In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Your Digital Life
2. Today's Top Story
- Do The Tech Watchdog Groups Need Watching?
3. Breaking News
- Why The iPhone Won't Make Apple A Player In Business IT
- Product Interoperability Is At Center Of Apple-Cisco Legal Battle
- Apple Unlikely To Go To Court In iPhone Trademark Dispute, Experts Say
- Analyst: Apple To Face Tough Challenge In Internet TV
- Pricing War Blamed For AMD's 4Q Slump
- Artificial Intelligence Used To Grade Medical School Tests
- American Airlines Stops Selling First-Class, Business-Class, And International Tickets On Expedia
- AOL Says Napster Will Be Its Exclusive Provider Of Music Downloads
- AT&T To Phase Out Cingular Name, Reclaim Its Wireless Brand
- CompUSA Will Evaluate Old PCs For Potential Vista Users
- ACS To Pay Delta Air Lines More Than $7.5 Million To Settle Contract Dispute
- Open Source Developers Build On Amazon Web Services
4. In Depth
- First Guilty Plea Entered In HP Pretexting Case
- Feds Charge One, Mention Co-Conspirators In HP Media Leak Probe
- New Phisher Tactic: Pay Me Or I'll Kill You
- New Windows VML Exploit Commandeers PCs
- Oracle To Patch 55 Database, App Server Bugs Next Week
- 'Uncrackable' Secure Gigabit Quantum-Encryption Scheme Created
5. Voice Of Authority
- IT Confidential: Apple-Microsoft War Turns Real
- Down To Business: Is Executive Pay Excessive?
6. White Papers
- Virtualization: A Utility Approach To The Data Center
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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1. Editor's Note: Your Digital Life
Starting this week, we're launching a new area of reporting, focusing on how information technology changes people's lives and how it changes society. This'll include a hodgepodge of subjects: Internet law, politics, censorship, digital-rights management, online gaming, blogging, a bit of Web 2.0, online communities, local search, and more.
Who's the reporter tackling this subject? Me. Starting this week, I'm transitioning to a new role at InformationWeek. For me, it's also an old role: I'll be going back to reporting. I'm excited about itI haven't done reporting day in, day out in almost exactly five years, and it was always my first love.
We're looking to incorporate blogs into the reporting process on this beatthe general idea is that I'll be developing and discussing stories on the InformationWeek Blog and then delivering the stories on InformationWeek proper. And I'll also be using podcasts to deliver news.
In the spirit of how journalism works nowadays, I want to come right out and disclose my biases: I'm both liberal and libertarian. (I actually don't consider myself a liberalbut if you hate liberals and think they're evil, you probably hate me, too.) I think big business, left unchecked, will naturally collude with government to stifle competition, innovation, and free speech. As such, I'm skeptical of any attempt to regulate business or speech on the Internet. And when a politician passes a law "to protect our children," I generally figure that politician just found out his approval rating is slumping and is making a cynical attempt to boost the numbers.
However, I believe my higher responsibility is to tell the readers what's going on. Too much of Internet coverage of Internet politics is too one-sided nowadays. The mainstream media favors more regulation, especially when it comes to Protecting the Children, and only quotes platitudes and slogans from the other side. With the bloggers, it's the other way aroundthey lean toward the libertarian, and only quote conservative groups as an afterthought.
One of my first priorities as a reporter will be to reach out to conservatives and find out what they have to say. Because I'm not doing anyone any good if I use InformationWeek as an echo chamber for my buddies and me to sound off.
Our feature this week, "Advocacy Inc.," falls dead center in my new beat (even though I didn't write it). It looks inside groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the American Civil Liberties Union, and describes how they work, where they get their funding, and how they can sometimes be antagonistic to business.
By the way: Isn't it odd that I describe myself as a liberal here and then explain that the reason I'm a liberal is because I'm against government regulation and in favor of competition? That's the crazy political world we live in nowadaysup is down and left is right.
Pricing War Blamed For AMD's 4Q Slump
AMD issued a release warning that its fourth-quarter results would come in below expectations. Analysts say too much chip inventory and its price war with Intel are to blame.
Outlook For 2007
What's in store for you and your organization in 2007? Learn what your peers have planned in InformationWeek Research's Outlook For 2007 research. This report provides an early indication of what the coming year holds from the perspective of business-technology executives by tracking changes to corporate IT budgets and key technology and business initiatives. Use this report to examine your company's IT strategies and purchasing plans for the year.
Can You Hear Me?
As VoIP moves to broader deployment, business technology professionals are trying to balance lowering operations costs with increased spending on VoIP technologies. Learn how 300 companies are implementing VoIP in this report by InformationWeek Research. Use this report to understand the challenges you may face in your deployment and how security concerns can affect your installation, network, and security. Read more about this research.
New Windows VML Exploit Commandeers PCs
Immunity Inc. said it had published a working exploit for the Vector Markup Language vulnerability within three hours of Microsoft announcing the bug and issuing a patch.
Virtualization: A Utility Approach To The Data Center
PolyServe's virtualization utilities provide full native performance and comprehensive high availability required by business-critical databases and file servers. PolyServe extends the benefits of virtualization across the data center into storage and software, reducing IT costs far beyond just server reduction.
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