In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Supreme Impact On IT
2. Today's Top Story: Tracking Systems
- EFF Reveals Codes In Xerox Printers
- Chase Rolls Out RFID Credit Cards In N.Y. And Philadelphia
- Maritime Industry Next Up To Catch RFID Wave
3. Breaking News
- Microsoft Unveils Works Suite 2006
- FCC Chairman Urges Better Funding For Rural Telecom Services
- Gates' Antitrust-Trial Video Deposition On Sale At eBay
- SBC To Adopt 'AT&T' As Post-Merger Moniker
- Yahoo Doubles Music-Subscription Fee
- Qualcomm Co-Founder Skeptical Of Broadband Wireless Potential
- Yahoo Tests Travel Planner
- WiMax Not Cheap Or Easy, Carriers Say
- Summer's Zotob Attack Cost Each Company $100K To Clean Up
- U.S. Military Strategy Evolves On Ground, In Space
- Bird-Flu Trojan Poses Danger To Word Users
- Intel Founder Donates $26 Million To Alma Mater
4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews
5. Voice Of Authority: Reading The Tea Leaves On Microsoft's Next Move
6. White Papers: Reducing The Cost Of Integration
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"Isn't it funny that anything the Supreme Court says is right?" -- Robert Frost
1. Editor's Note: Supreme Impact On IT
When President Bush scans the horizon for his next Supreme Court nominee, he might
do well to choose a candidate who not only has spent some time on
the bench, but who also has some understanding of, or background
in, science and technology.
Such an addition to the Supreme Court would be very timely at
this juncture in high-tech litigation and advances. We've entered
a technological age, and we need Supreme Court justices who are
up to speed on what that means and can intelligently grapple with
the issues this creates.
We've already got one foot in the door via the recent appointment
of Chief Justice John Roberts, who, while in
private practice, at one point represented the 19 states in the
government's antitrust case against Microsoft. This was not a
tech case per se, but obviously would have involved some
discussion of technology, it's application and specific markets.
Still, we could use an infusion of some nerdy blood.
Most of the attention devoted to Supreme Court justices in recent
years has tended to focus on specific social issues. But that
represents a mere fraction of the cases annually brought before
the court. Whatever your political leanings, if you don't think
the Supremes have much impact on the business of IT, and the
advancement and application of high technology, you couldn't be
more mistaken. And one thing we cannot afford is a generation gap
impacting precedent-setting cases. You can read more about this
issue, and what Justice Stephen Breyer has to say about the
issue, by reading my blog entry.
SBC To Adopt 'AT&T' As Post-Merger Moniker
The combined company intends to lead the industry in the creation
of a new generation of IP-based services, which can be delivered
through wireline or wireless networks to mobile phones, PCs, and
handheld digital devices.
Yahoo Tests Travel Planner
Trip Planner Beta, available through Yahoo Travel, lets users
create, print, and share with others personalized trip itineraries.
WiMax Not Cheap Or Easy, Carriers Say
The costs of implementing new wireless technology are still too
steep for widespread deployment, say carriers who have WiMax
trials under way--which could mean it will be awhile before it's
a viable option for most companies.
U.S. Military Strategy Evolves On Ground, In Space
While looking for ways to cope with growing threats like roadside
bombs, which now account for half of U.S. casualties in Iraq, the
Department of Defense is also seeking to gain control of
cyberspace as well as the "global commons" of outer space.
Intel Founder Donates $26 Million To Alma Mater
Andrew Grove, class of 1960 at the City College of New York, set
aside part of the funds to create the Grove Endowment to provide
ongoing support for gifted engineering faculty and students.
Information Security InformationWeek's U.S. Information Security 2005 research report
documents the responses of 2,540 U.S. business-technology and
security professionals and explores threat perceptions, security
practices, and investment plans. The report also examines attack
successes and their impact on business-technology operations.
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second annual Blog-X Awards. Nominate your favorite tech blog now, and be sure to return when it's time to vote for the winner!
Aaron Ricadela examines what has kept Microsoft from being more
aggressive in rolling out Web features in between releases of its
products and reports on what the company plans to do about it.
Microsoft needs to do something, he notes, if it wants to wipe
some of the luster off the so-far more-nimble Google.
Injecting an enterprise service bus into an enterprise
application fabric unleashes the true power of your applications.
Learn how the ESB effect radically improves the value-to-cost
metrics of EAI solutions.
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