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Google Discloses Plans For Long-Awaited Office Suite, First Components Due This Week

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Workaholic Lawsuits?! It's Time To Get A Grip
2. Today's Top Story: Google
    - In Depth: Google Discloses Plans For Long-Awaited Office Suite, First Components Due This Week
    Related Stories:
    - Google Revealed: The IT Strategy That Makes It Work
    - Poll: Google's A Do-It-Yourselfer. Should You Be Too?
    - Review: Is Google Still The Ajax King?
    - Google Wrestles With Brazil's Requests For User Data On American Servers
    -Blog: How Google Might Fail
3. Breaking News
    - AT&T Sues To Stop Data Brokers' Unauthorized Use Of Customer Info
    - Lower-Cost Options Free IT From Software Maintenance Fees
    - Review: What's New In Internet Explorer 7 RC1?
    - Vista 'Pre-RC1' Getting Good Blog Buzz
    - Microsoft Takes Games Wireless
    - Microsoft Unhappy With Release Of Lighthearted Training Video
    - Battery Recall Could Cost Sony Over $170 Million
    - Microsoft Says Toshiba To Make Zune Media Player
    - Secret Service: Inside Attacks Generally Launched By Problem Employees
    - Column: 5 Keys To Job Satisfaction
    - FCC Questions Verizon, BellSouth Internet Fee
    - Addicted Maybe, But Users Say BlackBerrys Improve Life
    - Logitech Unveils Motorized Mouse
4. Grab Bag
    - The Assault On Apple's Battery (BusinessWeek)
    - MySpace Cowboys (Fortune)
    - Q&A: iWoz Logs Leap From Geek To Icon (Wired News)
5. In Depth: Open Source
    - Ubuntu Users Stranded After Bungled Update
    - Mozilla Accepts Microsoft's Offer Of Help
    - New Open-Source Database Touts Oracle Compatibility
    - Massachusetts Forges Ahead With ODF Implementations
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Are Intel And IBM Cheating With Their Quad-Core Processors?
7. White Papers
    - Single Sign-On: Putting An End To The Password Management Nightmare
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"Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine." -- Sir Arthur Eddington


1. Editor's Note: Workaholic Lawsuits?! It's Time To Get A Grip

So being the "Type A" person that I am, last night I just had to read a story posted on our site headlined "Always Connected To The Office? [yup, that's me] Troubled Times Ahead." Intrigued, I read on and came to a screeching halt at this statement:

"Companies that give employees BlackBerrys and cellular modems, providing always-on connectivity, may wind up with lawsuits, if they don't promote balance between work and play," Porter warned Monday. "The relentless pace of technology-enhanced work environments can create stimulation that may become addictive," she said.

Whoa, whoa. Lawsuits? Suing for forced overtime or failure to compensate for overtime is one thing, but suing because you couldn't let go of your job after hours and on weekends and vacations? Nah-uh.

And while we're on the subject, suing MySpace because your teen made a foolish decision to meet up with someone she met online is equally absurd. (But that's a topic for another blog entry!)

Can someone somewhere take responsibility? Please?

To read more about why I think these and other lawsuits are just ridiculous, and why I don't think managers can be held responsible for workers' "work/life balance" choices, click here to go to my blog entry. Are you a workaholic? Or do you just work for one? Let us know how you manage to keep work in check and have a life off the electronic tether!

Patricia Keefe
pkeefe@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story: Google

In Depth: Google Discloses Plans For Long-Awaited Office Suite, First Components Due This Week
Google will try to capitalize on collaboration options that Microsoft Office is lacking. But Microsoft has its own plans to shore up the vulnerability.

Related Stories:

Google Revealed: The IT Strategy That Makes It Work
A unique mix of internally developed software, open source, made-to-order hardware, and people management is the secret behind the search engine.

Poll: Google's A Do-It-Yourselfer. Should You Be Too?

Review: Is Google Still The Ajax King?
Google has taken a decisive lead in creative Ajax-based applications, but challengers abound. We review 20 other online apps to see how they stack up against Google's offerings.

Google Wrestles With Brazil's Requests For User Data On American Servers
Google says it will cooperate with a request for user information from Brazilian authorities "if their requests are reasonable and follow an appropriate legal process."

Blog: How Google Might Fail
Google's success has a downside—a lot of enemies. Beyond reflexive contrarians who hate Google because they enjoy swimming against the currents of popular culture, beyond governments around the world that prefer limited rather than universal information access, there are many businesses that feel threatened by the scope of Google's ambitions.


3. Breaking News

AT&T Sues To Stop Data Brokers' Unauthorized Use Of Customer Info
AT&T says it intends "to vigorously pursue these individuals who, through fraud, have attempted to obtain unauthorized access to customer information."

Lower-Cost Options Free IT From Software Maintenance Fees
As sales opportunities diminish, vendors are relying more on income from maintenance contracts to keep growing. With fees generally set between 17% and 22% of the original software license price, such expenses can exceed the original cost of a purchase in a few years.

Review: What's New In Internet Explorer 7 RC1?
Microsoft released IE7 Release Candidate 1 to public scrutiny. It offers several interesting tweaks, but no major changes.

Vista 'Pre-RC1' Getting Good Blog Buzz
Testers who downloaded the new Vista build generally gave it good marks in their first impressions.

Microsoft Takes Games Wireless
Microsoft turns up the heat on the upcoming holiday game sales season, announcing a slew of games and wireless accessories.

Microsoft Unhappy With Release Of Lighthearted Training Video
The 37-minute video was only for internal use, but somehow got released on the Web.

Battery Recall Could Cost Sony Over $170 Million
The costs are to support the recall programs for both Dell and Apple laptops.

Microsoft Says Toshiba To Make Zune Media Player
The device will come with a 3-inch liquid crystal display screen, a 30 Gbyte hard disk drive, and wireless connectivity, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission.

Column: 5 Keys To Job Satisfaction
Mary Foley, a former AOL manager, provides a checklist to help determine whether you're fundamentally happy or if it's time to move on.

Secret Service: Inside Attacks Generally Launched By Problem Employees
The key indicator is a repeat "problem child" who continually argues with fellow employees, complains about salary or benefits, or is otherwise aggressive or hostile.

FCC Questions Verizon, BellSouth Internet Fee
At issue are new fees for customers of high-speed Internet service that replace old government surcharges.

Addicted Maybe, But Users Say Blackberrys Improve Life
More than three-quarters of executives interviewed in 75 countries said they believe mobile communications devices primarily enhance their work/life balance rather than impede it.

Logitech Unveils Motorized Mouse
It's designed for people who scroll through lengthy documents and spreadsheets. The average person spins a scroll wheel about 26 feet during an eight-hour day.

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4. Grab Bag

The Assault On Apple's Battery (BusinessWeek)
A battery recall is merely the latest in Apple's catalog of woes, but the company isn't feeling drained.

MySpace Cowboys (Fortune)
They run the fastest-growing Web site on the planet. They have 100 million friends. Not bad for two guys who just wanted a place to hang out.

Q&A: iWoz Logs Leap From Geek To Icon (Wired News)
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak complains that Steve Jobs won't write the foreword to his upcoming autobiography, iWoz. He also talks about happier topics like playing Segway polo and inventing the personal computer in this Wired News interview by Rachel Metz.


5. In Depth: Open Source

Ubuntu Users Stranded After Bungled Update
A patch to the Ubuntu Linux distribution left customers with a command line interface only. A second update fixed the problem.

Mozilla Accepts Microsoft's Offer Of Help
The two will work together to help Firefox and Thunderbird run more effectively under Vista.

New Open-Source Database Touts Oracle Compatibility
Unlike other open-source offerings, EnterpriseDB Advanced Server can run Oracle database applications unchanged.

Massachusetts Forges Ahead With ODF Implementations
The state's OpenDocument Format adoption was recently thrown into question when naysayers questioned whether the standard provides adequate PC accessibility to disabled people.


6. Voice Of Authority

Are Intel And IBM Cheating With Their Quad-Core Processors?
Are companies like IBM and Intel "cheating" in using multichip module packages to create the latest advancements in multicore processors?


7. White Papers

Single Sign-On: Putting An End To The Password Management Nightmare
Password protection is inherently insecure, leaving your network vulnerable to attack. In this informative paper, you'll learn how single sign-on solutions can help assure heightened security and compliance, reduce administrative complexity and costs, and improve the end-user experience.


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