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June 07, 2002


I just stumbled across MetraTech. They claim to be the world's first "web services-based billing, customer care, and revenue sharing software provider." They've got some serious investors.

Yaga acquires AirTunnel

Yaga, Inc. (, provider of an advanced payment platform that enables businesses to create new revenue streams, today announced its acquisition of Campbell, California-based Air-Tunnel, a developer of m-commerce platform software that allows interactive communications, transactions and delivery of media between any application and any mobile device, in real time.

WSJ: Background checks for fliers

The Wall St. Journal reports on how the Transportation Security Administration is looking to go deeper on background checks for airline fliers.
The Transportation Security Administration -- which President Bush Thursday proposed transferring to a new homeland-security agency from its current home within the Transportation Department -- is enlisting companies that analyze personal credit-card and insurance records. The aim is to target suspicious travelers when they make a reservation so that by the time they show up at the airport, authorities will be on alert.

Microsoft: Federated Security and Identity Roapmap

This roadmap accompanied yesterday's announcement by Microsoft of TrustBridge, it's new cross-company trust strategy.

June 06, 2002

Microsoft announces "TrustBridge"

Microsoft has announced TrustBridge, its federated identity management approach designed to allow enterprises to establish cross-company trust.

June 05, 2002

Maximum hype: biometrics, web services, grid computing

Gartner's view is that these three are right are peaking now on the hype cycle.
"The 2002 Hype Cycle reflects the bursting of the technology bubble," said Alexander Linden, research director of emerging trends and technology at Gartner. "There are surprisingly few new technologies entering the Hype Cycle or approaching the peak. Far more technologies are stuck in the trough of disillusionment and several of these are unlikely to emerge from this stage quickly." Gartner said that peer-to-peer computing, WAP and wireless web services, location sensing, speech recognition on desktops and e-payments are among the technologies that are floundering. Gartner also suggested it would be two to five years before identity services, such as Microsoft's Passport initiative and the Sun Microsystems-led Liberty Alliance, would be accepted for high-value transactions. Privacy and security concerns would hold back acceptance, said Linden.
Here's a deeper explanation of the hype cycle.

Gartner: Outsourcing in financial services

Gartner looks at several aspects of outsourcing in financial services.

WSJ: Credit card award limits ease with latest wave of travel cards

The Wall St. Journal reports on new cards from Orbitz and Travelocity.
So in the third wave, card companies and their online travel-agency partners hope to target people who spend less on their cards and want more flexibility. For well under 10,000 points, cardholders can cash in for a $100 travel gift certificate. That chit has a specific value that doesn't fluctuate, making it simpler to understand and redeem. Frequent-flier miles can be difficult to value, since their worth depends on the cash price of the ticket for which they're being redeemed.

June 03, 2002

New York Times: Making life difficult for Microsoft

John Markoff and Steve Lohr look at the Liberty Alliance, the cable industry, and wireless as examples of where various partners collaborated to attempt to slow Microsoft.
Microsoft has found its advances elsewhere slowed by wary industry partners and rivals. The company has had little success to date in convincing cellphone makers and the cable television operators to adopt pared-down versions of its Windows software. They have preferred rival offerings or, as in the Liberty case, cooperated to create a competing technology ˜ despite the billions of dollars Microsoft has spent to gain entry into these markets.

Washington Post: In Terror War, Privacy vs. Security

In the amorphous war on terrorism, government officials believe they have a new weapon: the growing number of financial institutions that use powerful technology to monitor confidential customer activity and report suspicious behavior to law enforcement and intelligence officials. Driven by little-known provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the anti-terror legislation that was approved after Sept. 11, banks, securities firms and other companies are deploying computer systems that draw together millions of transactions, sometimes automatically, in searches for money laundering, terrorist financing or other unusual patterns.

June 02, 2002

Liberty Alliance: Associate and Affiliate Memberships

The Liberty Alliance has provided information on its new Associate and Affiliate membership levels.

Esther Dyson: A Primer on Digital Identity

Esther Dyson writes about digital identity -- how it's a lot harder than money.
A lot of techies and marketers will be spending a lot of time and money to develop technology that manages identity. The winners in this game will be the ones who understand that people want to control their own information, without being confused by the tools that help them do it.

Chicago Tribune: Household fighting image of predator

Household's home town newspaper discusses criticism of the company as a predatory lender.


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