In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: The Urge To Converge--And Embed
2. Today's Top Story
- IRS Plan To Outsource Tax Collection Raises Security Concerns
3. Breaking News
- Yahoo Loses Lawsuit Over Nazi Memorabilia Sale
- Businesses Are Switching To Blade Servers
- Internet Standards Group Picks Cisco Wireless Technology
- BlackBerry Devices To Sync With Macs
- Bug Bounty Hunters Spot Flaw In Linux AV
- AmeriVault Expands Online Storage Business With Acquisition
- Wiki Offers Tips For Blogging Anonymously
- Wine Advisory Software Launches
- Pixel King Officially Millionaire As Site Suffers Outage
- U.K. Government To Sell Legendary Spy Shop That Inspired
James Bond's Q
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From The Web
- Web Site Of Agency Is Called Insecure
- Uniform ID Stirs Up States
- USDA Using Satellite Images To Track Farmers
- Doubts Cloud Plan for Cell-Phone Service In Subway
5. In Depth: On Call
- Verizon Wireless Launches Global E-Mail Service
- Wi-Fi Security: Which Protocol Is Best For You?
- Your Old Cell Phone Could Lead To Charitable Causes
- 3 Out Of 4 Block Telemarketing Calls
- Creative Labs Touts Internet Phone That Doesn't Require A PC
- Yahoo Launches Content Service For Phones
6. Voice Of Authority: Five Things You Didn't Know About Windows Vista
7. White Papers: The Case for Code Quality Management
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1. Editor's Note: The Urge To Converge--And Embed
Everywhere you look, convergence is the air. I'm not just talking
about the much-celebrated intersection of consumer and business
technology, or the newly emerged jockeying for position, as IT
vendors seek to cozy up to consumer companies and their lucrative
customers. It's way more than that.
We seem to be on the threshold of the much-talked-about--and in
some quarters, longed-for--ubiquitous technology. That's technology
everywhere--embedded in your cars, your phones, your appliances,
utilities, your clothes, and yes, even your physical self.
The recent Consumer Electronics Show was certainly a showcase for
much of what's going on and what's coming down the pike. But the
news in general has been rife with stories about merging
technologies, converging markets, and happy embedders.
Everywhere you look, search is merging into video and music
downloads, automobiles are bristling with communication devices,
and merchandise of all kinds are packing tracking chips. Phones
record images and video, download programs, tie into text mail,
function as calendars, and soon will replace your wallet. Already
embedded in backpacks, various technologies are moving into our
clothing and, in some experimental cases, our bodies.
Merging, or cross-referencing databases of various kinds, means
the ability to offer new services and aid, at the cost of less
and less privacy, even as the processes for protecting that data
seem lodged in the stone age. Our appliances, machines, and cars
talk to us, while in some cases independently monitoring and
repairing themselves. The repairman of old is fast fading
away--you need a thorough grounding in electronics these days to
repair just about anything produced in the last 10 years.
Such ubiquity has all kinds of societal implications--some of it
already apparent in the younger generations. Over time, the
impact on culture alone will probably be staggering. As it is,
people IM each other today instead of picking up the phone or
walking over to the next desk. We shun brick and mortar and shop
online. We reject paper and pay our bills online. We escape the
commute and work out of our homes. We read and study in front of
a wall of noise and images. In fact, whenever possible, more
today than ever, we multitask to the max, even beyond the point
It's not hard to imagine the changes that this intertwining of
our lives, tools, and even flesh with technology will wrought. I
explore these changes, and the issues they will create, for
better and worse, in my blog entry, and I invite you to share
your thoughts on how you think convergence is now affecting, and
will in the future affect, every aspect of society.
Yahoo Loses Lawsuit Over Nazi Memorabilia Sale
A divided U.S. court decided Yahoo is liable for a fine levied in
France for its failure to keep Nazi memorabilia off its Web
pages. Despite the ruling against it, Yahoo hailed the decision
as a victory for free speech.
Businesses Are Switching To Blade Servers
Nearly a third of IT executives already have deployed blade
servers and another 12% plan deployments this year, according to
a survey by InformationWeek Research and Microcast Communications.
Learn how more than 600 network-equipment customers rated four
vendors in InformationWeek Research's Analyzing The Networking
Vendors report. Vendor profiles include Cisco, Hewlett-Packard,
3Com, and Nortel. Use this report to evaluate current and future
network-equipment providers and to benchmark your organization's
networking plans for 2006.
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3 Out Of 4 Block Telemarketing Calls
Most participants in the Federal Trade Commission's Do-Not-Call
program say they have seen a drastic decline in telemarketing
calls, although they're still getting some.
Five Things You Didn't Know About Windows Vista
Alexander Wolfe takes a look at some of the more offbeat angles
surrounding Microsoft's upcoming operating system, such as
guessing its launch date, finding where to go to get a Vista-related
job, and seeing who's got the name registered as a trademark.
7. White Papers
The Case For Code Quality Management
For development managers who are overseeing Java development
teams, maintaining consistent coding standards and practices is a
monumental challenge. The result of poor code quality can be
catastrophic. Something as simple as a misplaced semicolon
embedded in a million lines of code can result in a bug that
takes weeks or months of work to discover.
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