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Location: Mailing Lists / Archive General Hot Articles / 2002-01-16

In this issue:  How to take on Microsoft, reasons to worry
about terrorism, online tax-prep options, and more...
Salon looks at the business of legal professional gambling
in California.
A CIO article shows how Microsoft's corporate customers are
rebelling -- successfully -- against the software maker's
new subscription-based licensing plan.

---Crime & Terrorism---
Take a close look before you pop your bank card into an ATM:
thieves can steal your card numbers with a camouflaged
card-reader attached almost imperceptibly to the ATM's own,
as Kiplinger's reports.
The influence of organized crime in Japan's bad-debt crisis
is considerable, according to FEER.
Atlantic Unbound interviews Peter Bergen, author of the
Osama bin Laden biography Holy War, Inc., about bin Laden's
use of corporate-management techniques in al Qaeda.
 Buy Holy War, Inc.:
The U.S. State Department's technology infrastructure is so
antiquated and dilapidated that it threatens U.S. security. 
CIO reports on the imminent and enormous task of modernizing
A New Republic article points out that the EPA provides open
access to documents that could potentially show terrorists
which chemical facilities to attack for the most dire

A Mutual Funds article goes over all the changes to various
retirement plans that go into effect this year, including
new rules for IRAs, 401(k)s and other options.
A Smart Computing article looks at the options for filing
your U.S. federal and state income taxes online.
Free eBooks
A FDA Consumer article explains the process by which drug
safety is evaluated and why some drugs are pulled from the

Technology Review has an article on advances in generating
electricity from the action of ocean waves.
Smart Computing looks at the inner workings of airport
security technologies.
Scientific American examines the research that went into
creating sound from stereo speakers that seems
three-dimensional to the listener's brain.
Many pro athletes -- like Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, and
Randy Johnson -- are extending their careers, playing longer
at a high level than athletes in years past, notes a Sports
Illustrated article.
A Scientific American article argues that we should take the
issue of television addiction seriously.