In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Fiorina You Love Her Or You Hate Her
2. Today's Top Story
- First Flaw Found In IE7 Hours After Browser's Launch
- At Long Last, Microsoft Updates Its Browser
- Gartner: Vista PatchGuard Changes Will Take Years
- Microsoft Postpones Next Windows XP Service Pack To 2008
3. Breaking News
- Intel To Preview Quad-Core Xeon MP
- Strong Ads, Partnerships Nearly Double Google Profits
- Tech Firms Top List Of Best Commuter Workplaces
- HP Passes Dell As Top PC Maker Worldwide
- eBay Reports 31% Jump In Q3 Revenues
- IBM Results Show Success Of Software Push: Analysts
- Opera Says It Can Still Compete In Browser Battle
- Is Mac Growth In Business World Next For High-Flying Apple?
- AMD Beats Wall Street's Forecast
- FBI Director, Police Chiefs Support Record Retention For Internet
- AT&T Builds Wi-Fi Network For California City
- New Course Aims To Get Students Thinking About Using Web 2.0 In The Corporate World
- Exec: Firms Need Process For Managing Innovation
4. Grab Bag
- Road Warrior Health Hazards (Forbes)
- eBay's Meg Whitman Thinks Positive (BusinessWeek)
- The High Cost Of Doing Nothing (ABC News)
5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech
- Scientists Take 'Cloak Of Invisibility' To The Next Step
- Some iPod Players Contain A Worm That Infects Windows PCs
- Games Biggest Hit At DigitalLife Conference
- Palm Readies To Take On RIM In Consumer Market
- Review: Sony's All-In-One PC Tries To Catch Your Eye
- Review: 4 GPS Devices That Will Drive You Sane
6. Voice Of Authority
- Microsoft Answers Brussels
7. White Papers
- Neutralizing Spyware In The Enterprise Environment
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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1. Editor's Note: Fiorina You Love Her Or You Hate Her
If you want to know how our readers feel about something, you just have to ask. You're not a shy lot. I like that about you.
Last week, I asked readers to tell me what questions they wanted me to ask former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. I was flooded with responses. Many of the questions were well-thought out and insightful. And I asked them of her.
If I'd asked some of the other questions readers suggested, though, I'm sure I would've heard the click of a disconnected line, if not a few choice words about my lineage first. Let's just say more than a few people have some anger issues when it comes to the former head of HP.
Despite what she said in our interview, Fiorina is a polarizing personality. That was abundantly clear in the e-mails and blog responses that I received. The former HP leader inflames strong reactionsboth admiration and outright hatred.
This love-hate thing Fiorina has going on with people today isn't anything new to her. For the six years that she led HP, through the controversial and embattled merger, the major layoffs, and the market repositioning, she drew a firestorm of attention. Some applauded her charisma and take-charge ways, while others vilified her for changing a much-beloved corporate style, axing thousands of workers and creating what some called a "diamond-studded" rock-star image.
That over-the-top glossy image hasn't dimmed for some people. One reader wanted to know how much she had enjoyed the new HP corporate jet, while another sarcastically asked how she liked having professional makeup people travel with her. (In her book, Fiorina vehemently denies that accusation and adds that she didn't have a pink bathroom built for her office, either.)
Here's a sampling of questions and comments that came in from readers (please note that some have been cleaned up or whittled down):
"I am a huge fan of yours, and have incredible respect for what you accomplished and the guts you had to push the merger through at HP."
"I'd like to ask her when and if she ever plans to run for political office. If she does, I'd vote for her. I like her style."
"For what she was paid, there aren't any excuses! Her performance has always been poor to terrible."
"How does she sleep at night? What happened to the tens of thousands who were laid off because of her 'reinvention'?"
"Oddly, I thought she took a hit because she looks like Hillary Clinton."
"What would I ask of Carly? This: Please go away now. You've written your hit book. Now slink away in silence."
For more reader comments, check out my blog at InformationWeek.com.
At Long Last, Microsoft Updates Its Browser
New features include improved data security; compliance with modern versions of Web software development standards, including cascading style sheets and the document object model; tabbed browsing; and better-looking printouts of Web pages.
Gartner: Vista PatchGuard Changes Will Take Years
The APIs that Microsoft has promised security vendorsto help them create new Vista-compatible products without touching the kernel itselfwill take a very long time to implement, a Gartner analyst says.
Intel To Preview Quad-Core Xeon MP
Intel plans to preview on Friday an ultra-high-end quad-core server processor code-named Tigerton that's scheduled to ship in the second half of 2007. Meanwhile, its quad-core desktop, Core 2 Extreme, remains on track for November.
Tech Firms Top List Of Best Commuter Workplaces
Intel was rated number one for the third year running. Google, which tied for third place with Oracle, allows employees' dogs, which are welcome in the office, on board the campus shuttle buses.
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Analyzing The Outsourcers
How does your outsourcer stack up? Learn how more than 400 business technology professionals rated six of the leading outsourcers in InformationWeek Research's "Analyzing the Outsourcers: Global Services" report.
4. Grab Bag
Road Warrior Health Hazards (Forbes)
Professionals who hit the road more often than they hit the gym face some challenges to their health. Staying healthy while leading this lifestyle requires efficient scheduling.
Some iPod Players Contain A Worm That Infects Windows
Apple characterized the malware as a minor threat, saying most antivirus software will detect and remove it. However, the worm afforded Apple the opportunity to fire off yet another criticism of Windows security.
Microsoft Answers Brussels
It might be official now: The days of triumphant Windows releases are gone. Instead, Microsoft's next operating system is limping toward the starting line.
7. White Papers
Neutralizing Spyware In The Enterprise Environment
Spyware impacts the enterprise by causing significant financial damage and posing a serious regulatory compliance threat. To counter this, administrators need an integrated solution with a single management interface for overall endpoint security policy coordination and to perform ongoing reporting and analysis to diagnose endpoint security issues.
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