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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: The Ascent Into Hell, Postponed
2. Today's Top Story
    - ReadyBoost: Better Vista Performance In A Flash
    Related Stories:
    - Microsoft Windows Vista Sales Top 20 Million In First Month
    - Microsoft Investigating Vulnerability In Vista's Windows Mail
3. Breaking News
    - Google Building Software, Not Mobile Phone: Analyst
    - Cablevision Loses Network DVR Court Case
    - Symbian Targets Mass Market With Upgraded Smartphone Operating System
    - Ads Discourage Teen Girls From Posting Photos Or Info On MySpace, Friendster
    - Half Of Workers Polled Think Companies Won't Catch Them Stealing Info
    - U.S. And U.K. Breeding Most Malicious Code
    - Intel To Build $2.5 Billion China Semiconductor Plant
    - Chinese Demand Offers Leverage Over High-Tech Giants
    - How To Revive An Old PC With Linux
    - IT Pro Briefing: How To Secure Desktop PCs With Personal Firewalls
    - Congress Is Back And Here Comes Another Round Of H-1B Legislation
    - Google Launches Test Of Pay-Per-Action Ads
4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
    - The Daily Show Looks At The Viacom Lawsuit Against Google's YouTube
    - How To Dress For Success At Google
    - Google Denies Google Phone And Stresses Mobile Software
    - Which Google Phone Did Google Confirm This Week?
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Fund Raising And Record-Keeping Software As A Service
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude." -- Oscar Wilde


1. Editor's Note: The Ascent Into Hell, Postponed

Most U.S. air travelers -- almost 70% of them, according to a 2005 poll by USA Today -- breathed a collective sigh of relief late last week when the Federal Communications Commission decided to extend its ban on cell phone use on planes indefinitely.

Interestingly, this decision was made on the grounds that the results are inconclusive as to whether cell phones interfere with critical airline communications. Yet based on European tests, in-flight usage is indeed quite safe -- which implies that as soon as it deems the scientific evidence sufficient, the FCC will relent. Judging from the response from travelers, most consider this just a bit worrisome: According to the New York Times, most of them say they want cell phones banned, not because of safety concerns, but because of the (extreme) annoyance factor. Indeed, the FCC received more than 8,100 messages from travelers begging to be spared from a fate that they apparently consider worse than death.

Still, a number of commentators believe that the market should determine the fate of would-be mile-high yakkers. Their argument: Let individual airlines decide whether to allow it, and let travelers vote with their dollars. There's a lot of sense in this. My guess is that the result would be the same: People will be so anxious to avoid the aggressive sales pitch or messy breakup in the next (very near) seat that they will be willing to pay extra. Perhaps certain flights will be designated cell phone free? If so, reserve my seat now.

What do you think? Do you think that in-flight cell phone use would make already-difficult air travel unbearable? Or are you of the camp that believes that annoyances -- no matter how extreme -- are not something that can or should be regulated? Let us know by responding to the InformationWeek Blog.

Alice LaPlante
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2. Today's Top Story

ReadyBoost: Better Vista Performance In A Flash
Vista's optimized caching features turn flash drives, flash cards, and new hybrid hard drives into booster rockets for operating system performance.

Related Stories:

Microsoft Windows Vista Sales Top 20 Million In First Month
The number includes consumer shrink-wrap, online upgrades, and preinstalled versions of the operating system.

Microsoft Investigating Vulnerability In Vista's Windows Mail
Reports have begun circulating that the bug in Windows Mail could give a remote attacker access to the user's computer.


3. Breaking News

Google Building Software, Not Mobile Phone: Analyst
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that Google appears to be building software for Web search on mobile phones and location-finding services to work with Apple's iPhone.

Cablevision Loses Network DVR Court Case
Cablevision was sued last May by several Hollywood studios and television networks, which charged that the planned service would violate U.S. copyright laws.

Symbian Targets Mass Market With Upgraded Smartphone Operating System
The new operating system is designed to allow manufacturers to build "smartphones at feature-phone prices," the company said.

Ads Discourage Teen Girls From Posting Photos Or Info On MySpace, Friendster
The federal government and other groups have launched a "Think Before You Post" campaign to discourage teenage girls from posting personal information online.

Half Of Workers Polled Think Companies Won't Catch Them Stealing Info
A Websense survey shows 52% tried to hack into a colleague's e-mail and 31% tried to guess the administrator's password.

U.S. And U.K. Breeding Most Malicious Code
A new Finjan report also shows that embedding malicious code in ads on legitimate sites is a growing security threat.

Intel To Build $2.5 Billion China Semiconductor Plant
China is counting on the plan to create jobs, build the electronics industry, and help rejuvenate a region that has been hurt by a decline in old polluting manufacturing technologies.

Chinese Demand Offers Leverage Over High-Tech Giants
China's huge demand for everything from jumbo jets to microchips is attracting investment in the technologies needed to make them and fueling the mainland's push up the global manufacturing ladder.

How To Revive An Old PC With Linux
Here's a short guide to getting your old clunker up and running again with a free Linux download and a reasonably quick installation.

IT Pro Briefing: How To Secure Desktop PCs With Personal Firewalls
The hard part is picking the right combination of protection products for the desktop and understanding the trade-offs among convenience, security, and simplicity.

Congress Is Back And Here Comes Another Round Of H-1B Legislation
Will this be the year they raise the cap?

Google Launches Test Of Pay-Per-Action Ads
Limited program lets advertisers predetermine what actions they'll pay for and how much they'll pay.

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4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
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The Daily Show Looks At The Viacom Lawsuit Against Google's YouTube
"The Google guys will be like, yo, check it out, we just put another gold-plated rock-climbing wall in our office. We're CRAZY rich!" Watch the video below the fold.

How To Dress For Success At Google
Google employee Jason Warner offers some fashion advice on how to dress for success in Google's offices. Apparently, it starts out with the right shoes.

Google Denies Google Phone And Stresses Mobile Software
So is Google actually building a mobile phone or not? This burning question is keeping mobile bloggers everywhere busy. And just when it looked like Google had confirmed the long-awaited Google Phone, another company executive came out and denied the rumors.

Which Google Phone Did Google Confirm This Week?
Google's chief executive in Spain and Portugal, Isabel Aguilera, 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 funding. But which device is it?


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Genesee Intermediate School District seeking Information Systems Manager in Flint, MI

Toyota seeking Central Operations Specialist in Georgetown, KY

Telerik seeking Developer Support Consultant in Newton, MA

Network Insight seeking Chief Technology Officer in San Diego, 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.


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