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Blaming Google Is Just Blaming The Victim

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Blaming Google Is Just Blaming The Victim
2. Today's Top Story
    - Apple: For The Hip Crowd Or The Hip-Replacement Crowd?
3. Breaking News
    - Yahoo's Porn-Free List Of Top 10 Searches For 2006
    - Iran Blocks YouTube, N.Y. Times
    - Ask.com Launches Local Search Service To Compete With Google, Yahoo, Microsoft
    - Linux Development Lab Lays Off Nine, Girds For Legal Combat
    - FBI Director To Reply To New Complaint Of Computer System Funding Gap
    - SEC Launches New Financial Reports Application
    - Mobile TV To Cell Phones Is Successfully Tested In The U.K.
    - Growth In IT Spending Expected To Slow In 2007
    - Toshiba Breaks 100-Gbyte, 1.8-Inch Hard-Drive Barrier
    - AMD Shrinks Desktop Chip Design Down To 65nm
    - AMD Cracks Top 10 Chip Ranking, Intel Sales Slump
    - IBM Sues Maker Of Intel-Based Mainframe Clones
    - Amazon Turns To HP For Books-On-Demand Printing
4. In Depth
    - MySpace Ups Effort Against Sex Offenders
    - MySpace Shuts Down User Profiles Due To Worm Infection
    - Federal Advisory Committee Proposes Stronger E-Voting Guidelines
    - Sales Of Fingerprint ID Systems Are Growing; Motorola Sells A System To Norway
    - IBM Acquires Dutch Security Software Vendor
5. Voice Of Authority
    - How Can Linux Be More Expensive Than Vista?
6. White Papers
    - Architecting an Effective Service Catalog and Service Management System
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Blaming Google Is Just Blaming The Victim

The owners of TalkOrigins Archive, a Web site about evolution, had every Webmaster's nightmare happen to them: Their site was hacked, a bunch of invisible porn links added, and Google noticed the problem and kicked them out of their search engine. They tried to contact Google to find out what the problem was, and Google didn't respond.

But Google's Matt Cutts tells a different story—he says Google did try to contact the site owners but didn't get a response. Cutts defends Google's cooperation with legitimate Webmasters.

It's easy to blame Google for this problem—everybody loves to blame the big, bad corporations. Unless, of course, you take Google's side, in which case you blame the Web site owner for failing to police his own Web site. But the truth is more complicated than that. Both Google and TalkOrigins Archive share blame. And in the end, the real blameworthy party is the unknown hacker, who made both TalkOrigins Archive and Google into victims.

Read the rest at the InformationWeek Weblog

Mitch Wagner
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2. Today's Top Story

Apple: For The Hip Crowd Or The Hip-Replacement Crowd?
Apple disputes a study that says nearly half of its installed base of home computer users is 55 or older.


3. Breaking News

Yahoo's Porn-Free List Of Top 10 Searches For 2006
But the question remains: Just how are these lists put together?

Iran Blocks YouTube, N.Y. Times
Iran is also planning to boost surveillance of "harmful" text messages, said the press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders.

Ask.com Launches Local Search Service To Compete With Google, Yahoo, Microsoft
AskCity is different because it integrates services from other Web properties owned by parent IAC/InterActiveCorp, including CitySearch, ReserveAmerica, ServiceMagic, Ticketmaster, and TicketWeb.

Linux Development Lab Lays Off Nine, Girds For Legal Combat
OSDL appointed Mike Temple, its CFO, as COO and plans to employ 19 in 2007.

FBI Director To Reply To New Complaint Of Computer System Funding Gap
The Office of the Inspector General says the Sentinel project is faced with a new $57 million shortfall.

SEC Launches New Financial Reports Application
The Interactive Financial Report Viewer is a Web-based application that reads filings that make use of the Extensible Business Reporting Language, or XBRL.

Mobile TV To Cell Phones Is Successfully Tested In The U.K.
Qualcomm says the two-month test of its MediaFLO service demonstrated that 20 channels can be supported to deliver "very good" picture quality at 25 frames per second.

Growth In IT Spending Expected To Slow In 2007
Forrester Research predicts that IT purchases worldwide in 2007 will grow by 5% to $1.55 trillion, following two consecutive years of 8% growth.

Toshiba Breaks 100-Gbyte, 1.8-Inch Hard-Drive Barrier
The new device uses perpendicular magnetic recording technology and is 10% smaller than Toshiba's first-generation 1.8-inch drives.

AMD Shrinks Desktop Chip Design Down To 65nm
AMD's Athlon 64 X2 chips for desktop computers will be manufactured with 65-nanometer process technology, down from 90 nanometers.

AMD Cracks Top 10 Chip Ranking, Intel Sales Slump
AMD's semiconductor revenue is expected to jump by 90% this year, moving the company into the No. 7 spot this year, according to preliminary forecasts.

IBM Sues Maker Of Intel-Based Mainframe Clones
In a lawsuit, IBM alleges that the mainframe "emulator systems" offered by Platform Solutions violate IBM patents on its z/OS operating system and its previous mainframe operating system, known as OS/390.

Amazon Turns To HP For Books-On-Demand Printing
The technology allows Amazon to offer out-of-print or special-interest books for sale without maintaining large inventories that might go unsold.

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4. In Depth: Security

MySpace Ups Effort Against Sex Offenders
The popular social networking site is answering criticisms that it hasn't done enough to protect underage users.

MySpace Shuts Down User Profiles Due To Worm Infection
A worm directed victims to a phishing site where they were asked to type in their user name and password, a security firm said.

Federal Advisory Committee Proposes Stronger E-Voting Guidelines
A committee of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission recommended that new election machines should be required to have paper or other software-independent means of auditing election results. But local, county, and state officials would decide for themselves whether to replace existing systems.

Sales Of Fingerprint ID Systems Are Growing; Motorola Sells A System To Norway
Sales of automated fingerprint-identification systems are expected to reach $160 million annually by 2010, according to government market researcher Input.

IBM Acquires Dutch Security Software Vendor
Consul's software lineup includes a range of modules that help companies monitor system access, automate compliance reporting, secure mainframe computers, and catch unauthorized database usage.


5. Voice Of Authority

How Can Linux Be More Expensive Than Vista?
David DeJean says: Recently I wrote that Vista is expected to push Microsoft's stock price up next year, even though it's not exactly stirring up a frenzy of excitement in the marketplace. In "Does Vista Look Better As A Market Play Than As An OS?" I wondered aloud why Linux wasn't taking advantage of the opportunity. In response came a link to a piece from Business 2.0 by Owen Thomas that rehearses something I'd forgotten: Linux may be free, but it's too expensive for PC makers to install on their machines.


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