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Businesses

+ - Europe's Largest IT Company to Ban Internal Email 1

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Thierry Breton, CEO of Atos, Europe's Largest IT Company, wants a "zero email" policy to be in place in 18 months, arguing that only 10 per cent of the 200 electronic messages his employees receive per day on average turn out to be useful and that staff spend between 5-20 hours handling emails every week. "The email is no longer the appropriate (communication) tool," says Breton. "The deluge of information will be one of the most important problems a company will have to face (in the future). It is time to think differently." Instead Breton wants staff at Atos, an international information technology corporation which operates in 42 countries worldwide, with over 78,500 employees, to use chat-type collaborative services inspired by social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter as surveys show that the younger generation have already all but scrapped email, with only 11 per cent of 11 to 19 year-olds using it,. For his part Breton hasn't sent a work email in three years. "If people want to talk to me, they can come and visit me, call or send me a text message. Emails cannot replace the spoken word.""
Lord of the Rings

+ - Tolkien Trust Okays Hobbit Movie

Submitted by saudadelinux
saudadelinux (574392) writes "Last year, the Tolkien Trust which administers JRR's estate, bellowed stentoriously, "Youuuu shall not make The Hobbit!" and sued New Line Cinema for "a reported $220m (£133m) in compensation, based on breach of contract and fraud." New Line, chastened, has settled for an undisclosed sum of money. The Trust has given its blessing to New Line for Guillermo del Toro to film "The Hobbit" and for New Line to make other films based on Tolkien's work. Much rejoycing!"
Google

+ - Ray Ozzie says Google Wave 'anti-web'-> 1

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TropicalCoder
TropicalCoder writes "Ray Ozzie says Google Wave 'anti-web'. In the the video he complains about its complexity in relation to Microsoft's Live Mesh. He says "If you have something, that by its very nature is very complex, with many goals ... then you need open source to have many instances of it because nobody will be able to do an independent implimentation of it." That's its weakness to Ozzie, apparently — that this complexity that can only be overcome by open source. While he heaps high praise on the Google team that came up with this, he feels that the advantage of Microsoft's approach is that "...by decomposing things to be simpler, you don't need open source." While I can see how it would be an advantage to Microsoft to maintain things as closed source, I would accept complexity to keep things open. What approach do you feel is better?"
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Security

+ - Most americans have false sense of online security-> 1

Submitted by BaCa
BaCa (666) writes "More than half of computer users who think they are protected against online threats like spyware, viruses and hackers actually have inadequate or no online protection, according to an independent research study conducted for Verizon. While 92 percent of participants thought they were safe, the scans revealed that 59 percent were actually vulnerable to a variety of online dangers. Ninety-four percent of those surveyed said they would find it helpful to be able to diagnose or check their online security status on a regular basis to make sure their PCs were safe."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft shuts down Santa for being naughty->

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Josh Fink
Josh Fink writes "While Santa might know if you are naughty or nice, but what do you do when Santa is naughty to you over Windows Live Messenger and encourages you to talk about oral sex? Thats right folks. Once again Microsoft has encouraged kids all around the world to speak to Santa again this year via Northpolelive.com, however this time, Santa has had his AI beefed up it seems. From the article: "Microsoft's holiday cheer soured this week when a reader of a United Kingdom-based technology news site, The Register, reported that a chat between Santa and his underage nieces about eating pizza prompted Santa to bring up oral sex." I am beginning to wonder if Microsoft ever bothered to do a QA test, or check words in its Santa response database."
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Privacy

+ - Anti-p2p Tactics Revealed in Leaked Emails->

Submitted by Keeper Of Keys
Keeper Of Keys (928206) writes "Nearly 700MB of MediaDefender emails have been harvested from an employee's gmail account, revealing, among other things, the anti-p2p company's culpability for the MiiVi filesharing "honeypot" exposed by TorrentFreak in July, with which they have denied thir involvement. The emails, which include correspondence with clients such as Sony/BMG, have been circulated via bittorrent by a group called MediaDefender-Defender, and have now also been posted online for easy reading, ahead of the presumably imminent entrapment lawsuit."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft loses EU appeal

Submitted by rcasha2
rcasha2 (1157863) writes "Microsoft has lost its appeal against the EU fine of almost 500m / $700m. Microsoft could still appeal again at the European Court of Justice. More important than the fine, however, is the confirmation of the ruling that Microsoft must share with competitors information needed for interoperability. This ruling could have an effect on such products as Samba, email clients etc."

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