Novell Says Open Source License Changes Could Kill Microsoft
In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Can History Survive The Internet?
2. Today's Top Story
- Novell Says Open Source License Changes Could Kill Microsoft
- Linux Foundation To Microsoft: Touch One Of Us, Fight Us All
3. Breaking News
- FTC Reviews Google's Plans For DoubleClick
- Microsoft's SharePoint Server Gets DOD Certification
- Mac OS X Exploit Hits Soon After Apple Releases Patch
- China To Use Computer Viruses As Cyberwarfare First Strike
- BEA Systems To Launch Software For Complex Event Processing
- Author's Libel Suit Characterizes Online Smears As Cyberstalking
- Toshiba To Use AMD Chip In Laptop PCs
- NEC Staff Caught Faking Orders, Taking Kickbacks
- Beatnik Offers Music Format For Low-Cost Phones
- Shiver Me Timbers! Scam Unleashes Trojan With Movie Ticket Lure
- Avaya-Nortel Deal Could Create IP Phone Leader, Analysts Say
- T-Mobile's Parent, Deutsche Telekom, Invests In VoIP Startup Jajah
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
- Will The iPhone, Wing, And Other Wi-Fi-Enabled Smartphones Usher In FMC?
- FeedBurner Deal Puts Google Closer To Controlling Online Publishers
- 90% Of Cell Phone Owners Rate iPhone Over Theirs
- Wireless Wrap From This Year's Interop
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
- Breakthrough Data Recovery For AIX And Unix
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
Quotes Of The Day: History
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." -- Sir Winston Churchill
"If you write a post and put it on a blog, that's a historical document. If you change your template, then that entry looks completely different. It's the same words, but not the same meaning. This all depends on what historical questions that people will be asking, and we can't know what they will want." -- Josh Greenberg, Digital Preservation and Blogs, SXSW 2006
"I always wrote with the idea that what I put out there is going to stay there. Once I publish something, it has been published. I've never deleted more than one or two posts from my site. I don't think that there are take-backs. I don't feel right about it." -- Alison Headley, Digital Preservation and Blogs, SXSW 2006
1. Editor's Note: Can History Survive The Internet?
The Internet is a wondrous place indeed. Besides all the practical benefits that are too numerous (and obvious) to mention here, there are few limits to where your imagination combined with Web technology can take you.
For example, don't like your current life? Didn't turn out to be the person you thought you would? Or perhaps, who you'd rather be? No problem, the holodeck is open for business. In case you've missed our extensive coverage of Second Life and its competitors, a wide range of fantasy worlds awaits you online. There's the preprogrammed option, where incredibly realistic games of all genres either require participants to take on predetermined roles or enable them to direct the "action." On the other end of the spectrum are the virtual worlds where you can re-create yourself from the ground up -- completely unencumbered by any tethers to
You might say it's your passport to a second chance at getting it right, even if it's not real.
But why limit your fantasies to the virtual world? Why not change the past to reflect the present or simply to hide the facts? The real world is decidedly very uncooperative on this issue (unless we're talking about the Congressional Record). You cannot go back and change what has been published in hard copy. The best you can hope for is some combination of the following: an agreement or a court order to run a correction, a halt to further publication of the content at issue, and that contradictory or updated content gets published.
But then there's the Internet. Oh the possibilities online. You can not only look up more information at one time from one place, but you also stand a much greater chance of both retaining and rewriting history. Never mind that old saw about how those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it (George Santayana). Going forward, that truism could easily evolve into this: Those who rewrite the past control history. Or, if you like, those who rewrite history are guaranteed a brighter future.
Certainly, we've seen examples where people with ulterior motives have sought to change content posted on the Internet. One example is the effort by political staffers to alter politicians' profiles on Wikipedia. Then there are the seemingly benign requests to alter previously published material online by swapping in a more flattering photo, adding more relevant information, or making a minor tweak. I recently received a request to make a minor change to a 3-year-old story to reflect current realities (the author no longer worked at the company).
We decided not to accommodate that request. You can find out why I think such requests are a really bad idea that could open a Pandora's box if publishers aren't careful by reading the rest of this note here. Then tell us what you think. Where should content providers and news organizations draw the line on making changes or additions to already published material? How far back should we be willing to go? What about the slippery slope, where we may start with inconsequential changes but open the door to more nefarious efforts to rewrite history? I think the answers to these questions -- and some standard guidelines for
dealing with the issue -- are important in a digital society. I say the old saw still holds true, though with a slight tweak for the modern age: Those who are not exposed to history are doomed to repeat it.
NEC Staff Caught Faking Orders, Taking Kickbacks
Tax investigators probing NEC have found that employees placed fake orders and took kickbacks, compounding the problems at a company long dogged by accounting troubles and possibly facing a Nasdaq delisting.
On the go?
See InformationWeek's daily breaking news on your mobile device, visit wap.informationweek.com and sign up for daily SMS notifications.
----- The latest research, polls, and tools -----
Web 2.0 Applications
As you watch Web 2.0 technologies take hold in the consumer market, start thinking now about the impact they can have in your enterprise. This InformationWeek Research report, Enterprise 2.0, will provide a glimpse into the adoption of Web 2.0 applications in the enterprise environment. Use this report to evaluate adoption plans and understand the challenges and impact these technologies will have on users.
8 Fast Facts About The InformationWeek 500
Use this quick online tool to examine technology and business strategies of the most innovative users of technology, the InformationWeek 500. With this tool, you can review aggregate budgeting and spending plans, methods of innovation, level of customer focus, risk management priorities, global strategies, and technology deployment plans.
Anatomy Of A Breach (And How To Prevent One) InformationWeek/Network Computing Vendor Perspectives TechWebCast
New targeted, caustic threats require new responses that strictly secure your critical information assets, while proving it with 100% surety. In this TechWebCast, we look at a real data breach, working our way back from the use of stolen confidential information to an analysis of the breakdown in internal controls. We examine the fundamental shift of IT risk to the insider threat and the inability of legacy protection mechanisms to stop it. We itemize and quantify the impact from containment to notification. Most importantly, we discuss eradication of the breach risk.
Wednesday, June 13, 9 a.m. PT/noon ET
90% Of Cell Phone Owners Rate iPhone Over Theirs
That lovely statistic comes from a recent Strategy Analytics' Wireless Device Labs study on the perceptions of technology. I have to find a small amount of fault in their methodology, though. The study participants' reactions were based on a video they watched of the iPhone, and not actually using the iPhone itself. Would the results be the same with hardware on the table?
Breakthrough Data Recovery Strategies For AIX And Unix Environments
For Unix and AIX IT departments looking to take the next step in data protection and recovery strategies, CDP is an essential consideration. Learn how new software is making data protection, data recovery, and high availability easier and more affordable for small and midsize organizations.
Note: To change your E-mail address, please subscribe your new address and unsubscribe your old one.
Keep Getting This Newsletter
Don't let future editions of InformationWeek Daily go missing. Take a moment to add the newsletter's address to your anti-spam white list:
If you're not sure how to do that, ask your administrator or ISP. Or check your anti-spam utility's documentation. Thanks.
IT's Reputation: What the Data SaysInformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.
InformationWeek Must Reads Oct. 21, 2014InformationWeek's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of digital strategy. Learn why you should learn to embrace DevOps, how to avoid roadblocks for digital projects, what the five steps to API management are, and more.