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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Real 'Fake Steve Jobs' Tried To Out Anonymous Linux Blogger
2. Today's Top Story
    - Smartphone Browser Shootout: Palm, BlackBerry, HTC Vs. iPhone
3. Breaking News
    - Apple Hit With iPhone Patent Suit From Disgraced Doc
    - What's Next From Google? Perhaps Reader Search, Hosted Google Enterprise
    - Fake Steve Jobs Unmasked
    - Blog: New iMacs, .Mac Upgrade Rumored For Today
    - Blog: Is It Possible To Unlock The iPhone?
    - Blog: Where To Find A Quad-Core Bargain (And Which Intel Processor Is Selling For More Than List)
    - Blog: Forget RFID. GPS Is The New Tech Bogeyman.
    - Virgin Air Adds Texting And Music Downloads To Flights
    - HP, Researcher Trade Barbs On Laser Printer Safety
    - DefCon's Moss: Undercover Reporter Damages 'Neutral Zone'
    - Microsoft Gains Ground On Open Source Apache Web Server
    - Microsoft Teams Up With NASA To Offer 3-D Shuttle Views
    - Blog: Nokia Adoption Of Microsoft's PlayReady Is DRM Difficulty For Consumers
    - Microsoft Adds Nokia As PlayReady DRM Partner
    - AMD Offers New Server And Workstation Chips
    - Amputee Rock Climber Develops First Robotic Ankle
    - Lenovo And Novell Offer Linux On Notebooks
4. The Latest Windows Blog Posts
    - Microsoft Delays Upgraded Office For The Mac, Shoots Itself In The Foot
    - Why AdMob Rocks The Mobile Ad Market And Google Doesn't
    - A Service Pack For Vista? Yes And No
    - More Copies Of Windows Than Cars?
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Enhancing Product Life Cycle Management With Critical Message Governance
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Real 'Fake Steve Jobs' Tried To Out Anonymous Linux Blogger

Talk about irony. Now that we know "Fake Steve Jobs" is Forbes reporter Dan Lyons, we also know that FSJ -- as Lyons -- once tried to out the tech industry's other, equally infamous sub-rosa blogger -- Groklaw's Pamela Jones.

When he's not penning FSJ, Lyons covers the tech industry for Forbes magazine. Among other things, he's written frequently about free software, Linux, and SCO's lawsuit against IBM.

His coverage has drawn repeated fire from the free software community and Jones, a secretive blogger who posts about all things Linux on a site called Groklaw.

Over the years, Jones and other Linux backers have said Lyons "needs a hokum detector," has been "hilariously wrong" in his coverage of free software, and is "biased" against the Linux community. (Disclosure: I've also been at the wrong end of these sorts of missives from certain Linux fanatics.)

Jones has also likened Lyons to "a buzzard hunched on a tree limb, always on the alert for anything he can swoop down and attack me for."

In turn, Lyons, in a 2005 Forbes story, tried to out Jones -- who is secretive about her identity and background, does not allow pictures of herself to be posted on Groklaw, and has registered the site through a third-party service so her personal details won't show up in the Internet's 'Who Is' database.

Lyons has also used the FSJ blog to unleash his own barbs against Jones and the free software community. Writing as FSJ, Lyons frequently referred to Linux aficionados as "Freetards."

FSJ also called the GPL stewards at the Free Software Foundation "so corrupt that they make Greenpeace and the United Nations look like saints." He labeled FSF leader Richard Stallman "demented" and said Jones is FSF's "Chief Propaganda Minister."

After the news broke Sunday that FSJ is Lyons, Jones posted a column on Groklaw calling the writer guilty of "world class hypocrisy" for remaining anonymous. (In case you're keeping score, that's one anonymous blogger calling another anonymous blogger a hypocrite.)

The question now is whether Forbes should continue to let Lyons cover issues related to Linux and free software or move him to another beat. Through his "Fake Steve Jobs" persona, Lyons has pretty much divulged the fact that he thinks the FSF is a pack of loons -- so it might be hard for readers to accept his reports on the subject as objective.

What do you think? Leave a message on the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.

Paul McDougall
paulmcd@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Smartphone Browser Shootout: Palm, BlackBerry, HTC Vs. iPhone
Has Apple succeeded in setting a new mobile Web-browsing paradigm? We examine how the Palm Treo, BlackBerry Curve, and HTC Wing stack up against the iPhone.


3. Breaking News

Apple Hit With iPhone Patent Suit From Disgraced Doc
A Des Moines, Iowa, surgeon charges that the touch keyboard on the computer maker's iPhone PDA violates a patent he holds through a company called SP Technologies.

What's Next From Google? Perhaps Reader Search, Hosted Google Enterprise
Some new services are in the works, but there are other capabilities that Google seems wary of right now.

Fake Steve Jobs Unmasked
Daniel Lyons, a senior editor at Forbes magazine and the writer of the Fake Steve Jobs blog, said he expected to be exposed months ago.

Blog: New iMacs, .Mac Upgrade Rumored For Today
What's Apple got up its sleeve for its announcement? Apple blogs say the company plans to unveil sleeker iMacs and possibly an upgrade to the .Mac service, and that Apple plans a new flash-based video iPod next month.

Blog: Is It Possible To Unlock The iPhone?
One intrepid iPhone fan has posted a guide to unlocking the iPhone. Engadget claims to have spotted a process that, frankly, looks really long and more than a little scary. Does it actually work?

Blog: Where To Find A Quad-Core Bargain (And Which Intel Processor Is Selling For More Than List)
Here's a strange, but understandable, example of free-market capitalism at work in the market for hot chips. Intel instituted deep price cuts on many of its processors on July 22, the better to stoke demand and squeeze AMD. However, Intel's top-of-the-line Core 2 Extreme QX6850 is now so popular that it's actually selling for a price well above the company's list. At the same time, one big quad-core bargain has emerged.

Blog: Forget RFID. GPS Is The New Tech Bogeyman.
So you're thinking of using GPS-enabled technology in some way, from optimizing sales calls to offering directions to route drivers. It's getting easier, with GPS built into more smartphones. But execs would be wise to remember the lessons of RFID and the depths of tech paranoia it revealed.

Virgin Air Adds Texting And Music Downloads To Flights
The inaugural flight begins this week between New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco.

HP, Researcher Trade Barbs On Laser Printer Safety
The study found inhalation of ultrafine particles can affect human health, depending on the material inhaled and the quantity.

DefCon's Moss: Undercover Reporter Damages 'Neutral Zone'
An undercover associate producer from NBC's Dateline tried to surreptitiously videotape hackers and federal agents at last Friday's conference, until she was outed and fled the building.

Microsoft Gains Ground On Open Source Apache Web Server
Netcraft's August survey of about 128 million Web sites shows a decline in market share for Apache to 48.4%, while Microsoft has risen to a 36.2% share of active Web sites.

Microsoft Teams Up With NASA To Offer 3-D Shuttle Views
The Photosynth technology stitches together thousands of individual photos to create a seamless, 3-D image that mimics virtual reality.

Blog: Nokia Adoption Of Microsoft's PlayReady Is DRM Difficulty For Consumers
What on earth is Nokia thinking? The Finnish cell phone maker's move to use Microsoft's DRM is doomed to failure. As I've previously "proved," every consumer DRM technology worthy of the name has been hacked, cracked, and busted.

Microsoft Adds Nokia As PlayReady DRM Partner
Nokia is the first mobile operator to publicly announce it will use Microsoft's multiformat DRM technology.

AMD Offers New Server And Workstation Chips
The latest processors are designed so companies that want to upgrade later to AMD's upcoming quad-core Opteron, code-named Barcelona, can do so using the same socket.

Amputee Rock Climber Develops First Robotic Ankle
Famed climber Hugh Herr led a team of researchers to develop a robotic ankle that senses the wearer's movements and responds to variations in terrain.

Lenovo And Novell Offer Linux On Notebooks
Buyers of Lenovo ThinkPad notebook PCs can now get Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 preloaded on their machines.

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4. The Latest Windows Blog Posts
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Microsoft Delays Upgraded Office For The Mac, Shoots Itself In The Foot
I recently sent a very authoritative e-mail to my editors, explaining that Microsoft would likely update the Mac version of Office in the first couple of weeks of August. A day later, Microsoft announced that the update will be delayed until January. Do you ever have weeks like that?

Why AdMob Rocks The Mobile Ad Market And Google Doesn't
As I completed my daily roundup of the mobile blogosphere, I noticed a post on Russell Beattie's Weblog about AdMob. Beattie sent out mad props to AdMob for hitting a new record: more than 5 billion mobile ad impressions served. How on earth did AdMob do it?

A Service Pack For Vista? Yes And No
Microsoft has been saying there is no trial version of a Service Pack 1 for Vista, but Ars Technica reports that The World's Largest Software Company has released a "sneak peek" of several patches on its Windows Connect download service for beta testers of Windows Server 2008 -- but the patches are intended for Vista as well.

More Copies Of Windows Than Cars?
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that by the end of this fiscal year, which began July 1, there will be more than a billion Windows PCs worldwide. "There will be more PCs running Windows in the world than there are automobiles, which is, at least to me, a mind-numbing concept," Ballmer said. That hasn't been the only number thrown out so far.


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