta, GA

Openlink Financial seeking Client Support Analyst in Uniondale, NY

Union Telephone/Union Wireless seeking LAN/WAN Administrator in Mountain View, WY

American Home Mortgage seeking Build Manager in Melville, NY

Agilent seeking IT Associate - Systems Implementation in Santa Clara, CA

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


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