In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Net Neutrality: Not The American Way
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft Denies It's Attacking Open Source
- Microsoft Effort Aims To Bolster Online ID Management
3. Breaking News
- Interop 2007 Image Gallery
- HP Lands $5.6 Billion NASA Contract
- IBM Unveils High-Capacity IPS Appliance At Interop
- Online Ad Revenue Sets Record
- Court Dismisses All Charges Against CA
- Joost Teams With Creative Artists Agency To Develop Internet TV Programming
- The Enterprise 2.0 Conference: Change Is On The Way
- Nortel Promotes 'Hyperconnectivity' To Interop Crowd
- Google Launches Test Of AdSense For Video
- McAfee To Take On Data-Loss Prevention
- Embattled Comverse Names Two New Board Directors
- Server Growth Continues, With IBM And HP In The Lead
- Jangl To Use E-Mail To Bypass Global Phone Charges
- Micron Predicts Flash Drives In The Data Center
- Google Takes Stake In Genomics Info Startup
4. The Latest Interop Blog Posts
- At Interop, Security Talk Is Largely About The NAC
- Zoho Launches Notebook Beta
- Strong Authentication, Great Value Proposition
- Better Traffic Management Comes To Windows
- The Greening Of Interop
- All On A USB Stick
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
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- Global Sourcing -- A Competitive Advantage
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1. Editor's Note: Net Neutrality: Not The American Way
I've always had a problem with the Internet-freedom crowd who declare that "net neutrality" -- the principle that no one has the right to prioritize or charge higher rates for bandwidth regardless of how much is used or what it's being used for -- is an inviolable right on the order of bearing arms and speaking freely. And now Mayor Michael Bloomberg has crystallized my vague unease. In his vision for the future of New York City, Bloomberg called for relatively stiff fees for motorists who drive into Manhattan on weekdays ($8 for cars and 21 bucks for trucks). This is a form of "congestion pricing," which has been employed successfully in cities like
London and Stockholm. And to me, metered pricing for Internet usage (a.k.a. "traffic shaping") is another form.
In this view, people who use up large amounts of bandwidth to, say, download the complete works of Oswald Spengler should pay more than those just browsing our favorite blogs. Bandwidth is not infinite, so those who want to use more should pay for it, QED.
Several objections leap to mind. First of all, bandwidth is not limited in the way that roads are limited. In a WiMax-enabled, fiber-to-the-home future, it may well be unlimited. Second, users of bandwidth don't affect the rest of us the way that road hogs do. Downloading The Decline Of The West doesn't warm the globe or wear out pavement or make Manhattan any less agreeable a place to live or stroll.
Third, and perhaps most important, roads are for the most part built by governments, using taxpayer money; networks are built by large telecom companies, which as we all know are greedy, evil, and mendacious. Abandoning net neutrality means siding with the likes of Verizon, something I don't usually do, to say the least.
Taking those objections in reverse order: The airlines are greedy and mendacious, too, but no one complains about them charging more for first class. The Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that the companies that build and provision networks shouldn't be able to charge what the market will bear. Umm, last time I checked we still lived in a capitalistic society.
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Interop 2007 Image Gallery
Technology vendors, IT managers, business executives, and techies of all types are coming together in Las Vegas this week to view new and upcoming technologies. Here are some pictures from the show.
Google Takes Stake In Genomics Info Startup
Google has taken a small stake in a biotech company that was co-founded by the wife of one of Google's founders, Sergey Brin, Google said in a U.S. regulatory filing Tuesday.
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Here at Interop, there's a lot of focus on security, and a lot of that security attention is aimed right at network access control. It's a hot-button topic here. The question plaguing many IT and security managers, though, might be where to get started.
Zoho Launches Notebook Beta
Hosted software provider Zoho this week at Interop launched its multimedia writer, called Zoho Notebook. So, is it any good? Zoho first showed off Notebook at Demo but didn't release a public version until Tuesday.
Strong Authentication, Great Value Proposition
Positive Networks, a provider of hosted VPN services, is using Interop to promote a two-factor, telephone-based (landline or cell) authentication system for users looking to access corporate applications. The company will look to hook customers with the authentication technology -- it's free -- then sell a series of add-on services.
The Greening Of Interop
My assumption has always been that the best way to get enterprises to go "green" -- to institute conservation policies via decreased energy use and technology recycling, for example -- was to hit them directly in the pocketbook (or via regulations, of course). It's the bottom line that counts.
All On A USB Stick
USB flash drives have become ubiquitous, among both tech professionals and consumers. They're used to pass along product information at trade shows, as a means to take your data and apps with you (when your MP3 player doesn't have enough space), as a backup device -- and as a fashion statement.
Global Sourcing -- A Competitive Advantage
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