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Microsoft announced earlier this year that within 5 years they do not plan to offer a copy of Office sold in
a box. Instead, they will be moving their Office products to the web, or cloud. They have taken one of their
first steps by announcing Office 2010’s Web version. The product does not promise to be as powerful as the
boxed installed version, but it is a step into the clouds. The product/service will be free to Windows Live
customers as well as Microsoft’s high end corporate users who use Microsoft’s Software Assurance. Cor-
porate users will access the new Web version from Microsoft, or actually install the programming to run
Office 2010 directly from their own servers. Microsoft feels that presently, if you are a paying customer
of Office, you will not want to switch to the free Web version since it is not as powerful. However, if you
have been running on old or pirated versions, this may be a better solution. And, of course, some will want
to do both since they will want to create documents that can be accessed via the web when they are using
their mobile devices (smart phones, netbooks), or wish to allow access to several users to collaborate docu-
ments. For more information visit http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9135433/Microsoft_girds_
Office_2010_with_free_Web_versions?taxonomyId=86&pageNumber=2

Espresso Book Machine from Google Will Bring Back Print Books from Digital
Sometimes things go full circle. Google has been collecting millions of books; especially those out of print
and no longer under copyright restrictions. They have been scanning them into digital format making them
available to those wishing to read them online. Now they are announcing a new service to bring these rare
and limited books back to print. Google is installing Espresso Book
Machines in limited locations across the nation, mostly in college
libraries. The machines have the ability to print up to 300 pages in
just five minutes. The cost is around $8. Now books that do not have
enough value to put onto a press because of their limited demand for
readership, can be accessed in print via these machines. It may be the
wave of the future on how all books might one day be created. For
more information, visit http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/ar-
ticle/ALeqM5hmkCQJVoIANDaVf5tsxOw_4fvi_AD9AORBBG3

What Is “High Speed” Broadband?
Almost every company offering Internet access in America charges
for High Speed Broadband. However, what does that actually mean?
According to a new study, the average broadband Internet speed in the
USA is 5.1 megabits per second (MBPS). However, it varies greatly
depending on the service and what part of the country you abide in.
For example, if you live in Delaware, your average broadband speed
is 9.9 MBPS per second, yet if you live in Idaho, it is 2.6 MBPS,
Arkansas’ average is 3.1 MBPS. The reason for the difference is due
to the fact that there is no real regulation, and individual companies
decide to offer high speed broadband in areas of heavy population.
The more people on a network, the slower it becomes. Basically, in the
USA, we lag far behind many other companies in bandwidth speed.
For example, the average high speed broadband in South Korea is 20.5
MBPS. This means the same movie that takes two minutes to down-
load in South Korea, can take two hours in the USA. The report comes

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from the Communications Workers of America, and they not only monitor the access speed across our
nation, but do so for 29 other countries. The USA is the slowest country they monitor. The FCC is develop-
ing a national broadband strategy and will be using $7 billion of the money designated from the stimulus
bill to accomplish this task. For more information, visit http://usatoday.printthis.clickability.com/pt/
cpt?action=cpt&title=Internet+speeds+vary+across+USA%2C+leaving+a+%27digital+divide%2
7+-+USATODAY.com&expire=&urlID=409257582&fb=Y&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usatoday.
com%2Ftech%2Fnews%2F2009-08-24-speeds-digital-internet_N.htm&partnerID=1665

New Technology Privacy Issue based Upon “The Federalist Papers”; Should You be Allowed To
Speak Out Anonymously On the Internet?
There has been an ongoing conflict that has made the gossip columns that might end up going to the Su-
preme Court. I don’t wish to name the parties involved, because I don’t want to give either of them addi-
tional publicity. However, one person blogged about one of her acquaintances and expressed some negative
opinions about another person who happened to be a model. The blog was anonymous and used Google’s
free blogging service. The model sued Google in order to obtain the identity of the person making the com-
ments, and Google revealed the information. The Model, after learning the identity of the person who made
the anonymous comments, and after making the person’s identity known to the press, decided to not act
further on the issue. However, the woman has now claimed that as a result of Google’s action, her life has
been ruined. She is suing Google for $15 million, claiming that as a result of the outing, her site has now
been seen by 100’s of thousands and that no one had ever paid attention to her remarks until the publicity.
As a result, she now feels that she has been hounded by negative press. Interestingly, in all of this, Google
is now the subject of the law suit, and it will be interesting to see where anonymous posts go in regards
to legality. The woman’s attorney is pointing to “The Federalist Papers” as his first point of clarity, stat-
ing that they were penned by our founding fathers that wrote the constitution, yet did so anonymously.
Google will most likely counter charge that comments and opinions made in a blog site are equal to a
published comment in a national publication. For more information, visit http://www.nydailynews.com/
gossip/2009/08/23/2009-08-23_outted_blogger_rosemary_port_blames_model_liskula_cohen_for_
skank_stink.html?page=0

Google Reports Economy is Recovering!
Many people “speculate” about our economy by looking at the stock market, productivity reports, un-
employment trends, etc. Google has announced that they believe the economy is heading back on track
based upon what we are searching for on their site! For example, they report less people searching for
information about unemployment benefits and an increase in searches for homes and real estate agents.
For more information visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/11/
AR2009091103771.html

Federal Trade Commission Forces Sears/Kmart to Stop Spying
Many times when we talk about malware that will spy on us through our computers, we refer to those
that do such things as “the bad guys”, because we can’t identify them. Recently the FTC identified Sears
and Kmart (both have the same owner) as “the bad guys” and have ordered them to cease their actions. It
seems that the Sears Holding Management Company thought they could really benefit from knowing more
about what their customers were doing online, so they encouraged their customers to sign up for “My SHC
Community”. Customers that did so would earn $10. However, by signing up, it is assumed that most did
not realize that they were allowing the Sears Holding Management Company to install some very powerful
spyware software on their computer. Deep in the license agreement it stated that SHMC would be monitor-
ing “online browsing”, but in fact what they were doing went much deeper. They not only tracked what
URLs (Websites) you visited and how long you stayed on the site, they captured the complete contents of a
browsing session, even secure sessions. This means they were able to see what you purchased in shopping
carts on online stores, they could capture your online banking statements and visits, your drug prescription


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records, etc., etc., ANYTHING you did online. Understand, this is actually NOT illegal in itself, if their
customers really understood to what it was they were agreeing. However, the FTC has stated that Sears
buried the language and user agreement very deep within a multi-step user license and that they used ter-
minology that would not make their intent clear to most people. Sears has agreed to destroy all of the data
they gained from the experiment and stop collecting data with this present project. Sears has also agreed
that if, in the future, they wish to do some data tracking, they will promise to do a better job of disclos-
ing what people have agreed to allow. For more information, visit http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/
news/2009/09/ftc-forces-sears-kmart-out-of-the-spyware-business.ars

Google’s Android Phone Moves Forward
It is time for a mobile computing OS standard. The value of a smart phone is moving away from the style
of keyboard, screen clarity, or even the phone network. The value of a smart phone is in the applications,
and Apple has proven this with the iPhone. And the iPhone COULD be the standard OS for all mobile
devices to come, except that Apple has once again provided us with a great product and locked it into a
limited market (AT&T). Google’s Android OS has all of the advantages of the iPhone, and is finally mak-
ing some substantial moves into broader based use. The three major mobile phone manufacturers (Sam-
sung, Motorola, and LG) have all announced new Android-based devices for the marketplace. In addition,
Sprint and Verizon have both announced new Android-based phones coming to the market soon. Once
again, Apple may have shown us the way with the best device, only to lose the market because they lock
things up with a single segment of the marketplace. For more information visit http://www.betanews.com/
article/Android-has-officially-gained-OEM-momentum/1252946396

ABC News Reports on Christian Email Ethics
Someone in the news noted that Christians are doing something special when it comes to emails. It seems
that even though there wasn’t a plan, promotion or campaign, many Christian married couples have adopt-
ed a single email address to serve both the husband and the wife. For example, their email address might
be jackandjill@yahoo.com. Couples are doing this as a way to provide accountability. We know that many
times, temptation can come in the form of an email from an old girlfriend or boyfriend, or can begin with
a little flirting. By sharing the same email address, both the husband and wife see and share in all emails
that arrive, removing the opportunity for temptation. The report also shared that many couples have made
commitments to include each other on every other aspect of new technology communication tools, such as
Facebook and Twitter, being sure to inform their partner of their activity and inviting them to be a “friend”
in order to monitor. For more information, visit http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=8499749

Parental Software is Accused of Spying
I strongly encourage parents to use monitoring software if they still have children or teenagers living at
home. These products watch what is said in chat, IM, social networking, email, etc., and if inappropriate
information is being sent or received, it will notify the parents. However, one company has admitted that
they are using the data to help marketing firms get a better picture on what young people are talking about.
The software, sold under the Sentry and FamilySafe brands takes the private chat information and sells it
to those that want to know what movies young people are talking about. Information such as this as well as
what food they like, what clothing styles are being mentioned, computer games, etc., is valuable to those
that develop products and those that market them. The company claims that there is no invasion of privacy
since they do not reveal the name or personal information on whom or where the information came from,
however, all of the other ParentalSoftware companies have quickly announced that they have policies
expressly prohibiting the sale of such information. For more information, visit http://www.google.com/
hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i5CjgMEdrwRm3JxeglUykMAHAYmAD9AGNVM00




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