Intel Closing The Server-Chip Performance Gap With AMD
In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Net Neutrality Hypocrites 2. Today's Top Story - Opinion: Protecting Net Neutrality From The Neutricidal Telcos 3. Breaking News - Intel Closing The Server-Chip Performance Gap With AMD - Intel Winds Up One-Two Server Punch - Intel Makes Big Bet On New Server Platform - Microsoft To Enforce Volume License Key Compliance For Vista, Longhorn Server - Review: McAfee Total Protection Beta Takes On Windows Live OneCare - Microsoft's Collaboration Vision Is Lofty—And Complex - Microsoft Ramps Comms Effort With Updates, Hardware Partners - Exploit Code Out For Critical Bug, Warns Microsoft - Brief: Apple Confirms Plans To Demo 'Leopard' OS At WWDC - Startup Primed To Challenge Google CPC Ad Model - AIG's Lag Shows Wiggle Room In Breach Disclosure Laws - Justice Department Expands Team Fighting Theft Of Movies, Music, And Software - SCO Offers Cash And Cars To Attract Unix Developers - IBM Expands Compute On-Demand Capacity - Intel Wows With Dual-Mode WiMax Chip - Symantec Lays Off 80, Drops SGS, SNS Appliance Lines - Good Technology Aims Messaging Service At Domino Users 4. Grab Bag - The $299 Price Tag Is Here To Stay...At Least For A While (Daily Tech) - Follow-Up: School Couldn't Reach Google Until Injunction Filed (Search Engine Watch) - Understanding Digg And Its Utopian Idealism (PC Magazine) 5. In Depth - In Depth: Is Centralized IT Killing Tech Innovation? - IT Plays Linchpin Role In High-Stake M&As - Strategic IT - Flex Your Buying Muscle - The Hartford Builds An SOA - DHL-Airborne Didn't Take The Easy Road To Post-Merger IT Integration - Capital One: A Serial Acquirer - Newly Merged Verizon And MCI Bridge Two IT Infrastructures 6. Voice Of Authority - Big Vs. Small? It's Not That Simple 7. White Papers - The Software Quality Needs Of Java Development Managers 8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek 9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
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1. Editor's Note: Net Neutrality Hypocrites
It's odd to hear people in an industry that exists because of government regulation argue against government regulation and for the free market. And yet that's exactly what happens when telcos and cable television vendors argue against net neutrality regulations, which would forbid them from giving preferential treatment to Internet traffic for companies that pay for the privilege.
Telcos and the cable TV industry don't exist in the vicious jungle of the free market. They live a protected existence, in partnership with government. Their businesses wouldn't exist if not for government regulations granting these companies the right to supersede the rules of private property and lay their cables through other people's land. Communities give cable TV companies monopoly rights to be the only vendor offering service in an area.
So it's hypocritical when companies that owe their very existence to government regulation scream bloody murder about the holiness of the free market when they're faced with the prospect of government regulations that don't suit them.
That's not the only bogus argument raised by Internet providers against net neutrality. Telcos and cable companies argue that content companies like Google and YouTube (and, um, InformationWeek's parent company, CMP Media) are freeloaders, using the Internet providers' bandwidth without paying. It's an argument that makes any reasonable person scratch his head and say, "Huh?" The relationship between content companies and Internet providers is symbiotic; people get high-speed Internet connections so they can access content. An Internet connection without content is as useless as a highway with no exits; nobody drives on the interstate just to drive somewhere, they use the highway to get where they're going.
Moreover, content companies—like us, Google, and YouTube—already pay, and pay a lot, for Internet access. Why should we have to pay twice?
I'm quite simply undecided on the issue of regulating net neutrality. It's one of those issues that we editorial writers hate because there are good arguments on both sides. But if we're going to discuss the issue, let's discuss it fairly, without bogus appeals to the sanctity of the free market and scare stories about ee-vial, ee-vial government regulation.
Cory Doctorow isn't undecided. He believes net neutrality is essential to the future of the Internet. Cory explores these themes further in his first-ever article for InformationWeek. One intriguing point Cory brings up: Writing a law protecting net neutrality will be difficult. Do it wrong, and you run the risk of stifling innovation. A very badly written law might actually destroy net neutrality, rather than save it.
Intel Winds Up One-Two Server Punch Intel plans to aggressively price its older "Dempsey" processor to make it appealing to customers not grappling with heat-management problems. Meanwhile, AMD readies a server-chip counterstrike for late summer.
Microsoft's Collaboration Vision Is Lofty—And Complex Microsoft wants to take the unified communications market by storm with a slew of new products, and Cisco also eyes what it calls a $10 billion opportunity. But integrating voice, data, video, and e-mail into neat and simple packages won't be an easy task.
AIG's Lag Shows Wiggle Room In Breach Disclosure Laws American International Group began spreading the word last week that information on 970,000 employees at several hundred of its prospective clients had been stolen. What's a million records when it comes on the heels of the loss of sensitive data on 26.5 million people during a burglary of the home of a Veterans Affairs employee? Plenty, when you consider that it took more than three months for the news of the AIG theft to surface.
Intel Wows With Dual-Mode WiMax Chip A PowerPoint presentation touting Intel's Wi-Fi/WiMax integration plans shows a parade of devices—including a camera and an iPod—indicating that Intel's WiMax vision is for data.
John Soat With 'Eye On IT' Intel ships a new line of Xeon dual-core processors for servers, Claria will stop pushing pop-ups to Internet users' screens, and Dell is investigating a report that one of its notebooks exploded into flames at a conference in Japan.
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Understanding Digg And Its Utopian Idealism (PC Magazine) John Dvorak says: The Digg community news site is founded on utopianism in every way, and there has never been a utopian mechanism, society, or process that has worked for long before it fails. Digg, because of this history, is bound to suffer the same fate. It will get corrupted, collapse under its own weight, or just stop working. Until then, enjoy it while you can, comrades.
IT Plays Linchpin Role In High-Stake M&As A handful of companies understand what far too many don't—that IT's ability to integrate, and in some cases adopt, an acquired company's IT systems and operations can determine whether a merger flourishes or flounders.
Strategic IT IT leaders at most small and midsized companies still don't have much say in business decisions, according to an NWC/InformationWeek survey of more than 400 SMB technology executives. We analyze the poll results and elicit intriguing insights from emerging enterprise IT pros.
Flex Your Buying Muscle Here are some tips for getting the same deals on IT products and services as companies that can buy in bulk.
The Hartford Builds An SOA After three years, service-oriented architecture is paying dividends for the insurance and financial services company.
The Software Quality Needs Of Java Development Managers Historically, many software companies have done their best to understand the needs and desires of Java developers, but rarely—if ever—have companies looked at the unique needs and frustrations of Java software development managers. Read a study to better understand the issues that vex these managers on a day-to-day basis.
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