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TMCnet

by Alberto G. Rojas

May 4, 2006

Not many consumers know about Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), a wireless technology that allows objects and people to be tagged and tracked.

RFID tags contain microchips and tiny radio antennas that are embedded in all kinds of products, credit cards, or stuck on labels. A three-month investigation in the June 2006 issue of Consumer Reports has found the RFID industry lacking in the necessary measures to strengthen tag security against identity thieves.

Microsoft

by Kim Komando

April 26, 2006

You want to get an edge on your competition? Avoid trying these and other disingenuous methods. They are more likely to lead to public embarrassment of you and your company, lawsuits or both.

1. Sending fake e-mail to the competitor's best customer. 2. Spreading the word on message boards. 3. Skewing online polls in your favor. Work hard and work smart instead

Microsoft

by Monte Enbysk

April 26, 2006

Blame it on instant messaging. Here's the scene: A couple dozen professionals at a New York advertising agency quietly type away at computer screens congregated near each other, in an open room devoid of office walls and tall partitions.

Quietly is the key word here. An occasional laugh or chuckle punctuates the silence. But no one is talking. Why' They are communicating with one another almost exclusively through instant messaging (IM). "When I'm visiting this firm, I can't help but notice this [lack of people talking]. Seems odd to an outsider, but this is now pretty much their corporate culture," says Helen Chan, analyst for The Yankee Group, a Boston-based technology research group, who has friends at the ad agency. A technology designed initially for conducting one-on-one personal chats has permeated the workplace. Many business people are choosing text-based IM over phone calls and e-mail " preferring its immediacy and streamlined efficiency in getting real-time information from partners, suppliers and colleagues working remotely.

Microsoft

by Monte Enbysk

April 26, 2006

E-mail provides a window into your workplace status, work habits, stress levels, even your personality. E-mail is an extremely valuable communication channel for today's managers, but it can be abused if used carelessly or too much.

E-mail is an extremely valuable communication channel for today's managers, but it can be abused if used carelessly or too much, Owens says. Here are 10 basic tips for better e-mail use and management.

AlterNet

by Charles Shaw

April 21, 2006

As America responds to its oil addiction, the biotech industry is once again promising to save the world. And this time, they just might mean it.

BIO 2006, the annual convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, held last week in Chicago. Nearly 20,000 attendees converged on the city to hawk new technologies, hook up with investment opportunities, or pitch their city or state as the perfect destination for the burgeoning biotech and life-science sector, which, according to the Department of Commerce, will comprise 18 percent of the U.S. GDP by 2020, or nearly 3 trillion dollars. And this year, "biofuels" -- renewable fuels made from plant materials -- were the center of attention, with biodiesel and ethanol as the industry's two leading hopes for spurring renewed interest and investment.

Information Week

by Paul McDougall

April 5, 2006

[Caution - propaganda alert] As Congress considers a massive expansion of the H-1B visa worker program, opponents of the plan should consider this:

Failure by federal lawmakers to allow more skilled IT workers into the country will result in more U.S. corporations simply outsourcing their computer work to India or some other offshore locale where skilled help is plentiful and cheap. Is that what you really want'

News With Views

by Selwyn Duke

April 3, 2006

One reason we're supposed to rejoice at the pitter-patter of illegal feet is that foreigners are only coming here to "do jobs Americans won't do." It's one of those basic assumptions upon which the argument in favor of forgetting we have borders rests.

I have to ask, if I paid you $800 an hour to pick fruit, would you do it? Except for the silk and satin set, I have a feeling most would beat a path to my orchard. And this brings us to what is a true law of economics. There are no jobs Americans won't do. There are only wages Americans won't work for.

Information Week

by Paul McDougall

March 13, 2006

Meet the new face of IBM software. Siddharth Purohit lives in Bangalore, India, and is an expert at developing the kind of reusable code on which the company is staking much of its future.

IBM is on a hiring binge in India. The company employs about 39,000 people in the country, up 70% from 23,000 a year ago. That rate of growth should continue "for quite some time," says Amitabh Ray, who heads IBM's global delivery operations in India. At that clip, IBM will have at least 55,000 workers in India by next year. And the figure could easily pass 60,000--or 20% of its current worldwide workforce of 300,000.

Monsters and Critics News (Germany)

by James Wray and Ulf Stabe

March 12, 2006

Hanover - Car keys could become obsolete in the not too distant future, according to Japanese technology concern Hitachi, which is working on a replacement system that recognizes the driver's veins.

Vein-pattern recognition technology is more reliable than fingerprint-based identification, which has already replaced ignition keys in some models, the company says. 'If the finger is dry, or is injured, it can be very difficult to recognise the print,' according to Hitachi's chief strategist for information technology and communications, Mitsuo Yamaguchi.

News With Views

by Bill Sizemore

March 8, 2006

The first time I heard this story, I assumed it was a rare, isolated event. After all, there are good people and bad people in pretty much every walk of life from secretaries to carpenters; from politicians to preachers.

If a person is dishonest, that lack of integrity will be exhibited, whether it's at work or at the friendly Wednesday night poker game. Over time, however, I have come to believe that due to the nature of public sector work there may be a lot more stealing going on there than one might think. I want to begin by telling you about a lady who used to work as a carpenter in the maintenance department of the Portland Public School District. I will call her Terri.

      
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