NetFlash: AJAX presents corporate problems, opportunities

* AJAX presents corporate problems, opportunities * Minneapolis has a new high-tech library: And it even has books * FBI special agent recounts outsourcing horror story * Patents: Don’t just say ‘no’ * ScanSafe tests search-engine protection tool * Today on Layer 8

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AJAX presents corporate problems, opportunities

The popularity of applications such as Google Maps and Flickr has Web developers flocking to the technologies that make these rich, interactive programs work. But industry watchers caution the Web scripting components known collectively as Asynchronous JavaScript + XML can be more complex - and less network friendly - than they might first appear. Click here for more.

Minneapolis has a new high-tech library: And it even has books

It has 300 desktop computers and 16 laptops, a VoIP system and a fiber WAN, eight self-checkout units, and a book-sorting system that can sort 6,000 items an hour. It's Minneapolis' new state-of-the-art public library, and we take you inside.

FBI special agent recounts outsourcing horror story

The CAD/CAM company thought it was protecting itself, having employees of the Indian outsourcing company that was debugging its source code sign non-disclosure agreements. But when a disgruntled outsourcing employee swiped a copy of the code a few years back and tried to sell it to the CAD/CAM vendor's competitors, the vendor found out that the NDAs were of little use when it came to prosecuting the alleged thief in India. Click here for more.

Opinion: Patents: Don’t just say ‘no’

It’s not a new complaint to say the patent system is a mess. Far too many patents containing far too little innovation have been issued and then asserted against companies actually trying to make a buck. Click here for more.

ScanSafe tests search-engine protection tool

ScanSafe, which provides Internet and e-mail scanning services, has begun publicly testing a tool designed to warn users when malicious links pop up in their search results. Click here for more.

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