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Google Targets Microsoft With Launch Of Business Applications

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: We Heart Google
2. Today's Top Story
    - Google Targets Microsoft With Launch Of Business Applications
    Related Stories:
    - Google Continues To Gain Search Market Share
    - Google Sees Video Anti-Piracy Tools As Priority
    - Nine Easy Web-Based Collaboration Tools
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft Hit With $1.52 Billion In Damages In Alcatel-Lucent Patent Suit
    - 90% Of E-Mail Will Be Spam By Year's End
    - Report: European Telecom Market Continues To Grow, But At A Slower Rate
    - Mozilla Working On Fix For Firefox Flaw
    - Dell Receptive To Customer Input, Could Reintroduce Linux
    - Massachusetts Bill Would Make Businesses Pay For Poor Data Security
    - Phishers Up The Ante And Go After Online Poker Players
    - Despite Government Data Losses, Security Education Spending Not Growing
    - First Woman Named Winner Of Prestigious Computing Award
    - Consumer Electronic Spending Slowed In 2006
    - Apple-Cisco iPhone Deal Positions Companies To Jointly Pursue Wi-Fi And VoIP
    - Nintendo's Wii Top U.S. Console In January
4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
    - Apple And Cisco Make Up After Brief iPhone Fight
    - Using Second Life For Disaster-Preparedness Training
    - What Will Become Of The YouTube Universe?
5. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
6. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"I take it that it is best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I don't believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good." -- Abraham Lincoln


1. Editor's Note: We Heart Google

Google, Google, Google. Lately, it's been all Google, all the time. And our readers can't seem to get enough of it.

From a feature story about how the company is making Manhattan its second home to an insider's guided tour of Googleplex East -- complete with an image gallery that depicts its vibrant, uncorporate-like colors and bouncy exercise balls and other games -- to the news that Google is releasing an office suite to compete head to head with Microsoft Office, our readers are obsessively tracking what the company that has moved well beyond merely fulfilling our search needs might be up to next. Case in point: Four of our five most-read stories this week were about Google.

The biggest item, of course, is that last one: the launch of a subscription model that bundles Google's increasingly popular Web-based productivity software for a low annual price of just $50 per user. This has been coming for some time, with industry observers predicting the move since Google began buying up makers of personal-productivity software that could be accessed from anywhere at anytime via the Internet. And the writing was on the wall last August when Google introduced a consumer suite that includes e-mail, calendar, word processing, and spreadsheet functionality in addition to messaging and voice applications.

This most recent announcement, however, includes a number of key features that will appeal specifically to the enterprise user. Among other things, Google Apps Premier Edition includes APIs that businesses can use to integrate the suite with their own applications, an e-mail service that comes with 10 Gbytes of online storage, and service-level agreements promising 99.9% uptime and 24/7 tech support.

Add to this a price tag that's just a fraction of what Microsoft Office costs, and companies have an extremely compelling reason to at least consider Google as their preferred purveyor of mainstream office automation functionality. As the saying goes, what's not to like?

But there are other reasons the business community -- not to mention the general public -- seems to be fascinated by Google. The chief one is a bit ironic. People love upstarts. We root for them to succeed. And although Google is hardly a little guy anymore, there's something about the company that seems to provoke a kind of amnesia about this fact. Perhaps because the company's constant change stands in sharp contrast to the same-old same-old rounds of product upgrades and marketing mantras coming out of other leading technology companies. Perhaps it's the fresh faces of its founders that grace the covers of myriad business and technology magazines. Or the fact that everyone loves a rags-to-riches story (although, to be honest, few Stanford students have ever come close to suffering undue financial hardship). Whatever the reason, Google seems to have captured our collective imagination. Even the most jaded and seasoned industry observers can't seem to wait to see what will happen next.

What do you think? Are you a Google fan? Fascinated by the company -- or tired of the hype? Let us know by responding to the InformationWeek Blog.

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


2. Today's Top Story

Google Targets Microsoft With Launch Of Business Applications
The search engine company adopts a subscription model with its corporate software bundle to counter Microsoft Office and Windows Live.

Related Stories:

Google Continues To Gain Search Market Share
During the same period, Yahoo and Ask lost search market share while Microsoft and AOL gained.

Google Sees Video Anti-Piracy Tools As Priority
To head off a media industry backlash against YouTube, Google will implement anti-piracy measures to thwart unauthorized video sharing.

Nine Easy Web-Based Collaboration Tools
If e-mail attachments are your idea of advanced collaboration, these Web-based tools from vendors like Google and Zoho can help jump-start your workflow, while not spraining your budget or brain.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft Hit With $1.52 Billion In Damages In Alcatel-Lucent Patent Suit
Alcatel-Lucent had accused Microsoft of infringing patents related to standards used for playing MP3 files. Microsoft said it plans to ask the judge to toss the ruling and will appeal if necessary.

90% Of E-Mail Will Be Spam By Year's End
A flood of spam coming out of China and South Korea is fueling a 30% jump in spam levels in just the past week, according to a new report.

Report: European Telecom Market Continues To Grow, But At A Slower Rate
The i2010 initiative is likely to include new amendments in 2007 that are designed to spur competition.

Mozilla Working On Fix For Firefox Flaw
Mozilla has pushed back its next security update for Firefox so it will include a fix for a vulnerability that allows malicious Web sites to manipulate authentication cookies.

Dell Receptive To Customer Input, Could Reintroduce Linux
Dell's new IdeaStorm site lets people submit and vote on ideas the company should consider. So far, Linux is the leader.

Massachusetts Bill Would Make Businesses Pay For Poor Data Security
Slipups like the ones at T.J. Maxx and Stop & Shop stores could force companies to pay to cancel or reissue cards, stop payments, or block transactions, if the legislation passes.

Phishers Up The Ante And Go After Online Poker Players
Websense warns that phishers are targeting online poker players who use the Party Poker site.

Despite Government Data Losses, Security Education Spending Not Growing
Out of an annual IT security budget of $5.6 billion, the United States is spending $140 million to $150 million annually on security awareness and training.

First Woman Named Winner Of Prestigious Computing Award
Frances Allen, an IBM Fellow Emerita, receives the tech industry's equivalent of a Nobel Prize in computing.

Consumer Electronic Spending Slowed In 2006
Spending on technology products hit $111 billion in 2006, or 3.6% more than the year before. But spending in 2005 rose by 7.2% over 2004, the NPD Group said.

Apple-Cisco iPhone Deal Positions Companies To Jointly Pursue Wi-Fi And VoIP
Scheduled for delivery in June, Apple's iPhone will have Wi-Fi capability -- a mobile phone feature that's likely to roil the entire cell phone landscape.

Nintendo's Wii Top U.S. Console In January
U.S. shoppers snapped up 436,000 Wii units in January, according to figures from market research firm NPD.

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4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/personaltech/

Apple And Cisco Make Up After Brief iPhone Fight
Apple and Cisco Systems agreed to end their fight over the iPhone trademark. Not only did they settle, but Apple and Cisco said they plan to work together to make sure their respective iPhone products will work together for "consumer and enterprise communication."

Using Second Life For Disaster-Preparedness Training
Play2train.org built a realistic simulation of a small town in Second Life, complete with detailed restaurants and a complete hospital. Then it blew the whole village up real good, as well as inflicting pestilence such as a smallpox epidemic, in order to help train emergency personnel in disaster preparedness.

What Will Become Of The YouTube Universe?
If you've spent any time on YouTube, or on any of the other video-sharing sites that are now so incredibly popular, you'll know that a large percentage of the clips available have at least some copyrighted material in them. In fact, a good percentage are completely copyrighted. Surprised? Of course not. Not unless you've been hiding in an art film theater for the past 10 years.


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