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Linux Creator Calls GPLv3 Authors 'Hypocrites' As Open Source Debate Turns Nasty

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: New Tool For Snooping On Employees Who Blog
2. Today's Top Story
    - Blog: Linux Creator Calls GPLv3 Authors 'Hypocrites' As Open Source Debate Turns Nasty
    - Novell To Press On With Microsoft Alliance, With Or Without Microsoft
    - Office Software Formats Battle Moves To Asia
    - Microsoft Does Shuffle Sidestep As Open Source Samba Moves To GPLv3
    - Linux-Based OpenMoko 'Anti-iPhone' Debuts
3. Breaking News
    - Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Fixes 11 Bugs, 8 Critical
    - Nielsen//NetRatings Looks Beyond The Page View
    - Microsoft Maps Shift To In-The-Cloud Software
    - Lenovo Unveils Its Highest Performing Notebook: A Linux Workstation
    - Microsoft Customers Balk At Software Assurance, Study Claims
    - Spammers Automatically Creating Hotmail And Yahoo Accounts
    - Apple Plans Cheaper, Nano-Based Phone, Says JP Morgan
    - Sprint Ditches Customers Who Complain Too Much
    - FCC Chairman Wants Winner Of Wireless Auction To Allow Outside Devices, Applications
    - Salesforce.com's Benioff Responds To Microsoft CRM Live
    - Apple's iPhone Gets Early Business Buyers, Users
    - Texans Charged With Using Botnet In Pump-And-Dump Scheme
    - EarthLink Offers Freestanding DSL For $14.95 A Month
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - iPhone Vs. Blender (Guess Who Wins?)
    - Is Mobile Access To YouTube The New Must-Have Feature?
    - 7 Applications You Can Run On Your iPhone
    - Mobile Phones Closer To Becoming Full Digital Wallets, Cows Rejoice
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Integrated Software -- Evaluation Criteria And Decision Factors
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: New Tool For Snooping On Employees Who Blog

A small company in the Rochester, N.Y., area is about to launch Web monitoring technology that's touted as a way to keep companies out of hot water as more employees author Weblogs and wikis. Experience shows that businesses are well advised to pay attention to what employees post online, but Techrigy's technology (part software, part service) sounds like corporate oversight taken a step too far.

Techrigy bills its offering, called SM2, as a "social media compliance product." As a service, it ties into blog search engines like Technorati, looking for potentially sensitive information published by a company's employees. SM2 creates an index of what it finds and a catalog of "company violations," and provides real-time notifications to the guardians of company secrets. My colleague Nick Hoover wrote about SM2 last week. The service is due this month; a software version of SM2 for monitoring a company's internal blogs and wikis is scheduled for release later this summer.

Techrigy compares its technology to widely used e-mail monitoring tools, but there's an important difference. While companies can make a case for monitoring incoming and outgoing e-mail, sent to and from employees over corporate networks and e-mail accounts, that's not the same as monitoring employee e-mail accounts outside of work. Techrigy's service is designed to go that extra step -- monitor the Web for employee postings made from their home PCs and on their own time.

How does Techrigy president Aaron Newman defend employee snooping on Web 2.0? His argument is that many companies remain hamstrung by fear that employee blogging will expose them to legal liability or reveal company secrets, so they don't permit it all. SM2, the thinking goes, allows companies to move forward with Web 2.0 initiatives because they can be confident that safeguards are in place to keep employees on their best behavior and alert the company if they're not.

"We certainly have tried to 'do the right' thing," Newman says via e-mail, pointing to a white paper that outlines Techrigy's position.

To quote from the paper:

"We strongly believe in the freedom of expression and any company that would try to restrict that freedom would likely not retain talented employees very long. However, the freedom of expression does not apply to revealing trade secrets, sharing proprietary company intellectual property, sexual harassment, or breaking other company or organizational policies."

The question is, are companies so paranoid about employee behavior on the Web that they'll use this type of monitoring technology? The backlash could outweigh the benefit. Let us know what you think.

John Foley
jpfoley@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Blog: Linux Creator Calls GPLv3 Authors 'Hypocrites' As Open Source Debate Turns Nasty
Linux creator Linus Torvalds said the authors of a new software license expected to be used by thousands of open source programmers are a bunch of hypocrites and likened them to religious fanatics -- the latest sign of a growing schism in the open source community between business-minded developers like Torvalds and free software purists.

Related Stories:

Novell To Press On With Microsoft Alliance, With Or Without Microsoft
Novell will distribute portions of its SUSE Linux enterprise suite that fall under the GPLv3 license directly to customers who purchased certificates that would have entitled them to receive the software from Microsoft.

Office Software Formats Battle Moves To Asia
Microsoft and the OpenDocument Format Alliance hail their successes for open software standards, which have been adopted in the region.

Microsoft Does Shuffle Sidestep As Open Source Samba Moves To GPLv3
If Novell includes the latest version of Samba in its SUSE Linux distributions, Microsoft said it's unwilling to have its Linux subscription coupons be used in connection with any GPLv3 code.

Linux-Based OpenMoko 'Anti-iPhone' Debuts
The mobile smartphone includes a 2.8-inch VGA touch screen, A-GPS for location and navigation services, and GSM850/900/1800/1900 compatibility.


3. Breaking News

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Fixes 11 Bugs, 8 Critical
Security researchers are warning IT managers to turn their attention to two vulnerabilities in Active Directory that could allow for remote code execution.

Nielsen//NetRatings Looks Beyond The Page View
Changes were needed since Web pages that rely on Ajax technology or present streaming media can serve new content without requiring the user to reload the page, analysts said.

Microsoft Maps Shift To In-The-Cloud Software
Over the next few years, Microsoft will move more toward a services model in which the software resides in the Internet cloud and is delivered over high-speed connections.

Lenovo Unveils Its Highest Performing Notebook: A Linux Workstation
The ThinkPad T61p has a 15.4-inch wide screen, runs 10% cooler than previous models, and is three decibels quieter.

Microsoft Customers Balk At Software Assurance, Study Claims
More than half of the IT professionals surveyed by Forrester said they would not renew their upgrade plan agreements after their existing contracts expire.

Spammers Automatically Creating Hotmail And Yahoo Accounts
BitDefender researchers found that spammers are easily bypassing the "captcha" security system and automatically setting up new e-mail accounts that are used to send out waves of spam.

Apple Plans Cheaper, Nano-Based Phone, Says JP Morgan
Apple plans to launch in the fourth quarter a cheaper version of the iPhone that could be based on the ultraslim iPod Nano music player, according to a JP Morgan report.

Sprint Ditches Customers Who Complain Too Much
Sprint Nextel, which recently launched an advertising campaign to attract new customers, is disconnecting more than 1,000 subscribers for calling its customer service lines too often and making what the company called unreasonable requests.

FCC Chairman Wants Winner Of Wireless Auction To Allow Outside Devices, Applications
FCC Chairman Martin says open access requirements should help solve problems associated with U.S. cellular carriers limiting distribution of devices and features.

Salesforce.com's Benioff Responds To Microsoft CRM Live
Just as the Zune lags behind the iPod, Microsoft CRM won't win on price, CEO Marc Benioff argues.

Apple's iPhone Gets Early Business Buyers, Users
The head of a boutique design and marketing firm surprised his employees by giving them iPhones, but it still may not be for every enterprise.

Texans Charged With Using Botnet In Pump-And-Dump Scheme
An investigation was launched after the two Texans allegedly sent one of their spammed e-mail messages to an SEC lawyer, who became interested in the case.

EarthLink Offers Freestanding DSL For $14.95 A Month
The EarthLink offerings are expected to have a competitive impact on similar services provided by Verizon and AT&T.

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4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
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iPhone Vs. Blender (Guess Who Wins?)
I've seen fire and I've seen rain. And now after watching videotape of the "Will It Blend?" guys dismantling an iPhone, I've seen a good waste of $500.

Is Mobile Access To YouTube The New Must-Have Feature?
We all know the iPhone is in bed with YouTube, and apparently Helio, LG, and Samsung are looking to make it a menage a cinq. A spate of announcements from the latter three companies over the course of the last week shows that there is a lot of interest in mobile YouTube.

7 Applications You Can Run On Your iPhone
I've got my eye out for applications for the iPhone. These are Web sites that have been optimized for the phone's tiny display and Ajax implementation. Read on for bookmarks to apps that find cheap gas near you, locate movie times, and even a full-fledged word-processing, spreadsheet, and presentation suite.

Mobile Phones Closer To Becoming Full Digital Wallets, Cows Rejoice
With a new mobile payment program from PayPal and the rise of near-field communications-enabled phones in developing countries, cell phones are quickly becoming the method of payment du jour. But will they ever really replace the cowhide in our pockets?


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Monsanto seeking IT Team Lead in St. Louis, MO

ITT Corporation seeking Manager, IT Business Systems in Fort Wayne, IN

University of Idaho seeking Server Systems Analyst in Moscow, ID

Monsanto seeking Application DBA in St. Louis, MO

Monsanto seeking Java Developer in St. Louis, MO

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


6. White Papers

Integrated Software -- Evaluation Criteria And Decision Factors
Integrated software eliminates the challenges of learning and maintaining multiple versions of multiple products. This paper provides a proposed list of appropriate evaluation criteria for selectors of integrated software, a list that includes financials, sales, customer service, fulfillment, and business analytics.


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