Hack the Planet – Technology Review: Cryptographic Abundance. “We are rapidly approaching the time when cryptographic operations will be cheap and easy, commonplace and unremarkable. Instead of avoiding or conserving cryptographic operations, designers should now be using them freely.”
ComputerWorld – News Headlines – Web services tops IDC forecast for 2002. The noise level about Web services may prove deafening in 2002, while the delivery of meaningful products and services may not occur for another few years. Meanwhile, watch out for Linux, says research firm IDC.
Tomalak’s Realm – MIT Technology Review: Message in a Bottleneck. Simson Garfinkel. Many people who have never tried wireless messaging think that it’s just another techno-gadget–a technology looking for a market. But as soon as they try it, most realize that it’s friendlier, faster, more reliable, less intrusive and generally a lot cheaper than making a cell-phone call.
internetnews.com: Top News – Digital River Buys Small Biz Customers. An $875,000 cash acquisition of FreeMerchant.com’s customer assets from Network Commerce extends Digital River’s e-commerce presence in the SME market.
Wired News – VeriSign Plans Domain Wait List. The largest website registrar is planning a new service that lets people pay to be first in line to snap up a domain name, if and when it becomes available. By Joanna Glasner.
Blogarithms – Yankee’s Crystal Ball. Research firm the Yankee Group has released its popular annual “Prediction Edition” for 2002. They include:
- Managed network services will not sell themselves. [duh!]
- Hosting vendors’ sales and marketing efforts will markedly shift from customer acquisition in 2001 to client up-selling and retention in 2002. [more duh!]
- Dedicated hosting explodes in Europe as more sophisticated new enterprise users emerge. [okay, this one’s interesting]
The full Prediction Edition is available online at http://www.yankeegroup.com/ygrn1-1-2002.html [Source: Web Host Industry Review, January 4, 2002]