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Safeguarding IP: Show Them The Money

In This Issue:
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 Their Wares
    - '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
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Maritime Security: More Questions Than Answers
6. White Papers
    - Zero-Hour Anti-Virus Defense
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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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.

Patricia Keefe
pkeefe@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

New Mobile Virus Also Aims At PCs
A new Trojan aimed at Symbian-based smart phones also attempts to infect the user's Windows PC with two viruses, according to an antivirus vendor.

Related Stories:
SCO Sets Its Legal Pad Aside To Offer Mobile Web Services

SCO launches a set of Web services designed to let companies tie "smart" handheld devices that act both as cell phones and mobile desktops to back-end applications and data.

Dell To Add Second Type Of 3G To Laptops
Dell says it will sell PC cards for Cingular's 3G service and will build the support into some laptops starting in the first quarter of next year.

Just Give Us Better Batteries, Mobile-Phone Users Say
In a survey of nearly 7,000 mobile users in 15 countries, over 75% of respondents said better battery life is the main feature they want from phones, PDAs, and their ilk.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft's Allchin Seeks One Last Stamp On The Desktop
With retirement a year off, Allchin hopes Vista swan song will prove to be the "highest quality" and fastest-adopted operating system ever.

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.

Thunderbird E-Mail Suffers Similar Security Problem As Firefox
A bug--like the one disclosed Tuesday in the Linux edition of Firefox--relates to how the software processes URLs. It was rated as "extremely critical" by a security vendor.

Oracle Considers Supporting Competing Databases
Ellison says Oracle's upcoming Fusion applications could run on IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server--if they can pass certification tests.

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.

Spam Rate Declines But Overall Volume Increases
Spam's slice of the E-mail pie has dropped by 12% so far this year, a message-filtering firm says.

Bush Administration Tackles Intellectual-Property Theft
The Commerce Department will install IP-rights experts globally to monitor and report violations while also launching programs to educate small businesses and foreign entities about IP rights and regulations.

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 a minimum.

SAP, IBM Tout Business-Intelligence System That Integrates Their Wares
The vendors are testing a BI platform that integrates SAP's NetWeaver new high-performance analytics capability with IBM BladeCenter and TotalStorage DS4300 system configurations.

'Pamela Anderson' Top Search Term
Lycos' list of top 10 search terms puts the celebrity at the top, along with Pokemon and tattoos.

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4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews

Review: Spyware Detectors
Network Computing examined seven enterprise-class anti-spyware suites. Its Editor's Choice won for its interface design, removal abilities, and ease of deployment. The second-place entry, with its Web-based administration, is no slouch either.

Review: Dynamic DNS Keeps IP Names Up To Date
Dynamic DNS automates the chore of maintaining current IP addresses. We explain how to implement it.

IM Server Appliance JabberNow--It's Easy And It Works
JabberNow featured about the easiest network installation chore this reviewer has ever seen.

Review: Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2006
Microsoft's DPM offers fast disk-to-disk backup, but users must consider how its advanced functionality stacks up to rivals.

Review: Citrix Does Lite Right With Citrix Access Essentials 1.0
Essentials 1.0 gives small and midsize businesses remote-display technology without overworking staff or busting budgets.


5. Voice Of Authority

Blog: Maritime Security: More Questions Than Answers
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.


6. White Papers

Zero-Hour Anti-Virus Defense
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 this newly defined zero-hour window of vulnerability.


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