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 8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek 9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
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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.
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.
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.
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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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5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.