NEW NET Issues List for 20 Mar 2007

Below is the final list of issues for the TUESDAY, 20 March 02007, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 6:45 - 9:00 pm weekly gathering upstairs at Tom's Drive In, 501 N Westhill Blvd, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. At the meeting tonight, we'll discuss meeting at a different location for the 27 March NEW NET gathering.

Top Two Tech Issues and One Interesting One From The Past Seven Days

  1. Microsoft’s purchase of the voice-recognition company TellMe for $900M - $1B is its largest purchase since 2002 (see Mobile Computing #3 and SkyNet #6). Many people are predicting mobile search and mobile net access will create huge internet and computing changes over the next couple years. Is Microsoft going to lead the way on this, or at least not be left far behind this time?
  2. It was a relatively quiet week in tech, so this week Microsoft also makes an appearance in the number two tech issue for the week with its admission that its OneCare consumer anti-malware package needs more work and “…they shouldn’t have rolled it out when they did…” (Security #4).
  3. Interesting Issue: BugMeNot Firefox Extension (The ‘net #3) is something you should consider adding to your computer if you browse the web with Firefox. BugMeNot is a website/service designed to make annoying Username/Password sign-ins less of a hassle. With the Firefox extension, on many sites you will be able to right click in the Username field and Firefox will pop up a BugMeNot username (if one is available), then the password that goes with that username. For more info, read over the BugMeNot site.

The ‘net

  1. Web 3.0 Survives the Wrath of Wikipedians http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20070316/tc_cmp/198001306
  2. Mailplane - the desktop Gmail client http://www.tuaw.com/2007/03/15/first-impressions-mailplane-the-desktop-gmail-client/
  3. BugMeNot Firefox Extension (worth it’s weight in gold…) http://roachfiend.com/archives/2005/02/07/bugmenot/
  4. Is this the age of the online avatar? http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0316/p11s01-stct.htm
  5. Adobe Woos Web Developers With Apollo Alpha http://www.crn.com/software/198001827
  6. High-speed academic networks kiss, make up, then merge http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070319-high-speed-academic-networks-kiss-make-up-then-merge.html

Security, Privacy & Digital Controls

  1. Your ISP may be selling your web clicks http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070315-your-isp-may-be-selling-your-web-clicks.html
  2. Motion-based analysis can filter copyrighted video clips http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070314-motion-based-analysis-can-filter-copyrighted-video-clips.html
  3. Can a Rootkit Be Certified for Vista? http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2104464,00.asp
  4. Microsoft: OneCare should not have been rolled out http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39286351,00.htm
  5. Experts say the virus-writers have won http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=117482
  6. Hackers sell fake credit cards for one dollar http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070319/tc_afp/usitcrimehackers

Mobile Computing & Communicating

  1. Samsung Aura Edition laptops with Silver Nano Technology announced http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/news/news.phtml/7050/8074/samsung-aura-edition-laptops-announced.phtml
  2. Trend Micro to release new security software http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20070316/tc_infoworld/86886
  3. Microsoft Bets on Voice-Driven Search http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20070315/bs_nf/50784
  4. Grand Central - The Only Phone Number a Web Worker Needs (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/15/technology/15pogue.html) http://webworkerdaily.com/2007/03/16/hands-on-with-grand-central-the-only-phone-number-a-web-worker-needs/

Open Source

  1. Open source video editing still has a long way to go http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=07/03/15/0321242
  2. SXSW sets stage for open-source DIY hacking http://news.com.com/SXSW+sets+stage+for+open-source+DIY+hacking/2100-1025_3-6166234.html
  3. Open Source: Tell Me Why I Care http://informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2007/03/open_source_tel.html
  4. Open Source Journalism Project Could Produce Rich Content http://biz.yahoo.com/seekingalpha/070316/29792_id.html?.v=1
  5. Sun Taps Linux Guru to Guide Operating System Strategy http://www.itjungle.com/breaking/bn031907-story01.html


  1. Gadget Puts Google Talk on Web Pages http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20070315/tc_pcworld/129888
  2. Google's Blog Software Hijacked by Scammers http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,129925/article.html
  3. Google should buy Intuit http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2007/03/google_should_b.php
  4. Google Buys In-Game Ad Firm http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20070319/tc_pcworld/129950
  5. Why would Google make a phone? http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20070319/tc_infoworld/86975
  6. The Microsoft-TellMe hook-up: it's about beating Google http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070318-the-microsoft-tellme-hook-up-its-about-beating-google.html

General Technology

  1. 1-Terabyte-Drive PCs Coming from Dell http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,129924-c,harddrives/article.html
  2. HomePlug AV networking tech takes stage at CeBIT http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070316-homeplug-av-networking-tech-takes-stage-at-cebit.html
  3. IBM researchers take on video surveillance privacy http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/03/16/HNvideoprivacy_1.html
  4. Apple TV said to be worthy of overtaking both TiVo and Netflix http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=2578

Leisure & Entertainment

  1. Nintendo head lays out game plan http://www.mercurynews.com/businessheadlines/ci_5464979
  2. Indy Developers Heyday? http://gigagamez.com/2007/03/16/heyday-for-indy-developers-gigagamez-checks-with-two-top-devs/
  3. Pirates heading to Wii, DS in May – Sword fights included http://www.vooks.net/modules.php?module=article&id=11565
  4. Nintendo vs. Sony: It's Like Atari vs. Betamax http://www.informationarbitrage.com/2007/03/nintendo_vs_son.html

Economy and Technology

  1. Cisco buys WebEx http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070315-cisco-buys-webex.html
  2. Goodbye, Tello http://gigaom.com/2007/03/16/goodbye-tello/
  3. Entrepreneurs Gather at Microsoft’s Small Business Summit http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/mar07/03-19SmallBusinessSummitPR.mspx

Civilian Aerospace

  1. Chinese firm loses appeal to sell moon land http://story.malaysiasun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/b8de8e630faf3631/id/234889/cs/1/
  2. Texas Firm Draws up Plans for Orbital Gas Station http://space.com/news/070314_moon_fuelingstation.html
  3. SpaceX Prepares for Second Falcon 1 Rocket Launch http://space.com/missionlaunches/070317_spacex_enginetest.html

Supercomputing & GPUs

  1. Microsoft survey makes case for Windows in supercomputing clusters http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070315-microsoft-survey-makes-case-for-windows-in-supercomputing-clusters.html
  2. Geographical location of the TOP100 Supercomputers http://www.top500.org/lists/2006/11/top100map



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