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Kurzweil: Computers Will Enable People To Live Forever

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Kurzweil: Computers Will Enable People To Live Forever
1. Editor's Note: Making A List And Checking It Twice
2. Today's Top Story
    - Kurzweil: Computers Will Enable People To Live Forever
Related Story
    - Blog: Some Things Are Too Big To Plan For
3. Breaking News
    - Lufthansa IT Chief Looks To Cut Costs With SOA Software
    - Microsoft: No Office 2007 Activation Required In The Enterprise
    - Indian Outsourcer Infosys Floats ADR Issue
    - Adobe CEO Applauds Google For Distracting Microsoft
    - Fujitsu Unveils Prototype For Foldable Laptop
    - Portable Suite Runs Apps From Flash Drives, iPods
    - Dell Earnings Beat Wall Street Estimates, Shares Leap
    - First Supercheap Laptops For Children Roll Off Assembly Line
    - Enterprise Blogging Software Proliferates
    - Al Jazeera Runs Newsroom On Macs
    - Report: Now Lagging, IP Phone Sales Poised For Takeoff
4. Grab Bag
    - Video: Under-The-Radar Holiday Gadgets (Forbes)
    - Slideshow: Gifts For Mobile Professionals (Fast Company)
    - Supercomputers Find More And Broader Uses (Mercury News)
5. In Depth: Tech Court
    - Microsoft Says Alcatel Patent Complaint May Stem From Lucent Merger
    - U.S. Judge To Rule On Landmark Internet Porn Law
    - Novell Reassures Linux Users On Microsoft Patents
    - California Court OKs Broad Internet Immunity
    - Zango Accused of Ongoing Deception Despite FTC Settlement
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Dear Democrats: Please Repeal The DMCA
7. White Papers
    - 17 Rules For A Successful User Management And Provisioning Project
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Quotes Of The Day: Thanksgiving

"I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production." - Ayn Rand

"On Thanksgiving Day all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment—halftime." - Unknown


1. Editor's Note: Making A List And Checking It Twice

Thanksgiving on the doorstep means December is just around the corner, bringing with it expressions of cheery good will to all buttressed by those endless, frantic holiday to-do lists. This year, though, before turning out the lights to hit the company party, IT is going to have to check off one more item, and it's a doozy.

New rules go into effect Dec. 1 governing the process of so-called e-discovery. The regulations create specific requirements for producing electronic documents, protocol for their collection, and penalties for failing to produce them. The type of data involved here is pretty broad—it includes e-mail, instant messages, memos, VoIP, Webmail, FTP activity, Web pages, and other attachments.

On the surface, this appears to be a business problem and, to put a finer point on it, the legal department's problem, says Sophie Pibouin, COO for Chronicle Solutions, a provider of e-discovery and content monitoring services. But, like many business problems, addressing it requires a partnership with IT. And that's where you come in.

If your company doesn't have e-discovery nailed, you need to run, not walk, over to the legal department for a sit-down. The new regulations require businesses to have a policy that is "appropriate" for the business. But while different businesses may decide they need to focus on different kinds of data, at the technical end of the problem, the needs are pretty similar. We're talking storage, monitoring, archival, and database systems to start. It's not enough to be able to look up items up based on a keyword, either—you need to be able to produce data threads and put information into context. And you have to integrate all this stuff. (Alas—there is no one turnkey system.)

If you never get sued, you'll never need to bother with this—but hey, you're in business. You betcha someday your company will be sued. And smart businesses practice risk management. That's really what we're talking about here. So it's worth noting that it's not only the board and shareholders who might have something to say if a lawsuit and its subsequent requests for electronic documents catch you with your pants down. Insurance companies have tremendous exposure here, and they make lists, too. This year they'll be double-checking to make sure clients have the proper policy and procedures in place for capturing, storing, integrating, accessing, and sharing this data. So you can see where you better get going if you haven't already started.

Patricia Keefe
pkeefe@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Kurzweil: Computers Will Enable People To Live Forever
The inventor, author, and futurist predicts that in 15 to 30 years, nanobots will roam our blood streams fixing diseased or aging organs, computers will back up our human memories, and conference calls will be replaced by meetings in virtual resorts.

Related Story

Blog: Some Things Are Too Big To Plan For
Reading Ray Kurzweil's predictions about the enormous changes technology will bring in the next 15 years reminds me of how, for all the hype about how the Internet Changes Everything, in fact we live in a world where society has really not been changed much by technology in the past 50 years. While there have been sweeping social changes—civil rights of ethnic minorities, equalizing gender roles, changes in how we view sexual relationships—those haven't really been technology-driven.


3. Breaking News

Lufthansa IT Chief Looks To Cut Costs With SOA Software
About 30 developers from EDS are working on the project, piecing together technology from BEA Systems, Microsoft, Oracle, and Tibco Software, among others.

Microsoft: No Office 2007 Activation Required In The Enterprise
Copies installed using volume license keys will simply skip product activation, the process where keys must be entered and judged legitimate.

Indian Outsourcer Infosys Floats ADR Issue
The company has floated 30 million of the receipts, worth a total of roughly $1.5 billion.

Adobe CEO Applauds Google For Distracting Microsoft
Adobe and Microsoft have been at odds over the latter's plan to include a new electronic document format in Vista to compete with PDF.

Fujitsu Unveils Prototype For Foldable Laptop
The company is gauging public reaction to an Ultra Mobile PC that folds up to the size of a CD case.

Portable Suite Runs Apps From Flash Drives, iPods
PortableApps Suite bundles more than 20 free applications with a menu system for launching the programs and organizing document files, and it runs on Windows PCs as well as on Wine-equipped Linux systems.

Dell Earnings Beat Wall Street Estimates, Shares Leap
Dell, the world's second-largest PC maker, reported Tuesday quarterly earnings per share that topped Wall Street's average estimate, sending its stock up nearly 10%.

First Supercheap Laptops For Children Roll Off Assembly Line
The first 1,000 laptops developed by the One Laptop Per Child organization have rolled off an assembly line in China.

Enterprise Blogging Software Proliferates
Software vendors are eager to satisfy businesses hungry to use blogging tools.

Al Jazeera Runs Newsroom On Macs
Al Jazeera International, the English-language version of the 24-hour Arabic cable news channel, says its reporters use 41 MacBook Pro notebooks along with Apple's Final Cut Studio video production software to edit stories.

Report: Now Lagging, IP Phone Sales Poised For Takeoff
Annual IP phone shipments will grow from 10 million units in 2006 to 164 million units in 2010.

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4. Grab Bag

Video: Under-The-Radar Holiday Gadgets (Forbes)
From helmet cams to hidden speakers, these tech toys stand out.

Slideshow: Gifts For Mobile Professionals (Fast Company)
From smartphone programs to handheld gadgets, these are for anyone looking to remain productive over the holidays.

Supercomputers Find More And Broader Uses (Mercury News)
The world's fastest computers aren't just for scientists anymore: They have made big inroads into solving problems that touch our everyday lives.


5. In Depth: Tech Court

Microsoft Says Alcatel Patent Complaint May Stem From Lucent Merger
Alcatel sues Microsoft for what it said were infringements of patents for digital video and communication network intellectual property.

U.S. Judge To Rule On Landmark Internet Porn Law
A U.S. law designed to prevent children from viewing pornography online would undermine the free speech of millions of adult Internet users, opponents of the measure said Monday.

Novell Reassures Linux Users On Microsoft Patents
Even though Novell recently signed an agreement protecting its Suse users from Microsoft intellectual property lawsuits, Novell says Linux doesn't violate any Microsoft patents. Microsoft responds that the two companies "agreed to disagree" on that.

California Court OKs Broad Internet Immunity
Individuals who use the Internet to transmit information from another source may not be held to account if the material is considered defamatory, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday in a reversal of an appeals court's decision.

Zango Accused of Ongoing Deception Despite FTC Settlement
Spyware researcher Ben Edelman says Zango is violating the terms of its $3 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over charges of deceptive trade practices.


6. Voice Of Authority

Dear Democrats: Please Repeal The DMCA
Everybody's got an item they want to get on the Democratic Party's agenda as it takes control of the House and Senate, so why should David DeJean be any different? His request is pretty straightforward: He wants Congress to repeal the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


7. White Papers

17 Rules For A Successful User Management And Provisioning Project
Organizations are challenged by the need to improve the security of their IT systems, reduce the costs associated with managing their IT infrastructure, create appropriate safeguards to ensure that policies are enforced, and attain regulatory compliance. These "17 Rules for Successful User Management Initiatives" can help you get started.


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