In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Ready, Set, Shop!
2. Today's Top Story
- Hackers Hitting Popular Apps
- Lawsuits Mount Over Sony BMG Copyright Snafu
3. Breaking News
- EU Legal Expert Calls For Scrapping Passenger-Data
Agreement With U.S.
- China Tests RFID System For Tracking Bird Flu
- Panelists Weigh Potential RFID Security Threats
- Gartner To Win2K Users: Prepare For Vista Or Die
- Microsoft Seeks Standards Approval For Its XML Office Format
- Midnight Madness Hypes Xbox 360 Launch
- University Researchers Claim First Nanoscale Silicon Laser
- Broadband Over Power Lines: Ready For A Big Breakthrough?
- Young Adults Expected To Drive Online Bill Payments
- SAP To Acquire Retail Software Vendor
- VoIP Chip Market To Rocket 600% By 2009
- Software Tool Melds Yale's Art Disciplines
4. In Depth: Holiday Shopping
- Online Retailers Gear Up For 'Cyber Monday'
- Online Shopping-Comparison Sites Beef Up For Holidays
- High Gas Prices Expected To Spike Online Spending
- Consumers Fear Holiday Theft Of Credit Data: Survey
- Survey Has Good News For Small Online Retailers
- Holiday Online Sales To Come At A Cost To Retailers
- Google Introduces Tool For Mapping Out Shopping Trips
5. Voice Of Authority
- Business Technology: Don't Drive Right Past GM's Latest Idea
6. White Papers
- Top 10 Ways To Increase Enterprise Security While Reducing Costs
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Quote of the day: Thanksgiving
"I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends,
the old and the new." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"On Thanksgiving Day all over America, families sit down to
dinner at the same moment--halftime." -- Unknown
"Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. ... The lavish
meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the
result and reward of production." -- Ayn Rand
"A 2-pound turkey and a 50-pound cranberry--that's Thanksgiving
dinner at Three Mile Island." -- Johnny Carson
1. Editor's Note: Ready, Set, Shop!
Don't look now, but Thanksgiving is bearing down upon us, which
you probably know means that the biggest shopping weekend of the
year is right around the corner. What you might not know,
however, is that the Monday following that weekend is fast
becoming the biggest online shopping day of the year.
This year, online retailers plan to help drive Cyber Monday
shopping with special promotions and discounts, with deals
ranging from free shipping to gifts with purchase to percentages
off, according to an eHoliday Mood Study.
Overall, online holiday shopping is expected to be big this year.
How big? Forrester Research predicts that Americans will click on
"buy" to the tune of $18 billion between Thursday and Christmas.
That would constitute a 25% increase over last year's online
sales, which were also pretty darn good, fueled in part by free
shipping, better response times, and improved reliability.
From the looks of things, it should be an even better year for
online coffers and for deal-hunting, information-hungry consumers
as well. High gasoline prices and convenience factor in heavily
this year, but adding to the mix will be promotions, discounts,
and a boatload of information sharing and shopping guidance that
consumers won't get offline. Forrester predicts that 25 million
U.S. households will shop online for the first time this year.
And according to eMarketer.com, Internet shopping placed second
on the list of consumers' favorite shopping venues, in an annual
Holiday Mood Survey of retail spending and trends,
commissioned by Deloitte.
For those shoppers who have yet to catch the cyber Yule spirit
and who still need a reason to go online, you can read about just
a few of the enticements awaiting you in the rest of my editor's note.
As for E-retailers, don't get too cocky. A number of consumer
surveys--from IBM and I4 Commerce, to name two--reveal strong
lingering concerns about online security and identity theft and
fraud. E-businesses that don't provide adequate security will not
only lose customers, but they'll make it that much harder for the
rest of the online business community to assuage consumer fears.
Cybercriminals have shifted targets. Until recently, hackers went
after operating systems and Internet services like Web servers
and E-mail servers. In 2005, they took aim at software
applications and set Internet security back six years.
Panelists Weigh Potential RFID Security Threats
Similar to other wireless technologies, there are security risks
for companies that don't secure their RFID networks by using
equipment with built-in protocols such as secure shell and Secure
Gartner To Win2K Users: Prepare For Vista Or Die
The consulting firm recommends these users begin calling their
software vendors as soon as possible to determine when they plan
to support Vista--or they risk getting stuck with something no
longer supported by Microsoft.
Midnight Madness Hypes Xbox 360 Launch
Microsoft is positioning the system as a broad-based consumer
entertainment platform that does more than gaming; it can also
record television programs, play music, and display photos.
Compliance is making many companies evaluate how they manage and
store unstructured and structured content. Learn what nearly 200
companies plan to do in InformationWeek Research's recent report,
Enterprise Content Management.
Challenges With Consultants
Consistency of service and inexperienced consultants are two
challenges facing companies working with consultants. These and
other issues are examined in Optimize magazine's executive
research report Consultant Conundrum.
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The Monday after Thanksgiving is fast becoming one of the biggest
online shopping days of the year.
Online Shopping-Comparison Sites Beef Up For Holidays
Some are tracking more merchandise, others are alerting shoppers
to money-saving deals or warning them about fraud risks. Still
others supplement their price comparisons with product reviews
and hard-to-find coupons.
High Gas Prices Expected To Spike Online Spending
An AOL survey found that 52% of consumers plan to shop more
online this year than last year, due in part to high gasoline
prices making it too expensive to drive around to different
Survey Has Good News For Small Online Retailers
Nearly 63% of respondents said online specialty or niche retailers
are the best places to shop for unusual or hard-to-find gifts.
The survey was sponsored by Yahoo and conducted by Harris Interactive.
When standards become more than a thankless job of The Committee
With A Really Long Name, when they start to become the language
in which a business topic is discussed, when they start to
represent a concept that's far more than the steps for doing
something, it's time for IT strategists to take careful note,
Chris Murphy says.
Companies must overcome the challenge at the core of E-business:
how to securely and cost-effectively manage the expanding number
of people, in a wide variety of roles, requesting access to
information. The list of concepts in this paper significantly
contributes to improved security in a cost-effective manner.
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