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Google's Got Its Business-Casual Khakis On

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Google's Got Its Business-Casual Khakis On
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft To Release Fixed Patch Next Week
    Related Stories:
    - How To Uninstall A Microsoft Patch
    - Mac OS X Hit By 6 New Zero-Day Bugs
    - Cisco Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
3. Breaking News
    - Top 10 Windows XP Tips Of All Time
    - Google And Its OneBox Roil Search World
    - Journalists, Executives Await Decision On Apple Speech Suit
    - Some Mac Resellers Preinstalling Windows XP
    - Google Results Outpace Estimates
    - Linux Malware Doubled In '05; Macs May Be Next
    - As Blogs Grow, So Does Spam
    - Brief: Sony Cuts Price Of PlayStation 2
    - Google Angers Artist's Family In Latest Copyright Flap
    - SAP, Microsoft Push Analytics Into Mendocino
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
    - Andrew Kantor: Cyberspeak--Podcasting Isn't Made For Most People (USA Today)
    - Consumerist Tip: Block Text Message Spam (Lifehacker)
    - Search Engine Secrets Revealed (Webmonkey.com)
    - Commentary: The Anti-ID-Theft Bill That Isn't (Wired.com)
5. In Depth: IT Employment Trends
    - Report: Uptick In Hiring Could Be Stymied By Lack Of Skilled Workers
    - Electronics Group Paints Brighter High-Tech Job Picture
    - Report Shows Tech Outlook Improving In States
    - IT Employment Reaches Record High In U.S.
    - You're Hired!
    - Software Engineers Top List Of Best U.S. Jobs
6. Voice Of Authority
    - AT&T And Verizon: We Own Your Congress
7. White Papers
    - Epicor Manufacturer Globalization Survey 2005
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1. Editor's Note: Google's Got Its Business-Casual Khakis On

It's never been completely clear how seriously Google takes its enterprise IT business. Its latest search appliance leaves little doubt.

Of course, the smart people working on it directly take it weekly-paycheck seriously. And their execs say all the right, supportive things. But when Google's last Desktop Search came out, the business version had the feel of an afterthought. It had a lot of the functions businesses would want--especially controls to turn off data sharing--but Google didn't offer the business version until after a huge scare went up about the risks of using the consumer version at work. Think that kind of black cloud helped any business IT pros advocating for its widespread use?

This week's announcement around its appliance feels different, from the heavyweight partners to the hard sell on the broad value it could bring businesses. This shows just how serious Google is about getting itself in front of people's eyeballs at work.

Google says it makes about 1% of its revenue on its enterprise business. That would be about $22 million in its most recent quarter, putting it on pace to easily be a $100 million business this year, even if it doesn't keep to the 100% growth rate it says it had last year. That's pocket change for a $2.25 billion-a-quarter company. But it's got me convinced Google is very serious about enterprise IT.

Chris Murphy
cjmurphy@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft To Release Fixed Patch Next Week
On Tuesday, Microsoft will reissue the MS06-015 update, which has caused lockups and other problems with HP devices and some drivers.

Related Stories:
How To Uninstall A Microsoft Patch
As a last resort against buggy patches, here's how to remove an offending patch and then keep it off your PC.

Mac OS X Hit By 6 New Zero-Day Bugs
At least six zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple Computer's Mac OS X have been spotted by an independent researcher.

Cisco Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
Patched products include the Wireless LAN Solution Engine, CRS-1, and 12000 Series routers.


3. Breaking News

Top 10 Windows XP Tips Of All Time
With Vista at least seven months away, we'll all be using Windows XP for some time to come. Here's how to make the most of performance, disk space, and all-around usability.

Google And Its OneBox Roil Search World
As the movers, shakers, and thinkers of the search industry convene in Boston this Sunday for the start of the 11th annual Search Engine Meeting, the thunder at what has traditionally been a quasi-academic think-in is threatened to be stolen by--what else?--Google.

Journalists, Executives Await Decision On Apple Speech Suit
Journalists, free-speech advocates, and business executives are waiting for a three-judge panel to decide on a case that weighs First Amendment and privacy rights against business' efforts to keep proprietary information confidential.

Some Mac Resellers Preinstalling Windows XP
A few OEMs are selling standard Macintosh models with Windows XP already loaded via Boot Camp, but Apple says it has no intention of doing the same.

Google Results Outpace Estimates
First-quarter revenue increased by 79%, and the company is planning new moves to diversify beyond its pay-per-click advertising model.

Linux Malware Doubled In '05; Macs May Be Next
Although the number of malicious threats against Linux doubled in 2005 over the previous year, a security company warned that it's users of Apple Computer's Mac OS X who should be on alert.

As Blogs Grow, So Does Spam
Inboxes aren't the only things getting flooded by unwanted content. "Splogs" are taking root on the Web and threatening the existence of some sites by inundating them with fake blog posts.

Brief: Sony Cuts Price Of PlayStation 2
In anticipation of the fall release of its next-gen PS3 gaming console, Sony knocked $20 off the price of PlayStation 2.

Google Angers Artist's Family In Latest Copyright Flap
Google took down its logo honoring Joan Miro after the family objected to its use of elements of the surrealist artist's works.

SAP, Microsoft Push Analytics Into Mendocino
SAP hopes to double its customer base with the June release of a product that will provide the ability to access its applications through Microsoft Office.

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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web

Andrew Kantor: Cyberspeak--Podcasting Isn't Made For Most People (USA Today)
I wrote about podcasting last May, and some recent news tells me it's time to get back to the subject. First, a brief refresher: It's necessary; "podcasting" is an incredibly misused word.

Consumerist Tip: Block Text Message Spam (Lifehacker)
Our ever-watchful brother blog, Consumerist, has a post about blocking text message spam that should help you avoid running up an annoying message spam bill.

Search Engine Secrets Revealed (Webmonkey.com)
Strategy consultant and search engine optimization guru Jason McQueen discusses techniques that will boost your site's search rankings.

Commentary: The Anti-ID-Theft Bill That Isn't (Wired.com)
Congress is debating a bill that would follow state laws in forcing companies to come clean on security breaches. But Washington's version would help criminals more than victims.


5. In Depth: Employment Trends

Report: Uptick In Hiring Could Be Stymied By Lack Of Skilled Workers
Chief executive officers plan to increase head count within the next 12 months, but say finding the correct people for the job has proven difficult, according to Deloitte.

Electronics Group Paints Brighter High-Tech Job Picture
The high-tech industry's employment inched up 1% in 2005, reversing sharp declines in 2004 and 2003, according to a report from the American Electronics Association.

Report Shows Tech Outlook Improving In States
California, Texas, and New York have the highest number of IT workers, according to a new report.

IT Employment Reaches Record High In U.S.
An InformationWeek analysis of government labor data shows 3.472 million Americans employed in IT through the end of the first quarter.

You're Hired!
Strong tech skills pay off as online job recruitment sites report employer demand is up for entry-level IT jobs across all sectors.

Software Engineers Top List Of Best U.S. Jobs
The job topped the list based on strong growth prospects, average pay of $80,500, and potential for creativity, according to a survey by Money Magazine and Salary.com.


6. Voice Of Authority

AT&T And Verizon: We Own Your Congress
Wonder why AT&T and other telcos are winning the net neutrality debate and just about every other issue that comes before government? It's simple: Money talks. Telcos spent a whopping $60 million in lobbying money just at the federal level, a sum second only to the health care industry. Preston Gralla explains.


7. White Papers

Epicor Manufacturer Globalization Survey 2005
As Epicor tallied the results of its 2005 survey of 174 U.S. manufacturers, it became clear that no company is immune to the effects of globalization. Many respondents experienced shrinking profit margins due to global competition, necessitating tough business decisions such as offshoring and downsizing.


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