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Apple Fixes First Flaws From 'Month Of Apple Bugs'

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: AIM Beta: When Good Web Apps Go Bad
2. Today's Top Story
    - Apple Fixes First Flaw From 'Month Of Apple Bugs'
3. Breaking News
    - Mozilla Launches Thunderbird 2.0 Beta 2
    - Microsoft Extends Windows XP Support To 2014
    - AMD Unveils Two More Mobile Processors
    - Wal-Mart Taps Microsoft, Novell For Linux Deployment
    - Center Launched To Find Scarce SOA Talent
    - Push 2.0: Big Brands Line Up To Deliver Content Directly To Windows Vista Desktops
    - Gates, Google Convene In Switzerland
    - Microsoft's Ajax Framework Ready For Download
    - Analyst: Banks Must Make Credit Card Accounts Useless To Data Thieves
    - National Retailers Hard To Find In Search Results
    - Cheaper Mobiles Boom, But Chipmakers Feel Squeeze
4. In Depth: Profit Picture
    - AMD Posts Loss, Margins Shrink, Stock Drops
    - EMC Profit Gains On Higher Systems, Software Sales
    - Sun Microsystems Swings To Quarterly Profit
    - Yahoo Revenue Rises But Profits Fall
    - Virtualization Vendor VMware's Revenue Jumps 101% In 2006
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Windows Vista
6. White Papers
    - Overcoming SMB Challenges
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes." -- Henry J. Kaiser


1. Editor's Note: AIM Beta: When Good Web Apps Go Bad

Are you an AIM user? Have you been sucked into AOL's AIM Today beta? How much do you hate it? Yeah, me too. AOL has apparently forgotten that instant messaging is supposed to be about communication. It's thrown out the buddy list and chat window, and now pushes you into a schlock celebrity-scandals-and-ads portal page that is some marketing guy's twisted take on the social Web. I don't want Naomi Watts or a thousand new best friends.

Where did my buddy list go? How do I actually start an IM session with anybody? Everything I know about AIM is lost in a sea of MySpace-wannabe "your page, your world" junk.

In the past I've reviewed a couple of AIM-compatible IM services. When I remember the URLs and make sure they still connect me to AIM without going over to the dark side, I'll let you know what they are. That looks like the best way to get AIM back—use it through a third-party application.

Do you have a gripe with the beta? Share it at my blog entry.

David DeJean
ddejean@dejean.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Apple Fixes First Flaw From 'Month Of Apple Bugs'
The patch comes 23 days after the researcher known only as "LMH" posted the flaw and proof-of-concept code as the opening round of his month of bugs.


3. Breaking News

Mozilla Launches Thunderbird 2.0 Beta 2
A Release Candidate for the e-mail client is scheduled for the second half of February.

Microsoft Extends Windows XP Support To 2014
The extended support for Windows XP Home and Windows XP Media Center matches policies already in place for the business-oriented Windows XP Professional.

AMD Unveils Two More Mobile Processors
AMD unveiled the Mobile AMD Sempron processor model 3500+ and the AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology model TL-52.

Wal-Mart Taps Microsoft, Novell For Linux Deployment
Wal-Mart said the Linux deployment will allow it to reduce IT costs by paving the way for a move to lower-cost commodity servers without sacrificing performance.

Center Launched To Find Scarce SOA Talent
The use of SOAs is growing because they offer a more flexible, more robust, and cheaper method of application integration than older technologies.

Push 2.0: Big Brands Line Up To Deliver Content Directly To Windows Vista Desktops
Microsoft and its partners are poised to release dozens of new information services designed to be pushed directly to the Windows Vista desktop.

Gates, Google Convene In Switzerland
High-tech luminaries prepare to talk about technology and philanthropy at this week's World Economic Forum.

Microsoft's Ajax Framework Ready For Download
ASP.Net Ajax 1.0 is available, but will Web developers bite?

Analyst: Banks Must Make Credit Card Accounts Useless To Data Thieves
Adding one-time password capability to credit and debit cards might prevent incidents similar to the data breach revealed last week by TJX.

National Retailers Hard To Find In Search Results
Brick-and-mortar stores were represented only 5% of the time compared with Web-based shops.

Cheaper Mobiles Boom, But Chipmakers Feel Squeeze
Mobile phone sales may be booming worldwide, but many suppliers of component chips aren't happy.

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4. In Depth: Profit Picture

AMD Posts Loss, Margins Shrink, Stock Drops
Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices has posted a surprise quarterly loss as a price war with Intel took a heavier toll than expected.

EMC Profit Gains On Higher Systems, Software Sales
EMC, the world's largest maker of data storage equipment, said Tuesday its quarterly profit more than doubled, helped by a tax gain and strong sales of midrange storage gear and software.

Sun Microsystems Swings To Quarterly Profit
Sun Microsystems on Tuesday posted a quarterly profit versus a year-ago loss as revenue rose 7%, fueled by higher sales of its computer servers.

Yahoo Revenue Rises But Profits Fall
CEO Semel is pleased with the launch of the company's new "Project Panama" ad platform.

Virtualization Vendor VMware's Revenue Jumps 101% in 2006
VMware reported that 43% of its customer base had adopted Infrastructure 3, the company's suite of virtualization software.


5. Voice Of Authority: Windows Vista

Hello Windows Vista, Goodbye PC
Microsoft's New York City bash on Jan. 29 to mark the official, it's really, really here introduction of the consumer version of Windows Vista will be the last "operating system as event" the PC world will ever witness.


6. White Papers: Overcoming SMB Challenges

Five Ways To Improve Your Company's Efficiency
Acting as trusted advisers, Cisco and its value-added resellers and managed-services providers work closely with small and midsize businesses to identify key business challenges. This paper takes a look at five challenges SMBs face today and how a secure Cisco network can provide your company with a new way of doing business to improve efficiency, cut costs, and more.


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