In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Keeping Kids Safe Online
2. Today's Top Story
- U.S. Cuts Demand For Google Data, Judge Is Favorable
- Google Buys Maker Of 3D Modeling Software
- Google To Offer Online Access To Books
3. Breaking News
- Social Networking Connects For Businesses
- Amazon Launches Storage Service That Could Bring Closer Competition With Google
- Intel Adds Low-Voltage Xeon In Portfolio Revamp
- Financial Industry Growth Predicted, But It's Hardly Money In The Bank
- Internet Backlash Stalls Jersey Civility Bill
- Vista Visuals: Windows Sidebar, Gadgets, Media Player 11, And More
- Apple Misses Bugs, Offers Fix
- Bloggers Try To Reach Journalist's Captors In Iraq
- Red Hat, Novell Vie Over Linux Virtualization
- Americans Want Banks To Spy On Their Accounts
- Vonage, Skype Seen Leading VoIP Adoption
- Suppliers Of In-Flight Cell Phones Stress Safety
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
- Microsoft: EU Refused Open Hearing Request (Associated Press)
- Broadband On The Range (USA Today)
5. In Depth: Technology And Your Health
- Group Fingers Technology As Likely Cause Of Hearing Loss
- Wearable Tech Is Alive And Well
- Canadian College Curbs Wi-Fi Due To Health Risks
- Wireless To Organize--And Maybe Save--Lives
- U.N. Targets Tobacco Advertising On Internet
6. Voice Of Authority
- Rob Carter, FedEx CIO, Talks About The '6x6 Transformation'
7. White Papers
- The Business Case For Layer-3 IP VPNs
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"The best way to keep children home is to make the home
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1. Editor's Note: Keeping Kids Safe Online
I'm no expert, but I am a parent of three teenagers who,
thankfully, have been safe so far. My reaction to the news about
Microsoft jumping into the monitoring space with a free tool to be available this summer is
that it sounds great, but I hope parents realize that the use of
any monitoring software isn't by itself enough to guarantee kids'
I think anyone in the computer industry already knows this and
certainly understands the dangers that lurk. But I worry there
may be some parents who too readily trust a tool to take the
place of their (human) care and concern. Parents must still be
parents, and older teens especially must be made aware of their
responsibility in this, too. With great freedom comes great
personal responsibility, both online and offline, and kids need
the adults in their lives to both explain and model this.
We've certainly been lucky, and we've done some things to help.
(For the fuller story, please check out my blog entry.)
Just when I thought we were all getting the hang of this online
stuff, however, came a whole host of other concerns with the
advent of MySpace. This is true of any online chat environment,
of course, but there are certain characteristics about MySpace
that aren't true of other social networking sites popular in our
household. Indeed, those features are often the reason for
MySpace's popularity with the under-20 set: the ability to post
photos and much information about yourself, including your
favorite colors and bands, if you're a "chocolate" or "vanilla"
person, and whether you like your parents.
I became very concerned about the risks of online chat, but my
husband and I made little if any headway with our kids until a
couple of things happened. First was that two of our girls'
friends were getting into some very dangerous territory, in my
opinion, by going to the mall (and elsewhere) to meet up in
person with guys they had originally encountered only in chat
rooms or social networking sites. One 15-year-old girl even
posted photos of herself in clothes the circa-1980s Madonna would
have worn, in an attempt to make herself look older and/or more
desirable to "hot" guys. To their great credit, our kids were
very concerned about their friends, and we talked about this.
The other thing that happened was that around this time, a
national TV show aired that talked about online sexual predators.
We all watched this show together, and my girls were appalled
that people actually went to "their" sites with such nefarious
intentions. Ultimately, both girls changed their MySpace profiles
to contain much less identifying information, like the name of
their high school and where they lived.
These days, we're all somewhat wiser about the risks of online
chat rooms. My girls are now helping their friends understand
what they've learned about how to be more responsible young
adults. However sad I am that they needed to have learned this
particular lesson, I'm very glad they did.
U.S. Cuts Demand For Google Data, Judge Is Favorable
The government on Tuesday reduced the number of Google searches
it wanted data on to just 50,000 Web addresses and roughly 5,000
search terms, down from the millions or potentially billions of
addresses it had initially sought.
Google To Offer Online Access To Books
The new service, which would be available through Google Book
Search, would make books available only after a person signs in
to his or her personal account. People would not be able to store
a copy of the book in their computer or copy pages.
Internet Backlash Stalls Jersey Civility Bill
A New Jersey lawmaker's attempt to legislate civility on an
Internet discussion board runs into a wall of opposition from
bloggers and others who see it as an attempt to stifle free speech.
Apple Misses Bugs, Offers Fix
Apple is sending out its second security update for Mac OS X in
as many weeks, including follow-up fixes to bugs thought to have
been patched on March 1st.
Bloggers Try To Reach Journalist's Captors In Iraq
The Internet is adding new momentum to the campaign urging Iraqi
captors to release freelance reporter Jill Carroll. U.S. bloggers
are linking to public service announcements airing on Iraqi
Red Hat, Novell Vie Over Linux Virtualization
Roughly a week before Novell kicks off its annual Brainshare
conference and details Xen support in its next Linux upgrade, Red
Hat is expected on Tuesday to detail Xen virtualization support
in its own Linux upgrade due out in 2006.
Americans Want Banks To Spy On Their Accounts
Nine out of 10 Americans want their banks to monitor their online
accounts for signs of suspicious behavior, much as credit card
companies do now, according to a survey conducted by security
vendor RSA Security.
Suppliers Of In-Flight Cell Phones Stress Safety
Two vendors of phones used on airplanes noted that a recent
Carnegie Mellon study, which questioned the safety of cell phones
on flights, covered a time period some three years ago. Since
then, additional steps have been taken to ensure that passengers
can't interfere with aircraft navigation systems, the vendors said.
Accessing and analyzing company data with business intelligence
tools is expected to surge in the coming years, according to a
recently released InformationWeek Research report titled
"Business Intelligence Tools."
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U.N. Targets Tobacco Advertising On Internet
Satellite television is also beaming cigarette ads into countries
that have already banned the content in other venues, including
network television and print, United Nations officials say.
6. Voice Of Authority
Rob Carter, FedEx CIO, Talks About The '6x6 Transformation'
Brian Gillooly recently spoke with FedEx CIO Rob Carter and asked
him to outline a few of the major points he'll be delivering in
his keynote presentation, "The Inside Story of FedEx's IT
Platform Transformation," at the upcoming InformationWeek
Spring Conference. Carter is InformationWeek's 2005 Chief
of the Year.
7. White Papers
The Business Case For Layer-3 IP VPNs
As service providers have invested in the infrastructure required
to deliver high-quality, network-based VPNs, business customers
are increasingly using them for large portions of their data and
voice traffic. While there are a number of ways enterprises can
implement IP VPNs, this paper describes the advantages of a
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