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iPhone Debate: Buy Or Wait?

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: iPhone Debate: Buy Or Wait?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Hackers Take Over MySpace Pages To Build Bots
    - Fake Microsoft Patch E-Mail Lets Hackers Build Botnet
    - Trojan Horse Hidden In 'Yes & No' Animated Video
3. Breaking News
    - How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less
    - Microsoft Ports Main Web Site To Windows Server 2008
    - ISYS Enterprise Search Is Integrated In Microsoft's SharePoint
    - PacificNet To Sell TiVo In China
    - IBM Tops List Of Fastest Supercomputers
    - Microsoft Plans E-Mail, IM, Blog, And Photo Sharing Suite
    - Google And Yahoo Add Photo Features
    - Accused Spammer To Decide Fate Of Anti-Spam Crusader
    - IT Workforce Transformation Shakes Up Insurance Firm For The Better
    - Global Mobile Phone Use To Hit Record 3.25 Billion
    - T-Mobile Launches Home-Based Wi-Fi Calling Service
    - CommScope To Acquire Andrew Corp. For $2.6 Billion
    - Studying Maggots And Whale Dung Better Than Being Microsoft Security Guru
    - MIT Researchers' Computer Model Pinpoints Multiple Genes In Disease Process
    - Universities, Businesses Agree On Guidelines For IP, Shared Research
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home Service Graduates From Test Markets And Launches Nationally
    - Sprint All But Cans Nextel Identity
    - Google Is The Top Mobile Web Site
    - Early iPhone Review Confirms Keyboard Is Difficult To Use And Edge Is Too Slow
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Driving High Performance Through A Global Compensation Plan
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"We all get swept up in the hype machine. Nobody is immune to that." -- Steven Cojocaru


1. Editor's Note: iPhone Debate: Buy Or Wait?

Friday is almost upon us and there seems to be no way to avoid the absurd iPhone hype. Just Tuesday morning I received a pitch from VeriSign's PR agency, Weber Shandwick, that posed the question, "Will the iPhone crash the Internet?" (No, apparently. The question was just to get me to read the pitch.)

Resistance, it seems, it futile. So in the spirit of Stephen Colbert's Formidable Opponent segment, it's time to debate myself about the pros and cons of buying an iPhone. Feel free to join in.

Thomas-Who-Wants-The-iPhone: The initial reviews are coming in. Walt Mossberg writes that "despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer." David Pogue says, "Yes, the iPhone is amazing. But no, it's not perfect."

Thomas-Who'd-Rather-Wait: And a year from now, when the improved iPhone comes out, the one with a removable battery, 3G support, and Apple's iTeleportation software, you're going to want one of those. Except that you'll be trapped in your two-year AT&T contract.

Thomas-Who-Wants-The-iPhone: There's always something better next year. With that attitude, you'll never buy anything.

Thomas-Who'd-Rather-Wait: Did I mention it'll cost you $599 for the 8-Gbyte model and at least $60 per month? After Apple starts putting Flash memory in its iBooks next year, the price will probably come down.

Thomas-Who-Wants-The-iPhone: But I really want one. And $599 is really only 40 weeks of tall nonfat white mochas. Maybe Starbucks will have to get by with a bit less income for a while. It's a breakthrough handheld computer ... didn't you get that?

Thomas-Who'd-Rather-Wait: Wrong. It can't copy and paste. It can't use iTunes songs as ring tones. It's not a computer. Computers are devices for creating and manipulating digital data. Computers let you install software. The iPhone is a media consumption device. It's engineered so you'll buy more content from Apple and AT&T -- the company that turned over your phone call information to the National Security Agency! I mean, the whole ring tone business shouldn't even exist. It's absurd.

Thomas-Who-Wants-The-iPhone: Come 6 p.m. Friday, I'll be hitting the refresh button until the Apple Store loads.

Thomas-Who'd-Rather-Wait: The Zune phone is coming. You'll be sorry.

Let us know what you think. Will you be among the first in line Friday afternoon, or are you going to wait?

Thomas Claburn
tclaburn@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Hackers Take Over MySpace Pages To Build Bots
Malicious code embedded in about two dozen MySpace pages downloads the dangerous FluxBot onto victims' machines.

Related Stories:

Fake Microsoft Patch E-Mail Lets Hackers Build Botnet
Even though Microsoft doesn't e-mail users with patch notices, a hacker is duping users with a phony spammed security update.

Trojan Horse Hidden In 'Yes & No' Animated Video
Sophos reports that a malware writer is taking advantage of a popular animation that people have been e-mailing to friends for years.


3. Breaking News

How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less
Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system is a mighty paradox. On the one hand, it's more robust and feature-rich than any of its predecessors. For the most part, it's also more secure and is immune to many pretty sophisticated takedown attempts. But it's got one nasty Achilles' heel that will enable you to crash the OS in less than 10 seconds.

Microsoft Ports Main Web Site To Windows Server 2008
Web security firm Netcraft says Microsoft.com has been switched to the former Longhorn, still in beta.

ISYS Enterprise Search Is Integrated In Microsoft's SharePoint
The search vendor says users can take full advantage of ISYS:web 8 features without leaving their SharePoint terminals.

PacificNet To Sell TiVo In China
TiVo products and services would be distributed in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and other major cities through PacificNet subsidiary iMobile.

IBM Tops List Of Fastest Supercomputers
HP leads with 40.6% of the systems, up from 31.6% in November, while IBM has 38.4%, down from 47.2%. No other vendor has more than 5% of the systems on the list.

Microsoft Plans E-Mail, IM, Blog, And Photo Sharing Suite
The common theme for the Windows Live suite is that all of its apps combine a rich Windows client application with Internet services that add power to those apps.

Google And Yahoo Add Photo Features
The two search engines upgrade their respective online photo services to give consumers a more integrated experience.

Accused Spammer To Decide Fate Of Anti-Spam Crusader
Cruise.com has until the end of the week to decide whether to collect $330,000 in damages for being called a "spammer" by Mark Mumma or seek a new trial.

IT Workforce Transformation Shakes Up Insurance Firm For The Better
U.K.-based Norwich Union called on IBM to help define job roles and assess the skills, talents, and training needed to reshape the company's IT organization.

Global Mobile Phone Use To Hit Record 3.25 Billion
Global mobile phone use will top 3.25 billion -- equivalent to around half the world's population -- in 2007 as cell phone demand booms in China, India, and Africa, a survey said Wednesday.

T-Mobile Launches Home-Based Wi-Fi Calling Service
The UMA-based service is aimed at consumers who have dropped or are thinking of dropping their home landlines.

CommScope To Acquire Andrew Corp. For $2.6 Billion
CommScope plans to buy rival communications equipment maker Andrew Corp. for about $2.6 billion to help both sides cut manufacturing costs, the companies said Wednesday.

Studying Maggots And Whale Dung Better Than Being Microsoft Security Guru
The security professionals at Microsoft made Popular Science magazine's notorious and tongue-in-cheek list of Worst Jobs in Science 2007.

MIT Researchers' Computer Model Pinpoints Multiple Genes In Disease Process
The computer model called NetworKIN pores through existing research data to pinpoint protein networks that control cellular function.

Universities, Businesses Agree On Guidelines For IP, Shared Research
Team announces a new set of guidelines that will continue to encourage research sharing, while adding licensing terms and conditions.

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4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
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T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home Service Graduates From Test Markets And Launches Nationally
Thursday marked the official national launch of T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home service, whereby subscribers can use their cell phones to roam between cellular and Wi-Fi networks for calls. Just who is this service for, and is it worth the $19.99 per month?

Sprint All But Cans Nextel Identity
Sprint is launching a new marketing campaign, and it is all about speed. Conspicuously absent? Any real references to Nextel, which Sprint paid big bucks to merge with a couple of years ago. Does this spell the end of Nextel?

Google Is The Top Mobile Web Site
According to new findings from researcher M:Metrics, Google is the top mobile Web site in terms of smartphone users in the United States and the United Kingdom. Is anyone really surprised that Google is the top mobile site?

Early iPhone Review Confirms Keyboard Is Difficult To Use And Edge Is Too Slow
While the iPhone may be the it gadget of 2007, it looks like the so-called "Jesus Phone" is far from perfect. NY Times columnist David Pogue published one of the first reviews to hit the Web, and he confirms what many bloggers have long suspected: The virtual keyboard is difficult to use, and AT&T's Edge network is insanely slow.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

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McCamish Systems seeking Business Systems Analyst in Atlanta, GA

MCCI seeking Project Manager in Ithaca, NY

BreakthroughIT, Inc. seeking Change Management, Technical Impact Assessment in Groton, CT

Blizzard Entertainment seeking Senior Oracle DBA in Irvine, CA

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