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***Headline News*** [PG Editor's Comments In Brackets] >From NewsScan: WHEN A FEATURE BECOMES A BUG A report by Secunia, a computer security company, says that an Internet Explorer feature is being used by network vandals to convert Web sites into virus transmitters. (It's not a bug but a feature intended to make browsing more convenient.) Two other flaws in Microsoft products allowed hackers to direct Internet Explorer browsers to automatically run the virus when visiting an infected site. Microsoft says that updated code will be automatically installed on computers set to receive it. The update is also available at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com. (AP/USA Today 3 Jul 2004) http://tinyurl.com/yrgpq A KICK OF ADRENALINE FOR PUBLIC RADIO The nonprofit Public Radio Exchange (PRX) in Cambridge, Mass., is a radio distribution service that, for a minimum $50 annual fee, lets a producer post audio material for audition and licensing. Other members can then listen free and possibly choose to acquire a feature or news piece for broadcast. Executive Director Jake Shapiro says the goal is to give public radio "a kick of adrenaline." PRX currently has more than 2,700 members, most of whom have chosen its free "Vox Pop" membership. "Of course, we'd prefer more paying members," says Shapiro. "We aim to become self-sustainable in three to five years." (Washington Post 5 Jul 2004) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29919-2004Jul5.html ISPs WIN MUSIC DOWNLOAD CASE Canada's Supreme Court has ruled 9-0 that Internet service providers do not have to pay royalties to composers and artists for music downloaded by Web customers, since companies providing wide access to the Web are merely "intermediaries" who aren't bound by Canadian copyright legislation. At issue was an effort by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) to force Internet service providers to pay a tariff. SOCAN also wanted to extend Canadian copyright law beyond the country's borders and apply it to offshore Web sites that serve Canadians. Opposing the effort was the Canadian Association of Internet Service Providers. (The Australian 1 Jul 2004) Rec'd from John Lamp, Deakin U. http://tinyurl.com/28ouv [More below] RFID COULD COST 4 MILLION JOBS BY 2007 The Yankee Group, a prominent market research firm, is predicting that RFID tags will cost four million U.S. jobs by 2007, throughout numerous industries. (RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification, a technology embedded for inventory and tracking purposes into products, materials, and shipments.) However, Yankee Group analyst Adam Zabel thinks that most workers who lose their jobs due to increased efficiencies made possible by RFID technology will be able to obtain 'more value-added' positions. [Isn't that what they ALWAYS say. . .then "find out" that only 40% of their employees decided to take advantage of their offer, since their new jobs wouldn't be nearly as good; "Would you like fries with that?" The average "new job" these days pays nearly $10,000 less that the previous job from which the worker "transferred."]

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[And in a related "Would You Like Fries With That?" story] CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TOUTS BENEFITS OF OFFSHORING U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive Thomas Donohue is urging American companies to send work overseas as a way to boost national competitiveness, and he's scornful of labor leaders and politicians who want to limit or ban offshoring of government contracts. "Without fail, businesses go where they want and where they can earn money -- investment is fungible. We're not going to create more jobs by building barriers." While admitting that "one job sent overseas, if it happens to be my job, is one too many," Donoghue insists that the overall benefits of offshoring jobs outweigh the cost. One management consultant who heard Donoghue's talk yesterday at the Commonwealth Club of California said: "In theory, it's promoting change so that the quality of jobs that remain in the United States remains higher than elsewhere. But the pace of change is fast, and trying to stay a step ahead is difficult. It almost comes down to luck, being in the right career at the right time." (AP/San Jose Mercury News 30 Jun 2004) http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/9051372.htm REBELLION AGAINST DIRECTORY OF CELL PHONE NUMBERS A proposal from the the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) to create a national directory of cell phone numbers has created quite a stir across the country. Northwestern University sociologist Bernard Beck comments: "As life becomes more technologically complex, people reflexively pull back. We don't want to give up any personal information because it seems every day someone figures out a new way to victimize us." U.S. Cellular promises to withhold customers' numbers from any directory and Verizon Wireless says it will not participate in a wireless directory, but various other carriers have decided to use the directory service, which could start next year. A spokesperson for CTIA says the industry doesn't plan to list numbers without permission and that the numbers will be available only by dialing 411. Andrew Cole of A.T. Kearney comments: "It's more than likely that your friends already have your cell-phone number, so all a directory does is make it available to strangers. Most people don't want that. Our research shows that people want to simplify their lives. They're subject to a barrage of external contacts they haven't initiated. In the old days it was cool to be connected, but these days the sign of someone who's reached society's higher echelons is that he's disconnected." (Chicago Tribune/San Jose Mercury News 1 Jul 2004) http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/9059631.htm [Of course, THAT won't stop the phone spammers who all EVERY number." TINY KEYBOARDS [Not Your Average Joe. . .Not Joe. . .Nacho. . . .] Phone makers have been rushing to add standard keyboards onto tiny cell phones and other devices: Motorola's new A630 cell phone flips open into a miniature laptop mode, so that keys can be pressed with thumbs; Nokia's 6810 flips open to produce a keyboard that spreads out like two wings on either side of the screen; Samsung has designed a fist-size box that uses a laser to project a keyboard on any flat surface. Yet some industry analysts have been questioning the demand for traditional Qwerty keypads (named for the six letters at the top left of a typewriter

keyboard): a survey by Strategy Analytics found that only 13% of cell phone users said they wanted one, and Seamus McAteer of the Zelos Group thinks that the Qwerty keypad is "a generational thing" -- in that today's teens have grown up sending text messages using phone keys and have no interest in using traditional keyboards on small devices. (USA Today 1 Jul 2004) http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2004-07-01-cell-key_x.htm FRENCH AUTHORITY FORBIDS "DIDTHEYREADIT?" SERVICE CNIL, the French data protection authority, has declared Rampell Software' s new mail-service 'Did they read it?' to be illegal. (Subscribers to "DidTheyReadIt?" get a report about the exact time their e-mail was opened, for how long, on what kind of operating system and if the mail was forwarded to other people.) The CNIL finds the service unacceptable under French privacy Legislation; as a result, any French subscriber to this service risks a prison sentence of 5 years plus a substantial fine. (EDRIgram 1 Jul 2004) www.edri.org Rec'd from Jim Sterne via Mark Gibbs COURT RULES E-MAIL EAVESDROPPING OKAY [It's a technicality. . .if you really look, you'll find that your phone calls are often digitally stored for short amounts of time, too, so they could tap anyone and anything based on this decision. More below.] In a surprise decision, a federal appeals court has ruled that it was acceptable for a company that offered e-mail service to peruse messages sent by its subscribers. The case stems from 1998 when it was discovered that Interloc, a now-defunct literary clearinghouse, surreptitiously copied messages sent to its subscribers by rival Amazon in order to "develop a list of books, learn about competitors and attain a commercial advantage." An Interloc executive was later indicted on an illegal wiretapping charge, but yesterday's ruling upheld a federal judge's dismissal of that charge on the grounds that the e-mails were copied while in "electronic storage" (during the process of being routed through a network of servers to recipients). The Wiretap Act prohibits unauthorized eavesdropping on messages that are not stored -- such as a real-time telephone conversation -- but does not afford the same protection to stored messages. In a dissenting opinion, Appeals Court Judge Kermit Lipez wrote that the ruling unravels "decades of practice and precedent regarding the scope of the Wiretap Act" and essentially renders the act "irrelevant to the protection of wire and electronic privacy." In a concurring statement, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said that yesterday's ruling "dealt a grave blow to the privacy of Internet communications." (AP 30 Jun 2004) http://apnews.excite.com/article/20040701/D83HMB0O0.html LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE (AS JUDGED BY SOFTWARE) Voice-based lie-detector tests using voice stress analysis have become increasingly popular with law enforcement agencies, telemarketing companies, matchmakers, and claims adjusters, even though critics charge that the technology is unreliable and invasive of privacy. Defending the industry against such charges, David Watson of V Worldwide Inc. says that each of a person's various motivations for lying has its own physiological manifestations (each being a "self-defense mechanism of the body coming from a completely different place"). But David T. Lykken, an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, says: "It is implausible to imagine that the only times that your body shows increased arousal when you answer a question is when you're being deceptive." Future uses for the

technology will include algorithms for use by airport screeners, political analysts, and lovers. (Mad Love, an offering already available, is "a cellular service which allows you to find out if the person you're speaking with is attracted to you"). New York Times 1 Jul 2004 http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/01/technology/circuits/01voic.html COMCAST SEES CONVERGENCE IN YOUR FUTURE Stephen Burke, president of Comcast Cable, predicts: "The television industry is going to change more in the next five years than it has in the last 20." Comcast says it's now ready to roll out next-generation services that require abundant bandwidth and two-way communications. These include: video e-mail services; video-on-demand (VOD) programming that goes far beyond movies; an Internet portal-like screen that subscribers can call up on their PC, TV or phone to access voicemail, e-mail and faxes; and extensive offerings of high-definition local TV station broadcasts. "We have a vision for the company to not be a commodity provider," says Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2004-06-30-comcast_x.htm [Personally, I like the idea of one price for TV and PC cable, phone, and all those services. . .BUT. . .there is ONE *HUGE* problem. . . . If your service goes down, you lose it all. . .you can't call repair, because your phone is gone, too. My solution: I already have phones from two different carries. . .and you don't know how many times I've used one to call up and complain to the other, after having to tromp around the block in the snow at midnight to call emergency repair.] BELT-TIGHTENING AT MICROSOFT Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is calling on his employees to do a billion dollars worth of cost-cutting, so that the company can address shareholder concerns about its stagnant stock price. In his annual message, the questions Ballmer posed to Microsoft employees were: "Will we be first with important innovations? Will process excellence lead to greater ability to make an individual difference? Will our focus on costs hurt employees personally and will it hinder new investments? Will we grow and will our stock price rise? Will the PC remain a vital tool, and will we remain a great company?" In response to employees who had wondered why Microsoft hasn't used its large quantity of cash for employee benefits, Ballmer's response was that "the cash is shareholders' money, so we need to either invest in new opportunities or return it to them." (New York Times 7 July, 2004) (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/07/technology/07soft.html BELT-TIGHTENING AT MICROSOFT Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is calling on his employees to do a billion dollars worth of cost-cutting, so that the company can address shareholder concerns about its stagnant stock price. In his annual message, the questions Ballmer posed to Microsoft employees were: "Will we be first with important innovations? Will process excellence lead to greater ability to make an individual difference? Will our focus on costs hurt employees personally and will it hinder new investments? Will we grow and will our stock price rise? Will the PC remain a vital tool, and will we remain a great company?" In response to employees who had wondered why Microsoft hasn't used its large quantity of cash for employee benefits, Ballmer's response was that "the cash is shareholders' money, so we need to either invest in new opportunities or return it to them." (New York Times 7 Jul 2004) (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/07/technology/07soft.html

You have been reading excerpts from NewsScan: NewsScan Daily is underwritten by RLG, a world-class organization making significant and sustained contributions to the effective management and appropriate use of information technology. To subscribe or unsubscribe to the text, html, or handheld versions of NewsScan Daily, send the appropriate subscribe or unsubscribe messages (i.e., with the word 'subscribe' or 'unsubscribe' in the subject line) to: Text version: Send message to NewsScan@NewsScan.com Html version: Send mail to NewsScan-html@NewsScan.com NewsScan-To-Go: http://www.newsscan.com/handheld/current.html *** >From Edupage US-CERT ADVISES SWITCHING BROWSERS In light of a recent announcement about an "extremely critical" security vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE), the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has issued a warning advising computer users to stop using Microsoft's browser. US-CERT is a nonprofit formed in September 2003 by the Department of Homeland Security and the public and private sectors to improve computer security preparedness and response. According to the US-CERT notice, there are "significant vulnerabilities in technologies relating to the IE domain/zone security model, the DHTML object model, MIME-type determination, and ActiveX." The IE bug allows hackers to install spyware on users' computers without any action on the part of the user. The notice goes on to say that, particularly for browsing untrusted sites, use of another browser is an effective way to avoid the security risks mentioned. Internet News, 29 June 2004 http://www.internetnews.com/security/article.php/3374931 APPEALS COURT SAYS ISPS CAN READ E-MAIL A federal appeals court has upheld a lower-court ruling to dismiss charges against Bradford Councilman, who was charged under the Wiretap Act for reading others' e-mail. Councilman operated an online bookselling company called Interloc and offered some customers "@interloc.com" e-mail addresses, making the company an ISP. Councilman is alleged to have made copies of e-mail that came from Amazon, in an attempt to gain competitive advantage. The appeals court ruled that the e-mails were saved, if only momentarily in a computer's memory, and were technically not intercepted. Because the Wiretap Act applies to intercepted transmissions, the court ruled that it does not apply in this case. The court admitted the law may be "out of step" with current technologies but said that, as written, the Wiretap Act does not prohibit Councilman's actions. Andrew Good, one of Councilman's attorneys, said many ISPs, including employers and educational institutions, look at incoming e-mail, such as when they perform virus scans. Finding Councilman guilty, said Good, would make all such actions by ISPs illegal. Privacy advocates disagreed, however, and said the decision sets a dangerous precedent for reading electronic conversations, including voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone calls. CNET, 30 June 2004 http://news.com.com/2100-1028_3-5253782.html

CANADIAN COURT REJECTS PLAN TO CHARGE ISPS ROYALTIES The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that ISPs cannot be required to pay royalties to record companies for the music that users download. Representatives of the music industry had lobbied the courts to compel such royalties, but the Supreme Court said, "It is clear that Parliament did not want copyright disputes between creators and users to be visited on the heads of the Internet intermediaries." The Court did acknowledge that although use of the Internet should be encouraged, it should not happen "at the expense" of those who create original works. Nevertheless, the Court said ISPs should not bear the burden of copyright enforcement. The decision is the second in the past three months that favored ISPs over copyright owners. In March, a Canadian court ruled against record companies that had sought to force ISPs to divulge the identities of file traders suspected of copyright infringement. Reuters, 30 June 2004 http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?storyID=5557579 MICROSOFT SETTLES LAWSUITS IN MINNESOTA AND VERMONT In its ongoing antitrust battles, Microsoft has settled cases with the states of Minnesota--whose case was the only one to go to trial--and Vermont. Microsoft has been accused of anticompetitive practices that drove other companies out of business and allowed Microsoft to overcharge consumers. In both states, as in other Microsoft settlements, the company will offer consumers vouchers that can be redeemed for hardware or software from any company. In Vermont, the total for the vouchers is $9.7 million; 50 percent of unused vouchers will be given to the state's public schools. In Minnesota, where the trial had begun seven weeks ago, Microsoft agreed to provide vouchers for $174.5 million, again with one-half of unused vouchers going to Minnesota public schools. In Minnesota, however, Microsoft also agreed to cash payments. Under the settlement, the company will give $2.5 million in cash to the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology, as well as $2.5 million in vouchers. Microsoft will also pay another $2.5 million in cash to the Minnesota Legal Aid Society. Internet News, 2 July 2004 http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3376521 You have been reading excerpts from Edupage: If you have questions or comments about Edupage, http://news.com.com/2100-1040-958352.html or send e-mail to: edupage@educause.edu To SUBSCRIBE to Edupage, send a message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU and in the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE Edupage YourFirstName YourLastName *** More Headline News Mostly Avoided By The Major U.S. Media DUTCH PARLIAMENT FORCES MINISTER BRINKHORST TO WITHDRAS SUPPORT FOR SOFTWARE PATENTS DIRECTIVE Today, July the 1st, the Dutch Parliament has decided to direct Minister

Brinkhorst and Secretary of State van Gennip (Economic Affairs) to withdraw the Dutch vote in support of the Council of Ministers' text for the Directive on Software Patents. This is the first time in the history of the EU that such a course of action has been undertaken. The idea of allowing patents on software has been strongly criticized among SMEs, scientists and consumer organisations. They inhibit investments in Research and Development and contribute to higher prices. Commentators also fear the rise of a "lawyers paradise" in Europe such as is found in the USA, where programmers are constantly threatened by lawsuits. This act represents an incisive criticism of the European Council of Ministers' attempts to introduce broad patentability of software. Minister Brinkhorst, acting on behalf of the Netherlands, endorsed the Council's current proposal, which not only reiterated the terms of the Council's strongly criticized first proposal, but went even further, directly rebuffing the clear stance assumed by the EU Parliament, which voted to add numerous amendments which made clear how the category of logical algorithms would be treated. The European Parliament's version asserted that patents would only be allowed for industrial inventions (e.g. washing machines) and would not be made possible for pure software. All these adaptations were removed in the Council of Ministers' controversial version. Earlier, Brinkhorst described the Council proposal to the Dutch Parliament as a compromise with the EP. In recent legislative debates, Van Gennip was forced to admit that this was incorrect information, and attributed it to "an error in the word processor." The Dutch Parliament apparently didn't buy this explanation and today she rendered an historic and groundbreaking decision, calling upon Minister Brinkhorst and van Gennip to withdraw the Netherland's supporting vote in the European Council and convert it to an abstention. This measure is possible because at the present moment there is only a "political agreement" and the "formal vote" can only take place after the contested text has been translated into the 20 European Languages. An emergency brake move in the procedure such as this has never been exercised before. With this decision, the Dutch Parliament demonstrates the active interest her public holds in the debate over software patents, and her recognition and appreciation for the adaptations introduced by the European Parliament. Dieter Van Uytvanck, spokesman of FFII Netherlands, stresses the importance of this decision: This political signal reaches much further than just The Netherlands. We hope that other European countries that also have their doubts about the proposal of the Council will also withdraw their support, so that the current proposal no longer has a majority. The historic precedent is there now. Let this be a lesson for the lawmakers in Brussels: the European citizen watches you closely. It is much better to take this into account from the beginning as it is to get into trouble later.

Contact Wiebe van der Worp wiebe@vrijschrift.org tel. 06 28 195 808 Ir. Arend Lammertink: alam@home.nl tel. 06 5425 6426 Dieter Van Uytvanck: dieter@vrijschrift.nl tel. +32 499 16 70 10 *** STRANGE QUOTE OF THE WEEK "It's [the Irag War] is good for business, bad for the people." Vice President of a Halliburton subcontractor. *** SIMPLE SOLUTION OF THE WEEK One of our larger local cities got tired of waiting for new state or national medical malpractic legislation. In an effort to stop their doctors from closing up shop Carbondale, home of Southern Illinois University, passed a law stating that all local medical malpractice cases must be filed locally, at the county courthouse, and the punitive damages must be limited to three times damages. Of course, I have a feeling that if I accidentally cut off the hand of presiding judge, s/he would sue me for more than the $40,000{?} alotted for actual damages, and the $120,000{?} in punitive damages. One more point of view, how "accidental" is it if the doctor in question has made this decision before? In light of that, they also passed a law requiring the doctors to make available to their patients a list of all state sanctions that have been imposed upon them. In addition, _I_ would propose a law regulating costs of the malpractice insurance: if a patient goes in for a procedure in which the predicted failure rate is 1%, then they pay an additional 1% over the normal costs associated with that procedure. Then at least the cost of the failed procedures is already covered,

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