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Anti-Spyware Rival Slams Microsoft's Windows Defender, Vista

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Is The Linux Community Breaking Apart?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Anti-Spyware Rival Slams Microsoft's Windows Defender, Vista
    - First Vista Service Pack Due In Second Half Of 2007
3. Breaking News
    - Attorney General's Credit-Card Theft Highlights Prosecution Problems
    - Pope Benedict Denounces Violent Video Games
    - Researchers Build Memory Chip The Size Of A Blood Cell
    - Data On 28,279 Nationwide Customers Stolen
    - Los Angeles Times Plans To Reinvent Itself To Compete Online
    - SEC Charges Second Man In Online Break-In Pump 'N' Dump Scam
    - Skype Unveils New Features For Business
    - IBM Gets $920 Million Outsourcing Windfall From Ricoh Deal
    - In Battle With AMD, Intel Gets Its Groove Back
    - Researcher: iPhone Is No Smartphone
    - Mars Rovers Mark Fourth Anniversary
    - Symantec To Slash $200 Million In Costs, Shares Climb
    - Check Image Exchange Soars In 2006
4. In Depth
    - The Microsoft/Novell Deal: Has It Divided The Linux Community?
    - GNU License Revision Sparks Open Source Debate
    - Linux Levels The OS Field?
    - HP, Novell, Microsoft, And Sun Execs Discuss Different Types Of Operating Systems Available To Banks And How To Select The Right One
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Corporate Spying Puts PC Hacking To Shame
6. White Papers
    - Key IT Imperatives For Enterprises
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm." -- Henrik Ibsen


1. Editor's Note: Is The Linux Community Breaking Apart?

A lot of talk is going around these days about social networking on the Web and how people are forming new types of communities via sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and LiveJournal. But as far as I'm concerned, the real online communities are those groups of people who gather online wherever they can because of shared interests, shared concerns, or shared values. And one of the most fervent, opinionated, interesting, and influential groups is the open source community.

I have to admit I have limited hands-on experience with alternate operating systems such as Linux. However, it's the idea of the open source system—the notion that users themselves (at least, users with technological know-how) are free to build their own applications without worrying about copyright lawyers banging on their doors—that I really admire.

Like all communities, however, the open source movement can be contentious. Two recent articles that have appeared on the InformationWeek site attest to this. In The Microsoft/Novell Deal: Has It Divided The Linux Community? Jacqueline Emigh talks about how some Linux users are being cautiously optimistic about the multimillion-dollar agreement that Microsoft and Novell struck last November, while others are trying to organize petitions, boycotts, and other protests against what they see as a violation of the spirit of the GNU General Public License (GPL), which lays out the rules under which open source may be used.

Meanwhile, in the article GNU License Revision Sparks Open Source Debate, Stacy Cowley tells how a new version of the agreement, GPL 3, is also dividing open source advocates; for example, pitting GPL author Richard Stallman against Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds. This disagreement is so fierce that some projects are being put out with a "version 2 only" limitation.

Where do you stand on these issues? Do you think the Microsoft/Novell deal is good for the industry or an impending disaster? Is the new version of the GPL a violation of open source freedom or the foundation for a better software environment? Let us know by going to the blog entry for this editor's note.

Barbara Krasnoff
bkrasnoff@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Anti-Spyware Rival Slams Microsoft's Windows Defender, Vista
Webroot says Windows Defender fails to block many of the security threats that are roaming around the Internet.

Related Story:

First Vista Service Pack Due In Second Half Of 2007
Microsoft's download for the new Windows operating system will include security updates, hot fixes, and additional quality changes.


3. Breaking News

Attorney General's Credit-Card Theft Highlights Prosecution Problems
Police departments frequently struggle with whether, how, and where to prosecute credit-card and ID theft when a victim reports such a crime.

Pope Benedict Denounces Violent Video Games
Pope Benedict XVI has joined European critics in denouncing violent video games, which the European Union is debating whether to ban.

Researchers Build Memory Chip The Size Of A Blood Cell
The memory circuit has enough capacity to store the Declaration of Independence and still have space left over.

Data On 28,279 Nationwide Customers Stolen
The thieves made off with backup tapes but would need special data reader with matching software.

Los Angeles Times Plans To Reinvent Itself To Compete Online
The challenge is to make as much money from its online services as it's losing from the print side.

SEC Charges Second Man In Online Break-In Pump 'N' Dump Scam
The alleged swindle is identical to one uncovered by the agency in December.

Skype Unveils New Features For Business
The company augments its service with VoIP call management and other features to help bolster its underperforming bottom line.

IBM Gets $920 Million Outsourcing Windfall From Ricoh Deal
InfoPrint Solutions will pay IBM $130 million per quarter during the first year of the deal, then $100 million per year for the remaining four years.

In Battle With AMD, Intel Gets Its Groove Back
Customers benefit from faster and cheaper processors as the two chip companies engage in a costly battle for sales and bragging rights.

Researcher: iPhone Is No Smartphone
The difference is that Apple's $500 gizmo is closed to third-party applications.

Mars Rovers Mark Fourth Anniversary
The remarkable Mars rovers are beginning their fourth year surveying the surface of the Red Planet.

Symantec To Slash $200 Million In Costs, Shares Climb
Cuts include reductions in new hires, contractor spending, and travel; facility consolidation; and an unspecified number of layoffs.

Check Image Exchange Soars In 2006
NCHA and SVPCO see significant rise in the volumes of digitized checks exchanged last year. Numbers also show a trend toward doing so without the use of substitute checks.

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4. In Depth: Linux

The Microsoft/Novell Deal: Has It Divided The Linux Community?
When Microsoft and Novell announced that they would work together, Linux enthusiasts were shocked. How has the agreement affected the open source community, and can it recover?

GNU License Revision Sparks Open-Source Debate
Free Software guru Richard Stallman's version 3.0 of the GNU General Public License, due this spring, addresses software patents and the restrictions of digital-rights management.

Linux Levels The OS Field?
No longer bogged down in proprietary, noninteroperable environments, insurers must carefully consider the complex array of open source choices they now have.

HP, Novell, Microsoft, And Sun Execs Discuss Different Types Of Operating Systems Available To Banks And How To Select The Right One
Selecting the right operating system can be difficult for banks, but it's important as it helps them support critical applications, driving growth while providing scalability and security.


5. Voice Of Authority

Corporate Spying Puts PC Hacking To Shame
Thoughts of security breaches typically focus on hacking, but that stuff is small potatoes when compared to the big kahuna of unauthorized access: corporate spying.


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Key IT Imperatives For Enterprises
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