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Blogging Apple's WWDC; Windows Home Server

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: John Welch On Keynoters At Apple's WWDC
2. Today's Top Stories:
    - Experts Warn Links To Child Porn Hidden In Legit Web Sites
    - Microsoft Unveils Windows Home Server Release Candidate
3. Breaking News
    - WiMax Networks Go Live In Nine Northeast Cities
    - IBM Unveils Blade Chassis For SMBs
    - Hackers Launching Attacks Against Yahoo Messenger Bugs
    - Tech CEOs Try To Influence Innovation Policies Of Presidential Candidates
    - Google Analytics Leaves Beta
    - Plunging Prices Squeeze Hard Disk Drive Industry
    - Microsoft Releases Software To Help Fight AIDS
    - Apple's iPhone Will Require iTunes Account, Too
    - Patent Office Joins Chamber For Piracy, Counterfeiting Tour
    - PC Shipments Up, But Business Users Wait For Vista Service Pack
    - Google Plans Video Identification Test For YouTube Next Month
    - VMware Offers Fusion For The Mac At Half Price
    - IBM, Nortel Buddy Up To Attract Smaller Clients
    - Ohloh Offers Tool For Comparing Open Source Projects
    - PC Population Predicted To Surpass 2 Billion By 2015
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - Mossberg Is Mixed On iPhone
    - 700-MHz Winds Start To Shift
    - Jobs Sees iPhone Future In Real-World Web Browsing
    - Apple Preps The iPhone Faithful With E-Mail
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Unifying ECM And BPM Through Enterprise Reference Architecture
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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"Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers, and springs, and believes it civilization." -- Ambrose Bierce


1. Editor's Note: John Welch On Keynoters At Apple's WWDC

For anyone expecting truly radical groundbreaking features out of the 2007 Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference keynote, it would be correct to say they were ... disappointed. It was a somewhat muted keynote compared to some other ones, with most of the features Steve Jobs talked about being things he'd talked about last year. However, I think it would be a bit of an exaggeration to say it was a complete failure.

There was the somewhat expected bit with the PC/Mac guys at the beginning of the keynote, and the standard "Look, lots of users!" bits. Paul Otellini had a nice quote about how "working with Apple has been one of the best things to happen in my career ... one of the best things to happen to Intel." While not a particularly interesting point from a technical point of view, it does show that, at least in public, the relationship between Apple and Intel is still strong and on good terms, unlike the former relationship between Apple and IBM over the G5.

Jobs talked about Leopard and 10 of its features. Now, the truth is, there are a lot more new things in Leopard, but a lot of them are going to be things that Jobs will never talk about in a keynote. I was honestly shocked the year he mentioned NTLMv2 support in Mac OS X 10.4. He looked rather surprised to be talking about it as well. However, I will agree that the rehash of last year's keynote was a bit underwhelming.

The new Desktop is interesting. The translucent Menu Bar is one of those "will it be readable, or will it be one of those better not done?" kinds of things. I do like the flat black Apple Menu; I find it easier to see -- it's just better contrast. How it will look with a black background, that's another story. The changes to the Dock's appearance look like, "Well, we had to do something new; let's do this." I don't think it will make the Dock haters not hate the Dock, nor will it make the people who like the Dock start to hate it. But it doesn't look as though it will impinge on usability.

Read more of Mac guru John Welch's take on WWDC, and look out for a second post later today.

John C. Welch
jwelch@bynkii.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Stories

Experts Warn Links To Child Porn Hidden In Legit Web Sites
Sophos is warning IT managers and Web site hosts to be watchful for cybercriminals putting graphic language and links to porn sites in forums and message boards.

Microsoft Unveils Windows Home Server Release Candidate
Users who sign up to beta test the new software, which will support up to 10 PCs, gaming consoles, or other digital devices, can also enter a contest to develop add-ons to the product.


3. Breaking News

WiMax Networks Go Live In Nine Northeast Cities
Horizon Wi-Com said metro-area coverage has been completed in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Richmond, and Cincinnati.

IBM Unveils Blade Chassis For SMBs
IBM hopes the new product will also appeal to large retailers or financial institutions with stores or offices distributed over many locations.

Hackers Launching Attacks Against Yahoo Messenger Bugs
Websense researchers report 40 to 50 malicious sites are taking advantage of critical vulnerabilities in the instant messaging app.

Tech CEOs Try To Influence Innovation Policies Of Presidential Candidates
The Technology CEO Council has met with U.S. presidential candidates of both parties to urge them to embrace policies that promote innovation and competitiveness.

Google Analytics Leaves Beta
Updated version of Web site analysis service has several new features to help site administrators measure traffic.

Plunging Prices Squeeze Hard Disk Drive Industry
Prices came under pressure through intense competition among the six major hard disk drive suppliers, particularly in the market for mobile-PC storage.

Microsoft Releases Software To Help Fight AIDS
The applications can help researchers sift through mountains of data around complex immune and viral genetic information gathered from populations of infected individuals.

Apple's iPhone Will Require iTunes Account, Too
Apple and AT&T stores have furiously been taking orders for the phone, building on Apple's success with its iPod music players.

Patent Office Joins Chamber For Piracy, Counterfeiting Tour
The tour is part of the government's Strategy Targeting Piracy (STOP!) initiative, which targets networks trafficking in pirated and counterfeit goods at U.S. borders.

PC Shipments Up, But Business Users Wait For Vista Service Pack
IDC predicts worldwide PC shipments will rise 12.2% in 2007 to 256.7 million, with laptops setting the pace.

Google Plans Video Identification Test For YouTube Next Month
Google and its partners such as Disney and Time Warner are looking to prevent the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content.

VMware Offers Fusion For The Mac At Half Price
There have been more than 200,000 downloads of the beta version of Fusion, according to VMware.

IBM, Nortel Buddy Up To Attract Smaller Clients
The joint System i Unified combines IBM's business computing platform and Lotus Sametime along with Nortel's suite of VoIP and multimedia technologies.

Ohloh Offers Tool For Comparing Open Source Projects
The startup company that's been crawling open source project servers and collecting statistics for more than a year could pose competition to JBoss, GlassFish, and Geronimo.

PC Population Predicted To Surpass 2 Billion By 2015
While it has taken 27 years for the industry to reach 1 billion PCs, the next billion will be take considerably less time because of advancing technology, lower prices, and global demand, Forrester Research said.

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Mossberg Is Mixed On iPhone
Earlier this week technology columnist Walter Mossberg pulled out his iPhone at The Chronicle of Higher Education's President's Forum. The iPhone even stole the show at a conference of academic administrators. But, even more importantly, Mossberg gave a possible preview of his upcoming review.

700-MHz Winds Start To Shift
As the Senate Commerce Committee prepares to hold hearings on the upcoming auction of 700-MHz spectrum, the issue of how to carve up and sell off this extremely valuable slice of airwaves is finally making the leap from the tech press to the mainstream of D.C. politics

Jobs Sees iPhone Future In Real-World Web Browsing
At his WWDC keynote, Steve Jobs has ensured the long-term consumer success of his still-unlaunched-yet-super-successful mobile device.

Apple Preps The iPhone Faithful With E-Mail
If you registered with Apple or AT&T to "find out more" about the iPhone, you likely received the mass e-mail that includes a number of steps to take to prepare for the iPhone's debut on June 29.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

McCamish Systems seeking Business Systems Analyst in Atlanta, GA

Openlink Financial seeking Client Support Analyst in Uniondale, NY

Union Telephone/Union Wireless seeking LAN/WAN Administrator in Mountain View, WY

American Home Mortgage seeking Build Manager in Melville, NY

Agilent seeking IT Associate - Systems Implementation in Santa Clara, CA

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