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Bringing IT News To You

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Bringing IT News To You
2. Today's Top Story: Google
    - Google Offers Personal Home Page API
    - Google Exec Urges Companies: Open Up
    - Google, Sun, And Microsoft To Fund New Internet Lab
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft Sued For Mobile E-Mail Patent Infringement
    - Science Journal: Wikipedia Pretty Accurate
    - This Was Another Rocky Year For Tech Workers, Study Says
    - IBM Offers Free PowerPC License To Universities
    - Data-Recovery Technology Arrives For SMBs
    - Intel Partners With BMW
    - On-Demand Startup Looks To Simplify Business Travel Booking
    - Vendor Claims Fuel-Cell Power Boost
    - P-To-P Video And Music Download Security Threat
    - All Vonage VoIP Users Now Get E911 Service
    - Mobile-Device Users Need Stronger Security
    - Gartner: Put Pandemic Plans In Place For 2006
4. Grab Bag: Mona Lisa And Xbox
5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech
6. Voice Of Authority: Google And Innovation
7. White Papers: SQL Server
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness." -- Elbert Hubbard


1. Editor's Note: Bringing IT News To You

It's been a great year for those of us who reach you Monday to Friday in the InformationWeek Daily newsletter. We appreciate the opportunities we've had to interact with you. You're a lively, engaged group, and that makes it fun to assemble this newsletter every day, knowing that many of you will write with your feedback or respond to our blog entries. In the past year, we've also seen sharp increases in your use of our news content, which, of course, we appreciate. We continue to take strides that we think will make our services more useful for you in the future, so I want to call your attention to several significant new developments:

  • As of today, we're offering automated E-mail news updates, or what we call news flashes. Tell us your preferred content--sorted by technology or business topic--and the delivery time frames that will best suit your needs, whether real time, daily, or weekly. We'll do the rest, courtesy of a system custom-built by our IT colleagues. We hope you'll sign up for the system here and use it as a way to get the latest, most insightful technology and business news. Once you do sign up, please feel free to send any and all comments, feedback, and criticism my way. Since this is a new initiative, we want to hear directly from you as to whether it's doing the things you need it to do.

  • If you haven't noticed, we've revamped our Web site. Some of the key enhancements include far richer, deeper content organized by topic, or what we call Tech Centers. Based on your use of our site, we're giving dramatically higher emphasis to Internet, Management, and Reviews content. We're also putting ever-greater focus on new media types--video, podcasts, blogs, and so on. For each Tech Center, there's a dedicated editor--our in-house subject-matter expert--updating the content on a daily basis. We've built these centers with the idea that more organized content, all in the context of a given topic, will be more valuable to you, and that this approach will help you find the information you need faster. Each Tech Center can be located through one of the navigational tabs at the top of the site.

  • Our in-house search experts continue to raise the bar on the quality and comprehensiveness of our search results. Now when you conduct a search at our site, you get not only our internal content, but lots of relevant content from around the Web, as well as relevant technology encyclopedia entries and more. We think these search enhancements will expedite your efforts to research the topics that are critical to you in your business. We hope you'll check them out.

    Thanks for your loyal readership in 2005. We hope these enhancements keep the relationship thriving.

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


    2. Today's Top Story: Google

    Google Offers Personal Home Page API
    The Google Homepage API is designed to make it easier for developers to build applications for the personal home page that the search engine offers subscribers.

    Related Stories:

    Google Exec Urges Companies: Open Up
    Google's enterprise general manager, a keynote speaker at this week's Interop show, says a new model of product management has arrived and companies need to change their practices accordingly.

    Google, Sun, And Microsoft To Fund New Internet Lab
    The facility, housed at the University of California, Berkeley, will develop open-source Web services. All three companies will contribute equal measures financially.


    3. Breaking News

    Microsoft Sued For Mobile E-Mail Patent Infringement
    Visto claims that Windows Mobile 5.0 infringes on its patents for technology that provides access by mobile users to e-mail stored on behind-the-firewall servers.

    Science Journal: Wikipedia Pretty Accurate
    The volunteer-staffed Wikipedia's accuracy is on par with that of the Encyclopedia Britannica, according to a new article in Nature magazine.

    This Was Another Rocky Year For Tech Workers, Study Says
    IT job confidence levels among technology pros fluctuated greatly during 2005, which was a continuation of a pattern seen in 2004.

    IBM Offers Free PowerPC License To Universities
    This is the first time IBM has made a license for its products freely available to academia.

    Data-Recovery Technology Arrives For SMBs
    Unitends appliance provides disk-based backup capabilities and data-restoration software.

    Intel Partners With BMW
    Under the marketing and technology deal, Intel will help the German automaker standardize its IT infrastructure across data centers and 3,000 dealers.

    On-Demand Startup Looks To Simplify Business Travel Booking
    Rearden Commerce hopes deal with WorldTravel is the first of many that will transform how employees purchase business services online.

    Vendor Claims Fuel-Cell Power Boost
    PolyFuel has developed a very thin membrane for fuel cells in handheld devices that it claims delivers 33% more power density than the previous industry benchmark.

    P-To-P Video And Music Download Security Threat
    A series of files are being circulated across the Internet at peer-to-peer networks that allegedly contain music and videos, but also include adware in the form of a "toolbar," a security vendor says.

    All Vonage VoIP Users Now Get E911 Service
    The company is in adherence with the FCC rule, Vonage says.

    Mobile-Device Users Need Stronger Security
    Encryption is becoming increasingly important, according to a panel at this week's Interop trade show.

    Gartner: Put Pandemic Plans In Place For 2006
    With the avian-flu epidemic "almost certain," the consulting firm is recommending that companies have plans and processes in place to allow large numbers of knowledge workers to work from home for extended periods, among other things.

    All our latest news

    Watch More News

    In the current episode of The News Show:

    Eric Chabrow With 'Your Internet Minute'
    Online shoppers looking for gift cards, government Web sites get high praise, and Internet video gaining acceptance.

    Paul Kapustka With 'The Medium Is The Message'
    Founder of video distribution startup BrightCove discuss the future of IP TV.

    Laurie Sullivan With 'The Producers'
    Take a tour inside the studios of GO TV Networks, a company that streams video to mobile phones.


    4. Grab Bag: News You Need From The Web

    Cracking The Mona Lisa's Coded Smile With Software (Scotsman)
    A femme fatale with a mocking, ironic smile, a man in drag, an expectant mother, or simply a housewife trying to hide the appalling state of her teeth. The true meaning of Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile has haunted art lovers for years, but scientists now believe they have hit upon a breakthrough. Using a computer program designed to reveal the emotions of a face, they have worked out that Leonardo da Vinci's muse was 83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful, and 2% angry.

    Xbox Reloaded (Electronics Supply & Manufacturing)
    To beat competitors to market, Microsoft reorganized its design and supply chains for the Xbox 360. Now the market gets to give its verdict. What will it be?


    ----- The latest research, polls, and tools -----

    Get Your News In A Flash--Literally
    InformationWeek.com's latest service is automated E-mail news flashes. You pick the topic and the frequency (real time, daily, or weekly) and we'll do the rest. Sign up by following the link below and be one of the first to take advantage of this latest service.

    Ready For A Raise?
    Should you get a raise in 2006? Learn how your pay compares to that of your peers with our free and confidential online tool. Featuring more than 20 job functions and tracking IT compensation across 20 metropolitan areas, InformationWeek Research's 2005 IT Salary Adviser makes it easy to compare your salary and compensation.

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    5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech

    Two VoIP Services Challenge Skype
    Skype is the front-runner among peer-to-peer VoIP services. Two new services, Gizmo Project and PeerMe, are prepared to join the race.

    Metrics Make The Difference With Performance Monitors
    Performance products take the pulse of your systems, network, applications, and clients. Network Computing helps you understand the pros and cons of different measurements to determine which tool is right for you.

    The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide
    Want to make sure your gift list includes the latest and greatest? We've come up with the hottest, highest-tech gadgets to give (and get) this year.

    Firefox 1.5: Not Ready For Prime Time?
    Mozilla's latest version of Firefox is drawing widespread acclaim. But Scot Finnie has found problems that haven't been--and should be--fixed.

    Review: Windows OneCare Live
    Live from Redmond, it's Microsoft's new security, optimization, and backup suite--and it's looking good.


    6. Voice Of Authority: Google And Innovation

    At Google, Missteps Are A Key Part Of Innovation
    Sometimes, when you're trying to innovate, your best intentions can be misinterpreted. And when you're Google, and your phenomenal success results in a growing "kick me" sign on your back, you have to take this into account. Such would be the lesson Google should take from a note we received from an alert reader in response to Google Transit, and the company's famous policy encouraging employees to spend 20% of their time pursuing crazy ideas.


    7. White Papers

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005--Analysis Services 2005 Migration
    This paper is a guide through the migration process to Analysis Services 2005. The introduction of the Unified Dimensional Model provides design opportunities for cube developers that were simply not available before. The UDM has brought together the relational reporting and OLAP reporting worlds to provide a unified forum for both data request environments. Migrating to this new product is best done through understanding the new design options and determining how they affect your organization.


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