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 Agreement Reached on Wireless Devices
 Bush Approves Cybersecurity Plan
 Reuters Adds Linux Support to Market Data Feed
 Paying for Radio?
 University of Phoenix Online Pulls Misleading Ads
 WS-I Releases Drafts
 New Technology Could Radically Increase Data Storage

The Department of Defense (DoD) and technology companies have reached
what an official from Intel called "a good compromise" over wireless
devices operating under the 802.11a protocol. Technology companies
agreed to add technology that will enable consumer devices to detect
and avoid interfering with military radar that is functioning in the
same range of frequencies. The DoD had expressed concern that the
introduction of tens of millions of wireless consumer devices could
significantly affect the performance of military radar installations.
For its part, the DoD will endorse a plan that would nearly double the
amount of spectrum available for the consumer market. Technology
companies said the added technology would add a few dollars to the
price of each wireless device.
Associated Press, 31 January 2003 (registration req'd)

Richard Clarke, head of the White House's cybersecurity efforts,
confirmed that President Bush last week signed the National Strategy to
Secure Cyberspace, a document developed after the September 11 attacks.
The document reportedly outlines steps the government should take to
safeguard the nation's technology infrastructure from terrorist
attacks. Announcement of the signing of the national strategy document,
drafts of which had been in circulation and discussed for several
months, came less than a week after the "Sapphire" worm severely
affected the Internet and some online services. Clarke's announcement
referred to the worm as an example of why the new strategy is
important. He said that "with slight modifications, the results of the
worm would have been more significant." Clarke also confirmed he will
resign from his post. Howard Schmidt, Clarke's current deputy, will
take over his responsibilities.
Washington Post, 31 January 2003

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Responding to "intense customer demand," Reuters now offers a version
of its Reuters Market Data System (RMDS) for customers running Linux
servers. Peter Lankford of Reuters said the Linux-ported RMDS has been
beta tested at six large financial firms, and Casey Merkey, global
program manager for RMDS on Linux, said that the response has been
overwhelmingly positive. Linux has been increasingly popular with Wall
Street firms. Financial-industry firms including Merrill Lynch, Morgan
Stanley, Credit Suisse First Boston, Goldman Sachs Group, and E-Trade
have recently announced or implemented major Linux projects.
Wired News, 3 February 2003,1377,57503,00.html

Two start-up companies, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio
Holdings, are heavily promoting radio-for-pay in private homes and
cars. XM Satellite launched a $100-million national campaign in August
of 2001 to sell the service to the public. Its partners, General
Motors, which offers cars with satellite receivers, and Delphi
Corporation, which sells a $200 portable car boombox, have also
promoted the service. Sirius lags far behind its rival in spending and
subscribers. With 30,000 members compared to XM Satellite?s 360,000,
Sirius has hired a prestigious Miami-based advertising firm to launch a
late-night talk show TV campaign to build its customer base. In
addition to more than 100 music channels, Sirius offers news, sports,
religious, and comedy channels for $12.95 a month. Capitalizing on the
notion of music as "social currency," the ads promote Sirius as
anti-establishment by offering subscribers commercial-free, alternative
music. Still far from the two million subscribers needed to break even,
XM Satellite hopes the Sirius campaign will boost its membership as
well by raising consumer awareness.
New York Times, 3 February 2003 (registration req'd)


An aggressive online ad campaign launched by the University of Phoenix
Online annoyed college marketers and alarmed many colleges that were
associated with the organization through the ads. Those who used a
search engine to locate a college?s Web site were presented with a
pop-up ad disguised as a "sponsored link" with the text "Earn Your
Degree 100% Online" at that college. By clicking on the ad, visitors
were directed to the University of Phoenix Online instead of the
college?s Web site. The University of Phoenix has discontinued the ads,
and an effort is underway to determine how many colleges were targeted,
most of which appear to be in the Southeast. Alfred University in New
York, one of the affected colleges, wrote letters to Phoenix and Google
demanding the ads be pulled on the grounds of "misrepresentation if not
outright fraud." Terri Hedegaard, vice president for public affairs at
the University of Phoenix, said she was "appalled" by the ads and said
they were produced by a vendor she would not name, without the
institution's permission.
Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 February 2003

The Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) has released
drafts of several documents intended to standardize deployment of Web
services. In October the WS-I released a draft of the Basic Profile, a
document that outlines a core set of standards for interoperability of
Web services. A final version of the Basic Profile is due in the second
quarter of this year. The newly released drafts, which include a sample
technical architecture, use cases, and usage scenarios documentation,
aim to describe best practices and practical development information
for those interested in building applications based on the Basic
IDG, 30 January 2003

Researchers at the State University of New York in Buffalo have created
magnetic sensors that may solve the problem of increasing storage
capacity of hard drives. Writing vast amounts of data to a hard drive
was not the problem, said Harsh Chopra of the university. The problem
was reading that data, the magnetic signals of which would be extremely
small. The new sensors created by Chopra and Susan Hua are extremely
small "whiskers" of nickel, said to be just a few atoms wide. The
whiskers are extremely sensitive, much more so that current magnetic
sensors, and could allow terabits of data to be stored on each square
inch of disk space. Chopra said, however, that much of the science
involved, including how the signal is enhanced to such a degree, is not
adequately explained by existing theories and that "there's a lot of
science to be discovered yet."
NewsFactor Network, 3 February 2003


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