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Google's "Space" Is (Mostly) Online

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Google's "Space" Is (Mostly) Online
2. Today's Top Story
    - Judge Rules Against BlackBerry Settlement
    Related Stories:
    - BlackBerry Workarounds Readied To Sidestep Patent Problems
    - Should Enterprises Plan For Possible BlackBerry Injunction?
3. Breaking News
    - N.Y. Attorney General Blasts Sony, Says Rootkit CDs Still For Sale
    - Yahoo Tests RSS To Track Web-Site Updates
    - Microsoft's "Oasis" Project Pushes More App Dev Offshore...
    - ... As The Company Says Windows Vista's Features Will Be Done In December
    - Sun Makes Certain App-Dev Tools Free
    - Tech Pros Were Happier With Jobs Last Month, But More Worried About Layoffs
    - Free Software Foundation To Revise GNU License
    - Panda Prepares To Battle Corporate Espionage
    - Apple Plugs 13 Holes In Panther And Tiger
    - Fake IRS E-Mail Scam Goes Phishing
    - CA And PricewaterhouseCoopers Team On Asset Management
4. In Depth: Podcasting
    - Podzinger Pushes Podcast Search
    - Service Hooks Up Advertisers With Podcasters
    - Audible Unveils Ad Tools For Podcasters
    - Yahoo Designs Podcast Development Tool
    - Podcast Services Help Users Connect With New Content
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Podcast: Analyst Talks Up IT Trends
6. White Papers
    - Enterprise Service Bus
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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Quote of the day:
"Often the search proves more profitable than the goal." --E.L. Konigsburg


1. Editor's Note: Google's "Space" Is (Mostly) Online

Some industry watchers have been suggesting that Google Space--a concept that the company is now testing in London's Heathrow Airport to let travelers try out its various search tools and search the Internet for free--will morph into some kind of permanent physical storefront.

I disagree. The money and other resources this would require would be ridiculously high, and I've got to believe the Google powers-that-be know that. Still, the company is smart enough to realize that it needs to do some things to help connect with its customers in the realm of the physical world. That and some very good market research are at the heart of the Heathrow experiment, I believe, and to my mind this makes Google more akin to Amazon than it does to Microsoft.

The timing is good for this sort of service, for sure. A recent study says that search has overtaken news as the second most popular reason Americans go online, right after E-mail. Of the 94 million American adults who went online on a given autumn day this year, 63% used a search engine, compared with 56% in June 2004, the Pew Internet and American Life Project said.

Google Space began operating on Thanksgiving Day, and the company chose Heathrow because, on average, Brits spend nine hours a year "waiting at airports, looking for things to do," according to Lorraine Twohill, European director of marketing programs for the company, in an E-mail interview.

So far, the traffic has been pretty good. From those 10 laptops in Heathrow, visitors have logged more than 130,000 hits on Google's U.K. home page, with more than 10,000 unique sites visited, Twohill says, making Google Space a "veritable product laboratory."

To read more about this, or to comment, please check out my blog entry.

Johanna Ambrosio
jambrosio@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Judge Rules Against BlackBerry Settlement
The decision is a victory for NTP, which had argued the proposed settlement was never finalized, but it puts the future of the BlackBerry in some doubt.

Related Stories:
Blackberry Workarounds Readied To Sidestep Patent Problems

Research In Motion said Wednesday it is preparing workarounds to keep BlackBerry services in the United States up and running, in the event a court issues an injunction against the company as a result of ongoing patent litigation.

Should Enterprises Plan For Possible BlackBerry Injunction?
Enterprises, and particularly those in the financial-services sector, should have contingency plans if a patent suit against Research In Motion shuts down BlackBerry E-mail service, warns the TowerGroup.


3. Breaking News

N.Y. Attorney General Blasts Sony, Says Rootkit CDs Still For Sale
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office berated Sony yesterday for not making good on its promise to pull spyware-installing CDs from store shelves.

Yahoo Tests RSS To Track Web-Site Updates
The free tool relies on Really Simple Syndication to help users find the latest information on their favorite sites.

Microsoft's "Oasis" Project Pushes More App Dev Offshore ...
Microsoft has embarked on an internal IT effort called Oasis to move more of its internal app-dev work to partners such as Infosys, Wipro, Tata, EDS, and BearingPoint.

... As The Company Says Windows Vista's Features Will Be Done In December
Final version still due in the second half of 2006, "Longhorn" Windows Server in 2007.

Sun Makes Certain App-Dev Tools Free
In a bid to pump up the number of enterprises using its tools, Sun is reducing to zero the base-level cost of its Java Enterprise System, its Sun N1 Management software, and other tools.

Tech Pros Were Happier With Jobs Last Month, But More Worried About Layoffs
Renewed confidence about personal finances and improved job satisfaction provided a boost, but the survey showed that optimism was diluted by growing concerns about end-of-year layoffs.

Free Software Foundation To Revise GNU License
A first stab at the new license will be released by the FSF at a conference it's holding at MIT in mid-January. The final GPLv3 license is expected by spring 2007.

Panda Prepares To Battle Corporate Espionage
Panda Software is developing a service expected to launch early next year to protect enterprises against an emerging network-security threat it calls "espionage," where professional hackers will target one specific company instead of many with tailor-made code.

Apple Plugs 13 Holes In Panther And Tiger
Apple Computer on Tuesday posted security updates to fix 13 vulnerabilities in the client and server versions of its Panther and Tiger operating systems. Apple does not rank its vulnerabilities, but Danish-based vulnerability tracker Secunia tagged the entire update as "highly critical," its second-highest alert ranking.

Fake IRS E-Mail Scam Goes Phishing
Users are now being targeted with a new phishing attack posing as a tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service.

CA And PricewaterhouseCoopers Team On Asset Management
CA is melding its management software solutions with PricewaterhouseCoopers' strategic approach to business to address IT enterprise assets.

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John Soat with "China Stories, Part 3"
Another segment from the recent InformationWeek China conference. This segment features an interview with Leon Xhu, IT manager for BAX Global, China Division.


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4. In Depth

Podzinger Pushes Podcast Search
BBN Technologies, a defense contractor responsible for some of the Internet's technical underpinnings, wants to bring keyword search to spoken content through Podzinger.com, the company's podcast search engine.

Service Hooks Up Advertisers With Podcasters
The service from Podtrac helps advertisers find podcasts to sponsor, and gives podcasters tools for measuring the demographics of their audio and video 'casts.

Audible Unveils Ad Tools For Podcasters
Audible unveils Web-based tools that help podcasters provide advertisers with subscriber counts and other metrics needed in negotiating rates.

Yahoo Designs Podcast Development Tool
Specifics of the upcoming tool are scarce, but a Yahoo manager says the company is looking to make the whole production process easier, including posting video.

Podcast Services Help Users Connect With New Content
Listeners can catch podcasts on the Web as streaming programs or subscribe to every issue in an ongoing series by using a client, also called a podcatcher.


5. Voice Of Authority

Podcast: Analyst Talks Up IT Trends
Robert Abbe, managing director at investment banking firm Jefferies Broadview talks about IT, communications, and wireless industry trends he expects will drive significant opportunities for businesses in 2006.


6. White Papers

Enterprise Service Bus
This white paper explains what an enterprise service bus (ESB) is, in both conceptual and practical terms, what Web services are, and what Web services bring to an ESB.


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