NewsScan | 1 Jun 20:10 2004

NewsScan Daily, 1 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")

NewsScan Daily, 1 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")
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"ABOVE THE FOLD"
        News Corp. Scraps Satellite Internet Plans
        Detectives Follow the Money Trail to Tackle Spam
        Are Passwords Passé?
        Arrests Over Softbank Extortion
        Online Newspaper Readership Up 350% Over 5 Years
        Chip Foundries Make a Comeback

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NEWS CORP. SCRAPS SATELLITE INTERNET PLANS
      News Corp. is dropping plans to deliver broadband Internet access via 
satellite in the U.S. The company says it will still launch at least one 
Spaceway satellite, but will use it for television broadcast, not 
high-speed Internet service. The announcement came as a surprise to News 
Corp. subsidiary DirecTV, which disputed its parent company's statement, 
saying "we have not scrapped plans to use the satellites for broadband 
access. In fact, the satellites are being designed specifically so they can 
be used for video or broadband." (Reuters/CNet 1 Jun 2004)
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NewsScan | 2 Jun 17:39 2004

NewsScan Daily, 2 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")

NewsScan Daily, 2 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")
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"ABOVE THE FOLD"  
       Accenture Bid Wins Homeland Security Project
       Sony Abandons PDA in Favor of Advanced Cell Phones
       E-Mart Crashes in Australia
       Google for Intranets
       Internet Scam Follows Plot of Grisham Novel

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ACCENTURE BID WINS HOMELAND SECURITY PROJECT
     The Department of Homeland Security has awarded Accenture LLP a
contract worth up to $10 billion to expand a program called "U.S. Visit"
designed to track millions of foreign visitors from the time they arrive
until the time they leave. The data collected by the system includes digital
photographs and fingerprints, and is used to help authorities capture
suspected terrorists and criminals. Department of Homeland undersecretary
Asa Hutchinson say, "I don't think you could overstate the impact of this
responsibility, in terms of security of our nation. If you look at the 9/11
terrorists, they came here in violation of our immigration laws." The
subcontractors in the Accenture team include AT&T, Dell, and KBR, and 26
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NewsScan | 3 Jun 17:41 2004

NewsScan Daily, 3 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")

NewsScan Daily, 3 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")
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"ABOVE THE FOLD"
        McCaw's Got a Better Idea for Cheap, Fast Net Access
        Everything Old Is New Again in Video Games
        E-Mail Needs a Makeover
        Potter-Mania Fuels Netsky.P Worm
        SwarmBots on the Move

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MCCAW'S GOT A BETTER IDEA FOR CHEAP, FAST NET ACCESS
      Serial entrepreneur Craig McCaw is tackling the wireless broadband 
market, combining the resources of recently purchased Clearwire with 
technology developed by another McCaw-owned company, NextNet Wireless, to 
launch his latest effort. The NextNet technology uses a 
paperback-book-sized device, plugged into a wall outlet, to provide 
high-speed Internet access. The wall device is able to transmit data to a 
receiver similar to a cell phone tower much faster than most cellular 
networks, says McCaw, who plans to charge about half the typical 
cellular-Internet rate for his Clearwire service. The move reflects McCaw's 
long-held desire to offer wireless broadband Internet access -- a previous 
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NewsScan | 4 Jun 16:59 2004

NewsScan Daily, 4 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")

NewsScan Daily, 4 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")
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"ABOVE THE FOLD"  
       Who Gets Your Data When You Die?
       Friendster, Single, Looking for Advertiser Love
       T-Mobile Wi-Fi Access at Hyatt Hotels
       Rebound in Ad Sales Sign of Recovering Economy
       Toxic Dust

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WHO GETS YOUR DATA WHEN YOU DIE?
     When a deceased person's family members don't want to go to the time
and effort of gaining access to the data on the person's computer, they
simply erase the hard drive and get rid of the computer without ever knowing
what was on it. The manager of one computer-repair service says, "We're
probably wiping away a lot of memories. Most people want to give the
computer away without worrying about someone else getting access to personal
information. When they bring it in, they don't know what's on it and they
don't seem to care." Of course, relatives may also be afraid that there may
be e-mail messages or other things on the computer that they'd rather not
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NewsScan | 7 Jun 16:52 2004

NewsScan Daily, 7 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")

NewsScan Daily, 7 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")
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"ABOVE THE FOLD"  
       You Talkin' to Me?
       North Korea Recalls Mobile Phones
       Software Strategies for Developing Countries
       Cameras on the Net
       Nigeria May Use Software to Nab Scammers
       This Is Your Life -- One Message at a Time

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YOU TALKIN' TO ME?
     As they develop systems with "emotionally intelligent" capabilities,
researchers are exploring two basically different approaches. The first uses
special sensors to read a person's emotions (for example, by using sensors
that infer from a person's posture whether he or she is interested or
bored); the second essentially encourages people to believe that the machine
is a person -- as when a voice gives information or instructions to users of
automated reservation systems. The problem with the second approach is that
if an automated voice claiming to be "Julie" cannot respond to a simple
question, people get even more frustrated than they would be with a machine
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NewsScan | 8 Jun 17:07 2004

NewsScan Daily, 8 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")

NewsScan Daily, 8 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")
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"ABOVE THE FOLD"  
       Microsoft Weighed Merger With SAP
       Oracle: 'PeopleSoft Takeover Would Increase Competition'
       Demand for Internet Names a Sign of General Recovery
       Microsoft to Appeal EU Antitrust Decision
       Every Fourth Chinese to Have Cell Phone by Year-End
       BT System for Blocking Child Porn Sites

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       Worth Thinking About: The 'Neocortical' You and the 'Limbic' You

MICROSOFT WEIGHED MERGER WITH SAP
     Microsoft explored the idea of merging with SAP, the German software
company, but ended negotiations with that company after weighing the
"complexity of the potential transaction." SAP, which makes business
software for large companies, is about one-fifth the size of Microsoft.
Industry analysts say that Microsoft's interest in SAP suggests that
Microsoft is restless with the slowing pace of the PC business, which it has
long dominated. Gartner technology analyst David M. Smith says: "It's no
surprise that Microsoft is looking for other acquisitions in the business
software applications industry. But the fact that Microsoft was talking to
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NewsScan | 9 Jun 19:36 2004

NewsScan Daily, 9 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")

NewsScan Daily, 9 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")
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"ABOVE THE FOLD"  
       'The Future of Television': TiVo to Add Internet to TV Watching
       Google Promotes Froogle, Is Anyone Surprised?
       Nintendo Hopes to Start a 'Revolution' in Video Games
       Optus Opts for Indian Call Centers
       Ohio's Turnpike Scanning System
       E-Voting Overseer Wants 'More Research' on Paper Backup Ballots

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'THE FUTURE OF TELEVISION': TIVO TO ADD INTERNET TO TV WATCHING
     TiVo has developed a capability that will let a user download movies
and music from the Internet to the TiVo hard drive and mix it with TV
programs. TiVo chief executive Michael Ramsey explains, "We're fully
committed to developing an entertainment experience you can't get over
normal broadcast television. This is what we think the future of television
is." (New York Times 9 Jun 2004)
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/09/technology/09net.html

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NewsScan | 10 Jun 17:35 2004

NewsScan Daily, 10 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")

NewsScan Daily, 10 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")
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"ABOVE THE FOLD"  
       Bells Achieve Victory Over Long-Distance Carriers
       Wi-Fi Everywhere?
       Leadership is Primary Factor in School Technology Use
       Prediction: Record Chip Sales This Year
       Ohio City Creates Online School in Fight to Retain Students
       Patrolling Internet Chat Rooms

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       Worth Thinking About: The Real Thing

BELLS ACHIEVE VICTORY OVER LONG-DISTANCE CARRIERS
     The Justice Department has decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court a
lower court's rejection of federal rules requiring regional phone companies
to lease their networks to rivals at reduced fees. The decision is serious
setback to long-distance companies such as AT&T and MCI, which used the
regulations to launch their own brands of local service. But it is of course
being cheered by the regional Bell companies, which say that the prices
imposed by the rules forced them to subsidize their competitors with deep
discounts. (Washington Post 10 Jun 2004)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28365-2004Jun9.html
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NewsScan | 11 Jun 17:45 2004

NewsScan Daily, 11 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")

NewsScan Daily, 11 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")
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"ABOVE THE FOLD"
        FCC Paves the Way for Spectrum Reconfiguration
        Short-Range Wireless Standards Will Learn to Work Together
        BT to Shut Down 'Circuit-Switched' Network in Favor of VoIP
        Arrest Made in Videogame Code Theft
        Music Stores' Echo Fades Away

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FCC PAVES THE WAY FOR SPECTRUM RECONFIGURATION
      The Federal Communications Commission approved a plan to reconfigure 
a chunk of valuable airwave spectrum in an effort to boost wireless 
broadband use. The current configuration places spectrum intended for 
educational-video use adjacent to spectrum earmarked for commercial uses -- 
a situation that requires the agency to impose rigid rules on commercial 
users to avoid interference. The FCC also decided to maintain its policy of 
allowing educators to lease spectrum to companies such as Nextel and 
Sprint, but ruled against allowing the widespread sale of educational 
licenses. Currently, schools can license 120 megahertz of the 194 MHz band, 
and educators are permitted to lease as much as 95% of their airwaves to 
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NewsScan | 14 Jun 17:40 2004

NewsScan Daily, 14 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")

NewsScan Daily, 14 June 2004 ("Above The Fold")
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"ABOVE THE FOLD"
        E-Mail Security Firms Focus on Early Warning
        New Web Ads Have Their Eye on You
        Online Movies Ready to Roll
        Matsushita Debuts High-Tech 'Sleep Room'
        See-Through Walls Create Room With a View

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        Honorary Subscriber: Sir Henry Bessemer

E-MAIL SECURITY FIRMS FOCUS ON EARLY WARNING
      E-mail security companies are using a new technique to monitor 
Internet traffic that will allow them to identify virus outbreaks earlier 
and take a more proactive role in preventing hacker damage. The technology 
surveys traffic across a large number of organizations and searches for 
anomalies that might indicate malicious code activity. It then takes 
immediate action to slow down or block delivery, providing a head-start 
over conventional methods that analyze viruses and then rely on antivirus 
firms to identify and stop them. "We've seen we can gain four or five hours 
on the virus," says Scott Weiss, CEO of IronPort, which uses the 
early-warning technology. "Four to five hours is life for the network 
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