Consumer Privacy: Personalized or Private?

Consumer Privacy: Personalized or Private?

Sharing information online doesn’t necessarily endanger one’s privacy — it all depends on what kind of information and how it’s being used. A federal judge on Tuesday provided a major victory for consumer privacy. After July 1, credit report companies will no longer be allowed to sell your Social Security number or other data in the “credit header” of your report without your consent. This is exactly how privacy should be regulated. The trafficking of sensitive
European Union Deal With U.S. Mega-Mergers

European Union Deal With U.S. Mega-Mergers

How the European Union plays Let’s Remake a Deal with U.S. mega-mergers Mario Monti, the European Union’s Competition Commissioner, is making Jack Welch look bad. Last October, Welch tried to cap one of the great management careers of the Industrial Age by announcing General Electric (GE, info) was acquiring Honeywell (HON, info) for over $50 billion. He extended his stay as CEO and confidently predicted a closing in the first quarter of 2001. In late February,

A Quick Glance Shows Business Challenges for Dell

In Dell’s case, unlike many others today, layoffs could be a sign that troubled times are ahead for its competitors. If you take a quick glance at what’s been going on at Dell Computer lately, you might get the impression that it has succumbed to the woes facing just about every other high-tech firm: profit warnings, cost-cutting measures, layoffs, and diminishing gross margins. However, take a closer look, and you’ll see that in many ways, Dell
The Network: Broadband Needs A Push

The Network: Broadband Needs A Push

Considering the riches to be gained, it’s surprising that so few industries are evangelizing broadband. It’s scary when you realize that one of the Internet’s “next big things” depends on the Baby Bells, the cable companies, and Congress to push it forward. Let’s face it: When you think of legislators, telcos, and the cable industry–marketing prowess, entrepreneurial instincts, and speedy execution aren’t the first images to spring to mind. And yet that’s the trio leading the

IBM Makes LCD Breakthrough

Fine-tunes development process; should lead to lower costs. In what’s hailed as a breakthrough development, IBM (IBM, info) researchers say they have found a way to put a new face on your computer. By developing a new process for manufacturing computer displays, IBM claims it can save manufacturers money while improving screen quality and viewing angles. The research infuses some predictability into the mysterious science behind flat liquid crystal display (LCD) screens, which are used in

To B-School or Not to B-School?

When making a career switch, one of the biggest decisions for many is whether or not to go to business school. Here’s how to decide. Q: I’m a senior manager for a highly prestigious management consulting firm — about two years away from being elected a partner. Trouble is, I have a long-term career interest in the media business and see myself eventually leaving the consulting field. To get a leg up, I recently applied to