In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Google's Magic Pixie Dust
2. Today's Top Story
- Intel Reports Banner Fourth Quarter
- Report: PC Sales Boom
3. Breaking News
- Extensions Are Key To Firefox Success
- Search-Crazy Swedes Name Baby 'Google'
- False Alarm: No Worm Against Windows Bug Yet
- Microsoft's Latest Critical Fixes Include Buggy Windows Patch
- State CIO Group Names New President
- Macromedia's 'Flash Lite' To Support Wireless Apps
- Monster Buys South Korean Job Site
- IBM Acquires SOA Vendor
- Oracle-Siebel Customers Have More Hopes Than Details On
- Feds Order Banks To Strengthen Online Authentication
- EBay Yanks Auction Of Avian-Flu Vaccine
- Silicon Advances Could Propel China's Nascent 3G Market
- Cisco To Strengthen Its Security Framework
4. In Depth: Hewlett-Packard
5. Voice Of Authority: Google
6. White Papers: Mobile Enterprise
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1. Editor's Note: Google's Magic Pixie Dust
I definitely want some of the magic pixie dust that Google uses.
Google gets away with stuff that other companies--particularly
Microsoft--get hammered for. But Google gets a free pass. Because
it's Google. And everybody loves Google.
Microsoft faces constant scrutiny for the data it collects--or
might collect--on its customers. Four years ago, when the company
introduced "product activation" to stem piracy, privacy advocates
cried foul. Likewise, Microsoft proposed technology code-named HailStorm as a way of consolidating login
information for multiple sites; privacy concerns eventually
scuttled that proposal.
And yet there's no outcry against Google; nobody complains except
for a few privacy advocates (and, unfortunately, the phrase
"privacy advocate" these days is simply a polysyllabic way of
By tracking clicks and storing E-mail, Google is keeping a
detailed dossier on each of its users Internet-usage habits. And
that means it knows a lot about our real lives, too, because,
here in the 21st century, our online habits are reflections of
our real lives. We shop online, do finances online, and use the
Internet to research our medical conditions, hobbies, and leisure
Google is a great company. All of us use Google many times every
day. I have a Google account and remain logged into it all day,
so that I can enjoy the benefits of the personalized home page
and Google Reader (which, by the way, is terrific). But I don't
use Gmail, because I don't want to entrust Google with all my
E-mail. (I mean, heck, forget about privacy; what about if their
server crashes and it turns out the guy who was supposed to make
backups was instead spending his days drinking Four Roses bourbon
and watching The Guiding Light?)
Google's motto is, "You can make money without doing evil." But
the company isn't staffed by angels; they are as capable of doing
evil as any of the rest of us, and we're all very capable of
doing evil when you put big buckets of money in front of us.
For more on this subject, or to comment, visit my blog entry. Or you can read what
columnist Fred Langa had to say a few months ago about Google and privacy.
Mozilla's developers built Firefox from the ground up to give
third-party extension developers room to run. The results have
been more successful, and more vital to the open-source browser's
long-term prospects, than any of them could have imagined.
State CIO Group Names New President
Matt Miszewski, CIO of Wisconsin, will lead NASCIO in 2006; at
this week's conference he says he wants to get to know other
state IT leaders to see where their "pressure points" are.
The Singularity Is Near: Part Two Of Our Five-Part Podcast Series
Listen to InformationWeek's five-part interview this week
with entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil, by editor-at-large
Eric Chabrow. Kurzweil's book describes how IT and other
technological and scientific advances will unrecognizably
transform what it means to be human. In the current entry,
Kurzweil describes how thinking machines with emotions might be
developed as early as 2038. But Jeff Hawkins, inventor of the
Palm Pilot and an artificial-intelligence researcher, sees those
machines as centuries away.
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RFID is positioned to revolutionize retail and supply chains. But
early adopters are encountering their share of difficulties.
These problems are documented along with deployment drivers and
adoption plans in InformationWeek Research's RFID--Wisdom Of
HP Renews Pledge To Evolve, Not Change
"Here is the big announcement: There isn't going to be one," said
Ann Livermore, executive VP of HP's Technology Solutions Group.
"We're not going to make any fundamental shift in HP."
Thomas Claburn says Google is adding about 10 new employees every
day and notes that financial advisers say the rapid pace of
hiring could moderate the company's earnings. If you're thinking
about working for Google, and the stock options and glamour
aren't enough for you, how about free pizza?
The intense growth that we've seen in the mobile Internet since
2000 shows every indication of continuing. This rate of growth is
happening at a quicker pace than the ownership of cell phones, PCs,
and fixed phones, as measured from the date of their invention.
This trend is clearly going to continue in the marketplace.
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