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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1. Editor's Note: Bringing IT News To You
It's been a great year for those of us who reach you Monday to
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Thanks for your loyal readership in 2005. We hope these
enhancements keep the relationship thriving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get Your News In A Flash--Literally
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flashes. You pick the topic and the frequency (real time, daily,
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Should you get a raise in 2006? Learn how your pay compares to
that of your peers with our free and confidential online tool.
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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.
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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