Thursday, July 7, 2005 (No. 59)
Editor & Publisher 
Milt Capps
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ISDN-Net's Dunlap says Supreme Court ruling on broadband could foreshadow less access to phone networks, may result in more municipal broadband initiatives, The City Paper, July 5.

Dialogic Communications CEO Kirby outlines origins of firm, the spur that came with 9/11, prospects for $30 million revenues and plans to relocate data center to downtown Nashville, City Paper,
July 6.  DCC accepting apps for 2005 city/county grant program for free hosted notification services,, June 30.

American Healthways and Microsoft team for healthcare IT solutions, release
June 30.

Former TN State Tax commissioner and Metro Finance director is named head of Multistate Tax Commission, working on streamlined sales tax, Nash. Bus. Journal,
June 22., June 22. States move forward on Internet Sales Tax (Streamlined Sales Tax), Wash. Post, July 2.

Medical Banking Leadership Forum at Vanderbilt, tomorrow,
July 8. Related story on Med. Banking Project, p. 1, July 1, Nash. Bus. Journal. COMBAT (Cooperative Open-Source Medical Banking Architecture and Technology) initiative begins this month.

Cool Springs Life Sciences Center welcomes first occupant, BioMimetic, on July 11, and Vanderbilt incubator will follow. The City Paper, July 7. 

Evaluators of merit of iPayment buyout deal get monthly stipends during evaluation, Tennessean,
July 2. in pre-beta testing, release July 1. Site encourages citizen journalism
, and story popularity determines reporters' compensation.

Chess Masterminds event via Internet between Nashville and Russia begins Sunday, airs July 24 for satellite distribution. ChessBase, June 30. Event uses Shahcom ICCS.

Nashville's, founded by Gene McCabe, recently introduced enhancements
that translate into credits for members whose used books are listed and shipped to other members who request them.

Nashville is hottest headquarters location site, says Business Facilities, NVPost,
June 21. Tennessean, June 22.

(July 27) Tech After Hours is back! Location: Adventure Science Center. 5 p.m. Details and registration

(TODAY) NTC Tech Roundtable
, Supply Chain technologies and corporate strategies, with emphasis on management, with panelists Kent Freeman, President of Customer Service, Ingram Book Group; Stuart Smith, Senior Vice President - Supply Chain, Asurion; Bob Speith, Chief Information Officer, Ozburn-Hessey; Moderator Don Mabry, Chief Operating and Technology Officer, Cleartrack. 4 p.m. registration, networking; program 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. $15 Member, $25 nonmember. Location: Vanderbilt Center for Better Health, 3401 West End Ave. Suite 290 (37203).  Details here.
(Aug. 24) 4th Annual InfoSec Nashville NTC-ISSA Conference, Keynote Amit Yoran, former US Homeland Security Cybersecurity czar. Nashville Convention Center, details here. Sungard Availability Services is Platinum Sponsor. Gold: CipherTrust, Nortel. Silver: Courion. For remaining sponsorship or exhibit information, write here or call (615) 743-3160.
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RenTech cranks-up Brentwood data center, as co-location growth accelerates
It's unlikely that fifteen years ago, while driving an 18-wheeler for a local moving-van operator – and regularly hauling IBM equipment bound for Big Blue's next trade show – Ken Nelson ever imagined that by 2005 his RenTech managed-hosting firm would be cranking almost $3 million per year in revenues, projecting another 25 percent bump in the coming year, and opening a 12,500 sq. ft. data center at Cool Springs, in addition to his 1,500 sq. ft. data center in Green Hills.
RenTech offers managed co-location; dedicated servers; disaster recovery; Internet and Web hosting; and network services. RenTech is in the final stages of SAS 70.1 compliance processes certification, and is partnering with Electronic Compliance Management, LBMC and other firms for an expanding suite of security and compliance services.
Now 37, RenTech President and CEO Nelson explains that while manhandling big rigs he was not long out of Madison High School (Class of '85), but was already a computer hobbyist and Wildcat bulletin-board operator.  While on the road, he picked the brains of the IBM engineers he met at trade-show destinations, where he devoured technology information during layovers. When at home, he focused on mastering computers, including his first, an IBM 286 given him by a friend. Early in his industrial mechanical-engineering studies at Middle Tennessee State University, he bailed-out to learn more in the "real world" about "all things bright and shiny."
Soon, he parlayed his knowledge of bulletin boards into a project setting-up a computer network for his soon-to-be-employer and eventual first paying client, Corporate Supply Network (CSN). In 1991, he launched his sideline InTouch Computer Systems business, quickly helping the music industry's Buddy Lee Attractions move onto ethernet. Next, he developed software to help Santori Water Group market its Crystal Springs product.
By 1997, Nelson was working nearly fulltime within InTouch; but, when local entrepreneur Lep Andrews founded Renaissance Technology, Nelson joined him as partner and vice president, folding InTouch into the company. Application-development, IT solutions clients soon included Link2Gov, SunTrust Bank, Phillips Petroleum and others.
Then, Link2Gov inquired about colocation services, and Nelson says the "business light" went on in his brain, signalling an opportunity. In 1998, after market research disclosed few competing providers locally, he signed CSN and Link2Gov for colocation services, then secured his first data-center space in Green Hills. In 1999, he founded Rennaissance Applications Facility, soon thereafter changing the name to RenTech. In 2000, he further sharpened his focus, shutting-down all applications development in favor of data-center operations.
RenTech has three times been named a Future 50 firm by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and is applying again this year. Tight management has allowed the firm to finance from cash flow nearly 70 percent of the $1.7 million buildout and startup costs of its new data center on Commerce Way in Brentwood, in the former home of the Service Merchandise data center.
Although the freshly operational data facility is nine times the size of the first data center and the grand opening isn't til August, the facility is one-fourth leased, with Volunteer Credit Corp. one of RenTech's first disclosable new tenants, among a clientele that also includes, CMA, Alive Hospice, Clinix MIS, National Nephrology, Bondware, NewsChannel5 (WTVF), and RealTracs Solutions. RenTech's 170-plus hosting clients range from $500 to $35,000 per month enterprises. RenTech staffing is six fulltime technical support, two sales and two admin. Nelson projects hiring two more engineers in early 2006. RenTech management also includes Lawrence Dospil, CFO; John Szente, Director-Operations; and, Ron Styers, director-consulting business development.
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(Sept. 14) Nashville Capital Network program, "Managing the Fast-Growing Business," 5:30 p.m., Averbuch Audit., Owen GSM, Vanderbilt. Details TBA.

Aspect Communications, with 150 in Brentwood, will be taken private by Concerto Software,, July 5. Release July 5.

VC: Turney Stephens of Harpeth Capital sees uptick in healthcare services, biotechnology and medical-devices deals, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 24.

Nashville's Paymaxx merges with Miami's Compupay,
June 24 release. Nash. Bus. Journal, June 24;, June 24; Tennessean, June 25; The City Paper, June 27. 

Ozburn Hessey sells majority interest to New York private-equity firm Welsh Carson, Tennessean,
June 27. O-H reported moving from Nashville to Brentwood, p. 3, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 24. City Paper, June 28.  Sweden's Duni chooses Ozburn-Hessey Logistics and 3PL support for Nashville hub, release June 30. Sweden's Duni Corp. distribution center to LaVergne, p. 2, Nash. Bus. Journal (see related link).

Former Smart Hospital exec David Joiner's Edgehill Studios provides an artsy e-gathering cafe near Vanderbilt, City Paper,
July 6.

E.W. Scripps completes Shopzilla acquisition, release
June 27. Scripps owns Knoxville-based Scripps Networks and the Knoxville News Sentinel.

IPIX wins DARPA contract, June 30.  IPIX raises $10 million in private offering,
June 22. IPIX stock leaps upward on news of DARPA contract, Knox. News Sentinel, July 2.

Denton's Directories of Spring Hill is international, has web design bus too
, Nash. Bus Journal, p. 5, July 1, not on web.

Growth of Knoxville's Strata-G startup illustrates value of technology-incubation process,
Knox. News Sentinel, July 4. Chattanooga Center for Entrepreneurial Growth, a high-tech incubator, moves into UT Chattanooga Engineering School, Times Free Press, June 30. Center for Entrepreneurial Growth moves from Tech2020 to Chattanooga Chamber ownership,, June 30.

Memphis Networx raises $7 million via Renasant Bank, and Memphis Angels investor group expresses support, Memphis Bus. Journal,
June 21. Memphis Networx sale authority questioned by Memphis City Council, Comm. Appeal, June 22.
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Correctional Risk Services (Brentwood) wins Hickman County Jail claims management contract, Nash. Bus. Journal.
Vanderbilt cited as enterprise running Oracle database on Oracle Real Application clusters on Linux, AMEinfo, July 4.
Cybera CEO Duffey says firm's Smartnetwork security equal to frame-relay standard enabled VPN enterprise to earn Entrepreneur magazine national ranking for growth, City Paper, June 22.

Capital Confirmation's Confirm software/process received one of ten honorable-mention awards during Tax & Accounting Technology Innovation Awards (June 6). Confirm product/process validates bank balances during audits, Tennessean,
June 26. Release, June 16.

Franklin-based Passage Inc.'s RFID wristband with stored-value chip makes it a lot easier to get indigestion at Greer Stadium, as teams nationwide move to speed-up concession sales, Tennessean,
June 23.

Nashville-to-Memphis IT transplant Wes Hicks' G-2 Technology has found a niche in recruiting hard-to-find tech talent, Commercial Appeal,
July 4.

Nashville-based, the innovative online music site from PassAlong Networks,
announced June 29 it took top honors for active listings on eBay.

MailNet Services Inc. names Mike Mancini vp sales, Tennessean, July 7.

Caremark announces senior-executive changes for operations, finance, development; Tennessean,
June 22. Nash. Bus. Journal, June 22. City Paper, p. 11, June 22, not on web.

Employees without checking accounts glad to have Comdata and other paycards that provide immediate cash on payday, Tennessean,
July 4.

Sitemason publishing release paces iTunes 4.9 release,
release here.

SBC Comms. nets VPN contract with Tennessee's Forward Air Inc., release June 29.

LBMC names partners Mark Fulford and Paul Demastus of LBMC Risk Services,
Nash. Bus. Journal, June 21. Tennessean, June 26.

Baptists' NAMB launches "See Who Cares" online platform for missionary work, Witness article,
June 30. Background on WhoCares digital-media campaign, here. 

Fierce Zycron - Beacon sponsorship rivalry reflected in T-ball results, Tennessean,
June 29.
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EBM:   Stead announces VU Med Center adopts Zynx EKM, June 22, Zynx (Hearst Business Media division of Hearst Corp.) statement: "Vanderbilt Medical Center will use EKM to help its clinical order set development teams review relevant evidence as the teams decide on appropriate elements to include in each order set. The development teams will also use EKM to alert order set authors to new evidence that might require updating of existing order sets." Genetic Engineering News, June 22.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN and TennCare Bureau consummate contract for EMR via Shared Health subsidiary and Community Connection service,, July 6. Nash. Bus. Journal, July 6. Tennessean, July 7. City Paper, July 7. Blues promise substantial RoI for State.

John Hammergren, Chairman/CEO of McKesson, addressed Health Care Council audience in June re: future of Healthcare IT. Nashville Medical News, scroll pdf to p. 5, July 2005.

E-health initiative gains support among pediatricians, Nash. Medical News,
scroll pdf to p. 15, July 2005.

Healthcare IT will be focus for advertisers in September 2005 issue of Nashville Medical News

National Alliance for Health IT schedules Open Forum on systemic interoperability and Alliance issues on July 12. HHS Scty. Leavitt welcomes health IT legislative proposals, statement June 30

HIPAA vs Freedom of the Press topic of June 21 First Amendment Center program at VU, here.

Medtronic Solutions offers controls on imaging costs, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 24.

HealthTrust Purchasing Group, Brentwood, awards Omnicell contract to install OptiFlex open supply management system in 190 HCA healthcare facilities, release June 28.

Client Care Solutions call center opens to improve healthcare customer-service practices, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 24.

Joint Commission Resources announces flaw in hospital-accreditation software, NY Times, June 24.

Commercial Appeal editorial support RHIOs, healthcare IT, Commercial Appeal, June 27.

McKesson installing clinical information systems in six Baptist Memorial Healthcare Hospitals, Commercial Appeal, June 24.

UT Memphis Health Science Center gets HHS grant for Tech-Net cancer-treatment telemedicine, Memphis Bus. Journal, June 22.

Franklin's Censis Technologies scores Vanderbilt Medical Center as customer for Censitrack surgical tool-tracking software, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 22.  Tennessean, June 27.

SAS introduces life-sciences knowledge network, release June 27.

Increasingly, live surgical webcasts show patients what to expect, NY Times, July 6.
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Link to key in-state government bid-tracking resources, here. Also, see previous issues, here

Metro Government Planning Department solicits GPS proposals RFP 05-08, due Aug. 19.

First Mobile (Cincinnati) gains Tennessee contract to install docking devices for laptops in Highway Patrol cruisers, Cinc. Enquirer,
June 28.

Metro Schools tech-funding pressure relieved by reducing contribution to implementation of payroll and accounting systems - Tennessean explains change-up, Tennessean,
July 1. Schools won't owe fee this year, City Paper, July 1. Metro Schools and some Metro Council members reportedly surprised by $900K bill-back for Metro Government IS support, which was apparently triggered by Council's tweaking of Mayor's budget, (note: despite June 28 caveat from Metro Finance). Tennessean, June 30.

Strain between radio host and Sen. Cohen may have helped stall statewide video coverage of General Assembly proceedings, Tennessean, June 27, scroll
down here. Related story, State. Sen. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) wants TV coverage and Internet postings of bills, Tennessean, June 27.

Knox County purchasing adopts software for procurement, Knox. News Sentinel,
July 4.

Interim director seeks to stem chaos in E911 services, following Knox County director's resignation, Knox. News Sentinel,
June 23.

"Reverse 911" system being adopted for emergency-notification in Greene County, using Homeland Security funds,
June 29, Greene County online.

Dueling Websites contest Sylvan Park zoning, Tennessean, Davidson AM,
June 22.

Editorial applauds inauguration of wireless Internet access in Metro Public Library, Tennessean,
July 1.

Memphis-area Public Library's management is privatized: Under Library Systems and Services Inc.'s management, more data and information services among changes,
Commercial Appeal, June 30.

Knox County Schools may use Nextel GPS service to track school buses, Knox. News Sentinel,
June 30.

Knox County terminates software contract for license renewal with Clerk's son's CP Liberty LLC 
June 30, Knox. News Sentinel. Knox County Clerk's free-software deal with son's firm CP Liberty LLC remains under scrutiny in context of procurement rules, Knox. News Sentinel, June 25.

Local vendors would get bidding advantage in Memphis City Council proposal, Comm. Appeal,
June 22.

Online tax could be coming, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle editorial,
June 25.

E-notification:  Victims notified of offenders' parole or release via VINE system, implemented in Arkansas, devised by Appriss in Louisville, Commercial Appeal,
June 25. Appriss supports Foundation that works to reduce domestic violence, here.

Traffic-surveillance cameras okayed by Memphis City Council, Comm. Appeal,
June 22.

Franklin's GPS system enables tracking of Fire and Police Vehicles, Tennessean,
June 21.

Could Military draft return?  Pentagon reportedly pinning hopes for all-vol force on new recruitment-database venture; federal agencies are sharing more data, Washington Post,
June 23.

TN Human Services RFP 345-01.201 for Web-based On-line Vision Integration Program (VIP)
, due Aug. 31.

TN Secretary of State replacement case-tracking system revised RFP 305.01-003, due July 19.
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Northeast TN Tech Council TechStar Awards nominations due by Aug. 26 (Awards event Oct. 21). NETTC wins TechLink award for advancing technology in region, release here.

At Kingsport, Eastman Chemical's Eastman Innovation website wins Gold Award in Digital Media with partner
The Brewery (London, England), release June 27, related info here.

US LEC announced BIGVoice IP voice/data service, Memphis Bus. Journal,
June 21.

Serious about E-Commerce: Viking Range (Greenwood, MS) hires Memphis-based Lokion and Cambridge-based
ATG (Art Technology Group) for web redesign and e-commerce overhaul, Commercial Appeal, June 25.

Comprehensive Computer Services, unit of Korean PC giant TriGem, is locating computer-repair facility on former Brother site at Bartlett (Memphis).
Commercial Appeal, June 22. Related, Bartlett Express, July 1.

GPS data helps detect active deformation in New Madrid earthquake fault zone, Memphis Bus. Journal,
June 23.

Memphis-area's Apex Global Emerging Technology Corp.'s Amir Flippin will launch group of news-information sites and archives, Commercial Appeal, June 30.

Chattanooga-area bloggers gaining influence, here. Related bloggers article, Times Free Press,
July 4.

Chattanooga industrial site rumored to remain in running for manufacturing site for unnamed auto giant, Times Free Press,
July 5.

Elvis Presley Enterprises hires eFashion Solutions to manage global Internet sales of The King's licensed products, Commercial Appeal,
July 2.

First Solutions Teleconsulting opens in Memphis, Comm. Appeal,
July 3.

Memphis Airport adopts AssureTec ID-validation system,
June 3.

Jackson-based Kirkland's, specialty retailer, launches e-Commerce site, dBusiness,
June 29.

Baton Rouge Chamber acquires Tech Council, launches technology initiative in video-game space,,
June 29.

Chattanooga's Copeland Inc. metal fabricator has used technology, including laser and e-commerce software, to advance tough business, Times Free Press,
June 30.

Chattanooga-based restaurant chain digesting 246 Krystal Hotspots as free Wi-Fi spreads, Knox. News Sentinel,
July 1.

Offbeat Wonder Works science center is slated for Pigeon Forge opening in '06, Knox. News Sentinel,
June 28.

Chattanooga Airport unveils website,, June 21.

Southeast TN and Georgia economic-development officials collaborate for growth, Times Free Press,
June 27.

Reports of identity theft in Chattanooga area, Times Free Press,
June 27.
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TSU Astronomer Henry contributes to finding planet with massive solid core, reinforcing believe in model for planetary formation, release July 1. 

Vanderbilt Engineering's Institute for Space and Defense Electronics receives NASA subcontract to help develop technology to protect systems from extremes of radiation and temperature,
release July 1.

Grateful UT Engineering grad and Garmin GPS co-founder donates $17.5 million for College of Engineering facility and scholarships fund, Knox. News Sentinel,
June 30.

Governors School for Information Technology Leadership gives students real-life lessons at Tennessee Technological University, Tennessean, July 5. Students develop business plan for IT product as culmination to studies at Governor's Academy for Information Technology at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville. Knox. News Sentinel, June 29.

U. Memphis Center for Research in Educational Policy is finalist to be evaluator of Cobb Cty. (Ga.) laptop-in-schools initiative, Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 1. 

Nashville Academy of Science and Engineering picks first home on Thompson Lane, City Paper,
July 1.

MTSU Prof. Ricketts advances knowledge of hydrogen-solar automobile propulsion, Tennessean,
July 1.

TN Tech Univ. Prof. Robert Qiu advances UltraWideBand technology beyond basics of GPS and communications applications, Newswise,
June 27.

To recruit talent for Oak Ridge NL, officials use everything from research appointments and internships, to contributing $2 million to local high school, Knox. News Sentinel,
June 27.

Team at UT Knoxville will collaborate with Univ. Arkansas researchers to create semiconductors that can help avert collapse of the U.S. power grid, as happened in 2003. CompoundSemiconductor.Net,
June 21.

IBM Blue Gene cracks superconducting list, according to UT-published Top500 list (Dongarra),
release June 22.

Univ. of Memphis getting new computer system, Comm. Appeal,
July 5. New computer system will improve all aspects of teaching, learning and administration at Austin Peay State Univ., Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, June 22. 

U. Memphis Girls Experiencing Engineering seeks to introduce more females to engineering fields, Commercial Appeal,
July 2.

Nation's military budget may include money for U. Tenn. research on technology to detect terrorist pathogens, Commercial Appeal,
June 22.

Oak Ridge National Lab wins three awards from R&D magazine,
release here.

60th Anniversary: Atomic Heritage Foundation and Oak Ridge Manhattan Project,
resource here.

E. TN Economic Council contributes cash for Oak Ridge High School, OakRidger,
June 30.

FedEx Institute of Technology and Texas-based Human Emulation Robotics partner on robot that is expert on author Philip K. Dick, Memphis Bus. Journal,
July 1. Exhibit continues through July 8.

Another DeSoto High kid in National Youth Technology Forum, June 27-10days. Commercial Appeal,
June 25.

U.S. Senate adds money to Dept. of Energy funding request, boosting nanotechnology and other initiatives at the national laboratories, Los Alamos Monitor, July 2.

National Lab's computer system simulates terrorism's worst-case scenarios,
Wash. Post, July 4.

Libraries having tough time meeting customer demand for Internet access. Times Free Press,
July 4.

Both technology and textbooks underfunded in school districts' budgets, Times Free Press,
July 4.

Reinventing the Internet(2): Update from the Internet Storm Center, Washington Post, June 26.

Sumner County Schools use Orchard Learning software to individualize instruction for English Language Learners, Gallatin News Examiner,
June 20.

Electronic Computer Programming College recognized as school of distinction by Accrediting Commis. of Career Colleges and Schools of Technology, Times Free Press,
June 25.

Girls Incorporated at Chattanooga win science-education award,,
June 20.
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Recent Jobs Postings to NTC Careers page, here.

COMPETING:  Nashville's IT sector is only major employment sector lagging in year-to-year employment gains (not explained), Tennessean, June 25. State labor-workforce site, here. Silicon Valley firms experiencing profitably, but jobless recovery, as firms move some talent positions to lower-cost U.S. regions and offshore, NY Times, July 3. Author recounts how U.S. has lost ground during Bush Administration on Internet, advanced technologies, Foreign Affairs magazine (not yet posted) via NY Times, June 25. Earlier Brookings scholars' testimony on U.S. vulnerability in broadband and IT, as other nations gain ground, Brookings Institution, here. Offshoring may not be a morale-killer in the best IT shops, ComputerWorld, June 27.

Knoxville-based 4th Source becomes first U.S. tech company to occupy Yucutan's Citi Centro facility, shifting focus to offshoring to Mexico, rather than to India or E. Europe. Release June 15.

Update on recycling computers and other electronics in middle Tennessee, City Paper, June 24. Discarded computers piling-up in Hamilton County schools, Times Free Press, July 6.

Privacy: In Memphis, OnStar GPS at first refused to track stolen vehicle for police, due privacy policy, Commercial Appeal editorial, July 7.

CentreSource founder Nicholas Holland offers thoughts on Pervasive Employee Monitoring, Nashville Medical News, scroll pdf p. 29, July 2005.  Holland blog addresses comparative benefits of using an individual-as-contractor vs. using an IT software-development projects firm, here.

IS Security experts say it's unlikely the economy will be catastrophically harmed by theft of information, but myriad of small crimes, loss of confidence in systems, the threat of 'extraction of self', and the futility of emphasizing stopping theft over making information harder to use (e.g., through better authentication) are concerns, NY Times,
June 26.
Decoys could lure hackers away from Global Information Grid of DoD, Washington Post, July 4.

CIBER, Inc. (NYSE: CBR) yesterday announced completion of acquisition of Knowledge Systems Private Ltd., a Bangalore, India-based professional services firm specializing in custom-application development. Release.

Gateway founder gives $250K grant to group that will plot roadmap for nanotechnology development,, June 21. Foresight group seeks to set standards for industry, Znet news, June 22. Nanotech push at U. Maryland is exemplary of trillion-dollar potential of the nano-industry, Wash. Post, July 7.

AFSMI customer-service and support managers will rally at Nashville for annual summit, Oct. 9-12, CRM Today, June 24.

MUSIC:  Music Row execs and downloaders reacted differently to Supreme Court ruling on file-sharing that hit Grokster, Tennessean,
June 28. Intent of peer-to-peer firms is key to industry's legal standing, Tennessean, June 28. City Paper, June 28. NY Times, June 28. Tennessean editorial supports file-sharing ruling, Tennesseann, June 29. Editorials: Supreme Court struck right note in opinion on downloading, Commercial Appeal, July 1. Also supportive, The City Paper, July 1. A third of all music discs sold globally are pirated says IFPI, while in 31 nations fake recordings outsell legal products, IFPI release June 23. AP via Tennessean, p. 1E, June 24.

'Mobile Music' is "beyond hot": Category could make up more than half of digital music business,
Wash. Post, July 2. Cellphones competing with iPod as music cache, NY Times, July 7.

Intel partners with actor Morgan Freeman for ClickStar movie downloads, NY Times,
July 7.

Knoxville's Eonstreams and Amick Research partner on research regarding streaming media and branding, release
June 21. Research not posted.

Mainstream Media:  Nashville's WKRN 2 (Young Brdcstg., ABC) is training its staff in new Video Journalism techniques, using
Rosemblum Associates. Release dBusiness news, June 30.The Newspaper of the Future (Lawrence, KS, media convergence), NY Times, June 26. It costs little for mainstream media to listen to the buzz around 'jailbreak media' like podcasting, and then choose whether or not the new outlet is important for them, NY Times, July 4. Reuters offers public access to newsfeed in effort to build brand loyalty, and emerge from the news background, NY Times, June 27. Interactive advertising campaigns increasing in influence, NY Times, July 1. Previously reluctant motion-picture studios finally rushing to digitize films to meet Digital Demand, NY Times, July 4.

E-mail authentication: Despite others' mistrust about Microsoft patent application, Wong sees hope for saving E-mail via license-free Sender ID. Washington Post,
July 3.

Motivations of bloggers vary, Commercial Appeal,
July 1.

RSS rapidly diffusing among consumers and advertisers, NY Times,
July 5.  People are changing Web habits as a result of Spyware, Adware, Pew release July 6.

Grocers eye self-checkout technology as focus of capital spending, IHL Consulting (Franklin), release
June 28.

CIBER initiative for onshoring IT work in smaller cities is highlighted in AP report,
Knox. News Sentinel, June 27. CIBERsites background.

Tech Community Volunteers — Two initiatives need your help: “Youth About Business” hosts “Nashville Business Camp” at Vanderbilt, in cooperation with Owen GSM, June 6-10 or 13-17. And, Metro Schools' Stratford IT
Academy needs companies to host Job Shadowing one day in July. For more info, please visit here, right away.
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For frequent updates, check the NTC home page and the NTC "Tech Links" and Calendar and Member Press Release pages. Visit Tennessee's technology councils' sites:
CALENDAR ( * indicates new or revised item) 
* (July 7) The East Tennessee Nano Alliance will meet 8-9:30 a.m. today at Technology 2020 in Oak Ridge. Tech 2020 CEO Tom Rogers will discuss the East Tennessee Nano Initiative, a regionwide economic development effort, and Lindsey Kratzer, a University of Tennessee MBA student doing market research on nanotechnology, will make a presentation. The event is free. To RSVP call 865-220-2020 or e-mail

(July 7)  NTC Tech Roundtable, program on Supply Chain/Logistics. Details above and here.

(July 12-15) Tenn. Valley Corridor 2005
National Summit, Washington, D.C. 

* (July 13) NASA's Discovery returns to Space on 13-day mission, launch July 13. Related story, here. Bush Administration plan for NASA and human space exploration is 'bold, but unrealistic', and likely to harm U.S. space efforts, NY Times citing AAAS report, June 23.

* (July 14) AITP Nashville, with speaker Christopher R. Rehm, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Spheris Corporation, discusses health information trends, with examples of Spheris' medical transcription work. Holiday Inn Select, 5:30 p.m. Information here

(July 15) ISSA Mid TN chapter program, 11:30 a.m., Network Anomaly Detection, details here.

(July 27) NTC Tech After Hours.
Details here. 

(July 27) E. TN Tech Council monthly meeting, 11:30 a.m., on Bush Bros. & Co. response to Wal-Mart's RFID initiative, with Todd Schultz, Sr. Manager - Logistics, and  Steve Savell, Sr. IS Manager - Supply Chain. For more info, write here.

(Aug. 4) NTC Tech Roundtable on "Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)," with Jerry Dunlap, ISDN-Net; Mat Gaskins, AIM Healthcare; Jackie Shrago, ThinkLink Learning; Rick Moran, Cisco; moderator Tom Coffey, US LEC. 

(Aug. 13-15) 14th IEEE International
Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Marriott at Vanderbilt. 

(Aug. 18) TN Business Roundtable: CEO Summit on Math & Science Education, Oak Ridge.

(Aug. 24) – NTC-ISSA InfoSec Nashville 2005 information-security conference will be Wednesday August 24, with CSI information-security training Aug. 22, 23, 25, 26. Keynote is former US Homeland Security Cybersecurity Czar Amit Yoran. For further information, visit here

(Sept. 1) NTC Tech Roundtable, speaker Ken Thoreson, President, Acumen Management Group on creating sustainable revenues through partnerships. Details here.

* (Sept. 7-9)  National Health IT Summit and National HIPAA Summit, Washington D.C.

* (Sept. 8) AITP Nashville, with speaker David Cochran, IT manager, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. For information, write here.

* (Sept. 14) Nashville Capital Network program, "Managing the Fast-Growing Business," 5:30 p.m., Averbuch Audit., Owen GSM, Vanderbilt.
Details TBA.

(Sept. 26-29) Fountainhead College of Technology's Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity Training (IACT) hosts National Security Agency's (NSA) INFOSEC Assessment Methodology (IAM) and INFOSEC Evaluation Methodology (IEM) training and certification courses. Details here, phone (865) 688-9422 or write here.

(Sept. 29) Music City Future 50 Awards Dinner.

(Oct. 6) Nanotechnology conference, Co-sponsored by NTC and Vanderbilt, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Caterpillar Financial
Auditorium. Details to be announced.

(Oct. 6) NTC Tech Roundtable, program to be announced. 

(Nov. 3) NTC Tech Roundtable, presentation by Debbie Gordon, CEO, Snappy Auctions. 

(Dec. 1) NTC Tech Roundtable, program on Meaningful Metrics in IT, details TBA.

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Nashville Technology Council
Editor & Publisher Milt Capps
211 Commerce Street, Suite 100,  Nashville, TN 37201
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