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New Vulnerability Found In Microsoft's Vista

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Three Intriguing Web 2.0 Companies: Jellyfish, Ning, And Dandelife
2. Today's Top Story
    - New Vulnerability Found In Microsoft's Vista
3. Breaking News
    - Ning Envisions A Social Networking Site For Everyone
    - Two Plead No Contest In MySpace Extortion Scam
    - The Smiley Gets A Milk Mustache :-{)
    - How To Keep Your Data From Being Destroyed
    - Sony Offers Lower-Priced Blu-Ray Disc Player
    - DoJ Sued For Release Of FISA Court Rules On Spy Program
    - Dell's Not Ready To Go Mainstream With Business Linux
    - Americans Use Internet To Manage Their Health, But Most Doctors Are Slow To Use Tech Tools, Say Surveys
    - Brits Petition Tony Blair For Relief From High Windows Vista Prices
    - Cell Phone Spammer Slammed With $200,000 Fine
    - Ericsson's $1.4 Billion Bid For Tandberg May Prompt Response By Arris
    - Update: Linden Lab To Begin Beta-Testing Voice In Second Life Next Week
    - N.Y. State Legislators Want To Ban Sales Of Domain Names To Terrorists
    - Washington State Considers RFID Restrictions
    - Apple Delays Its Apple TV Device Until Mid-March
    - SAIC Wins Defense Department Contract Worth Up To $930 Million
    - Microsoft, GM, Schwab, Halliburton Sued Over Network Security Technology
    - Sun Enlists In Free Software Foundation
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - AOL May Buy Mobile Advertising Firm Third Screen Media
    - Wireless Apps Galore At New York Mobile Monday
    - Verizon Wireless To Launch Mobile TV Service March 1
    - Cingular And Motorola Offer Gold Razr
5. White Papers
    - Beyond The Fax Machine: Introducing Network And VoIP Fax Solutions
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1. Editor's Note: Three Intriguing Web 2.0 Companies: Jellyfish, Ning, And Dandelife

I've come to the conclusion that it's fundamentally impossible to predict which Web 2.0 ideas will take over the Internet. That lifts an incredible burden from my shoulders -- I used to think it was my job to predict those things. Now I know it's not my job -- and, moreover, it's an impossible task. So I can just sit back and marvel at the creativity that goes into coming up with various business models. Here are three we discovered recently, two of them in today's news:

  • Jellyfish.com makes a game out of online shopping. Jellyfish uses a business model called "smack shopping," in which merchants put a product up on a page and start the clock running. As the clock runs, the price on the product goes down, down, down. If you're a consumer, you want to wait for the last possible minute to buy to get the lowest price. But supplies are limited, so if you wait too long, you're out of luck.

  • Ning is looking to compete with MySpace and Facebook by allowing users to build their own social networking sites, providing tools to share videos and slide shows, publish music, and post blogs. Instead of becoming part of someone else's site -- another space on MySpace or face in Facebook -- you can create your own.

  • Dandelife is a new service that's sort of like blogs, except it's designed to allow people to tell their stories and biographies using text, pictures, and images, and it keeps track of the past using time lines.

Now here are my guesses on how things might come out for these companies:

Jellyfish sounds like a great idea, combining the suspense of an eBay auction with the satisfaction of watching prices go down, rather than up. On the other hand, there's no barrier to entry. If this is such a great idea, why isn't eBay doing it already?

Ning's main selling point may prove to be completely unattractive -- people like being part of MySpace and Facebook, and Ning may find that a private-label social networking service has no attraction at all. Nonetheless, if Ning proves to have the best, easiest-to-use tools, people will come to it.

Dandelife is a big question mark; I'll know more about it after I meet with company reps Thursday. Dandelife looks like it may offer a nice complement to blogs, which are inherently ephemeral things. Mostly, that's as it should be, especially when it comes to the vast majority of blogs, which are friends-and-family blogs. What you did on Sept. 1, 2001, is of little consequence, but your descendants a century and a half in the future will want to know what you did 10 days later.

What's the most intriguing Web 2.0 startup you've seen recently? Write in below and praise the startups with great ideas. Don't forget to make fun of the lamers, though, because how can we enjoy life without ridiculing the less fortunate?

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

New Vulnerability Found In Microsoft's Vista
The privilege escalation bug enables regular users to elevate their status to system-level access.


3. Breaking News

Ning Envisions A Social Networking Site For Everyone
The second life of Marc Andreessen's social Web application targets inflexible competitors such as MySpace.

Two Plead No Contest In MySpace Extortion Scam
Two New York men wrote programs that would exploit a flaw in the social networking Web site and enable them to gather personal information on MySpace users.

The Smiley Gets a Milk Mustache :-{)
A dairy industry promotional group has begun a campaign to evoke its distinctive milk mustache TV ads through the medium of text messaging by adding a milk mustache to the smiley emoticon.

How To Keep Your Data From Being Destroyed
With products like Boot and Nuke, Data Eraser, Cybercide, and Evidence Eliminator, industry experts offer their tips on how to secure information and intellectual property.

Sony Offers Lower-Priced Blu-Ray Disc Player
The BDP-S300's 40% lower price tag is designed to help expand Blu-ray's customer adoption.

DoJ Sued For Release Of FISA Court Rules On Spy Program
The EFF filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking information on changes to the National Security Agency's surveillance program.

Dell's Not Ready To Go Mainstream With Business Linux
The No. 1 computer maker is reluctant to pick one distribution and alienate users of another distribution.

Americans Use Internet To Manage Their Health, But Most Doctors Are Slow To Use Tech Tools, Say Surveys
While 51% of patients are willing to pay for e-health record services if reasonably priced, only 11% of the doctors surveyed say they use electronic patient records.

Brits Petition Tony Blair For Relief From High Windows Vista Prices
The U.K. version costs as much as 65% more than in the United States after currency conversion.

Cell Phone Spammer Slammed With $200,000 Fine
After a year-and-a-half-long legal battle, Verizon Wireless wins a permanent injunction against Specialized Programming and Marketing and its owner.

Ericsson's $1.4 Billion Bid For Tandberg May Prompt Response By Arris
At stake is the rapidly emerging TV-over-the-Web market, as well as additional telecommunications infrastructure services and products.

Update: Linden Lab To Begin Beta-Testing Voice In Second Life Next Week
The service is expected to formally launch in the second quarter, with features designed to help preserve the illusion that Second Life is a three-dimensional place.

N.Y. State Legislators Want To Ban Sales Of Domain Names To Terrorists
State legislators argue their bill will make it more difficult for known terrorist organizations to obtain domain space to spread their message.

Washington State Considers RFID Restrictions
The Electronic Bill of Rights would outlaw collection, storage, and disclosure of information gathered through radio frequency identification technology without notifying consumers.

Apple Delays Its Apple TV Device Until Mid-March
The device is designed to operate seamlessly with Apple's iTunes online store and let users download feature movies and TV shows.

SAIC Wins Defense Department Contract Worth Up To $930 Million
SAIC will provide the Defense Department with a range of technical services, including integration of IT systems, performance monitoring, and validation of testing methods.

Microsoft, GM, Schwab, Halliburton Sued Over Network Security Technology
In the suit, a former IBM scientist claims that Halliburton's use of Microsoft's Active Directory technology to create its ID management system violates his patent.

Sun Enlists In Free Software Foundation
As a patron, Sun joins the likes of Intel, IBM, HP, Google, MySQL, EMC, and JBoss.

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4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
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AOL May Buy Mobile Advertising Firm Third Screen Media
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, AOL is in talks to buy mobile phone advertising provider Third Screen Media. Does that mean mobile advertising is about to take off?

Wireless Apps Galore At New York Mobile Monday
I had the pleasure of attending Demo Night at the monthly meeting of the New York City chapter of Mobile Monday (or MoMo for those of you in the know). Mobile Monday is an informal social club of mobile enthusiasts -- everyone from industry insiders to developers to aspiring entrepreneurs to mobile geeks -- who meet once a month to talk about all things wireless. Meetings range from highly technical discussions of obscure wireless topics (like developing new applications in Brew or how to address device fragmentation) to all-out social mixers and parties. This meeting was a nonstop demo fest with eight companies showing off their latest products. Let's look at some mobile apps.

Verizon Wireless to Launch Mobile TV Service March 1
Some keen-eyed spies have found on Verizon Wireless' Web site coverage maps and other information that confirm a March 1 launch for its V Cast Mobile TV service. Too bad most major markets are left off the first round of cities to receive the service.

Cingular And Motorola Offer Gold Razr
While the new gold color sure is purty and would tempt Bond villain Auric Goldfinger himself (and probably Lindsay Lohan), Motorola and its carrier partners should be working on new, innovative handsets and stop with the endless parade of face-lifts to a has-been device.


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Beyond The Fax Machine: Introducing Network And VoIP Fax Solutions
This paper outlines the current trends in today's fax and communication environment and gives guidelines on evaluating and selecting the right desktop fax solution. It demonstrates how the latest fax solutions are allowing businesses to streamline processes, increase productivity, and improve customer service.


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