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iPhone Fever

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: What's The Big Deal?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft: Home Server Sports Serious Security
3. Breaking News
    - Spam Sets Record, Accounts For 94% Of E-Mail
    - Google, Microsoft Improve Online Mapping Apps
    - Akimbo To Bring Yahoo Video To Your TV
    - Adobe Patches Acrobat And Reader XSS Bug, 3 Other Flaws
    - Apple Unveils 802.11n Wireless Base Station
    - Google SketchUp Gets Upgraded
    - Microsoft To Offer Software-As-A-Service CRM This Summer
    - Global IT Spending To Reach $1.48 Trillion In 2010, IDC Says
    - ID Technology Eyed In War On Terror
    - Verso Offers Tougher Network Filter To Stop Abuse
4. In Depth: iPhone
    - For IT Departments, The iPhone Poses Problems
    - The iPhone Is Beautiful, But It's Also Slow
    - Macworld Fervor: iPhone Becomes Next Must-Have Device
    - Podcast Report From Macworld: The iPhone At Last
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Keep Up Your Energy At CES
6. White Papers
    - Protecting Intellectual Property
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee—that will do them in." -- Bradley's Bromide


1. Editor's Note: iPhone Hype: What's The Big Deal?

Reading up on the Apple iPhone, I'm not seeing what's so exciting about it, and I'm even tempted to say that the thing is going to sink like a lead balloon and everybody who's jazzing about it now is going to feel foolish in a year. It's a cell phone that's also an iPod that does the Internet and takes pictures. Why is that exciting? I already have a cell phone and an iPod, and my cell phone—a 14-month-old Palm Treo 650—is Internet-enabled and a camera phone, too. I grant you there will be a huge attraction, for some people, in combining their iPods and cell phones into a single device. But, still, nothing about the iPhone is convincing me it'll slay dragons.

But that's just my view. Feel free to join the chorus of dissenters. Also check the views of some of my colleagues: Stephen Wellman and John Welch.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft: Home Server Sports Serious Security
Windows Home Server will include security features taken from Windows Server 2003 but won't work as a central distributor for patches to PCs on the home network.


3. Breaking News

Spam Sets Record, Accounts For 94% Of E-Mail
Postini blocked 25 billion spam messages aimed at 36,000 clients in December, an increase of 144% over the same month in 2005.

Google, Microsoft Improve Online Mapping Apps
Google Earth and Virtual Earth are desktop applications the two rivals offer for download at no charge.

Akimbo To Bring Yahoo Video To Your TV
Akimbo plans to provide through its set-top box the ability to browse a selection of popular videos updated regularly from the Yahoo Video service.

Adobe Patches Acrobat And Reader XSS Bug, 3 Other Flaws
The four fixed flaws include a cross-site scripting bug and three others that were patched with new versions of Acrobat and Reader.

Apple Unveils 802.11n Wireless Base Station
The new wireless access point supports the still-unsanctioned wireless LAN/Wi-Fi protocol that boasts faster transmission speeds and greater range.

Google SketchUp Gets Upgraded
Google SketchUp 6 includes a new feature called Photo Match that adds the ability to create a 3-D model from a 2-D photo.

Microsoft To Offer Software-As-A-Service CRM This Summer
Hosted CRM already is available through Microsoft business partners, but the company plans to directly sell an offering it's calling Microsoft Dynamics CRM Live.

Global IT Spending To Reach $1.48 Trillion In 2010, IDC Says
Companies are expected to increase spending on IT services at a compound annual growth rate of 5.8% to reach $587 billion at the end of the decade.

ID Technology Eyed In War On Terror
The Real ID Act will drive nationwide adoption and use of heavy-duty identification verification technology.

Verso Offers Tougher Network Filter To Stop Abuse
The Network Abuse Detection feature can identify, track, and terminate inappropriate Web behavior, such as visiting certain Web sites or searching for certain items on search engines.

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4. In Depth: iPhone

For IT Departments, The iPhone Poses Problems
Despite many negatives, the allure of the iPhone could force IT departments to support the device, if only for a few top employees.

The iPhone Is Beautiful, But It's Also Slow
Cingular is working on technologies to speed up its network, but no significant breakthroughs are expected in time for the formal delivery of the iPhone in June.

Macworld Fervor: iPhone Becomes Next Must-Have Device
After seeing the iPhone, once-happy owners of Treos and BlackBerrys are viewing their phones with some disdain and longing for the June release of Apple's new device.

Podcast Report From Macworld: The iPhone At Last
Listen to our podcast with InformationWeek Senior Editor Sharon Gaudin and Executive Editor Mitch Wagner. Sharon's on the scene at Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. She shares her excitement about the keynote from Steve Jobs and products announced this week: the iPhone and Apple TV. But Mitch is unimpressed. Listen to the podcast for yourself and make up your own mind.


5. Voice Of Authority

Keeping Your Energy Up At CES
With all the gadgets and devices that are being shown at CES (a large portion of them mobile) something has to power them. This can be really apparent during a big trade show, where the use of notebooks, PDAs, and especially phones is constant--and you really don't want to drag around a power cord along with the hundreds of product info brochures and CDs that you've piled into your bag.


6. White Papers: Protecting Intellectual Property

Protect Your Intellectual Property: Proof Of Electronic Record Authenticity Is Your Best Legal Defense
Failing to protect your intellectual property puts inordinate risk on your company and its shareholders. Today the majority of your IP is generated, managed, and stored electronically—and though your company may become more efficient and cost-effective using electronic records, they are more vulnerable to tampering.


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