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  • Technology Trends - Video on Demand Hits the Internet (Mar 2001)

    Video on Demand Hits the Internet (Mar 2001)

    Full length movies are destined for Internet distribution, whether by streaming, by download, Napster-style file sharing, or some combination of means. Internet companies and movie studios alike are now making this a reality.

    September, 2002

  • Technology Trends - The XML Scorecard

    The XML Scorecard

    The theory behind XML has always been attractive, and the potential cross-platform usability of XML applications is something that many system developers have looked forward to for several years. There has been considerable activity during the last year in the XML arena and 2000 may well be the pivotal year in the emergence of XML-based applications.

    August, 2002

  • Technology Trends - XML Begins to Impact B2B E-Commerce (Jun 2000)

    XML Begins to Impact B2B E-Commerce (Jun 2000)

    The close of 1999 saw a number of initiatives that will accelerate progress in adapting the Extensible Markup Language (XML) to business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce. The promise of XML has encouraged a variety of players to enter the fray of standards definition. Among these competing players are vendors, vertical industry trade organizations, and individual companies. While standardization is badly needed in the XML realm, this divisiveness has tended to drive the participants apart and confuse potential users.

    August, 2002

  • IT Best Practices - Click on the Dotted Line: Enforceability of "Click-Wrap" Agreements (Dec 2000)

    Click on the Dotted Line: Enforceability of "Click-Wrap" Agreements (Dec 2000)

    The name "click-wrap agreement" describes contracts executed online without paper or physical signatures. Instead, one party proposes the terms, and the other simply "clicks" on a button indicating agreement. Typical uses of click-wrap agreements include establishing terms for the download and use of online services or software, or acknowledging a website's terms of use.

    August, 2002

  • Technology Trends - Streaming Content Online: Navigating the Hazards (Nov 2000)

    Streaming Content Online: Navigating the Hazards (Nov 2000)

    As the number of websites with streaming content grows each day, and as consumers embrace the technologies which allow access, the challenge of protecting the content from unauthorized copying must be faced. As the online world watches the Napster saga, recognition of the seriousness of the dilemma has finally dawned.

    August, 2002

  • IT Staffing - Sign on the Dot-Com Line (Aug 2000)

    Sign on the Dot-Com Line (Aug 2000)

    After years of talk, electronic signatures are finally becoming a reality. A new law goes into effect October 1, 2000 which will facilitate the use of electronic signatures to secure electronic transactions. The term "electronic signature" has become the generic name for what is actually a wide variety of means of authenticating the identity of parties to a transaction. One strength of the new law is that it is broad enough to embrace the plethora of electronic signature verification mechanisms, rather than promoting the use of just one.

    August, 2002

  • IT Best Practices - It's a Jungle Out There: The New Amazon E-Patent (Apr 2000)

    It’s a Jungle Out There: The New Amazon E-Patent (Apr 2000)

    Hot on the heels of its controversial "One-Click" patent, Amazon.com may have struck gold again with a newly issued patent relating to its system by which other websites send its customers in exchange for a commission. These so-called affiliate programs are a common technique used among e-commerce websites to increase traffic and product sales. The new Amazon patent could prevent Amazon's competitors from using the method, or as an alternative, enable Amazon to charge a license fee for its use. A third possibility is that Amazon will be reluctant to step up to enforce the new patent for fear that a court might find the patent invalid. Amazon spokespersons have thus far declined to tip their hands as to the company's intentions.

    August, 2002

  • IT Best Practices - Funding the Quest for Dependable Systems (April 2002)

    Funding the Quest for Dependable Systems (April 2002)

    Several programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA are focused on the growing need for software-based systems that can be used with confidence (the systems will behave as expected and will do no harm). NSF anticipates spending $2,000,000 in FY 2002 to support research.

    May, 2002

  • Technology Trends - WAP Technology: Nokia Grows Beyond Being a Technology Company

    WAP Technology: Nokia Grows Beyond Being a Technology Company

    Nokia continues to strengthen its end-to-end WAP solution by offering a full range of WAP-compliant products including gateways, portals, mobile terminals, and browsers as well as a full range of tools for WAP-based content creation and delivery, end-user application platforms, and systems integration services. Nokia Professional Services is aggressively entering the service solutions market for planning, deploying, managing, and enhancing WAP products. Additionally, Nokia's alliances with many of the world's largest networking and application companies are driving the progress that will make mobile Internet a viable marketplace.

    March, 2002