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Supreme Impact On IT

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Supreme Impact On IT
2. Today's Top Story: Tracking Systems
    - EFF Reveals Codes In Xerox Printers
    Related Stories
    - Chase Rolls Out RFID Credit Cards In N.Y. And Philadelphia
    - Maritime Industry Next Up To Catch RFID Wave
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft Unveils Works Suite 2006
    - FCC Chairman Urges Better Funding For Rural Telecom Services
    - Gates' Antitrust-Trial Video Deposition On Sale At eBay
    - SBC To Adopt 'AT&T' As Post-Merger Moniker
    - Yahoo Doubles Music-Subscription Fee
    - Qualcomm Co-Founder Skeptical Of Broadband Wireless Potential
    - Yahoo Tests Travel Planner
    - WiMax Not Cheap Or Easy, Carriers Say
    - Summer's Zotob Attack Cost Each Company $100K To Clean Up
    - U.S. Military Strategy Evolves On Ground, In Space
    - Bird-Flu Trojan Poses Danger To Word Users
    - Intel Founder Donates $26 Million To Alma Mater
4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews
5. Voice Of Authority: Reading The Tea Leaves On Microsoft's Next Move
6. White Papers: Reducing The Cost Of Integration
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1. Editor's Note: Supreme Impact On IT

When President Bush scans the horizon for his next Supreme Court nominee, he might do well to choose a candidate who not only has spent some time on the bench, but who also has some understanding of, or background in, science and technology.

Such an addition to the Supreme Court would be very timely at this juncture in high-tech litigation and advances. We've entered a technological age, and we need Supreme Court justices who are up to speed on what that means and can intelligently grapple with the issues this creates.

We've already got one foot in the door via the recent appointment of Chief Justice John Roberts, who, while in private practice, at one point represented the 19 states in the government's antitrust case against Microsoft. This was not a tech case per se, but obviously would have involved some discussion of technology, it's application and specific markets. Still, we could use an infusion of some nerdy blood.

Most of the attention devoted to Supreme Court justices in recent years has tended to focus on specific social issues. But that represents a mere fraction of the cases annually brought before the court. Whatever your political leanings, if you don't think the Supremes have much impact on the business of IT, and the advancement and application of high technology, you couldn't be more mistaken. And one thing we cannot afford is a generation gap impacting precedent-setting cases. You can read more about this issue, and what Justice Stephen Breyer has to say about the issue, by reading my blog entry.

Patricia Keefe
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2. Today's Top Story: Tracking Systems

EFF Reveals Codes In Xerox Printers
Defenders say the tracking mechanism is meant to catch would-be counterfeiters using high-end color printers, but privacy advocates worry about other consequences.

Related Stories:
Chase Rolls Out RFID Credit Cards In N.Y. And Philadelphia

Chase is delivering the cards to 2 million customers in the New York metro area and 900,000 customers in the Philadelphia metro area.

Maritime Industry Next Up To Catch RFID Wave
One of the world's largest shipping concerns will conduct a pilot program in Asia in a move that underscores an unprecedented wave of RFID adoption in the maritime industry.

3. Breaking News

Microsoft Unveils Works Suite 2006
The entry-level Microsoft Works contains new versions of several programs. It includes Word 2002 and encyclopedia, imaging, financial, and mapping software.

FCC Chairman Urges Better Funding For Rural Telecom Services
The declining costs of phone services, introduction of technologies like voice over IP, and a blurring of the lines of what defines a telecom company have decreased fund contributions for rural areas.

Gates' Antitrust-Trial Video Deposition On Sale At eBay
The 11-DVD collection contains the 1998 deposition Bill Gates made as part of the antitrust lawsuit filed against Microsoft by the U.S. Justice Department.

SBC To Adopt 'AT&T' As Post-Merger Moniker
The combined company intends to lead the industry in the creation of a new generation of IP-based services, which can be delivered through wireline or wireless networks to mobile phones, PCs, and handheld digital devices.

Yahoo Doubles Music-Subscription Fee
Even at around $120 annually, Yahoo's music service is still less expensive than similar services from Napster and RealNetworks.

Qualcomm Co-Founder Skeptical Of Broadband Wireless Potential
The technology is likely to be too expensive to become as popular as existing mobile phones, said Qualcomm's Andrew Viterbi.

Yahoo Tests Travel Planner
Trip Planner Beta, available through Yahoo Travel, lets users create, print, and share with others personalized trip itineraries.

WiMax Not Cheap Or Easy, Carriers Say
The costs of implementing new wireless technology are still too steep for widespread deployment, say carriers who have WiMax trials under way--which could mean it will be awhile before it's a viable option for most companies.

Summer's Zotob Attack Cost Each Company $100K To Clean Up
Around 13% of companies polled reported that they experienced at least some negative impact from Zotob, which hit in August, a security company says.

U.S. Military Strategy Evolves On Ground, In Space
While looking for ways to cope with growing threats like roadside bombs, which now account for half of U.S. casualties in Iraq, the Department of Defense is also seeking to gain control of cyberspace as well as the "global commons" of outer space.

Bird-Flu Trojan Poses Danger To Word Users
A new Trojan horse, dubbed "Navia.a" by Panda Software, uses avian-flu-related subject heads to dupe recipients into opening an attached Microsoft Word document.

Intel Founder Donates $26 Million To Alma Mater
Andrew Grove, class of 1960 at the City College of New York, set aside part of the funds to create the Grove Endowment to provide ongoing support for gifted engineering faculty and students.

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4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Review

Desktop Security And Vista: When Windows Passes Apple And Firefox
Columnist Rob Enderle takes a long, hard look at security across the board--from Microsoft to open-source technologies--and seems to like what he sees.

Review: Norton Internet Security 2006
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10 Security Myths That Need To Be Put To Rest
As columnist Wayne Rash points out, conventional wisdom about security can be a useful guide--or a trap.

Product Analysis: Wireless Devices Bring Strong Capabilities, Difficult Decisions
To determine which device can best deliver wireless data access, Network Computing evaluated three PC Card modems and four smart phones, all using various wireless services. The right device depends on your users, area, applications, and carriers.

Review: IOGEAR Bluetooth Kit
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Office Letter: Removing Dupes In Word
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5. Voice Of Authority

Reading The Tea Leaves On Microsoft's Next Move
Aaron Ricadela examines what has kept Microsoft from being more aggressive in rolling out Web features in between releases of its products and reports on what the company plans to do about it. Microsoft needs to do something, he notes, if it wants to wipe some of the luster off the so-far more-nimble Google.

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