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Subject: Jan2001 ECMgt.com: Year 2001 E-Commerce Predictions
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  • States seek sales-tax simplification
  • Privacy policies, tools fluster gathering of info-sec specialists
  • Pentagon seeks IT reservists for new tech centers
  • German Landmark Nazi Ruling
  • Cyber crime Pact Steps On Privacy, Groups Say
  • U.S. Official Warns of Cyber Catastrophe
  • Malaysia Takes Action On Anti-Islam Internet Surfers
  • FCC Vote Looms on Lifting Wireless Ownership Cap
  • Disclosure Revisited
  • Yahoo! Rejects French Authority in Nazi Dispute
  • FBI Looking Into Questionable Credit Card Charges
  • Feds Publish Web Access Rules
  • Netscape Arrives in India
  • Time Wireless First in the Race for GPRS
  • Bush Eyes Overhaul Of E-security
  • Germany Moves To Squelch Racism on Napster
  • EasyJet Gets Tough On Domain-Name Rivals
  • Prepaid Patent Portends Wireless Battle
  • Microsoft invests $50M in ASP to push .Net
  • Intel acquires India consulting group
  • U.S. Court Rules Port Scans Are Legal
  • World Bank Alliance Goes Live

 

States seek sales-tax simplification
The Streamlined Sales Tax Project may OK 'model' legislation this month that, if adopted by states around the U.S., could be a key step in the fight by states and major retailers to tax Internet purchases.

Privacy policies, tools fluster gathering of info-sec specialists
Microsoft-sponsored gathering yields little agreement, but two new privacy product announcements.

Pentagon seeks IT reservists for new tech centers

The Pentagon will soon start staffing five new technology centers with IT specialists willing to spend a weekend each month helping boost the U.S. military's cyber defense.

German Landmark Nazi Ruling

A complex court case involving an Australian Holocaust revisionist has resulted in the German Supreme Court ruling that any Web publisher, no matter what his or her country of origin, is liable for any pro-Nazi or Holocaust denial information on their pages.

Cyber crime Pact Steps On Privacy, Groups Say
Civil-liberties groups blasted a proposed treaty designed to build an international framework for fighting computer crime, saying it favored law enforcement at the expense of individual privacy.

U.S. Official Warns of Cyber Catastrophe
National Security Council top cyber-official Richard Clarke said that the next president of the US has to make Internet security a top priority if the country is to avoid potentially catastrophic events.

Malaysia Takes Action On Anti-Islam Internet Surfers
Insulting Islam on the Internet in Malaysia could prove costly from now on, as the government has warned that offenders face fines of up to $1,300 and/or three years in prison.

FCC Vote Looms on Lifting Wireless Ownership Cap
The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote any day on a proceeding that could lift a cap that limits the amount of airwaves any one wireless provider is allowed to own in a given market.

Disclosure Revisited
Over the past six months, Marcus Ranum, a well-respected player in the security field and CTO of Network Flight Recorder Inc., has become a focal point in one of the most heated debates in the security community.

Yahoo! Rejects French Authority in Nazi Dispute
Yahoo! Inc. filed documents in U.S. federal court declaring that the French government has no right to make the company bar French residents from seeing auctions of Nazi paraphernalia over its U.S.-based Web site...

FBI Looking Into Questionable Credit Card Charges
Mysterious charges to the credit card accounts of dozens of online shoppers may be linked to the online theft of more than 55,000 credit card numbers

Feds Publish Web Access Rules
The government has issued standards for making the Web and other information technologies accessible to the disabled.

Netscape Arrives in India
U.S.-based Netscape Communications, best known for its Netscape Navigator Web browser, announced the launch of its India operations with an initial investment of $10 million.

Time Wireless First in the Race for GPRS
Time Wireless Sdn Bhd, a unit of Time dotCom Bhd became the first local operator in Malaysia to offer commercial GPRS service this week.

Bush Eyes Overhaul Of E-security
The next president is likely to change the policy detailing how the federal government and the private sector should organize to defend the nation's critical infrastructure against cyberattacks, according to Clinton administration officials and other sources.

Germany Moves To Squelch Racism on Napster
Germany's Verfassungsschutz, the agency responsible for enforcing the country's strict anti-racism laws, has urged German media giant Bertelsmann A.G. to use its influence with ally Napster to prevent neo-Nazi and other hate-filled MP3s from being traded over its network...

EasyJet Gets Tough On Domain-Name Rivals
British airline easyJet is making life difficult for Web businesses with similar monikers.

Prepaid Patent Portends Wireless Battle
A new wireless technology patent could set the stage for a battle over low-income subscribers, teenagers and other prepaid cellular customers.

Microsoft invests $50M in ASP to push .Net
Looking to plant the first seeds of its .Net initiative in the ASP (application service provider) market, Microsoft Corp. announced a strategic alliance with US Internetworking Inc. and disclosed plans to invest $50 million in the hosting services company.

Intel acquires India consulting group
Intel added some extra consulting muscle to its operations in India

U.S. Court Rules Port Scans Are Legal
A United States Federal Court has ruled that port scanning computer networks does not damage or threaten systems, and is therefore legal.

World Bank Alliance Goes Live
A group of four major banks based in Europe and the U.S. said they've gone live with a system that will guarantee identity of the players making large electronic payments on business-to-business exchanges.

 

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