In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Oh, Behave!
2. Today's Top Story: Crime Stories
- U.S. Cell-Phone Network Vulnerable To Attack
- Update: Microsoft Details Anti-Spyware And Antivirus
- Phishers Plant Fake Google Toolbar
- E-Criminals Go Small, Get Smarter
- New Worm-Naming Scheme Aims To Cut Confusion
3. Breaking News
- Private-Public Partnership Needed For Identity Management
- Cell-Phone Pioneer Skeptical About Google's San Francisco
- Check Point Acquires Sourcefire For $225 Million
- Macromedia Plans Upgrade To Flash, Flex Tools
- Wind River Offers Embedded Linux For Consumer Devices
- Mercury Announces Its First Cell Blade
- Contracts Awarded To Spur Development Of Interoperable,
Secure Health IT
- AOL Adds Search Features
- Google Combines Online Maps, Local Search
- Further Delays Predicted In 802.11n Standards Fight
4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews
- Review: VoIP Wireless Phones
- Sun Microsystems' StarOffice 8 Provides A Suite Alternative
- Physical Security: Axis Communications' Axis 210 Network Camera
- Review: SpyCatcher 2006 Searches Far And Wide
- A Directory Of Security-Product Reviews
- Review: Microsoft Beefs Up Windows Patch-Management Tools
- Getting A Solid ROI From Mobile Computing
5. Voice Of Authority: The Most Important Job You'll Ever Hold
6. White Papers: Top 10 Reports Every E-Mail Administrator Lives For
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"The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you
can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying
virtues." -- Elizabeth Taylor
1. Editor's Note: Oh, Behave!
The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a group of
anonymous bloggers in a defamation suit, saying in essence that
free speech trumps defamation. (If that's true, there's no point
to the concept of defamation.)
In his ruling, Delaware Chief Justice Myron Steele compared
anonymous Internet speech to anonymous political pamphleteering,
a practice the U.S. Supreme Court has apparently found to be "an
honorable tradition of advocacy and dissent." (Bad choice for
comparison, if you ask me, since characterizing the latter as a
gutless tradition of cowardly attacks would be more accurate.)
And that 1995 ruling seems contradictory. We insist on the
identification of the sponsors behind political advertising--so
why would pamphlets be treated any differently?
The Associated Press report also quoted Steele as saying that
plaintiffs who feel wronged by anonymous online comments can use
the Internet to respond to character attacks and "generally set
the record straight." He also said blogs and chat rooms tend to
be vehicles for people to express opinions, not facts.
That seems pretty naive to me. It's laughable to think you'd have
a prayer of a rebuttal reaching even half the people who saw the
initial posting, never mind the follow-up comments and other
Delaware's ruling is just the latest in a series of reports that
all seem to have at their core the idea that anything online, and
more specific to this note, blogging, is some sort of "you can't
touch this--or me" free-for-all. Nuh-uh. Blogging isn't a license
for irresponsible, slanderous, or cruel behavior. If people could
just manage to disagree firmly, but politely, this case wouldn't
even exist. You can read more about online discourse in my blog entry.
E-Criminals Go Small, Get Smarter
Phishers are targeting smaller businesses because larger
enterprises are becoming increasingly difficult to catch, a Web
security firm says.
New Worm-Naming Scheme Aims To Cut Confusion
The U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team and major security
vendors are looking to simplify a system that now has infections
going by multiple names, each given by a different vendor.
Mercury Announces Its First Cell Blade
Mercury is integrating IBM's Cell processor into products
designed for computationally intensive applications in aerospace
and military, seismic, medical imaging, and other markets.
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demand for IT skills is increasing, and as the competitiveness of
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can survive or innovate without it. Stephanie Stahl explains.
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