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First Look: Microsoft Zune

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Rural Broadband Solutions—And Frustrations
2. Today's Top Story: Zune
    - First Look: Microsoft Zune
3. Breaking News
    - Tech Industry: Give Us More H-1Bs Or We'll Outsource
    - Review: Two Packages Put Windows On The Mac Pro
    - Pirated Versions Of Vista Won't Last Long, Microsoft Promises
    - Mozilla Claims Firefox Beats IE In Finding Phishers
    - Former HP Chairwoman Dunn Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud, Identity Theft, And Other Charges
    - Democrats Used Databases In Election Wins Over GOP
    - Second Life Shop Owners Threaten Suit Against Virtual World's Creator
    - EU Threatens Microsoft With New Fines
    - 'Where Are U?' Track Friends On Cell Phone Map
    - Cingular To Offer Mobile Banking
4. Grab Bag: Bloggers On Vista
    - Alter Vista (IT Week)
    - Zune's Not Yet Compatible With Vista? So What! (PC Doctor)
    - Exclusive: Vista Team's Custom PC Design (seanalexander.com)
5. In Depth: Online Music And Video
    - Airlines To Offer In-Flight iPod Services
    - TiVo Beefs Up Video Sharing
    - Zune Sales No Sellout
    - VH1 To Launch Syndicated Video Player, Broadband Series
6. Voice Of Authority: IBM In India
7. White Papers: SOA
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote Of The Day:
"Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children." — Kahlil Gibran


Editor's Note: Rural Broadband Solutions—And Frustrations

Getting broadband—not just economically and efficiently but getting it, period—is a real struggle for those in rural areas. That point is coming through from readers loud and clear.

Along with last week's rural broadband progress report, we asked readers to let us know if they've found solutions from which others could benefit. We got half of what we asked for—several readers have found solutions, but they're largely location- and service provider-specific. I hope these readers' experiences highlight some services or technologies you weren't aware of. Let us know what you think.

Meantime, thanks to software engineer Dennis Duggan, who responded to my call for odd Web search results and do-it-yourself projects with this beauty: how to turn a microwave oven into an arc welder, from the aptly named Hack A Day Web site. In appreciation, the quote of the day is borrowed from Dennis' e-mail signature.

Tom Smith
tsmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story:

First Look: Microsoft Zune
If you find a certain air of geeky awkwardness appealing, then you might like this first try at a media player from a company not famous for its hardware design.


3. Breaking News

Tech Industry To Congress: Give Us More H-1Bs Or We'll Outsource
The group sent a letter to members of Congress urging the lawmakers to raise limits on skilled worker visas before the adjournment of the current session.

Review: Two Packages Put Windows On The Mac Pro
Apple OS X and Microsoft Windows can now live nicely together without fighting—if you've got either Boot Camp or Parallels Desktop for Mac. Here's how well they work.

Pirated Versions Of Vista Won't Last Long, Microsoft Promises
Unauthorized versions of the software will be shut down by Microsoft because they don't have proper activation keys, the company says.

Mozilla Claims Firefox Beats IE In Finding Phishers
A Mozilla-sponsored study says the company's Firefox browser is 18% to 23% better at spotting fraudulent phishing sites than Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7.

Former HP Chairwoman Dunn Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud, Identity Theft, And Other Charges
The defendants' lawyers are expected to appear in court again Friday to schedule future proceedings.

Democrats Used Databases In Election Wins Over GOP
The Democratic National Committee spent $8 million this cycle building a multiterabyte relational database that contained 300 million records.

Second Life Shop Owners Threaten Suit Against Virtual World's Creator
Scores of Second Life shop owners on Wednesday closed their stores in protest against Linden Lab, saying the company was responsible for the release of an in-world tool that could be used to copy their virtual wares.

EU Threatens Microsoft With New Fines
The EU set Nov. 23 as the final deadline for Microsoft to submit technical documentation needed by competitors to make their products interoperate with Windows-based systems.

'Where Are U?' Track Friends On Cell Phone Map
A Silicon Valley startup is working with a division of Sprint Nextel to offer users a mapping service that lets them see where their friends are by automatically updating maps on their cell phones.

Cingular To Offer Mobile Banking
Cingular will have to sign up financial institutions willing to open their online banking services to mobile phones, but the wireless carrier believes the time is right to begin moving ahead with its plans.

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4. Grab Bag: Bloggers On Vista

Alter Vista (IT Week)
What does Vista share with London buses? No, not being large, unwieldy, expensive, and sluggish. Well, not just those things. It's that you wait ages for one Vista and then two come along at once.

Zune's Not Yet Compatible With Vista? So What! (PC Doctor)
So, Microsoft's Zune player isn't yet compatible with Windows Vista. Big deal. It's still more than a couple of months until the public gets its hands on Windows Vista, and there's bound to be support by then. In the interim I don't see businesses being all that fussed that Zune's not supported—in fact, that could be a bonus!

Exclusive: Vista Team's Custom PC Design (seanalexander.com)
This hot rod took the fastest Dell Media Center PC on the planet, then added a tricked-out paint job by mondo paint mod shop Colorware to commemorate Windows Vista's release to manufacturing. The result is top-notch automotive-quality paint that appears lit from within. That's not surprising when you consider the specs of the system.


5. In Depth: Online Music And Video

Airlines To Offer In-Flight iPod Services
Six airlines, including Continental, Delta, and United, will offer seat connections to power iPods and show video stored in the iPod on a seat-back display.

TiVo Beefs Up Video Sharing
TiVo users will be able to share home videos with other TiVo-using family members and friends. Users also will be able to use TiVo's PC software to convert Internet videos for watching on TV.

Zune Sales No Sellout
Microsoft's portable music player moved up to as high as No. 6 on Amazon.com's top seller list for electronics, behind the iPod and iPod Nano.

VH1 To Launch Syndicated Video Player, Broadband Series
The video player can be embedded in other Web sites to receive broadband shows, including an eight-episode series that the network describes as an "edgy, irreverent satire of home shopping channels."


6. Voice Of Authority: IBM's India Focus

Why IBM Stands For India Beijing Machines
If there were any doubts left about IBM no longer considering itself a U.S. company that operates internationally, but rather an international company that happens to operate in the United States, those doubts should have been erased over the past couple of weeks.


7. White Papers: Service-Oriented Architectures

Understanding Application Performance In The Era of Service-Oriented Architectures
You're going to be feeling your way in building and testing the performance of Web services. Learn why understanding the performance strengths and limitations of the Web services model in general, and of individual Web services implementations in particular, is necessary in order to rely upon them as the backbone of an enterprise architecture.


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