In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: RFID: Really Feeling Increasingly Defensive?
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft To Release Just One Patch Tuesday
- Battle Over Mass. Anti-Microsoft Software Policy Widens
- Microsoft Acquires File-Sharing Service
3. Breaking News
- IT Job Growth Outpaces Other Sectors In October
- Security-Spooked Users Slam Sony CD On Amazon
- SEC Warns Investors Of Spyware, Phishing
- Podcast Services Help Users Connect With New Content
- Analyst: Despite Dell's Lowered Financial Expectations,
Outlook Remains Strong
- Wireless Users Staying Away From Multimedia Messaging In Droves
- Mobile-Phone Users Warming Up To Data Services
- U.S. Spending On Online Content Up
- Amazon.com To Sell Books By The Page, While Google Launches
Online Book Search
- TransMedia Plots Death Of The Desktop
- Online Travel Market Shows Strong Growth
4. In Depth: Technologies' Futures
- Panelists Optimistic On Lower-Power Design
- Researchers Explore Copper Replacements In Chips
- Darpa Funds Solar Power For Battlefield
- Researchers Develop Translation Technology
- IBM Researchers Use Silicon Waveguides To Slow Light
- AMD, IBM Expand Chip Technology Alliance
5. Voice Of Authority: Blog--Are You Ready To Pay $2.50 For A Song Download?
6. White Papers: Improving Corporate Performance With MIS DecisionWare And Microsoft SQL Server
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Quote of the day:
"Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who
understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what
they do not understand." -- Putt's Law
Spychips is a scary new book by
consumer privacy advocate Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre,
and it should be must reading for anyone who doesn't "get" the
concerns over RFID chips. Even if half of what the book says in the
planning or thinking stages is true, that's more than enough to
make anyone nervous about the potential--or even planned, if the
authors are to be believed--misuse of this technology.
Albrecht is by no means without bias here--she's also the founder
and director of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion
and Numbering, which, among other things, has organized events
like the recent consumer protest against RFID use at a Dallas
Wal-Mart. She definitely has an ax to grind.
So it would be easy to dismiss the concerns highlighted in the
book and the evidence backing them were it not for where Albrecht
and McIntyre dug up some of this stuff. They wielded the Freedom
Of Information Act, hunted through corporate Web sites, crawled
through company reports, and excavated some very interesting
proposals filed at the Patent Office.
There are plenty of neat uses for RFID, but none of it changes
the fact that RFID can be used badly, invasively, and secretly.
In fact, there are proposed uses of RFID that have as many cons
as there are pros.
To read more about the good, bad, and potentially ugly of RFID,
you can read the rest of my blog entry. To get an
idea of where Albrecht is coming from, and to judge her views on
RFID for yourself, listen to Laurie Sullivan's two-part podcast
with the privacy advocate and author. You can access part one here.
But it'll be rated as "critical," so Microsoft says you should be
sure to install it right away.
Related Stories: Battle Over Mass. Anti-Microsoft Software Policy Widens
The Massachusetts Senate is considering legislation that could
trump a month-old policy that required government agencies to
adopt open document formats. The policy would roadblock adoption
of Microsoft Office. Meanwhile, Sun and IBM are rallying support
for open document formats.
Microsoft Acquires File-Sharing Service
FolderShare allows subscribers to create a private peer-to-peer
network to synchronize files across multiple devices and access
or share files with other people.
But employment levels slipped a bit last month among computer
manufacturers, ISPs, search portals, and data processors, the
Labor Department reports.
Security-Spooked Users Slam Sony CD On Amazon
Activists are fighting back against Sony using Amazon.com's
customer reviews of a new CD by Van Zant, following complaints
that Sony incorporated spyware into the copy protection on its
TransMedia Plots Death Of The Desktop
The Glide suite, due later this month, runs on the vendor's own
servers and is accessed through a browser. It includes
applications for creating, sharing, and selling photos, music,
video, and documents, as well as doing content management,
calendaring, E-mail, and conferencing. Can TransMedia beat
Microsoft and Google?
How susceptible are Chinese companies to security breaches, and
are they more vulnerable than U.S. businesses? Compare the
security practices and investment plans of 700 Chinese sites
against the strategies and experiences of 2,540 U.S. companies in
InformationWeek's research report, China-U.S. Information Security 2005.
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Companies in China are being targeted by security threats and
sustaining damages from the assaults. We invite you to compare
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experiences of U.S. and Chinese companies with our online
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management-consulting and technology-services company.
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Darpa Funds Solar Power For Battlefield
The technology would have commercial use as well; plans are to
develop prototypes that are affordable and that operate at
efficiencies of at least 50%--versus today's peak efficiency of
As if the battle between Sony and Apple over the latest and
greatest gadget that can play song downloads isn't enough, we're
now faced with the decision of whether to download music on PCs
or have it pushed to our cell phones by wireless carriers as
another "next generation" service. Elena Malykhina
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