In This Issue: 1. Editor's Note: In Search Of Innovation 2. Today's Top Story - Oracle Patches 36 Bugs, Risk Ranked At '10' 3. Breaking News - Google Extends Search To Enterprise Apps, Upgrades Search Hardware - HP, IBM Tout Blade Server Advancements - Wipro Posts Big Gains, But Outsourcer's Growth May Finally Be Cooling - SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 Brings SAP Hooks, Text Search - Mobile Browsing Seen Changing Face Of The Web - Software Reportedly Tracks Internet Mood Swings - Novell Acquires e-Security - Russia Calls For Unity To Fight Internet Crime - Report: Americans' Mobile Phones Becoming Transaction Devices - Minnesota Standards Bill Could Affect Microsoft Word, Adobe - Brief: Microsoft To Aid Indian Software Startups - AMD, HP, IBM, Sun Want To Make It Easy To Be Green 4. Grab Bag: Skype And China; Apple - Skype Says Text Messages Censored By China (Monsters and Critics.com) - Apple Headed For Strong H2 Despite Likely Q2 Miss (Forbes) 5. In Depth: Apple Computer - Has Apple Purposely Slowed MacBook Pro Graphics? - Apple Countersued By Digital Media Developer - Blog: Apple's Secret Plan For Global Domination - Gartner Analyst Downplays Apple Boot Camp Security Issue 6. Voice Of Authority - Handicapping The Open-Source Shakeout 7. White Papers - Making The Business Case For IP Communications 8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek 9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
Quote of the day: "Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it." -- Steve Jobs
For years, we've seen far too little in the way of innovative enterprise applications or major hardware and networking advances. Arguably, more innovation is taking place in the consumer space, although much of that is incremental rather than revolutionary. There's more evidence this week that innovation in the IT industry is now being driven from the search engine outward, both for consumer and business applications.
One of the more novel applications of search is in experimental mode at Microsoft. The technology would make it possible to take a picture of an object with a camera phone, then use that image to search a Web-based database for more information. A user could take a picture of a product in a store, then conduct a price comparison on the spot. Though this could be a bad thing for compulsive shoppers, it sure would beat typing in Froogle queries from the phone or, worse yet, writing down the product specifications, taking them home, then going online and conducting your analysis. The technology is a long way from commercial availability, and Google no doubt has something similar or competitive in the works, but it's encouraging to see Microsoft--a search market share laggard--pushing the envelope with new technology and features in this space.
On the corporate and enterprise applications front, Google is stepping in where those companies that house reams of corporate data probably should have years ago, helping frustrated business users find information in transactional and other systems with technology called Google OneBox for Enterprise. Google officials cite at least two compelling examples of partners whose data they'll be able to search: Oracle and Cisco. A business user could view financial data in Oracle Financials through a query entered into the Google search box. A user of Cisco's MeetingPlace Express conferencing system could access information from the conferencing system, such as contact and presence information.
These are just two of the latest examples of the big search engine providers filling the innovation void, expanding their footprints to become the ultimate interface to information and, now, the ultimate data query and access tools. Will your company look to Google's OneBox to facilitate data access? What are the drawbacks to using Google technology in this way?
Mobile Browsing Seen Changing Face Of The Web The rapid pace of mobile phone installation and the development of wireless networks are together driving robust growth in the use of phones for browsing. People are turning to mobile phones for Internet use more quickly than they're adopting laptops for the same purpose in many parts of the world.
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Handicapping The Open-Source Shakeout The long-predicted consolidation of the open-source software market is finally starting to happen. But which path will the market take--disappearance of the pure-play open-source vendors, or a winnowing to a few strong ones?
7. White Papers
Making The Business Case For IP Communications This white paper describes the factors to consider in developing a strategic and financial business case for Cisco IP communications solutions. It covers the distinct value delivered for different IP communications technologies and deployment scenarios. It also discusses the measurable, highly attractive financial returns and productivity improvements.
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