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Online Gambling Gone Wild: U.S. Crackdown Sparks Offshore Boom

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Gambling With The Internet
2. Today's Top Story
    - Online Gambling Gone Wild: U.S. Crackdown Sparks Offshore Boom
3. Breaking News
    - Review: Adobe Creative Suite 3 Combines Two Creative Powerhouses
    - Microsoft Unveils Mobile Browser With Zoom-In Feature
    - Italian Authorities Say Raid Yields 5 Terabytes Of Copyrighted Works
    - Apple Upgrades Boot Camp With Windows Vista Support
    - Philips Offers Mobile Phone With AAA Battery Backup
    - IBM Steps Up Campaign Against Red Hat's JBoss Server
    - Spammers Hijack Legit Sites To Hide Their Tracks
    - Lie-Detection Software Could Scan E-Mail, Text Messages
    - T.J. Maxx Parent Company Data Theft Is The Worst Ever
    - Microsoft's Got The Fix For Apple iPod Glitch On Windows Vista
    - Dell To Sell Linux On Laptops, PCs
    - U.S. Has Lost Its High-Tech Edge, New Report Finds
4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
    - Photos Of The $100 One Laptop Per Child Laptop
    - AT&T COO Shows Off The iPhone At CTIA
    - The Ascent Into Hell, Postponed
    - Tiny Apps For Linux On Slow Hardware
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
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"The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling." -- Ambrose Bierce


1. Editor's Note: Gambling With The Internet

When Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which forced online gambling companies to adhere to federal and state gambling laws, it wouldn't have been out of the ordinary to assume that the reason for the crackdown was an attempt to protect compulsive gamblers from descending into a morass of debt via their home computers. But, like many other "sin" regulations, the real story is a lot more complex -- and money has more to do with it than morals.

The entire fascinating story can be found in Alice LaPlante's article Online Gambling Gone Wild: U.S. Crackdown Sparks Offshore Boom. She cites Tom W. Bell, a professor at the Chapman University School of Law, who believes that a driving force behind the ban on online gambling is the land-based gambling industry (you know, all those Las Vegas and Reno casinos), which doesn't want the competition.

Bell also adheres to the idea (illustrated by 1920s Prohibition) that people will gamble online either through legitimate sites or more shady ones, and if you eliminate the one, you'll encourage the other. Meanwhile, the Europeans are getting into the picture as well -- although they're the ones who are profiting, since many of the companies that were involved in online gambling technology in the United States have moved their operations overseas. Last February, the World Trade Organization said it was going to try to prove the United States was guilty of breaking international trade laws by banning online -- read: international -- gambling operations.

Now, I've never been much of a gambler -- my only foray into real gambling was once, as an experiment, dropping $50 at a blackjack table in Las Vegas during a trade show -- so all this doesn't affect me personally. And I don't know (or, at least, I don't think I know) anyone who either has a gambling problem or who spends a lot of time at online gambling sites. But I am very interested in the way that the Internet is slowly affecting our legal and political system, whether it's the ramifications of a ban on online gambling, determining if the Child Online Protection Act violates free speech rights, or the slow and steady pressure on our copyright laws.

How we deal legally with the Web will affect our dealings with the rest of U.S. society -- and, for that matter, international society -- for many years to come.

What do you think? Should online gambling be kept illegal (in those states where gambling is currently illegal), or should the Internet be exempt from these laws? Leave a comment at the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.

Barbara Krasnoff
bkrasnoff@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Online Gambling Gone Wild: U.S. Crackdown Sparks Offshore Boom
Far from slowing its growth, a government crackdown on online gambling has sent many sites offshore and many others underground. But it's a good bet that Internet poker will remain a booming industry.


3. Breaking News

Review: Adobe Creative Suite 3 Combines Two Creative Powerhouses
Adobe's release of Creative Suite 3 offers a look at what the merger of Adobe and Macromedia can bring to the table for image professionals.

Microsoft Unveils Mobile Browser With Zoom-In Feature
Deepfish was introduced this week at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego.

Italian Authorities Say Raid Yields 5 Terabytes Of Copyrighted Works
Authorities report more than $1 million in music industry losses through Discotequezone.

Philips Offers Mobile Phone With AAA Battery Backup
The Xenium NRG phone was built in partnership with Energizer Holdings and Techtium, a chipmaker specializing in power management.

Apple Upgrades Boot Camp With Windows Vista Support
Boot Camp 1.2 also includes updated trackpad, AppleTime, audio, graphics, modem, and iSight camera drivers, and support for Apple Remote, which works with iTunes and Windows Media Player.

IBM Steps Up Campaign Against Red Hat's JBoss Server
IBM introduces a free tool to help businesses replace Red Hat's open source JBoss application server with IBM's WebSphere Community Edition application server.

Spammers Hijack Legit Sites To Hide Their Tracks
Traffic is getting routed through valid sites to fool antivirus and anti-spam filters, an industry expert reports.

Lie-Detection Software Could Scan E-Mail, Text Messages
Software could be trained to detect patterns of lies in text for law enforcement, dates, and spouses.

T.J. Maxx Parent Company Data Theft Is The Worst Ever
The intrusion hands the retailer the dubious honor of surpassing the 40 million stolen customer record mark, something that only CardSystems had been able to achieve.

Microsoft's Got The Fix For Apple iPod Glitch On Windows Vista
Apple continues to caution iPod and iTunes users about other Windows Vista-related problems.

Dell To Sell Linux On Laptops, PCs
After positive customer feedback, the No. 1 PC maker will expand its Linux offerings to Optiplex desktops and Latitude notebooks.

U.S. Has Lost Its High-Tech Edge, New Report Finds
The AeA's follow-up study from 2005 contains chilling stats but offers a pathway to regaining an advantage in science, technology, and innovation.

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The Ascent Into Hell, Postponed
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