In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Google: Love It, Fear It
2. Today's Top Story
- Analysis: New Google Desktop Search Is A Privacy Minefield
- Gartner: Turn Off File Sharing In Google Desktop
3. Breaking News
- Firefox 2.0 To Stress Tab, Bookmark, Extension Changes
- DRM Panel Criticized At GSM Confab
- 'Throwies' Put Open-Source Spin On Graffiti
- Dell Posts Higher Profit
- XM Satellite Radio Losses Widen, Board Member Resigns
- Microsoft Working To Fix Notebook Battery Bug
- Firm Offers $10K Reward For Critical Windows Bug
- E-Commerce Sales Rise In Fourth Quarter
4. Grab Bag
- Here Comes A Google For Coders
- A New Way To Tame Chaos Of Flames
- Policing Porn Is Not Part Of Job Description
5. In Depth
- New York County Tries Tech To Cut Medicaid Fraud
- FBI Probes Site, Ponzi Scam Alleged
- RIM Still Open To 'Reasonable' NTP Settlement: CFO
- E-Mail Trips Up 'Goldilocks Burglar'
- IMac Forum Hit With Copyright Violation Notice
6. Voice Of Authority
- Truthiness Confuses U.S. Patent System
7. White Papers
- Providing Reliable Network Infrastructure For IP Telephony
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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Quote of the day:
"Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The
savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his
tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men." -- Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
1. Editor's Note: Google: Love It, Fear It
I love Google. I've been critical of Google many times in this
space, as have my colleagues, but you should know that I also
How much do I love it? Well, recently, I was taking a quiz on the
Internet that asked me to name four sites I visit every day. And
I couldn't come up with four. I could only come up with one:
Even InformationWeek isn't a site I visit every day; every
once in a while I like to indulge in a charming, old-fashioned
custom called a "weekend" or "holiday" or "vacation."
But, still, even on my days off, I use the Internet, and, when
I'm online, I find I need to look stuff up on Google.
Even though I love Google, I'm also afraid of it. In particular,
what I worry about is privacy.
As described in a feature article by Cyndy Bates Finnie, the
latest version of Google Desktop Search has a new capability,
Search Across Computers, that looks wonderful for people who
routinely use more than one computer. If you have one computer at
home, one at your office, and a laptop you take with you on the
road, the latest version of Google Desktop Search will let you
search across all those computers from any computer you're
using. So you can search your office computer while you're
sitting at your home computer. Neat, huh?
Well, yeah--but Google Desktop Search does its job by making
copies of all the files on any computer that it's indexing and
storing those copies on Google's servers.
So I won't be using Google Desktop Search anytime soon--and if I
do decide to use it, I'll switch off the Search Across Computers
feature. Gartner issued a report making the same recommendation.
Because, even though I love Google and I trust Google, I don't
trust any company enough to know everything there is to know
We don't really know what information Google is tracking about us
and what it's doing with it. We can only imagine what a malicious
person might do with the information--and that's pretty
scary to think about.
Our Internet habits are an image of our entire lives, in sickness
and in health, for richer and poorer, for better or worse, until
death does give us that final "The page cannot be displayed"
And Google is so pervasive that our Google habits are an image of
everything we do on the Internet.
Analysis: New Google Desktop Search Is A Privacy Minefield
Google Desktop's controversial Search Across Computers utility is
a great convenience for people who work at multiple computers.
But users and network security managers need to be careful about
its whopping security and privacy concerns.
DRM Panel Criticized At GSM Confab
An independent consultant from the U.K. reminded the panel
participants that the telecommunications industry is at least 15
times larger than the Hollywood content industry but is still capitulating.
His advice: Tell the content providers to "just get stuffed."
'Throwies' Put Open-Source Spin On Graffiti
The small devices attach to any magnetic surface, such as a
metallic wall, and turn it into a space filled with tiny colorful
lights. The idea: express yourself while doing no harm.
Dell Posts Higher Profit
With record sales outside the United States, profit rose more
than expected. But the company's outlook for next quarter's
growth caused the stock price to slip.
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A New Way To Tame Chaos Of Flames (Wired News)
The blogosphere is full of armchair critics spouting off
opinionated rants. But until recently, ranters without blogs of
their own were largely consigned to obscurity. Not anymore. New
services like coComment let Internet users track, store, and
automatically republish comments they post on other people's blogs.
Truthiness Confuses U.S. Patent System
Go beyond the headlines and read what the parties say in patent
infringement cases, and you might come to this conclusion:
There's a whole lot of truthiness being bandied about. Truthiness
is a term popularized by comedian Stephen Colbert on The
Colbert Report, the nightly mock-pundit cable-TV show on
Comedy Central. Truthiness, as defined in Wikipedia, is the
quality by which a person purports to know something emotionally
or instinctively, without regard to evidence or to what the
person might conclude from intellectual examination. Truthiness
means that perception, not fact, is what's real to those
advocating a position.
7. White Papers
Providing Reliable Network Infrastructure For IP Telephony
IP telephony applications rely heavily on IP network
infrastructure services to operate. An Infoblox-hardened
appliance running multiple services in a highly reliable,
centrally managed, and scalable platform provides the ideal way
for an enterprise to ensure highly reliable, secure, and
manageable IP-based voice applications.
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