NEW NET Issues List for 10 Jan 2008

First NEW NET meeting of the year tomorrow night! NEW NET will meet on Thursday at the Cambria Suites Hotel on the north side of Appleton. Cambria has friendly and helpful staff, reliable free wireless, tasty food and a varied selection of beverages. Below is the final list of issues for the Thursday, 10 January 2008, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 7:00 - 9:00 pm weekly gathering at Cambria Suites Hotel, 3940 N. Gateway Drive, Appleton Wisconsin, USA.

The ‘net

  1. Wi-Fi Startup to Pick Up Where Google Left Off in SF http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,141006-c,wireless/article.html
  2. Google and Facebook Join DataPortability.org http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/goog-fb-data.php
  3. Is Yahoo Gearing Up to Embrace OpenID? http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2008/01/is-yahoo-gearin.html
  4. Yahoo Opens Mobile Web Platform http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jJjylg3irERF8b-luelgkxOXs6pQD8U1B8T00
  5. Google, IBM and VeriSign to join OpenID? http://uk.techcrunch.com/2008/01/09/google-ibm-and-verisign-to-join-openid/

Security, Privacy & Digital Controls

  1. WiFi flu: viral router attack could hit whole cities http://tinyurl.com/27ya9w (Ars technica)
  2. Sony Drops Music Copy Protection http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gnhQjcNCWaOAYUw6hFqkMJthrPkgD8U1J8MO0
  3. Despite Move to MP3s, DRM Will Haunt Record Labels http://www.wired.com/entertainment/music/news/2008/01/sony_drm
  4. FCC to investigate Comcast BitTorrent blocking http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080108-fcc-to-investigate-comcast-bittorrent-blocking.html
  5. AT&T and Other ISPs May Be Getting Ready to Filter http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/08/att-and-other-isps-may-be-getting-ready-to-filter/
  6. Network Solutions Front Running? http://www.circleid.com/posts/81082_network_solutions_front_running/

Mobile Computing & Communicating

  1. Voltaic's Solar-Powered Backpacks To Get Greener http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/01/ces-voltaics-so.html
  2. IPhone's future intrigues observers http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20080103/tc_usatoday/iphonesfutureintriguesobservers
  3. IPhone Hurt Mobile Gaming, Expert Says http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,141081/article.html
  4. First iPhone Trojan horse reported http://www.news.com/8301-10789_3-9845266-57.html?tag=newsmap

Open Source

  1. $200 Linux Desktop PC Gets OS Update http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/01/200-desktop-pc.html
  2. OpenMoko Unveils Neo FreeRunner http://tinyurl.com/2bgbz3 (Forbes)
  3. Silverstripe, Google team up for high school open source competition http://m-net.net.nz/2135/latest-news/latest-news/silverstripe-google-team-up-for-high-school-open-source-competi.php


  1. 10 Ways to Webify Your Word Processing with Google Docs http://webworkerdaily.com/2008/01/07/10-gdocs-tips/
  2. Google Docs: New features for 2008! http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2008/01/new-features-for-2008.html
  3. Google Inks PPC Deal with ReachLocal for SMBs http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/080108-094609
  4. Jaiku users flee to Twitter as a result of Google's neglect http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080108-jaiku-users-flee-to-twitter-as-a-result-of-googles-neglect.html

General Technology

  1. Hitachi announces 500GB laptop drive http://www.macworld.com/article/131372/2008/01/hitachi.html
  2. Hitachi to phase out small hard drives http://tinyurl.com/2lqynq (Reuters)
  3. Get Ready for the Terabyte Notebook http://www.toptechnews.com/story.xhtml?story_id=003000B2EOU0
  4. Corsair rolls out 32 GB USB flash drives http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/35470/145/

The above four news items help illustrate a classic example of disruptive technology or disruptive innovation, the computer “hard drive”. The following two links are useful reading background if you want to know a bit more about the “innovator’s dilemma.” http://www.businessweek.com/chapter/christensen.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disruptive_technology

  1. MS Office 2003 abandons older file formats http://www.internetnews.com/security/article.php/3719581
  2. Microsoft Backs Down over Office 2003 SP3 File Blocking http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2243957,00.asp
  3. Microsoft charges for free services http://windowssecrets.com/2008/01/03/01-Microsoft-charges-customers-for-free-services
  4. Sony's Blu-ray seen winning DVD format war http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080105/ap_on_hi_te/dueling_dvd_formats
  5. Intel In The 3-D Fast Lane http://www.forbes.com/home/technology/2008/01/08/intel-3d-ces-tech-cx_de_0108techintel.html
  6. New Linksys Designs & Lower Prices to Boost 802.11n Sales http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,141083-c,wireless/article.html
  7. Microsoft offers to buy FAST for $1.2 B; Likely to trigger enterprise search consolidation http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=7518
  8. College for passionate programmers http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2008/01/08.html
  9. Speed up Windows XP and Vista by turning off unnecessary services http://www.cnet.com/8301-13880_1-9845899-68.html

Leisure & Entertainment

  1. Microsoft Gives Free Game To Frustrated Xbox Live Users http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20080105/tc_cmp/205208575
  2. LSU players use video games to prepare http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080106/ap_on_hi_te/fbc_bcs_video_game_playbook
  3. Apple to cut UK prices for iTunes http://www.euro2day.gr/articlesfna/54470504/

Economy and Technology

  1. Becoming Compelling http://www.chrisg.com/becoming-compelling/
  2. Monster.com Acquires Affinity Labs For Vocational Communities http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20080105/tc_cmp/205208646
  3. Frontline ‘closed for business’ http://www.rcrnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080108/FREE/513209077/1005

Civilian Aerospace

  1. NRC at Challenger Learning Ctr: Forging Future of Space Science http://www.challenger.org/media/release.cfm?release_id=36
  2. COTS 1.5 Roundup http://spacefellowship.com/News/?p=4127
  3. Aerospace medicine gearing up for tourists in space http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2008/01/14/prse0114.htm
  4. Andrews Space growing fast http://www.primenewswire.com/newsroom/news.html?d=133898
  5. Eight-Year-Old is youngest person to experience zero gravity http://sev.prnewswire.com/entertainment/20080102/LAW07302012008-1.html
  6. Do you want to join the 68 - mile high club with Richard Branson? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/live/live.html?in_article_id=506081&in_page_id=1889
  7. Former astronaut quits Rocketplane http://www.abcmoney.co.uk/news/032008191665.htm

Supercomputing & GPUs

  1. HPC Developments to Watch in 2008 http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1995912.html
  2. Advanced Computing Institute Launches First Three Projects http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1995308.html
  3. GPGPU and 3D luminaries join 3D graphics heavyweights http://www.beyond3d.com/content/news/557
  4. Worlds Fastest Personal workstation annouced at CES in Las Vagas http://www.mmdnewswire.com/persl-worksti-2742.html
  5. Luxury Car Designed With NVIDIA Quadro Graphics http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/AQTH04003012008-1.htm
  6. RapidMind Announces Multi-core Support for Mac OS X http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/2003749.html



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