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Microsoft Says Longhorn Virtualization Technology On Schedule

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Combating The Online Threat To Kids
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Says Longhorn Virtualization Technology On Schedule
    - Malware Disrupts Half Of Global Businesses, Study Finds
3. Breaking News
    - Yahoo Mail Promises Unlimited Storage
    - Key SAP Exec Shai Agassi Resigns
    - HP Thinks Small With New Wave Of Business Computers
    - New PC Security Recognizes Your Face
    - Next-Generation Desktop Applications Linked To Web
    - Smartphones Hit The Runway At CTIA
    - Google Seeks World Of Instant Translations
    - Pharma Industry Debating Bar Codes Vs. RFID For Drug Tracking
    - Microsoft Releases Attack Advisory For WPAD Protocol
    - Nortel, Microsoft To Expand Communications Pact
4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
    - LG Shows Off Phones With Google At CTIA, But No Google Phone
    - Google's Arms-Length Embrace Of Windows Vista
    - The Daily Show Looks At The Viacom Lawsuit Against Google's YouTube
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Migrating From ERwin To PowerDesigner
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"We will continue to protect the children in our communities by vigorously prosecuting individuals possessing these images." -- U.S. Attorney Scott Schools, on a former university educator sentenced to 63 months in prison for possessing more than 5,000 images of child pornography


1. Editor's Note: Combating The Online Threat To Kids

I was giving a lot of thought to the issue of protecting kids when they use computers or go online, then three news items highlighted the pervasiveness of the threat, the vileness of the predators, and the value of aggressive enforcement.

Pervasive threat: In the past couple years there's been an endless stream of lost laptops and personal data. In the United Kingdom, the National Health Services Office reports the theft of three laptops with the names, addresses, and birth dates of 11,500 kids between 8 months and 8 years old.

Vile predators: A retired 67-year-old university dean admitted possessing 5,500 images of child porn, including images depicting sadism and masochism. He's going away for 63 months.

Tough enforcement: Florida has introduced legislation that could result in 15-year prison terms for those who distribute child pornography or deceive children in order to abuse them. That's a threefold increase over the current prison term.

What does it all mean to you?

The health care industry is prolific when it comes to personal data gathering, but I now think twice about how much information I submit, particularly when it's clear the health care organization has no need for certain pieces of data being requested. It's obviously up to parents to worry about keeping this data from getting into the wrong hands, since those gathering it are incapable of doing so. What steps have you considered or taken to limit the sharing of private information about your children? Can technology be part of the solution, rather than the problem?

The sexagenarian dirtbag's case raises the question: How can we more quickly identify, isolate, and punish those of his ilk before they do more than just gather porn?

Florida is setting a strong example of how to deal with the problem. Are there other states using the law to deter online predators or other measures being taken that will help keep kids safe?

Send me your thoughts in e-mail; I'll gather the most insightful responses and share them in the days to come.

Tom Smith
tasmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Says Longhorn Virtualization Technology On Schedule
Despite reports the technology, code-named Viridian, would be late, Microsoft says it will be on schedule: available within 180 days of the company's release of Longhorn.

Related Stories:

Malware Disrupts Half Of Global Businesses, Study Finds
A quarterly Webroot study showed that more than a quarter of businesses reported being compromised by spyware.


3. Breaking News

Yahoo Mail Promises Unlimited Storage
Unlimited storage, if unanswered by Microsoft and Google, may help Yahoo maintain its lead in the free e-mail market.

Key SAP Exec Shai Agassi Resigns
The architect of SAP's NetWeaver product shakes up the company's management roster.

HP Thinks Small With New Wave Of Business Computers
With entry-level configurations costing as little as a few hundred dollars, HP is targeting emerging markets around the world as well as small and home businesses in North America and Europe.

New PC Security Recognizes Your Face
Enrolling users within the Bioscrypt system means first casting a 40,000-point infrared mesh grid over the user's face in order to take measurements.

Next-Generation Desktop Applications Linked To Web
Microsoft hosts a day of startups looking to alter the productivity software landscape and position their products as the harbingers of Office 2.0.

Smartphones Hit The Runway At CTIA
The announcements continue the trend of smartphone makers moving into the consumer market with lower-priced and more stylish devices.

Google Seeks World Of Instant Translations
Google's approach, called statistical machine translation, differs from past efforts in that it forgoes language experts who program grammatical rules and dictionaries into computers.

Pharma Industry Debating Bar Codes Vs. RFID For Drug Tracking
The industry is leaning toward RFID at the case level but isn't sure when costs will decline enough to let it take that approach for individual bottles of drugs.

Microsoft Releases Attack Advisory For WPAD Protocol
An attacker could gain access to the client's traffic by routing it through a malicious proxy server.

Nortel, Microsoft To Expand Communications Pact
The two companies are expanding their existing partnership and will sell jointly developed products to telephone companies that serve business clients.

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4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
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LG Shows Off Phones With Google At CTIA, But No Google Phone
The world's fifth largest handset maker, LG, at CTIA announced its plan to preinstall Google applications on future LG handsets released in North America and other markets.

Google's Arms-Length Embrace Of Windows Vista
So much is said about the rivalry between Microsoft and Google that it's easy to forget they share a common interest. Windows Vista and Google's Web-based applications will coexist on millions of computers as more people make the move to Microsoft's new operating system. That software combo had incendiary potential, but so far no alarms are sounding.

The Daily Show Looks At The Viacom Lawsuit Against Google's YouTube
"The Google guys will be like, yo, check it out, we just put another gold-plated rock-climbing wall in our office. We're CRAZY rich!" Watch the video below the fold.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Genesee Intermediate School District seeking Information Systems Manager in Flint, MI

Toyota seeking Central Operations Specialist in Georgetown, KY

Telerik seeking Developer Support Consultant in Newton, MA

Network Insight seeking Chief Technology Officer in San Diego, CA

Agilent seeking IT Technical Support Specialist in Spokane, WA

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


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