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Apple Wintel Notebooks Vulnerable To Wireless Attack

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Put Your Relationships To The Tech Test
2. Today's Top Story
    - Apple MacBooks, Wintel Notebooks Vulnerable To Wireless Attack
    Related Story:
    - Apple Patches 26 Mac Bugs
3. Breaking News
    - Tech Worker Surveys Show Happy Days Are Here Again
    - IBM Acquires Webify In Software Expansion
    - AOL Flips Business, Offers Service For Free
    - Microsoft's First HPC Offering Expected To Drive New Service Opportunities
    - McAfee Patches Critical Bug In Consumer Security Software
    - Black Hat Presentation To Show Flaws In NAC
    - FTC Says Rambus Monopolized Memory Chip Market
    - Meebo Adds Instant Messaging To Any Web Page
    - U.S. Tweaks Fraud Rules To Spur Digital Health Records
    - Study: Tech Replaces Diamonds As Girl's Best Friend
4. Grab Bag: High-Def Video; IM's Impact
    - High-Definition Camcorder Now Available (All Headline News)
    - IM No Syntax Spoiler, Says Study (TechNewsWorld)
5. In Depth: Browser Developments
    - Microsoft To Add Firefox Support To AdCenter
    - Mozilla Readies Firefox Rerelease To Fix New Bug
    - Microsoft Issues Tool To Block IE7 Auto Updates
    - Brief: Firefox Surpasses 200 Million Downloads
6. Voice Of Authority
    - At Microsoft, The Doctor (Surprisingly) Is In
7. White Papers
    - High-Performance E-Mail Archiving For The Enterprise—Analyzing Return On Investment
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Relationships of trust depend on our willingness to look not only to our own interests, but also the interests of others." -- Peter Farquharson


1. Editor's Note: Put Your Relationships To The Tech Test

A story on InformationWeek.com this week really hit home for me, prompting me to send the following e-mail to my wife. The issues it raises are probably good ones for you to take up with your spouse or significant other because they influence how technology impacts your relationships and your life outside of work.

Dear Honey,

There's an interesting and somewhat surprising report I just read that says your peers like hip technology products like flat-screen TVs and digital cameras better than diamonds, fancy vacations, and even shoes.

Not that you're big into the really pricey stuff like diamonds and exotic vacations (which I appreciate), but we've had our fair share of discussions about dinners out, clothing store credit charges, and those trips to the hair salon.

If we really want to keep up with the Joneses, it seems we'll have to redirect some of that spending to nice TVs, the latest stereo equipment, and other items that would help us enjoy our time together even more. If you haven't noticed, we're really behind the curve when it comes to text messaging affectionate notes to each other and talking by cell phone throughout the day.

What could be better than the next hockey season on a plasma TV? If you recall last week when our 15-year-old TV broke down, I said, "How about a flat screen? The prices have come down significantly." And you said—with very little hesitation—"Let's spend our money elsewhere." In light of this news, it's not too late to return the bare-bones model I bought and start closing the gap with most other women. In fact, 56% of your peers would prefer a new plasma TV to a weekend vacation in Florida. Keep in mind, a state-of-the-art TV would make the house more of a gathering place for the kids and their friends, a goal I know we share.

You may be a little skeptical of these findings, so I'm thinking I'll ask some of the readers of InformationWeek—especially women—to let me know if they'd rather get a new TV or a nice trip; a fancy camera or a fashionable new pair of shoes.

But if you're already with me on this, I can think of a few other tech gadgets that would be well worth considering. What do you think? E-mail back, or call my cell.

Tom Smith
tsmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Apple MacBooks, Wintel Notebooks Vulnerable To Wireless Attack
Plans by two hackers to demonstrate three Centrino-based vulnerabilities at the Black Hat Conference "shoots a pretty big hole in the 'bulletproof' image Apple is trying to project," according to the SANS Institute.

Related Story:

Apple Patches 26 Mac Bugs
The security update—17 of which could be considered critical—patches vulnerabilities found in Mac OS X and its bundled applications.


3. Breaking News

Tech Worker Surveys Show Happy Days Are Here Again
Salaries are rising, jobs are secure, personal finances are solid, and skills in Web services, ERP, .Net, and Java are as hot as the weather outside.

IBM Acquires Webify In Software Expansion
IBM is on a roll, making about 40 acquisitions in the past three years, including $2 billion worth of purchases just last year.

AOL Flips Business, Offers Service For Free
AOL will offer its paid service and e-mail to broadband users at no charge, a move meant to counter the huge loss in subscribers and to shift to a primarily ad-supported business.

Microsoft's First HPC Offering Expected To Drive New Service Opportunities
Windows Cluster Server, Redmond's first so-called high-performance computing offering, could give the software giant new ammunition in its battle against Linux.

McAfee Patches Critical Bug In Consumer Security Software
The vulnerability could allow attackers to install Trojans, hijack PCs, and delete files, among other malicious activities. eEye Digital Security, which discovered the bug, has categorized it as a "High" threat.

Black Hat Presentation To Show Flaws In NAC
An Israeli vendor of monitoring systems plans to demonstrate specific weaknesses associated with a variety of network access control systems.

FTC Says Rambus Monopolized Memory Chip Market
FTC released a statement saying Rambus distorted industry standards for dynamic access memory and engaged in an anti-competitive "hold-up" of the industry.

Meebo Adds Instant Messaging To Any Web Page
The company's new IM widget, meebo me, lets social networking sites, blogs, and other Web sites make IM communication instantly available to online visitors.

U.S. Tweaks Fraud Rules To Spur Digital Health Records
The new rules are a step toward meeting the Bush administration's call for all Americans to have electronic medical records by 2014.

Study: Tech Replaces Diamonds As Girl's Best Friend
Women, on average, own nearly as much technology as their male counterparts and would appreciate a digital video camera more than a pair of designer shoes.

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4. Grab Bag: High-Def Video; IM's Impact

High-Definition Camcorder Now Available (All Headline News)
Canon, the world's largest maker of digital cameras, on Wednesday launched the first-ever high-definition camcorder for home use.

IM No Syntax Spoiler, Says Study (TechNewsWorld)
A new study from the University of Toronto suggests that the language young people typically use while instant messaging represents "an expansive new linguistic renaissance," according to researchers.


5. In Depth: The Latest In Browsers

Microsoft To Add Firefox Support To AdCenter
AdCenter is Microsoft's attempt to catch up with Google and Yahoo in the multibillion-dollar search advertising market.

Mozilla Readies Firefox Rerelease To Fix New Bug
A recent Firefox update injected a new bug that stops the Windows Media Player plug-in from working on some sites.

Microsoft Issues Tool To Block IE7 Auto Updates
In earlier updates, large numbers of corporate customers running Automatic Update were caught unprepared by demands for a download blocker. This time around, Microsoft wants to give enterprises ample time to deploy the blocker toolkit so that they can test IE7 on their timeline.

Brief: Firefox Surpasses 200 Million Downloads
Since its release, Firefox has grabbed about 15% of the market. Mozilla outlines a better way to measure the actual user base.


6. Voice Of Authority

At Microsoft, The Doctor (Surprisingly) Is In
When Dr. Craig Feied shows up at Microsoft on his first day of work, he'll have some explaining to do. Feied, an emergency room physician turned IT entrepreneur, is one of about 40 doctors and technologists who will become Microsoft employees under a recently announced deal with MedStar Health. Feied's job will be to develop software that Microsoft can market to hospitals across the country. But that's surprising for this reason: Feied once said Microsoft shouldn't be meddling in health care.


7. White Papers

High-Performance E-Mail Archiving For The Enterprise—Analyzing Return On Investment
High operational costs associated with e-mail management are a concern for most enterprises. Deploying a proven enterprise-grade e-mail archive solution like ZANTAZ EAS can reduce costs, improve IT processes, and deliver a highly attractive ROI.


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