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Internet Explorer 7 Flaw Found Hours After Launch

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
Related Stories:
    - 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
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Any idiot can face a crisis. It's day-to-day living that wears you out." — Anton Chekhov


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 reactions—both 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.

Sharon Gaudin
sgaudin@cmp.com


2. Today's Top Story


First Flaw Found In IE7 Hours After Browser's Launch
Secunia says IE7 contains a "less critical" flaw that can be used by identity thieves and other criminals to snatch confidential information from a PC.

Related Stories:

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 vendors—to help them create new Vista-compatible products without touching the kernel itself—will take a very long time to implement, a Gartner analyst says.

Microsoft Postpones Next Windows XP Service Pack To 2008
Although Microsoft gave no reason for the delay, it effectively pushed back SP3 by at least six months.


3. Breaking News


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.

Strong Ads, Partnerships Nearly Double Google Profits
Google saw profits of $733 million and $2.69 million revenue in the third quarter. Search market share also grew.

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.

HP Passes Dell As Top PC Maker Worldwide
The market share loss could be a bitter pill for Dell, which also lost share in the United States during the third quarter.

eBay Reports 31% Jump In Q3 Revenues
Results were helped by revenues from PayPal, which increased by 41% to $350 million, while Internet telephony business Skype saw a 13% rise in revenues.

IBM Results Show Success Of Software Push: Analysts
Software sales grew 8.5%, the best among IBM's three biggest business units, fueled by a 30% growth in sales of WebSphere.

Opera Says It Can Still Compete In Browser Battle
The company's CTO says Opera actually pioneered the tabbed-browser features later included in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Is Mac Growth In Business World Next For High-Flying Apple?
Its popular iPod aside, Apple sold more Macs in the past quarter than ever before. The conditions are right for Mac to grow beyond its niche in business, and some say it's already happening.

FBI Director, Police Chiefs Support Record Retention For Internet
FBI Director Robert Mueller claims that requiring ISPs to hang on to data records will help strike a "balance between the legitimate need for privacy and law enforcement's clear need for access."

AMD Beats Wall Street's Forecast
Advanced Micro Devices credits strong chip demand in the third quarter.

AT&T Builds Wi-Fi Network For California City
Riverside's free service will be supported via advertising space on the network's home page.

New Course Aims To Get Students Thinking About Using Web 2.0 In The Corporate World
A Web 2.0 course offered at the University of Arizona teaches young people about the benefits that digital media technologies can offer to potential employers.

Exec: Firms Need Process For Managing Innovation
One approach, according to a conference speaker this week, is to nominate champions to drive every new idea and make them leaders in teams dedicated to bringing the innovations to life.

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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.

eBay's Meg Whitman Thinks Positive (BusinessWeek)
The chief exec and CFO Bob Swan talk about their strategies for recharging the online powerhouse's "core marketplace."

The High Cost Of Doing Nothing (ABC News)
Even though your computer or DVD player may be turned off, they're plugged in and still costing you money.


5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech


Scientists Take "Cloak Of Invisibility" To The Next Step
Researchers manufactured the cloak, first talked about in May, by using "metamaterials" precisely arranged in a series of concentric circles that confer specific electromagnetic properties.

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.

Games Biggest Hit At DigitalLife Conference
Organizers estimated attendance at nearly 60,000 during the four-day show, and it was especially popular among the teenage set.

Palm Readies To Take On RIM In Consumer Market
Palm launched its answer to RIM's consumer-aimed and multimedia-heavy BlackBerry Pearl last week with the unveiling of its Treo 680.

Review: Sony's All-In-One PC Tries To Catch Your Eye
The new Vaio VGC-LS1 offers a lot of style and function in a single package, but it has too many limitations to appeal to serious users.

Review: 4 GPS Devices That Will Drive You Sane
If cost has kept you from trying GPS, take heed: The latest navigation systems offer more features and (mostly) lower prices.


6. Voice Of Authority


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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