NEW NET Issues List for 12 Feb 2008

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Below is the final list of issues for the TUESDAY, 12 February 2008, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 7:00 - 9:00 pm weekly gathering upstairs at Tom's Drive In, 501 N Westhill Blvd, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. This week's list uses a new numbering system suggested by a NEW NET participant, with sequential numbering irrespective of which category an item falls into. I may use this new number system as a tool to manage the number of items I include on the list, e.g. the top 50 tech issues of the week.

The items immediately below are those chosen arbitrarily as the five from the past week which had the most impact in the tech world, were the coolest new technologies, or were the most unexpected developments. At tonight's meeting we'll discuss whether these five or other ones deserve to be on the Top 5 list for the week.
  1. The Microsoft bid to buy Yahoo.
  2. Seattle becoming a second Silicon Valley.
  3. Digital distractions in vehicles.
  4. Video's impact on ISP traffic control.
  5. Launch of Google Apps Team Edition.

The ‘net

  1. Ex-Googlers Launch Instructional Video Site Howcast http://tinyurl.com/2ydoel (TechCrunch)
  2. FriendFeed: Ex-Googlers Create Social Network Experience Using Feeds http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/friendfeed.php
  3. AT&T Hikes Broadband Rates http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,142203-c,broadband/article.html
  4. Students tout WiFi co-ops as alternative to municipal WiFi
  5. Introducing all-you-can-eat web hosting http://ycorpblog.com/2008/02/06/introducing-all-you-can-eat-web-hosting/
  6. Digsby aims to simplify communication; we've got invites http://tinyurl.com/3bq3q6 (Ars technica)
  7. Tiinker is the Anti-Digg http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/tiinker_is_the_antidigg.php
  8. Read The Wall Street Journal For Free http://daggle.com/080209-111358.html
  9. Video chat software introduces recording http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080206/ap_on_hi_te/techbit_video_chat_recorder
  10. Yahoo Live was live, now it’s dead http://www.mathewingram.com/work/2008/02/07/yahoo-live-was-live-now-its-dead/ (also check out Ustream, Qik, Mogulus, Blog.tv, Justin.tv, and Flixwagon)
  11. Citizen Broadcasting At Last, with live.yahoo.com http://developer.yahoo.net/blog/archives/2008/02/citizen_broadca.html
  12. Yahoo intros cellphone svcs, acquires Maven Networks http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/36027/118/ http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/080212/20080212005624.html

Security, Privacy & Digital Controls

  1. Malicious programs hit new high http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7232752.stm
  2. Spammers' bot cracks Microsoft's CAPTCHA http://tinyurl.com/yqj6f8 (Computerworld)
  3. Hacked Antivirus Site Delivers a Virus http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20080209/tc_pcworld/142318
  4. Demand for Video Reshaping Internet http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5grNBGWli-Sh6_vIAzZIKpqD8N-AQD8UOACN80
  5. Illegal downloaders 'face UK ban' http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7240234.stm

Mobile Computing & Communicating

  1. Modu: modular, multi-function cell phone http://tinyurl.com/276o9r (BusinessWeek)
  2. ARM (and others) plan Gphone demonstration: Mobile World Congress http://www.news.com/8301-13579_3-9866161-37.html
  3. With iPhone, 'Security' Is Code for 'Control' http://tinyurl.com/2mf82q (Wired)
  4. Outfitting the iPhone for business http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20080211/tc_infoworld/95192
  5. Microsoft to buy phone maker Danger http://www.news.com/8301-13860_3-9868954-56.html
  6. Will Xperia X1 Oust iPhone In Mobile Supremacy Battle? http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,142362-c,cellphones/article.html
  7. Nokia vs. Google: The Battle Escalates http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/feb2008/gb20080211_206258.htm
  8. High-Tech Invitations Take Your Mind Off Road http://tinyurl.com/2x7r2l (NY Times)

Open Source

  1. Building an attractive, usable desktop on a budget laptop http://www.linux.com/feature/126177
  2. Moving my mother over to Linux http://www.linux.com/feature/125799
  3. sudo, or not sudo: that is the question http://www.linux.com/feature/125895


  1. Google Launches Localized News Service http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/02/07/google-offers-localized-news-service/
  2. Google Forms: Google Docs for the whole world http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2008/02/stop-sharing-spreadsheets-start.html
  3. Google Apps Team Edition makes using Apps easier http://www.smallbusinesscomputing.com/news/article.php/3726671 http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080207-google-releases-new-team-edition-application-suite.html

General Technology

  1. Dawn of the digital natives http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/feb/07/internet.literacy
  2. Everex CloudBooks: Touch, 22-inch Screens? http://blog.laptopmag.com/future-cloudbooks-to-have-touch-ssd-22-inch-screens
  3. Polaroid Closing Instant Film Factories http://blogs.pcworld.com/techlog/archives/006464.html
  4. RFID-equipped pickups won't let tools go missing http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2008/02/11/rfid_equipped_pickups_wont_let_tools_go_missing/

Leisure & Entertainment

  1. 'Duke Nukem Forever' confirmed for 2008 on home consoles http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2008/02/04/daily17.html
  2. EA unveils Spielberg's 'Boom Blox' for Wii http://www.news.com/8301-13772_3-9865947-52.html?tag=nefd.only
  3. Doctors use Wii games for rehab therapy http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080208/ap_on_hi_te/wiihabilitation_medicine
  4. Stealth EA Division Creating Games--Social Net Mash-up http://www.gametap.com/home/read/article/3731

Economy and Technology

  1. Seattle Taps Its Inner Silicon Valley http://tinyurl.com/2bco7j (NY Times)
  2. Microhoo: The Men Behind the Curtain http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2008/pulpit_20080208_004240.html
  3. Microsoft's Colossal Strategic Mistake http://www.alleyinsider.com/2008/2/microsoft__yahoo_will_be_our__google_apps_
  4. Deposit checks from home http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j1DHd5Pp6FSPNwQcZFysC8lMNV2QD8ULALFO0
  5. GM Posts $38.7B Loss for 2007 http://tinyurl.com/2oy26o (Wall Street Journal)
  6. Exxon Mobil Profit Sets Record: $40.6 B in 2007 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/01/business/01cnd-exxon.html?hp
  7. An Engineer's View of Venture Capitalists http://www.flownet.com/gat/eng-vc.html
  8. First Lawsuit Filed In Microsoft-Yahoo Deal http://tinyurl.com/2hxw8w (WebProNews)
  9. Silicon Valley Recruiters Zero In On Yahoo Employees http://tinyurl.com/2xy9on (CNN Money)

Civilian Aerospace

  1. Colorado offers launchpad for space business ventures http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_8212849
  2. Update on Scaled Composite explosion investigation http://tinyurl.com/ypvu2z (San Francisco Gate)
  3. Building a Base on the Moon: Part 2 - Habitat Concepts http://tinyurl.com/28tsjl (Universe Today)
  4. UW student speaks about his experiences at the Mars Desert Research Station http://tinyurl.com/2gcvwe (Univ of Waterloo)
  5. The New Space Age: Living on Mars http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=4262966&page=1
  6. Next space tourist and his backup start training in Russia http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080206/98532846.html
  7. ISS tourism trips to end with April 2009 flight? http://tinyurl.com/29upzn (Flight Global)

Supercomputing & GPUs

  1. GPGPUs: Neat Idea or Disruptive Technology? http://tinyurl.com/3bxvka (Scientific Computing)
  2. Parallel Processing With CUDA http://www.mdronline.com/watch/watch_Issue.asp?Volname=Issue+%23012808&on=1#item2
  3. High-throughput sequence alignment using Graphics Processing Units http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2105/8/474/abstract
  4. The Next Challenge in High Performance Computing http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/2111454.html
  5. NSF Requests $6.85 Billion for Fiscal Year 2009 http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/2111369.html



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