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1. Editor's Note: Safeguarding IP: Show Them The Money
2. Today's Top Story
- New Mobile Virus Also Aims At PCs Related Stories
- SCO Sets Its Legal Pad Aside To Offer Mobile Web Services
- Dell To Add Second Type Of 3G To Laptops
- Just Give Us Better Batteries, Mobile-Phone Users Say
3. Breaking News
- Microsoft's Allchin Seeks One Last Stamp On The Desktop
- UPDATE: Google Launches Enterprise Partner Program
- Thunderbird E-Mail Suffers Similar Security Problem As Firefox
- Oracle Considers Supporting Competing Databases
- Ex-Microsoft Exec Starts Work At Google
- Spam Rate Declines But Overall Volume Increases
- Bush Administration Tackles Intellectual-Property Theft
- New Standard Advances Value Of RFID
- Rita: Houston Web-Hosting Firm Braces For Hurricane
- SAP, IBM Tout Business-Intelligence System That Integrates
- 'Pamela Anderson' The Top Search Term
4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews
- Review: Spyware Detectors
- Review: Dynamic DNS Keeps IP Names Up to Date
- IM Server Appliance JabberNow--It's Easy And It Works
- Review: Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2006
- Review: Citrix Does Lite Right With Citrix Access Essentials 1.0
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- Maritime Security: More Questions Than Answers
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- Zero-Hour Anti-Virus Defense
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1. Editor's Note: Safeguarding IP: Show Them The Money
I certainly hope that Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez
misspoke (dontcha love these bureaucratic words?) when he
announced this week that President Bush has made fighting the
theft of intellectual property "a top priority throughout the administration."
A top priority?
I'm a writer, so of course I'm all for protecting intellectual
property. And sometimes I feel like I'm in a distinct minority
when I point out that downloading songs off the Internet without
paying for them is stealing! (Yes, it is!) I like a deal as much
as the next person, but if creative people can't make a living
off their work, then they might cease to create, and then there
won't be any new music, or at the very least, we'll face a
limited selection. Extrapolate away to other creative endeavors,
be they movies, software, or patentable enterprises. Less would
not be more in these cases. We want options, and lots of them.
And more often than not, I'm OK with government intervention, be
it through new laws or regulations, if that's what it takes to
punish criminals or get bad corporate behavior back on track.
"Fear of Gov" is a mighty powerful stimulant.
But not this time.
First of all, I can think of many more problems facing this
country--Iraq, the ballooning deficit, the crumbling
public-school system, affordable health care, Katrina recovery
efforts--that ought to be in the running for "top priority" right
now, and by definition, you only have a limited number of top
priority slots. Second, I think the response to the problem as
outlined by Commerce completely misunderstands the underlying
factors driving this activity. You can read more about that
in my blog.
With retirement a year off, Allchin hopes Vista swan song will
prove to be the "highest quality" and fastest-adopted operating
UPDATE: Google Launches Enterprise Partner Program
Google today introduces Google Enterprise Professional, a partner
program for developers, consultants, and independent software
vendors interested in extending Google's enterprise search
capabilities and in delivering complementary technology and
services to Google enterprise customers.
Ex-Microsoft Exec Starts Work At Google
Kai-Fu Lee, the center of an ongoing legal battle between Google
and Microsoft, has started his job as head of Google's China
operations, about two weeks after a judge ruled that the former
Microsoft VP could work for the search-engine company.
New Standard Advances Value Of RFID
EPC GlobalNet's royalty-free Application Level Events standard
defines the process to collect, manage, and route data that
Electronic Product Code technology generates in the supply chain.
Rita: Houston Web-Hosting Firm Braces For Hurricane
EV1Servers, the eighth-largest Web host, has boarded up its data
centers and sent a small technical team to Kansas to open up shop
there, mobilized cash reserves, and reduced its on-site staff to
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second-place entry, with its Web-based administration, is no
The United States has traditionally seen the seas as an open
highway for commerce and immigration. Of course, these waterways
are also used to smuggle contraband and, more recently, have
posed the potential to become an avenue for a terrorist attack.
Larry Greenemeier explores how the shadowy nature of terrorism
has turned conventional national defense strategies on their ear.
A Ferris Research Report. Companies have invested heavily in
anti-virus defense on E-mail boundary servers, E-mail and other
internal servers, and on client systems. As a player in the
antiviral field, MailFrontier has developed approaches to target
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