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Inside Intel: The Chip Giant Opens Up

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Accepting The Wisdom Of Many Over The Wisdom Of One
2. Today's Top Story
    - Inside Intel's Spring Analyst Meeting: 8 Things To Know About Its Quad Core, Penryn, Silverthorne, And Mobile Plans
3. Breaking News
    - Online Influencers: How The New Opinion Leaders Drive Buzz On The Web
    - Dell Joins Microsoft And Novell In Linux Alliance
    - Prison Pays $6,000 To Change Locks After Keys Sold On eBay
    - Microsoft Unveils Windows Live Hotmail, Says Goodbye To MSN Hotmail
    - Thumb Drives Replace Malware As Top Security Concern, Study Finds
    - Study Finds Disinterest In Web 2.0 And Tech-Gadget Remorse
    - Month Of ActiveX Bugs Reveals Critical Vulnerabilities
    - Man Sentenced For Selling $1 Million In Counterfeit Software On eBay
    - U.S. To Keep Internet Gambling Ban
    - IT Departments Will Set Less Of The Business Tech Agenda, Survey Suggests
    - Windows Vista Tip: Excluding Directories From Vista's Built-In Backup
    - Review: The New Apple TV -- A Work In Progress
4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
    - Dell Joining Microsoft, Novell In SUSE Deal Is Big Boost For Linux
    - Is Microsoft Really Trying To Buy Yahoo?
    - Why A Microsoft-Yahoo Merger Would Spell Disaster For Both
    - Microsoft Pursuing Deal To Buy Yahoo? Here Are Some Mergers We'd Really Like To See
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Breakthrough Data Recovery Strategies For AIX And Unix Environments
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Power lasts 10 years; influence not more than a hundred." -- Korean proverb


1. Editor's Note: Accepting The Wisdom Of Many Over The Wisdom Of One

Having just finished an article on so-called online "influentials" based on the notion that 10% of the population unduly influences the other 90% in what to buy, wear, eat, etc., I decided to finally read The Wisdom Of Crowds by James Surowiecki, and found myself wholeheartedly buying into his premise that the consolidation of information provided by groups results in better decisions than could have been made by any single person.

Goodbye, bloggers with high Technorati ratings. Hello, Wikipedia.

The statistical evidence that Wikipedia, for example, stands up well against Encyclopedia Britannica, has been extensively reported. And then there's the steadily growing influence of community-rating sites where ordinary people contribute their opinions about everything from movies to local dry cleaners to hotels in Madagascar. Many people I know give the Rotten Tomatoes ranking a movie gets as least as much weight as what they read in the New York Times. And at a time when you're probably firming up your summer vacation plans, I can't recommend Trip Advisor enough. In the case of the latter, here's the plug: Forget about the five-star hotel ratings that you formerly had to depend on when booking accommodations in unknown locales. Just check out the Trip Advisor rankings and read the reviews. You'll be glad you did. I'm convinced Trip Advisor has saved my family from what could have been a disastrous lodging choice in London this summer. I'll keep you posted on that.

Sure, there are cranks who contribute to these sites. Certainly there are people giving rave reviews and otherwise promoting products and services that they have a vested interest in. And yes, yes, group rankings can be manipulated in other ways. But this ability to accumulate and make available the wisdom of many individuals is one of the most exciting and powerful attributes of the Web -- one, I am glad to see, is being used to ever-greater effect.

What do you think? Are you influenced more by a few key people in your life than the prevailing wisdom of the crowds? How does that manifest itself in your online behavior? Let us know by dropping a line at the InformationWeek Blog.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Inside Intel's Spring Analyst Meeting: 8 Things To Know About Its Quad Core, Penryn, Silverthorne, And Mobile Plans
We came back from Intel's Spring Analyst Meeting with this guide to the technology efforts you should watch out for in 2007 and 2008, plus an image gallery of notable slides from the chipmaker's annual presentation.


3. Breaking News

Online Influencers: How The New Opinion Leaders Drive Buzz On The Web
Bloggers, discussion-board denizens, and social networkers are courted by marketers, who believe they build buzz that can make or break new products and Web sites. But there's growing controversy surrounding such efforts and debate over just how much sway these opinion leaders really have.

Dell Joins Microsoft And Novell In Linux Alliance
The plan calls for Dell to market and provide migration support for Novell's SUSE Linux software.

Prison Pays $6,000 To Change Locks After Keys Sold On eBay
Hoping to keep inmates from an Iowa maximum security prison from finding the keys to their release on an eBay auction, prison authorities were forced to change the locks on one penitentiary.

Microsoft Unveils Windows Live Hotmail, Says Goodbye To MSN Hotmail
It has more Web 2.0 features, including messaging, chat, and mobile access, along with 2 Gbytes of storage. And with the upcoming Outlook Connector, users can view and manage their Windows Live Hotmail account from within Outlook for free.

Thumb Drives Replace Malware As Top Security Concern, Study Finds
A survey of IT managers showed that while more than half use a USB flash drive on a daily basis, many still view portable storage devices as a huge security threat.

Study Finds Disinterest In Web 2.0 And Tech-Gadget Remorse
Only a small percentage of people take full advantage of the range of expression afforded by Web 2.0 technologies, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project report.

Month Of ActiveX Bugs Reveals Critical Vulnerabilities
After taking on Windows and the Mac, the Month of Bugs project is taking on ActiveX controls and, so far, researchers say they've found two critical flaws.

Man Sentenced For Selling $1 Million In Counterfeit Software On eBay
The Michigan man bought counterfeit software and then resold it in 49 different auctions on eBay.

U.S. To Keep Internet Gambling Ban
The United States will maintain a ban on Internet gambling services despite an adverse World Trade Organization ruling.

IT Departments Will Set Less Of The Business Tech Agenda, Survey Suggests
Far more companies plan to give business units more control, and more spending will be through nontraditional licensing models, a survey for Software 2007 Conference suggests.

Windows Vista Tip: Excluding Directories From Vista's Built-In Backup
Vista's built-in backup utility can be very useful, but it's got some serious limitations. Here's how to get around one of the most annoying.

Review: The New Apple TV -- A Work In Progress
Apple's much-touted Apple TV media device is now on the shelves. Is it really the Next Big Thing -- or not quite ready for prime time?

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4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
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Dell Joining Microsoft, Novell In SUSE Deal Is Big Boost For Linux
The news that Dell will jump into the deal between Microsoft and Novell to boost the latter's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server pours some more water on what's been a steady drip, drip, drip of added support this year for the open source operating system. (I mean that in a good way!)

Is Microsoft Really Trying To Buy Yahoo?
The New York Post shocked the blogosphere by reporting that Microsoft was in talks to buy Yahoo. Within minutes of the report bloggers were firing away on the topic. And then the Wall Street Journal stepped up as the "official" voice and claimed that the Post's report was without justification. So is Microsoft going to buy Yahoo or not?

Why A Microsoft-Yahoo Merger Would Spell Disaster For Both
An open letter from Eric Schmidt to Bill Gates: "Dear Bill, reports suggest Microsoft wants to buy Yahoo. Go for it! Please! I'll lend you the money!" OK, that's not really from Google's CEO to Gates, but it could be.

Microsoft Pursuing Deal To Buy Yahoo? Here Are Some Mergers We'd Really Like To See
The Web is abuzz with the news that Microsoft has restarted acquisition talks with Yahoo. But if you're talking about mega-tech mergers, I can think of a bunch of hook-ups that make a lot more sense.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Cisco seeking Product Mgr III in San Jose, CA

KPMG seeking Information Technology, Architecture Project Manager in Montvale, NJ

University of California Santa Cruz seeking IT Technical Lead in Santa Cruz, CA

Telerik Inc seeking Developer - Support - JavaScript / C# / VB.NET in Newton, MA

ITT Corporation seeking Senior Staff Engineer - Software in Fort Wayne, IN

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


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