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
- 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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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!
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.
Blog: How Google Might Fail
Google's success has a downsidea 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.
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.
Analyzing The Outsourcers: Global Services
Learn how more than 400 business technology professionals rated six of the leading outsourcers in InformationWeek Research's "Analyzing the Outsourcers: Global Services" report.
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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.
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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