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Adobe Has No Plans To Make Current Products Windows Vista Compatible

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Et Tu, Scoble?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Adobe Has No Plans To Make Current Products Windows Vista Compatible
    Related Story:
    - Adobe Releases Apollo Alpha
3. Breaking News
    - Firefox Security Goes Head-To-Head With Microsoft's IE7
    - Salesforce.com Launches Online Portal Service
    - The Torvalds Transcript: Why I 'Absolutely Love' GPL Version 2
    - Microsoft Unveils Digital Phone System For Small Business
    - Spyware Puts Ads on Google.com
    - Internet Atwitter About Twitter
    - eBay Offers Chance To Go Fly-Fishing With Intel Chairman Craig Barrett
    - Chinese Hackers Stealing Gamers' Identities
    - Symantec: Criminals Pool Resources To Beef Up Online Attacks
    - Google Phone Is In The Works, Say Industry Insiders
    - Microsoft Hones Its Interface Approach
    - 5 Google Tips To Improve Your Search Experience
4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
    - Which Google Phone Did Google Confirm This Week?
    - If Viacom Wins Its Case Against Google
    - Ballmer On Google: Same FUD, Different Day
    - Windows Vista Diary: Free Sidebar Gadgets From Google
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - The Next Stage For Continuous Process Management
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Et Tu, Scoble?

On the heels of further bad news--the latest being that Adobe now says it has no plans to issue updates to the current versions of its products to ensure Windows Vista compatibility--comes a backstabbing by Microsoft's former pet poodle, Robert Scoble.

In his Scobleizer blog late last week, Scoble excoriated his former employer for--in his words--sucking. That's right: "Microsoft's Internet execution sucks (on whole). Its search sucks. Its advertising sucks." Good for Scoble. He's traveled quite a distance from the years he spent blogging from the halls at Microsoft, spinning the good spin and generally defending the company against any and all detractors.

He's especially on the mark when he talks about Microsoft's much-maligned Windows Live, the umbrella term for the company's strategy to offer business services over the Web. What got Scoble's goat: a talk by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business in which Ballmer disparaged archrival Google as putting out products that were "sort of cute." Google cute? Scoble scoffed at the idea and compared that kind of cheap shot to a football coach "talking trash" in the press in a way that only motivates the opposing team.

Indeed, Google's got a lot more on the ball than Microsoft in the Web-based services space.

Again quoting Scoble's blog:

Google's secret weapon? It controls the entire stack in the datacenter. Google writes its own hard disk drivers. It has its datacenter hardware built to its spec. Ever wonder why Live.com is slower than Google? Hint: it's cause Google is out executing Microsoft in the datacenter.

What do you think? Do you agree with Scoble? Or do you think he's taking his own cheap shots? Let us know what you think by responding to the InformationWeek Blog.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Adobe Has No Plans To Make Current Products Windows Vista Compatible
Adobe says it has no plans to issue updates to the current versions of its products to ensure Windows Vista compatibility.

Related Stories:

Adobe Releases Apollo Alpha
The cross-platform runtime works both online and offline, and doesn't require a Web browser.


3. Breaking News

Firefox Security Goes Head-To-Head With Microsoft's IE7
A SANS Institute survey shows that for security-minded users, Mozilla's browser is just as popular as Microsoft's.

Salesforce.com Launches Online Portal Service
The new service allows subscribers to populate a customer portal with selected information from their Salesforce.com accounts and to embed application services from partners.

The Torvalds Transcript: Why I 'Absolutely Love' GPL Version 2
"First off, I don't even know what the GPLv3 will look like. I would be totally crazy to accept a license for my code sight unseen," Torvalds says.

Microsoft Unveils Digital Phone System For Small Business
The company developed Response Point to work alongside traditional phone systems or voice-over-IP systems.

Spyware Puts Ads on Google.com
Cingular Wireless and Travelocity ads appeared on Google.com last month, without Google's consent, thanks to spyware.

Internet Atwitter About Twitter
The Twitter blogging service is exploding in popularity, as twitterers fill each other in on what they're having for breakfast and where they're meeting up to party. But is it actually useful?

eBay Offers Chance To Go Fly-Fishing With Intel Chairman Craig Barrett
The highest bidder and a guest will receive a three-day, two-night stay in a private cabin at the Triple Creek Ranch at the base of Montana's Bitterroot Range and have a gourmet meal with Barrett.

Chinese Hackers Stealing Gamers' Identities
In a country where malicious activity is skyrocketing, hackers are stealing and then selling the identities of high-scoring gamers.

Symantec: Criminals Pool Resources To Beef Up Online Attacks
Phishers, spammers, hackers, and virus writers are bartering and selling services and information in online cooperative networks.

Google Phone Is In The Works, Say Industry Insiders
Google isn't commenting directly on leaks from Europe and the United States that describe a low-cost, Internet-connected phone with a color, wide-screen design.

Microsoft Hones Its Interface Approach
Business apps get a consistent look and feel.

5 Google Tips To Improve Your Search Experience
Want an RSS feed of all Britney, all the time, or 3-D modeling software? Beyond basic search and apps like Google Earth, here are some little-known tips to enhance your online experience, including a free way to generate Sidebar Gadgets for Windows Vista.

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4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
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Which Google Phone Did Google Confirm This Week?
Google's chief executive in Spain and Portugal, Isabel Aguilera, this week confirmed that the Google Phone is for real. But she downplayed the much-anticipated device, saying it was just one of 18 R&D initiatives Google is currently funding. But which device is it?

If Viacom Wins Its Case Against Google
Viacom's lawsuit against Google for copyright infringement probably will probably be withdrawn when Google blinks and offers Viacom a major portion of the ad dollars it brings in hosting Viacom content.

Ballmer On Google: Same FUD, Different Day
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer bad-mouthed Google for being successful at only one business (even though it's a business Microsoft has been trying unsuccessfully to break into). But the target doesn't matter. It could have been Linux. Or Apple. I'm just worn out by the repetition. Ballmer's trash-talking is a tired routine. He needs to get a new act.

Windows Vista Diary: Free Sidebar Gadgets From Google
Want to beef up Vista's relatively thin complement of Sidebar Gadgets, those little applets that reside on your desktop and let you do things like track the temperature or play video poker? Now there's a free way to do so, thanks to Google.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Deloitte Consulting seeking Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

Toyota seeking Information Systems Specialist - Server Development and Support in Georgetown, KY

ITT Corporation seeking Sr. System Analyst in Fort Wayne, IN

Agilent seeking IT Manager MA&D Program Management in Santa Clara, CA

Agilent seeking IT Technical Support Specialist in Spokane, WA

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


6. White Papers

The Next Stage For Continuous Process Management
Continuous process improvement programs have mostly been implemented independently of enterprise information systems. But now, business process management solutions are uniting process management platforms and CPI to reap the full benefit of the technology.


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