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Employers, Break Out Web-Use Monitoring Tools; Employees, Watch Your Backs

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Employers, Break Out Web-Use Monitoring Tools; Employees, Watch Your Backs
2. Today's Top Story
    - Q&A: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer On The Imminent Vista, Office, Exchange Product Blast
Related Stories
    - No Surprises With Vista—Thankfully
    - Microsoft Gives Away Office 2007 User Interface
    - Prosecutors: Vista Apparently Complies With Microsoft Antitrust Judgment
3. Breaking News
    - HP, IBM Lead Global Server Market
    - Supreme Court To Decide What's 'Obvious' In Key Patent Case
    - Just How Effective Are You?
    - Nothing Good On TV? TiVo Has More Options
    - Palm Opens Orders For New Treo 680
    - Google's Book Search Gets Better, Or Worse
    - Looking For Popular Digital Cameras? Check Out Flickr
    - Mac OS X Vulnerable To Unpatched Bugs
    - Unpatched Flaw Means Firefox Passwords Can Be Stolen
    - Defense Agency Aims For Supercomputers That Can Predict Climate Change
    - New Technology Seeks To Let Startups Build Their Own Googles
    - IBM Unveils Flurry Of New Service Products
4. Grab Bag
    - Dead Plagiarists Society (Slate)
    - GoogleOS: What To Expect (Read/WriteWeb.com)
    - California Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Free Speech On The Internet (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
5. In Depth: Linux
    - Linux Patent Group Says Microsoft's Claims Are 'Baseless'
    - Microsoft Sits On Linux Dilemma Of Its Own Making
    - Red Hat Releases Enterprise Linux Beta, Rejects Deal With Microsoft
    - Livermore Labs Turns To Linux-Based Supercomputing Clusters
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Municipal Wi-Fi Is As Trendy As Curbside Recycling
7. White Papers
    - How To Succeed At Software Validation
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote Of The Day:
"They came, they saw, they did a little shopping." — Graffiti on the Berlin Wall, following the lifting of travel restrictions on East Berliners


1. Editor's Note: Employers, Break Out Web-Use Monitoring Tools; Employees, Watch Your Backs

Today is Cyber Monday (or Black Monday, as those possessing a darker outlook on life, like to call it) and although there's ample evidence that, contrary to popular belief, it is not the busiest online shopping day of the year, no one disputes that by this date Web surfing for holiday gifts is in full swing.

This year, online sales are expected to increase a whopping 53% over last year, according to Performics. Moreover, fourth-quarter online sales are predicted to equal the sales of the first two quarters of 2006.

And when are all these cybertransactions happening? During work hours, of course. According to the BizRate 2005 eHoliday survey, more than 50% of consumers blithely said they planned to do their online shopping while at their place of employment.

But it's increasingly risky for employees to engage in personal Web surfing while at work. A much publicized recent case in point: an IBM employee was fired for personal Internet use while on company time. (What exactly he was doing is in dispute, and the matter is now in the hands of the courts.)

Both employers and employees face ethical decisions. For workers, how much time (if any) should they spend on personal Web use during work? What's acceptable? Half an hour? An hour? No limit (as long as you don't get caught)? For employers, given the plethora of available technologies that let you monitor what your employees are doing online, how much of a Big Brother role do you want to play? Not to mention that there are tricky legal issues to navigate.

What do you think? Whatever side of the management divide you're on, let me know by responding to my entry on the InformationWeek Weblog.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Q&A: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer On The Imminent Vista, Office, Exchange Product Blast
Ballmer talks to InformationWeek about this week's major product launches, incentives to upgrade, Vista security, "software and service" versus "software as a service," and competing with Apple, Linux, and purpose-built appliances.

Related Stories:

No Surprises With Vista—Thankfully
A report card on Build 6000, which Microsoft released to developers.

Microsoft Gives Away Office 2007 User Interface
Microsoft hopes that the giveaway results in more applications that share the look and feel of Office 2007, and thus creates a more identifiable application ecosystem.

Prosecutors: Vista Apparently Complies With Microsoft Antitrust Judgment
In a joint status report filed Tuesday with the U.S. District Court, prosecutors said Microsoft's Vista and Internet Explorer plans appear to be compliant with the 2002 antitrust judgment against the company.


3. Breaking News

HP, IBM Lead Global Server Market
Hewlett-Packard was tops in shipments and IBM in sales in the third quarter, says Gartner.

Supreme Court To Decide What's 'Obvious' In Key Patent Case
The court's decision could have a profound effect on thousands of technology patents.

Just How Effective Are You?
CIOs often rate themselves as being more effective than their peers, underlings, and bosses perceive them as being, Optimize magazine study says

Nothing Good On TV? TiVo Has More Options
New services will let viewers find more online content and view and share home videos.

Palm Opens Orders For New Treo 680
The phone has twice the memory, weighs less, and is thinner than the popular Treo 650 model it replaces.

Google's Book Search Gets Better, Or Worse
Google has introduced several enhancements, including the ability to zoom in on text and images and scroll up and down to see a new page.

Looking For Popular Digital Cameras? Check Out Flickr
The Camera Finder page shows graphs that reflect the number of Flickr members who have uploaded at least one photo with a particular camera over the last year.

Mac OS X Vulnerable To Unpatched Bugs
Security researchers have disclosed flaws in the Mac OS X operating system that allow attackers to crash the computer and possibly hijack it.

Unpatched Flaw Means Firefox Passwords Can Be Stolen
Dubbed the "Reverse Cross-Site Request" vulnerability by its discoverer, the unpatched flaw is in Firefox's password-saving feature.

Defense Agency Aims For Supercomputers That Can Predict Climate Change
IBM and Cray won contracts worth $244 million and $250 million, respectively, to build the next generation of supercomputers for Darpa.

New Technology Seeks To Let Startups Build Their Own Googles
Open source search projects like Hadoop, Lucene, and Nutch, combined with affordable, on-demand computing through Amazon Web Services, is putting scalable search infrastructure within the reach of most startups.

IBM Unveils Flurry Of New Service Products
IBM is launching new services to measure a company's IT processes and skills, service management strategies, and IT infrastructure.

All Our Latest News

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Windows Vista: Ready, Set, Go?
Microsoft and its customers are gearing up for the release of Vista. But will the product ship as promised? Learn how nearly 700 business technology professionals are planning to adopt Vista in InformationWeek Research's report Windows Vista: Ready, Set, Go?

A Week's Worth Of Dailies—All In One Place
Have you missed an issue or two of the InformationWeek Daily? Or want to check out some recent quotes of the day? Check out our Daily newsletter archive page and get caught up quickly.

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4. Grab Bag

Dead Plagiarists Society (Slate)
Google Book Search has already exposed contemporary writers to charges of plagiarism. Will the same be true of renowned writers of past eras?

GoogleOS: What To Expect (Read/WriteWeb.com)
The GoogleOS doesn't exist. But this hasn't stopped people from speculating about it. Despite the fact that Google denies that any such product is in development, here's an analysis of what the search giant could conceivably do.

California Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Free Speech On The Internet (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
The EFF is calling a ruling by the California Supreme Court "a victory for free speech on the Internet." Under the decision, no online service provider is liable for posting material that was written by someone else.


5. In Depth: Linux

Linux Patent Group Says Microsoft's Claims Are 'Baseless'
"In fact, there have been no patent suits against Linux," said the Open Invention Network's chief executive. The group includes IBM, Novell, and Red Hat.

Microsoft Sits On Linux Dilemma Of Its Own Making
When Microsoft signed a patent agreement with Novell, owner of Suse Linux, it thrust itself onto the horns of a dilemma. It seemed to be saying that Linux contains patent exposures. If you're a Linux user, Microsoft may sue you for using its intellectual property, unless you use Suse.

Red Hat Releases Enterprise Linux Beta, Rejects Deal With Microsoft
Ballmer said Microsoft was ready to cut a deal with Red Hat similar to the one it struck with Linux seller Novell last week. But Red Hat isn't interested.

Livermore Labs Turns To Linux-Based Supercomputing Clusters
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will get 100 teraflops combined processing power out of the supercomputer when it has all four of its new clusters up and running.


6. Voice Of Authority

Municipal Wi-Fi Is As Trendy As Curbside Recycling
Chris Murphy points out that city-sponsored curbside recycling programs went through a lot of trial and error—mostly error—before they actually worked. The same will be true of citywide Wi-Fi experiments.


7. White Papers

How To Succeed At Software Validation
Manufacturers need to become familiar with both the tools and the concepts before being able to successfully implement a software validation program. This new report helps CIOs apply principles of critical thinking and risk management to produce value-added validation evidence.


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