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Secure ID News

by Kathleen Phillips

December 17, 2004

New technology, combined with increased recognition of the importance of implementing security measures, is causing new growth in an already growing marketplace. A number of trends are affecting this growth.

In 2003, Frost and Sullivan predicted a growth in fingerprint and facial recognition biometrics to $1.6 billion by 2009.

Secure ID News

by Bob Merkert

December 16, 2004

A panel of ID industry experts provided predictions for 2005. One of these glimpses into the future will appear here each day during December.

At the time I am putting my thoughts on paper about 2005, everyone involved with U.S. government secure ID programs is still reeling from the first public draft of NIST 201 released in November. Instead of the smooth extension of the Government Smart Card Interoperability Specification (GSC-IS) V2.1 everyone expected, the current 201 draft proposes big changes that in my view would slow down the government’s implementation of a common federal identity card by one or two years.

Secure ID News

by Denny Jensen

December 15, 2004

A key feature of migration to EMV chip cards over the next 12 months will be the adoption of the Common Core Definitions (CCD) and the Common Payment Application (CPA).

Visa and MasterCard have agreed to recognize EMV chip cards that conform to the Common Core Definitions for use on their respective branded cards.

Wired News

by Xeni Jardin

December 14, 2004

Hollywood movie studios launched new legal action Tuesday against operators of sites that help connect people to movies on three major peer-to-peer file-sharing networks.

In the United States and the United Kingdom, the Motion Picture Association of America, the main lobbying arm of U.S. film studios, filed civil lawsuits against more than 100 operators of BitTorrent "tracker" servers that point to locations where digital files of movies, music and other content can be found.

The New Standard

by Lila Bernstein

December 11, 2004

To the dismay of pharmaceutical companies, a consumer protection organization yesterday launched a free website designed to provide prescription drug users and their doctors information about the comparative safety, effectiveness and price of medicines.

The initial release of the website hosts information about three categories of pharmaceuticals: cholesterol-lowering medicines; heartburn, ulcer and acid reflux remedies; and drugs to help with arthritis and pain. The website features downloadable reports comparing the various available medicines in each category and offers plainly written details about the available studies, issues to take into account when patients and doctors discuss the drugs, and cost-saving tips.

MSN Computer Active (UK)

by Iain Thomson

December 10, 2004

As Santa does his annual Christmas Eve visits to homes around the globe he will be tracked by a billion dollar US defence radar system.

For the past seven years the North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad), based under Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado, has been following Santa's sleigh and broadcasting his progress on its website.

CNN

by Lou Dobbs

December 6, 2004

Congressional authority to peek into citizens' tax returns wasn't the only clause hidden in the omnibus spending bill that recently passed. There's also a more welcome surprise for the American worker: a grant for a comprehensive study of the effects of o

So far, the government has simply lacked the data to determine offshore outsourcing's impact on the U.S. work force, said Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia. Wolf initiated the measure to grant $2 million to the independent, nonpartisan National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) for the study.

SaferPC.info

by Shawn K. Hall

December 5, 2004

Even if you have a *current* antivirus package installed the viruses that you may receive will probably not be detected by it. There are literally *dozens* of new viruses discovered *every day*.

Most of the viruses circulating today are the one's that utilize new exploits, or new implementations of older exploits that the older scanners are not capable of detecting. What Antivirus Programs are Available'

CNN

by Marsha Walton

December 3, 2004

Humans have always recognized one another through physical traits: seeing a loved one walk through the door, hearing your boss's voice on the phone, finding the right tribal campfire.

Visual cues have helped us to differentiate friend from foe. Biometrics, an automated way to authenticate a person's identity, is being used from airports to grocery stores for both security and convenience.

CNN Money

by Krysten Crawford

December 2, 2004

A top Google official said that growing abuse of the company's lucrative sponsored ad-search model jeopardizes the popular Internet search engine's business.

The main perpetrators appear to be competitors of advertisers and also scam sites set up for the sole purpose of hosting ad links provided by Google, through its AdSense unit, or Yahoo!, through its Overture service.

      
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