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Virginia Tech Aftermath: Technology In Times Of Crisis

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Virginia Tech Aftermath: Technology In Times Of Crisis
2. Today's Top Story
    - News Sites See Surge In Internet Traffic Following Virginia Tech Tragedy
    - Virginia Tech Shooting: Showing Support After Tragedy
    - Beware Online Scams About Virginia Tech Tragedy
3. Breaking News
    - Intuit TurboTax Users Have Until Midnight Thursday To Pay Taxes
    - Mainstream Desktops Headed For Quad-Core Chip Boost
    - Barclays Bank Fights Back Against Phishing Scams
    - Microsoft, Lenovo Disclose Joint Research Effort
    - BlackBerry Shutdown Sends Danger Signal For RIM
    - Yahoo Exec: It's Not Who's Hot, It's Companies That Last
    - Vendors Vow To Make Web 2.0 More Useful For Businesses
    - Intel Chairman To Host Fly-Fishing Trip For eBay Winner
    - Hackers Attack PowerPoint More Than Microsoft Word
    - WAKKA, WAKKA, WAKKA, Microsoft To Host Pac-Man World Championship
    - After AT&T Drops Telecom Italia Bid, Italy's Leader Looks For Italian Option
    - Google Maps Taps Ajax To Syndicate Automated Feeds, Mashups
    - BlackBerry E-Mail Service Crashes, RIM Tries To Bring It Back To Life
    - IBM, Yahoo Search Tool Goes International
    - Intel Outlines Mobile Road Map
    - Microsoft, Adobe, Yahoo Tout Web 2.0 Hybrid Apps
    - Intel Earnings Hold Strong Against The Competition
    - Hitwise Predicts Which Web 2.0 Firms Will Win
4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
    - Learn About Second Life For Developers And Business At The Life 2.0 Summit Late This Month
    - Copyright Royalty Board Puts Internet Radio On Death Watch
    - Will Battery Life Delay The iPhone?
    - Linden Lab To Open Source Second Life Servers
    - Will Dell Buy Palm?
    - Now Hear This: More On Internet Radio
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Smart Load Shedding Ensures Uptime
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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1. Editor's Note: Virginia Tech Aftermath: Technology In Times Of Crisis

Technology plays an increasingly important role in times of crisis, and that has rarely been more evident than in the aftermath of the killings at Virginia Tech.

As we've seen over the years, technology can inform, calm, inflame, help to heal, and provide moving testimonials to those who have suffered from tragedy. Earlier generations gathered around the TV set to learn about the murder of President John F. Kennedy. Now, new technologies have provided new ways for people to communicate crucial information and come together to grieve.

Earlier this week, Virginia Tech students -- among the most tech savvy around -- used cell phones and text messaging to warn one another that a killer was loose on campus. Some used cell phones to call home to tell their parents what was happening and that they loved them. Student cell phone videos and newspaper blogs covered the tragic events in real time.

One graduate student, Jamal Albarghouti, reported live from the scene on CNN International and had his video viewed millions of times on the Internet.

Shortly after that, Virginia Tech students used social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and LiveJournal to let friends and family know they were OK.

Within a day, as my colleague K.C. Jones reported, students and faculty used their multimedia skills to compile and post moving online accounts of Monday's campus massacre.

Take a moment to visit some of those tribute sites, reflect on the lives that were lost, and send your thoughts and prayers to the families of those whose loved ones are gone.

Paul Travis
ptravis@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

News Sites See Surge In Internet Traffic Following Virginia Tech Tragedy
Facebook, CNN's Exchange, and online news sources saw huge surges, including some triple-digit percentage increases, according to Hitwise.

Related Stories:

Virginia Tech Shooting: Showing Support After Tragedy
Donations to Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund will help those affected by Monday's rampage.

Beware Online Scams About Virginia Tech Tragedy
Security researchers are warning people that hackers, virus writers, and phishers generally try to launch schemes associated with big news events and tragedies.


3. Breaking News

Intuit TurboTax Users Have Until Midnight Thursday To Pay Taxes
Intuit's servers were overwhelmed by the number of filers attempting to submit their taxes at the last minute on Tuesday.

Mainstream Desktops Headed For Quad-Core Chip Boost
Nearly half of all mainstream desktop systems are expected to have quad-core microprocessors by the end of 2009, predicts market research firm iSuppli.

Barclays Bank Fights Back Against Phishing Scams
Barclays is sending out free handheld chip and PIN card readers to customers, who will use the devices when they access their online bank accounts to set up payments to third parties.

Microsoft, Lenovo Disclose Joint Research Effort
Research center in Beijing will focus on developing mobile technologies and customized versions of Microsoft products for Lenovo's PC platforms.

BlackBerry Shutdown Sends Danger Signal For RIM
The long-term ramifications of the outage could prove troubling for the maker of the popular smartphone.

Yahoo Exec: It's Not Who's Hot, It's Companies That Last
In the shadow of lackluster financial performance, Yahoo explains how it plans to save its bottom line, along with the environment.

Vendors Vow To Make Web 2.0 More Useful For Businesses
It's all about collaboration, but don't throw out your Microsoft Office or IBM Lotus system just yet, Google, Zimbra, and SocialText argue.

Intel Chairman To Host Fly-Fishing Trip For eBay Winner
All of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the National Forest Foundation.

Hackers Attack PowerPoint More Than Microsoft Word
A MessageLabs report also shows that hackers are forgoing widespread campaigns for targeted attacks that take aim at specific employees inside a company.

WAKKA, WAKKA, WAKKA, Microsoft To Host Pac-Man World Championship
The champ will receive a bunch of prizes, including a one-of-a-kind Pac-Man-embossed version of the Xbox 360.

After AT&T Drops Telecom Italia Bid, Italy's Leader Looks For Italian Option
Italy's prime minister, Romano Prodi, said Telecom Italia should remain in Italian hands. His comments reverberated throughout Europe, where countries are increasingly debating whether foreign takeovers of companies are desired.

Google Maps Taps Ajax To Syndicate Automated Feeds, Mashups
The Ajax Feed API lets a developer tie a syndication feed to a mashup with two lines of JavaScript, so they don't need to know the details of what XML format would accompany a designated feed.

BlackBerry E-Mail Service Crashes, RIM Tries To Bring It Back To Life
RIM said it would reset the service in steps Wednesday morning because it doesn't want to overwhelm the system with a sudden and sweeping surge of traffic.

IBM, Yahoo Search Tool Goes International
The new version of OmniFind Yahoo Edition enterprise search software supports searches in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, French, Italian, and several other languages.

Intel Outlines Mobile Road Map
The company unveiled plans for processors for notebooks, ultramobile PCs, and smaller computers that Intel calls "mobile Internet devices."

Microsoft, Adobe, Yahoo Tout Web 2.0 Hybrid Apps
With or without a browser, large-scale companies suggest partners get rich Internet applications or die tryin'.

Intel Earnings Hold Strong Against The Competition
The company notes average selling prices for the quarter held up despite a price war with AMD.

Hitwise Predicts Which Web 2.0 Firms Will Win
They're relatively unknown now, but if you're a Young Digerati or a Bohemian Mix, a new survey suggests you already know and use them.

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4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
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Learn About Second Life For Developers And Business At The Life 2.0 Summit Late This Month
If you're a developer or businessperson interested in learning more about the opportunities in Second Life, my colleagues at Dr. Dobb's Journal have the conference for you: the Life 2.0 Summit, running April 28 to May 4, both in Second Life and simulcast to the Web.

Copyright Royalty Board Puts Internet Radio On Death Watch
The Copyright Royalty Board has quickly and completely affirmed its own decision on performance royalties, set in accordance with recording-industry wishes, that will be assessed against Internet music-streaming and radio-station sites. Because the rates, which were more than a year overdue, were much higher than the Internet radio industry expected, and retroactive for 2006, one possible result is that many small Internet radio operators will cease operations immediately and wait to see if Congress or the courts will provide relief.

Will Battery Life Delay The iPhone?
The iPhone rumors this week are nonstop. As if the ruckus over rebates and subsidies for the iPhone weren't enough, now an online newsletter claims that the iPhone is suffering from poor battery life, echoing an earlier rumor broken by John Dvorak two weeks ago. The poor iPhone just can't catch a break.

Linden Lab To Open Source Second Life Servers
Linden Lab plans to open up the source code for Second Life's servers, allowing anyone to run their own version of Second Life, a company spokesman said, confirming the widespread belief among many in the 3-D community that open sourcing the servers was inevitable.

Will Dell Buy Palm?
When rumors first broke that Palm was looking for a buyer, some wireless insiders suggested Dell would buy it. Then Dell dropped off the rumor radar screen as stories about possible deals from Nokia and Motorola took center stage. Well, the Nokia and Motorola rumors have come and gone and now whispers suggest that Dell might be looking to buy Palm once again.

Now Hear This: More On Internet Radio
And the hits just keep on coming: My roundup of Internet radio sites that can help you discover new music and artists ("Review: 6 Internet Radio Sites Help You Discover New Music") is just a toe-dip into the ocean of a very large subject. And I'm hearing from other toes. Richard S. Mitnick wrote to ask, "Nice article. But how did you miss Shoutcast?" and James Rome accurately pointed out that classical music lovers have a lot less to choose from than pop fans -- but he had some good suggestions.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

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Calypso Medical Technologies seeking Software Systems Manager in Seattle, WA

Ohio University seeking Information Security Director in Athens, OH

McCamish Systems seeking Documentation Imaging Analyst in Atlanta, GA

Ernst and Young seeking Associate Director Information Security Architecture in Lyndhurst, NJ

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


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