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Free At Last

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Free At Last
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Sued Over Office Live Brand
    Related Story:
    - With Acquisition, Microsoft Pushes Further Into Online Health Care
3. Breaking News
    - Oracle Ships Free Information Life-Cycle Management Tool
    - Despite Fight With Hollywood, YouTube Prospers
    - BitTorrent Launches A Legal Video Download Store
    - Jellyfish.com's Smack Shopping Makes Paying Into Play
    - Marriott To Offer High-Definition TV In Hotel Rooms
    - HP Introduces Low-Cost Backup System For SMBs
    - Hospital Laptop Stolen; Info On 7,800 Patients At Risk
    - Voice-Mail-To-Text Now Available For Skype Users
    - A Third Of U.S. Internet Users Tried Wireless
    - Yahoo Sees Better Results With New Ad Platform
    - Green Grid Looks For New Data Center Energy Efficiency Ideas
4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
    - With Google Apps Premier Edition, Who Needs Microsoft?
    - What Happened To YouTube's Copyright Filter Initiative?
    - Google: Mobile Phones Are The Future Of The Internet
5. White Papers
    - Finally, Instant Messaging That's Tough Enough For Business
6. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
7. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it." -- Christopher Morley


1. Editor's Note: Free At Last

I just bought my daughter a laptop. Well, to tell the truth, although I purchased it for her to use, it was actually for my benefit: I was tired of being kicked off my own computer because she had homework that required word processing or access to the Internet. Shuddering at the thought of shelling out hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office--because though only in fifth grade, she needs PowerPoint as well as Word--I downloaded the free office suite OpenOffice, which has proven to work just fine.

But we soon realized we weren't being very efficient when she needed assistance, especially on larger projects. As a journalist, I have a lot to teach her about grammar, organization, research, and just plain good writing. We initially worked with hard copies, but that was cumbersome. Plus my handwriting is indecipherable. We ended up doing what so many workgroups do: sending documents back and forth using e-mail. What a pain.

I'd known about Google's Writely, of course, but I thought of it as just a word processor. Then I read a colleague's review extolling its collaborative capabilities. I checked it out. And from the first my daughter and I loved it. She posts a report on colonial farmers on the Web. I click on the URL and insert questions and comments into the text. She's online with me at the same time, sees what I'm doing, and responds by making her edits. We import and export files from Word and OpenOffice. We're a well-oiled machine.

This shaggy-dog story is just a lead-up to urge you to read Mitch Wagner's excellent piece on Web collaboration tools. In it Mitch outlines all the free -- or very low-cost -- tools for collaboration from companies like Zoho, BlueTie, 37signals, and, of course, Google. Based on what Mitch says, I'm eager to try Zoho's free collaborative word processor, but it's currently on a closed trial, so I'll have to wait. What's especially attractive: its ability to share drawings, images, Web pages, and other media.

What do you think? Have you tried any of these Web-based collaborative tools? Do you have concerns about security or fears about a third-party storing your information for you? Let us know by responding to the InformationWeek Blog.

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

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2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Sued Over Office Live Brand
Office Live LLC, a Los Angeles provider of online professional services, is suing Microsoft for trademark infringement over its Office Live suite of business applications.

Related Stories:

With Acquisition, Microsoft Pushes Further Into Online Health Care
Microsoft has agreed to acquire Medstory Inc., which has an online search engine for delivering health information on the Web. Financial terms were not disclosed.


3. Breaking News

Oracle Ships Free Information Life-Cycle Management Tool
The software download can help companies move information accessed infrequently to lower-priced hardware for long-term storage.

Despite Fight With Hollywood, YouTube Prospers
YouTube steadily gained traffic during the month of February, as it did, more or less, throughout 2006.

BitTorrent Launches A Legal Video Download Store
BitTorrent hopes a well-stocked digital film store with thousands of titles at reasonable prices can wean its audience away from pirated video.

Jellyfish.com's Smack Shopping Makes Paying Into Play
Shoppers have gotten Apple iPods, Microsoft Xboxes, and TiVo Serial 3 DVRs for as much as 46% off.

Marriott To Offer High-Definition TV In Hotel Rooms
The entertainment system for Marriott, JW Marriott, and Renaissance hotels includes a 25-watt stereo speaker system and a digital connectivity panel for plugging in electronic gadgets.

HP Introduces Low-Cost Backup System For SMBs
The HP StorageWorks D2D Backup System automates daily backups and stores data on the corporate network so it can be restored in minutes.

Hospital Laptop Stolen; Info On 7,800 Patients At Risk
Austin, Texas, police are investigating after security cameras captured video of the thief carrying out a laptop and a projector from a Seton Family of Hospitals office.

Voice-Mail-To-Text Now Available For Skype Users
SimulScribe service transcribes voice messages in an e-mail while the original audio is contained in an attached .wav file.

A Third Of U.S. Internet Users Tried Wireless
One-third of U.S. Internet users have connected to the Web using a wireless network to send e-mails, check the latest news, or read other things, according to a survey released Sunday by the Pew Internet Project.

Yahoo Sees Better Results With New Ad Platform
Project Panama's success is critical in Yahoo's effort to boost revenue and recapture market share from Google.

Green Grid Looks For New Data Center Energy Efficiency Ideas
The nonprofit association founded last April by tech-industry heavyweights including AMD, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell is opening the door to new members, including end user companies.

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4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
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With Google Apps Premier Edition, Who Needs Microsoft?
The software-as-a-service notion took a big step forward with Google's announcement of its online productivity software. Such hosted solutions--available anywhere there's an Internet connection--are exactly what the mobile enterprise needs.

What Happened To YouTube's Copyright Filter Initiative?
After almost four months of nonstop talk, it appears that YouTube has licensed copyright filtering technology from AudibleMagic. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Google will soon unveil the filtering technology as its solution to problems with copyrighted material. So what happened to Google's internal efforts on filtering?

Google: Mobile Phones Are The Future Of The Internet
The future of the Web is smaller than you think. And also much bigger, according to Google VP Vinton Cerf. Cerf, speaking in India, predicted that mobile phones, not PCs, are the future of the Web.


5. White Papers

Finally, Instant Messaging That's Tough Enough For Business
Organizations face risks from unmanaged use of instant messaging. Other factors must also be addressed before they upgrade to an enterprise-class IM product. Still, there are significant benefits that organizations can achieve through use of IM, no matter what size.


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