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1. Editor's Note: Google, MySpace Come Crashing Back To Earth
2. Today's Top Story
- Symantec Takes Heat For Changing Adware Advice
- Newest Bagle Worm Threatens Legal Action
- Thomson To Deliver Hollywood Digital Piracy Platform
3. Breaking News
- RIM, NTP Reach $612.5 Million Settlement
- Intel Cuts Revenue Forecast (Reuters)
- Microsoft Charges EU With Collusion With Competitors
- Supporters Of ICANN-VeriSign Agreement Fight Back
- AOL To Roll Out Free E-Mail To Nonprofits (Reuters)
- Cell Phone-Using Passengers Risk Airplane Safety: Study
- Google Shuffles Prices Of Mini Search Appliances
- RFID-Embedded Police Badges Debut In August
- Visiting India, Bush Praises Outsourcing
- PCs Crack U-Boat's Enigma Code
- Microsoft Acquires WinTarget Storage Technology
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
- Blog Buzz Helps Companies Catch Trends In The Making (Washington Post)
- Household Pets: Remix (Worth1000.com)
- The Cost Of Convergence...? (USA Today)
5. In Depth: Digital Music
- DOJ Opens Probe Into Online Music Pricing: Sources (Reuters)
- Cell Phone Users Tune Out Music And Video: Survey
- Napster Rues Microsoft, Player Glitches (Reuters)
- Review Roundup: Five Music Subscription Services Challenge iTunes
- iTunes: One Billion Sold
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- Itanium And Integrity--Who Are Intel And HP Trying To Convince?
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- JavaSpaces Grid Technology In Capital Markets
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1. Editor's Note: Google, MySpace Come Crashing Back To Earth
Every few years, Somebody Important in the tech industry anoints
a new king. Microsoft gave way to Amazon, which then begat
Google, the reigning monarch. Along the way there are princes and
other royalty we watch to see if they have the stuff to someday
take over the crown--Marimba and dozens of others, now victims of
the Internet bubble, were in that camp. And now MySpace is there, too.
Investors are getting very nervous about Google, and it appears
from the reports I've read that the firm's recent Analyst Day was a far cry from
last year's love-fest at the hippie-dippie cafeteria. Many are
wondering if Google can stay on top, and the company's CFO didn't
help engender a warm fuzzy feeling when he said--the day before
the analyst meeting--that the days of big-number growth in the
online search market were pretty much over.
Which is why Google needs to enter new markets like enterprise
search. That makes sense. But if I were running IT at a large
company, I'm not sure I'd adopt Google's enterprise search package, or any other of its
software for that matter. At least not yet.
A Google senior product manager recently said the company
understands and acknowledges the security and privacy risks in
its Google Desktop 3 for Enterprise beta software. But the
company believes, he said, it's really something that the individual corporate user needs to worry about
Contrast that to the approach taken to enterprise search by Oracle. Larry Ellison not
only talked about security being a core component of his
company's enterprise search package, but Oracle also managed to
get the word "security" into the product's name. Those sly dogs.
If you were an enterprise ITer, which company's package would you
probably give the more serious look-see?
As for MySpace, it's having entirely different problems. The
company has pretty much single-handedly defined the social
networking space for the teenage-through-young-adult crowd. But
what started out as a way-cool place to connect with friends old
and new now has a big black cloud hanging over it. After at least
a half-dozen cases of sexual predators meeting their underage
victims on the MySpace site, the company's CEO said it will be taking extra security steps and hiring someone to
oversee both security and education.
It's a very sad commentary indeed that something originally set
up to bring happiness to a group of consumers--in this case,
kids--has been so horribly twisted by a relatively few sick
individuals. I'm glad MySpace is dealing with this, and I'll
support the effort by continuing to try to walk the line between
watching out for my teenage kids and their friends, and teaching
them how to do so for themselves.
To comment on this, or read more, please see my blog entry.
Intel Cuts Revenue Forecast (Reuters)
Archrival AMD has recently pressured the chip giant with
technology advances that have given it an edge in performance and
power use, especially in the server market.
Supporters Of ICANN-VeriSign Agreement Fight Back
Countering criticism over its Internet domain name settlement
with VeriSign, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers Friday challenged complaints that the agreement was
anticompetitive with a list of companies and organizations that
support the decision.
RFID-Embedded Police Badges Debut In August
There's another crime-fighting weapon being added to law
enforcement's arsenal, and it's not what you'd expect. Along with
handcuffs, guns, and nightsticks, cops' uniforms will soon
include badges with RFID chips.
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Household Pets: Remix (Worth1000.com)
Check out this sometimes weird, sometimes funny contest of
retouched photos that mix household items like a game controller
with creatures like a crab. Truly geeky.
Napster Rues Microsoft, Player Glitches (Reuters)
Napster chairman Chris Gorog, whose company has one of the
best-known names in the business but has failed to put a dent in
Apple's 80% online-music market share, argues that eventually the
"Microsoft ecosystem" and its Windows Media format will prevail.
JavaSpaces Grid Technology In Capital Markets
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high-performance, low-latency pricing applications for capital
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