In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: I'm Still Waiting For Rosie The Robot
2. Today's Top Story
- The Inside Story On Oracle's Deal To Acquire Agile Software
- Oracle Grabs Agile Software In $495 Million Buyout
3. Breaking News
- DOE Calls For Supercomputing Proposals
- Microsoft Ready To Ship Windows Server 2008 For SMB Market Next Year
- Security Tools Top 2007 IT Professionals Poll
- Vivisimo Offers Enterprise Search For Velocity Mobile Users
- Sun CEO Schwartz Warns Microsoft Not To Press Patent Claims
- Wi-Fi 802.11n Inches Closer To Formal Approval
- Symantec Lawsuits Allege Software Piracy, Seek $55 Million In Damages
- IBM Offers Reward For Lost Employee Data
- Shimmin On Software: Sun Targets Consumers To Reach Businesses
- All Hail Master Chief: Microsoft To Ship Halo 3 In September
- Another Day, Another H-1B Visa Reform Bill
- Amazon Store To Sell Music Free Of Copy Protection
- Review: Tangling With Twitter -- 8 Alternative Services
- Research: Microsoft Windows Vista Worth $120 Billion To Economy
4. The Latest Security Blog Posts:
- If An FBI Analyst Can Steal National Secrets, What Are Your Workers Lifting?
- Internet Age Verification: Why Are We Kidding Ourselves?
- A Day In The Life Of Cigna's CISO: 7 Things You Didn't Know
- Why Do Workers Steal Data?
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- Which CRM Deployment Is Right for You?
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"I'm Grumpy because you're Dopey." -- Slogan on Disney World T-shirt.
1. Editor's Note: I'm Still Waiting For Rosie The Robot
When I was a kid, I was told the world really wasn't as big as it seems -- and how much smaller it was going to get in the future. And that was before the age of the Internet, mobile phones, and all the other devices that have connected the world beyond -- I think -- anyone's prediction 30 years ago. Of course, at the time it was all very vague to me, really; I had a better picture of myself flying to work in one of the Jetsons'-style cars than of how it has actually turned out.
I can completely relate -- I'm an InformationWeek.com news editor, living and working out of my home in North Carolina. In fact, I was hired without ever actually meeting my New York-based editors, Alex Wolfe and Paul Travis, or any of the other people I interact with every day. But, thanks to IM, e-mail, and the Web, it doesn't really matter.
Another example: Last week, my family and I traveled to Disney World, a trip we researched, coordinated, and booked completely online. Rather than going through a travel agent or the Disney system, we rented time-share points from a guy in New Jersey, with whom I had interacted only through message boards and e-mail. I mailed him a certified check to pay for the time-share, based only on the agreement we had made online (and an official confirmation letter from Disney -- I'm not THAT trusting).
And it makes me wonder -- by the time my kids take their kids to Disney, will they even need a hotel? Or will they just rocket down for the day and be back home in their own beds that evening?
Either way, I hope that while they're gone, Rosie the Robot will be busy at their homes, cleaning, cooking, and answering a rare phone call. Now THAT'S the innovation I'm still hoping for.
Another Day, Another H-1B Visa Reform Bill
The new bill looks to raise the current annual ceiling on H-1B visas from 65,000 to 115,000 this year, with provisions to adjust the annual cap as high as 180,000 based on market conditions.
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Internet Age Verification: Why Are We Kidding Ourselves?
I've singled out Linden Lab for criticism for its scheme to require users of Second Life to offer proof of age before accessing adult content. But Linden Lab is only following standard practice on the Internet, where operators of porn sites and the government agree to pretend that we can verify the ages of people who access adult content online by requiring them to submit electronic documents.
A Day In The Life Of Cigna's CISO: 7 Things You Didn't Know
I recently visited Cigna chief information security officer Craig Shumard at his company's offices in suburban Connecticut. On a clear, sunny day that slowly melted away the last vestiges of winter -- mostly scattered mounds of snow encrusted with rock and dirt -- across the rolling hills of the employee benefits provider's campus, I got to see firsthand how the security chief at a big-time company operates and interacts with his staff. It was impressive, to say the least.
Why Do Workers Steal Data?
I was fascinated by Sharon Gaudin's recent article reporting that 45% of professionals steal data when they leave their jobs. I couldn't help wondering why they do it. A desire to suck up to their new supervisors? A sense of grievance against the company that they're leaving? Or just because they can?
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