Taking outsourcing to the extreme: Webshoring

Columnists' Corner: Buried down deep and toward the end of the article, David Margulius touches on what he calls Webshoring, a nascent practice begun by Amazon.com. This particular instance of Webshoring is known as Amazon Mechanical Turk, and it aptly put Margulius to work for less than minimum-wage at approximately $3.60 an hour, pre-taxes. "Amazon has figured out how to take the outsourcing trend to its ultimate extreme," Margulius writes. "It doesn’t have to care which country the worker is in, as long as the work gets done and there is no management overhead. Wow."

Security: In Security Adviser, Roger Grimes examines the controversy, if not chaos, surrounding Sony's DRM-related security issues and determines that it "reeks of bad decision-making," that has only "gone from bad to worse" since the vulnerabilities were discovered.

Best of the blogs: Victor Garza joins the RFID discussion with a post about the technology as a validation tool. "Did you know that RFID could be the solution to end the problem of global counterfeiting?" he asks. At the very least, it's one way to make sure those running shoes were really made by Nike.

Product preview: Call it an intellectual property leak finder. Reconnex iGuard 2.1 monitors e-mail, IM and FTP to uncover security, compliance and information risks, then presents results in a dashboard. Version 2.1 brings hardware and software improvements, as well as integration with security information management systems.

The news beat: Cisco may buy Scientific-Atlanta, a roughly $7 billion acquisition that would enable Cisco to assemble a media center offering and other consumer-oriented wares. Open source groups back India's free software program. And Sanyo reports a big first-half loss.