August 12, 2005

Legal Challenge Likely for Wiretap Ruling

"An FCC ruling that internet telephony services must provide the same built-in wiretapping capabilities as conventional phone companies has civil libertarians feeling burned.

"While the full text of the ruling has yet to be released, critics say the announcement marks a significant expansion of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA, which drew a line between 'information services' and phone networks."

Ryan Singel. Critics Slam Net Wiretapping Rule. Wired News. Aug. 11, 2005.

See also:
Federal Communications Commission. FCC Requires Certain Broadband and VoIP Providers to Accommodate Wiretaps. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Aug. 5, 2005.

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Gap Launches Viral Marketing Campaign

"After years of celebrity-studded ad campaigns -- and mixed results -- Gap is now reaching out to young, hard-to-impress shoppers with a new Web site that lets visitors be voyeurs as an animated character performs a tongue-in-cheek striptease that Gap describes as 'PG-rated.'

"Called watchmechange.com, the site first guides shoppers through steps to create a computer likeness of themselves, down to hair style, eye color and chest size."

Amy Merrick. Gap Deploys 'Viral' Online Ad To Pump Up Sales. WSJ.com. Aug. 12, 2005.

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Oxford Dictionary Adds IT-Based Words

"The Oxford English Dictionary added new words including 'podcast' and 'phishing,' saying they are now part of the English language, as it published its second edition today.

"The words, which refer to music downloading and Internet fraud respectively, are part of a list of new additions that reflect the growing influence of technology on daily life."

Bloomberg News. Oxford Dictionary Adds Words Including 'Phishing,' 'Podcast'. Aug. 10, 2005.

See also:
Kieren McCarthy. Net Speak Makes Oxford English Dictionary. The Register. Aug. 11, 2005.

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August 11, 2005

Student Hackers Face Felony Charges

"They're being called the Kutztown 13 -- a group of high schoolers charged with felonies for bypassing security with school-issued laptops, downloading forbidden internet goodies and using monitoring software to spy on district administrators.

"The students, their families and outraged supporters say authorities are overreacting, punishing the kids not for any heinous behavior -- no malicious acts are alleged -- but rather because they outsmarted the district's technology workers."

Associated Press. Kutztown 13 Face Felony Charges. Wired News. Aug. 9, 2005.

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An Open Access Webliography

Adrian K. Ho and Charles W. Bailey Jr. have created an Open Access Webliography which includes a comprehensive range of useful freely available internet resources related to the open access movement.

Attribution: SNTReport.com first discovered news of this Webliography through a posting in Open Access News, edited by Peter Suber.

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InfoWorld Presents OSS Business Guide

"Think high-priced commercial software is your only option? Don't be so sure. Free alternatives are available in a wide range of enterprise software categories, including some that may surprise you."

InfoWorld Special Report. Build Your Business with Open Source. InfoWorld. Aug. 8, 2005.

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August 10, 2005

Feds Fund VoIP Surveillance Tool

"The federal government is funding the development of a prototype surveillance tool by George Mason University researchers who have discovered a novel way to trace Internet phone conversations.

"Their project is designed to let police identify whether suspects under surveillance have been communicating through voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)--information that would be unavailable today if people choose to communicate surreptitiously.

"The eavesdropping technique already has been shown to work with Skype, the researchers say."

Declan McCullagh. Feds Fund VoIP Tapping Research. News.com. Aug. 9, 2005.

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Study Examines Blogosphere

"A new report out by a leading Internet research company has revealed that fully 30 percent of American Internet users visited blogs during the first quarter of 2005.

"According to the report, Behaviors of the Blogosphere (.pdf), from comScore Networks, almost 50 million--or one in six--Americans spent at least some time on blogs during that time frame. That's a 45 percent rise over the year before."

Daniel Terdiman. One in Six Americans Visiting Blogs. News.com. Aug. 9, 2005.

See also:
comScore Networks. Behaviors of the Blogosphere: Understanding the Scale, Composition and Activities of Weblog Audiences. (.pdf) August 2005.

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Blogging Close to Read/Write Web

"In August 1991, Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the first website. Fourteen years on, he tells BBC Newsnight's Mark Lawson how blogging is closer to his original idea about a read/write web."

BBC News. Berners-Lee on the Read/Write Web. Aug. 9, 2005.

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August 09, 2005

U. S. Borders Test RFID to Monitor Travelers

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun testing immigration documents laced with radio-frequency identification chips at five spots on the Mexican and Canadian borders.

"The goal of the technology is to speed up--if not automate--secure entry and exit of visitors at the nation's ports, according to a Homeland Security press release."

Anne Broache. Feds Test RFID Controls at U.S. Borders. News.com. Aug. 8, 2005.

See also:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security. US-VISIT Begins Testing Radio Frequency Identification Technology to Improve Border Security and Travel. (Press Release.) Aug. 8, 2005.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Testing of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology at Land Borders Questions and Answers. (Press Release.) Aug. 8, 2005.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Fact Sheet: Testing of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology at Land Borders. (.pdf) (Press Release.) No date.

Beth Duff-Brown. Homeland Security To Launch RFID Systems At Border Crossings. Yahoo! News. July 28, 2005.

Related:
Jessica M. Vaughan. Modernizing America's Welcome Mat. Center for Immigration Studies. Aug. 2005.

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Posted by Carol Schwartz at 08:51 AM | Send to a friend! | Comments (0) | Topic(s): E-Government, Security, Wireless

Cyworld Takes Hold of South Korea

"There's more to online social networks than matchmaking, and South Korea's Cyworld is showing the way.

"The online service blends homepage building and social networking with a host of other online activities, including Sims-like role-playing."

Jonny Evans. Koreans Find Secret Cybersauce. Wired News. Aug. 8, 2005.

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NASA Posts First In-Orbit Podcast

"As we wait for the space shuttle to return safely to earth ...

"We can listen to the first podcast from space, recorded on Sunday."

Neville Hobson. First Podcast From Space. WebProNews.com. Aug. 8, 2005.

See also:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Steve Robinson: First Podcaster From Space. Aug. 7, 2005.

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August 08, 2005

FCC Eases DSL Rules, Mandates VoIP Wiretaps

"Federal regulators on Friday eased rules governing high-speed Internet services offered by phone companies, saying they hope it will speed Internet growth.

"Handing a significant regulatory victory to the Bell companies, the Federal Communications Commission said the carriers no longer had to provide rival Internet service providers with access to their lines at reduced rates.

"The commission said the move would foster competition by putting phone companies on an even footing with cable companies and other sellers of Internet service and would provide more incentive for phone companies to upgrade their networks and offerings."

Stephen Labaton. F.C.C. Eases High-Speed Access Rules. The New York Times. Aug. 6, 2005.

See also:
Vikas Bajaj. New Rules on Net Service May Hurt Some Providers. The New York Times. Aug. 6, 2005.

Marguerite Reardon. FCC Changes DSL Classification. News.com. Aug. 5, 2005.

Federal Communications Commission. FCC Eliminates Mandated Sharing Requirement on Incumbentsí Wireline Broadband Internet Access Services. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Aug. 5, 2005.

Related:
Electronic Frontier Foundation. FCC Issues Rule Allowing FBI to Dictate Wiretap-Friendly Design for Internet Services. Aug. 5, 2005.

Federal Communications Commission. FCC Requires Certain Broadband and VoIP Providers to Accommodate Wiretaps. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Aug. 5, 2005.

Federal Communications Commission. FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Communications Assistancefor Law Enforcement Act. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Aug. 4, 2004.

Electronic Privacy Information Center. Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act. No date.

Update: Declan McCullagh. FCC Schizo on DSL, Wiretapping. News.com. Aug. 8, 2005.

(Editorís Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paperís fee-based Archive.)

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IBM Embodies Corporate Podcasting

"IBM is the latest major company to embrace podcasting, the digital audio craze that allows consumers to take audio programming off the Web and listen to it on portable music players.

"The world's largest computer company said on Friday it plans to introduce a series of occasional podcasts on its investor relations site as part of a broader effort to communicate directly to its investors and the wider public about hot topics."

Editor's note IBM's System & Technology Group offers podcasts with updates on key business and IT topics.

Eric Auchard. IBM Joins Podcast Craze With Audio Think-Pieces. Reuters. Aug. 5, 2005.

IBM. IBM To Start ''IBM and The Future Of ...'' Podcasts on Investor Web Site. (Press Release.) Aug. 5, 2005.

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Forrester Surveys RSS Users

"Only two percent of adults in North America say they use RSS. That's compared with five percent of teens and young adults aged 12 to 21, according to research in a pair of new reports on marketing and RSS from Forrester Research.

"Forrester Research Analyst Charlene Li notes the RSS user numbers don't include users who unknowingly use RSS, such as via a portal like My Yahoo! for example."

Sean Michael Kerner. Who's Using RSS. ClickZNews. Aug. 2, 2005.

See also:
Forrester Research. New Forrester Reports on RSS for Marketers Released. July 27, 2005.

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August 05, 2005

NewsGator Develops Enterprise RSS Server

"NewsGator Technologies introduced Enterprise Server on Thursday, a business-class application for enabling RSS content delivery behind the firewall.

"The product includes the NewsGator RSS reader and optional integration with Microsoft Outlook to deliver feeds into that e-mail application.

"The application syncs across multiple interfaces so that if someone reads a feed on the Web, it's marked as read whether the person next signs in to NewsGator from a mobile device or the desktop."

Susan Kuchinskas. RSS Behind The Firewall. InternetNews.com. Aug. 4, 2005.

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Will Amazon Offer Digital Music Service?

"Ecommerce giant Amazon.com appears to be preparing a digital music service to compete with Apple Computer's iTunes at last, according to a job listing posted on a popular industry blog.

The ad, posted on Paidcontent.org (and since removed), sought a 'content acquisition manager' for the company's 'forthcoming digital music service.'"

John Borland. Amazon.com Preps Digital Music Service. News.com. Aug. 4, 2005.

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Online Review Processes Frustrate Consumers

"Peter Brig wanted to warn others about the problem he had with the computer storage discs he purchased from Newegg.com. But when he tried to post a product review on Newegg's Web site, the company rejected his submission. Twice.

""I just wanted to tell other people about the incompatibility' with his Sony DVD burner, says the 44-year-old U.S. Army engineer from Orlando, Fla., who says he is a loyal Newegg customer. 'But they didn't allow me to communicate that to anyone.'"

Laurie Kawakami. Giving Reviews the Thumbs Down. WSJ.com. Aug. 4, 2005.

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August 04, 2005

NY Times to Consolidate Web & Print Newsrooms

"The New York Times said yesterday it would combine the news staffs of its print and digital arms, a significant step in an industry struggling with big changes in the way people get their news.

"The news operation that puts together the Times Web site, about 40 people, will be combined with the far larger print newsroom in an effort to better meld the cultures and operations of the newspaper and its digital cousin, the Times said in memorandum to staff members.

Justin Gillis. New York Times Merges Staffs. WashingtonPost.com. Aug. 3, 2005.

See also:
David Kesmodel. New York Times to Integrate Print and Online Newsrooms. WSJ.com. Aug. 2, 2005.

Poynter Online. NYT Newsroom Integration Memo. Aug. 2, 2005.

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RSS to Influence OA Journal Publishing

"Hereís my prediction. The increasing popularity of blogs and RSS feeds will drive an increase in open-access professional journal publishing and will force many traditional, print-based publishers to consider offering at least some form of electronic distribution.

"The reason being is that the online open-access model can reach a wider audience at a faster rate than traditional print publishing can Ė and blogs and RSS feeds enable this to happen even more."

The Industrial Librarian. Why Blogs & RSS Feeds Will Help Drive Open-Access Journal Publishing. Aug. 1, 2005.

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Nevada to Allow Wireless Gambling

"It won't be long before gamblers are shooting dice while queued up waiting to see their favorite comedian. Or playing poker and roulette under a poolside umbrella. Even a trip to the buffet will no longer keep casino patrons from playing slots.

"A law signed last month by Gov. Kenny Guinn made Nevada the first U.S. state to approve the use of wireless, handheld gambling devices at its hotel-casinos."

Associated Press. Casinos Wager on Handhelds. Wired News. Aug. 2, 2005.

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