In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: IT Dreams For 2006
2. Today's Top Story
- Steve Case: 'Undo' AOL-Time Warner Merger
3. Breaking News
- Mozilla Says Firefox 1.5 Bug Not Serious
- Tech Sector Set For Financial Roller Coaster
- Networking Takes Center Stage At Interop Show
- Man Apologizes After Fake Wikipedia Post
- IPod Tops Search List During Holiday Shopping Season
- Yahoo Upgrades Widget Engine
- University Of Florida Saves Cash And Time With Dual-Core Systems
- Phoenix Suburb Pushes To Become First With Wi-Fi Everywhere
- 10-Minute Guide To Wi-Fi Standards
- NCR To Offer Biometric System Globally
- Circuit City Offers Remote PC Support
- China Overtakes U.S. As World's Largest Tech Supplier
- E-Mail Spills Corporate Secrets
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
- The Firefox Hacks You Must Have
- Web Site Focuses On Happy News
- 'Digital Dumps' Heap Hazards At Foreign Sites
5. In Depth: On The Docket
- SCO Raises New Funding--And Experts Raise Questions
- Click Defense Bows From Lead In Google Suit
- Verizon Wins In Court Against Cell-Phone Telemarketers
- RIM, NTP In Patent Suit Settlement Talks
- Don't Overlook Internal E-Mail Monitoring
6. Voice Of Authority
- Editor's Note: Technology's Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
7. White Papers
- The Business And Technology Benefits Of Intrusion Prevention
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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"Ninety percent of everything is crap." -- Theodore Sturgeon (1918 - 1985)
1. Editor's Note: IT Dreams For 2006
I can't believe we're halfway through December, though the almost
2 feet of snow outside my window is proof enough! Where did the
year go? How did we get here? Realizing that it's almost 2006 got
me to thinking. Wouldn't it be nice if, for a change, in the new
Sony got a clue, consumers got reimbursed,
and the company's supplier of choice for DRM found another
calling? And what if a summit was held on intellectual-property
rights in the digital age and no one was allowed to leave the
room until some initial agreements were reached?
On a related theme, all these people busily deploying their
technical skills to wreak havoc just for fun could see the value
in channeling all that knowledge and creativity into truly useful
and cutting-edge developments?
Oracle spent more time assimilating its hard-won booty, er
companies, and less time adding to the pile?
Someone besides the judge got serious about settling the RIM/NTP patent suit and, in the meantime, if
RIM spelled out to legions of addicted, anxious, and entitled
users the details of its Plan A AND Plan B--the so-far-secret
I could go on, and well, I do, for a little bit more here. Read my blog entry, then tell us
what's on your IT wish list for 2006. We'd love to hear
Networking Takes Center Stage At Interop Show
Hot topics at this week's trade show will include VoIP,
application security, WAN optimization, and network monitoring--a
shift from recent years where client-side technology dominated,
one observer says.
Yahoo Upgrades Widget Engine
Yahoo launched a new version of its widget engine, a platform for
running mini desktop applications built by Yahoo or third-party
developers for search, photo and mapping services, and other functions.
10-Minute Guide To Wi-Fi Standards
The different 802.11 and NIMO standards have different levels of
throughput and security. Here's how you can make sense of the
NCR To Offer Biometric System Globally
The services use Pay By Touch's authentication and payment
service and NCR's biometric point-of-sale products to allow
shoppers to pay for services and retail goods with a finger scan.
E-Mail Spills Corporate Secrets
Six percent of workers admit that they've E-mailed confidential
company information to someone they shouldn't have, according to
a study released Monday, while 62% say they've used their
personal accounts for business purposes to circumvent controls
placed on their business accounts.
Protecting The Corporate Network
Examine the security practices of more than 2,500 U.S. companies
in InformationWeek Research's 2005 Global Information Security
Survey report. In addition to spotlighting security best
practices and near-term investment plans, the study also
documents recent security incidents. Use the report to help
fine-tune your company's security procedures.
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Web Site Focuses On Happy News (CNN)
Carrie Rodgers is so engrossed by cable-television news shows
that her husband calls her a news addict, but lately she has
found another source to balance the onslaught of stories about
war, crime, and natural disasters.
'Digital Dumps' Heap Hazards At Foreign Sites (Washington Post, reg. required)
Each month, hundreds of thousands of used computers, televisions,
and other electronic components--about 500 container
loads--arrive in Nigeria. Some of them were donated by people who
thought they were helping satisfy the rapidly growing appetite
for modern technology in a developing country where few can
afford it. And some of them came from individuals or
organizations that simply wanted to get rid of their obsolete
equipment at the lowest cost.
5. In Depth: On The Docket
SCO Raises New Funding--And Experts Raise Questions
Industry watchers wonder about the wisdom--and the motives--of
the investors behind $10 million in new funding for the SCO
Group, enabling it to pursue what is widely viewed as a hopeless
lawsuit against IBM.
Click Defense Bows From Lead In Google Suit
Click Defense will still be a plaintiff in the lawsuit--related
to click fraud in online advertising--but is withdrawing from
being the lead plaintiff to help customers prepare for their own
Editor's Note: Technology's Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
It's not even close to March, yet madness seems to be everywhere,
Stephanie Stahl says. All signs seem to be pointing that way, as
she runs down a list of events and issues that suggest the IT
universe may be standing on its head.
7. White Papers
The Business And Technology Benefits Of Intrusion Prevention
Today's internal network security is unacceptably weak, as
evidenced by the number of security attacks and high cost for
remediation. Organizations need to address these weaknesses to
avoid destructive and potentially devastating attacks. Find out
why intrusion-prevention systems have rapidly become a proven
line of defense for internal networks.
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