In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Jonny Can Play Fair; Readers' Best Photos
2. Today's Top Story
- Oracle Gives A Peek At E-Business Suite 12
3. Breaking News
- Microsoft Preps XP-To-Vista App Migration Tool
- Hacker Unlocks Apple Music Download Protection
- Sony Details Notebook Battery Recall Program
- Microsoft Offers Free Office 2007 Upgrades, Defers $1.5 Billion In Sales
- Upbeat Investors Seek Microsoft Assurances
- AMD Planning Combined Processor-Graphics Chip
- Verizon First U.S. Carrier To Offer Flash Apps
- Yahoo Overhauls Social Bookmarking Service
- Florida Man Charged With Launching 2004 Botnet DoS Attack
4. Grab Bag: PDA Advance; Modernizing Mainframe Apps
- HP And Cingular Announce The iPaq 6920 Series (Geek.com)
- HP, Intel, And Oracle To Offer Application Modernization Initiative (TMCnet)
5. In Depth: Browsers
- Internet Explorer Vs. Firefox: The Battle Heats Up
- Internet Explorer 7 Suffers From Second Bug
- Is The Metasploit Hacking Tool Too Good?
- Businesses Embracing Firefox As The Other Browser
- Opera Says It Can Still Compete In Browser Battle
6. Voice Of Authority: Oracle 11g
- Oracle, An Expanding Universe
7. White Papers: Understanding Endpoint Security Risks
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1. Editor's Note: Jonny Can Play Fair; Readers' Best Photos
DVD Jon has struck again. The notorious hacker who's been helping people copy stuff that big companies don't want them to has found a way to unlock the code that blocks iPod users from playing songs from music download stores other than iTunes. Among other critics, blogger Cory Doctorow recently railed against Apple and the level of control inherent in its FairPlay technology. He wasn't just criticizing Apple, but other digital-rights management approaches, too.
A little more than a year ago, I blasted DVD Jon for his sleazy activities and said, since he's such a talented programmer, he should get a real job. This time, I think the issues are a little more ambiguous, and his work has at least some potential to release consumers from Apple's stranglehold. I'm just not ready to say this is the right way to go about doing so. While Apple's mum about it right now, I'm confident its lawyers will be weighing in soon enough. But I'd like your input. Is DVD Jon's latest "project" good for consumers? Should we be supporting him or blasting this latest initiative?
A few weeks back, I invited readers to submit photos of places and activities they've experienced that are squarely outside the realm of their IT careers.
The submissions were impressive, spanning a wide range of interests and experiences. Some wrote with passion about work or family trips they'd taken, breathtaking scenery they'd taken in, or unique places they'd had opportunities to visit. I'm presenting what I (subjectively) view as the 16 best--"best" being defined as those that I think will have appeal to the largest number of readers while also displaying strong or unusual photographic qualities. Now we'd like you to vote on your favorite. Please complete the poll at the top of the page and let us know which you like best. I'm going to go first and enter my 2 cents for "The Sentry." Excellent though the photo is, it was a tough call because I liked so many of
them. In the coming weeks, I'll let you know which was selected as our readers' favorite photo. It's nice to see these readers enjoying their time outside of work, too.
Finally, we're investigating, based on one example we've come across, whether H-1B visa holders are being bound by unfair employment contracts. Let us know by commenting at the blog entry if you can confirm or contradict our findings thus far.
Oracle Gives A Peek At E-Business Suite 12
But the new apps won't be available for up to a year; development of upgrades for acquired applications such as Siebel and JD Edwards remains on track, the company says.
Hacker Unlocks Apple Music Download Protection
Jon Lech Johansen wants to allow iPod users to download songs from music stores other than Apple's. The copyright-protection workaround would also allow users to load iTunes songs on rival music players.
Verizon First U.S. Carrier To Offer Flash Apps
Flash applications run on Verizon phones sold through the company's "Get It Now" distribution network. Customers can purchase applications and automatically Flash-enable their phones.
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Is The Metasploit Hacking Tool Too Good?
The open source project already offers penetration testing tools and exploit code. Now it's going further, offering eVade-o-Matic, a tool to make it harder to detect exploit code aimed at Web browsers. Has the group gone too far?
Oracle, An Expanding Universe
Oracle has added 482 features to the beta 11g version of its database. It's a reflection of that enduring Oracle philosophy that its database is the center of the universe and everything revolves around it.
7. White Papers: Endpoint Security Risks
Guide To Understanding Endpoint Security Risks
Endpoint devicesdesktops, notebooks, and tablet computerspose significant risks. This white paper provides guidance on how to effectively and efficiently balance security and productivity for all users, regardless of whether they are connecting to the Internet or the corporate network via a desktop, notebook, or tablet PC.
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