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Chips, Power, And Other Of Life's Mysteries

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Chips, Power, And Other Of Life's Mysteries
2. Today's Top Story
    - HP Plans $4 Billion Stock Repurchase
    - Sun Acquires SeeBeyond, Releases New Java Integration Suite
    - EU Clears Sun's Acquisition Of StorageTek
3. Breaking News
    - New Apps Keep Google Pushing Beyond Search
    - Porn Site Seeks Court Order Blocking Google, Amazon Search
    - Mozilla Tests Firefox, Thunderbird Updates
    - Vendor To Ship Laptop Fuel Cell Next Year
    - Review: Hosted CRM Software
    - An IT Manager's Summer Reading List
    - All-In-One Gateways
    - Primer: Making A Mesh Of Your Wireless LAN
    - Review: Treo Smart-Phone Service Helps Commuters Beat Traffic
    - India Collecting Worker Histories To Beef Up Outsourcing Security
    - Washington's Mayor Posts Musings On Blog
    - Review: Four Pocket-Sized Hard Drives
4. In Depth: Threats And Attacks
5. Voice Of Authority: Parental Rights
6. White Papers: Grid Computing
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Her own mother lived the latter years of her life in the horrible suspicion that electricity was dripping invisibly all over the house." -- James Thurber


1. Editor's Note: Chips, Power, And Other Of Life's Mysteries

We had many articles about chips and power last week, and you might have found them kind of confusing. I know I sure did. Then again, I'm confused by many things, such as: Where does the light go when the refrigerator is off? Why does my cat meow insistently that she wants attention, and then run away every time I go near her? And why do they keep giving Rob Schneider money to make movies?

Here's the gist of last week's chip and power news: Intel introduced chips with a focus on improving performance while keeping down power consumption (which cuts down on electric bills for Intel's business customers). Rival AMD also teed off some new silicon. Intel introduced a couple of new strategic platform initiatives (including one for "user-aware" computing that sounds kind of scary). Also, a fuel-cell vendor disclosed a breakthrough.

Intel said it plans to develop new Xeon processors that boost performance up to 3.5 times while minimizing power consumption. "The reductions in performance per watt will let businesses and other users save as much as $1 billion in power costs for every 100 million CPU sockets deployed," according to the article by our Darrell Dunn. New processors, code-named Sossaman, bring notebook computer technology into the data center. An analyst said Intel is speeding up the pace of Xeon development to keep up with AMD.

Power consumption is a big issue in mobile computing, and vendors described plans last week to solve that problem. Intel and Matsushita are working on an eight-hour notebook battery, combining Intel's low-power-consumption technology for notebook PCs with Matsushita's lithium-ion battery technology.

UltraCell said it plans to ship a fuel cell for laptops next year that it claims has twice the energy density of lithium batteries.

Intel said its mobile Centrino will go dual-core in the first quarter and introduced new mobile processors.

Intel introduced a platform for business PCs built around a dual-core processor and another for home-entertainment PCs, branded Viiv.

Intel competitor AMD said it plans to ship its next-generation mobile chip early next year. The company plans dual-core versions of its Opteron processors. AMD also issued a challenge to Intel for head-to-head competition on server processors.

Finally, Intel said it plans to develop platforms for "user-aware" computing. The company was kind of vague on what that means. "User-aware platforms, according to Intel, will use a new level of intelligence to manage multiple tasks in an effort to simplify one's life. 'A user-aware platform will be any device that can take care of itself, knows who we are, where we are, and tries to anticipate what we want done,' said Justin Rattner, Intel senior fellow and director of Intel's Corporate Technology Group," according to our article from EETimes.

Sounds like HAL 9000 to me. I'm putting a padlock on the pod bay doors right now.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

HP Plans $4 Billion Stock Repurchase
Hewlett-Packard hopes to boost shareholder earnings by reducing the number of outstanding shares.

Related Stories:
Sun Acquires SeeBeyond, Releases New Java Integration Suite

The idea behind both moves: to help insert new features into legacy applications.

EU Clears Sun's Acquisition Of StorageTek
The European Union's review of the deal showed only "limited" overlaps of the two companies.


3. Breaking News

New Apps Keep Google Pushing Beyond Search
Company edges toward multimedia communications platform with Google Talk offering.

Porn Site Seeks Court Order Blocking Google, Amazon Search
Adult magazine publisher Perfect 10 says the search engines should be stopped from linking to third-party sites that pirate the magazine's photos.

Mozilla Tests Firefox, Thunderbird Updates
Mozilla Foundation developers ask for volunteers to test a long-awaited part of the next editions of Firefox and Thunderbird.

Vendor To Ship Laptop Fuel Cell Next Year
The system, which coverts methanol into hydrogen for fuel, has twice the energy density of standard lithium batteries, the vendor claims.

Review: Hosted CRM Software
CRM hosts promise top-notch customer service plus better access for mobile salespeople. Of the six we examined, our Editor's Choice impressed us with its well-designed interface.

An IT Manager's Summer Reading List
Jonathan Feldman, director of information services for the city of Asheville, N.C., offers up a trio of tomes as a prime source of excellent IT and management resource material.

All-In-One Gateways
A single gateway that can handle all routing, switching, and security functions is the Holy Grail of network infrastructure. We'll help you attempt to grasp it.

Primer: Making A Mesh Of Your Wireless LAN
Wireless mesh isn't just for citywide deployments. It's an increasingly popular option when wired connections aren't feasible. Here are the basics.

Review: Treo Smart-Phone Service Helps Commuters Beat Traffic
The wireless-enabled software for the Palm Treo provides a map diagramming local traffic congestion. It beats waiting for the traffic reports to come around on the radio.

India Collecting Worker Histories To Beef Up Outsourcing Security
The Indian outsourcing industry is starting to compile work histories of all its employees, in an effort to combat fraud.

Washington's Mayor Posts Musings On Blog
His Honor keeps in touch with constituents the new-fashioned way, quoting Yoda as he goes.

Review: Four Pocket-Sized Hard Drives
It's a small world for your data, as proved by these portable 1-inch hard drives from Archos, Imation, Seagate, and Sony.

The News Show

John Soat has his 'Eye on IT' in Friday's episode of "The News Show."

Also in Friday's episode:

Art Wittmann On 'Virtual Reality'

Tim Moran Is The 'Web Answer Man'


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4. In Depth: Threats And Attacks

The Threats Get Nastier
IT threats are growing in number, sophistication, and ill intent. Think you've got them under control? Just wait till tomorrow.

Fighting Cyberattacks By Sharing Information
New service must overcome companies' unwillingness to share even anonymous data.

FBI: Suspected Zotob Makers Arrested
The FBI says two men were nabbed in Turkey and Morocco, and charged in connection with Zotob and the earlier Mytob and Rbot worms

Three Indicted For Violating Anti-Spam Law
James R. Schaffer, Jeffrey A. Kilbride, and Jennifer R. Clason have been charged with running a huge spam operation.

Trojan Poses As Plug-And-Play Patch
A Trojan horse not connected to the Zotob blitz on vulnerable Windows 2000 PCs appears to be taking advantage of the scare by posing as a patch against the Microsoft bug.


5. Voice Of Authority: Parental Rights

E-Health Records Off-Limits To Parents Of Teens
Parents don't have automatic access to their teenagers' electronic medical records, and perhaps they shouldn't.


6. White Papers: Keyword

Oracle 10g: Putting Grids To Work
Oracle 10g allows organizations to deploy grid computing as a foundation for business-oriented transactions, content management, and business-intelligence applications.


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